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The Seas with Nemo & Friends is one of my favorite EpCoT attractions. Little did I know then that I would walk away with photos perfect for Karen’s October Photo Hunt, which is all about idioms.

We begin with two shots taken outside the pavilion:
 
“Birds of a Feather Flock Together”

“Birds of a Feather” (Animatronic Seagulls, The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion, EpCoT) Nikon Coolpix P7100, 16.3mm, F/4, 1/1000s, -1.7EV, ISO 400, Built-in Rear Curtain Flash

 
and:
 
“Swimming with Sharks”

“Swimming with Sharks” (The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion, EpCoT) Nikon Coolpix P7100, 6mm, F/2.8, 1/80s, ISO 400, Nik Silver Effex Pro ‘Strong IR HC’ Filter

 
For the third entry we head on into the ride itself. When I find myself on certain dark and rather slow-moving attractions, I like to play with slow-shutter speeds allowing colors and forms to bleed into interesting compositions. So, from inside my ‘clamobile’, I clicked the shutter release and held the camera as steady as I could:
 

“Blur the Lines”

“Blur the Lines” (The Seas with Nemo & Friends Ride, EpCoT) Nikon Coolpix P7100, 6mm, F/2.8, 2s, ISO 1600

Visions of coral reefs, sunken vessels and sea life are instantly transformed into a land of pink and apricot clouds along with a lime green sun (or, is it an alien ship??) 😉 

 
For the bonus Halloween shot, we head on over to the Magic Kingdom. I simply couldn’t resist this little guy dangling from one of the scarecrows that decorate the common at the very start of Main Street, USA: 

 
“Hung Out to Dry” 

“Hung Out to Dry” (Pumpkin Mickey Doll, Magic Kingdom, Main Street USA) Canon Powershot SX40 HS, 20.3mm, F/4.5, 1/800s, ISO 100

So, there you have it… THREE days early and complete with idiom bonus! 🙂

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

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! 🙂

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? 😉

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? 🙂

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