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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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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


 

Fuji X-T2 vs Nikon D810: Low Light ISO Showdown

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The ISO Showdown…

I have been using my Nikon D810 now just about every day for 2 years. I have put it through hell with crazy weather conditions, quicksand, salt water, UNDER water, etc…but…I have never truly tested the high ISO noise performance of this camera. Now that I think of it, no one has ever asked me to test the ISO performance either. The second that I purchased the X-T2, it’s like everyone in the world wanted to see how the ISO of the full frame D810 would stack up against the new kid on the block.(Fuji X-T2)

After a ton of FB messages, emails, and YouTube comments all requesting me to do this comparison, here it is, FME fans! You can watch the video below where you will see me setup the ISO test, and you can also download the RAW files from both cameras completely FREE. That way you can all make your own opinions 🙂

Keep the requests coming! Obviously, I make this free content for you, so I want to know what all of YOU want to watch. Take care!


 

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”

 


 

 

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”


 

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


 

Sony A7r II Autofocus Speed Test Results

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Huge Improvement Or Huge Disappointment? 

I spent three straight weeks testing every new feature on the Sony A7r II in many different shooting conditions.  I should start by saying that I personally shoot Nikon, but I did my absolute best to give Sony a fair chance in replacing my DSLR system.  Unfortunately, the Sony system was not as good as Sony made it out to be.  However, it is still a wonderful camera with a lot of killer features, and my decision to continue shooting Nikon was based on my type of shooting only.  It could very well be the perfect camera for someone else.  I will be making a video SOON explaining in detail why the new Sony A7r II did not impress me enough to switch. 

As for the Autofocus, that feature really did impress me!  It is worlds faster than the original Sony A7r but not quite as fast as cameras like the Canon 5D III and Nikon D810.  Check out the quick video I made below which will show you how fast the A7r II can focus on objects from infinity to just a few inches away.  .  Hope this helps everyone!

-Eric

 VIDEO: Sony A7r II Autofocus Speed Test


 

Learn How To GEOTAG Your Photos

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Geotagging With Adobe Lightroom

After talking with and observing many other photographers, I learned a few things:  There are a lot of photography professionals and enthusiasts out there that do not geotag their photos, and a lot of them have never even opened the “Map Module” inside of Adobe Lightroom.  Needless to say, I wanted to make a quick video to show everyone how and why I geotag my photos!  It sounds really hard, but I promise I go slow enough in this video for you to see every single step in my geotagging workflow.  

I hope you all enjoy the video!

-Eric

 NEW VIDEO – “GEOTAGGING YOUR PHOTOS WITH ADOBE LIGHTROOM”


 

To Infinity And Beyond

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Cray Cray Clouds

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

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

-Eric 

 NEW PHOTO – “To Infinity And Beyond”


 

A New Beginning

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Last Minute Photo

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

 

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

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

-Eric

NEW PHOTO – “A New Beginning”


 

Story Of The Homeless Guitar Guy

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The Story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Eric

 PHOTO #1  “Homeless Musician”

Homeless Musician_For Blog Post

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 PHOTO #2  “Reunited And It Feels So Good”

Reunited And It Feels So Good


 

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

SONY A7RII UNBOXING


 

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’s Tomorrow Land

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Magic Hours & Magic Kingdom

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

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

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Disney’s Tomorrow Land”


 

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


Portal To A Blue World

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Georgia Aquarium

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

-Eric

 NEW PHOTO – “Portal To A Blue World”


 

Street Photography – Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival

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What is Street Photography?

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

The Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival

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

-Eric

 

Little Girl & The Balloon_Watermarked

 

Old Man At A Festival_Watermarked


 

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

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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