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

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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

Silver Bullet

In a recent blog post – Vette Dreams – I had a picture of a shiny red Corvette with another car reflecting in the side of it. Today’s post shows the car that is in the reflection.

A 2014 Corvette Stingray, located at the end of the Test Track ride at Disney’s EPCOT Center. I really liked the play of light and shadow from the perfect angles of the very subdued lighting. The hint of purple lights caught my eye and I wanted to make sure it came through in the final image. The sharp curves and flowing lines let you know what this beast is made of. From the poster on the back left wall we get a glimpse of the front end. This car looks tough!

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Silver Bullet

Liberty Belle

To celebrate the upcoming release of the Disney Pixar movie Monsters University on June 21st, Disney’s Magic Kingdom was open for 24 hours on May 24th. The fun began at 6 am Friday and ended at 6 am Saturday. Walking around a theme park during the middle of the night gives you a magical feeling. Everything just looks different for some reason.

I walked around with my camera gear all night so I could capture some different images. I saw the makings of this shot earlier in the evening, but the water wasn’t quite still enough to get this smooth reflection. At 3:21 am I got to take this shot. I couldn’t believe how calm the water was. This was exactly what I was looking for.

The boat is the Liberty Belle. It is what makes the Liberty Square Riverboat ride. It takes passengers on a scenic half-mile journey around Tom Sawyer island. Here is a link to the website for more information about this ride. The Haunted Mansion can be seen lit up in purple in the background.

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Liberty Belle

Vette Dreams

I’m back with a new blog post! Sorry for the hiatus everybody – I’ve been really busy with some new photography projects and I kind of put the blog on the back burner for a bit. But I promise to try and be around a little more to bring you new pictures! Okay back to today’s regularly scheduled program…

On a recent visit to EPCOT center in Florida I got to enjoy the new and improved Test Track ride. They went through an extensive redesign and I gotta say it’s really awesome! At the end of the ride they have a huge display area with new cars and even some prototypes. I was instantly drawn to the red Corvette with the way the lights were hitting it. It is a 2013 Corvette Grand Sport. In the reflection you can see another car next to it. A silver 2014 Corvette Stingray which I will bring to you in a future post. The posters on the wall in the background show a glimpse of this new beast!

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Quiet Elegance

Welcome to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa! The architectural design of this place is a true marvel. On a recent visit to this spectacular hotel, I decided to wait around til later in the evening, hoping to capture some images without people. At 11:00 on a Sunday night, just about everyone had retired to their rooms after a full day of fun. I only had to wait a couple of minutes to get my shots. I love all of the details they put into the layout like the massive birdcage on the left or the giant urns on the table in front of me. And the lighting is unrivaled with those magnificent chandeliers! On the second floor in the back they have a band that plays a very nice variety of music throughout the day.

For this shot I setup my tripod down low to try and get as much in the frame as I could. Capturing the grand scale in a photo is almost impossible.

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Quiet Elegance