Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
If you haven’t guessed from the picture, I am back at Walt Disney World. Although I have been traveling quite a bit for work, this time it was for me. My Spring trip to WDW for Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival has finally begun. I left a 50º and rainy Albany airport on the 6:45am flight to Orlando and was in the Magic Kingdom before noon. I don’t think the silly grin left my face until my head hit the pillow around midnight.
I spotted this view of the Astro Orbitor/Tomorrowland Peoplemover hub during the day while I waited for the Carousel of Progress show to begin. I knew once the sun went down and the fabulous neon glow arrived throughout the park I would be back. This one combines a lot of my quirks… neon glow, symmetry and the long exposure. I have plans to revisit MK toward the end of my trip. I’m making that shot list now…
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 25s, 17mm, f/16, ISO 200
Delta Lake State Park
It was quite the day yesterday. Headed out early to visit my son in Albany. He doesn’t work until 11:45am and the plan was to take him to breakfast. There were a couple of reasons for the nicety… his mom had his Easter basket, and his sister had some belated birthday presents. There was a trip to the mall involved and even a stop for lunch (we had left the boy by then).
The drive home was not bad except we drove into the rain that was predicted for this weekend. I’m OK with the rain as long as the temperature remains normal. I thought the day was pretty much a wash. About an hour before sunset the rain broke and the sun made a few attempts at breaking through the clouds. I couldn’t resist the opportunity. I grabbed my stuff and headed over to Delta Lake State Park.
I wandered about looking for images and the last image I tried for was a very long exposure (50 seconds) to attempt to capture the movement of the clouds. I don’t think it turned out too bad…
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 50s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200
Limestone Creek Aqueduct, Old Erie Canal Park
Since I discovered the Old Erie Canal Park very near to my work last year I have been waiting for the parking area further downstream to open up so I could explore farther during lunch. There was a lot of construction and they were rebuilding the parking area. I had to be patient but it has been killing me.
I think earlier this month the parking area was open but the weather was not the best for my exploring. Today that all changed. The sun was out and there were a few clouds in the sky. Lunch didn’t arrive soon enough.
I knew from scouring Google Maps that there was another aqueduct further down the canal. It wasn’t a very far walk and I was able to spend time exploring both sides of the aqueduct. It appears to be built identical to the aqueduct over Butternut Creek. This one is over Limestone Creek but the geography allows me to get closer to both sides at the creek level. I’m going to be enjoying this as the seasons change this year!
Old Erie Canal Park, DeWitt, NY
Although it was a few days after the official start of Spring, some late season snow covered the park. I was looking for some interesting water flow as the winter melt typically increases the water levels in all the creeks and rivers. I found what I was looking for during lunch at the Old Erie Canal Park in DeWitt but the snow made for some interesting climbing as I attempted to get to the water’s edge. I didn’t fall in (although it was close a couple of times) and I was even able to reach a new position next to the aqueduct. The overcast day combined with my 4-stop ND filter allowed my to slow the shutter speed enough to achieve the motion blur I wanted. I’m thinking the warmer weather heading my way (slightly) will give me more opportunities for my long exposure, water blur pics I enjoy.
Port Huron, Michigan
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock stationed in Port Huron, Michigan with the Blue Water Bridge into Canada in the background. After a long day at a supplier’s building on Thursday we drove up to Port Huron for dinner with a friend. After dinner I was able to get down to the St. Clair river and get this blue hour image of the Hollyhock docked for the night. Too bad it was probably my last trip to this area as the supplier is closing and our business with them will be done in a matter of weeks.
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 25s, 16mm, f/8, ISO 400