Watching Santa Claus

Watching Santa Claus, Disney World - Orlando, Florida

Watching Santa Claus, Disney World – Orlando, Florida

My family and I just got back from Orlando, Florida, just after midnight this morning. After nearly a week of experiencing the craziness that is Disney World and Universal Studios, it’s good to be back. We had a great time and it was a successful trip for a number of reasons.

First and foremost, this was our last big, “kids” trip, before my older son goes off the college next year. I’m sure we will continue to go on family trips together, but as my son hits 18 and is no longer a child, going to Disney World was like a milestone.

We’ve gone to the smaller and more manageable Disneyland in California a couple of times, but never the huge colossus that is the Florida version. I myself have been to Disney World, but more than 30 years ago, just when Epcot opened. Disney World is now comprised of 4 major theme parks and we also went to the two Universal Studios’ parks for good measure. It was an intense action packed week.

I had dinner with photographer friend and fellow blogger, Bill on my first night. I had the pleasure of meeting Bill twice before and it was nice to see him again in his hometown.

I also took a lot of photographs, of course. Most important are the family snaps but I also attempted to make interesting images of the parks. With a crazy number of park visitors and the limited time, it was challenging to take serious photographs. I did manage to create a satisfactory set of images, of which I will certainly show and blog about in the coming weeks.

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II was my primary camera. While I was tempted, I decided to keep the Olympus PEN-F at home. I was going to use one camera, with a few lens to cover all my needs. I bought the Olympus 14-150mm travel zoom primarily for this trip, which I’ve been talking about and testing for a couple of weeks now. I also brought the 17mm f1.8 and 45mm f1.8 for low light conditions. And finally, the 9-18mm for dramatic wide-angles. At the last moment, I threw in the Ricoh GR compact camera, which while used infrequently, came in handy on a few occasions. I’ll talk about that in an upcoming post.

I shot this photo of Santa at a 108mm equivalent with the handy 14-150mm lens, a couple of days before Christmas. A quick passing shot as we travelled from one side of the park to the other. The kids were no longer interested in the parade but I couldn’t pass up the chance to capture Saint Nick in action.

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