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


Morning Light Art

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, Clayton, NY

The morning after my friend’s wedding I wandered around the river’s edge before sunrise. My original plan was to spend more time exploring the area but my son was making an unexpected trip home for the day so I grabbed some morning light images and headed home.

I loved the walkway next to the hotel. There was plenty of chalk and anyone/everyone was encouraged to create some art. I tried to capture some of what I found in the morning light. I also wanted to highlight the location of the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel. It is literally, right at the water’s edge. I’m thinking I need to return for more photography… 🙂


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Morning Light Art

Morning Light Art
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.3s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 400


Fire Rescue

Clayton, NY


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Fire Rescue

Fire Rescue
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2.5s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 800


Sunrise Through the Glass

Hinckley Reservoir
Through the Glass – TTG01

Saturday was supposed to have occasional rain. I read that as there would be some good cloud representation in the sky for the sunrise. It also meant I could put off doing the laundry for a day, but that is a different story. I hadn’t been up to Hinckley Reservoir in a couple of months. I wasn’t positive there would be anything worth photographing but it isn’t far and definitely worth the drive. I also knew there are plenty of rocks near the dam and I wanted to play with the Lensball again. I think everything worked out well for me…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Sunrise Through the Glass

Sunrise Through the Glass
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/125s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 800


Peekaboo Sun

Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY

I’m sure a big portion of my reasons for always going to Bellamy Harbor Park is the distance from my house. I can be here in fifteen minutes. But, it is also a great location for sunrise/sunset images as the canal is aligned East to West and as the sun traverses the seasons it will rise/set in different areas of the park. I suppose it doesn’t hurt that I’m a fan of water, reflections and silhouettes in my images…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Peekaboo Sun

Peekaboo Sun
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/50s, 17mm, f/11, ISO 200


Bellamy Ball

Bellamy Harbor Park

After a few days of experimenting with my new Lensball I think I finally understand the conditions I need to be in to capture some good images. It was not as intuitive as I thought it would be. After the gym this morning I headed over to my favorite local spot, Bellamy Harbor Park, to see what kind of sunrise images I could capture. I like how this one turned out…


MLCreations Photography: Blog Post Related &emdash; Bellamy Ball

Bellamy Ball
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/50s, 17mm, f/11, ISO 200