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December 9, 2016

Photographing the Christmas Parade in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As I mentioned a few days ago in the Disney Pic of the Week on Holiday Parade Floats, I would be telling you about my experience photographing Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade for the first time.

Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.

Seeing it might be a long time before I could see the parade again, I asked Orlando-based photographer and Disney fan, Don Sullivan, for his tips on photographing a parade he has done many times. I will go over them with photos from the parade.

  1. LENSES: I (Don) typically use fast lenses in the range between f/1.4 and f/2.8. Anything darker will likely either push your shutter speed too slow, or force the ISO too high. Don has used a 35mm f/1.4, 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses for this parade using a full-frame camera.
  2. EXPOSURE: I (Don) typically use the camera's Shutter Priority mode, 1/125th of a second minimum, f/1.4 - f/2.8, ISO Auto with max set to 6400, Matrix metering (be prepared to adjust this based on the performance of the lens being used). Lighting in this parade is more even and brighter than other night parades so spot metering is not typically needed.


Here is one example of how Don's suggestions helped me get a photo of Mickey Mouse on the lead float of the parade. The "snow" on Main Street USA really stands out.

Mickey waving to guests during the Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mickey waving to guests during the Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 5600, EV 0.

When it comes to lenses, the ones Don has used are very expensive. If you do not already own a similar lens, I suggest either renting one for your trip or getting an inexpensive Nifty-Fifty which is a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. Most camera and third party lens manufacturers produce it. I put on my Nifty-Fifty and set my camera manually to 1/125th of a second at an aperture of f/2.8. Per Don's suggestion, I set my Nikon D750 full-frame camera to Auto ISO but to go no higher than 6400. This combination worked particularly well for the face characters.

Queen Elsa from Frozen in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Queen Elsa from Frozen in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 2800, EV 0.

The exposure is just about right. I had to work a little longer in Lightroom for each image to pull out the shadows a little, do some selective dodging and clean up the high ISO noise. Really only added a few seconds to each image. A fast lens really is needed to get the best results. Like this one of the Big Guy...Santa Claus.

Santa Claus greeting everyone in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Santa Claus greeting everyone in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 6400, EV 0.

There was one photo Don had taken of the Toy Soldiers marching down Main Street USA I wanted to try an duplicate. However, I found out not all Christmas parades are the same. In the parade I was photographing, the Toy Soldier Marching Band proceeding the Marching Toy Soldiers did not leave any room between them and I had no opportunity to photograph them. Don was nice enough to allow me to share his photo. Nice work, Don!

Toy Soldiers marching in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Toy Soldiers marching in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. Copyright, 2016, Don Sullivan.
Nikon D500/24-70mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm (36mm DX) Focal Length.

I would like to thank Don for passing along his tips. He travels to Disney parks all over the world and I urge you to check out Don Sullivan's flickr photostream (click here).

December 7, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Holiday Parade Float

Deb's Digest Blog

Might as well keep the nostalgic posts coming for the holidays. Did you ever see Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade in Animal Kingdom? I always got a chuckle from this float:

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And here's a video of the parade:

December 6, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Holiday Parade Float

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

My favorite time of year is Christmastime. Saying that it should come to no surprise my favorite holiday parade float would involve Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade which is part of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Up until last week, I had never photographed the parade.

I quizzed a Disney fan photographer, whose Christmas parade photos I had always admired, for his best tips. They helped me come away with this photo of Mickey and Minnie Mouse on the lead float as they traveled down Main Street USA with "snow" coming down all around them.

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mickey and Minnie Mouse on the lead float of the Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 5600, EV 0.

I will detail how I photographed the parade on my blog this Friday.

Tomorrow, Deb will share her favorite holiday parade float.

December 4, 2016

Where in the World #462

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!

Kristi Strembicki is in Walt Disney World! Have a wonderful trip! Does anyone need her to do some Christmas shopping for them while she’s there?
Smiley from Millan.Net

Anyone else done the Disney Yourself on the Disney website? I just made one; so cute! Google it for some fun!

