Fresh Epcot

International Flower & Garden Festival, Epcot

Typically my Spring trip to Walt Disney World is for the International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot. Not that I use any of the information or ideas I gather while touring around the park when I get back home.  I like to capture pictures of the flowers. Especially after a winter in Upstate New York.

Disney usually pulls out all the topiary and strategically places then around the park. I will say it seemed this year there were fewer topiary to view. I’ve never taken an official count but some of my favorites were missing… 😦

I did have to share this particular image of my buddy Donald Duck at the entrance to Showcase Plaza. I tried to get an angle that included his nephews but I could not maneuver into a good location that minimized the background distractions.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Fresh Epcot

Fresh Epcot
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 25mm f/1.8, 1/800s, f/4, ISO 200

Reflection Warped

Monorail Monday
Walt Disney World

I hate to say it but due to inclement weather the Walt Disney World posts will have to continue. I was hoping to bring some of the great Florida weather back with me last week but it looks like my return had the opposite affect… I apologize. Forecast for most of this coming week is rain out here with me. Wishing your weather is better.

The start of the work week is also Monorail Monday in the Disney photography community. I am sure most of the regular readers of this blog are well aware of this fact as I do my best to contribute each week. This week is interesting though due to the nature of the image I chose to share.

The first image is my normal or classic monorail image. I love a reflection and when I can capture the monorail and its reflection I am one happy camper. As I was processing this image I became more aware of the unique quality of the reflection. It is distorted by a set of ripples traveling through the water. I chose to reprocess my image focusing on the distortion. The second image in this post is my result.

I changed the format to square and processed the image differently than my original. I started with a preset from Trey Ratcliff called ‘A Beautiful Release’ and modified it slightly. I also added a subtle vignette to keep you focused on the reflection. Did it work?


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Reflection Warped

Reflection Warped
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 12mm, f/9, ISO 400


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Reflection Warped Part Two

Reflection Warped Part Two
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 12mm, f/9, ISO 400

The Duke

The Great Movie Ride, Hollywood Studios

The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was originally sponsored by MGM. When the theme park opened it was originally named Disney-MGM Studios. Recently Disney worked a deal with Turner Classic Movies to sponsor the ride and the show was refurbished. I hadn’t experienced the new ride but I took the opportunity this trip to not only see the changes but cool off during a hot day at the park.

This ride is quite the challenge to photograph. Not only are you on a constantly moving vehicle, the lighting is not to promote pictures. I was finally able to capture the John Wayne scene but I struggled with the processing to get the color right. I know it might be a bit of a crutch but I ended up converting this image to B&W which I think works really well.


MLCreations Photography: WDW in B&W &emdash; The Duke

The Duke
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/100s, 21mm, f/2.8, ISO 6400