Partners

Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

With all the images I have captured in Walt Disney World, I do not believe I have one that captures the Partners statue in the Magic Kingdom to my liking. I have tried! It is typically a crowded location with Photopass opportunities and everyone trying to include the statue in their pic.

The morning of early entry into the park did afford me a great opportunity to grab the statue in front of the illuminated castle minutes before sunrise. The sky was starting to lighten but the lights still highlighted the statue. A big bonus for me was there were no people crowded around to worry about. I know on my next visit I will be looking for another early morning in the park.

   

MLCreations Photography: Magic Kingdom &emdash; Partners

Partners
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2s, 28mm, f/8, ISO 200

Snow Along the Canal

Monochrome Winter

A friend at work yesterday was telling me about the view along the canal he passed on his way into work. It definitely sounded like something I would want to capture. I was able to leave work a few hours early and I made my way to this glorious location. I was off only a little as the scene he described ended up being about a mile down the road from where I entered the canal trail. I didn’t walk the trail far enough but I now know exactly where I need to go next time. I don’t think I can call my exploration a fail as I was able to capture these images along the canal.

 

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Trail Bridge

Trail Bridge
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Canal West

Canal West
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/50s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200

 

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Canal East

Canal East
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/60s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200

 

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Past the Bench

Past the Bench
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200

Mornin’ Cindy

Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

When I was in Walt Disney World in October my most anticipated day was the Friday I was going to the Magic Kingdom once I realized it opened early and I would be in the park about thirty minutes before sunrise. I had visions of the sunrise over the castle as I stand on the bridge between the hub and Liberty Square. I’ve seen other photographer’s images of this view and I was excited to get my own version. It did not matter to me how early I would need to get up in order to be at the park for that opening.

It was a small shot to my overall mood to discover as I arrived at the park that an early morning fog had settled over my kingdom. I was a little upset but I can only complain slightly as the conditions did allow for one of my favorite castle pictures to date (Pre-Dawn Cindy). Another blow to my mood once I had captured this colorful front view of the castle was the realization that the bridge to Liberty Square was not open during the extra magic hour which granted me this pre-dawn access. Even though I might have been missing out on my castle sunrise due to the fog I thought a good consolation prize would be a reflected view of the colorful castle.

Not to be a big pouting baby, I ran around the park grabbing as many images as I could before sunrise. Eventually the sun managed to burn through the fog and by the normal park opening the bridge into Liberty Square was open. I was able to grab an image of the castle, not the one I envisioned but I think I made it work for me…

 

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Mornin' Cindy

Mornin’ Cindy
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {1/40, 1/80 & 1/200s bracket}, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200

In Like a Lion…

Backyard

I realize the saying is usually attributed to the month of March but I am hoping that by using it for the first snow of winter it will apply to the whole season. Listening to the weather forecast for Sunday and Monday as I walked around on Saturday in 66 degree weather made me wonder what the heck is going on. Surely someone was trying to pull a HUGE practical joke. I guess Mother Nature managed a doozy…

As much as I was enjoying being snuggled under the blanket reading a good book I didn’t want to let the first snow go un-photographed. As soon as the wind died down and the light managed to find its way through the clouds I grabbed the camera and headed out into the backyard. The temperatures were warm enough for the snow to be the heavy, clingy snow that manages to hang on every surface. I wanted to capture that look. This series of images are from around the yard (I wanted some pics but was not brave enough to venture farther).

 

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; First Snow 1

First Snow – 1
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/40s, 15mm, f/16, ISO 200

 

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; First Snow 2

First Snow – 2
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/50s, 17mm, f/16, ISO 200

 

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; First Snow 3

First Snow – 3
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/50s, 26mm, f/16, ISO 200

 

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; First Snow 4

First Snow – 4
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/50s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200

Reflected Dolphin

Dolphin Resort, Crescent Lake, Walt Disney World

Normally I do not like having the Swan & Dolphin Resorts behind Crescent Lake and so close to Epcot. I think they interrupt the sight lines from various locations and detract from the visual settings so carefully crafted by the Imagineers. But on this particular evening I could not pass up the opportunity to capture this beautiful view. I will admit these hotels are a sight to behold, especially at night. I wish they were located in another area of the resort.

 

MLCreations Photography: Around WDW &emdash; Reflected Dolphin

Reflected Dolphin
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 10s, 12mm, f/5.6, ISO 200

Everest of Light

Rivers of Light seating, Expedition Everest, Animal Kingdom

 

MLCreations Photography: Animal Kingdom &emdash; Everest of Light

Everest of Light
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 20s, 23mm, f/5.6, ISO 400