THE PICTURE OF THE DAY, 2/24/2014


Grand Floridian
1/2000 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100 – Sony NEX-6 with 18-200
Taken 12/4/2013

“Grand Floridian”

Before the festivities of Pixelmania 2013 kicked off, my buddy Gary and I went to the Polynesian for lunch and meandered around for a bit before walking over to the Grand Floridian to check out the Christmas decorations. As we were walking toward the Grand Floridian, the skies were perfect and the light on the building was stunning. As much as I love a nice blue sky, it really does need a few puffy clouds to break up the sky and give a sense of depth to the picture. Ironically enough, in the book Designing Disney (John Hench) it is explaining that the exterior color of the Grand Floridian is not a pure white as it would appear; rather it has a slight pink hue do make the walls really pop out against the blue Florida sky and the red roof. I pulled out my Sony NEX-6 and fired this shot of the Resort, with the Wedding Pavilion at my back. I gave it some minor massaging in Lightroom and added a subtle vignette around the outer edge to complete the image. We have never stayed at the Grand Floridian and perhaps one day we will use our DVC points to stay there. We did, however, get to check out Victoria and Albert’s (photos) a few years back. Even though the Grand Floridian is not entirely our speed when we are vacation, it is a beautiful resort that is very quiet and relaxing. I always enjoy a nice walk through the resort to check out the Victorian elegance and ambiance; the fact that you can have breakfast with Mary Poppins doesn’t hurt either.

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