I’m In Panama City Beach For The Next Week!

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The Land Of Vibrant Sunsets…

My family and I always spend about 8-10 days out of every year in Panama City Beach, Florida. The gulf coast has amazing seafood, white sand, clear water, and magical sunsets! Need I even say more? We just arrived a couple of hours ago, and I’m already craving fresh seafood!

We always like to stay in a large high-rise with a corner unit, so I can photograph the sunset from the balcony without any buildings standing in between me and sunset. Yes, my wife specifically looks for corner units so I can take better photos. I’m a lucky man :-). Speaking of that, if you guys or gals ever need to book a fun-filled Disney vacation, my wife will handle everything for you for free! She is a Disney travel agent, and I can promise you that there is no one in this world that knows more about booking Disney trips than her. She has been doing this for 9 years, and You can check out her page HERE.

Anyway, it’s going to be an extremely fun week, and I can’t wait to spend time with my family, eat tons of seafood, and take some awesome photos! Of course, I have already put the X-T2 to work on tonight’s sunset, and you can see that photo below. If any of you live here,  shoot me an email and maybe we can do a photowalk one day.

Let’s just hope the “wave incident” from last year doesn’t happen again! I’ll put that video below so you can see me and my D810 dripping with water…

Fujifilm X-T2 | Fujinon 16-55 f/2.8 XF WR

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NEW Quadcopter Photo – Flying Above Carter’s Lake

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Carter’s Lake In Autumn

Carter’s Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever visited. The color of the water is such a nice tone of blue, and the entire lake is surrounded by huge mountains and chiseled rock walls.

This particular day was below freezing outside with a very uncomfortable breeze cutting through my winter clothes like a knife. Even though the lake was so beautiful, there was almost no interesting photo opportunities from the ground. I decided to take the quadcopter up to get my bearings, and that is when I saw this composition with the huge rock wall, autumn colors, golden light, and distant mountains. 

This photo was captured with a DJI Phantom 3 Professional with bracketed exposures.


 

New Quadcopter Photo – Dead Wilderness

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Quadcopter Photography Is Too Much Fun…

Ever since I bought my DJI quadcopter a year ago, I have really been loving aerial photography! Sure, it’s not a 36 megapixel full frame sensor with amazing image quality, but resolution is the last thing on my mind when I’m flying! It keeps me super creative! Why does it make me more creative? Well, it’s probably because flying or driving remote control vehicles brings out the “inner kid” in all of us, and kids have creative imaginations with no boundaries! It’s my personal belief that we always have the opportunity to be more creative when we’re having fun!

It’s quite an awesome feeling to be operating a camera that can fly half a mile away from you and capture crazy new perspectives of locations that have been photographed a million times from the ground. I have been taking photos in this forest for years, so I knew I had to see what it looked like from the sky! It can be quite challenging to come up with an interesting photo when doing aerial photography, but you will always find something cool when you follow the photographer’s code: Always… Follow… The… Light…

This photo was captured with a DJI Phantom 3 Professional and bracketed exposures.


 

Don’t Awaken The Darkness

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Weekend Trip To The Mountains…

We spent the weekend in the Blue Ridge Mountains at a beautiful cabin right at the top. The cabin had an amazing wrap around porch with a great overlook, so it wasn’t hard to find a location to continue testing out the Fuji X-T2. Here is a short video I made that gives you a quick tour of the cabin…

NEW PHOTO – “Don’t Awaken The Darkness”

We arrived at the cabin about an hour before sunset, and that is when I noticed that the porch and overlook were at the perfect position for a sunset photo. As time went by, the sky set fire to some of the most vibrant red tones I have ever seen, and the sensor of the X-T2 rendered the reds brilliantly!


 

Disney Day 4: Magic Kingdom And Magic Sunset

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Golden Hour Got Funky Fresh…

We spent most of today in Magic Kingdom taking some family photos with the kids and visiting all of the iconic rides. It’s been a fantastic day, but I was a little bummed that the weather was supposed to be gross and cloudy this evening. I knew that it was probably going to ruin my photo opportunities that I had been planning since the beginning of this week.

Well, I am not quite sure how it happened, but the clouds opened up and revealed the most beautiful golden hour I’ve ever seen in Magic Kingdom. I was lucky enough to be facing the perfect direction of sunset when the sky decided to open up, but I had one dilemma…tonight was the one and only night that I didn’t bring my tripod because I thought the weather was going to suck all day and night. I’m an idiot…

Thank God For Fuji OIS Lenses…

My shutter speed at the widest aperture and a moderate ISO was giving me 1/25. That is pretty slow to hand-hold on a windy night with tons of people walking by and running into me. Nonetheless, I was confident enough in the X-T2 and 18-55mm lens to handle high ISO and camera shake for me. I cranked the ISO to 2500, dialed in my shutter speed at 1/60, held my breathe, and started firing off exposures. 

When I captured this a few hours ago, I had no clue that the colors and light were going to show up like this in the RAW file. I am extremely happy with these two photos, and they were both taken with the 18-55mm kit lens. Best kit lens I have ever used!

One single exposure processed with Photoshop and Nik Collection. Fuji X-T2 | Fujinon 18-55 f/2.8-4

One single exposure processed with Photoshop and Nik Collection. Fuji X-T2 | Fujinon 18-55 f/2.8-4

Who says I can't paint? I converted this photo to a digital oil painting in Photoshop. I am a huge fan of Thomas Kinkade's Disney work. Everyone called him

Who says I can’t paint? I converted this photo to a digital oil painting in Photoshop. I am a huge fan of Thomas Kinkade’s Disney work. Everyone called him “the painter of light.” I thought this photo needed an extra bit of creativity so I came up with this. There are no such thing as rules in the art world 🙂 Fuji X-T2 | Fujinon 18-55 f/2.8-4


 

Disney Day #3: Animal Kingdom And Swahili Soul

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Swahili Saxophone Player And A Huge Gorilla…

If you follow my YouTube channel, you have heard me say millions times that the best time to take photos in Disney World is at night. Well, Animal Kingdom is an exception to that statement. Why? Most of Animal kingdom is covered with trees due to all of the animals, and that ends up providing lots of dappled light in the best way possible.

You have to really look for those “magic light” moments, or they will be gone just as fast as they came. If you’re new to photography, you may be asking yourself right now what the heck “magic light” is. It all has to do with the way the light interacts with shadow and creates an interesting contrast between the two. 

Here’s a couple photos from today, and if you want to check out the rest of my Disney portfolio, CLICK HERE. 

Fuji X-T2 | Fujinon 55-200mm | Swahili Sax Player jamming some soulful tunes. The second I pointed the camera at this guy, he started really animating stage presence. It was awesome! 

Fuji X-T2 | Fujinon 55-200mm | Swahili Sax Player jamming some soulful tunes. The second I pointed the camera at this guy, he started really animating stage presence. It was awesome!

Fuji X-T2 | Fujinon 55-200mm | Gorilla dreaming of freedom... FYI, this shot was taken at 10,000 ISO. It's amazing how the detail held up.

Fuji X-T2 | Fujinon 55-200mm | Gorilla dreaming of freedom… FYI, this shot was taken at 10,000 ISO. It’s amazing how the detail held up.


 

Disney Day #2: Epcot And Dinner At Tokyo Dining

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Good Food, Good Light, And Great Friends…

 

Today we spent the first half of the day in Epcot while our friends and their son traveled from Georgia to spend the week with us. 

It’s always nice taking photos and being in Disney during the most uncrowded times of the year. THAT is where it’s awesome having a wife that is a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. She always hooks us up with the best shows, fast passes, and dinner reservations. 

Once our friends arrived, we met them back at the hotel and got ready for dinner at Tokyo Dining in Epcot’s World Showcase. If you haven’t eaten there before and you like Japanese cuisine, you are really missing out! They have some of the best sushi I have ever had in the states. Disney definitely prides themselves on making all of the countries insanely authentic with the people, architecture, food, and the whole cultural experience. 

There was a fantastic golden hour today with tons of beautiful/warm light kissing the sides of the epic Disney Architecture. I was able to take one photo of the light hitting a clocktower in Italy that stands next to another awesome restaurant called Via Napoli. Great pizza!

All in all, it was an awesome first day with our friends, and we’re all looking forward to a great night of sleep to prep us for another day in the magical world of Disney. I should probably stop blogging now since I’m the last one awake. Look below for a few photos I took today with the Fuji X-T2.

Nighty night, internet friends 🙂

PS: If you’re interested in any of the camera gear I took with me to Disney World, you can watch my “Packing Cameras For Disney” video HERE.

Dia De Los Muertos(Day Of The Dead) - Fuji X-T2 | Fuji 18-55 f/2.8-4

Dia De Los Muertos(Day Of The Dead) – Fuji X-T2 | Fuji 18-55 f/2.8-4

 

Clocktower in Italy overlooking Via Napoli restaurant. Fuji X-T2 | Fuji 18-55 f/2.8-4

Clocktower in Italy overlooking Via Napoli restaurant. Fuji X-T2 | Fuji 18-55 f/2.8-4


 

Disney Day #1: Animal Kingdom And Tornado Warnings

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Gale Force Winds…

I am very thankful that we left for Disney on Saturday instead of Sunday since the storms were crazy all over Florida today! There were 40 to 50mph wind gusts, and the clouds were pretty crazy looking.

Since it was our first day waking up here in Disney, we decided to head to Animal Kingdom since we knew our 10 month old daughter would love looking at all the different animals! The park wasn’t very crowded at all, but the security bag-check-line to get in the park was honestly ridiculous. They have changed their bag-check procedures apparently.

