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September 19, 2014

Birds of Flights of Wonder at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Flights of Wonder show in Disney's Animal Kingdom features many species of birds found throughout the world. Many are shown flying around the stage and audience.

The best way to photograph this show is with a fast shutter speed. I set my camera to Shutter Priority mode with the shutter at 1/1000th of a second and changed Auto Focus (AF) to Continuous.

Birds of the Flights of Wonder show in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Birds of the Flights of Wonder Show (see below for more info).

From top left, Harris Hawk landing on a handler's gloved hand, West African Crowned Crane coming in for a landing, American Bald Eagle with handler and a Rose-breasted Cockatoo getting ready to return money from a willing volunteer.

September 18, 2014

Clouds and Spaceship Earth in Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

For eons, our planet has drifted as a spaceship through the universe.

-- Walter Cronkite version from 1986-1994

Spaceship Earth on an Autumn day in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spaceship Earth on an Autumn day in Epcot.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 280, EV 0, 150mm focal length.

I have been riding Epcot's Spaceship Earth since 1983 and have heard every narrator for the attraction. By far, Walter Cronkite's version is my favorite. He was Uncle Walter to my generation who grew up watching his nightly newscasts on television.

For the Disney Pic of the Week on Spaceship Earth Exterior, I share an early Autumn day when the clouds billowed up behind the huge geodesic structure.

September 17, 2014

Circling Spaceship Earth

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

In keeping with our Disney Pic of the Week theme, Spaceship Earth, I'm continuing the subject with tips on photographing the sphere from a moving monorail.

First, board the monorail heading to Epcot at the Ticket and Transportation Center. If you board the monorail to Magic Kingdom, well...that's the wrong line, Charlie. Second, sit facing forward and on the right hand side beside the window. (I'm pretty sure it's the right side.) Next, get your camera ready for some action. You're in motion so you'll need a fast shutter speed and depending on the lighting, a higher than normal ISO. My recommendations are 1/500 and an ISO of 400 on sunny days. Gray skies? ISO 640 or even 800 and 1/250 or faster.

Put the camera lens right up to the window to cut down on reflections. It's not fool proof because light bends.

While Spaceship Earth itself looks the same from every angle, the lighting can change drastically. Check this out. As we neared my subject, I could tell I had a great chance of intentionally shooting with lens flare. I did it! But, I also got some extra stuff in my shot like window and lighting reflections as well as a mysterious person.

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Dagnamit.

As we rounded the track, I was in a position to get a different type of lighting with highlights and shadows in all the right places. My only problem? The rubber edge of the window.

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So close. Wait, there's s simple fix, cropping.

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I even bumped up the contrast a little and gave even more depth to the image.

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September 16, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week - Spaceship Earth's Exterior

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

How many photos do you have of Spaceship Earth's exterior? A lot, right? The geodesic sphere, lovingly referred to as the giant ball by newbies, is an intriguing piece of architecture. As the central focal point of Epcot, it's easily recognizable and as such can be found on t-shirts, pins, and mugs. As a matter of fact, there's even a Spaceship Earth play set!

Whether you take your photo from the turnstiles, underneath, or World Showcase, there's no bad angle. I took this action shot from the monorail.
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Canon EOS 30D with Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, shutter priority 1/500, f8, ISO 640.

Slowly return on Thursday for Scott's image.

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September 14, 2014

Where in the World #349

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Kameo Crea and her husband will be celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary soon!
From Millan.Net

Last week's challenge: number #348
Where in the World #348

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell

Wethers mural in the German Pavilion's Karamell-Küche shop! MMMMM, the lovely scent of caramel in the air!

