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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 – 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 #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


 

Why Are Fujifilm X Cameras So Special? Fuji XT2 Mini Review

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Ohhh, so THAT Is What Fuji Fanboys Are Talking About…

I am going on three weeks of being a “Fuji Shooter” with my X-T2, and I can say with complete confidence that it has exceeded my expectations. 

I am primarily a landscape/nature photographer and have always used my big Nikon DSLRs. I have been very pleased with my D810 for the past two years, but there are four distinct features that I think sets Fujifilm X cameras apart from the other camera brands I have used.

#1 Light Rendition:

I have no technical explanation for this one. I have used tons of cameras, but the way the Fuji X-trans sensors record light is just magical. There is such a defined and attractive separation between highlight and shadow. I’m Pretty sure that Fuji performs some kind of wizardry on these sensors after Sony sends them over.

This image was taken during golden hour, and I still can’t explain how the sensor magically portrays the separation between the cold blue shadows and the golden highlights kissing the rocks.


#2 High ISO Detail:

This is a big one for me because I do a lot of printing. There many times where I see “the shot” and just have to crank the ISO much higher than normal to capture the moment before it disappears. Usually when this happens while I am shooting with my D810, it’s kind of a general rule that loss of detail and color starts happening around 3200 ISO. For sharing online or any kind of web use, 3200 and up is easily useable on the D810, but printing is entirely different. To my complete surprise, the XT2 files are still useable at 6400 ISO and up for printing. I ordered a 16×24 print from an XT2 TIFF file that was shot at ISO 8000, and it looked freaking phenomenal due to the amount of detail that held together at the higher ISO values on the Fuji XT2. If you would like to see a Fuji vs Nikon ISO comparison I did, you can read that blog post HERE.

This image was taken handheld at 5000 ISO with no noticeable loss of detail at all.

This image was taken handheld at 5000 ISO with no noticeable loss of detail at all.


#3 The Mechanical Dials:

The image quality isn’t the only reason that the XT2 has been an absolute pleasure to shoot with. The handling and ergonomics of this camera simply make it fun to use. My favorite feature about the ergonomics of course are the mechanical dials on top for controlling ISO, shutter speed, metering, and exposure compensation. Not only does it make for a super fast workflow when shooting, but it also adds that beautiful bit of nostalgia as if I’m shooting on an old film camera.


#4 Color Rendition:

Last but not least, the color rendition on that Fuji cranks out of their files are stunning. It really has a look of it’s own that I have not seen before when using any other camera or software plugin. If you make the jump and purchase one of these Fuji X cameras, you will know exactly what I am talking about. Ever since the first few Fujifilm mirrorless cameras started to hit the market a few years ago, I have heard nothing but good things about their natural rendition of “colory” buttery goodness. Now I know why people won’t shut up about it ;-).

This image only had some micro contrast and sharpening applied to it. The colors and perfect exposure are straight out of the camera. It impressed the heck out of me!

This image only had some micro contrast and sharpening applied to it. The colors and exposure are straight out of the camera. It impressed the heck out of me!


Conclusion And Video Going Over These Four Topics…

If you can’t tell, I am really loving this camera so far, but I have obviously found some quirks and cons that I will mention in my full review(coming soon). I will go ahead and put your mind at ease by saying that I haven’t found anything yet that bothered me enough to sell it or return it. I am going on almost a month of not touching my Nikon D810. It might sound weird, but when I get creative and feel like going on a photo adventure, I just naturally pick up my Fuji kit without thinking. It just feels right…

As Always, please let me know in the comments if you have ANY questions at all.

-Eric


 

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


 

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”


THANK YOU FOR 1,000 YOUTUBE SUBSCRIBERS!!

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The Finding Middle Earth Youtube Channel

Thank you all SO much for allowing my channel to reach ONE THOUSAND subscribers! There will be a lot more great content coming in the future, and I can’t wait to see the channel at ten thousand subscribers!

-Eric


 

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”


 

Now Offering LIMITED EDITION PRINTS

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Purchase My Prints and have them shipped right to your door!