I rarely get ticked off, but I was not happy about how they were treating me different JUST because I had photography equipment. They acted like my camera equipment was homemade explosives. When I asked why they were checking MY bag differently than everyone else’s, they said, “I’m sorry sir, it’s procedure.” Well, that makes about as much sense as the Canon 5d Mark IV…

Anyway, I don’t want to go into too much detail, but they basically let my wife and tons of other people walk right into the park with their backpacks full of stuff after simply taking a quick “peek” into their bags. Not me…They unzipped every tiny little zipper on my camera bag, went through my memory card pouch, took both lens caps off of every lens, etc. It was just dumb. You can watch my VLOG about it HERE.

 

Happiness From Here On…

Once security finally made up their mind that I wasn’t a terrorist,(sarcasm)we had a blast! Our daughter, Scarlett, loved seeing all of the animals run around! It was a great “dad moment” watching her enjoy Disney for the first time, and it might have even brought a single tear to my eye…

After my emotional “dad moment” was over, I noticed that it was going to be tough to find a photo with the mid-day light and crazy winds. However, I made up my mind that I was going to work the ominous clouds and crazy wind into my art, so that is exactly what I did 🙂

I used a fun technique where I purposely let the shutter drag down to around 1/10th to 1/30th of a second to get some cool motion blur effects. I ended up getting two decent photos out of the day that you can check out below.

Thanks for reading, and check back to see what fun and/or craziness we get ourselves into on Day #2! 

Camera: Fuji X-T2 | Lens: Fuji XF 55-200 f/3.5-4.8

Camera: Fuji X-T2 | Lens: Fuji XF 55-200 f/3.5-4.8

Camera: Fuji X-T2 | Lens: Fuji XF 18-55 f/2.8-4

Camera: Fuji X-T2 | Lens: Fuji XF 18-55 f/2.8-4


 

Fuji X-T2 Landscape Photography VLOG

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Testing The Fuji X-T2

This was my first time bringing the Fuji camera for a day of landscape photography while leaving my Nikon D810 at home, and the X-T2 honestly impressed me way more than I thought it would

I have been shooting on 35mm full frame Nikon cameras for as long as I can remember, and after an entire day of shooting waterfalls, creeks, architecture, and very harsh lighting situations, I honestly forgot everything about what camera I was shooting with. I was just focused on capturing the photos.

There were many great aspects of shooting landscapes with the X-T2, but the best part was the size and weight. I was able to fit my entire day-kit in a messenger bag…that was AWESOME! I did not miss my full frame camera all day, and I am very happy with the images I came away with.

No matter what camera you are shooting with, never let your gear get in the way of taking the photo itself. You can see the VLOG and photos from the trip below:

Fuji X-T2 | 42

Fuji X-T2 | 42″ | f/11 | ISO 200

Fuji X-T2 | 1/2000 | f/5.6 | ISO 200

Fuji X-T2 | 1/2000 | f/5.6 | ISO 200

Fuji X-T2 | 1/400 | f/4 | ISO 200

Fuji X-T2 | 1/400 | f/4 | ISO 200

Fuji X-T2 | 1/3000 | f/16 | ISO 200

Fuji X-T2 | 1/3000 | f/16 | ISO 200

Fuji X-T2 | 27

Fuji X-T2 | 27″ | f/8 | ISO 200


 

Old Dapper German Man

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Road Trip To An Old Bookstore…

So, I’m a bit of a History nerd…and when I say a bit, I mean I might be obsessed. However, I only take interest in specific historic cultures and events.

In this case, I was traveling out-of-state to a bookstore that supposedly had two old books I have been trying to track down for a while: A mint first edition print-run of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and an old book about the Templar Knights and Solomon’s temple. 

As you can see, this place looked like a hurricane hit it, but these kind of bookstores are where you find the best books.

As you can see, this place looked like a hurricane hit it, but these kind of bookstores are where you find the best books…and the most interesting people.

NEW PHOTO – Old Dapper German Man

When I was walking out of the bookstore, there was an older man about to walk in. He looked at me and said, “hey there, what books did you get?” I showed him the books I purchased, and he started telling me stories about him and this old bookstore his family used to own in Germany where he was born.

In the middle of conversation, my “creative brain” distracted me and noticed the window of colorful yarn right behind him. So, as he was still talking to me, I snapped a quick photo hoping I got the colorful yarn in the background. It worked out well 🙂


 

So Shines A Good Deed In A Weary World

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Little House In The Forest…

This is just one of those photos that was really fun to capture and post process. I’m not 100% sure why this happens, but every once in a while I really show favoritism towards a specific photo.

I was on my way to a small town in Alabama to shoot Fall colors when I saw this beautiful overlook to my right. Obviously, I had to stop the car so I could determine whether or not the scene had potential for a great photo. Well, the second that I saw the little house with it’s own little section of the forest, I just fell in love with this scene. 

Wait For The Light…

The clouds were moving very fast that day, so it was making it tough to capture the light at it’s best. For the longest time, that beautiful little house was in deep shade, but I waited as long as it took for that perfect beam of light to accentuate all of the magic that the landscape had to offer.

-Eric


Desoto State Park In Autumn

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 The Hunt For Autumn Colors…

As an outdoor photographer, Autumn is one of the best times for adding great images to my portfolio for print sales and licensing. However, the past two years have been really dull and flat where I live in Georgia, so I typically have to drive out of state to find vibrant colors.

This year, I ended up driving to a small little town in Alabama that I have never been to before called, Mentone. It was a beautiful little town surrounded by even more beautiful state parks. Desoto State Park is where I took this photo, and I honestly didn’t think I would like the way it turned out since the mid-day-sun was beating contrasty light into the trees and water. 

After reviewing everything on my computer, I thought that the lighting was actually pretty cool with the left side of the composition hidden in shadow. I just used some post processing tools to chisel the detail out of the huge wall of rock, and I ended up being really happy with the way this image turned out. 

-Eric


The Historic/Haunted Oakland Cemetery

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Taking Photos In A Graveyard…

I’m not sure how many of you have had the privilege of visiting Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, but it is one of the coolest, creepiest, and most historic locations I have ever photographed. Being that I am obsessed with history, what intrigued me the most about Oakland Cemetery is the fact that it has so much history and character instilled within it’s 88 acres of myth and legend. Enjoy just a few of my favorite photos from my trip to Oakland.

 -Eric

This is the grand entrance of Oakland Cemetery. This entrance was also featured in Fast & Furious 7 during one of the funeral scenes.

This is the grand entrance of Oakland Cemetery. This entrance was also featured in the movie, Fast & Furious 7 during one of the funeral scenes.

This grave is known as

This grave is known as “The Ever Watchful Old Man Of Oakland Cemetery.” Legend has it, the old man’s head turns and follows people as they walk by. I love how the golden light was revealing all of the age and texture of this specific grave.

I named this photo,

I named this photo, “Enter The Labyrinth” because it reminded me of the talking door handles from the movie, Labyrinth with David Bowie. One of my favorite movies…


 

Autumn Night On The Lake

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The Magical Smell Of Autumn & My Sixth Sense

This was just one of those Autumn nights that I’ll always remember. I was at the lake hiking most of that day just enjoying the outdoors, and I wasn’t planning on staying for sunset since I was pretty tired from the 6 mile hike around the mountain. However, I had this odd feeling, and I like to think that I have this kind of “sixth sense” about the weather.

I started smelling the smoky air, I felt the sweet Autumn breeze on my face, and I just knew that everything was right in the world for a great sunset on the lake. As you can see, I did end up staying for sunset, and mother nature rewarded me with this photo. Moral of the story: “Always let your conscience be your guide.” 

-Eric


Majestic Dolphins Of Shell Island

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A Three Hour Tour

One of the coolest moments from my trip to Florida was when my dad and I hired a private charter to take us to a secret part of the infamous, Shell Island.

My dad’s favorite thing in the world is fishing, and If you told him that he had to fish for his food every day for the rest of his life, he would consider himself a lottery winner. Anyway, my dad is good friends with this fishing guide who told him about a “secret” part of Shell Island that no tourist charters know about. He claimed that the water and the sand on that part of the island were more beautiful than anything he had ever seen in the Caribbean. Well, he was right!

Majestic Dolphins

When we finally arrived to the “secret” part of the island, the scenery was just unbelievable! we saw sea turtles, tons of majestic dolphins swimming together, and the best part….no other humans around! 

I had to hang off the front of the boat on this windy day with my Nikon D810 and 70-200mm lens for about 30 minutes to get this shot, but it was so worth it! That entire private tour was a privilege to be on since I got to spend time with my dad, hear funny drunken stories from our crazy captain, and witness a small part of the natural beauty that the ocean has to offer. It would be pretty hard to find someone who loves the ocean more than me 🙂

-Eric


 

My View From Panama City Beach

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Any Of My Viewers Live In PCB, Florida? Let’s Shoot Together! 

I arrived in Panama City Beach yesterday where I will be spending the next week with my wife, daughter, and parents. It’s my daughter’s first vacation and first time to the beach, so this week will be a blast just taking photos of her!

We are staying in one of the nicest condos I have ever stayed in, and the view of the ocean is amazing for photography! Our room is an end-unit which means not one thing is blocking my view of the sunset 🙂

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The Devine Sunsets Of The South

About thirty minutes after getting all of our luggage up to the room, I noticed that the storm clouds over the horizon were starting to clear up and reveal the sun. I dropped everything I was doing and raced to my camera bag for a quick setup on the porch. By the time I locked my camera down to the tripod and settled on a composition, I realized that the sun was going down faster than I have ever seen.

