The Globe of Tomorrow!

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I don't know why, but this is one of my favorite images from our recent trip. Probably more because of the story behind the shot than the shot itself. Please note, the individual on the left is not a guest, but rather a Disney engineer (oddly, he sat near us on Carousel of Progress earlier in the evening).

And now, here is an excerpt from my upcoming trip report (which will be posted today) about the process of capturing this shot:

When the Evening EMH started, I was in the zone, if I do say so myself. It was the UWA's turn to come out and play, and Sarah, feeling somewhat ill, had asked if we could not take any pictures of ourselves that evening. Without having to change lenses or settings between shots, I quickly rolled through my shots, capturing some areas I otherwise have overlooked. We also managed to again unintentionally be overlooked when Fantasyland and Tomorrowland were cleared. This time, no one told us to leave, but I saw the ropes up. In light of this, we cautiously moved around while getting the pictures (as a bit of an aside, Sarah and/or myself have been asked by Cast Members several times during these shoots if we're photographers for Disney and/or Cast Members. Most of the time, I avoid any problems by briskly walking past Cast Members and pleasantly saying hello when I sense that someone might tell us we cannot be in a given location. Surprisingly, that works almost every time.) During the following low angle shot of Tomorrowland, I actually stayed low behind the globe for the entire shot, weary that a manager from a previous night who had 'pushed' us to exit Tomorrowland was standing nearby. Probably my most clandestine act in a Disney park.

View On Black

Our August 2009 Trip Novel (it's nearly long enough to qualify) is finally posted. There are a lot of pictures in it that are either previews of what will be posted here, or that will just never be posted here (family pictures and the like). Click here to check out the Trip Report!

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  1. Burnsland (Steve Burns) 69 months ago | reply

    Great composition here. And it's neat how the neon lights up the globe.

  2. Cory Disbrow 69 months ago | reply

    This is a great shot, and it needs to be seen large to appreciate it. One of the better Tomorrowland shots I've seen!

  3. Matt Pasant 69 months ago | reply

    I like this shot alot as well. I am in awe of how you and Jeff attack tomororwland. I think the low angle and the curvature of the TTA makes for a nice photo.

  4. Todd Hurley Photography 69 months ago | reply

    Very nice composition. I really like how the stainless steel pattern in the globe support is picking up some of the multiple colors of the surroundings. A very cool effect. Well done.

  5. joelle.merinsky 69 months ago | reply

    This is a Most Excellent Work!
    Please add to Most Excellent!

    Most Excellent

  6. tonemonkey2002 69 months ago | reply

    That is a stupendous image.

    I think this is one of the nicest shots of this area I've seen.

  7. DisneyDreamin [deleted] 69 months ago | reply

    Wow...fantastic & unique shot of Tomorrowland!

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

  8. Don Sullivan 69 months ago | reply

    Wonderful shot. I love all of the the neon and other light reflections all over the marble and it's base.

  9. DugJax 69 months ago | reply

    The angle, framing and vivid but not overdone lights are all amazing! Neat story to along with it too.

  10. {kidnurse} [deleted] 69 months ago | reply

    everytime I am in TL, I think of your photostream and your shots & angles you get. This is another great one!!!!!!

  11. Jamee C 69 months ago | reply

    Nice on black. Didn't that globe used to move? I thought I remember being able to roll it. Or am I imagining things?

  12. Eat My Disney Dust 69 months ago | reply

    This is a fantastic shot!! Love the composition, and love the story behind it too.

  13. Photogineer (Doug) 69 months ago | reply

    Definitely in the zone. And you can say so, it is okay. Great low angle and framing even with the spectator. :-)

  14. Kiki FL 69 months ago | reply

    Love the POV, love the wide angle, love the saturated color! Love, love, love!!!

  15. Helen Beresford 69 months ago | reply

    Love the neon and the reflections, it's fab! Hope you're settled in your new home :0)

    Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )

  16. PolynesianMedic [deleted] 68 months ago | reply

    Tom I have to tell you that each and every one of your night shots in the World, have been fantastic. I think it would be difficult to pick the best.

  17. -Jamian- 63 months ago | reply

    Great compo here, well done.

  18. Michael Besant 62 months ago | reply

    Great capture. Your night shots at Disney are wonderful.

    I experienced that same 'rudeness' by a Cast member while trying to get a shot of the afternoon parade at the MK. They were clearing the street so the floats could exit and I was in the process of just getting a quick shot off when this Cast Member practically pushed me off of the street. In my defense I stood a good head taller than he but was nice enough not to push my weight. (The foreign travellers the next day were not as lucky as he tho. ;-) You can only wait soooo long for them to get done taking up a spot)

    In their (the Cast Members) defense, since I personally know two Cast members, they put up with a lot and they do have a job to do. So I must commend them highly for being as professional as they are under the cirumstances.

    I haven't learned enough about how you guys travel or where you stay while at Disney, but I would think that must be a way to get some special perks with Disney. I looked through some books in a few gift shops and I mentioned to one of the Cast Members that Disney needs some better photographs. And I must say that they use a lot of old shots in new publications. I also can tell that whoever they hired to get some of the ride shots were taken while the rides were not in use. One more thing I noted was that most of your guys work is better than the shots they currently have.

    Anyway, sorry for my second ramble on an image of yours. I am just so geared up that my mind is racing 100 mph. Looking forward to seeing more of you great work.

  19. Tom.Bricker 62 months ago | reply

    MBesantPhoto We have had a few run-ins with rude cast members, but only one that really stood out afterwards as something I considered unacceptable and improper behavior. Of the other couple of times, I've just brushed it off as someone having a bad day, or something of that sort. I certainly know I am not completely pleasant 100% of the time, so I would never expect that out of others. Moreover, I don't attribute the actions of one individual to the entire Resort (I read all the time on forums how Disney is "terrible now" and the support for this is one run-in...anecdotal evidence not quite supportive of the proposition, in my opinion).

    I am right with you on the photographs. A lot of the stuff I see in promotional materials, etc., is either old or simply not that good. A brief review of the photography blog indicates to me that these guys are not that great:

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