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January 24, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Disney Springs Aerial

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I visited Disney Springs twice last year and both times the weather grounded the Characters in Flight balloon ride. I wanted to get an updated aerial view since the transformation from Downtown Disney for this week's aerial topic. Unable to do so I went back and found this aerial taken back in 2011 when it was still called Downtown Disney.

Aerial view of Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
erial view of Downtown Disney now known as Disney Springs.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60, f/3.5, ISO 3200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

I still hope to get Disney Spring aerials sometime this year. Stay tuned!

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Disney Springs aerial photo.

January 22, 2017

Where in the World #469

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!

Now for Challenge #467:
Where in the World #467

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

The Disney Transportation signs so you know when the bus is coming! Can you hear the Halleluiah Choir?!
Smiley from Millan.Net
The bus is coming!
The bus is coming!
No more guessing!
We know what’s happening!
The bus is coming now!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Some Players said they’ve seen them for a while; others are just seeing them around property. So obviously, this is the standard practice of introducing slowly in phases around the resort.

Ken Maikowski was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ken and to all our winners this week! Vera And Izzy Eilliams, Scott Greenbaum, Margaret Convery, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Joseph M. Zafia, Matthew Frey, Carson Olesch, Tricia Petty, Jamie Steiner, Lyn Johnson, Matt Wildey, Theresa Rucando, Karen Bellamy, Marsha Waidelich, Jason Steinmetz, Ken Savage, Carol Baranowsky, Sandie Albrecht, Andy Hickey, Dave Carriere, Jeremy Reichelt, Smitty, Joann Albrecht, Vicki Britt, Nan Amor, Liz Moreau, Herb Miller, Tommy Montgomery, Wendy T Faler, Wayne Chadourne, Kris Nixon, Tracy Discher, Gallagher Family, Linda College, The Nufranick Family, Christine Brown, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Mary Beth Tarbet, Deb Ragno, Steve Knapp, Anne Duque, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Maryann Romagnano, Brian Richmond, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Hillary Waldroop, Lisa Pinder, Mike Amor, Martha & Justin Collins, Beth Mcmeekin, Chris Horne, Kyra, Andreas Beer, Eric Enli, Hobbes And Snorky, Les Whitten, Bruce Hinterleitner, The Patterson Family, Cheryl Costello, The Kertes Family, Jim Finley, Deb Gallo, Andrew Carrieri, Team Hill, John Paul Carnell, Bonnie Jean, Team Bonnie Sue, Mark Donahue, Dave Freemyer, Ed And Sue Adams, Brian Tucker, Phyllis, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), The Long Family, Carolyn Como, Hunter Armstrong, Tammy Warmouth, Brian Mcwithey, Diane Curfman, The Fosbender Family, Chris Kelly, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Leach Family, Josette Gabel, Linda Hoffman, Claire Gregory, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Blake Schmidt, Bob Patterson, Stefanie Vandiver, Linda Wilham, Maureen, Paul Ignudo, The Parker Family, George Mundy Jr, Tim Johansen, Maureen And Warren Handy, Erin Hammer, Scott Sangston, Mark Hardy, Jamie Poynton, Janet T Thorn, Larry Davison, Duskin Henard, Will Gates, Ruben O'meara, Judy Simonsen, Barclay Bakkum, Robert P. Flaherty, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Paul Dickson, Jane Johnson, Don Purney, Jackie Graebel, Gloria Martin, Robert Wescovich, Sherry Trapp, Cathy Connors, Mike Haeberle, Susan Doucette, Ben M, John Bickers, Karen Schlumpf, Jodie S., Theresa Maradei, Jackie Klafeta, The Modecki's, Josh Weiss, Karen Adamakis, Jeff Blank, Kerri Coggins, Grumpy's Groupies, Rebecca Keenan, Lori Rienhardt, Mickey Eckert, and Susan Higginbotham!
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Challenge #468 Where in the world is this?

Let’s go back into a park!

Where in the World #468
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 26th, by clicking on the blue box below.

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See you soon, Players!

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January 20, 2017

Ruling the Animal Kingdom in Thirds

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Rule of Thirds is a compositional rule in photography and other visual arts. The rule states that an image can be divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines. The four points which I refer to as power points formed by the intersections of these lines can be used to align features in the photograph. This aligning of a photograph's subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the photo than simply centering the subject would.

