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

The Path of Love

In honor of Valentine’s Day, today’s post features a wedding gazebo with intricately cut hearts around the top.

Disney’s Boardwalk area is the setting for this image. A flower lined brick pathway leads to the gazebo with Disney’s Yacht Club Resort creating the perfect backdrop. I felt like I was walking into a painting. The lighting was perfect with the right mix of sun and clouds. All of the magnificent color was what initially drew my eye to this scene. After that it was just a matter of framing up all of the elements I liked.

The lamp-posts and the flower pots seemed to add just the right amount of decor to an already eye pleasing scene. The vibrant colors of the flowers and the awnings completed the picture.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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Big Wheels Keep on Turning

Today’s post is a fun image that was taken the same day as my post from The Boardwalk. While exploring Disney’s Pop Century Resort, which is themed around different era’s of the 50’s through the 90’s, I came around a corner and spotted this ginormous Big Wheel! Having fond memories of riding one of these when I was a kid, I was immediately transported back in time to my childhood. I used to love riding these things. The colorful plastic toy could keep a little one busy for hours.

I setup my tripod low to the ground to make sure the largeness of this awesome set of wheels was emphasized. I had to move around quite a bit until I found the composition I was looking for. I was drawn to the bright colors of this scene that just seemed to pop out.

Pictures can’t really do justice to the size of this but it is just about as tall as the four-story building behind it.

If you ever make a trip to Disney, be sure and stop by this resort. It is definitely worth a visit!

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The Boardwalk

On a recent trip to Disney, I spent the day walking around taking in the magic. I explored some of the resorts and slowly made my way to the boardwalk area. After walking around there for a little bit, I sat down to a quick meal and a little relaxation.

It was getting close to sunset time so I started looking for something interesting to shoot. I noticed a sliver of sunlight peeking through the clouds. I found a spot that I liked and noticed the way the light was hitting the buildings. Since the lights were also turned on, it made for a nicely lit scene.

For the last half of the day the sky had pretty much been gray so I wasn’t expecting spectacular sunset colors. I moved around a little bit looking for different compositions and just enjoyed the way everything was looking. All of a sudden the clouds started breaking up and the most beautiful display of color and light that I had ever witnessed was appearing before my eyes. I started getting really excited! I had a very surreal feeling come over me. It was like standing in a dream. I was mesmerized by what I was seeing.

I kid you not when I say the light was changing every 30 seconds. This was one of the most awesome things I have ever seen. And just when you think it’s over it changes again. I took a lot of shots this day, but this one really stood out to me. I will never forget Sunday January 13th, 2013.

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The Boardwalk

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Around the Bend

Happy New Year everyone! This is officially my first post of 2013. And this image was shot on the first day of the year!

For my first outing of the new year I decided to go for a bike ride. I wanted to see something different so after researching the Florida State Parks website for bicycling activities, I chose this area: Cross Florida Greenway – Withlacoochee Bay Trail. Situated in Crystal River, Florida the trailhead starts at Felburn Park. The trail runs 5 miles out to the Gulf of Mexico along an old barge canal. There are pavilions along the way with tables and benches where you can sit and relax with a beautiful view of the water.

The day started out as kind of a gray cloudy day. I prefer blue skies with puffy white clouds, but you have to use what you’re given. I stopped along the way to the Gulf at the different areas to see what I could shoot. I wasn’t really feeling inspired so I continued on.  I did get to see a family of deer run across the trail right in front of me which was pretty cool!

When I got to the Gulf area, I saw the most beautiful God rays I had ever seen. And they lasted for quite awhile. I hope to post one of those shots on the blog real soon.

When I started heading back I was watching the sky and noticed that there was some blue color trying to show through. With eager anticipation I kept looking upwards and decided to stop one more time. I finally got to get what I was hoping for.

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Around the Bend

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