On Using Silhouettes

By |2017-08-09T09:52:58+00:00Oct 4th, 2012|

I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I had at Epcot. I can tell you that I had my doubts, though. I’m not one for sentimental moments, at least not in any meaningful sort of way. But when I saw that iconic orb of Spaceship Earth as Kathy and I approached Epcot, I couldn’t help but let my inner kid gush out. It had been about 24 years since I had last been to Disney and returning was a very cathartic experience. I have Keith to thank for that one – and thanks to two of my favorite ladies, Gilmar and Barb, for sharing this amazing day with me.

As for this image. The park had all but closed for the evening. People were shuffling out in droves – but not us. Nope. Gilmar told us that we’d be staying a bit later. The girl knows her stuff. We had pretty much unfettered access to the park and because of that, I was able to get this long exposure image of Spaceship Earth. Originally, I had a shot of the ball without any obstructions and, at first, I preferred that. However, as I began walking towards the group who had already moved onto the next country, I saw this shot with s trio of palm trees silhouetting against the orb. I knew that this would be my shot. There is something so fitting here. Palm Trees. Florida. Epcot. It all fit together.

Silhouettes are wonderful when they are included with purpose. You know exactly what they are but you aren’t burdened with color or detail. You can just focus on shape and how that shape adds to the overall image. It’s something to seriously consider during your next shoots.


  1. Ronnie Oh October 4, 2012 at 7:39 am - Reply


  2. chayngs sunuwar October 4, 2012 at 7:40 am - Reply

    nice pic 

  3. Jay Patel October 4, 2012 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Nice one.

  4. Scott Wyden Kivowitz October 4, 2012 at 7:40 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash You turned Epcot into Epicot

  5. kris redwood October 4, 2012 at 7:42 am - Reply

    Epcot was another of the locales that brought out the inner kid in me. Seeing the castle at DisneyWorld is what really moved me last year while walking with my daughter on my shoulders. Thanks for an image that'll carry me until May when I go back

  6. Gilmar Smith October 4, 2012 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Fantabulous +Brian Matiash! Have a nice trip back to Portland. Next time bring +Nicole S. Young and +Brian Bonham with you! Thanks for the fun times!

  7. Ade -san October 4, 2012 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Nice shot +Brian Matiash 

  8. James Brandon October 4, 2012 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Nice shot dude! Glad you finally got to go to Disney World.

    "I'm not one for sentimental moments, at least not in any meaningful sort of way." Man +Nicole S. Young is one lucky girl ;-)

  9. Sara Samachaa October 4, 2012 at 7:49 am - Reply


  10. Mssiva Ranjani October 4, 2012 at 7:49 am - Reply


  11. onnie hull October 4, 2012 at 7:51 am - Reply

    iconic, cathartic, terrific … it's so wonderful when a moment all comes together and to share it with good friends, priceless!! love this one +Brian Matiash ;-)

  12. Nhung Tr?n October 4, 2012 at 7:52 am - Reply


  13. Julio Guillen October 4, 2012 at 7:52 am - Reply

    +Brian Matiash I just returned from Disney 3 weeks ago, and like you, I last visited Disney about 20 years ago with my parents, now I returned with my wife and my 8 year old daughter… We had the time of our lifes!!!, remembering one's childhood and just to see my daughter's face!!!… incredible!!!, I had forgotten disney's magic!!! :-) (we want to go back next year!)

  14. veronica araneda October 4, 2012 at 7:55 am - Reply


  15. Jim Roberts October 4, 2012 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Yep next to impossible to take a bad picture of spaceship earth. This one came out really nice. Nice to meet you there. 

  16. Jared Bollman October 4, 2012 at 8:00 am - Reply

    I think this is one of the best shots of EPCOT I've ever seen, and that includes some great ones I've taken  a true tip of the hat to you sir

  17. mee htet October 4, 2012 at 8:02 am - Reply


  18. Christopher Arnold October 4, 2012 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Great shot.  I'll be participating in the Worldwide Photo Walk at Epcot in about a week – can't wait!

  19. Lori Crockett October 4, 2012 at 8:14 am - Reply


  20. Patricia Curtis October 4, 2012 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Amazing shot!

  21. Colby Brown October 4, 2012 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Love the colors in that reflection

  22. William McNair October 4, 2012 at 8:37 am - Reply

    We get so jaded as adults that sometimes our inner child has to come out and remind us what life is about.The world is a wonderful and awesome place.

  23. Irene Roy October 4, 2012 at 8:39 am - Reply


  24. Keith Barrett October 4, 2012 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Love it!

  25. Viktoria Schwab October 4, 2012 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Love IT

  26. ANIL DAS October 4, 2012 at 9:03 am - Reply

    So cute it

  27. Yvonne Patterson October 4, 2012 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Love – love – love so much! Beautifully captured!

  28. Amy Heiden October 4, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply

    Awesome shot! Love the colors and the palm trees definitely add something awesome to the shot. I love Disneyland. It's been a while since I've been too, but I imagine it would still be a blast to go!

    (+Gilmar Smith when I come to Florida, you're ass is going with me!)

  29. Barb Cochran October 4, 2012 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Love this beautiful image. Thanks for such a great time of shooting, laughter and savoring our way through the Food and Wine.

    Save journey's home. Just remember to grab the extra blankets

  30. Jennifer Meredith October 4, 2012 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Awesome shot!

  31. Shelly Gunderson October 4, 2012 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Pretty image!  Love those tree silhouettes.

  32. Doug Dillon October 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shot Brian! Love the colors and the reflection!!!

  33. Mary Broussard October 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Very nice!

  34. Marcus Lange October 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm - Reply


  35. Bara Goldberg October 4, 2012 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    great shot!

  36. Joe Vallee October 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Digging this one +Brian Matiash and especially the reflection!

  37. Eric Pearson October 4, 2012 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    +Brian Matiash, I haven't been to Disney in a while, are they photog friendly? Will I have issues with a tripod? We're staying in a resort and I've heard we can access park earlier and later than regular visitors, is that true?

  38. Sonja Miller Williams October 6, 2012 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Love this! Wow the color reflections are amazing!

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