WDW in B&W – WBW19
Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
As soon as you enter the Magic Kingdom, you find yourself at the turn of the twentieth century on Main Street U.S.A. One of my favorite first stops is the train station. From the second floor I can see down Main Street to the castle. It is also a great people watching location. I like to explore the station itself as I can always find interesting details to photograph. I really like the curved stairs leading up to the second floor. I know I have photographed this view before but I do not think I have processed it. It felt right to convert this one to B&W…
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/250s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200
WDW in B&W – WBW18
Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World
I’m back home now. My Spring trip to WDW is over. I had a good time up until Wednesday night. I’m not sure if it was something I ate or a quick hit of something but I did not enjoy my last day. I spent the entire day curled up in my room. Finally around 6pm I ventured out to attempt to eat some solid food. That whole adventure is the reason I have been quiet on my blog for the last few days.
I had been posting pics from each of the parks as I explored them throughout the week. Wednesday was my Hollywood Studios day. The park is undergoing a major renovation with the addition of Star Wars and Pixar Place areas. When it is done it will definitely be a park to spend the day at. For now though I was able to get most of my rides in by noon. I grabbed a quick bite at the Brown Derby Lounge and then headed over to Epcot to explore more of the Flower & Garden Festival. My plan was to return at sunset to grab more images around the Studios. It worked out well, I had a great day.
Right around sunset the park moves a stage and video screens from in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre replica. This building originally housed The Great Movie ride but is currently under renovations to a Mickey & Minnie ride. I was never a fan of the big Sorcerer’s hat placed in front of this theatre. I understood way it had to be there but I was happy to see it go. Once the “junk” in front was moved I raced over to grab a few images. I always think of old Hollywood when I see this building. I guess that is why I processed this one as B&W…
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/20s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200
WDW in B&W – WBW17
Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/60s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 400
WDW in B&W – WBW16
Harambe, Africa, Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World
There is an elegance to a black & white photo that trumps the color version in certain situations. I especially like processing mid-day images at Walt Disney World in black & white. Although normally photographers shy away from the direct light of the overhead sun I find the shadows it creates can add to the visual impact of the scene. Today I turn to the village of Harambe in the Africa area of the Animal Kingdom.
My normal B&W processing is done with Topaz Labs B&W plugin but it has been giving my fits lately. I believe it is related to the latest Windows update but I have not spent the time to dig into the issue. I turned to On1 Effects to process these images and the toning is a little different than I have been using. I am undecided if I need to tweak these to bring them inline with what I have been normally doing. At the moment I like them, we’ll see how the wear on me as they age… LOL.
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 17mm f/1.8, 1/250s, f/16, ISO 200
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 17mm f/1.8, 1/200s, f/16, ISO 200
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 17mm f/1.8, 1/160s, f/16, ISO 200