View 426: Mid-Winter Break

In Upstate New York, mid-February is the time schools take a mid-winter break. Families will take vacations in warm locations like Florida. For me, I long for the color green, the smell of flowers and the sound of moving water.

Lower Falls in Letchworth State Park

Lower Falls in Letchworth State Park near Castile, New York on Saturday, August 10, 2019. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/160s, f/16, ISO 6400, EV 0, 85mm Focal Length.

Letchworth State Park has each of those ingredients during the summer months as this photo from last August illustrates. You will have to use your imagination to fill in the scents and sounds but, believe me, they were there.

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View 425: Meeting a Miracle

The world was a different place back in February of 1980. The Cold War between the United States and what was then called the Soviet Union was in full swing. An event like the XIII Olympic Winter Games could still be held in a small venue like Lake Placid, New York in the Adirondack Mountains. The Soviet Men’s Ice Hockey team was the best in the world when it came to amateur athletics. They were so good, they could outplay many an NHL team if given the chance.

Last weekend, the Syracuse Crunch celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the game in which the USA Men’s Ice Hockey team defeated the mighty Soviet team in an upset for the ages and was dubbed the Miracle on Ice. In fact, the US victory was voted the greatest sports moment of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated. I got to meet and photograph a member from that team.

1980 Olympic Gold Medalist

Ken Morrow, a member of the USA Ice Hockey Gold Medal team from the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, at the Upstate Medical University Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, February 14, 2020. Nikon D500/18-140VR, 1/80s, f/6.3, ISO 1600, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

Ken Morrow was a defenseman for the 1980 USA Olympic ice hockey team and brought his gold medal to last Friday’s Syracuse Crunch game.  There he proudly displayed it for the fans to see and be photographed with. He told stories about the game at the event and in an interview with local Sports Reporter, Brent Axe. Worth a listen!

It was a thrill to meet Ken and to photograph him. His comforting personality comes through in the photograph. By the way, after winning the gold medal, he signed with the New York Islanders and won the Stanley Cups in 1980, ’81, ’82 and ’83. Ken’s NHL career lasted 10 years and he is a member of the US Hockey Hall of Fame.

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View 424: Monorail Monday 2020

For years, Doug on flickr has curated the Monorail Monday theme where he posts a photo of a Walt Disney World Monorail each Monday. Others picked it up and, not a Monday goes by, I do not see a monorail photo posted on Twitter, FaceBook and, of course, flickr.

On my last trip to Walt Disney World, I made it a point to get a few monorail photos to share on Mondays. Here is mine for this week.

Monorail Monday 2020

Monorail Red moving past the Journey Into Imagination pavilion in Epcot’s Future World at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-130VR, 1/200s, f/16, ISO 900, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length, Circular Polarizer filter.

I used a Circular Polarizer filter to deepen the sky color and remove the reflections off the water.

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View 423: Hockey in Portrait

My hockey photography clients in today’s Internet world want Landscape oriented photos but I still feel most sports could still use some Portrait ones like this.

Hockey in Portrait

Syracuse Crunch Cal Foote (25) looking to make a play against the Rochester Americans in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the Upstate Medical University Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Rochester won 3-2. Nikon D500/70-200VR, 1/1600s, f/4, ISO 2800, EV +1.3, 200mm Focal Length, Cropped.

If anything, it would make a good magazine cover. Yeah, I know, not many of those left either.

 

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View 422: X-Wing at Galaxy’s Edge

As a Star Wars fan from way back when the first movie premiered back in 1977, I could not wait to visit Walt Disney World last year after Galaxy’s Edge, the newest addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, opened. The area is very immersive with characters and cast members making the place seem like a real planet in the Star Wars Universe.

X-Wing at Galaxy's Edge

An X-Wing fighter at night in Black Spire Outpost on Batuu inside Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 15s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length, Tripod.

This photo of a powering up X-Wing fighter is an example of the kind of detail and excitement you will find when visiting.

If you are interested in more information or to book a Walt Disney World vacation, contact my wife at merrie@dreamsunlimitedtravel.com 

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She has been booking and planning Disney trips for satisfied travelers exclusively for over 20 years.

 

 

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