View 378: Castaway Magic

On my last adventure, it was very cold and wintery. On this one, the weather was not ideal for the location but much warmer and tropical.

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Disney Magic cruise ship moored at Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line’s private island in the Caribbean.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, f/16, ISO 100, 16mm focal length, HDR Image.

My wife and I took a three-night Caribbean cruise on Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Magic cruise ship. The only port of call was at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. As you can see, the weather was a bit cloudy and cool compared to what you would associate with a Caribbean island. Still, it was a far cry from the 25 degree F weather back home!

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A trio of catamarans with colorful sails sit on a Castaway Cay beach across from the Disney Magic.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 160, EV +0.3, 35mm focal length.

While the weather was not the best, I did manage to find some color and a beach.:)

This trip gave me a chance to continue to learn using the Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR FX Wide Angle Lens I got last month.

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View 377: Winterlude

Visited Ottawa, the capitol of Canada, on the last weekend of Winterlude, an annual celebration of Winter, held the first three weekends of February. It was a cool -11 Celsius (12 Farenheit) on the evening of my visit. There was a breeze so if felt much colder.

Ice sculpture at Winterlude in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Ice sculpture at Winterlude in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 500, EV 0, 30mm Focal Length.

There were large and small ice sculptures at the Crystal Garden in Confederation Park. Some of the more intricate ice sculptures had been damaged in the warm weather of the previous week. The larger ones were mostly intact like this one featuring Big Horn Sheep found in the Canadian Rockies.

Ice sculpture of Big Horn Sheept at Winterlude in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Ice sculpture of Big Horn Sheept at Winterlude in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 2800, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length.

Next to the Crystal Garden is the home to the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world. The Rideau Canal Skateway is 7.8 kilometers (4.8 miles) long and stretches from Ottawa’s downtown to Dows Lake. Access to the canal is free. If you do not have skates you can rent them.

People skating on the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

People skating on the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 8000, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length, cropped.

No only can you skate on the canal, you can stop at one of the food vendors found right on the ice.

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A group of skaters stop at the Beavertails Pastry on the Rideau Canal Skateway in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in enjoy a favorite Canadian treat, Beavertails.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 2200, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Intensify Pro.

I was thrilled to find a Beavertails Pastry food cart on the canal. Beavertails were sold at Epcot in the Canada pavilion but disappeared a few years ago. I enjoyed a hot cinnamon covered beavertail. What’s a beavertail? Click here to find out: Everything You’d Ever Want to Know About Beavertails.

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View 376: Monorail Monday

For Disney themepark fan photographers, the first day of the week is celebrated with photos of monorails. Simply called Monorail Monday…

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Monorail Green heading into Epcot over the entrance to the park.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm, 1/320s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0.

 

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View 375: Hockey Warriors

While “warrior” might sound a bit melodramatic, who am I to argue with a guy carrying a big stick labeled as such.

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Syracuse Crunch starting goaltender Kristers Guldevskis (50) skating to his net before playing the Utica Comets in an American Hockey League (AHL) game at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, January 15, 2016.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 560, EV +1.0, Intensify Pro.

Syracuse Crunch goalie Kristers Guldevskis sure looks like a warrior going to war with all his protective gear.

Before an ice hockey face-off, normally the two players keep their eyes on the puck in the hand of the official. Unless one is across from Syracuse Crunch Tanner Richard who likes to add a little intimidation. Turning the face-off into a stare down.

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Syracuse Crunch Center Tanner Richard (71) staring down the opposing Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Center Carter Rowney (17) before a face-off in an American Hockey League (AHL) game at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, January 16, 2016.
Nikon D750/70-200VR, 1/1000s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV +1.3, 200mm Focal Length.

True warriors they may not be. Intense, they definitely are.

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View 374: Ice Shower

I played ice hockey goalie for a season when I was young and foolish. Today, I marvel at the athleticism and skill of the goalies I have and do photograph at the AHL and NHL levels. They do get their fair share of players crashing into them, pucks hitting their masks and the occasional ice shower from an opposing player.

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Syracuse Crunch goalie Adam Wilcox (32) gets an ice shower from a Hershey Bears player in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, January 9, 2016.
Nikon D750/70-200VR, 1/1000s, f/3.5, ISO 1250, EV +1.0, 200mm Focal Length, cropped.

Yet, these guys enjoy it all, laugh it off and frustrate shooters as much as possible. Keeping the puck out of the net at all costs brings them joy.

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