After our lunch at Sanaa at Kidani Village in Animal Kingdom Lodge, I couldn't help but spend some time in the small but very beautiful lobby. I can tell why people like staying in this Disney Vacation Club resort, it seemed very quite, with some obvious stunning views. Not to mention this stunning lobby with these colorful glass pieces spilling out of pillars and the chandeliers. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I snapped this one of the beasts castle when we were in the Magic Kingdom seeing it for the first time. I wanted to get a shot to isolate the castle and show its detail and beauty. This is about as far as we got, as since it was very new at the time, standby to eat lunch at Be Our Guest restaurant was over two hours. We said no, not worth it the wait for lunch, and we'll be back anyway. :) Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Monday, January 27, 2014
After we headed over to the Magic Kingdom on the Ferry Boat, we were passing under the monorail beam at the right time. Monorail Silver glided overhead and I was able to catch it with some of that great golden hour light. The more I go through my shots from this trip, the more I want to go back and shoot more! I'm sure that's a lot of us though. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Friday, January 24, 2014
I will say, after seeing this fireworks show for the first on our last trip, it has to be the best Disney fireworks that I've been able to see. I am by no means terribly talented at shooting fireworks, but I did have a handful from this show that came out OK. I think I really just need to get back down more often to shoot, having only one real chance, july 4th, at home to practice fireworks. The only logical option to improve would be to get to Disney parks more often. LoL. I don't see any flaws in this plan whatsoever. :) Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
This was our spot for the Halloween parade at the Magic Kingdom. Right at the middle of Town Square, right on the curb, facing down Main Street U.S.A. I couldn't have planned it better myself. I took this before anything had started, after the spots were staked out and we were all just waiting. The color that bathed Main Street during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party were absolutely awesome. I was really pleased with how cleanly this turned out. I thought it might be more annoying to process with all the varying colors. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestion is welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Monday, January 20, 2014
This is an idea I tried one morning when we were in Epcot going to the Food and Wine Festival. Before World Showcase opened, we did some attractions and some shooting. Getting in between the wall and above rail, I was able to squeeze my lens in to make this composition. It was the only was I could see from my angle, to get the whole imagination pyramids in the frame. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Thursday, January 16, 2014
One of the big reasons I was excited for the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party was the parade, and more particularly, the villains. One of my favorites as of late, is of course Dr. Facilier, so that was a big focus for me. I was quite limited for this parade due to my older equipment, but that has since been remedied and upgraded. This was the best one I got of him, which could be sharper of course, but the shadows and that face can't be beat. I look forward to having another chance at this parade at some point, I learned a lot that night of course since this was our first party. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
One evening on our trip we were arriving at Magic Kingdom right during golden hour. Since we hadn't ridden the Ferry in ages, we decided to do that on this beautiful evening. Shooting around at some monorails and resorts, we ended up passing the General Joe Potter. Bathed in golden light, gliding across the water, how could I not shoot photos. I could've gotten it composed a bit better, which is just another reason I'll have to go back. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Friday, January 10, 2014
This is a late post, but I had a very busy Holiday season at work so I didn't ever get a chance to dump these on to the computer until now. Over the month of December, at Missouri Botanical Garden (MOBOT), they held Garden Glow for the first time. I was very happy to hear to MOBOT was holding a light display in the park.
I found out upon getting there that tripods were not allowed. After taking a very annoyed trip back to the car, we got in and started shooting. What I at first thought was going to be a challenge ended up being a fun test for the new camera. With the new 5-axis image stabilization, I was able to hand hold shots up to almost 2 whole seconds! More consistently at 1 to 1.5 seconds, but holy cow! I love that fact that I can smile when I tell people I took this shot and all the others from this night with only my new E-M1 with 12-40mm f/2.8 attached.
Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Thursday, January 9, 2014
This is easily my favorite animal shot from this past trip at Animal Kingdom. There was some vegetation in the foreground I had to focus past, which ended up helping out with the layers in this shot. Also, and even cooler to me, is if you view large and zoom in, he's actually looking at me composed the shot of him. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
You'll be saying that like a Norwegian all day if you know where this is from. :) LoL. One thing I was pretty insistent on this past trip was that I wanted to do all of the World Showcase attractions as I hadn't been through all of them in quite some time. Another issue with only getting down to the World but every two or three years. I was really happy to spend a little more time in the pavilions this trip, as it was a little crazy out in World Showcase from Food & Wine. It was a great time and I encourage anyone to go and experience it. For Epcot though, for me, I really like Flower & Garden a bit better.
Anyways, I was pretty happy with the way this one framed out. I was on the left side of the boat going past this and was right next to it with the 35mm f/1.4. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
An observation for our first Food and Wine Festival. While we were really excited about this, and EPCOT Center is our favorite park, we noticed ourselves not spending as much time as usual in this park. Due to the Festival, the crowds all gravitated towards EPCOT, and understandably so as the food is excellent.
That being said, Disney really has to do something about the drinking. It's a great addition and I think should be a part of the festival, but they have to do something about controlling it a little. Having "drinking teams" running around, reading articles about guest on cast member fights, and even having a drunk guy messing with my camera bag on my back is just too much!
I will say though, these pavilions, like Morocco in particular, that are deeper than others provide a nice and quiet escape from the crazy people. I've always really liked the detail in World Showcase and if we ever see any additions I would be completely for it, no matter the country. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!
Monday, January 6, 2014
I've been a huge slacker here lately, and haven't been posting as regularly as I'd like. After the cold I got hammered with, then all this crazy winter weather around here, I haven't been feeling very motivated. I promise to get through the rest of the WDW edits and hopefully in there somewhere I'll finally edit and post some shots from my E-M1. I've posted some from it on my intsagram, but nothing here yet.
This is from the Little Mermaid area of New Fantasyland. I really fell in love with this whole area of New Fantasyland, so much rich detail and beautiful architecture. Please let me know what you all think as any suggestions are welcomed and appreciated. Enjoy!