I have been working for quite a while on a very easy and innovative way for people to purchase my prints. I have partnered with one of the best print labs in the country, and they will now be handling all of the logistics for my prints. I also offer METAL PRINTS now which I am so excited about since it’s one of the most unique ways to display your art.

I am only selling a select set of my photos for print. You will notice on my new online gallery that I have a folder named “Limited Edition Prints” where I will periodically be switching out photos once I have sold a certain amount of one print. If you see a photo that is not for sale, just email me and I can tell you if/when it ever will be. Thanks so much and have fun looking over my new print gallery! SEE PRINT GALLERY HERE

-Eric


 

 

NEW Landscape Photography VLOG

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Landscape Photography Vlog #1

I have received quite a few requests over the past year to video document all of my photography hikes and adventures in order for all of you to see my process from start-to-finish. After researching the best way for me to vlog my adventures while delivering quality video production, I decided to finally purchase a full GoPro rig to handle all of my my on-location vlogging.

As per your requests, here is the the FIRST Landscape Photography VLOG. I hope you all enjoy!

-Eric


 

Landscape Photography Vlog #1


 

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”


 

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”


 

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”

Disney's Wishes_Web-Optimized


 

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


 

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”


 

Disney World Photography Post Processing #2

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Video Tutorial 

After loads of people asking how I give my photos a magical and etherial look, I made a video on how I post processed one of my most popular Disney photos.  I hope you all enjoy it!

-Eric

NEW VIDEO – Disney World Photography Post Processing #2


 

Happy New Year With A NEW VIDEO

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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

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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”


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”


 

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”

 


 

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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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”


 

Sony A7r II Unboxing!

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Sony A7r II

My NEW Sony A7r Mark II just arrived, and I made a quick video below of the unboxing and first impressions.  This camera is truly an unbelievable tool.  Enjoy!

-Eric

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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


 

Apology For My Lack Of Content – I’m Sick

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Allegra, Lemon Drops, Water, And LOTS Of Kleenex…

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Well, the heading pretty much sums up my life this past week.  For those who don’t know me, I spend a lot of time and effort making sure I don’t get sick.  I take a fair amount of vitamins on a daily basis, I try to eat fruit every day, and I almost always cover my mouth around anyone I see coughing/sneezing.  I am obsessed with the outdoors and photographing the outdoors, so I hate anything that prevents me from doing that.

 

A Quick Summary Of The Week

When my wife and I got home from our trip to Disney World last Sunday, I started feeling tired and congested.  The next morning, I woke up with a fever and a terribly soar throat.  I basically spent the all of last week until yesterday coughing up things I never knew my body could produce and creating kleenex mountains all over my house.  I am thankful to say that I am finally recovering, and I am VERY sorry that there was no content on the blog last week!  I haven’t even taken the two thousand photos I took in Disney and synced them with my main mothership computer yet.  Needless to say, it’s been a crazy week.  Thank you all for understanding, and I promise there will be some great new photos and videos coming your way!!

-Eric


 

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”


 

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 🙂

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 World Photography – Post Processing

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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


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”


 

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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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”


 

Purchasing My Prints

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Purchasing My Prints

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 COMING SOON!

Ok, first things first….You guys ROCK!  I was not expecting the launch of my website to get this much traffic and attention in 3 days.  It’s ALL thanks to you!  

Second, I have received a ton of inquiries asking where people can custom order and purchase prints of my photos.  I am thrilled that you guys want prints of my work, and it helps me out so much with keeping the website running and being able to keep creating training videos as often as possible.  All of that being said, I am currently partnering with a great print studio that is going to help handle all of my custom print orders for sizing, paper type, and shipping them right to your door!  This will all be available VERY SOON!  I will be adding a new page to my site where everyone can access all of the different print options for my work.

I am very excited to start selling prints and giving everyone a very easy platform to use for all of the customization you want, from regular matte paper to premium grade canvas, and anything in between!  If anyone would like to purchase prints before this new page is up, please feel free to contact me personally, and I will give you all of the options and pricing.  Contact me HERE.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

-Eric