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August 28, 2016

Where in the World #448

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 #447:
Where in the World #447

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

We’re at one of the rest areas for the service dogs! I’m so glad Disney is starting to build these. This particular rest area is in the Magic Kingdom, between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland. I see more and more service dogs with their people all around Disney, and of course pictures and videos of them with Pluto have gone viral!

Jennifer Rowell volunteers with a service dog organization; good for you, Jenn!

Renee was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Renee and to all our winners this week! Diane Tredore, Alex Gamill, The Kertes Family, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Hillary Waldroop, Linda Scrivano, Kathy B., Dennis O'reilly, Dee Dee Kenney, Eric Berger, Gloria Martin, Team Hill, The Fosbender Family, Grumpy's Groupies, K Beasley, Ken Savage, Tracy Davis, Sandie Albrecht, Mary Beth Tarbet, Ellen Sullivan, Sharon Powell, Lori Rienhardt, Sharon Pierce, Joyce Shipman, Joann Albrecht, Christina Ison, Chris Kelly, Smitty, Renee Hardiman, The Anzurs, Hunter Armstrong, The Parker Family, The Gunnels Gang, Maryann Eckenrode, The Long Family, Phyllis, Sarah And Chris, Mickey Eckert, Linda Ranatza, Pat Schwier, Vera And Izzy Williams, Matt Wildey, Linda College, Carla C, Tricia Petty, Stefanie Vandiver, Paul Dickson, Robert Wescovich, Eric Enli, Deb Ragno, Stefan Owens, Hobbes And Snorky, Maureen And Warren Handy, Bruce Hinterleitner, Ed Adams, Kyra, Martha & Justin Collins, Les Stewart, Dawn Bach, Mark Donahue, Jim Thompson, Donna Frank, Lee Anastasi, Kyran Smith, Antoinette Leblanc, Melissa And Beth Littman, Les Whitten, Robert Hildebrandt, Ruth Senecal, Jason Hocker, Margaret Convery, Brian Miller, Cynthia Hitchcock, Jen Cerce, Claire Gregory, Kristi Strembicki, Paula Smith, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Maryann Romagnano, Jennifer Rowell, Theresa Rucando, Christopher Hall, Kerri Coggins, Larry Sprenkle, Brian Mcwithey, Luis Rodriguez, Theresa Maradei , Loring Family, Jeff Blank, Ken Maikowski, Joseph M. Zafia, Wayne Chadourne, Cheryl, Dallas Hamilton, Chris Bauman, Caroline Burmester, Rob Blundin, Tom Wert, Janet T Thorn, Carolyn Como, Matthew Frey, Jeremy Reichelt, Jennifer Pichert , Erin Hammer, Randy T, Scott Sangston, Vicki Britt, Dave Carriere, Rebecca Keenan, Alison Rosenberger, Nick Bryant, Cathy Fleming, Melesia Love, Mike Cerce, Sands Family, John Pasqueralli, Bonnie Jean, Team Bonnie Sue, Steve, Mike O'brien, Karen O'brien, Michaela O'brien, Tim Johansen, George Mundy Jr, Andy Hickey, Jane Johnson, Robert P. Flaherty, Vanessa Gordon, Don Purney, Diane Curfman, Barclay Bakkum, Lisa Cash, Stacy Guarracino, Leigh Mertz, Jamie Poynton, Sherri Pell, Judy Simonsen, Linda Hoffman, Beth Josuweit, Michael Bailey, and John Warner!

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Challenge #448 Where in the world is this?

We are switching parks! Take note of that. This could be tougher if you’ve never been in the attraction, but I just gave you a hint and hopefully the thumbnail gives enough clues – at least for a search.

Where in the World #448

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 25th, 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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August 26, 2016

My Walt Disney World Photography Kit

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Back in 2008, I showed and explained what photography equipment I bring and why to Walt Disney World. While the principles remain the same, my equipment has changed and for the better. Unlike most visitors, I take my photography in the resort very seriously. It is fun and challenging and brings an extra dimension to my trips.

