Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

One of my favorite views at Animal Kingdom! This one is from a early Spring trip in 2014. I originally used this image to create one of my Painted Disney images. I zoomed in a little via a tighter crop and reprocessed everything as I would today. I’m looking forward to this view in a couple of weeks.


MLCreations Photography: Animal Kingdom &emdash; Everest

Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/500s, 42mm, f/11, ISO 800



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


All a Glow… again.

Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

All a Glow… again – Portfolio Blog

Two weeks! In two weeks I’ll be back home! Spring at Walt Disney World, for me, is the International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot. I’ll be visiting all the parks, but I will probably end up most at Epcot. There is so much to see and photograph inside Epcot and the festival only increases my photographic opportunities.

I thought it would be interesting to look back at all I have captured in the past six years since I started considering myself a photographer. I came across this great image of Cinderella Castle from September 2012. I decided to reprocess this image using some new techniques as well as programs. I think the original was a little “hot” with the blues and I wanted to try to tone it down a little.


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; All a Glow...

All a Glow… again
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/5s, 17mm, f/5, ISO 1600


Harambe Lights

Africa, Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Harambe Lights – Portfolio Blog

If it hasn’t become obvious maybe I should explain that I am on the downward slide toward next trip to Disney. Only 35 more days! As typically happens with me, there is an increase in postings of my Disney images. I like reviewing what I have done on previous trips and try to plan a little of what I would like to capture while I am back home! So I guess I should apologize now for the content during the next five weeks! LOL

I have captured this view in the Africa area of the park numerous times. This is from the bridge over the Discovery River as you enter the African village of Harambe. This is looking toward the Harambe port. Normally I am photographing this at sunrise, or early morning, and have not been able to capture a good sunset image. I originally planned this as an HDR image, capturing a four bracket set, but the software had issues with the bright sky behind the trees. It was creating some off color artifacts that I did not want to deal with. Upon closer review of -1 exposure image I felt there was plenty of detail in both the highlights and shadows for me to work with.

I have been using the new, to PC anyway, Luminar program from Skylum Software to post-process my images. It has allowed me at lot more creative control and helped me improve the look of my images. If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive program to process your images, I would highly recommend Luminar. There is a lot of tutorials online and a growing amount of presets available for this program. Definitely worth a look…


MLCreations Photography: Animal Kingdom &emdash; Harambe Lights

Harambe Lights
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2.5s, 23mm, f/16, ISO 200