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Following up last week’s shot of a dancer in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom with this team of drummers who perform regularly at the Japan Pavilion in Epcot. It is always a treat to visit the Japanese area of the World Showcase and find them in action.  

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  • Mike CriswellMarch 8, 2017 - 6:00 pm

    Awesome, so much to see and do there!ReplyCancel

Walt Disney World is probably best known for its rides and character meets, but live entertainment plays a huge role in the parks. The Animal Kingdom park offers a Carnivale Dance Party every evening (as far as I can tell) offering live music, dancers, stiltwalkers and more. It is rather centrally located and if you spend any time in Animal Kingdom at night you are likely to stumble upon it at some point.  You can join in the dance fun or stand on the side and watch for as long  — or briefly — as you prefer.

Animal Kingdom is my favorite WDW park to photograph.

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Waiting For Spring

Last, in response to a request, I went out to grab some snow photos before everything melted from the storm we had on Thursday. I walked through the park very close to my house taking 2-3 dozen shots. Then I made some very simple black and white edits, and headed over to Adobe Spark to make the story post you see above.  

Adobe spark is pretty cool and easy to use. It is also free, so go ahead and check it out. You do get a few extra features if you are a paying Adobe customer but nothing anyone would miss in the free version.  It takes a bit of experimentation to figure it out, but once you get past that you should  be able to put together pages like this in an hour or less. Spark also makes slide based video presentations and posts.  Go have fun and be creative.

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The thing about Gnosticism is that one of its fundamental tenets is that the body is evil. Gnostics believe in a dualism between spirit and matter. The former is elevated, and the latter, indeed all matter, is a trap that prevents our spirits from reaching their true potential.

So the combination of gnosticism and body art is kind of weird, but people gonna people.  

This is on Flushing Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  

I also love that there is a Chabad Orthodox Jewish storefront next door. That is just so New York.

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Two years ago I participated in a project run by my friends at the Photo Frontier.  As it was in 2015, We35 involves a group of photographers from around the world, all agreeing to spend a meaningful part of our time shooting with a fixed 35mm equivalent lens throughout the year to see  how that affects our creativity and our vision. Anyone can join.  You can participate loosely by just spending a good part of the year limiting yourself to a 35mm (or equivalent) lens, or you can go further and also follow the monthly assignments, or “Expeditions.”

The Photo Frontier, who created and runs the project, has three goals for WE35.

  • As creatives, we will expand our own creative vision and help others with theirs.
  • As photographers, we will provide a democratized visual survey of this incredible world.
  • As a team, we will forge lifelong friendships and build a strong community around the world.The kind of community that you can count on when you visit and have a friend to photograph with or grab a coffee.

And here are the rules/guidelines:

  • Images must be made using a 35mm lens or 35mm FOV equivalent.*
  • Use the official hashtag ( #WE35) to share your research.
  • If you want to to link to your research, share it on our Facebook Page
  • Not a requirement, but you will get bonus points if you conduct your research wearing a lab coat.

The first assignment for WE35 in January 2015 was to shoot your mailbox. In 2017, it is the same.  That’s all: just try to find a way to put a bit of yourself in the photo somehow

Justin and Armando at The Photo Frontier also created a podcast, which will be where they will be announcing each monthly assignment. It’s called Conversations From The Photo Frontier. Each one will be a 10-15-minute episodes talking about creativity and the newest assignment for We35.  Please feel free to participate. Anyone can join in on the fun, without any special training or photographic knowledge.

Conversations from the Photo Frontier

* If you are unsure what that means, here are some guidelines. If your camera is “full frame,” then you need a 35mm lens. If your camera has what is often called a crop sensor, then a 23mm lens is the closest equivalent.  If you have a “micro 4/3 camera,” probably made by Olympus, then a 17mm lens will do.  If you are unsure, you probably have a crop sensor. If you are still unclear, head over to the Photo Frontier FB page and ask them a question.

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