To my demise, the 16-35mm lens that I had on the camera just wasn’t giving me the results I wanted for the composition I had setup. I rushed back into the room, grabbed my 70-200, and mounted it on the camera with my sweaty hands 6 inches from the balcony(super smart right?)

Everything suddenly came together perfectly. The sun was in a great spot starting to sink into the horizon, the colors were more vibrant than they had been, and I got to capture this beautiful photo to end my first day here. It’s a super simple photo and composition, but simple things can often be the most beautiful.

-Eric


 

Firestorm

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Resist The Cliché Sunsets

Sunsets over large bodies of water can often be hard to photograph since it’s so cliché to have that “perfect” sunset photo that we have all seen a million times with the over saturated purple clouds, the orange sun reflecting on the sand, and the perfect silhouette of a seagull flying off into the sunset. While that sounds nice, I like to go against the grain and create art that stands out.

I always try to find interesting foreground elements to draw my viewer’s eyes right into the main subject matter of the photograph. If I can’t find a good foreground, I usually put on my telephoto lens and narrow my composition to focus in on one compelling portion of the scene. 

This sunset was one of those times where I could not find anything interesting to place in the foreground as a complimentary element. However, I decided to hang around past sunset just to see if any lasting colors would appear, and I was hoping something special would happen being that I was out there in the middle of a thunderstorm where colors can really pop out of nowhere at any minute.

Wide Or Telephoto? That Is The Question…

About 15 minutes after the sun had completely disappeared behind the horizon, the sky was lit on fire by some of the vibrant colors I have ever seen on location. There was just one problem: I still hadn’t found a good enough composition to make a good photo, but I knew I was on very limited time. I tried the only other option I had and snapped on my 70-200 lens to get a very simple composition of the colors without any distractions blocking the magic that was happening in the clouds.

In the end, it worked out quite nicely, and I also learned that simple compositions can easily be as powerful as huge landscape vistas with amazing foregrounds. I hope you all take something away from this experience like I did. 🙂

-Eric


Mill Of Middle Earth

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The Accidental Waterfall

This location was simply a joy to explore and photograph. It’s actually a little frustrating to blog about because it’s so hard to explain the pure and zen atmosphere of this place. It was very much like being in Middle Earth, hence the name of this photo. 

The cool history behind this magical little waterfall is that it was accidentally created due to years of mother nature beating the old stone that once contained the water. I guess some things just need to be set free, and I sure am glad I was able to capture it. 

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Mill Of Middle Earth”


Ascending To The Heavens

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Quadcopter Photography

I think this was one of the first really good sunsets I photographed with my quadcopter. I am still blown away by the technology and the ability to capture photos from hundreds of feet in the air with full control over ISO, shutter speed, and even HDR brackets!

The Sunset

I was on the ground shooting the sunset with my Nikon D810, and I just wasn’t quite getting the results I Wanted. I kept seeing these beautiful beams of light popping out of the clouds that were sitting in front of the setting sun. Years ago, I would have had to give up on the shoot or rush to another location before the sun went away, but all I had to do to remedy my compositional dilemma was simply send my quadcopter up to the perfect spot. 

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Ascending To The Heavens”


Cagney Class Locomotive

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Tellus Science Museum:

You all know I love photography and art, but most of you might not know that I love museums. It probably originated from the fact that my favorite subject in school was always history. I love reading books on ancient Egypt, lost treasures, The Freemasons, etc. I even followed in my great grandfather’s footsteps and joined The Freemasons myself. 

This photos is a 1905 Cagney Class E-steam Locomotive. What a wonderful piece of history and a great reminder of what real craftsmanship looks like. What is your favorite antique subject to photograph? Let’s chat in the comments!

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Cagney Class E-Steam Locomotive”


 

The Daily Prophet

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Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

This photo is quite simple but makes me want to be on an adventure in the wizarding world, nonetheless. My wife and I are huge Harry Potter nerds, and we love simply hanging out in the theme park all day just soaking up the “mood” even if we don’t get to ride any rides. All we need is each other and some butter beer………and my camera of course 🙂

A quick photo tip for these extremely crowded places is to try the best you can to focus on the details. I say this because crowds can often prevent you from getting the great wide shots you want, so instead of adding 300 tourists to your portfolio photos, just look around for the details like this sign where you can zoom in and cut all of the people out. If you want even more FREE TIPS on theme park photography, check out the video I did with Matt from Art Of The Image where I give you all of my best tips for getting great photos in theme parks! CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO.

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “The Daily Prophet”


 

Desolation Comes Upon The Sky

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“We’re going to need a bigger umbrella”

Those of you who have been shooting with me before know that I LOVE shooting in bad weather. Storms make some of the most interesting and dramatic photographs you could wish for. However, being at the top of a mountain which took 2.74 miles of vertical hiking to reach was probably not the safest situation in these conditions. Nonetheless, the real threat of the sky and weather allowed me to capture this lovely and dramatic photograph. 

Even though I love shooting in bad weather, I do always prepare for these situations. I pack extra clothes, jackets, water, food, etc. Taking care of yourself is the most important aspect of photography adventures. You can’t be creative if you’re freezing and hungry.  If you would like to see how I pack my camera bag for these longer hikes, CLICK HERE.

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Desolation Comes Upon The Sky”


The Edge Of Night -Dedicated To My Late Grandfather

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A Dedication to my late grandfather, Frank Mosley…

I love shooting sunsets, but it can be very hard sometimes to find truly magical sunsets here in Georgia. What makes a sunset magical? Well, it takes a few elements that all have to come together at the same time. The clouds have to be the right size and texture in order for the colors to reflect off of them, the colors have to be the perfect mixture of orange/purple/pink, the sun can’t be covered by any clouds so that the warm golden light can kiss the surroundings, and THAT is what makes a magical sunset…


I found this location and captured this photograph 4 hours and 11 minutes before my grandfather passed away and went to heaven. THIS photo turned out to be the truly magical sunset that I very rarely get to see. Some might say that it’s just a coincidence….. I say that God opened up the sky in the most beautiful way to bring home one of the best men I ever had the pleasure of knowing and being able to call my grandfather.

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “The Edge Of Night”


 

Inside The Hogwarts Express

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Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Ok, who doesn’t love Harry Potter? Let’s be honest… My wife and I are big kids, and we visit Disney World and Universal studios typically two or three times a year. That should explain why so much of my portfolio is filled with theme park photography 🙂

I took this photo of the Hogwarts Express when they stopped the train and everyone was getting off to rome around Hogsmeade. I had to ride the train three times to get one of the employees to finally let me stay on for an extra few minutes to take the shot! When there is a good photo to be had, I never give up!

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Inside Of The Hogwarts Express”


 

The Comforts Of Home

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The Sunrise With No Color

I am all about getting up at the crack of dawn if it means I get to be in the silence of nature with my camera. My dad called me on a Friday evening and said, “Eric, I know you love shooting sunrises, and I know of this really cool farm that sits in between two mountains. Want to go tomorrow?” Well, how could I have turned him down after hearing about a pretty farm, mountains, and sunrise? 

Here is where the story takes a bit of a turn… We got up at 4am, traveled to the road where the farm was, checked our weather apps and made sure there was still no rain in the forecast, and then waited for the sun. Well, I spent 25 minutes scouting for the best spot to shoot from, I set up my tripod, put on my polarizer so the warm side lighting from the sunrise would look perfect, and then…… No colors, tons of cloud coverage, and it was getting brighter by the minute. We both agreed that the farm location was a bust for sunrise that day due to the clouds and grey atmosphere. However, the Weather Channel still said 0% chance of anything with clear skies…

Last Minute Panorama

Right before we packed up and decided to climb the mountain for another perspective, I made the random decision to shoot a series of photos that I later stitched into the panorama you see below. I didn’t realize how much I would love this shot until I got home and started post processing it. This just goes to show that you should always try to make the best out of any location. Sure, I didn’t get my epic sunrise with beautiful colors, but I  got one of the most impactful black and whites I’ve ever shot. Spend 80% of your time scouting the location for interesting compositions and the other 20% making the photographs. 

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “The Comforts Of Home”


 

Italy – Portraits Around The World

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Epcot | Torino, Italy | Andrea

I am finally releasing the next photo from my “Portraits Around The World” series! I am very sorry that it has taken so long to get this one published. I have been working extremely hard for the last few months to produce a three hour video tutorial series that covers mastering your camera, organizing your photos, and backing up your photos. I just finished the tutorial last week, and you can purchase it HERE if you are interested.

Andrea, the man in the photo, ended up being a very fun person to carry on a conversation with. He was very serious but comical at the same time. He spent some time telling me all about growing up in Torino, Italy and made me promise that I would visit since I love taking photos. It was cool to see how his whole demeanor changed once I started asking him about things that he was comfortable talking about. It’s always a good idea to put your subject in THEIR comfort zone before asking them for a photo.

As promised, here is another video where I  explain how I captured this photo and how I approached the subject. Enjoy!

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Portraits Around The World | Andrea”

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VIDEO Breakdown


 

Garden Of Illuminations

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Illuminations At Epcot

I captured this one on my last night in Disney World watching the Illumination show in Epcot. While the general public was fighting over a front row spot by the water to get photos of the show, I was interested in capturing how the LIGHT was going to play off some of the surrounding villages. I know I say this all the time, but light is everything when it comes to photography.

