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So, we’re back from one short trip to Disney World and about to embark on another one! (Lucky us, no? 😉 ) Don’t get too jealous as this is our only real vacation each year and by the time it arrives, we soooooo need it!

“Animated Mickey” (Filmstrip Mickey Sculpture, Animation Courtyard, Disney’s Hollywood Studios) Nikon D300, 40mm, F/14, 1/320s, +0.3EV, ISO 200, Built-in i-TTL Fill Flash w/Gary Fong ‘Puffer’ Diffuser, -0.7EV, ‘Old West’ Toning Action

I didn’t take many photos this trip as I was too busy eating and drinking at the EpCoT Food & Wine Festival. (Hey, it’s a tough job, folks but someone has to do it. 😉 ) And, until the camera manufacturers develop a ‘drunk photographer’mode, I thought it best not to handle complicated equipment. 

After returning home I realized that the only time I carried my Nikon D300 was one morning’s outing to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

I really love the feeling at the studios, especially in Animation Courtyard where the focus is on what made Disney a household name in the first place – animation! Ever since the onset of computers, hand-drawn cels are becoming extremely rare but here at the studios, they keep the tradition alive.

“Celluloid Mickey” (Mickey Sculpture, Animation Courtyard, Disney’s Hollywood Studios) Nikon D300, 90mm, F/11, 1/500s, +0.3EV, ISO 200, Nik Silver Efex Pro ‘Solarized Border’ Filter

This is one of the few places where they are still producing hand-painted cels and during the week, you can watch as actual Disney animators perform their craft right before your eyes. (Hmmm, I wonder how many of us would like to be ‘on display’ while we work?)

In the back right-hand corner of the courtyard stands a sculpture I’ve photographed on several occasions with only so-so results. This time I shot from a low angle, using the sky as the background and therefore, was able to eliminate all the distracting elements that have ruined the image in the past. 

Still not quite sure I’ve achieved what I ultimately want but, these two images are the closest I’ve gotten. No worries. I’m willing to go back and try as many times as it takes. 😉

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Love isn’t wine and roses, cards and chocolates. (But, yes, those are nice).

Nope, love is walking side by side through this crazy thing called life and managing to make each other laugh along the way.

"Stiched with Love" (Button Sampler) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/3.2, 1/60s, ISO 640, Nik Color Efex Pro 'Glamour Glow' Filter

Thanks for the smiles, babe, and for loving me so well. No one does it better. 🙂

Happy Valentine’s!

When I was a kid, we went Trick-or-Treating on “Beggars Night” which was the night before Halloween. Many of you may not have done this as it appears to be somewhat a regional thing and to be honest, I don’t think one that is practiced much, if at all, anymore.

“Skull Jack” (Pirate Skulls, Magic Kingdom Theme Park) Nikon D300, 48mm, F/4, 1/60s, -1.0EV, ISO 800, In-Camera Sepia Color Setting

From Wikipedia: Beggars Night is a regional term for the Halloween-related activity that is referred to in most parts of the United States as “Trick or Treat”. Specifically, the term is broadly but not exclusively used in Ohio and in many parts of Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and western New York. In general, Beggars Night represents the “treat” portion of “Trick or Treat,” where children in costume make evening rounds of homes and are given candy. This event is closely tied to, but distinct from, Halloween itself when various forms of mischief (or “tricks”) may occur. The night has often been scheduled by municipal governments on a date prior to the actual Halloween date of October 31.

“The Happy Couple” (Skull-topped Canes, Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Africa) Nikon D300, 112mm, F/5.3, 1/6s, -0.7EV, ISO 640, In-Camera Black/White Color Setting

I loved dressing up and making the rounds with my sisters to all the neighbors (FREE candy, are you kidding me?? 🙂 ). We made our own costumes (store-bought was not in the budget) and typically stuck with the classics – hobo, ballerina, cowgirl, etc.

After a few hours we’d head back home and spread our bounty out on the kitchen table so mom could sift through and make sure everything was safe. (This was also the time for fierce trade negotiations amongst siblings).

Mom would then let us select a few items for immediate consumption, warning us not to eat too much. Futile attempt on her part as I recall heading to bed on more than one occasion with a belly ache. Ahhhh, good times. 🙂

Consuelo’s comment on ‘Shoobie Doobie Dew’ must be on my mind as I couldn’t help but think of greeting cards when I saw this image:  

"One of a Kind" (Eastern Cottontail Rabbit with Garden Sculptures) Nikon D300, 340mm (200-400mm w/1.7x teleconverter), F/6.7, 1/125s, -0.3EV, ISO 500, Silver Efex Pro 'Antique Plate I' Filter

Inside: In a world filled with phonies, I’m so glad you’re the real thing. 🙂

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