Now for Challenge #461:
Where in the World #461

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Barrie Brewer

A Toy Soldier in the Magic Kingdom! I know: I post one of these every year around now, but I just LOVE them! It’s like walking past the castle and NOT taking a picture! I can’t do it. :)

Tammy Warmouth was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Tammy and to all our winners this week! Margaret Convery, Megan Krainski, Michael O'brien, Sands Family, Joseph M.zafia, Karen O'brien, Michaela O'brien, Andy Hickey, Wendy T Faler, The Kertes Family, Hunter Armstrong, Jill Hauth, Kristi Strembicki, Leach Family, Joann Albrecht, Linda Ranatza, Martha & Justin Collins, Theresa Rucando, Eric Berger, Jason Steinmetz, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Ken Savage, Team Hill, Emily Hudson, Chris Kelly, Luis Rodriguez, Ken Maikowski, Gloria Martin, The Gunnels Gang, Bruce Hinterleitner, Al & Kerry Ganter, Phyllis, Sandie Albrecht, Carrie K, Carol Baranowsky, The Fosbender Family, Janet H., Larissa Huda, Claire Gregory, Tricia Petty, Chris Horne, Janet Spiess, Grumpy's Groupies, Stefan Owens, Kris Nixon, Karin Dion, Linda Scrivano, Alexis Cavileer, Sarah And Chris, K Beasley, Mark Donahue, Maryann Eckenrode, Mark Donahue, Carolyn Como, Andreas Beer, Jack Meindl, The Nufranick Family, Sharon Pierce, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Ryan Mccorristin, Donna Frank, Jennifer Pichert, Marsha Waidelich, Christa B, Julia And Carol Wickware, Belicia, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Scott C., Becky Norman, Patty Carty, Team Bonnie Sue, Lori Rienhardt, Ruben O'meara, Smitty, Duskin Henard, Susan Higginbotham, Josette Gabel, Paul Dickson, Janet T Thorn, The Rider Family, Pat Schwier, Brian Richmond, Eric Enli, Stefanie Vandiver, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Sharon Powell, Kerri Coggins, Tom Koval, Theresa Maradei, Gina Falzone, Judy Simonsen, Bonnie Jean, Ed Adams, The Harper Gang, Ruth Woodhouse, Pat Morin, Vickie Smialkowski, Hobbes And Snorky, Jim Finley, The Parker Family, Ed Suscreba, Karen Adamakis, Sharon Russo, Dee Dee Kenney, Kyra, Laurie Walker, Jim Thompson, Beth Paczkowski, Ben M, Tracey Horan, Karen Taylor, Lizzy & Dave Fullerton, Maryann Romagnano, Maureen And Warren Handy, Vera And Izzy Williams, Matt Wildey, Paula Smith, Brian Mcwithey, Steve Knapp, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Linda College, Mary Coleman, Arlene Vicek, The Otts Family, Andrew Carrieri, Helene Hair, Dean And Anne, Josh Weiss, Carla C, John Bickers, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Janelle Montanez, Anne Duque, Diane Curfman, Jeff Blank, Mark Hardy, The Long Family, Carla Nale, Phil Vickers, Cynthia Hitchcock, Wayne Chadourne, Herb Miller, Paul Ignudo, Cameron Lange, Linda Hoffman, Joe Armeni, Matt Holley, Melody Odonnell, Randy Cowick, Karrie Rodriguez, Maureen Tavrell, Margie Larmon, Jamie Poynton, Scott Sangston, Jamie Steiner, Jay Tillis, Karen Bellamy, Tim Johansen, Clay Anthony, Melesia Love, Jeremy Reichelt, Vicki Britt, Les Whitten, Erin Hammer, Shirley Garcowski, Matthew Frey, Barry Sklenar, Cathy Fleming, The Patterson Family, George Mundy Jr, Tula G., Matthew Grace, Kelly Smith, Roxanne Kliebert, Christina Ison, Julie Carmack, Susie Howard, Scott Greenbaum, Linda Hoffman, Ashley Collins, Susan Doucette, Chris Bauman, John Paul Carnell, Rebecca Keenan, Annie Snodgrass, Shelly Borella, Carri Marotto, Dave Carriere, Will Gates, Jolynn Digiallonardo, Mike Cerce, Sandy Ceplecha, Barclay Bakkum, Jodie S., Mis Jamie Marie, Melodye Bostick, Jackie Graebel, Peggy Saeger, Sheila Bagg, Liz Moreau, Don Purney, Cheryl Costello, Maryann Daly, Bobbie Young, Bob Patterson, Sherry Trapp, Thomas R Higbee Sr, Beth Josuweit, Caroline Burmester, Teri Michalski, Susie Howard, Jane Johnson, Jackie Klafeta, Jodi Cook, Sherri Pell, Les Stewart, Stacy Guarracino, Lisa Pinder, Robert P Flaherty, and Amanda Campbell!