Photographer in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Fully prepared photographer in Epcot.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

I still follow one rule: keep it light. My daily park kit consists of a Nikon D750 dSLR camera and Nikon 28-300VR super zoom lens using an Optech Sling Strap for comfort. I use a not-so-cool "fanny" pack to carry an extra camera battery, lens cleaning cloths, speedlight flash unit. a small prime lens (either a Nifty-Fifty or Fisheye). Sometimes I might switch out the prime for the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR wide angle zoom lens and a CPF or Circular Polarizing Filter. On days I plan to shoot a fireworks show or long exposure shots, I will bring my tripod and rent a locker to put it in until needed. Keeping the kit small helps to speed things up through Disney Security checks, too.

Other photographers I have been with have a slightly different view. They may bring a photographer's backpack with more lenses and and extra camera body. This allows them to pull out a big zoom lens for the safari and animal trails in Disney's Animal Kingdom or for use on stage shows at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

There are some photographers who are switching to the smaller camera kits like the 4/3 bodies and lenses which are even smaller and lighter then dSLR equipment and just as good.

Many are taking iPhones and other smartphone photography to new heights as the cameras get better and better each year and more powerful photography apps become available.

Just remember to have fun and enjoy your trip and let the photography enhance it.

August 24, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Rhino

Deb's Digest Blog


Rhinos rank among the most endangered species on Earth.

There are five kinds of rhino: white, black, Indian, Sumatran and Javan. Two types, black and white, reside on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Animal Kingdom. I believe these are white rhinos. If I am wrong, please let me know

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August 23, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Rhinoceros

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) kicks up mud ahead of him as he leaves a wallowing pit photographed during a Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Rhinoceroses like to wallow in mud to keep bugs off of them and get protection from the Sun. May not look great but it gets the job done.

White Rhino in a wallowing pit on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
White Rhino in a wallowing pit on the Kilimanjaro Safari.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm Focal Length.

Deb will here tomorrow with her photo of a rhinoceros.

August 21, 2016

Where in the World #447

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 #446:
Where in the World #446

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

It’s the Jellies! These jellyfish are inside their small tank at The Seas with Nemo & Friends. It looks like one is peaking out from behind another, doesn't it?

A lot of people brought up Sea Base Alpha: remember the original ride around the tank? And did any of you Players see the dolphin project where they had a keyboard to speak with the divers? That was awesome!

If we’re going back to Sea Base Alpha, who here remembers “WDW: Inside & Out”?

Deb Ragno, there must be other people who have that problem. I wonder if there’s any articles out there….