I found this cool little village with a garden in the middle that I took photos from during the show while waiting for the unpredictable  fireworks to cast some warm/contrasty light onto the village. After sorting through the photos and comparing how the light effected each one, I decided on this one. Enjoy!

-Eric


 NEW PHOTO – “Garden Of Illuminations”

 


 

 

The Journey Home

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Sope Creek

I have hiked Sope Creek three times now with my good friend and fellow photographer, Joseph Wood from Favortied.xyz, and it seems like we step into a different realm every time we’re there. The weather changed from sunny blue skies to tornado warnings in two seconds the last time we were there, and we got completely soaked. 

After the rain and crazy winds finally stopped, we made our way back down to the creek, and that is when I captured the photo below. Right after a bad storm passes when all of the foliage and trees are really wet, THAT is when you get the colors that start to “pop” and add an ethereal look to the photograph. However, always make sure to use your polarizer when you’re shooting wet surfaces to mitigate the terrible glare and refections that happen. 

One of my favorite aspects of photography is that one scene can look completely different based simply on how mother nature decides to react. When it comes to photography, light is everything…

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “The Journey Home”


 

Autopocalypse – Old Car City Part #4

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Old Car City Part #4

I took this photo to give everyone a small idea of just how many cars are sitting and rusting away at Old Car City.  This panorama is made up of 9 photos that I stitched together for this unique perspective of one of the main walkways through the salvage yard. Enjoy!

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Autopocalypse”


 

Grease Is The Word – Old Car City Part #3

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Old Car City Part #3

During my visit at Old Car City, I realized just how hard it was to choose what would make a good photograph amongst all the junk.  Keep in mind that the point of a photograph is to pull the viewer into the composition in order to tell a story or convey a feeling.  Doing that can be very hard if you try to fit everything around you into one single photograph.  

You should analyze the scene and make sure that you’re focusing on all the details that caught your eye to begin with.  As you can see from this being my third photo of Old Car City, it is perfectly fine to take multiple shots if it helps convey the story of your scene in a more captivating way for your viewers. 

I hope that helps you next time you find yourself in a situation where you’re overwhelmed and can’t make up your mind on where to start shooting. 

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Grease Is The Word”

 


Loyal To A Fault – Old Car City Part #2

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Old Car City Part #2

I am 100% serious when I say that there are endless photo opportunities at Car City! I was honestly like a kid seeing Disney World for the first time. My dad and I wondered around for a couple of hours and still didn’t see even half of the cars that are sitting there just waiting for someone to come along and make  inspiring art out of the rusty ruins.

What caught my eye about this old truck was the crazy amount of broken glass, the green moss growing from the dashboard, and the odd shaped textures that were all over the truck. This truck just had so much “character” compared to all of the other ones sitting around it, and the way I decided to compose this shot even gives off a bit of a post-apocalyptic feel to this photo. This place is nothing short of an automotive cemetery…… and photography paradise  😉 

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Loyal To A Fault”


 

Forgotten Over Time – Old Car City Part #1

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Old Car City 

My dad and I are the adventurous people in my family.  We love spending days driving around and exploring places that most humans don’t visit.  Well, we were exploring a couple of weeks ago and stumbled upon this cool little shack on the side of the road with a big “Old Car City” sign.  As soon as we saw it, we knew that we had to go back the next weekend to dedicate a whole day to this crazy looking place.

When I got home from the day of exploring, I looked up Old Car City on Google, and I was immediately hooked based on all the photos I saw on their website.  The place has 4400 classic cars that have been rotting and rusting since the 1930s. Anything that has been rotting away for that many years is a photographer’s cup of tea.  Enjoy this photo I took of an old Ford truck that has so much rust and character, it should be considered art 🙂

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Forgotten Over Time”


Disney’s Wishes Fireworks Show

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Wishes Fireworks Show & Avoiding Death-By-Crowds

It can be really tough to capture good photos of the Wishes fireworks show in Disney’s Magic Kingdom.  My best piece advice would be to show up EARLY, get your tripod and camera in a good spot, and don’t move one inch until the show is over.

While Disney is truly a magical place, unfortunately, the people are not the same. If you don’t show up early and try to secure a spot for the fireworks, I can almost promise you that someone will pick a fight with you while you’re walking through the crowds trying to find a last-minute spot. You would be surprised at how many parents in Disney act more childish than their own children. I’ve seen it too many times so just trust me on this one 🙂

The Wishes fireworks show is one of the coolest shows I have seen in any theme park, so I definitely encourage everyone to bring their cameras and go see it! Enjoy! 

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Wishes Fireworks Show”

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You Shall Not Pass

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A Day Of Exploring…

At any given time, I typically have a huge list of places and hikes that I want to go on for photo opportunities. However, sometimes it’s nice to leave the list behind, jump in the car with all my gear, and just explore random places. Well, that is exactly how I found this old bridge that was built in the late 1800s, and It was in the middle of nowhere in a small town called Euharlee, Georgia.

I want this photograph to encourage all of my readers to get outside and shoot as often as you all can! You never know what cool places are out there waiting to be photographed if you don’t go searching for them. If you want a cool place to take photos, go and find one :-).

 It all goes back to the wise words of Indiana Jones when he said, “In order to be a great archaeologist, you have to get out of the library.”

-Eric


 

Escape From GRINGOTTS

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Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Most of my followers know that I love photographing theme parks anytime I get the chance. This trip back in September of 2015 was the first time I was able to photograph the infamous, Wizarding World of Harry Potter inside of Universal Studios.  

I grew up with the Harry Potter movies and have always been a huge fan. It’s only a dream come true to see what Universal has created for their guests, and I can’t even explain how excited and anxious I was to start making photos of that awesome place! 

This photo was taken in Diagon Alley with the dragon blowing fire on top of Gringotts bank. I waited forever to time the photo perfectly with the big ball of fire coming out of the dragon’s mouth, and I finally nailed the shot! I hope you all enjoy!

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Escape From GRINGOTTS”


 

Symbol Of Hope

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Sweetwater Creek 

I love going to Sweetwater Creek right after a few days of constant rain! As you can see in this photo, the water is moving crazy fast for a creek that is normally calm enough to walk across in sandals. I was there hiking and shooting with my good friend Joseph, and we found a possible but not-so-safe way to set up our cameras on a rock that was inches from the rushing water. Yes, I may have almost fallen into the water a couple of times on the way down to the rocks, but I got a great photograph out of it. 

I highly recommend visiting Sweewater Creek if you like to hike, take photos, or just enjoy being outdoors in a beautiful place. Also, a little “fun fact” about Sweetwater Creek that a lot of people don’t know is that quite a few scenes for the third Hunger Games movie were filmed all along the creek and the mill. Enjoy!

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Symbol Of Hope”


 

The Silent Observer

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Creatures Of The Forest

Out of all the woodland creatures, owls have always been the most mysterious to me… It’s always fascinated me that owls can rotate their heads and necks as much as 270 degrees due to their fourteen neck vertebrae compared to the seven that humans have. They are so beautiful, and looking into their eyes can be quite mesmerizing! I have only seen one a handful of times in my life, and it never gets any less amazing to study and photograph them. 

Depending on the reaction I get from all of you, I might make this a limited edition print. Hope you enjoy this one!

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “The Silent Observer”


 

Why Is The Rum Gone

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Photography & Seafood Adventures 

This photo was taken on a super fun adventure that me, my dad, and my brother went on while we were vacationing in Panama City Beach.  My dad knows that I am obsessed with seafood and taking photos, so he wanted to take my brother and I on a day-trip to Apalachicola, Florida where they have the best oysters in the world.  I had never been to Apalachicola before so I was really excited to embark on a day of adventure, seafood, and photography!

It was a beautiful drive from Panama City Beach to Apalachicola!  We stopped probably ten times along the way for me to take photos and for us to try different seafood of course.  I took a lot of photos that day for documentary purposes, but the one I ended up using for my portfolio was the photo you see below of the abandoned ship consumed by sand.  I saw the boat as we were crossing the bridge to enter St. George Island, and I immediately asked my dad to find a place where we could pull off the road and hike to it.  Without going into detail, it was quite a difficult process hiking down to the ship due to things like high tide, steep hills, slippery rocks, etc. However, it was all worth it once I saw the immediate result on the back of my camera.  It was an awesome location for photos!

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Why Is The Rum Gone”

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Photography Video Tutorial

I made a quick video while I was photographing boat to show everyone how I helped mother nature out a little by adding an element from my surroundings into the shot for a stunning final composition.  If you have any questions at all or simply want to talk about seafood, lets chat in the comments!

NEW VIDEO – Landscape Photography Tutorial – Abandoned Boat


 

Mulei The Woodcarver

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Mulei From Kenya, Africa

While trying to avoid a big parade in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, I noticed this old man sitting behind a hut carving animal faces into small pieces of wood.  Now, I’ve been to Animal Kingdom probably a hundred times, and I have never seen people selling woodcarvings.  I was on the way to try and catch a show on the other side of the park, but I missed the show because I was so intrigued with watching this man so laser focused on his carvings…

I obviously wanted to capture a photo of him, but it was so hard deciding how I wanted to set up the composition.  I wanted to encapsulate the cool “feeling” of this scene into one single photograph.  You will notice in the photo that I only captured his hands.  As a photographer, you have to think about how you are going to convey emotion to your viewers.  Sure, I could have taken a wide angle shot of the whole scene, but I wanted to create a visual representation of the emotion and excitement that I was feeling while watching him work his craft.  Think about that next time you take a photo 🙂

In conclusion, I approached him and made some small talk after taking the photo of his hands. I found out that his name is Mulei, he is obsessed with tigers like me, and he started woodcarving with his father over 40 years ago when he was a child growing up in Kenya, Africa.  It was a cool moment in time to be a part of, and I even walked away with a cool photo! 

