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

I Stand Alone

Sunrise along the Thruway

Have you ever had that image in your head, of a scene you pass every day, and when you finally capture the image it is nothing like you visualized? This image would be that one for me. I have passed this solitary tree in a pasture on my way to work for over a year. I have envisioned it with the sunrise in the background and this majestic looking silhouette standing alone in the field. This is not quite what was in my head.

Yesterday morning the clouds and sun were putting on a good show in the morning sky. The timing was right and my courage was running high. I stopped the car along the thruway and grabbed the camera. The pasture fence was only 40 feet from the edge of the road and I was wearing my waterproof boots. The tree was not quite as tall as I envisioned. I though the silhouette would be more into the sky. The sun could have been more to the left creating a little more drama in the sky.

If I had access to the pasture I could have improved all those negatives, but from my vantage point on the side of Interstate 90, this is what I captured. I’m sure there will be more opportunities. I’m sure there will be better views to capture. Now that I have done it once, the next one will not be so difficult…

   

MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; I Stand Alone

I Stand Alone
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/100s, 40mm, f/9, ISO 800

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