Exploring The Gulf Coast With The Fujifilm X-T2

Share This:

A Day Of Landscape Photography…

While I was on holiday with my family near Rosemary Beach, Florida, my dad and I took a day to explore the coast in search of great seafood and photography. We found both!

The best tips I can give you for shooting in the mid-day sun is to look for high-contrast scenes where the natural shadows make interesting compositions, and you will also want to take a really powerful ND filter to add interest to water and clouds. You will notice in the VLOG and photos below that I used the high-contrast light AND a 9 stop ND filter for almost every photo I captured. Always take advantage of the creative tools in your camera bag, and if you don’t own filter already, feel free to watch my video where I tell you all about my favorite filters for landscape photography. Also, the filter company even gave me a discount code that allows my viewers to get 10% OFF of all of their products. All of the info is in the video.

Take Care Of Your Gear…

In closing, make sure you really think about which bag you’re using in the field when you’re around a ton of sand and salt water like I was. Sand and salt water can ruin gear so fast! I highly recommend two bags for these situations, and you can watch my video reviews of them HERE: MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Pro Backpack Review | LowePro Whistler 450 AW Backpack Review

Below, you can see the photos and VLOG from my day of landscape photography on the gulf coast...

Fuji X-T2 | Fujinon 16-55 f/2.8 | Polarizer And 9 Stop ND Filter

Fuji X-T2 | Fujinon 16-55 f/2.8 | Polarizer And 9 Stop ND Filter

Fuji X-T2 | Fujinon 16-55 f/2.8 | Polarizer And 9 Stop ND Filter

Fuji X-T2 | Fujinon 16-55 f/2.8 | Polarizer Only

Fuji X-T2 | Fujinon 16-55 f/2.8 | Exposure Blend


 

 

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

Share This:

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

Sign Up To The Newsletter and receive Eric's FREE video!

This FREE video explores what's in Eric's Camera bags, accessories outside of the bags, and Eric's favorite lenses for landscape photography.

Don’t Awaken The Darkness

Share This:

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 6(Last Day): Reflections In Magic Kingdom And A Creepy Ending At The Haunted Mansion

Share This:

The Best Day Of  The Week…

After walking around the Disney parks for a week and trying to manage the late nights with early mornings, it was so nice to have a relaxing day with no reservations or plans of any kind. Since today was our last day, we all decided that we wanted to spend the day in Magic Kingdom taking photos of the kids, watching the parades, and just walking around slowly to enjoy all of the architectural details that Disney has to offer. 

I’m glad that I ended up packing all of my Fuji lenses for this trip because I was able to see which lenses I used the most. My two most-used lenses all week were definitely the Fuji 18-55 f/2.8-4 kit lens and the Fuji 35 f/2 prime lens. I used the Fuji 55-200 telephoto lens a fair bit as well for the parades and wildlife, but the other two lenses lived on my X-T2 most of the week. The 18-55 with it’s incredible OIS, covered most of my architecture and low light photos, while the 35mm f/2 covered the family photos and Disney character portraits. Now I know for the future that those three lenses are my must-have camera kit for travel. If you’re interested in seeing the entire Fuji kit that I took to Disney, you can watch that video HERE.

Night Time And Rain In Magic Kingdom With A Haunted Ending…

If you have been to Disney before, you know how magical everything becomes at night. Almost every square inch of the park is lit up, the weather cools off, and most the crowds start to leave park. Lucky for us, we have been staying on Disney property all week so we took advantage of the Disney “Magic Hours” from 10pm t0 12am. The “Magic Hours” allowed us to stay in the park two hours later than regular guests, and that is typically when I capture all of the long exposure Disney photos that you see in my portfolio.

Not long after nightfall, it started raining pretty hard, but we were ok with that since we knew it would clear the park of even more people. Pro tip: When it rains in Disney, 90% of the people think they’re going to melt if they get wet, so that means you get the park to yourself. While it was raining, we walked around in all of the cool shops on Main Street in Magic Kingdom, and I got to capture a really cool photo of a professional glass blower who was working on a new piece for the store’s collection. I really like the way his photo turned out! I have always believed that everything happens for reason, and had it not rained that night, we would have never gone inside that little shop, and I would have never captured that photo. Pretty cool 🙂

After we shopped around in the stores and purchased some good ole Disney merchandise, we noticed that the hard rain had turned into a light sprinkle, and there were no humans to be seen in any direction! It can be a little weird walking down Main Street in the busiest theme park in the world with no people in sight, but that is exactly how I like it. Most people just don’t take the time to wait out the crowds…

It was a very enjoyable night being able to ride all of our favorite rides with no wait times or people… Well, until my friend Joseph and I asked the wives if we could ride The Haunted Mansion on our way out of the park…big mistake  😯 . We were making our way to the front of the park so we could head back to the hotel, and as we were walking by the rides and stores, the lights were blacking out one-by one. It was a little creepy since we were the only ones left in the park, but we just assumed that they were closing things up since it was a little after midnight at that point. We also figured that The Haunted Mansion would probably be closed since everything else was closing as we walked by.

