Xmas from Venice

Italy Pavilion, World Showcase, Epcot

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Xmas from Venice

Xmas from Venice
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 13s, 20mm, f/11, ISO 400

 

American Adventure Christmas

American Adventure Pavilion, Epcot

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; American Adventure Christmas

American Adventure Christmas
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/200s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 400

 

Holiday Earth

World Showcase, Epcot, Walt Disney World

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Holiday Earth

Holiday Earth
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/320s, 19mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Christmas Resorts

Magic Kingdom Resorts, Walt Disney World

On my second day at Walt Disney World I joined a photo walk by Scott Thomas from the Picture This! blog at AllEars.net. Scott and I have known each other for a few years and live about 50 miles apart but usually only see each other when we are at Disney. I had been planning on touring the resorts around the Magic Kingdom but by committing to joining this photo walk I knew I would actually accomplish my goal. Otherwise, there was a good chance I would not!

We started our tour at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This resort is themed on the turn-of-the-century National Park lodges and does not disappoint. We spent quite a bit of time exploring the Christmas try in the lobby and not only capturing the grand view of this massive tree but looked for smaller details to photograph. I found a great view up on the third/fourth floor balcony which allowed me to highlight the wonderful lights suspended from the ceiling.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Christmas Wilderness

Christmas Wilderness
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/8s, 12mm, f/5.6, ISO 400

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Christmas Details I

Christmas Details I
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.4s, 17mm, f/5.6, ISO 200

  

Our tour continued as we sailed our way to the Contemporary Resort. My hopes for an epic view of this classic Disney resort from the entrance with its massive Christmas tree were dashed as the rain started to fall as soon as our boat docked. We worked our way up to the fourth floor of the hotel to photograph the gingerbread display. I was not happy with any of the images I captured and truth be told was a little disappointed in the display. It was not as epic as I had hoped.

Our last stop would be the Grand Floridian Resort and my excitement was growing as we boarded the monorail for a ride to Victorian era resort. I had been to the Grand Floridian at Christmas time in the past and I had a good idea what to expect. The lobby and its Christmas display lived up to the name of the resort, it was grand! I took my time and capture not only the sweeping view of the lobby with the gingerbread house and large Christmas tree, but I searched out some details and was sure to capture the huge gingerbread house from numerous angles.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Christmas Details II

Christmas Details II
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/6s, 36mm, f/5.6, ISO 800

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Grand Gingerbread I

Grand Gingerbread I
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/20s, 12mm, f/4, ISO 800

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Grand Gingerbread II

Grand Gingerbread II
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/6s, 12mm, f/5.6, ISO 800

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Grand Gingerbread III

Grand Gingerbread III
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/4s, 12mm, f/5.6, ISO 800

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Grand Christmas

Grand Christmas
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/10s, 12mm, f/5.6, ISO 800

Hollywood Holidays

Echo Lake, Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World

I had to wait what seemed like an eternity for the tree lights to come on. The park announced the lighting of the tree at 5:15pm but it wasn’t until 5:48pm that they eventually came on. To be honest, by the time the lights came on the color in the sky was gone, but an image from five minutes earlier had the sky I wanted. So technically, this view didn’t happen last night… 🙂

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Hollywood Holidays

Hollywood Holidays
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2.5s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Christmas Day & Night

Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Christmas Day

Christmas Day
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/250s, 16mm, f/11, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Christmas Night

Christmas Night
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 15mm, f/5.6, ISO 400

Epcot Christmas

Epcot, Walt Disney World

It feels like it has been forever since the last time I was in Walt Disney World for the Christmas holidays. After my trip last fall I decided I had seen enough of the Autumn decorations and wanted to experience Christmas again while in the World. Disney sure does know how to decorate for the holidays.

I also broke with my tradition this year and visited Epcot first! Normally I head to the Magic Kingdom on my first day but with the park closing early for the Christmas party, my luggage still in transit (my tripod is in my suitcase) and with me staying at the Beach Club Resort (right behind Epcot), I chose to switch it up a little this year. Epcot is always decked out for the holidays. I especially was looking forward to the Holiday Entertainment & Storytellers at each country around World Showcase. I remember experiencing the holiday stories from each country with the kids when they were younger and I wanted to see them again (more to come on that topic).

Here are a couple of images from around Future World and Showcase Plaza…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Poinsettia Mickey

Poinsettia Mickey
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 8s, 17mm, f/11, ISO 400

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Poinsettia Earth

Poinsettia Earth
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 3.2s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 400

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Epcot Xmas Tree

Epcot Xmas Tree
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 4s, 15mm, f/11, ISO 400