Photography, Travel, WDW

Kidani Village and Animal Kingdom

November 17, 2014

At 6am Monday morning the alarm goes off, and we head over to our home for the week. We have to stop in at the resort to get our magic bands activated before we can go to our breakfast ADR in the park. Still groggy, I take a few quick cell phone pictures as we walk up in the dark stillness. The sound of crickets and birds quietly drift across as you head to the doors. There’s a savannah out there, I’m told. Very Lion King. Also the last time you will see a sunrise photo from me. Check in…

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Photography, Travel, WDW

Bits and Bobs and All the Rest

November 17, 2014

This spot is for all the other little tidbits that aren't quite part of the trip but someone might find interesting. I've got some reviews, some crafts, and just a few other observations that I didn't want to clutter in the regular posts. Some of this might get techy as I talk photography stuff. Feel free to skip past that. ;) Getting an extended view... I purchased the Memory Maker package again this trip, as I already know and love the benefits of stopping at the photopass photographers in the parks, and having all of the ride photos bundled in.…

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Photography, Travel, WDW

Kobe Steakhouse and a Room for the Night

November 15, 2014

A new day has dawned (and then some) and we try to forget about Saturday’s misfortunes and move on. We start with break-lunch (it was 3pm) at Bojangles. A southern fast food chain that caught my attention because they have pork chop sandwiches! It was actually quite tasty for fast food. The biscuit was fresh and the pork chop was juicy and seasoned nicely. Not pictured is the awful drink mixup that was not helping my confidence in the day. I ordered a cherry soda of some sort, put in the straw, take a big swig and get SWEET TEA!…

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Photography, Travel, WDW

Road Trip to Orlando – Through Mountains and Mayhem

November 13, 2014

I had a last minute work item that kept me downtown late, and so we didn’t get the early start we had wanted on our drive. In fact, it was nearly 2 in the afternoon when we finally got rolling. Most of the evening before and early morning spent doing this: Finally though we had everything packed, in the car, all the cats were accounted for, the house/cat sitter had all they needed, and we were ready to get on our way. We decided to take I-77 south so we could get the pretty mountain view with the fall colors,…

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Photography, Travel, WDW

Disney World 2014: A Halloween Road Trip

November 13, 2014
Disney World 2014: A Halloween Road Trip

It seems like we’re creating a habit of last minute trip plans to Disney World. While 2011 was booked about 6 months in advance this time it was just three. This year marked our 5th wedding anniversary, and 15 years being together. Such a milestone deserved an awesome celebration and so after some budget wrangling, deliberation, discussion, and angsty hand-wringing we got a hold of a TA and put down the deposit. Our first option had been for Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to get it booked in time and the last room sold. Mind you –…

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Events, Photography

Roaming Night Photography in Detroit

October 18, 2014

If you ask what the best way to get better at your craft is, no matter what the craft, you’ll hear ‘practice’. A photowalk is one of the best ways to do this as it often can take you out of your normal shooting area, introduce you to photographers with a variety of shooting skill levels and styles, and force you to think differently and quickly about what you’re capturing. There are a number of ways that a photowalk stands out above just walking around on your own and can make you a better photographer: You don’t want to get…

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Events, Photography

Detroit Improv Festival 2014

August 21, 2014

The Detroit Improv Festival is produced by Detroit Improv Collective, a non-profit organization “dedicated to advancing the art of improvisational comedy in the metro Detroit area”. 2014 was the fourth year that the organization has produced the festival. In 2011 they were under the name Spontaneous Combustion Motor City Improv festival. The following year they changed to, and are now known as, the Detroit Improv Festival. This year the festival ran August 3rd-10th in various locations around Detroit and Ferndale. The Festival brought over 200 improvisers from across North America to metro Detroit for over 20 performances and 15 workshops…

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Photography

My Photography Workflow

August 13, 2014

I was talking with a friend about how so many sites focus on the stuff of photography and not as much on the process behind it, and it occurred to me that I’d never really written up how I go about processing my images from the memory card to final product. So, here it is. Let’s start with the camera. Hard to have photographs without one. If we want to go WAY back, my first personal camera I remember owning was a Vivtar 110 point and shoot. That was in the late 80’s, and it was sold only through Avon…

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Events, Photography

Detroit Grand Prix 2014

June 13, 2014

The race was on in Detroit again. The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix returned to the Motor City and ran laps around the island from May 30-June 1, 2014. This year saw races for the Verizon IndyCar Series, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the Pirelli World Challenge Series and the trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series. A bit of history: Belle Isle was home to the Detroit Grand Prix from 1992-2001, utilizing a temporary street circuit that was constructed specifically for the CART races. In 2007 and 2008, it once again hosted world-class racing with both…

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Chatter, Convention

My Life At ACen – a Look Back

May 16, 2014

There’s a thing on social media called Throwback Thursday. It’s a way to have a post that isn’t involved and detailed by just showing something from the past, usually a photo. Of course much like The Bloggess, I’m not really good at following directions so this post will be pretty detailed. My first Anime Central was way back in 2003. The specifics are fuzzy on how we found out about it but I do know that we ended up driving to Illinois with a friend of a friend (hi Nicole) and stayed at her friend’s place (hi Shannon and Rich)…

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