Tammy Warmouth was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Tammy and to all our winners this week! Jennifer Rowell, Phyllis, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Eric Betger, Mike O'brien , Michaela O'brien , Karen O'brien, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Joseph M. Zafia, Linda Ranatza, Andy Hickey, Sandie Albrecht, Josh Weiss, Mary Beth Tarbet, Chris Kelly, Melissa Such, Olszak Family, The Kertes Family, The Gunnels Gang, Melissa And Beth Littman, Robert Wescovich, Hillary Waldroop, Emily Hudson, Sharon Powell, Nan Amor, Sands Family, Sharon Pierce, Ken Savage, Jodi Cook, Kris, Leach Family, Gloria Martin, Luis Rodriguez, Jim Finley, Martha Collins, Lee Anastasi, Craig Livingston, Margaret Convery, Grumpy's Groupies, Claire Gregory, Maryann Eckenrode, Cynthia, Cynthia Hitchcock, Matt Wildey, Vera And Izzy Williams, Vera And Izzy Williams, Team Hill, Ed Suscreba, Deb Ragno, Kristi Strembicki, Cathy Fleming, Smitty, The Parker Family, Kyra, Ruth Woodhouse, Linda Scrivano, Stephen Reilly, Loring Family, Ed Adams, Lyn Johnson, K Beasley, Bruce Hinterleitner, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Eric Enli, Paul Dickson, Stefan Owens, Jen Tremley, Bob Patterson, Susie Howard, The Long Family, Arlene Vicek , Lori Rienhardt, Vicki Britt, Christine Brown, Helene Hair, Jim Thompson, Jeremy Hardy, Matthew Grace, Hobbes And Snorky, Kelley Morman, Wendy T Faler, Alex Gamill, Sarah And Chris, Maryann Romagnano, Mark Donahue, Andrew Carrieri, Clay Anthony, Janet T Thorn, Theresa Maradei, Joann Albrecht, Donna Frank, Larry Sprenkle, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Kristan Bertelmann, Karen Ramirez, Paula Smith, Angermaier Family, Mickey Eckert, Christi Ison, Jeff Blank, Dan Binder, Les Stewart, George Mundy Jr, Ruth Senecal, Maureen, Matt Holley, Caroline Burmester, Herb Miller, Mis Jamie Marie, Rebecca Keenan, Matthew Frey, John Bickers, Jeremy Reichelt, Roye Ann Morris, Dee Dee Kenney, Tim Johansen, Mark Merritt, Renee Hardiman, Steve Smith, Mark Hardy, Dave Carriere, Ed Adams , Team Bonnie Sue, Kerri Coggins, Les Whitten, Kathryn Broyles, Jason Skow, Maureen And Warren Handy, Alison Rosenberger, Lorine Landon, Randy T, Rachel Miller, Jackie Graebel , Jodie S., Diane Curfman, Russ Morgan, Jane Johnson, Barclay Bakkum, Ken Maikowski, Theresa Rucando, Linda Hoffman, Sherri Pell, Tricia Petty, Collette Beuther, Bonnie Jean, Don Purney, Ashley Collins, Susan Higginbotham, Tracy Discher, Chris Bauman, Mike Amor, Jamie Steiner, Rob Blundin, Stacy Guarracino, and Jamie Poynton!

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Challenge #447 Where in the world is this?

This is one of those things that are in multiple locations. So you just have to tell me what it is. They are newer, within the last couple of years.

Where in the World #447

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 25th, 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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August 19, 2016

September Trip and a Meet & Greet

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Got a couple of announcements to make...

I'M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!

I may be closing in on 60 but I still get excited when I get to visit Walt Disney World. It's only been a few months and a lot has changed: Frozen Ever After opened in Epcot's Norway pavilion, new Star Wars fireworks show in Disney's Hollywood Studios, new restaurant and night time events at Disney's Animal Kingdom and a new castle show at the Magic Kingdom. Lots to cover and photograph. I will work on a Shot List (as mentioned in last week's post) over the next couple of weeks.

I am also taking suggestions. If you have something you would like me to photograph. I will feature it in a future blog post and explain how I did it. Tell me your suggestion in a Comment below.

Continue on after a short photographic break for the second announcement.

Hot air balloons above the Sunshine Seasons food court in The Land pavilion in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Hot air balloons above the Sunshine Seasons food court.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/4.5, ISO 5600, EV 0, 58mm Focal Length.

EPCOT ALL EARS MEET & GREET

I will be at the All Ears Meet and Greet on Friday, September 9, at the Sunshine Seasons in the Land. The meet starts at 10am and Deb will be there with lots of swagger..er, I mean All Ears Swag (aka freebies) and the ever popular Trading Cards to pass out to those attending. Also joining the fun are AllEars Team Members Jack Marshall, Kristin Ford and Linda Eckwerth! Click the link for the FaceBook event page for full details.

Looking forward to seeing some of you!

August 17, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Elephant

Deb's Digest Blog

African elephants have been part of Animal Kingdom since it opened. These massive animals can be seen as you ride the Kilimanjaro Safari.

