Tamu Tamu

Harambe Village, Africa, Animal Kingdom
Walt Disney World

On my way out of the Animal Kingdom park I found myself at the corner in Harambe Village. Looking back into the park I can go straight toward the Kilamanjaro Safari adventure, turn left toward the Lion King or turn right toward the Asia section of the park. The corner refreshment stand, Tamu Tamu, was begging to be photographed.

As much as I enjoy the parks I think they all take on a special quality at night. The lighting helps create a unique look and feel. I don’t think I am in a theme park, I get lost in the environment and feel like I am in each particular setting. This refreshment stand use to have the best milkshakes! Maybe that is the real reason I was drawn to it that night. They have since stopped selling them but it is still a great place to stop.


MLCreations Photography: Animal Kingdom &emdash; Tamu Tamu


Due to the intense lighting used I knew I would need to bracket my shots in order to capture this view. The top of Tamu Tamu was so bright that if I exposed for that section the rest of the view was black. I ended up with 4 separate exposures which I blended using the HDR Merge function in Lightroom. I created a flat image (one that captured the range of darks and lights but was not enhanced by changes in tone or saturation). Once I had this merged image I put it through my normal processing to bring out the detail and colors that I wanted. I left the image on the warm side as that is how I remember the scene.

Outside Looking In

China Pavilion, World Showcase, Epcot
Walt Disney World

I’m down to a handful of days before I set out on another adventure to Florida. I’ll be driving down for the Christmas holiday and I am hopeful I will be able to find some more of those beautiful sunrises and sunsets. I did not make any plans to visit a Disney Park although I am thinking of making a tour of the monorail resorts (Polynesian, Contemporary and Grand Floridian) to view the holiday decorations. I will also be trying to hit up Disney Springs for a little shopping and food.

I guess I am drifting to my Disney place which brought me to this image from my October trip. Frequent readers know my fascination/appreciation for the China Pavilion at Epcot. I’m always looking for different views or angles to capture the architecture and wonderful details of this pavilion. The time right after sundown is typically the best as the sky is not yet black and the lights do not over-power everything in the area.

This view is from a small walkway on the right of the pavilion which is seldom used by guests. I was able to setup the tripod and work my scene to get the composition I wanted. I loved the light illuminating the plants in the foreground while the trees and taller plants created a couple of natural frames for the buildings in the background.

In order to capture the range of light and be able to highlight the details I wanted, I used three separate exposures. I combined the images using Photomatix to create a well balanced image that is technically an HDR image but not as intensely processed as HDR images can be. I have learned over the past few years that shadows are as important as light to an image. 🙂

To finish off my processing I use OnOne’s Photo 10 software suite. The Effects module allows me to ‘tweak’ the image with a plethora of controls. This ‘pluses’ the image and helps me create the picture I have in my head .


MLCreations Photography: Epcot &emdash; Outside Looking In

Outside Looking In
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {0.6, 2.5 & 13s bracket}, 12mm, f/5.6, ISO 400


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

Sunrise Shadows

Indian River near Melbourne, FL

I went looking for the sunrise the other morning and it did not disappoint. I was at the small park on the Melbourne side of the 192 Causeway over the Indian River. I was like a kid in a candy store. Running all around the area grabbing pictures. I’ll warn everyone now that there will be more pictures on the way… 🙂

This image is a manual blend of three exposures. I used the normal exposure for the water, blended in the under-exposed image for the sky and the over-exposed image for the rocks. After the blending I worked a little of my normal processing with the Topaz Labs plug-ins (Clarity, Adjust and Detail).

MLCreations Photography: Landscapes &emdash; Sunrise Shadows

Sunrise Shadows
Olympus OM-D E-EM1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {0.6, 1/3 & 1/6s bracket}, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200