Pre-Dawn Cindy

Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

My last day going to the parks was a Magic Kingdom day. I had some rides I wanted to experience and views I wanted to capture. I thought maybe I would take it easy in the morning and get to the park a little after the opening rush. Luckily, I checked the hours for park opening and was reminded that Friday was an early morning extra magic hour day. This meant the park would open at 7am, a full 30 minutes before sunrise. I couldn’t pass this up! Off to bed I went so I could catch the 6am bus…

No issues getting to the park on time.  The bus was a little late picking us up but we arrived in time for the park opening ceremony.  My disappointment came in the amount of early morning fog which had settled on the park.  I was discouraged but didn’t give up.  As everyone else ran to the back of the park to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, I setup right in front of the castle and captured this glowing view due to the misty fog.  If you look close you can see the ghosts of the other guests racing up the ramps on either side of the castle.

Another disappointment came when I realized the bridge to Liberty Square was blocked off as that section of the park would not open until 8am.  This meant my sunrise over the castle concept (not original to me, but I wanted that view!) was not going to happen.  I went to the opposite side to capture another glowing view of the castle but with a nice reflection in the moat (picture to follow soon).  I worked my way around the hub and Tomorrowland capturing as many lighted images as I could get before the fogged diffused sunrise created a truly boring sky.

Eventually the sun burned its way through the fog and the fabled Florida blue sky made its presence known…

MLCreations Photography: Magic Kingdom &emdash; Pre-Dawn Cindy

Pre-Dawn Cindy
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 6s, 12mm, f/8, ISO 200


Asia, Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

I had so much fun running around the Animal Kingdom after the sun went down last night.  Being in the park after dark was one of the experiences I was looking forward to on this trip.  It did not disappoint.  There are so many images to process.  I’ll start with my favorite refreshment stand on the corner in Asia.  I’m not sure if it is the architecture of this little building, the environment and all the details or the general theme, but I always grab an image of this spot on every visit.  Getting one at night was on my list…

MLCreations Photography: Animal Kingdom &emdash; Coca-Cola

Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {3, 6, 13 & 25s bracket}, 15mm, f/8, ISO 400

A Morning Trip

Jupiter and Hobe Sound, FL

It seemed easy enough, drive down to Jupiter and catch the sunrise with the Jupiter Lighthouse.  I have seen pics of the lighthouse and they are great!  I looked online and thought I knew a few locations with a good view…  wrong!  Definitely something that needs to be scouted ahead of time.  I spent most of my early arrival searching for a good location.  I didn’t find one.

I managed to find a spot under the Route 1 bridge which allowed me to capture the first image.  This is just prior to sunrise.  Oh, and another thing…  check your camera settings before you begin a new day!  I had spent the previous night photographing the moon rise and left my ISO at 1600.  Didn’t notice until an hour into my pics.  Rookie mistake. 😦

The second image is from a pier into the river just beyond the bridge.  I was able to setup between the bridge supports and capture the sun beyond the boats in the marina.  This was not my intended image but I think I like this one the best from my excursion.

The rest of the morning was going to be spent exploring the various parks and locations I listed from images I had found online.  Another thing that is easier said then done.  The last image is the only keeper I managed to capture.  My list of disappointments is fairly long…

  • Blowing Rocks Preserve – parking area was closed
  • Hobe Sound Wildlife Refuge – no attendant for fee and me without a pen to fill out the form
  • Seashells on beach on Hutchinson Island (Captain Kimo Gallery) – couldn’t find
  • Indian River Citrus Museum – not open on Monday…  LOL, my luck

I guess this is a sign that I will have to return and try again.  Not a bad thing when I stop and think about it.  Like I need a reason to come back… 🙂


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Jupiter Lighthouse

Jupiter Lighthouse
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/25s, 24mm, f/16, ISO 1600


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Marina Sunrise

Marina Sunrise
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/500s, 49mm, f/16, ISO 1600


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Bridge Road

Bridge Road
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {0.6, 1/3, 1/6 & 1/20s bracket}, 15mm, f/16, ISO 200

From Space Coast to Treasure Coast

Cocoa Beach to Vero Beach

My trip along the Florida coast started in Cocoa Beach and ended in Vero Beach (so far, more to come).

MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; Pier Reflected

Pier Reflected
Cocoa Beach Pier
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/50s, 40mm, f/16, ISO 200


MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; Sunglow Pier

Sunglow Pier
Melbourne Beach Pier
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 1/160s, 40mm, f/16, ISO 200


MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; Along the Curve

Along the Curve
Sebastian Inlet
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/100s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200


MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; The Break

The Break
Vero Beach
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.4s, 40mm, f/16, ISO 200

Florida Bound!

Vacation Time

Today is the day! Vacation!

I’ll be flying down to Florida for a week of relaxation and photography. My last few trips down to the Sunshine State have been as chauffeur with a little exploring once I’m in state. This week will be all about the exploring. I’ll be spending some time at Vero Beach checking out all the great locations along the east coast and then I will be heading to Disney for a photography meet-up. I’m looking forward to capturing more images like these two.

Stay tuned for updates of my adventure…🙂

MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; Melbourne Beach Pier Sunset

Melbourne Beach Pier Sunset

MLCreations Photography: Magic Kingdom &emdash; Fantasyland Alive

Fantasyland Alive