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ParkSpotting at Epcot – February 12, 2011: A wider view of the world

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I set out to get some exercise at Epcot and along the way snapped some unique photos for another ParkSpotting adventure, from Saturday, February 12, 2011…

For this adventure, I decided to bring along my GoPro HD Hero to grab some fun, wide-angle photos around Epcot. The camera has no screen or viewfinder on it, so it takes practice to get shots framed just right without knowing exactly what will be in them. But I think I’m getting the hang of it.

Spaceship Earth and fountain
My first goal was to get Spaceship Earth and the fountain in front of it into one wide-angle frame at the same time. I cut off a bit of the fountain's front, but I think the picture still turned out well.

Spaceship Earth and fountain
Bringing the camera closer to the fountain and tilting it up resulted in a unique angle.

Flowers and Imagination
The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival is coming up soon, but there are always colorful flowers to be found throughout the park - like these, near the Imagination pavilion.

Flowers and Spaceship Earth
More flowers sit in a large bed between Future World and World Showcase. These will likely soon be home to a large Flower and Garden Festival display, but I kind of like them like this.
I began a lap around the World Showcase in Mexico. I was hoping to frame the sign's light "on top" of the pyramid structure, as if it was a hat... but it didn't quite work out. It's tough without a screen on the camera, but the photo is still a good one.
Mickey balloon in Mexico
Nearby, a red Mickey balloon caught my eye, spinning in the breeze. I waited until it posed for me just right to get this picture.
The wide-angle lens is great for capturing an open area like the entrance to Maelstrom and surrounding shops in Norway.
The camera's curved lens adds a bizarre sense of scale to this photo of the China pavilion. It makes the foreground arch structure look huge and the pagoda in the background look so tiny.
Coke in Africa Coolpost
Sometimes a wide-angle lens can make a place appear to be far more interesting and inviting than it really is. This "Africa Coolplace" (or whatever it's called today) is only home to a counter service refreshment stand, a bunch of loud drums, and some merchandise. And yet this photo makes me want to be there.


  1. Wow!! These are amazing photos!!

  2. joshdarkensins

    putting that wide angle lens to good use 😉 … I love to see Epcot sooo empty its always so busy when i go to disney world =( i need to go some time during a down time.

  3. Tryg

    Really loving the update.

    Keep up the awesome job!

  4. Doug Weaver

    Thanks so much, Ricky!
    Wide-angle lenses definitely provide a unique perspective on familiar sites.

  5. Scott B

    Dude, these pics are sooooo good. Amazing work Ricky. Such a unique view all around. I only wish these photos were formatted for wallpaper because I would love to have some of these as my work computer background to help get me through the day. Haha.


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