A Sanibel Sunset

A Sanibel Sunset

Sunset on Sanibel Island from the beach at Seaside Inn.

Sanibel Island, Florida
Seaside Inn

Technical Details

This shot was taken with the NIKON D40 and the Sigma 8-16 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.

  • Focal Length 8.5 mm | Aperture f/22 | Shutter Speed 0.8 sec to 1/20 sec | ISO ISO 200

I’ve Got Another Dream | Disney Dream HDR at Castaway Cay

I've Got Another Dream

Ok, I know I posted almost the same shot yesterday and said it was my favorite shot of the 4 different compositions. Well, I’ve changed my mind.  This is now my favorite.   This set of shots makes me thankful that I shot a full range of exposures which helped capture the details of the ship and the star burst and light rays from the sun.

The 10 exposures I used for this HDR image ranged from 1/13 sec to 1/4000 sec at f/22 ISO 200.

Reissued Public Service Announcement: MAKE SURE YOU GET ANY DUST OFF YOUR LENS BEFORE SHOOTING

Disney Dream
Castaway Cay, Bahamas
Disney Cruise Line

I’ve Got A Dream | Disney Dream HDR at Castaway Cay

I've Got A Dream
 

I have dreams, like you — no, really!
Just much less touchy-feely
They mainly happen somewhere
warm and sunny
On an island that I own
Tanned and rested and alone
Surrounded by enormous piles of money

 

I can only guess Eugene Fitzherbert, or you may know him better as Flynn Rider, was thinking of Castaway Cay during his part of the song. Anyway, I’ve taken this shot of the Magic and Wonder and as the title would suggest, I’ve finally Got the Dream! I cannot wait to complete the set with the Fantasy this summer.

In total I shot 4 different angles and this one was an instant favorite as I looking at the LCD while waiting in line to re-board the ship. I noticed the sunburst that was created while looking at 1/4000 exposure then as I continued the rays of light started to appear around 1/400 sec.
 
Exposures ranged from 0.8sec to 1/4000 sec at f/22.
 
Public Service Announcement: MAKE SURE YOU GET ANY DUST OFF YOUR LENS BEFORE SHOOTING
 
Disney Dream
Castaway Cay, Bahamas
Disney Cruise Line

Sun Kissed Dream | Disney’s Castaway Cay

Sun Kissed Dream

I’ve never been one to put the camera away during the middle of the day as it is not always practical to get up extremely early or stalk sunset. I figure, why waste a perfectly good opportunity to be creative and shoot for an HDR image.
 
While on a Disney Cruise the early mornings are simple, the sunsets for me are not. We always choose main dinning which usually runs through the sunset. Then, there is the fact that the ship leaves Castaway Cay at 4:30 PM or earlier if there is a weather system approaching. Even when there is a late departure in another port it would not come close to the beauty of Castaway Cay.
 
I’d love the opportunity to spend a few nights on Castaway Cay even with the man-eating bugs.
 
Disney Dream
Castaway Cay, Bahamas
Disney Cruise Line

Castaway Cay’s Mount Rustmore Revisited

Castaway Cay's Mount Rustmore Revisited
Mount Rustmore, yes that is RUST, not RUSH, at Disney’s Castaway Cay is one of those must have family photo ops for families visiting the private island. Imagineers re-purposed old marine scrap into pop art featuring the likes of Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Donald Duck, ad Goofy.
However, for some reason, I cannot find a single family picture at this location. I guess there is another good reason to go back!

 

Mount Rustmore at Disney’s Castaway Cay
Castaway Cay, Bahamas
Disney Cruise Line