Time for the monthly drawing and guess who won? Team Bonnie Sue! Congratulations! Deb Wills will be sending you a prize!
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Challenge #462 Where in the world is this?

So! I think this is a good one. Still in a park.

Where in the World #462
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 8th, 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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December 2, 2016

Photographing Holiday Lights at Home and at Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

It is that time of year when cities, towns, villages and, yes, even us put up our holiday light displays to celebrate the season. Whether it be Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or something else, photographing these displays can be a challenge.

For outdoor lighting, it is best NOT to wait until it is totally dark out. Go out early just after sunset and wait for the sky light and outdoor lights to balance. This gives a nice overall exposure to the scene instead of bright light points which often are blown out. There is no formula as to when the light will balance. The photo below was taken about 15 minutes after sunset using a tripod which I recommend for the long exposures needed at a low ISO.

Balanced light for a home's holiday light display in Orlando, Florida
Balanced light for a home's holiday light display.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 4s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 22mm Focal Length.

Another type of photo people like to get is what PhotoPass photographers do at night in all the parks. Using a method called dragging the shutter, a tripod and instructing people to stand still, they are able to get a brightly lighted background like Cinderella Castle, Spaceship Earth, Tree of Life or Hollywood Blvd. while correctly exposing, with the flash, the people they are photographing.

In a pinch, you can do it without a tripod as I did below.

Couple portrait in the Magic Kingdom with Cinderella Castle lighted in the background, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Couple portrait with Cinderella Castle lighted in the background.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/5s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Rear-Sync Flash, Cropped.

Here are a couple more links with information on Photographing Christmas Lights at Disney and on Dragging the Shutter.

Have any great photos of holiday displays whether they be yours, Disney's or another public display, send them my way. I might share them in a future blog post.

November 30, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Holiday Landscape/Plants/Arrangements

Deb's Digest Blog

When I saw this topic on our list for Photo of the Week I knew exactly what I was going to hunt for in my archives! One of my favorite things, now in yesterland, were the themed trees in Camp Minnie-Mickey in Animal Kingdom.

Oh, there was Donald and his nephews, Goofy, Finding Nemo, Festival of the Lion King, Pocahontas, Pooh, Minnie, Stitch and many more. (Scroll past the photo for a video).

Here is the top of Minnie's Tree:

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I took this video back in 2012 - see if you can guess who all the trees belong to!

November 29, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Favorite Holiday View

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The complete title for this Disney Pic of the Week was Favorite Holiday Landscape/Plants/Arrangement. I condensed it down to Favorite Holiday View.

My favorite is definitely the Main Street USA Train Station after going through the Magic Band/Turnstiles. I had to wait to get a clear photo which did not include any fellow guests as this is one of the most popular photo locations in all of Walt Disney World. Back in 2008, early December was one of the less busy times and I did not have to wait long. That is not the case today. Be prepared for a long wait.

Main Street Train Station decorated for the Christmas holidays at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Main Street Train Station decorated for the Christmas holidays.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/200s, f/18, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 18mm Focal Length.

The train with holiday garland adds to the theme as does the beautiful Mickey Mouse symbol made up of hundreds of red poinsettia plants. See what I did there? I got a landscape with plants and the plants are arranged all in one photo.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Favorite Holiday Landscape/Plants/Arrangement photo.

November 27, 2016

Where in the World #461

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 hope everyone in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Patti Mccaffrey, bon voyage! Have a magical trip!

Now for Challenge #460:
Where in the World #460

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

It’s a water taxi. We picked this one up at Port Orleans French Quarter to go to Disney Springs, but like we all said, they’re at several locations.

Bruce Hinterleitner, very funny! Seriously! :)

Emily Hudson was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Emily and to all our winners this week! Ken Savage, Vera And Izzy Williams, Michael O'brien, Karen O'brien, Michaela O'brien , Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Bruce Hinterleitner, Margaret Convery, Susie Howard, Loring Family, Suzanne Denham, Matt Wildey, Kris Nixon, Sandie Albrecht, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Paula Massarelli, Kerri Coggins, Tammy Warmouth, Vickie Barca, Eric Berger, Marsha Waidelich , Paul Dickson, Russ Morgan, Phyllis, Joseph M. Zafia, Linda Scrivano, The Kertes Family, Carla C, Kristi Strembicki, Steve Porter, Jan Rosato, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Tricia Petty , Bonniej Jean, K Beasley, Sharon Pierce, Team Hill, Martha & Justin Collins, Luis Rodriguez, Duskin Henard, Nancy Cole, Bob Patterson, Troy A Parker, John Stella, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Ruben O'meara, Linda Ranatza, Maryann Eckenrode, Donna Frank, Sarah And Chris, Linda Hoffman, Kye Layton, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, The Gunnels Gang, Mike Haeberle , Sharon Russo, Mark Donahue, Joann Albrecht, Pat Schwier, Mickey Eckert, Eric Enli, The Rider Family, Linda College, Ben M, Ed Suscreba, Team Bonnie Sue, Steve Knapp, Grumpy's Groupies, Andrew Carrieri, Ruth Woodhouse, Maureen And Warren Handy, Matthew Grace, Karen Schlumpf, Claire Gregory, Smitty, Lori Rienhardt, Maryann Romagnano, Jim Thompson, Josh Weiss, Gina Falzone , Ed Adams, Carolyn Como, Al & Kerry Ganter, The Nufranick Family, Linda Wilham, Hobbes And Snorky, Patty Carty, Wendy T Faler, Anne Duque, Belicia, Kyra, Scott C., Stefan Owens, Stefan Owens, Theresa Maradei , Sharon Powell, Janet T Thorn, Arlene Vicek, Lee Anastasi, Paula Smith, Sands Family, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Deb Ragno, Karen Ramirez, Gloria Martin , Evanna Huda, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), The Harper Gang, John Bickers, Jeff Blank, Leach Family, L And A , Becky Hosinger, Ashley Collins, Wayne Chadourne, Les Stewart, Cathy Connors, Emma Ramsey, Karen Costa, Chris Bauman, Brian Mcwithey, Glenn Meyer, David Uchtman, Margie Larmon, Matt Holley, Mark Hardy, Ken Maikowski, Matthew Frey, Jeremy Reichelt, Vicki Britt, Scott Sangston, Melesia Love, Olszak Family, Rebecca Keenan, Matt Earl, George Mundy Jr, Carri Marotto, Doug Olson Family, John Paul Carnell, Hillary Waldroop, Hunter Armstrong, Brian Richmond, Mike Cerce, Herb Miller, Dan In Nh, Susan Doucette, Tiffany, Gibb, The Patterson Family, Alison Rosenberger, Jamie Poynton, Mis Jamie Marie, Kristan Bertelmann, Robert P. Flaherty, Mark Proper, Julia And Carol Wickware, Jodie S., Chris Kelly, Barclay Bakkum, Don Purney, Dee Dee Kenney, Theresa Rucando, Gallagher Family, Melody Odonnell, Tom Higbee Sr., Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Zach And Lindsay Murr, Jane Johnson, John Warner, and Patti Mccaffrey!
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Challenge #461 Where in the world is this?

We go back in the parks to end November and usher in the next part of the holiday season! You may never have seen this guy and his friends face to face, but they are a significant part of Disney’s Christmas!

Where in the World #461

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 1st, 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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November 25, 2016

Harper's Mill in HDR

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Harper's Mill on Tom Sawyer Island at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
HDR Image of Harper's Mill on Tom Sawyer Island.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, f/18, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 52mm Focal Length, HDR Image.

How was your Thanksgiving? Eat alot? Out shopping today?

Scott is doing both as he is visiting relatives in central Florida before moving over to Walt Disney World all of next week. Follow Scott's Twitter account @Scottwdw as he covers all the holiday happenings around the parks and resorts. Not to mention all the meals on this visit. You might find Scott taking a nap on Tom Sawyer Island near Harper's Mill after one of those meals.

November 23, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Thanksgiving

Deb's Digest Blog
From all of us to all of you:
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