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! 😄

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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

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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Privateer Lynx

I had read about this ship coming in to Tampa from Fort Myers called Lynx. The arrival date was set for January 15th. It is a replica of an 1812 warship complete with cannons and full sails. Its path into Tampa would take it through St. Petersburg and under the Sunshine Skyway bridge. It seemed like the perfect photo opportunity so I decided to make the two hour drive down there.

I did some research online to see if I could find the exact time it would be sailing under the bridge, but I had no luck. I went to the website of the ship and contacted their main office. I was told that the ship would be sailing under the bridge at 9:00 am. The next step was looking at Google maps to determine the best shooting location. The south fishing pier looked promising as it was about as close as you could get to the center of the bridge. Also for that time of day the sun would be behind me and should have provided some nice light. I got to the pier around 8:15 and setup my tripod. The sky was kind of overcast so the lighting unfortunately was flat and dull. The wind was blowing so I had to hold my lens steady on the tripod to make sure my photos were sharp. This wasn’t exactly the image I had planned on getting but you have to accept the hand you are dealt and roll with it. In the end though  I was very happy!

In post processing the first image I added a texture to give it a vintage post card look. Kind of like old meets new.

Please be sure to click on each of the images below to view the larger and sharper versions!

The Passage of Time

After the ship sailed under the bridge, I watched it for a few minutes and decided it was time to head to Tampa. I read online that when it was going to be in Tampa that the sails would be down. Since it was scheduled to arrive in downtown Tampa at 12:00 noon, I figured that should give me plenty of time to get another shot of it with the sails still up. When I got over there I drove out to a park that has a nice long fishing pier. I got there about 10:30 and didn’t see any signs of the ship. I waited around for awhile and thought “what if it already passed through here and I missed it?” I took the gamble and left to head to it’s destination – The Tampa Convention Center.  I ended up beating it there by about 30 minutes.

I went up to the observation deck at the back of the convention center to see if I could spot it. When I saw it coming in they had already pulled the sails down. I missed the shot I had planned out in my head but now I had decent lighting so I was still happy. Once the ship was situated in the harbor I went to work. The final image I made is an HDR composed of 6 brackets.

Privateer Lynx

The ship is going to be going back and forth between Tampa and St. Pete until March 13th so I am hoping to get back down there for some more pics.

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Honored To Be Interviewed

I was recently contacted by Ed Wedman at Exhibitions Without Walls to do an interview about my HDR and photography work. It was just published October 9th. They promote photographers and digital artists on their website and also hold juried competitions throughout the year. Stop by there and check it out.

Here is the link to my interview: http://www.exhibitionswithoutwalls.com/michael-glover/

Thanks for looking! 😀

Shutterbug

I started this blog almost 2 years ago on July 7th 2010. My original intentions were to post some of my pictures I took and share them with the world. Not being much of a writer I thought all I needed to do was put a picture on, state where it was taken, and be done. But after reading some of my fellow bloggers pages, I came to realize that pictures alone were not enough. I needed interesting story-lines to help engage the readers.  Since I started doing that my readership has grown and I truly appreciate the support everyone has shown me.

On that note I wanted to share something that recently happened to me. Back in March I was contacted by Joe Farace who writes a column in Shutterbug Magazine (www.shutterbug.com) titled Web Profiles. He wanted to feature my blog in the July 2012 issue, and needed my permission to include a screen shot of my blog page. I of course had no problem with that so I said yes. Well the magazine just came out and I am so excited to see it. I have included screen shots of the cover and the pages of the article.

Thank you Joe for the wonderful write-up. I am truly honored. Also I want to personally thank all of my blog readers. You have inspired me to keep bringing new content to share. You have helped to make this blog what it is.

The 2012 Book of Lists Party – My Favorite Night EVER!

I just had the opportunity to be involved in what was probably the most exciting evening of my life. I had an invitation to an exclusive party at the Tampa Bay Times Forum to celebrate with the people who made it into the 2012 Book of Lists – a book published annually by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Months back I had entered one of my photographs in the books yearly search for artists. They wanted pictures representing the Tampa Bay area. I entered a picture that I had taken of beautiful downtown Tampa looking across the waterway. I was so excited in October when I found out I was one of the 13 artists chosen to be in the book! As time got closer to the publish date I could not WAIT to see it. The book was scheduled to come out on December 23rd. On December 22nd I received a call from the production director and she said she wanted to congratulate me personally because I made this years cover! I had no idea – it was a complete and awesome surprise! The party was incredible. Close to 800 people comprised of the executives who made it in the book of lists and their guest attended the party. There was tons of delicious food and drinks at every turn. The entertainment included an aerial artist, a band called the Vodkanauts – who were great! – a magician, and an ice carver just to to name a few. I got to walk the red carpet and pictures were taken of all the guests with fresh fake snow! Haha! The book cover was displayed everywhere and the highlight for me was seeing it displayed on the Jumbo Tron right in the middle of the forum through the entire night. It was truly a magical evening I will never forget. I am honored that I got to be part of such a wonderful night. This is definitely something to go down in my memory book.

Click on first picture to view gallery: