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October 31, 2014

Scarecrows of Town Square

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Today being Halloween, I thought I would share with you a different angle on the Scarecrows of Town Square.

Most people photograph the scarecrows you see upon entering the Magic Kingdom standing up. When you do it that way, you have to be very careful of what is happening in behind the scarecrows. People will be walking there, Photopass photographers have a Halloween setup which is very busy and cast members could be selling balloons on Main Street USA to name a few background distractions.

To help eliminate such "noise" in my scarecrow photos below, I got down low (yes, folks, that means bending those knees). There are still people in some of the photos below but they are at the bottom of the frame and blended into the corn stalks Disney used this year at the base of each of the scarecrows.

Dressed up Scarecrow on Town Square in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Dressed up Scarecrow in Town Square.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/11, ISO 200, EV 0, 30mm focal length.

Another tricky background object is the flag pole. As you can see here, I did not do a very good job of getting the flag pole out of the frame. I should have moved to my right a little more.

Baker Scarecrow on Town Square in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Baker Scarecrow pushing sugar around Town Square.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/11, ISO 200, EV 0, 34mm focal length.

On this photo of the Scarecrow Mayor I did a better job.

Scarecrow Mayor on Town Square in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Scarecrow Mayor looking for votes around Town Square.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/14, ISO 200, EV 0, 30mm focal length.

It was very hard to not get any of the trees in the frames for a couple of the scarecrows so I tried to find a pleasing composition with them in it.

Drummer Scarecrow on Town Square in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Drummer Scarecrow banging away on Town Square.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/11, ISO 200, EV 0, 38mm focal length.

Working to get clean or less distracting backgrounds in your photos is well worth the effort. Keep it in mind the next time you are out photographing.

BLOG NOTE: As you may have read this week, Lisa will no longer be writing her Picture This! blog or contributing to the Disney Pic of the Week. For the time being, it is just Erin and myself. Erin will be continuing the popular Where in the World contests as I will post a Disney Pic of the Week every Tuesday and this blog on Friday.

Next year I plan on visiting Walt Disney World a couple of times. Watch for Photowalk announcements about a month before each visit. If you have any questions, would like me to cover a particular photography subject or have a Pic of the Week suggestion, drop me a comment.

October 30, 2014

Deb Wills and Don Ducky Wiliaims at Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Deb Wills having her picture taken with Don
Deb Wills having her picture taken with Don "Ducky" Williams.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/30s, f/8, ISO 2200, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

With this being All Ears in the Parks for the Disney Pic of the Week, I felt it appropiate to feature All Ears Founder and all around great gal, Deb Wills. Back in 2011, All Ears celebrated 15 years of sharing information about Walt Disney World. One of the anniversary events was held in the Odyssey Pavilion at Epcot. Disney animator Don "Ducky" Williams gave an hour long talk about how he became a character artist for the Walt Disney Company. His story was full of funny anecdotes, interesting insights and, finally, triumph as he was hired (or more like never asked to leave). The whole time he drew Disney character after Disney character. Afterward, Deb Wills raffled off each of the 22 different characters Don had drawn that morning. Each one having been signed by him.

Before the event started, I took the photo you see above of Deb getting her picture taken with Ducky and thought it was a great one to share for this week's topic.

October 29, 2014

Catch You Later

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

My inner monologue has been over-flowing with stereotypical Jewish what ifs, guilt, second guesses, and the desire for a nice Kosher deli at Disneyland, all in Jackie Mason's voice. Why? What's all the fuss? As a photo blogger I need a large number of pictures to use in my weekly writing, and to get those photos requires traveling from MA to FL or to CA at least once a year.

I took this year off from Walt Disney World and in place was able to visit Miami,FL, Washington, DC, and Niagara Falls, Ontario. There's a great big world out there that I'd like to see. That's not to say I no longer enjoy all that Walt Disney World or Disneyland have to offer but I need to shift the balance of where I spend my time. So, as the Walt Disney Company continues raising prices my visits will become fewer.

