There is a strange thing about Disney – for me at least. On entering the park for the first time, you wonder why there is such a long line for people queuing to have their picture taken with a character – and it’s not just small children in push chairs either.
After a few days though, you start to mellow, and then start to wait to get the better pictures….
If you’re lucky, you get to catch the eye of the character – and you KNOW they waved at you…
And then you start to hope that you will see another and that they too will wave at you – and you become actually disappointed when a character walks off, just as you try to get their picture (yes, Woody Woodpecker, I’m talking to you).
One thing you can arrange is a character meal – you eat whilst a character comes round. Many years ago (just worked it out… more than 10) Mrs Frog and I took a cruise. The dinner was a lovely affair, except that just after they had served the main course, everyone was expected to stop conversations and join in with some form of entertainment – which was REALLY annoying, being asked to do “The Macarena” whilst the steak got cold.
But this is Disney. By chance we booked a restaurant and found that Pluto and Dale (from Chip ‘n Dale) were doing the rounds. I took a picture in the event that this was a chance event, but NO.. Oh No… Disney Magic wand time! Not only was Pluto and Dale doing the rounds and so was Mickey!!! A definite SQUEEEEEE moment!
The REALLY cool Disney Magic was this though… you remember that picture I showed where Mickey waved at me? That was in the morning… and we met Mickey again in the evening!!! Now that’s magic!
On another blog that I read, stuckinplastic.com , there was an article about what we might take with us when on holidays – specifically around toy photography. I know that I have shared on this blog what my usual parts are – I shoot mostly using my phone (Samsung S5) and carry a few Lego figures with me:
What I discovered though was that in order to photograph the figures I had to make time to take the shots. I was fortunate that on my recent holiday I was able to get to Legoland in Florida (not so fortunate for Mrs Frog who was unwell and had to stay in bed. At least, that’s what she said).
That tin is probably the most useful part – I glued a base plate to the back, so it can double as a stand for those moments when it is just too complex to try and take the photo from the ground.
What I did discover though is that whilst macro photography is much easier, actually photographing the figures in front of something is much, much harder – I took several images where I thought I’d taken the same image – one in closeup, one on the background – only to find that something had moved and my plan to overlay the close up with the background just became a half hour waste of effort. in many cases, it was looking like if I wanted something to happen I would be better of creating the image in “perfect” conditions – that is, using a clean background and a clean figure image and overlaying the two.
But I did get couple of nice images, so that was nice.
Bet that earworm is lodged right in there
Of course, I had to make this a PG because, well, Deadpool isn’t for kids, is it?