Sun Spotting

Monorail Monday
Future World, Epcot

This is still a favorite pastime in between rides and shows while I am in Epcot. I do collection a fair amount of interesting looks as I wait, camera pointed at nothing in particular for the next monorail. I’m not sure where I read it (probably on instagram) but I have tried to live up to it when I could… “If you are going to have the monorail beam in the picture, there better be a monorail on it…”

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sun Spotting

Sun Spotting
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/800s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 400

Christmas Resorts

Magic Kingdom Resorts, Walt Disney World

On my second day at Walt Disney World I joined a photo walk by Scott Thomas from the Picture This! blog at AllEars.net. Scott and I have known each other for a few years and live about 50 miles apart but usually only see each other when we are at Disney. I had been planning on touring the resorts around the Magic Kingdom but by committing to joining this photo walk I knew I would actually accomplish my goal. Otherwise, there was a good chance I would not!

We started our tour at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. This resort is themed on the turn-of-the-century National Park lodges and does not disappoint. We spent quite a bit of time exploring the Christmas try in the lobby and not only capturing the grand view of this massive tree but looked for smaller details to photograph. I found a great view up on the third/fourth floor balcony which allowed me to highlight the wonderful lights suspended from the ceiling.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Christmas Wilderness

Christmas Wilderness
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/8s, 12mm, f/5.6, ISO 400

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Christmas Details I

Christmas Details I
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.4s, 17mm, f/5.6, ISO 200

  

Our tour continued as we sailed our way to the Contemporary Resort. My hopes for an epic view of this classic Disney resort from the entrance with its massive Christmas tree were dashed as the rain started to fall as soon as our boat docked. We worked our way up to the fourth floor of the hotel to photograph the gingerbread display. I was not happy with any of the images I captured and truth be told was a little disappointed in the display. It was not as epic as I had hoped.

Our last stop would be the Grand Floridian Resort and my excitement was growing as we boarded the monorail for a ride to Victorian era resort. I had been to the Grand Floridian at Christmas time in the past and I had a good idea what to expect. The lobby and its Christmas display lived up to the name of the resort, it was grand! I took my time and capture not only the sweeping view of the lobby with the gingerbread house and large Christmas tree, but I searched out some details and was sure to capture the huge gingerbread house from numerous angles.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Christmas Details II

Christmas Details II
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/6s, 36mm, f/5.6, ISO 800

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Grand Gingerbread I

Grand Gingerbread I
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/20s, 12mm, f/4, ISO 800

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Grand Gingerbread II

Grand Gingerbread II
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/6s, 12mm, f/5.6, ISO 800

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Grand Gingerbread III

Grand Gingerbread III
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/4s, 12mm, f/5.6, ISO 800

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Grand Christmas

Grand Christmas
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/10s, 12mm, f/5.6, ISO 800

Boardwalk Friendship

Boardwalk, Crescent Lake, Walt Disney World

This is the image that got me questioned by Disney Security. It was my last morning at Disney. As usual I woke early to capture the sunrise around Crescent Lake. The sky had some potential, and considering my good luck the day before with the Lighthouse, I decided to setup over on the Boardwalk. I was a little early for sunrise but you have to see how the colors change from dawn until the sun breaks the horizon. There is always a chance the pre-sunrise images will be better.

I picked a spot on the Boardwalk next to some of the carnival games and aligned my camera toward the Friendship boat launch and the eventual sunrise. I had about twenty minutes to wait and the clouds were holding in an interesting pattern. I didn’t think too much about the two Disney security guards walking toward me along the boardwalk until they started talking to me.

They asked if I was a guest, and then what my room number was and eventually asked if I had a Magic Band (the key to everything at Disney). I explained that I was waiting for the sunrise and they explained that I was making the transportation people nervous because of how I was standing partially concealed. Once they determined I was truly only photographing the scene everything was good. I apologized for any issues I caused and they assured me I had nothing to apologize for, but they had been called to look into what I was doing. I showed them a few of my images from the previous days and we chatted about digital cameras. Everything turned out alright.

I wasn’t upset by the encounter. I could see their point of view. We all handled it rather calmly and I made a mental note to not setup my camera in areas that could make me look suspicious… LOL

  

MLCreations Photography: Around WDW &emdash; Boardwalk Friendship

Boardwalk Friendship
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {0.5, 1, 1.3s bracket}, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Lighthouse on the Rise

Crescent Lake, Walt Disney World

It wasn’t until my fourth morning at the Beach Club that I was able to photograph the sunrise I had been waiting to see. The first morning was covered in fog and didn’t burn off until an hour after sunrise. The next two days were covered in clouds and although I grabbed some images, they were not up to my expectations. The third morning was down right frigid and I refused to venture outside (~38F).

Thursday morning was the one. As soon as I walked out the lobby door I knew the potential for a brilliant sunrise was in the air. There were enough clouds to make the sky interesting and the wind was non-existent. When the first color started to appear I was running all along the waterfront capturing different views of the sunrise. This is the one I liked the best even though it breaks a few of the photography “rules”.

  

MLCreations Photography: Around WDW &emdash; Lighthouse on the Rise

Lighthouse on the Rise
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/4a, 15mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Hollywood Holidays

Echo Lake, Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World

I had to wait what seemed like an eternity for the tree lights to come on. The park announced the lighting of the tree at 5:15pm but it wasn’t until 5:48pm that they eventually came on. To be honest, by the time the lights came on the color in the sky was gone, but an image from five minutes earlier had the sky I wanted. So technically, this view didn’t happen last night… 🙂

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Hollywood Holidays

Hollywood Holidays
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2.5s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200

 

Sleeping DiVine

Oasis Area, Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

DiVine is a performer at the Animal Kingdom that is tough to find… especially because she is so good at hiding. DiVine is a leafy character that usually blends in perfectly with the vegetation. When you do find her it is a rare treat to watch her move and interact with guests. I was lucky enough to find DiVine sleeping near the entrance to the park.

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sleeping DiVine

Sleeping DiVine
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 1/20s, 150mm f/5.6, ISO 400

 

Christmas Day & Night

Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Christmas Day

Christmas Day
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/250s, 16mm, f/11, ISO 200

  

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Christmas Night

Christmas Night
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 15mm, f/5.6, ISO 400