What does that mean? It means I've decided to retire from writing my weekly blog, as seen here, as well as the Disney Pic of the Week. Try to hold back the tears, I'm not leaving you completely. From time to time when I have something to pipe up about regarding pretty much anything Disney, you'll find fresh work from me. Right now I'm not sure if they'll land in the Guest Blog, the Team Blog, in the newsletter or somewhere else on the website. You can always re-read or seek out older Light Meter blogs on AllEars.Net.

I do have some future travel plans that include a visit to Disney's Aulani in Oahu and to Disneyland. With any luck I'll conjure up something worth posting.

Thank you for all of the feedback, it's nice to know someone took not only the time to read my words but to also respond to them.

I'd like to share with you some photos I've taken this year and last year and hope they'll inspire you to take photos of people, places, and things.

I'll catch you later.

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Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans, LA


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Parrot Jungle, Miami, FL


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Washington, D.C.


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New York City, NY


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Miami, FL


Happy Halloween!!
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Super Megafest, Framingham, MA


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October 28, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week - AllEars in the Parks

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

As part of the AllEars.Net crew/staff/team/ensemble, I've been able to participate in a few meet and greets on land on both coasts and even at sea. It's been fun meeting readers in person and hearing encouraging feedback. My choice of themes for my last Disney Pic of the Week is AllEars in the Parks. In my regular blog on Wednesday, I'll explain why this is my last Disney Pic of the Week entry and more.

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Cathy Bock and Laura Gilbreath yukking it up at Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland. No one was cartoonishly injured in the making of this photo.

Cathy Bock runs the Rate & Review portion of the website. Laura Gilbreath handles 99% of everything regarding Disneyland. These two ladies work hard to keep their respective sections of AllEars.Net running smoothly.


Come back on Thursday for Scott's photo submission.

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October 26, 2014

Where in the World #355

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!

Halloween is this week in the US! So for everyone celebrating it:
From Millan.Net

And remember:
From Millan.Net

Chris Kelly has the Disney blues. I hear you, Chris. Sometimes it helps to look at pictures and videos. I know your too manly to weep, so I'll do it for you.
From Millan.Net

Last week's challenge:
Where in the World Photo Fun

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

It's the Critter Elixir in Splash Mountain! You can learn more about it and the whole story behind this mountain in Jack's post.

Jeff Blank had to put the song in my head. So, all together, Players!
From Millan.Net
How do you do? Mighty pleasant meetin
How do you do? Say it when you’re meetin
How do you do? With everyone repeatin
Pretty good sure as you’re born!

Thanks, Jeff. I want to sing this into my Maxwell Smart shoe phone!

Jim Finley, you nicely slipped in that bragging about being at the Food & Wine festival. :-)

Jim & Lorie Sonnen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and to all our winners this week! Emily Hudson, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Elaine Kleinhenz, Carol Ney, Linda K Ranatza, Sandie Albrecht, Dee Dee Kenney, The Gunnels Family, Kris Nixon, Rider Family, Evanna Huda, Carla C, Claire Gregory, Joe Bateman, Daniel Record, Andreas Beer, Allison Beecy, Lenz Family, Jennifer Hess, Christina Trigiani, Paul Knott, Axel Beer, Hobbes And Snorky, Maureen Handy, Ken Daube, Liz Moreau, Rob Hildebrandt , The Koren Family, Timothy Gallant, Eleanor Taberski, James Roberts, The Long Family, Herb Miller, Ruben O'meara, Vicki Britt, Tjg, Team Hill, Duskin Henard, The Kahle Family, Bob Ruer, The States Family, Kathy Huckabee, Nan Amor, Lizzy & Dave Fullerton, Bruce Nash, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Melissa Such, Larry Sprenkle, Paul Dickson, Scott Precise, Christopher Thacker, Shannon Murray, Doug Olson Family, Team Bonnie Sue, Bethany Boucher, Denise Mcevoy, Brian Gallant, Matt Holley, Hillary Waldroop, Patrick Broaddus, Kelly Smith, Scott Sangston, Barclay Bakkum, Matthew Jadro, Scott Cullen, Belicia Cullen, Ron Harper, Terry Fleming, Mike Haeberle, Robert P Flaherty , Betsy Silvestri, Josh Carney, Mary Dieuliis , Jeff Blank, The Foley Family, Ashley Wilson, Julia Marsh, Darrell Shortt, Jen Peterson, Jennifer Kamradt, David Ballard, David Ballard, Gallagher Family, Rob Blundin, Jane Johnson, Team Hill, and Jackie Klafeta!
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Challenge #355 Where in the world is this?
Headed for a different park:
Where in the World #355