The Walt Disney World Resort's animal care team welcomed the first African elephant calf to be born at Disney's Animal Kingdom in May 2003. You can see photos of some of the first elephants born at Animal Kingdom HERE.

This photo is from 2006.

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August 16, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Elephant

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, the one animal everyone riding with me which seems to bring out the most excitement, are the African Elephants. Especially, if they see the smaller ones as these two are.

Two young African elephants photographed on the Kilimanjaro Safari through the Harambe Reserve of Africa in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Two young African elephants photographed on the Kilimanjaro Safari.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/500s, f/4, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 120mm (180mm DX) Focal Length

Tomorrow, Deb will share a little history of the African Elephant at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

August 14, 2016

Where in the World #446

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!

Happy Anniversary to Eric Enli and his wife! They’re celebrating right now in Walt Disney World!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #445:
Where in the World #445

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

The sign for Tortuga Tavern in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom! As a lot of Players said, it can be hard to find it open.

The Olszak Family was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Olszaks and to all our winners this week! Margaret Convery, Tricia Petty, Melissa Such, Bruce Jones, Hillary Waldroop, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Kate Nejman, Linda Ranatza, Chasady Mirkes, Carol Gamill, Wendy T Faler, Mary Beth Tarbet, Phyllis, Emily Hudson, Stuart Savage, Ed Suscreba, Janet Spiess, Tommy Montgomery, The Strukel Family, Bethany Angermaier, Joseph M. Zafia, Sharynne Smith, Sandie Albrecht, The Anzurs, Andy Hickey, Dave Freemyer, Ed Adams, John Bickers, Kim Pease, Morag Lemon, Matt Wildey , The Parker Family, Paula Massarelli, Joe Calomeni, Jacqui Young, Jennifer Rowell, Kerri Coggins, Jennifer Snook, Bob Patterson, Mike O'brien , Michaela O'brien , Karen O'brien, Nick Manship, Phil Vickers, Sands Family , Joann Albrecht, Kris Nixon, Helene Hair, Frank Rook, Maryann Romagnano, Eloise Leigh, Susie Howard, Patti Gumiela, Bonnie Jean, Clare S, Claire Gregory, John Dawes, Team Bonnie Sue, Julie Holding, Dvc Mary, Lindsay Arlene Clayton , Hunter Armstrong, Jim Finley, Brian Gallant, Beth Paczkowski, Andrew Carrieri, Carol Baranowsky, Bruce Hinterleitner, Dianne Mcginty, Vera And Izzy Williams, Team Hill, Suzanne Denham, Sarah And Chris, Deb Ragno, Diane Curfman, Kristi Strembicki, Ken Savage, Kimberly Langh, Brian Miller, Emily Eldridge, Mike Chong, Chris Horne, The Tisdale Family, Dennis O'reilly, Christi Ison, The Gunnels Gang , Beth Mcmeekin, Susan Higginbotham, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Nancy Cole, Cheryl Costello, K Beasley, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Janet T Thorn, Smitty, Maureen And Warren Handy, Duskin Henard, Janet Timpany, Eric Berger, Kyra, Belicia Cullen, Maryann Eckenrode, Scott Culllen , Ronnie Alvarado, Patty Carty, Fiona Tilbrook, Mary Tougas, Carla C, Brenda Mclean, Stefanie Vandiver, Mis Jamie Marie, Laurie Walker, Lynn Lofton, Ryan Mccorristin, Pat Schwier, Paula Smith, Tom Koval, Vicki Britt, Loring Family, The Kertes Family, Cathy Fleming, Rex Biederman, Tammy Warmouth, Mark Donahue, Scott Tatelman, Christine Brown, Ron Nufranick, The Reichl Family, Donna Frank, Craig Livingston, Kara D & Jay R, Karolyn Ottmer, Nan Amor, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Rob Jacob, Les Whitten, Martha Collins, Jan Rosto, Sharon Pierce, Mickey Eckert, Kristan Bertelmann, Lori Rienhardt, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Liz Donahue , Herb Miller, Renee Worsnop, Paul Dickson, Stefan Owens, Arlene Vicek , Carolyn Como, Jeff Blank, Michael Haeberle, Karen Adamakis, Russ Morgan, Karen Costa, Dean And Anne, Jeremy Hardy, Jason Skow, Andrea Flanders , Angela Sandoval, Andrea Kruszewski, The Holmes Family, Paul Ignudo, Ken Daube, Ruben O'meara, Sandra Edwards, Matt Holley, Mary Ann Lamay, Stephanie Linares, Josh Weiss, Caroline Burmester, Jeremy Reichelt, Karrie Rodriguez, Wade And Rosanne Williams, Dee Dee Kenney, Theresa Rucando, Dawn Bach, Leigh Mertz, Alison Rosenberger, Dan Binder, Matthew Frey, Dave Carriere, Mark Hardy, Scott Greenbaum, Jenn Steele, Mackenzie D., Scott Sangston, Rebecca Keenan, Melody Odonnell, The Harper Gang, Mike Cerce, Matt Earl, Matt Petty, Steve Knapp, Chris K, Jamie Steiner, Mary And Damian Dieuliis, Melesia Love, Mildred Popp, Chris Bauman, John Warner, Rachel Miller, Luis Rodriguez, Chloe Mayhew, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Jessica Polizzotto , The Fosbender Family, Melissa Littman, Nick Cristea, Chris Kelly, Shannon Murray, Carri Marotto, The Gunnels Gang , Tim Johansen, George Mundy Jr, Ashley , Nick Bryant, Hobbes And Snorky, Tiffany Gibb, Sheila Bagg, Leach Family, The Gunnels Gang, John Dupre, Terri Thornton, Barclay Bakkum, Sherry Trapp, Tom Higbee Sr, Jamesd (dzneynut), Sherri Pell, Teri Michalski, Elaine Kleinhenz, Linda Hoffman, Larry E. Brooks, Don Purney, Ken Maikowski, Jodie S., Jane Johnson, Jim Thompson, Theresa Maradei, Ruth Senecal, Bob Hendrix, Randy T, Stacy Guarracino, Eric Enli, and Linda Grau!

