Golden Hour Swamp

Near the Utica Marsh


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Golden Hour Swamp

Golden Hour Swamp
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {1/10, 1/15, 1/25 & 1/50s bracket}, 40mm, f/16, ISO 200


Spaceship Earth Redo

Future World, Epcot, Walt Disney World

I had been on my photography journey for a little over a year and a half. I graduated from my Point & Shoot to my first DSLR, a Nikon D5100, about a year previous when I learned about a photography event occurring at Walt Disney World in October… Photo Magic 2013. Something so far outside my comfort zone it wasn’t even funny. I signed up anyway. No regrets!

I met a lot of great people. Still follow most of them, and happily, most still follow me. Maybe if I was a more social creature I would have stayed in touch with more of them but I have enjoyed watching everyone’s progression as photographers.

This is an image from one of the last nights of the event. My first attempt at processing this image was not too shabby, but I have learned a lot since then and the tools used to create HDR images have improved as well. I thought the first image was rather soft without much detail. Hopefully, this one improved on all my complaints with the first…


MLCreations Photography: Epcot &emdash; Spaceship Earth Redo

Spaceship Earth Redo
Nikon D5100, Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fish-eye, {1.8, 3.4, 4.8, 10 & 24s bracket}, f/16, ISO 400


Wildlife Endeavours

Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Wildlife Endeavours – Portfolio Blog


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Wildlife Endeavours

Wildlife Endeavours
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {0.6, 1.3, 6, 15, 30s bracket}, 12mm, f/11, ISO 400


Shadow over my Dreams

Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Shadow over my Dreams – Portfolio Blog


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Shadow over my Dreams

Shadow over my Dreams
Nikon D5100, Tokina AT-X 12-28mm f/4 Pro DX, {1/50, 1/125 & 1/320s bracket}, 15mm, f/8, ISO 400

Expedition Everest Setting

Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World


MLCreations Photography: Animal Kingdom &emdash; Expedition Everest Setting

Expedition Everest Setting
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {13, 20 & 60s bracket}, 40mm, f/16, ISO 200

Boardwalk Morning Redo

Boardwalk, Crescent Lake, Walt Disney World

Being at Walt Disney World for a week is always therapeutic for me, at least in part. I love being in the parks and soaking up the Disney atmosphere. I don’t always enjoy the company. I stayed at the Beach Club again which allows me numerous opportunities to photograph around Crescent Lake. It also got me looking at my previous captures of that area. I have a few favorites from a trip on 2014 but the more I look at them the more I realize I would process them differently. They now seems a little dark and contrasty to me. Maybe it is due to learning new techniques or maybe my “look” has changed for my images. Either way I decided to re-process my Boardwalk Morning image.

This is the original HDR image I created back in 2014.


MLCreations Photography: Around WDW &emdash; Boardwalk Morning

Boardalk Morning
Nikon D5100, Tokina 12-28mm f/4, {1/13, 1/6, 1/3 & 0.6s bracket}, 12mm, f/16, ISO 100


To me the shadows feel a little too dark, I used more contrast than I am currently using and the colors are off. I re-ran the same bracket through the Aurora HDR program and processed the resulting HDR image through ON1 Photo Effects. Too me the new image is brighter, more morning friendly and represents the feel I get when I am in this area of Disney.  It may not be that way for everyone as I am sure my feelings for Disney affect how I see this image.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Boardwalk Morning - Redo

Boardwalk Morning Redo


I am curious to know your thoughts and my second attempt…

Chittenango Autumn

Chittenango Falls State Park

After a long, tiring day of travel back from the West Coast on Thursday I decided I was leaving work early and stopping on my way home at the State Park that started my obsession with waterfalls, Chittenango Falls. I was hoping for a little autumn color and although I might have been about a week early for peak conditions, the park did not disappoint. The sun was starting to be replaced with the approaching clouds but I managed to grab some blue sky before it was gone.

Although we have not had a lot of rain of late, the flow in the creek was perfect to create the best looking cascade down the falls. It is always a challenge, too much water and there is no definition to the flow and too little leaves you with barely noticeable streams. I always prefer to see the flow so I try not to have an exceedingly long exposure. The 1-4 second bracket worked best for the conditions. I could have lengthened the exposure as there was barely any wind but I am not a fan of the definitionless water streams. My personal choice… 🙂


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Chittenango Autumn

Chittenango Autumn
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {1, 2 & 4s bracket}, 23mm, f/16, ISO 200