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The Easter Eggs of the Disney Resorts

If you haven’t been down to the Walt Disney Resort around Easter time, you probably never knew that the pastry chefs at the Grand Floridian create massive chocolate Easter Eggs for display in the resort.  I’ve also seen eggs over in the 4th floor of the Contemporary in past years.  This is the 7th year that the eggs have been on display.

You can see a video of how they are made from an older Disney Parks Blog post here.

Team member, and all around great guy, Ben Hendel got a chance to walk through the eggs over at the Grand Floridian to capture some great images of the eggs this year.  Photographing the eggs can be a bit tricky!  There is always a crowd looking at the wonderful creations so you really have to consider your composition to pull off a good shot.   Thanks to Ben for getting the images of this year’s eggs!

 

Celebrate the circle of life with this Lion King themed Easter Egg.  I love all the details in the animals that are hanging off the side of the egg.

Even the villains get in on the Easter Egg action.  Notice how Ben used a shallow depth of field to blur out the background and put the focus on the egg.  

 

A new movie means an opportunity for a new themed egg for the pastry chefs at the Grand Floridian.  Here’s their Moana themed Easter Egg.  

App Update – On Sale this weekend only

Just a quick note about our Photo a Day app for iOS.  An update went live on the store fixing a bug where some past photos were not showing up correctly.  Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused our existing customers.  If you aren’t a customer already, what are you waiting for?  The price to drop?  Well then this is your lucky weekend.  The in app purchase that unlocks the photos for 2017 – that’s 365 images; a new one every day of the years – is now only $0.99 until Monday April 17th.  So if you’ve been on the fence, now is a perfect time to buy.  If you are looking for the App Store, you can follow the link here.  2017 Photo A Day from Disney Photography Blog underwent a bit of a name change because Apple said so – the app is now called Daily Magic from Disney Photography Blog.  If you already own the app – no worries, the app will update and you will never know the difference.

 

 

Which is better? Grand Floridian Sunset

Welcome to another new week, and a new set of posts here at Disney Photography Blog. For today’s post, I would like to get some discussion going. I was lucky to be leaving the Magic Kingdom yesterday when it was very overcast and then have the clouds part and make way for a beautiful sunset. Naturally, I postponed my ferryboat ride back to the car to take a few photos. I had two of my lenses with me on this jaunt out to the park – a 14mm f/2.8 and a 55mm f/1.8. Since I didn’t have a ton of time and I was already out of the park, I decided to walk out past the boat launch for the Polynesian and Grand Floridian to get some photos with the sunset of the Floridian from across the Seven Seas Lagoon. So, I took a few shots with both lenses, and I’m going to post them both below. They were shot roughly at the same time and edited almost exactly the same way. I’ll explain what I like about each one, and then I’m going to ask for all of you wonderful readers to share which one you like best and why. So, here’s the wide one:

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Ok, so here’s what I like about this one. It’s wide. Like, stupid wide. Shooting with lenses like this 14mm are a ton of fun down at WDW. And to me, this photo shows what Walt Disney World is all about. It is huge and epic and grand and all those superlatives combined into one. The clouds here are incredible and nature at its best. It’s also hard to believe the busiest theme park on the planet is just a few hundred yards behind where I was standing. What I’m not really a fan of is the focus of the shot. Is it on the Grand Floridian? Yes. I know that because I shot it. But, someone else might think this was just a pretty lagoon photo with a building that happens to be in the background. Alright, on to the tighter version shot with the 55mm.

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So, I like that this one has a clear and defined subject. This is 100% a shot about the flagship resort of the Vacation Kingdom of the World. It still has some pretty epic clouds, although they aren’t quite as massive looking as the ones in the wide angle shot. But, it doesn’t necessarily have that ‘wow’ factor when you first take a look at it. By shooting it tighter, I also wasn’t able to get really any of the blue color that was in the higher parts of the sky that the 14mm caught.

I don’t want to say which one is my favorite, but I would love to hear from you. Which one do you prefer? Why do you prefer it? Which one puts you more into the atmosphere of WDW? Please let us know in the comments below.

For those curious, these were both shot with the Sony a7 and the Rokinon 14mm F2.8 and the Zeiss 55mm F1.8, both of which can be purchased at Amazon. Thanks for reading!