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March 27, 2015

Disney Social Media Cover Photos

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I am still an old photographer when it comes to the new age of Social Media. I often forget when I am photographing at Walt Disney World or some other fun destination to take pictures with the various cover images in mind. On my last trip, I made it a point to find locations or subjects suitable for the Social Media world.

As an example, when I was on Disney's Kilimanjaro Safari and the driver stopped for a few minutes near a few browsing Reticulated Giraffes, I took the opportunity to compose a photo so I could crop it later for either my FaceBook, Twitter or Google+ profile profile pages. Here is the resulting crop.

Reticulated Giraffe photographed on Disney's Kilimanjaro Safari in the Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Reticulated Giraffe photographed on Disney's Kilimanjaro Safari.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/500s, f/4, ISO 160, EV +0.3, 120mm focal length, cropped.

These Social Media services sometimes change the sizes for their cover images so I will not give it out here. Check their support pages to verify current image sizes. If you go to my FaceBook page today, this is how it looks or looked with the giraffe:

FaceBook cover photo.
The author's FaceBook page is it appeared with the Giraffe from Disney's Animal Kingdom

FaceBook's cover photo is a good size. My personal blog is a bit harder. The header photo is 940 pixels wide by 198 pixels tall. A tricky size to work with. I used a wide angle lens around the parks and kept interesting subjects along the bottom third of the photos. I looked for subjects which would cover the entire length of the image in the viewfinder. This view of the Rivers of America from the Frontierland boardwalk did just that. Pictured is Harper's Mill on Tom Sawyer Island with the Haunted Mansion and Liberty Belle riverboat in Liberty Square.

View of Tom Sawyer Island and Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
View of Tom Sawyer Island and Liberty Square.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 11mm focal length, cropped.

While I am late to the party, I keep Social Media sites in mind when traveling with my camera.

March 25, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Adventureland

Deb's Digest Blog

There are many great things I love about Adventureland. It happens to be raining today as I write this, so I'm looking for bright colors! I think the most colorful attraction in Adventureland is the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. I love the various design elements and so for my Pic of the Week, I offer this collage... oh and beware of the spitting camel!

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March 24, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Adventureland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Have you ever noticed the attractions in Adventureland have elements of water as part of the story? Waterfall in the pre-show of the Enchanted Tiki Room and boats in Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise. While guests ride in the boats, it is what they experience...a trip into the time of pirates and a trip past an ancient idol on the Mekong river in Cambodia in Southeast Asia.

An ancient idol on the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
An ancient idol on the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise in Adventureland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 900, EV 0, 150mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow with another Adventureland attraction featuring water.


March 22, 2015

Where in the World #374

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!

Spring began! I don't know about where you live, but Spring started here with a snowstorm. Oh the irony!

Mary Beth Tarbet, Susie Howard, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, and Claire Gregory. thanks for the wonderful note! And Team Hill, thanks for the Erin Go Bragh!

Barrie, I so miss you too! I hope we meet up again soon.
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #373:
Where in the World #373

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

The T-REX Restaurant in the Disney Marketplace at Downtown Disney!

Noelle Gregory, good for you for helping your mom with the answer!

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Challenge #374 Where in the world is this?

Going back inside a park!
Where in the World #374

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March 18, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Tomorrowland

Deb's Digest Blog

This week's Pic of the Week is the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland! I couldn't find a photo I really liked so instead of one of my own... let's revisit the Tomorrowland of 1987! It is quite different from today!

Click on the image for a higher resolution photo~

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Hope you enjoyed this "blast from the past!"


March 17, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Tomorrowland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Predicting the future is tough enough but when attractions are built showing the near future, time tends to catch up and even pass those attractions. Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress premiered during the 1964 World Fair, traveled back to Disneyland and then moved to its current location at the Magic Kingdom in 1975.

The first sections of the show usually do not need updating as their time is in the past. The last section is supposed to show modern day living and has been updated a few times over the show's run. The latest change has started to look dated to me. Even Grandma's Virtual Reality gaming device seem a bit "old".

Grandma playing a game in Tomorrowland's Carousel of Progress at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Grandma playing a game in Tomorrowland's Carousel of Progress.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EV -0.3, 116mm focal length.

I would really like to see this updated using the turn of the 21st Century decades like the 1964 original did for the first decades of the 20th century. No matter what the future holds in store for the Carousel of Progress, I know it will always be a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow.


March 15, 2015

Where in the World #373

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!

OK, you know that with the name Erin, I have to say
Smiley from Millan.Net

Guess what I missed? February 13th was my fourth anniversary with Where in the World! FOURTH! Can you believe it? You have always been nice to me, Players. Thank you so much!

Now for Challenge #372:
Where in the World #372

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

One of the brilliant members of the Main Street Philharmonic! This is one of those photos that makes me go--
Smiley from Millan.Net
--because I managed to get it!

Not to mention, here's someone who loves making magic!

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Challenge #373 Where in the world is this?

We are outside the parks this week
Where in the World #373
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See you soon, Players!

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March 13, 2015

Super Zoom Lens at the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have seen a few discussions about what lenses to bring to Walt Disney World lately. I have for years touted the advantages to using Super Zoom lenses at the parks specifically and for travel photography in general. For cropped sensor cameras, they run in the ranges of 18-200mm and even 18-300mm. For full framed sensors, I have only seen Nikon's 28-300mm lens which I used in both the photos for this article. All lenses of this type have image stabilization technology from reliable brands Canon, Nikon, Sony, Sigma, Tamron and Tokina.

They come in very handy when photographing stage shows and parades like the Disney Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom. As the Tangled float approached me, I zoomed out and captured the entire float.

Tangled float in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Tangled float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/400s, f/10, ISO 200, EV 0, 58mm Focal Length.

As the float got closer, I zoomed in to photograph the details of the float including Rapunzel who was not looking too impressed by Flynn Rider's antics at all.

Rapunzel on the Tangled float in the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Rapunzel on the Tangled float in the Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/400s, f/10, ISO 200, EV 0, 170mm Focal Length.

I removed a lot of background clutter by zooming in and captured a nice story telling photo and Rapunzel's expression is wonderful, too. Some people do not like the super zooms but I find them perfect for Disney parks and allows me to carry one lens when visiting.

March 11, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Fantasyland

Deb's Digest Blog

Do you remember where in the Magic Kingdom you could find Ariel before the New Fantasyland opened?

In Ariel's Grotto, of course. Located next to Pinocchio's Village Haus, this meet and greet area opened in October 1996. This photo is from 2001.

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Ariel's Grotto closed in April 2010 to make way for the new Fantasyland Expansion of Ariel's new home :) to the right of Under the Sea - the Journey of the Little Mermaid!


March 10, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Fantasyland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

New or Old, Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom is full of Disney's beloved animated fairy tales brought to life for us to enjoy. The expansion of Fantasyland which is now complete brought in a mix of the older and newer Disney classics including a new counter service run by the one guy in town who's got it all down...Gaston's Tavern from Beauty and the Beast. I highly recommend his Warm Cinnamon Roll.

Gaston's Tavern in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Gaston's Tavern in Fantasyland.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/200s, f/8, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 11mm Focal Length.

I used a program from MacPhun called Intensify Pro to add a soft HDR filter to the photo. I guy like Gaston deserved it.

Deb will be here tomorrow with a past Fantasyland favorite.


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