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Mulei The Woodcarver”


 

The Grey Havens

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Lake Allatoona

Sunsets will forever be in every photographer’s portfolio.  HOWEVER, due to the high volume of sunsets all over the web, I only like to capture the really unique ones.  In my opinion, the uniqueness of a sunset is all in the texture and shape of the clouds.  You may notice while browsing through my portfolio that most all of my sunsets have really interesting clouds or colors.  I do this because most viewers don’t get impressed when looking at a sunset that they have seen a million times on every travel blog, post card, or website.  Keep that in mind when you plan to capture certain scenes.

I visit Lake Allatoona anywhere from 2 to 5 days per week waiting for the “perfect” sunset to come along.  Yes, I have thousands of sunset photos that I have never even processed because they don’t have that “unique” quality that I look for.  I may be too much of of a perfectionist sometimes, but I also know that in order for my work to inspire others……it has to inspire me first.  Enjoy!

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “The Grey Havens”


 

The Woodland Realm

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Anna Ruby Falls – Random Trail

I typically don’t like to photograph “iconic” places that have been photographed a million times, but I decided to visit Anna Ruby Falls anyway since it was less than two miles from where I was camping with my grandfather.  Well, I was so glad that I decided to visit because I found this random trail that was way to the right of the falls(where everyone else was)that was so narrow and looked like it was strictly a biking trail at one point.  Basically, the trail looked like it hadn’t trekked for a long time.  

After navigating the trail for a few miles and clearing it of overgrown foliage, I was starting to wonder if I should turn around….. until I stumbled upon this really etherial creek with big mossy rocks surrounded in beautiful greenery.  It was much prettier than the actual Anna Ruby Falls that so many people travel to see.  I love hiking off the beaten path to find my photos because it makes me feel like I really earned the shot!  This was one of those rewarding moments…  I hope you enjoy looking at this one as much as I enjoyed being there. 

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “The Woodland Realm”


 

Christmas At Opryland Resort

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Opryland Hotel And Resort

December of 2015 was my first visit to the Opryland Hotel, and it definitely took me by surprise.  The hotel had tons of waterfalls, around 20 restaurants, offered riverboat rides, and was within walking distance of the historic Grand Ole Opry.  Needless to say, it was very hard to fit all of this beauty and excitement into one photograph.  As a matter of fact, I went out of my way to make sure I didn’t fit it all into one photograph.  I believe that one of the biggest mistakes people make when documenting cool places is zooming their lens to the widest angle and trying to fit everything into one “crowded” looking image.  

In my opinion, one of the most important things a photographer can give to his/her viewers is a feeling.  Yes, it might sound strange.  However, think about why you have certain framed photographs or paintings throughout your home.  It had to have given you a feeling or made you think of a meaningful memory.  Now you’re starting to see what goes into making a great photograph or piece of art.  We do a lot of work to make sure that the way we compose the photograph expresses the feeling of the scene that made us so happy to take our camera out of the bag to begin with.  Let that sink in for a bit 🙂

Have a wonderful week!

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – Christmas At Opryland Resort


 

Merry Christmas To All

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NEW PHOTO – “Harambe Christmas”

My wife and I were in Disney World for an entire week around the holidays last year, so I thought I would share a cool photo I took on our trip.  We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Resort which was beautifully decorated for Christmas!  As you can see in the photo below, the lobby had this unbelievable Christmas tree that was one of the largest and most extravagant I have ever seen!  The problem was, it was so beautiful that hundreds of people were constantly waiting to take photos of their families in front of the tree.  Well, even indoor photography involves knowing exactly when the best time to shoot is.  Unfortunately, the only time I could get a photo with no people  around was at 3am…

I waited in the hotel room trying my best to stay awake after a long day at the parks and finally got the perfect shot in the middle of the night with no one around.  Even the guy that was waxing the flowers offered to move out of my way for a few photos as long as I promised to show him the results.  Everything came together perfectly, and I even gained a new fan(floor wax guy).  

ALWAYS be willing to take risks!  As you can see, sometimes it’s worth it.  Merry Christmas and thank you ALL for the continued support!

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Harambe Christmas”


 

One Man’s Dream

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The infamous, Magic Kingdom:

I waited a long time to get this shot with as few people in it as possible.  After hanging around for an hour after closing time, I finally got an opportune moment to capture the epic “Walt and Mickey” shot.  I took quite a few exposures here so that I could really capture the magical glow effect of Cinderella’s Castle.  I wanted this photo to look very etherial since Walt was all about living in a world of dreams, so I hope you all enjoy looking at this one as much as I enjoyed taking it. 

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “One Man’s Dream”


Textures Of Morocco

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Capturing The Essence Of Morocco

The streets of Morocco are filled with all sorts of interesting architecture.  As a photographer, I see the world differently from most people.  Most people view the “big picture” of a beautiful scene, but my eyes always notice the fine details.  In this case, textures!  I am oddly obsessed with studying different textures.  Might sound strange… However, if Morocco’s market places weren’t filled with gritty walls and cracked roads, I would have never been inspired to create this photograph.  Enjoy!

-Eric

NEW PHOTO –  “Textures Of Morocco”


 

When You Wish Upon A Star

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NEW DISNEY PHOTO!

Just incase you all haven’t noticed yet, I absolutely love taking photos all over Disney World! 

There is just something so special about taking photos in Disney.  I feel so creative and free when I’m there.  As adults, we often hold back certain emotions, feelings, and creativity that was so easy for us to express when we were children.  The reason I love art so much is because it’s the perfect platform for me to express all of those feelings as often as I want!  Art/photography is an outward expression of the creator and should never be taken too seriously.  Every time I capture and post process photos, I do it ALL unapologetically.  What I mean by that is that there are no “right” or “wrong” ways to create art.   Every person will create it in a different way…  Some will use art to find themselves, and some will turn out like Thomas Kinkade who always used art to enrich the lives of others…

Always follow your dreams

-Eric

 NEW DISNEY PHOTO – “When You Wish Upon A Star”


 

The Ethereal Woodlands

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I “Found” Middle Earth!

I took this photo a few weeks ago when the Fall colors were at their best, and I had no idea what I had captured until I came back and saw this on my computer.  What’s funny is that before I took this photo, I spent 45 minutes setting up another cool shot that I thought would be amazing but didn’t turn out so cool.  On the hike back to the car is when I saw this patch of the forest that had these crazy colored leaves that you see in the scene.   I had to climb half way up a rocky hill to capture this, but I am very glad I did! 

If you are a Lord of The Rings nut like me, this photo might remind you of the elven forest of Lothlórien.  I had so much fun post processing this photo. It put me in such a great mood…

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “The Ethereal Woodlands”


England – Portraits Around The World

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Epcot | York, England | Harry

Here it is, folks!  I am super excited to release the second photo in my Portraits Around The World photo series! 

The subject’s name was Harry, and he was a really cool and nerdy guy…which I loved of course.  We hit it off pretty quick once we discovered that we’re both die hard Star Wars fans.  We spent about 10 minutes talking about nerdy stuff before I asked him for a photo, and you will see where the scenario goes from there when you watch the video below.  Can’t wait to hear everyone’s thoughts!

-Eric 

NEW PHOTO – Portraits Around The World | Harry From England 

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VIDEO BREAKDOWN


 

Reflections Of Autumn

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Allatoona Pass At Sunset

Autumn is my favorite time of year to explore new photographic locations.  The colors, the smell in the air, and the perfect weather is so inspiring.  I captured this photograph at Allatoona Pass Battlefield which is a hidden gem in the little lake-town that I live in.  Allatoona Pass has tons of small peninsulas that provide great vantage points for secluded parts of the lake, and it’s a dream for photographers like me. 

As you can see in this photograph, I found the perfect spot where the sunset hits the mountain with that perfect warm side-lighting that accentuates the beautiful Autumn colors.  The magic of Golden Hour paired with the right scene and composition is what gives the “fairytale” look to a lot of my photos that people often ask me about.

Photography is all about learning how to bend the light to your will.  

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Reflections Of Autumn”

 


 

Amicalola Falls Sunset

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Luck Of The Irish

Any outdoor photographer will tell you that making the perfect photograph is around 90% skill and 10% luck.  The 10% aspect is all about what mother nature decides to unleash.  The right clouds, the right color tones in the sky, and most important, the light…Well, this particular moment in time was almost all luck, and there is nothing wrong with that!  It’s always good to have the perfect elements come together when you’re trying to capture a great photograph.

This beautiful scene was at the very top of Amicalola Falls overlooking The Smoky Mountains.  I was actually there shooting a wedding with a friend and saw this after doing some sunset photos with the bride and groom.  Lucky for me, the guy I was shooting the wedding with knows that I am a maniac for landscape photography, so he covered me for 10 minutes while I got this photo for my portfolio.  I hope you all enjoy it!

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Amicalola Falls Sunset”

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Autumn On Disney’s Mainstreet

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The Magic Kingdom

Ok, so I know this might sound really cheesy, BUT Disney’s Magic Kingdom really is magical… I get so wrapped up in the magic every time I get a chance to photograph this park.  I love all of the brilliant light that gives that warm glow down Mainstreet. 

Every time I take a photo, I try to capture a scene that gives off a specific mood that makes viewers want to be in the scene.  That being said, I love looking at this one and wishing I was in one of the shops where all the happy Disney employees are waiting to greet people. 