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 30th, 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!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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October 24, 2014

Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro Italy in Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

One never knows when a new photographic opportunity will present itself. At Walt Disney World, it could happen while talking with friends in one of Epcot's countries. This happened to me last week while in Italy. A fanfare of drums and trumpets was heard before a parade of colorful men came into the pavilion with large flags. I quickly surmised this was the new show Disney said was coming.

The four flag bearers and four musicians paraded up the stairs to the circular center stage of the pavilion. People were drawn around the stage and I quickly went to the stairs and sat down in front. The stage is elevated and getting low did a couple of things for me: it cleaned up the background as my field of view was over most spectators heads and gave a more dramatic angle to the entertainers.

Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro show at Epcot's Italy pavilion in World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro Show in Italy.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/10, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Being an entirely new show, I did not know what to expect. I will say the costuming was excellent. The colors of the flags did not clash with the Italy pavilion colors in anyway. Making the performers and the flags stand out.

Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro show at Epcot's Italy pavilion in World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro Show in Italy.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/10, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Again, not knowing what to expect, I found myself clicking at almost every move the performers made. This resulted in a lot of images I discarded later.

I used a fast shutter speed to freeze the action. The day was bright enough to still have a good Depth of Field aperture in the f/9 to f/10 range. Next time, I would like to try slower shutter speeds when the performers are standing still while waving the flags.

Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro show at Epcot's Italy pavilion in World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro Show in Italy.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 31mm Focal Length.

What this show does do, is a lot of repetition. Which means if you miss a move, a toss or a jump the first couple of times, be patient, as they will repeat it again in a few seconds. The move you see above was about the fourth or fifth jump in the routine.

Since I photographed this show, I found out the group is called Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro. If you click on the link, you will see more of my photos from the show and a video of an early performance. I suspect the show will evolve over the next few weeks but the video will give you a good idea of what to expect.

October 23, 2014

Donald Duck's a Party Animal

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! is a parade at Magic Kingdom filled with bright bold colors and a festive atmosphere. Donal Duck, the fine feathered member of the Fab Five donned his party hat and discoed to his heart's content.

Unfamiliar with the Fab Five? The unofficial group is comprised of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald Duck. They don't have a garage band but they entertain in a multitude of other ways.

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October 22, 2014

Neon Night Photography

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Over the years, one of the most common questions asked of Scott, Barrie (you remember her), and me, is about night photography. Our reply always includes the need for a tripod or steady flat surface so that your camera is still. Why does it need to remain motionless? Because is in order for the digital sensor or film to record/absorb light in dark situations, the shutter must stay open longer than if it were daylight. If a camera moves during a long exposure, the shot will be soft or blurred. Even if you think you're holding still, so long as you're breathing, you're moving.

I ventured out late one night while vacationing in Miami and hit Ocean Drive on South Beach with my tripod and Canon EOS 30D and EF 17-40mm f4L USM. The neon highlighted hotels and restaurants are alluring and with fewer people taking up sidewalk space than earlier, I planted myself in several spots and got to work.

With my ISO set at 100 and aperture at f8, I let the camera's light meter select the shutter speed. After a few shots, I changed composition little by little, as you'll see.

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.4 seconds

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.8 seconds

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.5 seconds, f10

I changed to a slightly faster shutter speed on this last frame so the color would be more saturated and truer to what I saw with my very own eyes.

Looking for neon at Walt Disney World? Try Disney's Hollywood Studios for some night time shooting. They appear to have more of it than the other parks. Headed west? Disney's California Adventure is the place to capture neon glow.