Well, as we approached The Haunted Mansion, we saw one single cast member standing outside the line waiting for people to come in. Of course, Joseph and I walked up to ask her if it was still open, and the lady didn’t say one word. She just starred at us with a straight face and pointed towards the ride. We were already a little creeped out at that point, but we assumed that her pointing meant that we could go through the line. If you have never ridden The Haunted Mansion before, you won’t know what I am talking about, but before you actually get on the ride, they take you into a pretty big room where they act out a short little skit that is supposed to be playful and scary at the same time. It’s fun to watch people get a little freaked out before getting on the ride, but I have the entire skit memorized because I have been riding The Haunted Mansion since I was a little kid. I also know that every time I have ever ridden  The Haunted Mansion during magic hours, they skip the little skit and let you get right on the ride. Naturally, I assumed they would do the same in this situation since it was literally just me and Joseph. I was wrong… One of the cast members took us into the big room, a shorter version of the skit played throughout the speakers, all of the doors around us shut, and then BOOM…the lights went out. Before the light went out, we were the only two people in that big room. BOOM! The lights came back on, and there were two girls dressed as creepy maids that randomly appeared about 6 inches away from our faces. We literally felt their breath…

After that insanely creepy moment, those two girls opened the door that lead to the ride, and we finally got on. Even more creepy things happened while we were on the ride, but that is a story for a different day. It’s really late and I still have to pack up my stuff and get some sleep since we’re leaving to go home in about 7 hours(yikes). Thank you all for following the blog all week and going on this Disney adventure with me and my family! Just promise me you’ll think twice before rinding The Haunted Mansion after hours.

Enjoy viewing all of my best photos from our last day…

Fuji X-T2 | 35mm f/2 WR | This is one of Disney’s awesome cast members in the “circus” section of Magic Kingdom. This guy’s face had such a unique look, so I had to ask him for a photo. Luck for me, he said yes!

Fuji X-T2 | 35mm f/2 WR | This is my beautiful baby girl, Scarlett. My wife and I envisioned this photo before we ever went on this trip, and we made it come to life. This little green patch of AstroTurf is great for photos of the kids with the castle in the background! 

Fuji X-T2 | 35mm f/2 WR | This is the glass blower that I got to photograph when we ran into the shops to escape the rain after sunset. I just love this image!

Fuji X-T2 | 18-55 f/2.8-4 Kit Lens | This is a photo of Magic Kingdom’s classic steamboat. Looking at this scene made me think of the old steamboat Mickey cartoon.

Fuji X-T2 | 35mm f/2 WR | This was the very last photo I took. We were on the way out of the park, it had just started raining again, and I saw those refections just singing my name. Obviously, I had to stop and grab a set of photos even though I got soaked. It was so beautiful!


 

Disney Day 5: Epcot At Golden Hour And German Sausage

Share This:

Golden Light, Another Great Sunset, And Snacks…

We all went back to Epcot tonight because…well, Epcot is a whole different world of magic and culture when golden hour hits. The countries all start to turn on lanterns and beautiful lights, the weather gets cooler, and all of the golden light starts reflecting off of the huge man-made lake in the middle of the Epcot World Showcase.

Our wives were looking at all of the souvenirs while Joseph and I were taking photos and drooling over the light hitting the architecture all around us. After walking around a bit and enjoying some family time and photography, the wives wanted to get some snacks. They were talking about ice cream, some kind of French fruit parfait, etc etc. This is where Joseph and I offered to take the kids, part ways from the ladies for a little while, and find some “man snacks” in another country. 

After getting distracted by taking photos of the kids around the park, we finally arrived in Germany at Biergarten to get some homemade sausage and authentic German beer. Typically, I’m not a beer drinker, but when I travel, I love experiencing new things. 

After we all enjoyed our snacks, we met back up with the wives and continued to have a fantastic evening! Family, friends, food, and great photos. Couldn’t ask for a better night! Below, you can see a few of my photos from tonight. Time to get in bed and gear up for tomorrow!

Fuji X-T2 | Fujinon 18-55 f/2.8-4 | This photo was captured about 45 min before sunset. Everyone else was watching the Chinese dancers preform under this beautiful structure, but I was focused on capturing the golden light and interesting clouds.

Fuji X-T2 | Fujinon 18-55 f/2.8-4 | The sunset was so good that I had to take a photo even though there wasn’t a great foreground at the time. However, I thought it was a pretty interesting image since I captured two countries and a hotel in one single photograph. Across the lake, you’ll see Morocco on the left, The Swan & Dolphin Resort in the middle, and France on the right.