Where are some of YOUR favorite places to take photos in Disney World??

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Autumn On Disney’s Mainstreet”


China – Portraits Around The World

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Epcot | Hong Kong, China | Rebecca Pik Kei Wong

I am SO excited to finally kick off my “Portraits Around The World” photo series!  

This really sweet Chinese girl in the photo is Rebecca Pik Kei Wong.  While visiting each country in Epcot, I walked around for at least half an hour looking for the perfect person to ask about taking their photo.  Lets go ahead and get your thoughts out of the way… yes, that last sentence makes me sound like a total creeper.  However, there really is an art to choosing the perfect person to take a portrait of.  I look for someone who will make eye contact with me, someone with a sweet smile, someone who looks approachable, etc.

When you approach random people and ask to take their photo, there is another form of art involved.  You have to be great at building fast relationships based on trust.  I say this because this day in time, random dudes with cameras asking people for a photo can be looked at as very sketchy or uncomfortable.  I have made a video that goes along with each photo in this series where I explain exactly how I handled each situation.  I go over how I approached each person, the words I chose to use while asking for a photo, and I will share some cool facts that I learned about each person I photographed.

I really hope you all enjoy these photos, and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – Portraits Around The World | Rebecca Pik Kei Wong

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VIDEO Breakdown


 

Harry Potter: Borgin And Burkes

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The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

Any HARRY POTTER FANS out there?!?!?!? You will love this! My wife and I recently went on vacation to Disney and Universal. I have photographed Disney quite a few times, but I have never had the chance to photograph the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter… until now that is…

If you are interested in purchasing a print of this photo, feel free to contact me HERE

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Borgin And Burkes”


The Secret Tree

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Living In A Lake Town

I live in a quaint little “lake town” called Acworth, Georgia.  There is a great hidden park right on the lake that has these awesome looking trees like the one you see in the photo.  I was actually there shooting the sunset and saw that the sun was rim lighting the tree in a very cool way.  I immediately stopped shooting the sunset so I could capture a few photos of the tree while the light was so compelling.

Always Remember that a great photo is all about the light… and a few other things…

Photographers are creatures of the light.  We get up before the sun rises and keep shooting after the sun sets. 

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “The Secret Tree”


 

Tokyo Under The Stars

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Epcot’s World Showcase

I took this photo on three separate nights while we were in Disney.  I do this often with my photos if I am able to since the sky, colors, and overall light around the scene can change so much over a few days.  

As you can see in this photo, there is a clear night sky with beautiful stars shining through.  This was my third attempt at shooting this photo.  If there is ONE thing I want you all to take from this blog post, it’s to always remember that you don’t have to publish every photo you take.  I know it’s hard when you spend hours driving somewhere and then even more time hiking to a location just to come back with a mediocre photograph.  That doesn’t mean that your trip was a waste.  The reason why I love being an outdoor photographer is because I love the outdoors…. It’s as simple as that.  If I can’t make a great photo out of a scene that I spent time hiking to, I still have a blast taking in the natural beauty of this awesome planet we live on!  I consider what I do to be very rewarding…

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Tokyo Under The Stars”


 

To Infinity And Beyond

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Cray Cray Clouds

I was tracking the weather and heard that there was a bad storm moving into my area.  Anytime that happens, it means there could be some serious opportunities to capture a great photo!  Well, I packed up and drove to the lake to wait for the storm to develop.  It took about an hour of waiting, but I finally started seeing tons of crazy clouds streaking over the sky with really fast movement.

Only one thing came to mind when I started seeing how fast the clouds were moving….LONG EXPOSURE!  For those who don’t know what that is, it means that  the camera is set up on a tripod with the shutter left open for 30 seconds or longer.  When you leave the shutter open that long, everything stationary remains in focus, and anything that is moving creates motion blur.  That is why the log and tree line are in focus, but the clouds are large blurry streaks.  Enjoy!

-Eric 

 NEW PHOTO – “To Infinity And Beyond”


 

A New Beginning

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Last Minute Photo

It was the last day of our vacation in Panama City Beach, and I spotted this sailboat in the distance as we were all about to leave the condo.  I immediately unpacked my camera bag so I could capture this cool scene!

 

I love how simple this photo is.  It’s apparent that the main subject is the white boat, but the surrounding ocean with no land in sight ties everything together.  As a viewer, I look at this photo and feel a sense of adventure, mystery, seclusion, peace, etc.  I hope you all enjoy this one!

Let me know if you would like a limited edition print.  Thanks!

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “A New Beginning”


 

Story Of The Homeless Guitar Guy

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The Story

About a year and a half ago, I was in Chattanooga, TN for a few hours with my wife and in-laws taking in some of the beautiful sights in the city.  As we were walking past the Chattanooga Aquarium, I saw this very cool looking man on the sidewalk playing an old guitar.  There were quite a few homeless men making loud noises with various instruments, but this particular man caught my attention and was actually quite good at playing.

As always, I had my camera with me for some street photography, so I snapped a quick shot of him and didn’t think much of it….until later that is.  When I got home from the trip and started post processing all of the photos, I could NOT stop staring at the photo I took of that one man playing guitar.  There was such a story hiding behind his eyes, and the way he was looking at the camera really pulled me in.

After falling in love with this photo and realizing how oddly photogenic this random man was, I couldn’t wait to publish this piece to see if all of my viewers felt the same way.  Well, I can tell you after gathering all of the data from the various websites and galleries I featured this photo on, it received over FOURTY THOUSAND views in such a crazy short amount of time.  As you can imagine, the hype around this photo blew my mind and took me by complete surprise.

Shortly after I learned about all the attention this photo was getting, I told myself that I HAD to go back to Chattanooga in order to introduce myself to the man and give him a print of the photo.  Call me weird, but this piece just didn’t feel “complete” until I personally delivered a print to this man that had brought so much attention and joy to my website.

I specifically planned to spend my birthday in Chattanooga a few months later.  I made a beautiful print and kept wondering what I was going to say to the man when I approached him.  Well, we drove to the street where I saw him months before and walked around the whole town looking for him, but we just couldn’t find him.  I didn’t tell my wife and family, but I was SO disappointed and wondering if I would ever get “closure” on this project.  I know it sounds weird, but I couldn’t stand the fact that this image had brought so many new viewers to my website, and the star of the show(guitar guy)had absolutely no clue.  I saw a Chattanooga Aquarium employee walking toward me not far from where I took the photo, so I asked him if he was familiar with the man in the print that I was holding.  The aquarium employee knew exactly who I was talking about and said, “I’m not sure where he is today.  I haven’t seen him for a few days actually, but he is an icon here in Chattanooga. Everyone knows who he is.”  Now I was even more intrigued with this guy being that he is homeless, plays guitar on the sidewalk, and the aquarium employee just described him as an icon?  It slowly started to make sense because he is the only homeless man I have ever seen that had such a positive, inspiring, and happy spirit about him.  Those are probably the reasons I felt compelled to photograph him so many months ago. I had an awesome birthday in Chattanooga, but I was never able to find the man and give him the print…

Nineteen days later, I got the chance to go to Chattanooga again for a quick trip.  The second we got to the end of Broad street in downtown…..there he was playing his guitar with a big smile on his face.  I couldn’t even explain the excitement that jolted through me.  As I was approaching him to give him the print, I noticed he was saying “happy summer time” to every single person that walked by.  I walked up, introduced myself as a photographer from Atlanta, and I showed him the print.  His facial expression said it all when I revealed the print to him, and he didn’t even know it was for him to keep. Ha! He even looked at me and said, “for me??”  It was a very short and simple moment we had together, but I could tell he loved the print.  I finally felt accomplished with this image and walked away with a peaceful relief.  He even let me take another portrait of him, but this time he gave me a great big smile since he knew I was shooting him.  What a cool guy…

Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this story, and I hope you enjoy looking at both of the images I took below. 

-Eric

 PHOTO #1  “Homeless Musician”

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 PHOTO #2  “Reunited And It Feels So Good”

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NEW PROJECT – Portraits Around The World

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Epcot’s World Showcase

You’re probably wondering what my new project is all about!  Well, my wife and I just recently got back from spending a week in Disney World.  When I was driving us there, I had 7 hours to think of this interesting idea………

 I always take photos while I’m in Disney, but 99% of my work is typically of iconic rides, fireworks, and cool architecture.  While I believe that all of my photos have a signature look, there are still so many people that take photos of Disney architecture.  I just wanted to do something different….something special.  As I started throwing ideas around in my head, I knew that I wanted my special project to involve Epcot.  Well, one thing lead to another, and I had this idea to do “Portraits Around The World” in Epcot’s World Showcase.  For those who don’t know what that is, Epcot has a huge section of their park dedicated to replicating many different countries around the world.

Portraits Around The World

Now that you know how the idea came about, I will explain.  Disney requires that each country in Epcot only hires employees that were born in the country they are working in.  That is how Disney keeps everything super authentic.  That being said, I put myself on a mission to take a compelling portrait of  an employee or group of employees from each country in Epcot.  I thought the mix of culture would be really cool to see!  Now you see why I named the project the way I did.  I knew it would be a cool idea the moment it came to me, and I hope you all like it as well!  I think it will be a really unique series of images!

Conclusion And What’s To Come

I will release the first portrait of the series in a couple of weeks, and I will make a quick video that goes with each portrait.  Each video will explain how I got the photo, how I chose which person to photograph, and I will share some cool info about each person.  The key to getting a great portrait of someone you don’t know is to build a quick relationship and earn their trust.  You will be amazed at how much better your portraits look when your subject opens up!   Thank you all so much for the continued support, and I can’t wait for you to see the portraits! 