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October 21, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: The Fab Five

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

If you hang around any Disney fan, you will eventually hear the term: The Fab Five. No, a Fifth Beatle was not discovered. The Fab Five refers to the lovable Walt Disney created characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and Pluto. You usually only see them all together during live stage shows in the parks. However, at Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary Resort, each of the Fab Five will come visit you at your table. A little photo processing magic and you can put them all together.

The Fab Five hamming it up at Chef Mickey's in the Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Fab Five hamming it up at Chef Mickey's.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/640s, f/13, ISO 400, EV -0.3, 24mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her quacking good Disney Pic of the Week on the Fab Five.

October 19, 2014

Where in the World #354

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!

A belated Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian Players! I hope you had a lovely holiday!
From Millan.Net

Mike and Susan Hill & Christopher Hall are in Disney World this week! That's two separate trips: the Hills and the Hall's. Wait, I just got that! Maybe you guys are traveling the Food & Wine Festival together. If you are, don't talk bad about me. And have a magical trip (separately or as a group)!
From Millan.Net

Patti Mccaffrey, I'll be thinking of you on Tuesday. *hug*

Last week's challenge: number #353
Where in the World #353

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

We're at the Sommerfest entrance of Epcot's German Pavilion! But now I keep thinking of the Biergarten's buffet; haven't been there in awhile. And by the way:
From Millan.Net

Dori's Friend Vicki: did you get me a cream puff? I could use a cream puff. Well, after my diet. Sigh...

Thanks for that, Jeff Blank. Now I have the Hogan's Heroes theme in my head.

Sarah And Chris, I completely forgot about that Full House episode! I definitely think you should be able to hold out your hand and have birds land, like you were Disney royalty!

