Photography contained in the TimeStream Software Walt Disney World apps

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Mike from TimeStream Software sent me some of the pictures that he especially liked that you can find in the Walt Disney World apps that they have produced.  In addition, he has given me some details to help explain the setting so that you can recreate the photo yourself!

The first picture (above) is one of Mike’s favorites, and was taken during “Holiday Wishes” at the Magic Kingdom.  At this point I’m going to take a back seat and share what Mike had to say about this and the other photos:

I shot this one of Holiday Wishes, and I like the timing of the huge explosion behind Cinderella Castle just as the 5 bright rockets fill the dark space to the left.  A lot of action in this photo.  If I recall correctly, I spent a lot of time standing in the pouring rain to get this shot.

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A classic Cinderella Castle photo.  As much as I like the photos included here, a lot of credit goes to Disney for creating the subject matter.  It was they who chose the castle and fireworks color at that very moment, as well as the number of shells to explode.  They definitely know what they’re doing.  I’ll take credit for capturing the explosion at the right moment.

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I really like this photo of IllumiNations in that it captures the full array of fireworks exploding above “Planet Earth.”  This shot required waiting in line for over an hour to get a critical position for the photo.  If you notice, if you were to take the photo anywhere else around World Showcase Lagoon, you wouldn’t be able to see the “earth”, since the smoke surrounds it, save for the very “front”, where it’s clear of smoke.  What made the waiting even more fun was I had to sit in the pouring rain for quite a while to get this shot, as well.  I like to think that my apps provide guests with the images they would’ve like to have captured but couldn’t because they were busy having fun, as they should be.

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I like this photo, as it captures a really cool IllumiNations explosion in crisp detail and motion.  I also really like the color.

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One of the things I like about my apps is the number of “on-ride” photos.  As I mentioned, some apps have only a small thumbnail of the sign out front or perhaps a “common” photo they lifted from Disney, but all the photos in my apps are original.  I like how they capture the memories so many guests are fond of.  In the two BTM photos, I think they do a great job of capturing the emotions guests feel while riding BTM.

I love this shot.  It absolutely captures the speed and thrills of diving into a tunnel at full speed on BTM.  The gal in the second row back has raised her hands, but no so much as to hit the mine walls which she perceives are rushing by so close to her.  Full speed fun!  The challenge in photographing BTM and many of the rides at Walt Disney World is keeping the camera steady while framing the image as you’re being tossed around.  As you can imagine, you get only one chance at the shot below, and in this case, it turned out great.

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Christmastime on Main Street, U.S.A.  Shot with a telephoto lens at the train station balcony.

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Had to include this one…

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I like this photo because of the subject, his animation and the colors.  In addition, it captures a moment which happens only once a day, Mickey Mouse welcoming guests to the Magic Kingdom.  If guests arrive after Mickey leaves, then they’re out of luck.  In this case, my app allows them to experience and keep this moment.

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A classic photo.  Again, Disney creating and telling the story, and doing an outstanding job of it.

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Most images of The Tower of Terror are from the front, but here’s a perspective of the Tower of Terror which doesn’t get a lot of looks.  I like the color, the gradient of the evening sky and the ominous lights at the top.  For some reason, it makes me think of Zurg.

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Looks like the standard photo of the Tower of Terror from Sunset Blvd., doesn’t it?  But look again and you see that the perspective is directly opposite, if not slightly higher than the “13th” floor.  There isn’t anyplace on or near Sunset Blvd. where guests can get this shot.  Most are taken from street level looking up.  So, where was it taken from???

{Editor’s Note: Mike, where did you get this shot from?  Why not leave us a comment and let us know!}

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Another photo I really like.  This is more excellent Disney storytelling.

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Shooting Soarin’ is a bit tough, in that you’re required to put your camera under your seat.  That and it’s a running film, so there is no static image appearing on the screen at one time.  It’s always moving.  Here’s a great shot which captures the slow bank over the Golden Gate Bridge.

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I love the composition and colors of this shot.  Puts the viewer right in a fun Magic Kingdom Halloween night.

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I think this shot captures the whimsey of the parade.  Who doesn’t like the grim grinnin’ ghosts?

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This is another shot which required standing at a light post on Main Street, U.S.A. for somewhere between an hour or two before the parade began just to ensure I got the front row perspective I wanted to bring to my app users.  I don’t recall if I got rained on before this shot or not, but based on how wet the street is, I’m sure I did.

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Here’s another great shot of BTM in action.  What make this shot kind of fun is that it’s shot from the Liberty Belle Riverboat, which makes it a bit less common.  Great timing as the boat came around.

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Another great “on-ride” photo…

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This is an excellent shot of the Kali River Rapids attraction.  It requires a bit of risk and a lot of luck.  As you’re no doubt aware, you get SOAKED on this ride, so having your camera out is risky, indeed.  I went for it and was rewarded with some great photos of the entire attraction.  I also got lucky by picking the best seat to photograph the big drop.  I like how the photo captures the waterfall drop and the raft, complete with life ring, in the foreground.  This is an excellent “on-ride” photo!

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It was a rather cool day when I captured this photo.  The bat was out using the sun to warm himself, and I happened to be there at the right time.  I love the sunlight through his wing and the “talon”.

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This is a great shot of a stately tiger and his cool demeanor.  I threw in a photo of his yawn, which occurred only moments later.  Check out those fangs.

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This is a rare photo, indeed, and one of the toughest to get in the entire park…the Yeti on Expedition Everest lit by a flash and in focus at full speed as the runaway train races down the mountain. They yeti is usually seen only in flashes as guests fly by, so not many guests get a look like this.

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A fun shot of a harrowing moment on Expedition Everest.

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Got to love Wishes.  The difficulty in getting this shot?  Waiting for over an hour at a spot in which you can get Walt Disney in the foreground.

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Thank you for stopping by and enjoying the photographs from Mike at TimeStream Software!  The beauty in these photos is captured in the apps that he writes, so if you haven’t experienced some of these moments before, you can still see what it was like by looking at the apps!  I hope you have enjoyed our photos, don’t forget to enter to win our contest!

Mike Ellis (1487 Posts)

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