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June 28, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Live Performances

Deb's Digest Blog

While there are many live entertainers I have totally enjoyed over the years there is one special one I have to share with you. It's not a photograph but a video.....

When the Dapper Dans did Boy Bands!


The World Disney World Dans:

The Disneyland Dans:

Hope you enjoyed! What is your choice for Live Entertainment??

June 27, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Live Performances

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I am sticking with Disney's Hollywood Studies for this week's theme of Live Performances. It is my all time animated, now live action Disney movie, Broadway musical and, of course, the live show in the Theater of the Stars: Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage. The costuming is Disney theme park big but the talent over the years continues to be top notch and the music is, well, timeless.

Beauty and the Beast Stage Show in the Theater of the Stars on Sunset Blvd. at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Beauty and the Beast Stage Show being performed in the Theater of the Stars.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 2800, EV +0.6, 300mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow with her Live Performance photo.




June 25, 2017

Where in the World #490

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!

Thank you for all the birthday wishes! I didn’t go to Disney, Sandie Albrecht, but we might later this year.

Grumpy's Groupies had a birthday a week ago! I hope it was wonderful!

And welcome home Vicki Britt!

I’m so glad everything went well, Susie Howard! Take care, lots of pixie dust!

Now for Challenge #489:
Where in the World #489

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Scott Thomas

The water wheel at the Morocco pavilion in Epcot.

I’m with you, Vicki Britt! We LOVE the Tangerine Café! One of our favorite Quick Serve places!

I try not to repeat something within a year or two, Paul Newbiggin and Jeff Blank. But I will over several years. New people come in and I hope repeating a place doesn’t upset the veterans.

Ken Savage was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ken and to all our winners this week! Ed Suscreba, Margaret Convery, Evanna Huda, Emily Hudson, Lori Rienhardt, The Parker Family, Linda College, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Theresa Rucando, Janet T Thorn, Gloria Martin, Sandie Albrecht, Josh Weiss, Diane Curfman, The Kertes Family, Joann Albrecht, Beth Mcmeekin, Nan Amor, Anne Duque, Linda Hoffman, Joseph M. Zafia, Jennifer Rowell, Mary Beth Tarbet, Claire Gregory, Bob Patterson, Eric Berger, Tammy Warmouth, Team Hill, The Gunnels Gang, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Linda Hoffman, Kristan Bertelmann, Christi Ison, Deb Ragno, Jay R & Kara D, Jan Rosato, Carol Baranowsky, Jim Finley, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Tricia Petty, Wendy T Faler, Paul Newbiggin, K Beasley, John Stella, Andy Hickey, Bonnie Jean, Phil Vickers, Phyllis, Chris Kelly, Linda Ranatza, The Tisdale Family, Michael O'brien, Maureen And Warren Handy, Karen O'brien, Michaela Obrien, Sands Family, Theresa Maradei, Bob Henriksen, Karen Schlumpf, Smitty, Steve Knapp, Jim Thompson, Grumpy's Groupies, Christine Brown, The Nufranick Family, Ruben O'meara, Martha & Justin Collins, Sue And Ed Adams, Susie Howard, Laurie Walker, Carla C, Stefan Owens, Bruce Hinterleitner, Scott C., Belicia, Scott Greenbaum, Luis Rodriguez, Ken Maikowski, Carolyn Como, Karen Ramirez, Stacie Huang, Kyra, Team Bonnie Sue, Mary Pauley, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Andrew Carrieri, Mickey Eckert, Arlene Vicek, Dale Knight, Al & Kerry Ganter, Emma Ramsey, Paul Dickson, Jeff Blank, Renee Hardiman, Colleen Ringer, Karen Adamakis, Angela Johns, Todd Johns, Vera And Izzy Williams, Cameron Lange, Melissa Haeberle, Karen Bellamy, Leigh Mertz, Mark Hardy, Matt Holley, Herb Miller, Maureen Tavrell, Jamie Poynton, Karrie Rodriguez, Scott Sangston, Carri Marotto, The Patterson Family, Rebecca Keenan, Hunter Armstrong, Rebecca Doss, George Mundy Jr, The Miller Family, Paul Ignudo, Chris Bauman, Mary Ann Lamay, Jamie Steiner, Pat Morin, Pat Morin, Erin Hammer, Kris Nixon, Becky Hosinger, Dan In Nh, Davida, Jeremy Reichelt, Katie White, Katie Fisher, Jo Ann Bailey, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Liz Moreau, Barclay Bakkum, Jackie Graebel, Vicki Britt, Brian Mcwithey, Leach Family, Don Purney, Cheryl Costello, Hillary Waldroop, Jpcarnell, Shirley Garcowski, Tim Johansen, Jennifer Hess, Roye Ann Morris, Melissa Kirk, Jennifer Mercier, Brian Richmond, Tom Higbee, Jane Johnson, Margie Larmon, The Modecki's, Sherri Pell, and Maryann Romagnano!
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Challenge #490 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks! These belong to a little guy; they’re not hair, so be careful try to pet him.

