Harambe Village, Africa,
Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World
One of the aspects of my Disney photography that I tried to work on last year was getting more people into my pictures. I think I do OK on the landscapes and the detail images but I have found that I like seeing people in the parks. Don’t get me wrong I really do enjoy a nice image of the parks sans people but I find myself more engaged with the image if there are people involved.
People add a sense of scale to a landscape image. They can make an image of the parks feel warmer and more inviting. I always proclaim how anti-social I am but in truth I find myself having more fun when I join the world. To this end I ventured outside my comfort zone last year and started capturing more atmosphere with my images.
One of my favorite areas of the Animal Kingdom park is Harambe Village in the Africa section. There is so much life in this village. It doesn’t hurt that the walkways narrow a little as you make your way through the village to your favorite attractions. Disney has also added a lot of character in the way of wood carvers sitting outside the stores performing their craft and a couple of entertainment options as well in the middle of the village.
Burudika is an African band that performs numerous shows every day. I find myself stopping whenever they are playing. They are very entertaining and they usually get the crowd dancing in the streets.
When I go back this year I am focusing even more of my efforts to capture the energy within the parks. The images below are my first attempts from last year, hopefully I will be able to improve on these…