Ed Elder was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ed and to all our winners this week! Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Kye Layton, Stuart Savage, Antoinette Leblanc, Sandie Albrecht, Andrew Carrieri, Tricia Petty, Kristi Strembicki, Katie Parker, Joyce S, Elaine Kleinhenz, The Gunnels Family, Brian Miller, Jen Peterson, Pollyanna Buff, Kevin Wagner, Sharon Pierce, Linda Scrivano, Ellen Sullivan, Jen Tremley, Margot Garofalo, Helen Graves, Britta Andrews, Kris Nixon, Bet Pleban, Mary Beth Tarbet, Tom Hermes, Donna Frank, Tammi Price, Tim Johansen, Linda G., Laurie Walker, Lori Rienhardt, Paul Dickson, Becky Chapman, Double Family, Hillary Waldroop, Bill Schmid, Christina Trigiani, Vera And Izzy Williams, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Bruce Hinterleitner, Laura Zuidema, Beth Mcmeekin, Stefanie Vest, Stefan Owens, Clay Anthony, Phyllis, Duskin Henard, Andrew Eckert, Robert Wescovich, Tammy Rice, Kristy Balbuena, Sands Family, Kyra C., Kameo Crea, Leach Family, Carol Collins, Michele Zowacki, Jeremy Hardy, Karen Adamakis, Bethany Angermaier, Andie Harman, Kevin Jones, Brian Gallant, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Mike Mondoux, Elizabeth Scarborough, Trina Noggle, Maureen Handy, Al & Kerry Ganter, Eric Johnson, Betsy, Carolyn Como, Vicki And Elizabeth Edwards And William, Jen Eacret, Hobbes And Snorky, Linda College, Jeff & Cheryl Simmons, Krista Serpi, Carol Gamill, Christina Rotella, Mary Ann Lamay, The Rider Family, Craig, Amy Maddox, Trisha, Penny Urell, Mickey Eckert, Theresa Rucando, Les Whitten, Gail States, Maryann Romagnano, Chloe Mayhew, Claire Gregory, Anastasia Macneil, Jonathan Ward, Virginia Pierce, Mike Malampy, Stephanie Peterson, Josh Carney, Allison Scholes, Christopher Hall, Kristyn Scibienski, Terry Blair, Phil Vickers, Cameron Lange, Sarah And Chris, Kevin Parmeland, Tricia Noble, Melissa Littman, The Hutchinson Family, Chris Bauman, Rob Blundin, Ed Adams, Jed Orth, Kristie, Lindsay Clayton, Kate Fischer, Jim Riley, Tom Swan, Jamie Steiner, Kathryn Hughes, Smitty, Ron Harper, Pam Lorenz, Gloria Martin, Michael Haeberle, Ashley Collins, Kerry A., Lorine Landon, Brian Grabowski, John Dupre, Schuyler Etheridge, Maja Kodani, Amy Fleming, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Jo Ann Bailey, Jane Johnson, Kerri Coggins, Susan Doucette, Sheila And Kelly Barnes, Jennifer Mercier, Angela Johnson, Colette Stanton, Darrell Shortt, Susan Linder, and Vicki Britt.

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Challenge #349 Where in the world is this?

Still in the parks!
Where in the World #349

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September 12, 2014

Classic Cinderella Castle in HDR

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

It was about a half hour before sunset and the top spires of Cinderella Castle was being illuminated with golden sunshine. Below, the castle and moat was in shade. Such lighting can be tough for a camera to capture in a single exposure. In post, you can open up the shadows some.

On the other hand, a set of photos for High Dynamic Range processing using today's software like Photomatix, can produce excellent results.

Classic View of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Classic View of Cinderella Castle in HDR.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 27mm focal length, HDR Image.

The HDR image here was produced using five photos taken in 1 stop increments from -2EV to +2EV and merged in Photomatix.

September 11, 2014

Bullseye Stallion Stampede

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

After Disney's California Adventure made over Paradise Pier, boardwalk games became more exciting with Disney themes. By feverishly rolling balls in a skeeball-style game, players earn points depending on which hole the ball falls through. The more points, the further your horsey goes and whoever reaches the finish line first wins.

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Want to learn more about midway games at DCA? Click here.

