Backyard Visitors

I don’t go out to our backyard as much as I should. I guess it’s because it’s so hot most of the time here, in Florida, that the idea of sitting outside on that heat is not too attractive to me. But when the weather is nice, I really enjoy it there.

My Mom and Dad have done a good job at making of our backyard a cozy place, with nice plants and decorations. We even have a bird feeder and a little fountain for our little visitors to enjoy, and they sure do!

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A Pirate’s Life for me…

One of my favorite rides at Disney World is “Pirates of the Caribbean”. I’ve always liked Pirates stories, since I was a child, and they are among my favorite movies. Can’t wait to watch “Dead men tell no tales” next week! This ride is a time for me to escape from the Florida heat, take a break, just relax and enjoy it.

I always put my camera on the bag and just enjoy going around the lazy river, watching the different scenes where the Pirates assault, destroy and sack cities, celebrate, chase women, get drunk and, well, are just Pirates. But this last time I decided I’d try to get some shots.

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HDR-ing Disney

Among the many processing techniques one find in Photography, one of my favorites is HDR. According to Wikipedia, Hight Dynamic Range (HDR) is a technique used in imaging and photography to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity than is possible with standard digital imaging or photographic techniques. The aim is to present a similar range of luminance to that experienced through the human visual system.

In simple terms, when you look at an image, you’ll see different ranges of light and shadow. Has it ever happened to you that you take a photo of someone outside and the background, especially the sky, is all white or, just the opposite, the sky looks good but the person’s face is all dark? Well, that’s because your camera’s sensor can’t “assimilate” at once the whole range of light and dark tones and reproduce them like our eyes do.

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Creative Slump

Last post was back in January. I told my wife that my Muse decided to take vacations after we came back from the Cruise in December. Yep, definitely on a “Creative Slump”.

Need to get my inspiration and motivation back… Hopefully the Melbourne Airshow this coming Saturday ignites the spark and makes it run for long this time!

Puerto Rico, Nene!

Cuba and Puerto Rico are two wings of the same bird. The Poem, written by Lola Rodríguez de Tío, reflects how close and similar are these two Caribbean Islands. I’ve been hearing that reference since I was a child so I always felt close to this country which flag is even the same as ours, just with its colors inverted.

That’s the same reason why visiting it has always been high on my “To Do” list and when I found out that our Cruise in December last year would include a stop in Puerto Rico, I was very excited to finally be there.

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Last December my wife, daughter and I took our second Cruise ever. We did our first back in 2015 and, since we love Disney, we decided that it had to be a Disney Cruise. The experience aboard the Disney Wonder was incredible and that sealed the decision of taking only Disney Cruises. This year we had the chance to travel aboard the Disney Magic and, as its name says, it was precisely that, Magic.

All about Disney is Magic. The extreme attention to details, the efficiency, professionalism and impeccable service, together with the fond memories we have since we were children from its movies and characters, make any Disney experience a special and memorable one.

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