Postcards From Paris!

While roaming around EPCOT, one of the theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, I came across two different subjects illuminated in beautiful light.

The Eiffel Tower was glowing in the warm light of the late afternoon sunshine. As soon as I saw it I immediately decided to silhouette the buildings just to show their shape, while keeping the orange color at it’s finest. I really liked the simplicity of this shot by keeping it all about light and shadow.

The warm glow of late afternoon light illuminates the Eiffel Tower at EPCOT.

The warm glow of late afternoon light illuminates the Eiffel Tower at EPCOT.

For this second shot I turned around and saw this neat little setup behind me. It was a miniature sized replica of  the Eiffel Tower. The light was absolutely amazing on it, casting shadows on the background. As I setup my camera to shoot it, I made sure to keep the shadow areas prominent while letting just enough light in the brighter areas to shine on the small details.

A miniature Eiffel Tower is illuminated by a late afternoon sun, casting shadows on its background.

A miniature Eiffel Tower is illuminated by a late afternoon sun, casting shadows on its background.

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Special Appearance at Disney

My new artwork will be premiering at Downtown Disney’s WonderGround Gallery here in Florida next week! For the grand opening I will be there on Friday March 6th and Saturday March 7th from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm both days. I am really excited about this special event and I hope you can come out and join me. The gallery is located in the Marketplace Co-op in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. There will also be three other artists there as well debuting new artwork so there will be plenty to see.

For more information please click here:

WonderGround Grand Opening with Michael Lewis Glover, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Robert Jimenez, and Jerrod Maruyama

Thanks for looking! 😄

New Website

Today I would like to share my new Portfolio website with you. It has not been updated for awhile and was getting kind of stale, in my opinion. Below is a screenshot of the homepage. I moved my site to SmugMug. I really like the layout and the look. They have a lot of options to get you going and setup was a breeze.

On a side note, this commemorates my 100th blog post! Thank you all for your continued support and friendship. I’ve met so many awesome people and I really appreciate it.

Please click on the image to be taken to my new website. Let me know what you think!

Website

Happy 4th of July!

Hi everyone! Just wanted to take a minute to wish everybody a Happy Fourth of July. Stay safe, enjoy some good BBQ and celebrate!

This is a shot I took at Disney’s Magic Kingdom during the ‘Wishes’ fireworks display. The new Fantasyland area includes a Little Mermaid ride – Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid. Prince Eric’s castle stands prominently in the foreground with a beautiful purple glow.

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Fireworks Over Prince Eric's Castle

Coronado Springs Resort

Welcome to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, a Spanish-colonial style resort hotel with a beautiful lake view. To get this shot I knew I wanted to be there at sunset. I was here earlier in the afternoon and the water was too ripply to get a nice reflection. I was hoping the breeze would subside by evening and the water would look like glass. I was not disappointed!

I ended up circling the entire lake by the time the night was over. I shot from several different areas looking for the right balance of buildings, reflection, sunset color, and a little bit of foreground element to complete the image. I was really happy how this one turned out.

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Coronado Springs Resort

Hotel du Canada

Today’s blog post features one of my favorite buildings at Disney’s EPCOT. It is located in the Canada section of the world showcase. The building was designed to resemble The Fairmont Château Laurier that is located in Ottawa, Ontario. There is a fantastic steakhouse that resembles a wine cellar underneath the building aptly named Le Cellier Steakhouse. Here is the story about this photo.

It was a chilly moonlit night. There was a breeze in the air that said fall is on the way…

Ok wait a second, that was all a vision in my head!

For a long time I have wanted to get a picture of this beautiful scene at night. However the dilemma has been to get the shot without people. The way the lights illuminate the area always catches my eye. So how can I turn my vision into reality? Shoot it the early morning hours before anybody is there and then use a little Photoshop magic to turn day into night! The original picture is an HDR from three bracketed exposures, then processed to my taste. A little time with a brush tool to turn the lights on and create the glow added a lot of character. The clouds were perfect to add in a little bit of diffused moonlight. Add in some light beams to illuminate the top and finish off with some maple leaves and it’s done.

So whenever you think you can’t get the shot you want, just think out of the box. You never know where you’re creativity will take you!

If you would like to view more pictures on my blog from Disney, just click here.

Also here is a link to a previous blog post from the Canada area titled “The Cottage.”

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Hotel du Canada

Disney Artwork

I am really excited to share some news! I now have artwork for sale at Disney! I have four new pieces that were created exclusively for Disney. Due to contractual agreements I can’t show any photos of them here. But if you would like to see these in person or if you are interested in purchasing one, you can find them at The Art of Disney at the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

The titles of the four pieces are as follows:

  1. Tony’s Town Square Restaurant sign
  2. The Great Movie Ride sign
  3. Mama Melrose’s sign
  4. Oscar’s Truck sign

All four pieces were created from my original photographs.

The first of the four pieces was inspired by the movie classic “Lady and the Tramp.” It is from Tony’s Town Square Restaurant located right up front in the Magic Kingdom theme park. The finished piece is a die-cut shaped like the original sign that hangs outside.

The second piece is from one of the attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Great Movie Ride takes guests on a ride through the movies. This piece is also a die-cut and resembles the original sign.

The third piece is the sign that is painted on the building of the restaurant “Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano” which is also located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It features a resemblance of the Mona Lisa wearing sunglasses. This piece is printed on wood.

The fourth piece is of a classic tow truck named “Oscar’s” located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios as well. It is situated in front of a replica of an old-time gas station. It is also printed on wood.

Stop by and check these out if you are in the area.

If you can dream it, you can do it. – Walt Disney

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