 

Disney Day 4: Magic Kingdom And Magic Sunset

Share This:

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

Share This:

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

Share This:

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

Share This:

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


 

Family Vacation: Desolation Of Disney & Packing My Fuji XT2 Kit

Share This:

Rain, Rain, Rain…Oh, And Severe Thunderstorms…

Ok, so it’s the morning of our trip to Disney World with our good friends, and the weather is not behaving for us at all. It’s about a 7.5 hour drive to Disney from our house, but it’s looking like it might be a VERY long trip based on the weather.

We were supposed to leave for the trip on Monday, but my wife and I moved it up a couple of days because of even worse severe weather coming in. Apparently, there is no escaping it…

Packing My Fuji X-T2 Kit For Disney World

Enough of the depressing details! We’re going to Disney World! I am super excited to try out all of my new Fujfilm X Mirrorless gear, and this will be the first time in my entire photographic career that I have not taken a DSLR on the road with me. I already have my fair share of Fuji gear that I am bringing, so there is no need to add a heavy DSLR to the kit. Plus, I really trust the Fuji system, and I just know it will take care of me and the memories of my daughter’s first Disney trip.

Well, I am just sitting here with my daughter while my wife is dropping our dogs off at my in-laws house, so I am going to start packing the car in this rainy mess. 

You can watch the video below if you’re interested in the camera gear and bags that I am taking. I will also be blogging more about my experience using the Fuji X-T2 system in Disney World as the week goes on.

You can also check out my ENTIRE DISNEY PORTFOLIO HERE. Have a great weekend!


 

Old Dapper German Man

Share This:

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

Share This:

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


Majestic Dolphins Of Shell Island

Share This:

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

Share This:

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 🙂

pcb-blog-post-pic

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


 

The Daily Prophet

Share This:

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”


 

Inside The Hogwarts Express

Share This:

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”


 

Italy – Portraits Around The World

Share This:

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”

Andrea_PATW Italy_________________________________________________________________________________________________________

VIDEO Breakdown


 

Garden Of Illuminations

Share This:

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”

 


 

 

Grease Is The Word – Old Car City Part #3

Share This:

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”

 


Escape From GRINGOTTS

Share This:

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”


 

The Silent Observer

Share This:

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

Share This:

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”

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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

Share This:

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”


 

Christmas At Opryland Resort

Share This:

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


 

Happy New Year With A NEW VIDEO

Share This:

Art Of The Image

I was honored this week to be featured on the Art Of The Image youtube channel and website. I was asked to speak on my top tips for theme park photography. I have never spoken on this topic before, but how could I turn down the opportunity to be on this awesome photography show? I have posted the link to the video below, and I hope you all enjoy it!I was honored this week to be featured on the Art Of The Image youtube channel and website.  I was asked to speak on my top tips for theme park photography.  I have never spoken on this topic before, but how could I turn down the opportunity to be on this awesome photography show?  I have posted the link to the video below, and I hope you all enjoy it!

-Eric

NEW VIDEO – Theme Park Photography Tips


 

Merry Christmas To All

Share This:

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

Share This:

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

Share This:

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

Share This:

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”


 

England – Portraits Around The World

Share This:

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 

Harry_PATW England_________________________________________________________________________________________________________

VIDEO BREAKDOWN


 

Autumn On Disney’s Mainstreet

Share This:

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

Share This:

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

Pik Kei PATW Watermarked_Web Optimized________________________________________________________________________________________________

VIDEO Breakdown


 

Harry Potter: Borgin And Burkes

Share This:

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”


Tokyo Under The Stars

Share This:

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”


 

A New Beginning

Share This:

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

Share This:

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”

Homeless Musician_For Blog Post

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 PHOTO #2  “Reunited And It Feels So Good”

Reunited And It Feels So Good


 

NEW PROJECT – Portraits Around The World

Share This:

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

Share This:

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

Share This:

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

Share This:

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 🙂

New Disney Photo

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

Share This:

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”


 

Disney World Photography – Post Processing

Share This:

Hidden Market In Morocco | From Beginning To End

Disney’s Epcot is one of my absolute favorite places to take photos!  This specific piece was very fun to create, so I made a super quick video where I let everyone watch me post process the photo from beginning to end…. On hyper-speed… Hope you enjoy!

-Eric

 


 

Taken in Disney's Epcot World Showcase - Morocco

Taken in Disney’s Epcot World Showcase – Morocco


Jekyll Nature Trail

Share This:

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

Share This:

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”


 

St. Andrews Swamp

Share This:

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”


 

Disney’s Japan

Share This:

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


 

Jekyll Waterway

Share This:

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”

Jekyll Waterway_Crop Fisherman