Below are three photos taken at Disney's Animal Kingdom which show the use the Rule of Thirds. First, I will show you the photo as taken and then followed with a grid overlaid showing the lines of the Rule of Thirds.

Here is an Addax (Addax nasomaculatus) antelope on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Addax antelope on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Addax antelope on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 500, EV +0.3, 300mm Focal Length.

Here is the same photo with the grid.

Addax antelope on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Addax antelope on the Kilimanjaro Safari with the Rule of Thirds Grid.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 500, EV +0.3, 300mm Focal Length.

This shows you do not have to have the power points exactly covered. The antelope's head, eye and horns are close enough for a good composition. This type of photo is nice to use as a title in a slideshow, on a website or blog.

An African Elephant drinking water on the Kilimanjaro Safari is the next subject.

African Elephant on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
African Elephant on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO 500, EV +0.3, 135mm Focal Length.

Here is the same photo with the grid.

African Elephant on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
African Elephant on the Kilimanjaro Safari with the Rule of Thirds Grid.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO 500, EV +0.3, 135mm Focal Length.

In a portrait of an animal or person, it is good to have one of the horizontal lines near the eyes like this one.

Landscape photos are also vastly improved when using the Rule of Thirds like this one of Disney's Animal Kingdom's Expedition: EVEREST.

Expedition EVEREST in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Expedition EVEREST in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/16, ISO 360, EV 0, 58mm Focal Length.

Here is the same photo with the grid.

Expedition EVEREST in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Expedition EVEREST in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/16, ISO 360, EV 0, 58mm Focal Length.

Notice how the lines and power points line up with the mountain and the canoe in a pleasing composition.

Studying how others use composition and putting it to practice will help you to improve your photography.

January 18, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Epcot Aerial

Deb's Digest Blog

For this photograph, I was trying to find pictures I had taken while riding the monorail from the TTC that goes through much of Future World. Well, where most of those photos are remains a mystery.

However I did find this photograph of the original Test Track in my Test Track folder. This was certainly taken from the monorail as it circled Future World.

epcot-aerial.JPG

January 17, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Epcot Aerial

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The aerial subject this week is Epcot. I am recycling an image I took during Epcot's 30th Anniversary celebration which still represented much of what I remember seeing when I first visited 29 years prior.

Future World from the monorail over Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Future World from the monorail over Epcot.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/125, f/16, ISO 200, EV -0.6, 16mm focal length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Epcot aerial photo.

January 15, 2017

Where in the World #468

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!

The Gunnels Gang, I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter and I’m glad she’s doing better!

Now for Challenge #467:
Where in the World #467

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

It’s the Hall of Presidents and now with the Muppets! Everybody got this one!

