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Epcot as Art

posted on March 9th, 2010 by Gene Duncan, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort

Japan Pagoda at Epcot
This is another of my 2001 series of Epcot images shot purely for pleasure as a personal project. I used a Leica mounted on a tripod, and the light source for the Japan pagoda was one of the large torches that line the lagoon, part of the Illuminations show. The firelight bathed the structure with a rich, warm glow that revealed great architectural detail. I particularly enjoy the simple elegance of this image.

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Samanta on March 9th, 2010 at 3:58 pm



Patrick on March 9th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Holy Cow you must know what you are doing, I have been to WDW so many times and struggle with night photos it drives me crazy. Keep em coming. Patrick


Kaylene from MA on March 9th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

What a stunning photo!


Sharon on March 9th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Very nice. Even the stars stand out. Great picture. Thanks for sharin.


margaret from GA on March 9th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

it’s beautiful :)


Nancy from OH on March 9th, 2010 at 7:18 pm



Andrew on March 9th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

You said a Leica, 35mm not digital? Did you expose that for a few seconds? Love it!


Sharon from North Yorkshire on March 10th, 2010 at 3:38 am

My husband got a brilliant photo of the castle in the daytime, the fireworks just set off and they explode eitherside. This photo is gorgeous we find it so hard getting night photo’s


ryota from Chiba on March 10th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

It looks like Kyoto!


Gene Duncan on March 11th, 2010 at 9:50 am

Thanks everyone.

Andrew- Yes, shot on film using a time exposure of probably 5 to 10 seconds.

Sharon- The Magic Kingdom is a photographer’s dream, as is Epcot. Depending on what camera you are using, there are a few key elements to getting good nighttime results. If you have a camera with controls that allow you to adjust shutter speed and/or lens aperture, experiment with llower shutter speeds at lower aperture numbers. If not, try raising the effective ISO, or what used to be film speed to as high as you can go, still getting good results. And, above all else, try to steady the camera with a tripod, or at least the top of a trash can…I think you will be surprised how much fun nighttime photography can be. Good luck!


Carlo on March 15th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Just beautiful. I love Epcot.