Disney Pic of the Week - Paradise Pier

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September 10, 2014

Signs that You're in a Disney Park

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Everything is matchy-matchy, themed, and ensembleized (new word) at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World. It's like each land is wearing Garanimals (way before my time). But that's what we love, that extreme attention to detail that assists in transporting us to another place where lunch isn't timed and the only dress code is wear clothes.

Signs are designed to co-ordinate with architecture, attractions, or just to stand out. They give us instructions, offer pricing for food, and most importantly, tell us where we are.

Want to photograph something that could change or disappear over time? Take pictures of signs.

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Disney's Hollywood Studios hosts a meet and greet with Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater near Streets of America. Alas, Luigi doesn't make appearances.


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Safety is important. On the Disneyland Resort tram, signage can be found above your head.


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Don't mess with pigs, they're snout right.


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Crocs Bits 'n Bites closed years ago. I'm still sad about it. Not familiar with this eatery? Disneyland Hotel.


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Trains, trains, trains, trains. Woo woo.


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Menu signs will really strike a chord. Current prices: Waffle Cone $3.99, Ice Cream Cup $3.49, Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bar $3.49, Mickey's Cookies n Cream Ice Cream Sandwich $3.49


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September 9, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Paradise Pier

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Paradise Pier in Disney's California Adventure was a most pleasant surprise. I knew California Screamin' was going to be a blast but the overall feel of the place did remind me of the East Coast boardwalks with fun games, popular rides with a Disney twist and good food. Like those boardwalks, when night falls a little extra magic fills the air.

People waiting for the World of Color at Paradise Pier in Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
People waiting for the World of Color at Paradise Pier.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 15s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm focal length, tripod.

Come back on Thursday when Lisa shares her Disney Pic of the Week on Paradise Pier.

September 7, 2014

Where in the World #348

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Carla C, Jennifer Harmon, and Heather Pedulla are at Walt Disney World! Tell Mickey we said hi! If you bump into each other, don't talk bad about me.
Disney Smiley Congrats photo going-disney-1.gif

Hi, Patty McCaffrey! When I said, “Anyone who wants to send my husband messages of support and sympathy can reach him through here.”, I meant he has to put up with me while I'm on a diet. LOL

Kerri Coggins, my diet sister! I never diet in Disney either. Just face it when I get home. :)

Last week's challenge: number #347
Where in the World #347

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell

It's the Jungle Cruise! The Kertes Family gave a very thorough answer: The Jungle Cruise Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World Reedy Creek Improvement District, Florida, United States of America, Planet Earth, Milky Way Galaxy. Now that is a good “You are here” map.

The dock was backed up and I turned around to see this boat. It was great seeing it like this so I took a couple pictures.

Uh-oh, it looks like a native war party on the left. You folks, please get down on the floor. (Makes whooshing sound into mike) Ah, those are spears by the way.
From Millan.Net

If you had a good time, my name is Erin and this has been the world famous Jungle Cruise. And if you had a lousy time... well, my name is Becky and this has been Space Mountain.