Bruce Jones was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Bruce and to all our winners this week! Ken Savage, Gloria Martin, Tammy Warmouth, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Suzanne Denham, Linda Ranatza, Sands Family, The Kertes Family, Vera And Izzy Williams, Margaret Convery, Cathy Fleming, Ken Maikowski, Tricia Petty, Bruce Hinterleitner, Julia And Carol Wickware, Melissa Such, Kristi Strembicki, Matt Wildey, Michael And Jackie Mclucas, Joyce Shipman, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Mary Beth Tarbet, Jennifer Rowell, Leach Family, Jim Finley, Ruth Woodhouse, Christi Ison, Carol Lyons, Patricia Harper, Phyllis, Joseph M. Zafia, Jodi Cook, Loring Family, Tommy Montgomery, Belicia, Scott C., Marsha Waidelich, Brian Sheets, Team Hill, Kris Nixon, Theresa Rucando, Ronnie Alvarado, Linda Scrivano, Bonnie Jean, Ed Suscreba, Timothy D Gallant, Vickie Smialkowskii, The Nufranick Family, Robert Wescovich, The Parker Family, Ellen Sullivan, Al & Kerry Ganter, Susan Higginbotham, Anne Duque, Vicki Britt, Andy Hickey, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Chris Horne, Smitty, Arlene Vicek, Bob Henriksen, Kenneth Jackson, Carla C, Sarah And Chris, K Beasley, Diane Curfman, Mickey Eckert, Julie Holding, Mark Donahue, Joann Albrecht, Mildred Popp, Chloe Mayhew, Nick Payne, Jason Steinmetz, Lori Rienhardt, Andrew Carrieri, The Long Family, Angela Sandoval, Linda Hoffman, The Rider Family, Brian Gallant, Hobbes And Snorky, Peter Ball, Barbara Ajak, Steve Porter, Emily Hudson, Deb Ragno, Janet T Thorn, Grumpy's Groupies, Beth Mcmeekin, Eric Enli, Claire Gregory, Linda College, Emily Eldridge, Christine Brown, Steve Knapp, Josette Gabel, Jan Rosato, Gallagher Family, Leigh Mertz, Ed And Sue Adams, Tom Koval, The Reichl Family, Wendy T Faler, Jennifer Hess, Martha & Justin Collins, The Tisdale Family, Team Bonnie Sue, Sandie Albrecht, Brian Tichmond, Maryann Romagnano, Luis Rodriguez, Pam Lorenz, Ruben O'meara, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Carolyn Como, Linda Wilham, Ronald Delorey, Jim Thompson, Cynthia Hitchcock, Maureen And Warren Handy, Kyra, Pat Morin, Antoinette Leblanc, Roxanne Kliebert, Deb Gallo, Donna Frank, Larry Davison, Eric Berger, Mike Malampy (Malampy Benco Family), Josh Weiss, Karen Taylor, Stefan Owens, Carol Gamill, Stefan Owens, Stefanie Vandiver, Susie Howard, Laurie Walker, Judy Simonsen, Jessica Gruhlke, Ashley Collins, Ann Muckle, Vickie Barca, Carol Baranowsky, Matt Petty, Diane S, Chiara And Kyran Smith, Kerri Coggins, Nan Amor, Cheryl Costello, Kerry A., Hunter Armstrong, Jill Hauth, Jessica Polizzotto, Herb Miller, Jeff Blank, Becky Norman, Michelle Palazzo, Andreas Beer, Bob Patterson, Cameron Lange, Wayne Chadourne, Rebecca Keenan, Chuck Everson, Chris Bauman, The Holmes Family, Paul Ignudo, Dave Carriere, Kelly Smith, Davida, Alison Rosenberger, Cheryl E, Matthew Frey, Matt Holley, Karrie Rodriguez, Jay Tillis, John Paul Carnell, Brian Mcwithey, Jamie Steiner, Scott Sangston, The Patterson Family, Mark Hardy, Mike Gillardi, The Gunnels Gang, Elaine Prosecky, Jessica Townes, Will Gates, Mike Amor, Jeremy Reichelt, Karen Bellamy, Mike Cerce, Hillary Waldroop, Nadine Miltier, Mike Haeberle, Lorine Landon, John Warner, Theresa Maradei, Scott Greenbaum, Cathy Connors, Les Stewart, Tim Johansen, Will Krebs, Megan Krainski, George Mundy Jr, Tracy Discher, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Carolyn Duff, Barry Sklenar, Jamie Poynton, Duskin Henard, Sheila Bagg, Kristan Bertelmann, Don Purney, Barclay Bakkum, Jo Ann Bailey, Jackie Graebel, Robert P. Flaherty, Liz Moreau, Melissa Littman, Maryann Daly, Karen Ford, Shirley Garcowski, Sherry Trapp, Thomas Higbee, Les Whitten, Jared Orth, Teri Michalski, Christy A Schor, Mark Proper, Jodie S., Jane Johnson, Susan Doucette, Matt Earl, Karen Adamakis, and Jackie Klafeta!
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Challenge #468 Where in the world is this?

These are new and they are everywhere! For example, this one is from Fort Wilderness. Let me tell you, I’m so glad they exist now and I wish we’d had them all along!

Where in the World #468
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 19th, 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 soon, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

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January 13, 2017

Getting in Close at Casey's Corner

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

One of the tips I mentioned last week in the Disney Camera Tips to Start Out 2017 article was to get in close and fill the frame. I thought I would demonstrate the tip today.

Using a camera with a 50mm prime lens which, is a lens with a fixed focal length, I spotted this interesting baseball player outside of Casey's Corner on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom from the street.

