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

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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

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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 #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


 

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


 

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”


 

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”


 

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”

 


 

 

Disney’s Wishes Fireworks Show

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Wishes Fireworks Show & Avoiding Death-By-Crowds

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

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

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

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Wishes Fireworks Show”

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Escape From GRINGOTTS

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Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

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

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

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

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Escape From GRINGOTTS”


 

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


 

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”


Textures Of Morocco

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Capturing The Essence Of Morocco

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

-Eric

NEW PHOTO –  “Textures Of Morocco”


 

When You Wish Upon A Star

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NEW DISNEY PHOTO!

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

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

Always follow your dreams

-Eric

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


 

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


 

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”


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”


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”


 

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”


 

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…

Eric Is Sick Graphic

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”


 

Disney’s Spaceship Earth

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The Epcot Ball

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

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

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Disney’s Spaceship Earth”


 

Chinese Temple

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Disney’s Epcot World Showcase

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

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


Jekyll Nature Trail

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Jekyll Island

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

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Jekyll Nature Trail


 

Cinderella’s Castle In Pink

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The Magic of Reflections

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

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

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Cinderella’s Castle In Pink”


 

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


 

Jekyll Waterway

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Jekyll Island & The Fisherman

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

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

I hope you all enjoy this one!

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “Jekyll Waterway”

Jekyll Waterway_Crop Fisherman


Christmas On Disney’s Main Street

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A Magic Kingdom Christmas

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

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

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

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

-Eric

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


 

Dreams Of Tomorrow

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New Disney Photo!

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

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

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – Dreams of Tomorrow