Jim & Lorie Sonnen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and to all our winners this week! Eric Berger, Bob Patterson, The Kahle Family, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Jennifer Rowell, Phyllis, Mary Beth Tarbet, Kristi Strembicki, Candice Grimes, Carol Ney, Amanda Zabor, Danah Waters, Ann Marie Holden, Beth Pleban, Tricia Petty, Ellen Sullivan, Ed Elder, Mike Haven, Jen Tremley, Katie B, Kye Layton, Bruce Brandt, Ed Suscreba, Cathy Derecola, Kris Nixon, Vera And Izzy Williams, Kerri Coggins, Mike Mondoux, Kate Nejman, Alain Rufiange, Michele Gonnella, Phil Vickers, Ken Daube, Renessa Troyer, Bad Carroll, Christina Trigiani, Phil Badcock, Danielle Harsley And Agnes Ciotti, Deb Ragno, Dee Dee Kenney, Sands Family, Paula Massarelli, Julie, The Parker Family, Colette Stanton , Michelle Raimist, The Gunnels Family, Rob Hepler, Lynette Michalos, Bill Mckim, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Karen Spreitzer, Megan Krainski, Donna Frank, Kevin Jones, K Beasley, Shari Prater, Betsy Silvestri, Lorine Landon, Nan Amor, Antoinette Leblanc, Kathy Love, Smitty, Linda College, Eric Johnson, Paul Dickson, Rebekah Schultz, Dave Freemyer, Andrew Carrieri, Grumpy's Groupies, Pat Schwier, Mike O'brien, Claire Gregory, Kenny, Tommy Montgomery, Britta Andrews, Heather Sabatino, Arlene Vicek, Michaela O'brien, Jeremy Hardy, Andrea Kruszewski, Jennifer And Elizabeth Geno, Scott Precise, Julie And Kody Rider, Evald Olson, Leach Family, Sarah Strouse, The Long Family, Lindsay Coram, Craig, Mary Ann Lamay, Maureen Handy, Olszak Family, Lucie D, Paul Newman, Melissa Such, Maryann Romagnano, Sarah And Chris, The Kertes Family, The Emich Family, Hobbes And Snorky, Nadine Miltier, Lorraine Penoro, Jen Eacret, Linda Waltz, Maggie Klotz, Ruben O'meara, Eric Enli, Mike Amor, Linda Scrivano, Jim Curley, Jennifer Harmon, Kris Blamphin , Carolyn Como, Patty Newton, Matt Wildey, Tammy, Josh Weiss, Amanda Kenney, Margot Garofalo, Mike Malampy, Tracey Mayfield, Nicole Benoit, Ronald Delorey, Sandie Albrecht, Heidi Goodhue, Mickey Eckert, Bruce Hinterleitner, Diane Parker, Trina Noggle, Linda Lundsten, Jim Finley, Luis Rodriguez, Jen Peterson, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Scott Cerino, Abby Otts, Emily Hudson, Pierre Bernard, Scott Mcbride, Amy Hayes, Vicki Briner, Kelly Sroka, Theresa Rucando, Rob Blundin, Chuck Everson, Duskin Henard, Kyra C., The Foley Family, Terry Fleming, Shirley Lombo, Brian Gallant, Angela Luskie, The Holmes Family, Tammi Price, Michaela Brown, Murr Family, Pam Tees, Michael Haeberle, Linda Iacono, Gail States, Ashley Collins, Karen Adamakis, Lori Rienhardt, Emily Esker, Christina Prignano, Ginger Sneeringer, Janet T Thorn, Les Stewart, Heather Pedulla, Team Bonnie Sue, Ken Savage, Cameron Lange, Tricia Noble, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Julia Marsh, Matt Holley, Robert Wescovich, Chris Bauman, Brenda, Kristan Bertelmann, Erin Hammer, The Hutchinson Family, Chris Horne, Karrie Duffey, Diana Grady, Mary Jo Gallion, Ed Adams, Vicki And Elizabeth Edwards, Carla C, Tim Johansen, Matthew Jadro, Mel Odonnell, Jeremy Reichelt, Vicki Britt, Jim Thompson, Team Hill, Karen Bellamy, George Mundy Jr, Scott Sangston, Hillary Waldroop, Louise Barton, Dave Carriere, Jodi Cook, John Bickers, Sharon Leitgeb , Jo Ann Bailey, Jackie Graebel, Jackie Klafeta, Joseph M. Zafia, Barclay Bakkum, Matt Cofone, Sheila And Kelly Barnes, Tom Swan, Jean Bussell, Annie Snodgrass, Robert P. Flaherty, Jennifer Mercier, Doug Olson Family, David Crook, Christine Dagney, Barbara Granucci, Chris Thacker, Walter N. Clark, Jane Johnson, Cheryl Costello, Ken Rhinehart, Melissa Littman, Melissa Littman, Margie Larmon, Mark Franklin, Patti Mccaffrey, Melissa Kirk, Kate Fischer, Nathan Y, Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Jeff Blank, Darrell Shortt, and Barbara.

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Challenge #348 Where in the world is this?

We're staying in the parks!
Where in the World #348

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 11th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!

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