Baseball player statue outside of Casey's Corner on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Baseball player statue outside of Casey's Corner on Main Street USA (Full Length Portrait).
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 360, EV +0.3.

This is called a Full Length Portrait as it shows the baseball player's full height from head to toe. I still wanted to get to know this character better. As I was using a Prime lens, the only way to do that was to get closer. Being he was a statue I did not have to worry about him walking away. With real people or Disney characters, one must keep it mind.

Baseball player statue outside of Casey's Corner on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Baseball player statue outside of Casey's Corner on Main Street USA (3/4 Length Portrait).
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 360, EV +0.3.

A photo of a person or, in this case, statue from the waist up is called a Three Quarter (3/4) Length Portrait. A stale-mark of corporate photographers, the 3/4 length portrait can be seen in many boardrooms around the world. Being closer, I started to notice the statue's facial features and wanted to explore them more. Best way to do it is to get even closer.

Baseball player statue outside of Casey's Corner on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Baseball player statue outside of Casey's Corner on Main Street USA (Head & Shoulder Portrait).
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 800, EV +0.3.

Ah, the Head & Shoulder Portrait. If you graduated from high school, this was the type of photo found in most senior yearbooks. It is also the best kind of portrait to see and study a person's eyes, nose, mouth and other facial features. This guy, has a noble stare of an athlete ready to take on the challenge of a game of baseball.

If I had been using a zoom lens, I could have done all three of these photos from one location. However, moving around and exploring as I photograph a subject is, to me, a lot more fun.

January 11, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Magic Kingdom Aerial

Deb's Digest Blog

When the topic of aerial photos came up for this month, I wasn't sure I would have much to choose from. Luckily I have been slowly (very slowly) archiving all of my photographs and remembered one I took several years ago from the 2nd floor balcony of Pinocchio's Village Haus.

Here's a look at Dumbo, circa 2005, before it's move to the New Fantasyland. I love how the elephants glide so gracefully through the air on the right. (Be sure to click for larger photo).

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January 10, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Magic Kingdom Aerial

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Deb Wills asked Deb Koma, AllEars.Net Newsletter Editor, for ideas for the Disney Pic of the Week segment on the Picture This! blog. She gave us a bunch we have used over the last two months. Then, I came upon a series called Aerial Photos. Now, considering I was not going to rent a helicopter and Disney does not allow drones except for their use, I had to dig around my photo library. There, I discovered some "aerial" photos to share.

First up is the Magic Kingdom. Six years ago, a friend of mine invited me to his Magic Kingdom view room in Disney's Contemporary Resort. He did not get a chance to finish his sentence when I agreed. It was December and not the greatest of days either. Still, this photo of Cinderella Castle came out very good from an angle only seen from the resort.



Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom photographed from Disney's Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Cinderella Castle photographed from Disney's Contemporary Resort.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/200s, f/10, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 170mm (255mm DX) Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow with her Aerial Photo of the Magic Kingdom.

January 8, 2017

Where in the World #467

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!

I’m writing this on the 6th and tomorrow is the 7th which means to all of you Players celebrating Christmas and Three Kings Day today and tomorrow!
Smiley from Millan.Net
Smiley from Millan.Net
I’m sorry I don’t have all the languages, so please accept my wishes in all the wonderful ways to say it!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #466:
Where in the World #466

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

The former Comedy Warehouse logo! In this case, it was their revival in December 2015 near Osborne Lights.

Either this was very hard or everyone was partying or all of the above. 

Bruce Hinterleitner and Jim Thompson, I deeply miss the Adventurers Club too. Kungaloosh!

Team Hill was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Team Hill and to all our winners this week! Matt Wildey, The Long Family, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Beth Mcmeekin, Vera And Izzy Williams, Bruce Hinterleitner, Mary Beth Tarbet, Ken Savage, Kyra, Phyllis, Maureen And Warren Handy, Lori Rienhardt, Doug Olson Family, Hillary Waldroop, Vicki Britt, Dave Carriere, Jim Thompson, Annie Snodgrass, Linda Hoffman, and Claire Gregory!
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Challenge #467 Where in the world is this?

Time to go back into a park. And for the New Year, we have an old favorite – an attraction since the beginning – that just got something new added to it. What is this attraction?

Where in the World #467
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 12th, 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 soon, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

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