PATW Episode #1: CLICK HERE

PATW Episode #2: CLICK HERE

PATW Episode #3: CLICK HERE

-Eric

Epcot Portraits Around The World


 

Aztec Temple

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St. Angel Restaurant

My wife and I ate at this gorgeous restaurant tonight called, St. Angel.  It’s Hidden inside of this cray cray Aztec Temple that you see in the photo.  Inside of the temple also resides an entire Mexican village with little shops, wood carvers, ceremonial masks, authentic Mexican clothing, and much more!  The restaurant overlooks this beautiful indoor river with a massive mural on the wall that gives the illusion that you are looking at a desert under the stars in the distance. 

It’s very hard to convey the beauty of this magical place through words, but I did capture one photo of the outside that I hope you all enjoy! 

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Aztec Temple”


 

Disney’s Spaceship Earth

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The Epcot Ball

Even though my wife thinks this is one of the most painfully boring rides to sit through, she rides it with me multiple times because she knows it is my favorite!  It basically takes you on a journey through time about how technology has evolved over the years, and the ride ends in the middle of the big ball where they have created the illusion of seeing the moon in the distance of outer space.

The ball is the iconic shape and logo for Epcot, so I knew that I wanted to take a very simple photo of it.  I mean, it would be hard to make a photo of a ball complicated, but I didn’t want to shoot it at sunset or with crazy clouds behind it…. just keep it simple.  The ball is a piece of simply beautiful architecture all on it’s own, and I did my best to showcase that.  I hope you all like it!

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Disney’s Spaceship Earth”


 

Chinese Temple

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Disney’s Epcot World Showcase

My wife and I are still having a blast here in Disney!  We love staying at a hotel that allows us to walk right into Epcot from the back of the hotel.  If any of you are planning a Disney trip, we HIGHLY recommend Disney’s Yacht Club Resort!  It is one of the only resorts with direct theme-park-access, and that is one of the best selling points of this hotel!  Why?  Well….lets be honest….Disney buses suck!  Coughing/sneezing people in a confined area, people that don’t respect personal space, strollers running over your feet, etc.  Just stay at the Yacht Club and thank me later 🙂

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China and Japan have some of the most vibrant and eye-catching architecture I have ever seen.  I wanted to take a photo of this so bad, but I couldn’t figure out which angle would do it justice.  As you can see from this photo, I found a great little pond to the left of the temple which portrayed a perfect reflection of the temple and ended up making this photo one of my favorites from the trip so far!  Enjoy!

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Chinese Temple”


 

Disney’s Tomorrow Land

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Magic Hours & Magic Kingdom

We arrived in Disney a couple of days ago and spent our first night wondering around Magic Kingdom.  We always stay on Disney property so that we have access to “Magic Hours” which is basically an extended time period that allows us to stay in the park when most other people have to leave.  

As you might have guessed, we waited until most of the crowds left, and that is when I saw this cool scene of Tomorrow Land’s lights glowing across the water from Cinderella’s Castle.  I love creating the kind of photos that even I could stare at all day.  It was so peaceful there…  Enjoy!

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Disney’s Tomorrow Land”


 

Portal To A Blue World

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Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is one of the coolest places to visit in Atlanta!  It is a very challenging place to photograph because of all the reflective glass and people everywhere.  I was lucky enough to see this little cove during a sea otter show that was going on, so there were no people around.  I mean come on, when would have been a better time??  People LOVE sea otters….Anyway, I don’t know what it was that caught my eye about this scene, but I think the way this photo is composed made it look pretty nifty 🙂

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Portal To A Blue World”


 

Street Photography – Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival

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What is Street Photography?

To me, street photography is like holding up a mirror to society.  it’s very often the art of creating a very dynamic image while being distanced from your subject.  On the other hand, it can be also be very personal and dramatic portraits of a subject that you might have made a special connection with while walking the streets.  It is a beautiful art form and one of the most challenging as well.

The Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival

Fortunately, I live in a very active town when it comes to festivals, so I love getting out on the street and capturing the culture of my community while tasting it as well :-).  For anyone wanting to try street photography, festivals are one of the greatest places.  Tons of interesting people, great food, and you won’t look weird pointing your camera everywhere.  When you’re shooting in downtown areas and no events are going on, you have to be a little more stealthy while taking photos to avoid possible confrontation.  I have published two photos below that I took at the Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival.  I hope you enjoy them!

-Eric

 

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Fountain Of Temptation

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The Dallas Waterfall

I used to photograph this waterfall all the time when I lived in Dallas, GA.  It’s in the middle of nowhere, there is an old graveyard on the trail leading to the waterfall, and I always get a little creeped out when I am there by myself.  If you’re a local around the area, it’s simply known as the Dallas Waterfall.  However, if you are not from the area, I have no clue what the name of this waterfall is.  I honestly don’t even think it has an official address.  There are a lot of myths and tales about the falls and the graveyard.  There are even articles that say the grounds are haunted and the graveyard is a really old burial ground for witches.  We may never know the true story behind this place, but I can tell you why I chose such an interesting name for this photo.  Almost every time I  have been to this waterfall, I have found beer bottles, women’s clothing, and/or condoms in random places all around the falls.  Now you see why the name fits so well…

I hope my story behind the name didn’t ruin the beauty of this place for you.  It really is a hidden gem in my opinion.  While there are a lot of tempted people who seem to visit the falls, I can say that I have never actually run into another person while there.  Hmm, now that I think of it, I think I did see a street number for the trail last time I was there.  I think it was  4 8 15 16 23 42…

PS:  If you never saw the show, Lost……well then…..you will have no clue what that series of numbers meant.  Yes, I know i’m a nerd….

-Eric

  NEW PHOTO – “Fountain Of Temptation”


 

Jekyll Nature Trail

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Jekyll Island

I captured this photo on one of Jekyll Island’s nature trails.  Jekyll Island has such a beautiful resort with tons of trails, wildlife, oceanic views, and huge mossy trees that will blow your mind!  Enjoy!

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Jekyll Nature Trail


 

Cinderella’s Castle In Pink

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The Magic of Reflections

First, I LOVE shooting in Disney World!  It is such a beautiful place to make art!  So, reflections are a wonderful tool to use when composing a great photo.  They add bits of magic and mystery that make photos much more appealing for the viewers. 

One of my absolute favorite artists who used refections all of the time in his work was the infamous, Thomas Kinkade.  He was most famous for his brilliant Disney paintings that are still cherished and featured all over Disney property.  In fact, my wife and I own two Disney canvas Thomas Kinkade paintings, and they inspire me every day.  I like to keep his work in mind when I photograph Disney World because it maximizes my creativity and shapes how I decide to use Disney’s magical lighting to make unforgettable art.

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Cinderella’s Castle In Pink”


 

Downtown Atlanta Photowalk With Trey Ratcliff!

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The Photowalk

This past Wednesday, August 12th, Trey Ratcliff drove through the ATL for a super chill photowalk around town!  There were about 200 people that showed up, and we all followed Trey around the city and took a ton of cool photos until the sun went down.

I showed up an hour early for the pre partay, so I got to hang out with Trey and talk to him for a while about fine art, nerdy camera gear, and moving to New Zealand.  I made a bunch of new friends and got some some cool photos!  I even won a prize and two of my photos made it to his “best of Atlanta” collection!  Pretty cool if you’re a nerd like me!

-Eric

Enjoy this slideshow of my ATL photos!

Eric Marks & Trey Ratcliff

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St. Andrews Swamp

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St. Andrews State Park

While vacationing in Panama City Beach, one of my favorite places to photograph is St. Andrews State Park.  Inside, there are beautiful beaches, swamps, piers, and hiking trails.  Just keep an eye out for alligators!  I decided to risk it for 15 minutes and shoot right next to an “Alligator Warning” sign to get this image, but I am also the kind of guy who’s first instinct would be to photograph the alligator before running.  So, before risking your safety…..make sure it’s for a cool photo!

But seriously, be safe and do your research! 🙂

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “St. Andrews Swamp”


 

Atlanta Panorama

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Trip To The ATL!

I was on a day-trip to the Georgia Aquarium when I captured this image.  I was walking through the historic, Centennial Olympic Park when I saw this beautiful view of the Westin building to the left, ferris wheel in the middle, and CNN Center to the right.  I decided that the only way to truly capture the detail of this scene was to shoot 6 different images and stitch them together into one gorgeous panorama.

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – Atlanta Panorama


NEW CAMERA And NEW PHOTO!

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NEW CAMERA!

Ok, so I have considered ditching my big heavy DSLR camera system for about a year now in order to switch over to one of the new mirrorless camera systems that keep getting better and better.  Well, I FINALLY did it!  I am not going to give too much away right now because I am in the middle of making a video about what camera I switched to and why.  I promise I will release the video soon and update my “Eric’s Gear” page along with it.

NEW PHOTO!

I captured this one about 20 minutes before sunset at Kennesaw Mountain.  My wife and I love hiking the mountain around sunset because there is an amazing view at the top. However, this particular sunset had very harsh lighting, so I didn’t see a photo opportunity that really spoke to me.  I ended up taking this photo half way back down the mountain.  I noticed that the very harsh lighting from sunset was illuminating the clouds from the side in a very cool way, so I took 6 different photos and stitched them together to make this panorama.    I hope you like it!

