Peaceful Bellamy

Bellamy Harbor Park

I passed by the park about 30 minutes prior to the sunset after a nice dinner at the Rail and Canal restaurant. I stopped at Ace Hardware few a few items and when I exited the sky was ablaze! I jumped in the car and drove back to Bellamy Harbor Park hoping I could beat the sunset. I didn’t quite catch the best of the colors but it was worth the stop…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Peaceful Bellamy

Peaceful Bellamy
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/5s, 27mm, f/16, ISO 100

Castle Sunset

Cinderella Castle
Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Persistence pays off!

I was rained out of my sunset on the day of my arrival to Walt Disney World. It was a close call on Sunday but Mother Nature was on my side. I knew it was worth being nice to her. I staked out my spot on the bridge early (shared it with a fellow photographer) and waited for the right lighting conditions. There were enough clouds in the sky along with a little haze to provide the color I wanted after the sun dropped below the tree line. The toughest part for me was waiting long enough for the castle lighting to be visible without over loading the camera (those blue lights are hell)…

  

MLCreations Photography: Magic Kingdom &emdash; Castle Sunset

Castle Sunset
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6, 1.3s, 9mm, f/11, ISO 100

 

The Watchtower

Delta Lake State Park

A quick thunderstorm rolled through the area last night about 2 hours before sunset. The storm was moving fast, about 25 mph, and was purported to have high winds and hail. I didn’t experience any of the hail but the high winds definitely knocked a few loose branches out of trees. As soon as the storm ended the sun was out and I immediately thought I should head out to try my wide-angle lens.

I have been wanting a little wider lens for some time now. Currently I use my trusty 12-40mm but miss the extra view I used to have with my Nikon setup. I wasn’t excited about spending almost $1100 on the Olympus 7-14mm or the $900 for the Panasonic 7-14mm.

I decided I could sacrifice a little view by going with the Olympus 9-18mm. I would also by giving up some speed as well, f/2.8 vs f/4-5.6, but the price difference was significant. I even took it a step further and was able to grab a used version off eBay for almost half the price of a new lens. It was even 1/3rd the cost of a new 7-14mm lens. The lens looks brand new new, not a mark on it.

More to come on my new addition but for now here is the first image from it…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; The Watchtower

The Watchtower
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6, 0.4s, 9mm, f/11, ISO 100

 

Watchguard

Delta Lake State Park

Sunday evenings and Delta Lake work for me. I think it is a combination of timing and weather but what ever it is, I am definitely enjoying my time late on Sunday. Either the temperature was cooler or people decided to wait until the holiday but the beach was all but empty. Barely a car in the parking lot and only a handful of people enjoying the sunset. There was some remnants of a sandcastle near one of the lifeguard stations so I used the mound of sand to prop up my Lensball. My goal was to incorporate the chair in the sunset. I think it worked out quite well…

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Watchguard

Watchguard
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/5s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 100