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

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

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

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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Vette Dreams

 

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.

I hope you like color…

 

…because today’s post features a lot of it! 🙂 We find ourselves at the 2012 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival where flowers abound. There are so many of them to take in that it’s hard to really see it all in one day and truly appreciate the effort behind it. Breathtaking aromas and eye-catching colors await your visit. The displays they setup are absolutely amazing. A lot of work goes into putting on this festival and it’s definitely something to see. Over 100 topiaries were created with more than 75 of them representing Disney characters. The festival runs a little over 2 months with May 20th being the last day. For more info about the festival you can go here – Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Today’s images are just a small sample of what you will find there. My eyes are drawn to vibrant colors so these two scenes stopped me in my tracks! Up first we have an image I like to call “Roll out the Flower Carpet.” The orange and purple flowers leading to the doors welcome the viewer as if to say come on in.

Up next we find “Radio Flower” – a little red wagon with color spilling all over. I think this was positively one of the coolest displays I have seen at the festival. So much attention to detail makes this scene worthy of a picture.

Well that about wraps up today’s post. I really hope you enjoyed reading about the festival and viewing the pictures as much as liked sharing it with you. Please feel free to leave any comments you might have as I always appreciate hearing from my visitors!