2016 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Preview

Happy Monday! We are only a little more than a week away from the 2016 Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot, and preparation is well underway at the park. Many of the flowers and topiaries are already installed, and I wanted to share a few photos of them with all of you today that I shot over the weekend.

The flower beds are installed, and monorail reflections frame them wonderfully.

The flower beds are installed, and monorail reflections frame them wonderfully.

The classic monorail shot from the other side of Future World.

The classic monorail shot from the other side of Future World.

Anna and Elsa have moved from the center of the park to Norway, which makes sense, as their ride and meet and greet open later this year in that location.

Anna and Elsa have moved from the center of the park to Norway, which makes sense, as their ride and meet and greet open later this year in that location.

They'll be replaced by a Ranger Mickey topiary in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service!

They’ll be replaced by a Ranger Mickey topiary in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service!

The festival is a great chance to get lots of colors in your photos and make some pretty great compositions.

The festival is a great chance to get lots of colors in your photos and make some pretty great compositions.

Captain Hook and Pan are back in the UK again this year.

Captain Hook and Pan are back in the UK again this year.

There is nothing quite like a monorail shot. Add all these flowers and color and it really is the best time of the year at Epcot.

There is nothing quite like a monorail shot. Add all these flowers and color and it really is the best time of the year at Epcot.

We’ll be sharing plenty of photos as the festival officially starts as well as some tutorials on ways to capture it best, so definitely make sure to keep an eye out for that. Are you excited to photograph Epcot in bloom? What’s your favorite lens for Flower and Garden Festival? Let us know in the comments!!

For those curious, these were all shot with the Sony a7 and either the Zeiss 55mm F1.8 or Rokinon 14mm F2.8 lenses, both of which are available at our Amazon store. If you need anything from Amazon, clicking the link helps us keep the site running, at no extra cost to you! Thanks for reading!

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6 Comments

Joe

about 1 year ago Reply

I saw you used the Rokinon 14mm lens for a couple of these pictures. How would you compare this lens in terms of quality to the Sony FE 16-35mm (being used at 16mm)?

Cory Disbrow

about 1 year ago Reply

Thanks for your question, Joe. I have owned both the 16-35mm and the 14mm, and with any comparison, there are pros and cons to both. I was shooting the 16-35mm at 16mm 98% of the time, as I thought the lens got a little soft and weak the closer it got to 35mm. Also, when shooting off of a tripod, the 16-35mm uses a focus by wire design, which can make nailing manual focus a little bit difficult. The Rokinon uses a traditional manual focus ring, which makes it very easy. Having auto focus on the Sony was a huge benefit, but for most uses, you can set the Rokinon to infinity and be ok. The OSS on the 16-35mm was also a benefit, but with the Rokinon, you are getting 2mm extra of wide goodness, and the f/2.8 lets more light in than the f/4. For those reasons, I stuck with the Rokinon.

Keith

about 1 year ago Reply

Great post. But where is the Mater Topiary shot?!?!?!?!?!?!

Jolanda

about 1 year ago Reply

Disneyland Paris, although we have to travel 600km to get there, is my Disneyland 'home'. I usually use lenses comparable to yours; my nifty fifty canon 50mm f1,8 and my pride, a Tokina 11-16mm f2,8 wide angle lens. My last trip I almost only used the Tokina. I love the bright colors, wide angle and the possibilities it has with low light. In Paris it isn't allowed anymore to bring tripods (thanks to all the selfiestick idiots), so my Tokina does te job in getting reasonable good nighttime pictures. Love the blog, keep up the good work!

Keith

about 1 year ago Reply

Love, love, love that Tokina 11-16 f/2.8. Would love to see your photos of Disneyland Paris. Sad to hear that tripods are banned at Disneyland Paris. You should check out this: http://amzn.to/1T5cW4Z I've looked into getting something like this for when I don't want to bring the tripod along.

Victoria Christophe

about 1 year ago Reply

Great post and great pictures by the way. Thanks for sharing.

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