Everest Aglow

Fireworks Friday

On the day I visited Animal Kingdom I knew there was one view I wanted to capture… it was the Star Wars: Galactic Spectacular fireworks show at Hollywood Studios. No, you did read that correctly. From the bridge into Africa, looking toward Expedition Everest in the Animal Kingdom you can watch the fireworks show at Hollywood Studios. A fellow photography friend turned me onto to this little gem of information. I am no expert at fireworks photography, I’m still struggling with the settings, but even I was able to walk away with a few good images.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Red Everest

Red Everest
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1.9s, 32mm, f/2.8, ISO 400


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Purple Everest

Purple Everest
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2.2s, 32mm, f/2.8, ISO 200

WDW Abstract

Wordless Wednesday
Squared – SQ100
Walt Disney World


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sky Imagined

Sky Imagined
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/20s, 14mm, f/13, ISO 200


MLCreations Photography: Squared &emdash; AK Abstract

AK Abstract
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/80s, 40mm, f/2.8, ISO 400

Patriotic Watch

Cocoa Beach, FL

Although it had just stopped raining, the conditions looked great for surfing. There were more people in the surf than there were on the beach as I ran around trying to capture images at Cocoa Beach Pier. I really liked the color scheme used for the lifeguard tower and having the surfers walk by sealed it for me. It didn’t matter that it was a rainy, overcast day, the scene was set.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Patriotic Watch

Patriotic Watch
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 1/60s, 85mm, f/16, ISO 200

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

Mission: Space

Future World, Epcot, Walt Disney World
Wordless Wednesday


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Mission: Space

Mission: Space
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/800s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 400