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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.


  • Just beautiful. I love Epcot.

  • 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!

  • It looks like Kyoto!

  • 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

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

  • Gorgeous!

  • it’s beautiful 🙂

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

  • What a stunning photo!

  • 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

  • Amazing!!

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