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Sometimes, you just can’t look at any more SNOW! ūüôā

To take my mind off of all the wintry weather, I played with a couple of images from our October trip to Walt Disney World that I knew would be perfect for some Nik Color Efex Pro filter action.

“Molten Mickey” (Turn-style Gates at Disney’s Hollywood Studios) Nikon D300, 52mm, F/7.1, 1/200s, ISO 250, Nik Color Efex Pro Detail Stylizer & Bi-Color Filters

Millions of people pass through the¬†turn-styles at Disney’s Hollywood¬†Studios yet few seem to take notice of the¬†fantastic gates on either side, simply adorned with the iconic Mickey Mouse head shape. As we entered the park one morning, the¬†crowds were pretty thick so I knew I’d have to wait for a better opportunity¬†to get the shot I wanted.

Later that afternoon, I got my chance and snapped away. I thought by shooting in b&w, the few people milling about would somehow magically disappear and on the small screen, they did seem to fade into the background. Oh, how I wish that were the case once back home, viewing the images on a larger screen! Sigh.

Nik filters to the rescue! ūüôā

A few clicks of the mouse¬†is all it took to isolate the Mickey shapes from the distracting background. More clicks¬†brought in a¬†punch of amazing color. I’m soooo¬†digging the¬†oozey,¬†molten result… must be my wishful thinking that¬†the blazing heat of the Florida sun will come through my monitor and melt all the snow!¬†I can dream, can’t I? ūüėČ

The second image comes courtesy via the¬†queue area leading to “The Seas with Nemo & Friends” attraction. If you are familiar with the animated film ‘Finding Nemo’ upon which the ride is based then you would completely understand why¬†a large monitor¬†is cycling through various shapes being created by a school of metallic fish. The animation is¬†meant to entertain and delight patrons as they patiently make their way through the line.

I decided to¬†stop and photograph a bird shape that appeared momentarily on-screen, not really thinking I had captured anything particularly interesting. However, seeing it today and being in this ‘filter’ frame of mind, I¬†was fairly pleased once I cross-processed the image¬†to enhance the, ahem, feathers.

“Flight of the Albatross” (Bird Abstract, The Seas with Nemo & Friends attraction, EpCoT) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/2.8, 1/1.6s, -0.3EV, ISO 640, Nik Color Efex Pro ‘Cross-Processing’ Filter

Pretty darn cool, eh? ūüôā

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