Photo Art with the Panasonic Lumix G5 and Walt Disney World #Lumix

When I travel on a family vacation, I take a lot of photographs.  Often these prized mementos of our family trips will then become canvas prints that I use to decorate our house.  There are photographs of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in our living room, a hot air balloon from Phoenix in my office, and a Vermont sunflower in our bathroom.  On our recently family trip to Walt Disney World, I test-drove my new Panasonic Lumix G5 camera to see if I could come up with any shots that would become our latest home artwork.  The cool thing about the Lumix G5 is that you can add one of 14 filters before you take the picture.  It’s really easy to do by just changing the dial and pressing the touch screen.  Some of these features can be added in later when editing your photos in software, but any sort of editing can change your image size – which makes it difficult to print on canvas.  All of the images you see here are completely unedited – this is exactly how the camera took them.

Here are a few of the contenders for canvas prints:

Here’s a picture of the Boardwalk at twilight.  I added the star filter which I think makes the image look even more striking.

Disney's Boardwalk Inn

The Magic Kingdom is gorgeous when decorated for the holidays, so I wanted to get this shot from the Main Street USA train station twice – in the daylight and at night.

Magic Kingdom Train Station

Zoomed out a bit for this one, since I wanted to get the busy feel of Main Street USA


Main street USA

Zoomed in for this one, since the castle is the focal point.

But I think I actually prefer the close up of the castle I took – I used the “cool night sky” setting.

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Castle Lights

I used the action setting for all of the pictures I took on the Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom because we were in a moving tram.  I’m pleased with how these came out – usually my pictures taken from a moving vehicle are blurry.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Safari

flamingos kilimanjaro safaris

Disney Animal Kingdom

We stayed at the Beach Club, and I just love how beautiful, clean, and simple the decor is.  Here are a few pictures I like of the Yacht/Beach Club.

yacht club disney

yacht club lighthouse

I got to the new Fantasyland expansion early, so I got a great picture of Gaston’s Tavern and statue with only a few tourists around.  I liked the retro filter for this one.

Gaston's Tavern and statue

I also wanted to get a great photo of the lights at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  It’s incredibly difficult to get pictures of holiday lights – they either are too dark, too bright, or too blurry.  I used one of the lights settings to get this shot.

osborne family spectacle of dancing lights

Finally, I played around with a few of the filters in the World Showcase of Epcot.  Same location, different filters:

Walt Disney World

I did purchase an optional zoom lens which I used for the safari shots.  So, I didn’t do any cropping in any of the pictures shown here.  What is your favorite?

The Panasonic Lumix G5 is a DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) camera, which makes it smaller than my DSLR – perfect for carrying around during 12 hour days in the theme parks.  The 14 filters make it easy to take whatever photo you want – from food pictures to scenery and people.  It also shoots great video (I used it for an unrelated video on Mom’s Favorite Stuff) To learn more about the G5, visit the Panasonic website.

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Disclosure: I received this camera at no cost and all opinions and photography are 100% mine.

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About Jodi Grundig

Jodi Grundig has loved traveling since she was a little girl. She started blogging in 2007 on her popular review site Mom's Favorite Stuff and after doing quite a bit of family traveling, decided to launch her own travel blog. Jodi resides in Massachusetts with her husband, nine-year old son, eleven-year old daughter, and Havanese dog. Read More…