Shark Reef in Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World

An Interesting Shark Reef Building

Shark Reef in the Typhoon Lagoon water park at Walt Disney World

Shark Reef in the Typhoon Lagoon water park at Walt Disney World features an area for saltwater snorkeling with fish, as well as a shop to get a pearl out of an oyster.

The building pictured here is where you can buy a pearl, as well as where you can get your mask and snorkel for the snorkeling pool. And the building here is almost as interesting as the snorkeling experience. In keeping with the Typhoon Lagoon theme, things are left everywhere after the storm. And the building is constructed out of ship wreckage, a bait shop, and whatever other lumber was lying around. There are several sets of shark teeth and even a hammerhead shark in snorkel gear serving as the sign for Hammerhead Fred’s Dive Shop. There is even an old diving suit off to the left.

I never have actually been snorkeling there, because I never can get anyone to go with me. And besides, the sign reads, “The water in the lagoon is COLD,” so that’s a bit of a turn-off as well. I don’t have a fear of being in there with the sharks, stingrays, and tropical fish, although I think that may be what keeps others in my group from going. So whenever I find myself in that area by myself, I always have my camera with me, and I don’t bother going all the way back to the locker to leave my camera there and then walk back to the snorkeling lagoon. Oh well. Maybe one of these days.

There is lots of interesting architecture to see at Typhoon Lagoon, in addition to all the water fun to be found there. You just have to take a little time to enjoy it.

Bible Verse

Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. - 1 Corinthians 15:39-40

About the Photo

As with most of the recent photos lately, this one has been a combination of elements from different exposures made from the one original Raw file. That way, I can have a more evenly balanced photo, instead of having the building and the people in the foreground blown out just in order to get a good color in the sky. And the Selective Color tool in Photoshop was a great help again here, too. I’ll have to write a post about it sometime.

I don’t see all that many photos of the interesting sights around Typhoon Lagoon. And that is understandable because most people don’t want to keep up with a camera while they are there. I usually take an hour or so to walk around with my camera and capture what I can before going back to the wave pool, or the river, or the water slides. Because there are so many cool things to see. But then the water is nice, too. Especially on a hot summer day.

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: Olympus M.Zukio 25mm f1.8
Date: June 8, 2015
Location: Typhoon Lagoon, Walt Disney World, Florida

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