Where in the World #490
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 29th, 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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June 23, 2017

Editing Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This week I am going to take you through a challenging photo edit using Adobe Lightroom CC.

Here is the before image I took while riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom.

Riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom [UNEDITED].
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

There are several issues with the original photo. The main object of the rock columns are at an angle as is Cinderella Castle in the background. The exposure of the rock formations is under exposed and the clouds in the sky are a little over exposed. As many photography websites will tell, you should not photograph into the light. Well, during a ride like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, you tend to get all kinds of angles as you whirl around the track.

After opening the image in Lightroom CC, the first thing I do is start with the Crop tool which can not only crop but straighten using the Angle slider.

Straighten and crop Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Straighten and crop the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Image.

Then I use the Basic sliders to make the initial adjustments to fix the exposure issues. I start by adding a little Contrast to bring out the rock's textures. I open up the Shadows of the rock formation by moving the slider as far as it is needed to the right. You can see the Highlight (Red areas) and Shadow (Blue areas) Clipping warnings on the screen to guide when you have removed the shadows (when the Blue disappears). Same goes for the Highlights when the Red disappears.

To pop the image, I add a little (not a lot) of Clarity. I bring in the blue of the sky and reds of the rocks, I add a good dose of Vibrance. I like color in my travel images especially at Walt Disney World.

The last thing I do is add a Sharpen pre-set called Scenic designed to add enough sharpening for a landscape type of image.

Processing the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Processing the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Image.

In a still image, you can often notice things you might not see as you are riding a ride. I zoomed in when I saw something not natural looking among the rocks. I found what looks like lights which come on at night.

Lights on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Lights on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Image.

Well, I really don't want to see those on my final image so I used the Spot Removal tool in Clone mode to highlight over the lights and let Lightroom do its magic to find and copy a nearby section and blend it in. Unless you know where to look, you will not notice the fix.

Cloning Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cloned out the Lights on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Image.

Here is the final image after editing. How do you like it?

Riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom [EDITED].
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

The trick to processing is to slowly work with the tools until you get the results you like. Play with them when you first start. Go from one extreme to the other and see how it effects the photo you are working on. Over time, you will develop a style. I like very realistic "looking" images for the most part though the image may not start out that way.

There are many photo editors out there. I prefer Lightroom for its photo management tools and the large amount of support you can find online, books and videos.






June 21, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Studios Yesterland

Deb's Digest Blog

Many things have come and gone since Disney's MGM Studios / Disney's Hollywood Studios opened in 1989. From shows, to attractions, to special events, there have been many many changes.

One that is often overlooked is the "Super Soap Weekend". Beginning somewhere around 1999, this special weekend was generally held in the fall. Stars from the Soap World came to the Studios and had special presentations, autographs signings and more. The last Super Soap weekend took place in October 2008.

