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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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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there! I’m baaaaaaack! ūüôā

Vacation was wonderful…11 days of bright, blue skies, temps in the mid-to-high 80’s, NO humidity, NO rain, fantastic food & drink, afternoons lazing in the sun and all the fun and activities to be had at Walt Disney World. Aaaaaahhhhhh

“Get Your Ears On” (Mickey Mouse Ears, Walt Disney World) Nikon D300, 130mm, F/5.6, 1/40s, -0.7EV, ISO 640, Built-in Front Curtain Flash, -0.7EV

For this trip I only brought two lenses forcing¬†myself¬†to view the ‘happiest place on earth’ with fresh eyes. When you’ve been as often as we have it is so very easy¬†for all the “magic” to become mundane…a ‘been there, shot that’ sort of thing. Not this time!¬†I photographed whatever looked interesting to me and came home with more than 850 images. How many¬†will be blog worthy? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see. ūüėČ

Life has been even more hectic upon our return late Saturday¬†as we are now in the midst of¬†a kitchen renovation which began early Sunday morning. Since I’m the designated project manager, I’ve been¬†meeting with the contractor and coordinating all the various subs. (As much as hubby and myself love¬†to DIY, this project is a bit too large and complicated for our experienced skill set and once you get the City Inspectors involved – yes, I’m talkin’ permits here – any of the work we’d normally feel¬†comfortable tackling ourselves now has to be performed by a ‘licensed professional’. Huh, go figure. ūüėČ )

That isn’t to say we aren’t having a hand in things. The new design is all mine and we did some of the demo work on Sunday/Monday as well as¬†moved TWO refrigerators (thanks David and Megan!). And once several plumbing pipes are relocated, electrical and central vac¬†runs¬†re-routed, walls constructed, a¬†granite counter extended,¬†custom cabinetry built and installed, and the¬†new refrigerator delivered and installed, trust me, there will be plenty of finish work for us to do.

Hmmmm, I wonder if I can get a discount if I wear my mouse ears?? ūüôā

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