As I sifted through pictures earlier in search of one to post, I happened upon this shot of the Award Wieners counter service restaurant in Hollywood Land. I knew this was it, fitting the bill perfectly with the Academy Awards this evening. I’ve never eaten at Award Wieners so I can’t really say who the award should go to for best one. From the looks of the menu, the first thing I’d order would be a Karl Strauss Red Trolley Ale. They are my favorite brewery, so I award them.
Disney California Adventure
Here’s another of my favorite shots of Mickey’s Fun Wheel reflecting on Paradise Bay before World of Color starts. It may, in fact, be my favorite with the color palette and the bit of sparkle on the right. Up next in this series will be a pop art style combination of the images I’ve shared so far. I’m not sure if the whole will be greater than the parts but I really enjoy trying new things and pushing myself. We’ll see how that goes.
After that, I’ll move on to another locale. Perhaps the Rivers of America over at Disneyland? With so many options and so much diversity, who knows! If I end up falling into the water amidst my excitement and efforts, I’m sure you’ll hear about it on the news — “Photographer takes a swim. Ducks make off with camera.”
I have to admit that I’m really enjoying this series. It’s different for me and sometimes, scratch that, often times you need to change things up so you don’t get stuck in habits. A fresh perspective is worth the effort because our habits have a way of gradually turning our passion perfunctory.
I don’t know if anyone has caught the direction I’m taking this but my grand idea with the various colors here is to create a pop art piece with them. I’ve spent a little time working on it and I think Andy Warhol would feel sufficiently imitated. That’s not really my goal, however. I’m more interested in creating a dynamic color palette that illustrates how different the same subject can be by variances in hue.
In the time I’ve spent working on these abstract images, I’ve taken to finding things in the shapes of light on the rippling water. It’s a lot like watching clouds except these shapes won’t change on you. Has anyone else done this or is it just me?
Late last night I posted on our Excursions Blog about some things to look for soon based largely on the great feedback we received through our survey. I also took a moment to rant about people stealing photos and not giving credit to photographers or other creatives for their work. I won’t rant again tonight but I do want to share a reminder about the correct use of our images. I feel somewhat at fault for how many times I’ve seen our images around the internet without credit because it’s not a topic we touch on very often. Undoubtedly, some good people have shared our pictures outside the scope of their intended use due to ignorance.
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Morning is the best. It brings possibility and promise. Yesterday is gone. It’s no more than a story now. Everything is fresh. Everything is still as though the world were holding its breath to see what you’ll do today.
Welcome to Part 2 in the series of water color pictures I’m doing. If you missed Part 1, head over there to find out about this series and learn what inspired me to do it.
This is another shot showcasing Mickey’s Fun Wheel from the bridge at the entrance to Paradise Pier (taken before World of Color). The Fun Wheel lights up in an array of colors at night creating quite a spectacle in the air and on the water. If you haven’t taken some time to enjoy it, you really should. One moment you might find yourself calmed by a blue glow and the next energized by a shift to a golden hue. Color plays such a role in setting mood. The psychology of it can be pretty fascinating.
Sorry for the late posts this weekend. It’s been a long one as we’ve been working to meet a deadline for a project we have going. We’ll be back to posting much earlier the rest of this week!
When I was 13, I made a discovery after my grandmother (who is an artist herself) and grandfather took me to a Van Gogh exhibit at LACMA. It was an extraordinary show. Many people are familiar with his work and most are familiar with his piece, Starry Night. As much as I enjoyed it, I found myself drawn more to some of his less popular paintings. In particular, one called Starry Night Over the Rhone, which depicts a starry night and the reflections of lights on the surface of the Rhone River.
As a boy, I didn’t think much of it. But as I became older, I wondered why my preference should differ from so many others. It’s a wonderful thing, of course, to have your own opinion but I usually find it beneficial to understand the origins and influences of mine. It can be a great help in seeking out the things you enjoy (and avoiding the things you don’t)!
The answer to my question was pretty simple. I love to watch light shimmer on rippling water. It’s one of my all time favorite things to do, whether it be at Disneyland or anywhere else. Van Gogh’s Starry Night Over the Rhone painting captured that feeling perfectly for me in a way that previously seemed impossible to express.
Since taking up photography, that feeling is something that I have wanted to capture and convey myself and, until recently, has been nothing more than a mental note in the back of my mind. The other night I decided enough was enough and decided to spend some time working toward my goal. One of the best places I’ve found to watch the dance of light and water is Paradise Bay with the reflection of Mickey’s Fun Wheel.
Michaela and I stood on the bridge that enters Paradise Pier for an hour as I took shot after shot, trying to capture as much as I could before World of Color started. I got more and more excited with each image (there’s quite an influx of satisfaction when you take time to address your longstanding goals). Needless to say, the picture below is pretty special to me and is the first in a series I’m going to do. Have you made any personal discoveries like that or tackled any longstanding goals that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!
We did it. We made it through 2013. So let me begin by wishing you a very happy new year! I don’t know about you but I’m grateful to start fresh. The beginning of the year is always so filled with promise that it’s hard to not have a hopeful outlook. Let’s try and carry that throughout the rest of the year! Maybe that should be a resolution… Speaking of which, we’ll be sharing some of ours in an upcoming post this week. Did you make any big decisions for 2014?
One of the things we’re going to do to get this year started off right is have a (wait for iiiiiiit…….) print giveaway. It’s been a couple of years since we’ve had one and that’s just too darned long, wouldn’t you say? It’ll be similar to the giveaway we had recently for our Guide to HDR Photography eBook, if you entered for that. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, where the heck have you been?! Click that link and check it out. We have a free beginner’s guide in addition to our full guide. That link will spell out the details. Back to the print giveaway — it will start in one week and the winner will get to pick a print from our shop. Conveniently enough, we’re about to add even more pictures to choose from. We’ll be sharing more details before then and possibly chips and dip, so be sure to check the blog, Facebook and Twitter. Those are our typical hangouts.
Now onto tonight’s picture! Finally. Geez. Hehehe. Grizzly Peak encapsulates my favorite aspect of California — its great wilderness. The beaches are great, sure. Disneyland is, of course, magical. But the place my soul finds rest is in the great outdoors. Nature nurses and nourishes a person in body and spirit in a way nothing else can. There are spots in the Grizzly Peak area where, along with the aid of suspended disbelief, a similar effect can be achieved because you feel you have escaped into the wild.
In the midst of a cold and wet Winter night, Buena Vista Street manages to impart a glistening warmth through its charming atmosphere and swinging music. While I know that BVS isn’t limited to one decade in particular, I have often imagined what it would be like to live in the roaring 20s, much like Owen Wilson’s character in the movie, Midnight in Paris. Like him (and the moral the movie suggests), I’m certain that I heartily romanticize the notion. That’s part of the reason I enjoy Disney parks and, in this case, Buena Vista Street so much. They don’t correct my nostalgia. They let me immerse myself in an idealistic impressionism and walk the street proudly adorning rose colored lenses. The Christmas season makes it all the sweeter with its emphasis on merriment, peace and goodwill toward men. What can I say? I’m a sucker for fluff.