It feels like time for some fun to break up the mood of the last couple of weeks. For Travel Photo Thursday I selected a shot that I took of the Hong Kong Disneyland fireworks as seen from behind the castle. Most people watch from the front of the castle where the production is designed to be seen; however, watching it from the other side of the park not only gives you a different view of the fireworks, you can do it with 10,000 fewer people around.
I know some people look down their noses at Disney parks as being inauthentic but my first memories are from Disneyland and my many visits to the many lands helped inspire me to travel. There is a real magic to it for those of us who grew up watching the movies and seeing Walt Disney on TV every week. For those who are skeptical, go during a non-peak time and stand in the middle of Main Street or Fantasyland just at the moment when the sun starts to go down and the lights start coming up. Look around, listen to the music, smell the food, and just try to not love it.
Here is the Main Street marching band posing for pictures with tourists. I decided to try shooting almost exclusively with my 50mm f/1.4 lens this trip. Not only do you get great control over depth of field with buttery smooth bokeh, it also forces you to in close on a lot of shots that you (I) might otherwise crop far too wide. Getting in a bit closer than you originally think tends to result in some great pictures!
I’m usually not one to take a lot of parade pictures, but this one had so many great bright colours that I was having way too much fun shooting with my prime lens.
I’ll post more of these shots to Flickr at some point. More photos have been posted to Flickr!
I love checking out the different food options at the different Disney parks. I’m not sure that you’d see this nice a curry plate in any of the other parks. Yes, it was a little bland because they didn’t go very spicy, but it was still a nice surprise.
Hong Kong Disneyland is now 5 years old. It’s a pretty small park with only 1 actual E-ticket ride, but they will be adding a new Land each year for the next three years. I guess they don’t want to be surpassed by Shanghai Disney when that opens in a few years.