Finally! Although the past week was unusually cold (and it freakin’ snowed!) more flowers are popping up. Yesterday was a welcomed change from the weather in the middle of the week. If we didn’t get to seventy degrees we came very close. I drove over to my go to spot for the colorful ground flowers and it was a treasure trove. I must have spent a good hour playing in the grass photographing those little flowers.
In my year in review post I mentioned I currently have a love/hate relationship with Walt Disney World. I am still a fan and I will be taking more trips to the world especially after being rejuvenated by the excellent Disney+ series The Imagineering Story. My current frustration is with the decline in services at the parks and resorts. The little things that use to make the place extra special are slowing going away. Anyway, it could also be an overload condition from way to many trips…
I did a little something different this year as I processed my images. I finally worked out how to turn my favorite images into postcards. I have mentioned this in a few other posts throughout the year but I really stepped it up late in the year. I started with a group of ten images and created a set of postcards. I’m still working out how best to offer them to any interested parties but I wanted to share my results with everyone.
In no particular order here are the original ten cards…
You can view the entire set of images in the Disney Art gallery on my portfolio.
After a long list of Autumn images from my previous weekend excursion I thought I would end the week on a slightly different tone. I returned to vacation at Walt Disney World to find this one of the Casey Jr. Splash and Soak station in the Fantasyland section of the Magic Kingdom. If I am remembering correctly the rains had stopped briefly and I was running around grabbing images with as many reflections in the water as I could. I loved the blue hour sky blending perfectly with the colors of this area…
Casey Jr. Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6, 0.6s, 16mm, f/11, ISO 400
I have been working on a way to process my Disney images to look like a painted postcard. I tried a watercolor look and originally was working in that direction, but I think I finally found the process I want to use. I’ll admit, I’m no painter and I don’t believe my skills with Photoshop or Illustrator warrant me even attempting something in either of those applications.
I have owned the Topaz Labs suite of applications ever since I won a contest on Google+ six or seven years ago. The latest version, Topaz Studio 2, has a lot of ways for me to release my creativity. I only had to get past the fact that I am using the tools at my disposal, which include my camera, to present images the way I see them in my head. Even when that vision wasn’t completely clear.
Here is a scene along the Rivers of America in the Magic Kingdom…
Along the River Bank Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/250s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200