Here's another shot of Cinderella's Castle at Disney's Magic Kingdom. This is truly one magical place and structure. The amount of detail and the care taken to light the castle makes it the most recognizable landmark on Disney.

The Castle

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It's been a while since I did anything in black and white. I went down to The Slot diving spot in Guantánamo Bay and thought about doing a long exposure with a B+W 10 stop neutral density filter--- I was after the silky look of the water as well as the movement of the clouds. 


When doing my post processing I did a conversion to black and white and also cropped the image so that the naturally ocurring "S" shape will be accentuated. I'm pretty happy about the results!

Drama at The Slot!

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When visiting Disney we usually arrive when the parks open in the morning. We visit almost every corner there is to see, grab lunch and head back to the hotel to take a power nap---This is essential to recharge your batteries and head back out to appreciate the night life inside the parks.

Photographing at night is better because there is less guests visiting and walking around and potentially in front of your camera. It is also a great idea to use an extremely wide angle lens to be able to get really close to your subject.


For this shot I used my D700 with a Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 @ 14 mm to get really close and avoid any humans in the frame. It's also important to point out that when using such lens you have to be careful because they produce a lot of distortion. In this case, I like the effect created by the lens.

Rocking Roller Coaster

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I've never done a mega post of pictures, so here I go! 


While stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba I took my camera and took advantage of the opportunity and snapped pictures around the bay. I have to say that the skies over GTMO are pretty strange. Rarely you will see clouds and when present they will be pretty high up in the sky. Sunsets were for the most part boring but I did manage to took some amazing scenes.

Sunset at "The Slot"

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Sunset at Girl Scout Beach

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Cactus by the sea

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Drama at "The Slot"

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Golden Splash Windward Point

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Sea Rocks

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The lighthouse, made all of steel, is 60 feet tall with 67 steps and has a molded copper cupola containing a weather vane with the compass coordinate of "O" for Ouest (Spanish for West). The interior is sleeved in tongue-and-groove mahogany. It was built in 1904 in the U.S., shipped here to Guantanamo Bay, and assembled here. It ran on whale oil as an official navigation light until 1955 until the light was decommissioned and moved to the Coast Guard museum in the States. 

In the picture, you will see small boats on the lower right corner of the photograph. Those are some of the boats used by Cubans to flee Castro's Cuba in the mid-90's when thousands of Cuban refugees fled their homeland. The remains of about 10 boats are mounted within the lighthouse compound grounds for visitors to view.

Windward Point Lighthouse

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Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays! It's Christmas 365 days a year in this festive store which features delightful character-inspired Christmas tree ornaments, decorations, souvenirs and gifts.


As you might expect, there's all things Grinch in this store. Grinch ornaments, Grinch snow gloves, Grinch Christmas hats, stuffed Grinches, etc. There are lot of other beautiful ornaments too, but in this store the Grinch really has stolen Christmas!  

Port of Entry---Christmas Shoppe

Grinch, Christmas, Shoppe, Islands of Adventure
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One of the most interesting places to take photographs of all Disney parks is Epcot. There's just so many interesting sights that it takes you a while to decide what you want to capture.


In my personal experience  I just scout the area first and then come back and wait for that specific moment when everything is just perfect and then--- click, click, click!


This one was captured in the French Pavilion in Epcot. Disney Imagineers put a lot of incredible detail in replicating all different aspects of the countries shown in the park. At the distance you can spot the Eiffel Tower.

Paris in Epcot

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It's no secret that I love to capture sunsets. They're unique and different every single day. Here, the sun was checking out for the day over the Leeward side of Guantánamo Bay. 

Sunset over Leeward side in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba

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This next shot was taken during a deployment to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. There are a lot of old buildings and structures to see and photograph. During my stay in GTMO, I took photos mostly of the sunsets and seascapes.


If you zoom in, you will see the old Guantánamo Bay Lighthouse. The idea behind this composition is to lead your eyes from the dirt road all the way to the lighthouse.

Old Lighthouse at the distance

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As we were enjoying our visit to Universal's Islands of Adventure, the weather started changing really quickly. I immediately headed over to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to photograph the castle with the changing skies.  I think the moody sky make this photo!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter
 

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