Seabase Alpha in Epcot

Seabase Alpha was the original name for the underwater base inside The Living Seas, now known as The Seas with Nemo and Friends, in Epcot at Walt Disney World. Read all about it at Burnsland.

Seabase Alpha was the original name for the underwater base inside The Living Seas, now known as The Seas with Nemo and Friends, in Epcot at Walt Disney World.

In the old Living Seas, I always thought going down into Seabase Alpha was really cool. Yes, I know much of it was illusions and you didn’t go down very deep at all. But if you can’t use your imagination for some things at Walt Disney World, you might as well just stay home.

So when the pavilion was changed to its new Nemo theme, I’m glad they kept much of the original Seabase Alpha look. That makes much more sense than having large cartoon fish everywhere. Yes, I know the conversion was inevitable and even logical after the success of Finding Nemo. But I like that they stuck with at least a little bit of the original EPCOT Center theme of the pavilion. That makes all of us old-timers at least a little more happy.

If you have been in this world for very long at all, you have probably realized by now that change is inevitable. It is going to happen. And you could even probably make a good argument that change is necessary. For businesses, change shows people that the business is serious about their business and not just sitting back not doing anything. In people, change shows that people are learning from what happens to them and adjusting to (hopefully) make their lives and the lives of others around them better.

If we don’t change, we aren’t growing. And if we aren’t growing, we are pretty much dead. So change is natural. That’s just part of life.

So then, why do some people get so upset when other people or other things change? I know it has to do with the fact that we like things, and we want to keep those things that we like for as long as we can. But that just isn’t how the world works. It can be hard, but instead of getting angry about the change, try to find something positive. Like the fact that some of Seabase Alpha still looks like it did. Or the fact that they didn’t tear the whole thing down and install a cheap roller coaster or something.

See, if you look hard enough, you can find something positive even in the things that you may at first think you really don’t like.

Then the One seated on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new.” He also said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” - Revelation 21:5

About the photo:

There really wasn’t all that much done to process this photo, because it looked pretty good right from the beginning. Here is the before and after version:

Seabase Alpha in Epcot-beforeafter-1500

You can see that the new image (on the right) is brightened up just a bit, and the colors are slightly more vivid, but that’s about it. Always nice to get it right, or close to right, in the camera on the front end.

Also, I have been thinking about starting a game from these fisheye shots, a game of “Find Laura or Jaylin.” Because of the wide-angle of the lens, one or both of them often end up in my photos. This one is pretty obvious, as Jaylin is right there on the left. I don’t think they show up in most of the photos I have posted so far, but you may start seeing them more and more. I usually don’t mind too much, although there were a few times when I got everyone to back up so that I could get another photo.

Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Photoshop. Read more about photography tips, photo software, camera gear, and more at Steve’s Photography Tips.
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10
Lens: Rokinon 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
Date: June 9, 2016
Location: Epcot, Walt Disney World, Florida

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