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Challenge #446 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks! You can find this little guy and his friends where? Note: Be careful! You’re looking at the real thing, not the mechanical version that’s in a ride.
Where in the World #446

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 18th, 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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August 12, 2016

Trying to Photography Too Much at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Way back in the early Nineteen-Eighties, I researched for months before my first trip to Walt Disney World. Back then there was only the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. All the time was well worth it as my honeymoon turned out fantastic.

Today, it is easy to tell when talking with people after they returned from Walt Disney World after their first trip if they enjoyed it or not. Those are ones who planned ahead and did not try to do too much. It is a theme I see played out over and over again.

Photographers looking overwhelmed on Route 66 in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Photographers looking overwhelemed on Route 66 in Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/80s, f/14, ISO 200, EV 0, 16mm focal length.

Photography at Walt Disney World is the same. People will look at photos for months and want to try and do the same thing or do something else or try to improve on them. Without a plan, it is easy to become overwhelmed and frustrated trying to do everything. When I first went to Walt Disney World with a dSLR camera, I wanted to shoot it all. I had thousands of ideas and photos I have seen by others in my head. While I did come back with a few good ones, I was disappointed with most of my attempts.

This is when research, planning and keeping expectations real come in play. Today, I will make a Shot List of what I want to get. I keep it down to a couple a day. For example, on my next trip, I want to photograph the new Star Wars Fireworks show. I will watch videos on youTube, look at other photographer's photos on flickr, Twitter, FaceBook and forums. Ask questions and have prepare a plan. This will maximize the chances of getting good photos of the show.

In this way, I do not try to do too much. I will enjoy myself more and be proud of the photos I will bring back from Walt Disney World.

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