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!

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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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Happy New Year

Here is a “blast from the past.” This is a fireworks shot I took in 2010 at EPCOT. Originally titled “Fireworks Over Torii Gate” this was a 25 second exposure in order to capture multiple fireworks in one picture. Just wanted to share a quick post and wish everybody a very Happy New Year. I hope your 2014 is your best year ever. I truly appreciate all of the support and encouragement of my blog over the years. Thanks for all your friendship!

Fireworks Over Torii Gate

The Cottage

Imagine walking down a flower lined pathway, across a little bridge over a tranquil pool of water. Can you see it? Do you smell the aroma of fresh-cut grass and flowers? Awesome now you’re here!

Welcome to the Canada area in Disney’s  EPCOT Center. A place full of wonderful architecture and beauty that I can never spend enough time at. This scene greets visitors on their way to a premier dining destination known as Le Cellier Steakhouse. This quaint little cottage caught my eye so I decided to set up for a shot. I got down low so I could include the reflection in the water and get the Caladiums up close that were right in front of me. I felt like I was looking at a painting. Even though there were other people around I zoned out into the peacefulness of the moment.

Although I have not been to Canada yet, I am planning on visiting someday. I can imagine this is what it would look like from some of the pictures I’ve seen. They have a 360 degree theater with a film about different areas in Canada called O Canada! I’ve seen it a couple of times and it is very enjoyable.

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The Cottage

Be Our Guest

Nighttime at Disney’s Magic Kingdom is truly a magical experience. As a photographer walking around a theme park in the middle of the night, I was on a mission. I had envisioned this scene before so I knew how I wanted to shoot it.

This shot was taken minutes before the shot in this post – Liberty Belle – about 13 minutes to be exact. It’s the entryway to the Be Our Guest Restaurant. With the gates closed and no people in sight, I knew it was time to get this picture. I really liked the way the lights were “spilling” onto the walls and the ground before me. Interesting shadows, textures, and details stood out in this scene and I knew that I wanted to capture them. The purple glow from other lights illuminating the trees seemed to add an air of mystery.

For more information about this restaurant, please click here: Be Our Guest Restaurant.

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Be Our Guest