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Just kidding! ūüôā

Although¬†I’m definitely a fan of the mouse, I’m not so far gone as to think an animated character is qualified¬†to lead the free world. But,¬†if I think about the current list of presidential candidates, eh, we could do worse. ūüėČ

While perusing the shelves at “The Yankee Peddler” in the Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square, I became fascinated with the rows of trinkets for sale and how the items appeared as little soldiers in some sort of bizarre¬†mouse army.

“Ice, Ice Mickey” (Mickey Mouse Pepper Mills, The Yankee Peddler, Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom Theme Park, Walt Disney World, Florida), Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, 13.8mm, F/4, 1/20s, ISO 1000, Photoshop CS4 Inverted

Back home, I decided the resulting images could use a tiny bit of creative assistance which was easily achieved via Photoshop CS4. For the first photo, I simply inverted the colors to transform what were once rows of Mickey Mouse Pepper Mills into glowing glass sculptures in blue and white.

“Pop Art Mickey” (Best of Mickey Mouse Kitchen Timers, The Yankee Peddler, Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom Theme Park, Walt Disney World, Florida), Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, 13.8mm, F/4, 1/25s, ISO 800, Photoshop CS4 Posterized, Level 2

Since the colors¬†and composition of the¬†Mickey Mouse Kitchen Timers were already reminiscent of pop art,¬†I decided to¬†simplify things even more by ‘posterizing’ – which essentially means, converting a normal photograph into an¬†image consisting of distinct, but flat, areas of different tones or colors.

Luckily, this effect isn’t as difficult as it sounds and only required¬†a single¬†click of the mouse ( ūüėČ ) and a slider adjustment to achieve.

Oh, why can’t selecting our next president be as¬†easy? ūüôā

So, we’re back from one short trip to Disney World and¬†about to embark on another one! (Lucky us, no? ūüėČ )¬†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. ūüėČ ) 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. ūüėČ

In my many visits to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I know¬†I’ve passed by this Sorceror¬†Mickey Topiary on numerous¬†occasions, but never before noticed¬†this unique photo perspective! ūüôā

“Mickey Presents” (Sorceror Mickey Topiary, Disney’s Hollywood Studios) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/2.8, 1/3200s, ISO 200

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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