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

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

 

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

Holiday Decorations

With Christmas just a few days away the theme this week was holiday decorations. When I think of decorations I immediately think of holiday lights. Now I have already captured some of the big display in downtown Rome but there were more opportunities in the city. I also thought I would get a little creative with my last image as I played with a candle in front of my tree.

Peace and Lights Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 2.5s, 17mm, f/16, ISO 200

Peace and Lights
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 2.5s, 17mm, f/16, ISO 200

Holiday Display Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1s, 26mm, f/16, ISO 200

Holiday Display
Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1s, 26mm, f/16, ISO 200

Light in Lights Nikon D5100, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6, 1/8s, 92mm, f/4.5, ISO 200

Light in Lights
Nikon D5100, Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6, 1/8s, 92mm, f/4.5, ISO 200

Holiday Bed-n-Breakfast

I should probably label this a test as I hope to return on a not so snowy night to get a clearer image of my neighbor’s bed-n-breakfast. I was walking down to the corner to get an image of the historic church’s front door for the latest theme but I couldn’t pass up this view. I forget how nice my neighbor decorates his house for the holidays. Too bad there was some flurries in the air but I’m sure I’ll be able to get a better night to improve this image.

Holiday Bed-n-Breakfast Nikon D5100, Rokinon 8mm f/3.5, {20 & 30s bracket}, f/11, ISO 100

Holiday Bed-n-Breakfast
Nikon D5100, Rokinon 8mm f/3.5, {20 & 30s bracket}, f/11, ISO 100

Holiday on Display

Thursday evenings trip into Rome, NY for my images of churches reminded me of the holiday displays the city assembles. Although the temperature was not as pleasing last night I couldn’t resist making another trip into town to see what I could capture. I also decided to leave the fish-eye lens on the camera and attempt to capture as much of the lights as possible.

Holiday Street Nikon D5100, Rokinon 8mm f/3.5, 1.3s, f/16, ISO 100

Holiday Street
Nikon D5100, Rokinon 8mm f/3.5, 1.3s, f/16, ISO 100

Holiday on Display Nikon D5100, Rokinon 8mm f/3.5, {1, 2, 4s bracket}, f/11, ISO 200

Holiday on Display
Nikon D5100, Rokinon 8mm f/3.5, {1, 2, 4s bracket}, f/11, ISO 200