While not a Soap fan, I was often curious about the weekend celebration so in 2006 I decided to fly down and see what the buzz was all about. Just like Star Wars Celebrations, and ESPN Sports Weekends, Soap fans wanted to get an up close and personal look at the stars and attend the activities.

Here are two photographs from Super Soap Weekend:

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Even Super Soap Star Susan Lucci attended the events!

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Did you ever attend a Super Soap weekend? Tell us about it in the comments below.


June 20, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Studios Yesterland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

On my last trip to Disney's Hollywood Studios, the Streets of America were walled off in preparation to its transition into the new Star Wars and Pixar areas. It did make me a little sad as those streets, comprising the cities of New York and San Francisco, was a favorite place to stroll through. Full of details only Hollywood directors and producers would insist on. Yet, they still found ways to remind you where you actually were.

Venture Travel Service was found on the Streets of America at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Venture Travel Service was found on the Streets of America.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250, f/8, ISO 5000, EV 0, 22mm (35mm DX) Focal Length.

When my wife and I first visited what was then called Disney-MGM Studios, she was a full-time travel agent so stopping by the Venture Travel Service store front was a must on every visit.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Studios Yesterland photo.

June 18, 2017

Where in the World #489

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 not saying it’s my birthday on Tuesday. (But it’s my birthday on Tuesday.)
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #488:
Where in the World #488

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Scott Thomas

It’s the guitar for Rock 'n' Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can see The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror too.

Evanna Huda was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Evanna and to all our winners this week! Jennifer Rowell, Mike Obrien, Karen Obrien, Melissa Such, Michaela Obrien, Stefan Owens, Jay R & Kara D, Les Whitten, Mike Kirkpatrick, Becky Norman, Tammy Warmouth, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Al & Kerry Ganter, Theresa Rucando, Bob Henriksen, Carolyn Como, Emily Hudson, Kenneth Jackson, The Nufranick Family, Ken Maikowski, Mary Beth Tarbet, Ellen Sullivan, Christi Ison, The Parker Family, Sharynne Smith, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Tricia Petty, Andy Hickey, Nan Amor, Josh Weiss, Linda Ranatza, Susan Kuster, Eric Enli, Sandie Albrecht, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Christine Brown, Claire Gregory, Sam Rossman, Team Hill, Scott C, Belicia Cullen, John Stella, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Mary Ann Lamay, Jim Finley, Sharon Powell, Deb Ragno, The Kertes Family, Joann Albrecht, Joyce & Steve, Wendy T Faler, Paul Dickson, Karen Nablo, Lisa Pinder, Ken Savage, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Lyn-marie Johnson, Joseph M. Zafia, Robert P. Flaherty, Andrea Flanders, Matthew Grace, Sue And Ed Adams, The Tisdale Family, Maryann Eckenrode, Phyllis, Dave Wang, Ben M, Antoinette Leblanc, Carol Baranowsky, Jason Steinmetz, Christopher P Thomas, Ronnie Alvarado, Jen Tremley, Karen Ramirez, Mike Amor, Robert Wescovich, Grumpy's Groupies, Karen Schlumpf, Jeremy Hardy, Gloria Martin, Tiffany Gibb, Jodi Cook, Dee Dee Kenney, Arlene Vicek, Smitty, Carla Nale, Tim Savlick, Janet T Thorn, Andrew Carrieri, Kristan Bertelmann, K Beasley, Matt Petty, Linda Lundsten, Renee Hardiman, Tom Koval, Sands Family, Janet Spiess, Claribel Torres, Kyra, Hobbes And Snorky, Jim Thompson, Martha & Justin Collins, Patricia Harper, Ruth Woodhouse, Scott Tatelman, Jennifer Hess, Hillary Waldroop, Angela S., Maureen And Warren Handy, Mark Donahue, Pat Schwier, Kathy Love, Eric Berger, Vera And Izzy Williams, Jorge And Jairo Caso, Timothy D Gallant, The Reichl Family, Wayne Chadourne, Jen Cerce, Jan Rosato, Beth Mcmeekin, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Anne Duque, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Jessica Gruhlke, Todd Johns, Bonnie Jean, Melissa Haeberle, Kris Nixon, Ruben O'meara, Mary Pauley, Team Bonnie Sue, Steve Knapp, Matt Wildey, Scott Greenbaum, Karen Taylor, Jeff Blank, Leach Family, Angela Johns, The Fosbender Family, Pearsall's, Susan Higginbotham, Dean And Anne, Ashley Collins, The Modecki's, Bob Patterson, Dallas Hamilton, Herb Mille, Blake Schmidt, Leigh Mertz, Davida, Jamie Steiner, Rebecca Keenan, Erin Hammer, Collee Ringer, Katie White, Jeremy Reichelt, Matthew Frey, Shelly Borella, Paul Ignudo, Loring Family, Sandra Edwards, Jamie Poynton, Karen Bellamy, Caroline Burmester, Mike Kirkpatrick, John Casey, Matt Earl, George Mundy Jr, The Gunnels Gang, Chris Bauman, Carri Marotto, Scott Sangston, Matt Cofone, Karen Adamakis, The Miller Family, Pam Gallagher, Chloe Mayhew, Susan Doucette, Janet Peirano, Linda Hoffman, Chris Kelly, The Patterson Family, Mis Jamie Marie, Hunter Armstrong, Patrick Broaddus, Megan Krainski, Mark Hardy, Sheila Bagg, Barclay Bakkum, Paul Hitopoulos, Karen Ford, Jackie Graebel, Mike Malampy(benco Family), Brian Mcwithey, Don Purney, Matt Holley, Sherry Trapp, Maryann Daly, Jennifer Mercier, Sandy Ceplecha, John Warner, Gallagher Family, Mickey Eckert, Jo Ann Bailey, Kevin Jones, Sheila, Michael & Kelly Barnes, Stacy Guarracino, Thomas R Higbee, Jane Johnson, Diane Curfman, Jacqueline Klafeta, and Cameron Lange!
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Challenge #489 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks! Mmmm, couscous.

