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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Camping at Lake Kissimmee State Park

At the beginning of October I took a little camping trip. I reserved a campsite at one of Florida’s many beautiful state parks: Lake Kissimmee State Park. If you are a nature lover and want to get away from the lights and sounds of the city then this is the place for you. Located about 15 miles away from the main city area of Lake Wales is a park that is hidden from urban development. Once you arrive at the entrance the campground is still 3 miles back in the park. With extremely dark skies the park is a wonderful place for stargazing.

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Upon my arrival I checked in at the ranger station and drove back to the campground to get my site all setup.

CampsiteAfter setting up the site it was time grill up some burgers! No food pics as I was pretty hungry by the time I got to eat so the camera was put up.

When I checked in on  Friday evening the ranger informed me that their cow camp had just opened for visitors. I was intrigued at the photo opportunities so I perused the brochure to find out more information.

1870's Florida Cow CampThe open prairies of the area were a real draw to the cowboys of the day. They even had a real cowboy on hand to tell the stories of survival in the wild of the 1870’s.

1870's CowboyThey had some authentic items on hand to complete the theme as well. This saddle was a great example of the way of life back then.

Saddle 'em Up!

Here is a close-up of the metal emblem on the horse bridle hanging on the end of the wooden post.

US Horse Bridle

And this old wooden canteen for carrying drinking water was another great find.

CS Wooden CanteenAnd nothing completes a great day better than a spectacular sunset provided by mother nature.

Sunset Canal

But to really finish off the night nothing can beat a sky full of stars!

Starry Starry Night

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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! 😀

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

Red

On a walk around downtown Tampa, Florida last year, I found a lot of interesting architecture. Armed with my camera and tripod, I set out to capture the beauty of this city. Now normally I drive through the area, casually glancing out the windows and catching some of the buildings,  but parking the car and walking around for a few hours gives a completely different perspective. There are so many things that you just don’t see while behind the wheel. Plus it’s great exercise!

As I was strolling down the street, I came across this building. What struck me most was the rich texture of the red brick facade. It popped out between the other buildings. Traffic was minimal as this was taken on a Saturday, so I didn’t have to worry about too many pedestrians or cars moving through the shot. The reflections in the windows were an added bonus.

This building houses a cafe and a restaurant on the bottom floor and a law firm on the 2nd and 3rd floors. For a little bit of history about this building click here – 110 East Madison.

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Red

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