St. Augustine Florida Lighthouse

The day I choose to visit the lighthouse was terrible – Florida wise. Mid September, crazy hot, oppressively humid and not a hint of a seabreeze. Oh and the sun was obscured by clouds all day. So with that said, it wasn’t a great photo opportunity for shooting with film. The few usable images came via my cameraphone and Sony Cyber-shot.

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Looking east towards the Atlantic Ocean.

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Optimistic that I would be able to get some good shots with my Canon A-1.

Overall the lighthouse is worth your time to visit, just pick a perfect weather day to go. The lighthouse has been fully restored and is kept very well maintained and the view from the top is exceptional – a bit toe curling if you and heights have an uneasy relationship – that red railing looks pretty thin at the top!

Thanks for your visit!

Cameras: Sony Cyber-shot W-170, Canon A-1 with FD 17mm lens, Samsung Galaxy S4

Chris

 

Samurai Horseman – World Showcase, Japan Pavilion Epcot

We’ve visited the Japan Pavilion quite a number of times over the years – it’s difficult to find new ways of photographing familiar things. The two samurai on horseback that stand guard to the castle have proven to be photographically “tricky” for me. What I mean is that I’m never really satisfied with my images – they lack the sunshine that would make them pop.

They’re beautifully presented statues, wonderfully sculptured and highly detailed but lack bright natural lighting. With that said, here’s my best “shot” at making something out of a poor original image.

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Oh how I wish this sculpture were out in the open against a beautiful blue sky!

And while we’re at it, the torii gate is another of my hard to capture icons at the pavilion. The Epcot background always throws me… who wants to see the “golf ball” peeking from behind the gate!

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No Epcot “golf ball” but now we see France and England in the background!

If you haven’t had the chance to wander around the Japan Pavilion at Epcot yet, please find the time. Carol and I will often spend an entire afternoon strolling through the many beautiful exhibits and of course you’ve got to see Mitsukoshi Department Store.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Cameras: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 and Samsung Galaxy S4

Chris & Carol ^.^

 

The Red Bridge

On a cloudy day, the red bridge stands out – the fish swim and the water flows.

At the Japan Pavilion, Disney’s World Showcase, Epcot.

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A “Disney Duck” waits for a treat.

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And a “Hidden Mickey” brings a smile.

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Have a wonderful Monday!

Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

Chris & Carol

Favorite Disney Ride?

Carol and I have been venturing to Walt Disney World ever since September of 1973 – our first “big” date together and the first time we realized that we were in love with one another. It’s always been our special place.

Over the years many rides and attractions have come and gone – our first trip together Disney used the Ticket Book system where you only had X number of certain tickets before you needed to buy more. The “E” ticket rides were the most desirable.

We’ve had our favorites – Space Mountain, Grand Prix Raceway, Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain and of course, It’s a Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Our new BEST favorite ever since it came out??? We’ll give you a clue – it’s on this sign.

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So that means we’re in the ever changing Disney Hollywood Studios – and it’s on this sign.

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Nope!

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Nope again!

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Nope, not the Muppets in 3D…

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It’s Buzz and Woody’s Toy Story Midway Mania!!!

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By far we have the most fun and laughs on this ride – shooting 3D stuff at an arcade is a blast!

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WE LOVE IT!!! Hope you’ll give it a try if you haven’t been – it’s worth it big time!

Cameras: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 and Samsung Galaxy S4

Lots of Disney love! Chris & Carol