Where in the World #489
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 22nd, 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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June 16, 2017

Muppet Mobile Lab in Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Sticking with the Muppets theme this week, I was able to photograph Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, and his assistant, Beaker, entertaining guests on their Muppet Mobile Lab under the large shades near Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World. I decided to put my camera in a portrait orientation as the Mobile Muppet Lab is taller than it is long.

Muppet Mobile Lab in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Muppet Mobile Lab in Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 100, EV -0.3, 48mm Focal Length.

As I often do, I like to get in close which I was able to do using the Nikon 28-300VR Super Zoom lens without having to move from my location.

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, and his assistant, Beaker, entertaining guests on their Muppet Mobile Lab in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, and his assistant, Beaker, entertaining guests on their Muppet Mobile Lab in Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/800s, f/7.1, ISO 100, EV -0.3, 116mm Focal Length.

Do not forget you can change your camera's orientation which is very handy for a subject like the Muppet Mobile Lab, Disney characters and people.

June 14, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Studios Characters

Deb's Digest Blog

There have been so many great characters that have visited the Studios.

A VERY long time ago, May 2002 to be exact.... I stumbled upon Miss Piggy doing Meet and Greets! I only saw her this one time and managed to get a few photos. Anyone else remember seeing her? Was this the only location?

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PS I didn't look at Scott's photo for this week until after I selected mine. Great Minds Think Alike!

June 13, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Studios Characters

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

It will be a sad day for me if Muppet characters disappear from Disney's Hollywood Studios. Even after all these years, I still enjoy Muppet*Vision 3D and all the fun zaniness of the Muppets Courtyard area.

Muppet characters at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Muppet characters found around Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Deb will be here tomorrow to with her Disney Hollywood Studios' Characters photo.

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