World of Avatar

Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

The new land at Animal Kingdom wasn’t open during my last trip to Walt Disney World and from what I had been reading online, I was expecting quite a lot from it. The land itself is beautiful. I have to give Disney their due credit. They do know how to put on a show. To be truly impressed, make sure to visit after dark. That is when this new area comes alive.

I was unable to get a fastpass for the Flight of Passage attraction so I got myself to the park early to join the mad rush. To say my faith in common courtesy has been diminished would be a gross understatement. Apparently the new norm is everyone for themselves. It was a very disappointing. It continued into the night as I returned to this land for pictures as it became lit with the luminous glow the movie was known for. I lost count of the number of pictures ruined by someone stepping in front of me to get their picture. I wait my turn and definitely try not to impede anyone enjoying the parks. I realize my camera and tripod can be a bit much so I do everything I can to not intrude. Don’t get me wrong there are definitely people who wait before crossing in front of me, but they are becoming more rare every year.

OK, enough bellyaching! Here is one of the images I was able to capture. I still have some more learning to do as this is a difficult area to photograph with its lighting. I guess that means I will have to come back… LOL.

 

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; World of Avatar

World of Avatar
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 15s, 12mm, f/8, ISO 1600

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Peevy’s Polar Pipeline

Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World

On my last couple of visits to Walt Disney World I didn’t go to Hollywood Studios. A couple of reasons kept me away. My last visit in December 2015 didn’t leave me feeling very good about the park. A couple of bad experiences soured my outlook. I’m glad I decided to return. Although there is a lot of construction at the Studios (Star Wars and Toy Story expansions) there was enough to keep me occupied. Plus I had forgotten how much I enjoyed photographing this park once the neon lights come on…

So, this image combines a lot of my favorites… The Rocketeer movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and night photography.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Peevy's Polar Pipeline

Peevy’s Polar Pipeline
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 6s, 16mm, f/16, ISO 200

Overwatch

Cocoa Beach, FL

On Christmas Eve day I went back to Cocoa Beach for the sunrise. My hopes were high after my cloudy attempt last time I was in Florida. I arrived plenty early to grab some pre-dawn images around the Pier. Luckily that plan was very fruitful. As the day marched toward the sunrise the clouds covered more of the sky and dashed my hopes for the idyllic Florida beach sunrise.

The pier uses quite a few spot lights to illuminate the sand and surf. At first I thought the bright lights would ruin any image I tried to capture. There was still a lifeguard stand on the beach and I thought possibly it could be used to hide the obnoxious lights. Although I initially captured multiple exposures the slightly underexposed image turned out to be all I needed.

  

MLCreations Photography: Florida &emdash; Overwatch

Overwatch
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 13s, 23mm, f/8, ISO 800

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

B-52 Rising

Griffiss Industrial Park (Airbase), Rome, NY

I struggled with processing this image. I knew I needed to have separate exposures for the moon and the aircraft but I have not been able to combine the two. I still love the way the aircraft was captured so I am posting this ‘super moon’ image even though the moon is totally blown out.

 

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; B-52 Rising

B-52 Rising
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 4s, 92mm, f/8, ISO 200

Coca-Cola

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

Coca-Cola
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {3, 6, 13 & 25s bracket}, 15mm, f/8, ISO 400