Walt Disney World Resort (Florida)
This shot is my favorite from our recent trip. I actually had it on my "shot list" for our last trip after seeing a jaw-dropping image in a WDW souvenir book (see second comment), but I quickly realized that I had a snowball's chance in hell of getting the shot given how the monorails actually operate. That shot is probably a dawn "Yellow Shoes Exclusive" of parked monorails. After seeing Cory's excellent shot, my mind started wondering if I could get it again. I knew it must be possible somehow.
Then, as they say in those lame commercials, came my "Ah ha" moment. Joe Penniston, master of all things creative, explained how it would be possible. I was shocked that I hadn't thought of it, because it's a technique I use in many of my shots. At that moment, I knew it would be obtainable. Also of luck, although not for him, was that Joe left his ultra wide angle lens at home. His idea for the shot is dramatically different than mine, and I'm sure he plans on getting it in the future, so I won't disclose it here. I decided to go for the more technically challenging shot, which resulted in a lot of editing for this shot. All in all, I am very pleased with the results.
Capturing the shot required the most patience I've ever had (besides waiting for SpectroMagic from the train station for almost two hours, but that doesn't count). The rest of the guys had already left that evening, and Sarah and I were the last ones in the park. On this particular evening we had already had, ahem, an odd conversation with a security guard, and Sarah and I were stationed about 10 feet from the same guard while waiting for this shot. We began waiting about 5 minutes before Matt and Jeff left the park, and waited until they caught the monorail (pictured). They may have a better idea for how long that took, but it seemed like an eternity to me. At one point, about 3 minutes before I got the shot, the security guard told us we needed to head out, as they were clearing the park. I told him that we just needed two more minutes, and he said something (I don't recall what), so I told him, "just about 30 more seconds." The longest three minutes of my life later (all the while I was fully expecting to get a tap on the shoulder), I got the shot. Phew.
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