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Kennesaw Mountain Panorama”


 

Disney’s Japan

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Epcot World Showcase – Walt Disney World

Disney World is easily one of my favorite places in the world to photograph.  I say this because Disney provides the opportunity for so many genres of photography.  Street photography of the people, architecture, landscape, wildlife, night scenes, etc.  Luckily, I travel to Disney quite often, so I have picked up on the best time of day to photograph each park.  It’s very fun to experiment with different camera techniques until that perfect bit of magic creates a scene stealing photo.  

I have heard from way too many people that Epcot is their least favorite park.  If you know anything about Disney, you know that Epcot completely comes to life after dark.  It is so beautiful and majestic walking around the countries at night in their world showcase.  

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – Disney’s Japan


 

Sacred Bamboo Forest

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A Day In Barnsley Gardens

First, if you have never been to Barnsley Gardens, I highly recommend that you go!  It is a beautiful resort with two great restaurants, a golf course, horseback riding, great hiking trails, beautiful gardens, and tons of amazing little cottages you can rent.

While I was hiking with my dad and wife on one of the trails, we approached this random circle of really tall bamboo sticks .  The coolest thing was that you could walk in the middle of the circle and be completely surrounded by bamboo.  It was a very cool sight, so I had to create a photo out of it.  I tried to capture the bamboo from a really unique angle so the viewers would get the same cool view that I and in person.

I hope you enjoy this one!  It has quickly become one of my favorites.  Let me know if you would like a print.  Thanks!

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Sacred Bamboo Forest”


 

Jekyll Waterway

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Jekyll Island & The Fisherman

One of the most incredible things about Jekyll Island is the beautiful scenery everywhere you look.  I was in absolute awe over the serene land/seascapes, the amount of wildlife, and the crazy moss hanging from every tree!

I found the scene in this image while hiking on one of the island’s wildlife trails.  I came across a cool little bridge, looked to my right, and I saw exactly what you see in the photo below.  It’s not one of those “masterpiece” photos with insane colors and a double rainbow, but I think that is why I like it so much.  It is beautifully simple.  The waterway draws the viewer’s eye all the way through the photo, the sky is pleasantly blue, and if you look really close, you’ll see a fisherman way out near the water in the middle-right of the photo.  While I was processing this one, I almost removed the fisherman from the scene, but I think he fits perfectly and adds a bit of character to the overall composition.

I hope you all enjoy this one!

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Jekyll Waterway”

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Christmas On Disney’s Main Street

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A Magic Kingdom Christmas

This trip was our first time visiting Disney World during Christmas, and it was incredible!  I captured this image in Magic Kingdom where my wife and I lingered in the park two hours after closing time.  We never knew that it took THAT long before Disney employees nicely ask you to leave.

I am so glad that we hung around until midnight or I would have never been able to capture some of the best photos I have ever taken in Disney.  Staying in the park that late is truly the key to avoiding all of the crazy crowds ruining photos of Disney’s surreal architecture.  I can’t wait to go back in 6 weeks!!

If anyone is interested in purchasing a print of this image, feel free to concat me HERE.

What is YOUR favorite place to take photos in Disney World??

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Christmas On Disney’s Main Street”


 

Thunderhead

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Tornado Warning At Sunset

Threatening clouds, 40mph winds, tornado warnings in several different counties, and where do I find myself?  Duh!  I followed the last bit of light to the shores of Lake Allatoona!  When severe storms start to turn the sky into a mixture of that unsettling greenish-orange color, one would/should typically find somewhere to take refuge.  However, those crazy colors and clouds can produce some pretty insane looking sunsets!

So, I took my chances since all of my camera gear is weather sealed.  I was on the shoreline for about 40 minutes getting hit with rain and harsh winds before the beautiful orange sun revealed itself for just enough time to capture this unique image.  My favorite images are the ones that I know i’ll never be able to recreate.  I had no clue how crazy the clouds looked when I was actually at the lake shooting because I was so focused on what the light was doing.  I ‘m sure you can imagine my surprise when I got back to my workstation and saw this image on the computer.  I was very pleased that I bagged this shot after getting abused by the elements for 40 minutes, and I was very thankful that I remained safe the entire time I was there!

Final Thoughts

Often times, landscape and outdoor photographers are referred to as “creatures of the light.”  The explanation to this is that we almost always shoot when the light is at it’s most attractive time of day.  We get up early to shoot at sunrise and stay out late to shoot into sunset and the twilight hours.  However, there are a LOT of people and other photographers that think outdoor photography is as easy as going outside and pointing your camera at something pretty and coming home with a masterpiece to hang on the wall.  Honestly, it would be great if it actually worked like that!  I am not saying this to boast by any means.  I just want to inspire people to challenge their comfort zone and push their creative boundaries to make beautiful pieces of art!  If you want to know where to start, I would recommend looking at some of my photography training videos so that you will understand how far you can push your camera.

  In conclusion, I encourage EVERYONE to get out of the house and take photos whenever you can.  One of my favorite quotes is from Indiana Jones who says, “If you want to be a good archeologist, you have to get out of the library.”  Let that sink in 🙂

Have a great week!

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – Thunderhead


 

Goonies Never Say Die

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The Fishing Hole

I captured this one last fall, so I am glad I finally got to process it!  I have so many photos built up in my “unprocessed” folder on my computer that it makes it tough sometimes to edit photos as I shoot them.

There is a great little fishing spot where I typically go to shoot sunsets, but while I was waiting for the sun to go down the last time I went, I saw this very “weathered” looking leaf and fishing lure sitting on a rock.  I’m not sure why, but I was so intrigued by the way it looked that I Just HAD to shoot it!  The second I saw it on the back of the camera I knew I was going to love it.

The first thing that came to mind when I reviewed the image on my computer was the little fishing village called Astoria from the movie, The Goonies.  Side note:  If you have never seen The Goonies, drop everything you’re doing and watch it right now!  Anyway, I thought the name of the photo fit well with the whole “fishing village” feel to it.  

 I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts!

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – Goonies Never Say Die


Gentle Solitude

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Sweet Water Creek And The Mockingjay

I took this photo at Sweet Water Creek State Park in Lithia Springs, GA.  The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1 was actually filmed at Sweet Water so I thought I would add in that little fun-fact.

The reason this specific photo is so unique to me is because Sweet Water Creek typically has brown and muddy water on it’s prettiest of days.  However, this day was extremely cold, cloudy, and had a weird blue tint to the sky.  After seeing the color of the creek mixed with the odd weather, I knew I had to compose this image as a reflection shot.  I used a 9 stop ND filter to achieve that “glassy” look on the water, and I love the way the colors turned out in the final result.

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – Gentle Solitude


The Great Beyond

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The Story Behind The Stars

This photo took me by surprise when I saw the preview on the back of my camera.  I captured this one at a great lake close to my house called Lake Allatoona.  I shoot there fairly often but very rarely try to shoot stars there due to the lake’s shore line being so close to a main road with a lot of light pollution from cars and traffic lights.  However, for a short amount of time each winter, one side of the Allatoona dam dries up so much that you can hike to the middle of the lake where it’s pitch black.

When I saw that the lake had dried up, I waited for an extremely cold and moonless night come along(that sounds like the start of a horror story right?).  Side note: When it’s extremely cold outside, the air is much less dense and therefore easier to capture the stars more clearly.  So, I hiked to the middle of the lake and sat on a rock for two hours to keep from sinking into what felt like quicksand since the lake floor was still so wet.  It was all worth it when sunset came and I witnessed this really special moment between sunset and moonrise where the colors started gradually changing to create the scene you see in this photo.  I have had a lot of people tell me that it looks like the Aurora Borealis.

Thank you all so much for the taking the time to read my blog, and if you’re interested in licensing this photo or purchasing print, you can contact me here.

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – The Great Beyond


 

Dreams Of Tomorrow

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New Disney Photo!

I took this one in Disney’s Epcot right after sunset.  What caught my eye about this scene was the cool blue colors from the water and the sky mixing with the orange and purple lighting from the architecture across the pond.  It’s a very calming scene in such a crazy and crowded place.

Feel free to let me know If you’re interested in purchasing a print or digital copy 🙂

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – Dreams of Tomorrow


Aquatic Wasteland

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Cotton Candy Clouds

Every winter, there are sections of Lake Allatoona that are completely drained for a few months out of the year.  I love visiting this little spot when the lake is drained because it has some of the coolest looking rock formations and/or trees that have been buried beneath the water for most of the year.  It was crazy cold while I was shooting that day, and I was lucky enough to get those blue tinted “cotton candy” type clouds in the sky to seal the deal in making this a killer image!  What do you guys think?

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – Aquatic Wasteland


19th Century Village

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Life University

There is a great college in Marietta, GA called Life University, and they have an extremely beautiful campus.  They have an old waterfall mill, huge fountains, and a 19th century style farming village.  I was lucky enough to be presented with the opportunity of shooting inside of one of the homes in the village.  I love the “ghostly” yet timeless feel of this photo, and I hope you do too! 

Feel free to ask any questions!

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – 19th Century Village


Breath Before The Plunge

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 Callaway Gardens

I shot this image in Callaway Gardens right before a huge ring of storms hit the area.  If you know me, you know that I love watching any kind of storm pass through.  It’s actually on my bucket list to go on a storm chaser tornado tour in hopes of bringing back some amazing photos!

As for my vision with this photo, I loved the crazy texture in the clouds, the rays of sun shining through, and the smooth color gradation between the threatening blue sky and the warm colors of the golden field.  I can’t wait to hear everyone’s thoughts.

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – Breath Before The Plunge