The Murr Family was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Murres and to all our winners this week! The Sands Family, Kristi Strembicki, Tim Johansen, Diane Tredore, Andrea Kruszewski, The Kertes Family, Jennifer Rowell, Betsy Silvestri, Andrew Carrieri, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Mike Amor, Julia Wickware, Andy Hickey, Ed Elder, Sharon Pierce, Becky Norman, Christi Ison, The Gunnels Family, Ken Maikowski, Mike Haeberle, The Strukel Family, Kenny, Nan Amor, Deb Ragno, Eric Berger, Theresa Rucando, Jason Skow, Team Bonnie Sue, Melissa Such, The Tisdale Family, Janet T Thorn, Judy Simonsen, Kris Nixon, Lori Rienhardt, Grumpy's Groupies, Brian Mcwithey, Bob Patterson, The Parker Family, Linda Scrivano, Team Hill, Susie Howard, Robert Wescovich, Claire Gregory, John Bickers, Kye Layton, Sydney Von Schriltz, Lynette Michalos, Team Hill, Lyn Johnson, Timberly Aymond, Jamie Newell, Phyllis, Kate Nejman, Ellen Sullivan, Lori Elias, Amber Penske, The Koren Family, Walter Johnson, Elisabeth S, Molly Sawyer, Dawn Simpson, Ken Savage, Brian Miller, Karen Schlumpf, Tiffany Gibb, Rider Family, Kelly Van Eerden, Dave Freemyer, Carla C, Andra Truitt, Liz Moreau, Linda College, Beverly Carr, Brenda Mclean, Pat Schwier, Adam Lucas, Fiona Knigh, Tommy Montgomery, Christina Trigiani, Cheryl Chambers, Mike Haven, Cheryl Gattudo, Megan Krainski, Rachelle Desjardins, Steve Shadle, Maryann Eckenrode, Kathy Dockham, Tom Swan, Cindy Pink, Rebecca Emery, Bruce Hinterleitner, K Beasley, Al & Kerry Ganter, Tammy Rice, Andrew Eckert, Maryann Romagnano, Theresa Lucorri, Matt Wildey, Stefanie Vandiver, Paula Massarelli, Rebecca Smith, Maureen Handy, Leach Family, Morag Lemon, Chris Horne, Beth Mcmeekin, Ruben O'meara, Rex Biederman, Dawn Fiege, Eric Enli, The Long Family, Valerie Yoder, Maggie Klotz, The Double Family, Hobbes And Snorky, Rebecca Keenan, Jeremy Hardy, Eric Johnson, Timothy Gallany, Pete Dragstrem, Joseph M. Zafia, Tracy Davis, Stefanie Vest, Stefanie Vest, Evald Olson, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Dawn Bach, Tracy Davis, Mary Ann Lamay, Rob Hepler, The Kahle Family, Jonathan Ward, Heather Capraun, Brian Gallant, Lisa Pinder, Herb Miller, Suzanne Denham, Suzanne Denham, Scott Precise, Vera And Izzy Williams, Chris Guilmett, Christine Dagney, Stefan Owens, Bethany & Dan Angermaier, Trina Noggle, Antoinette Leblanc, Peg Readinger, Lisa Bufo, Ken Jobin, Jen Peterson, Duskin Henard, Lisa Dreher, Jen Snook, Paul Dickson, Tanya Riggio, Mike O'brien, Demetrios Makres, Phil Vickers, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Elaine Kleinhenz, Anastasia Macneil, Larry Sprenkle, Diane Burke, Carolyn Como, Tracer Kascak, Cheryl Costello, Kyra C., Michele Mongeon, Chloe Mayhew, Karen Costa, Theresa Maradei, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Nicole Benoit, Jessica Gruhlke, Gallagher Family, Lisa K., Lizzy & Dave Fullerton, Luis Rodriguez, Owen States, Anna Tietje, Cathy Welsh, The Foleys, Mary, Dee Dee Kenney, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Josh Carney, Blake Schmidt, Margie Bigelli, Dori's Friend Vicki, Jeremy Reichelt, Karen Spreitzer, Patrick Broaddus, Kate Fischer, Annie Niece, Mark Proper, Kristan Bertelmann, Christopher Hall, Carri Marotto, Chris Bauman, Karrie Duffey, Lee Anastasi, Scott Sangston, Al Sandal, Mildred Popp, Tammy Alweis Family, Smitty, Dave Carriere, Tricia Petty, Darrell Shortt, Vicki Britt, Lizanne Fisk, Tyler Otts, Jim Finley, Tricia Noble, Andreas Beer, The Patterson Family, Mary Jo Gallion, Karen Bellamy, Mickey Eckert, Kathleen Bast, Terry Fleming, Daniel Record, Ashley Collins, Matthew Frey, Ed Adams, Arlene Vicek, David Dunkle, Les Whitten, Laura Whitten, Sheryl Hicks, Lorine Landon, Melissa Hendrix, Emily Hudson, Ron Harper, Jairo Caso, Christine Kahle, Jeff Blank, Terry Blair, Virginia Pierce, Paul Scimeca, Gina Dounelis, Caitlin Lewis, Davida, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Matt Holley, Jennifer Mercier, Diana Grady, Curtis Bille, Patti Mccaffrey, Mary Beth Tarbet, Jo Ann Bailey, Rob Blundin, Heidi Goodhue, Elise, Doug Olson Family, Jackie Graebel, Les Stewart, Jane Johnson, David Ballard, Carol Collins, Kyle Burdo, Thomas Higbee, Kevin Jones, Jamie Steiner, Hillary Waldroop, Trish Babler, Sherry Trapp, Ken Rhinehart, Alan Mize, Barclay Bakkum, Lindsay Coram, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Jackie Klafeta, Kelly Smith, Wendy Palmquist, Heidi Goodhue, Erin Rix, Robert Hildebrandt, Deborah Wolfe, Sarah And Chris, Danielle Harsley And Agnes Ciotti, Caroline Burmester, Maja Kodani, Stacy Guarracino, Carol Bertolo-gamill, Marcie Soderlund, Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Sandie Albrecht, Tanya Keene, Shannon Murray, Heather Pedulla, and Robert P. Flaherty!
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Challenge #354 Where in the world is this?

We're getting tougher this week! I think it's tougher.
Where in the World #354

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 23rd, 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!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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