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September 28, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: People Watching

Deb's Digest Blog

One of my favorite "People Watching" activities involves character interactions. This photo comes from a Star Wars Weekend in 2015. I wish I had video of Minnie and Mickey's reaction when this mini Darth Vader approached!

Just use your imagination :)

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September 27, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: People Watching

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This week's topic is a tricky one. We all love to people watch at Walt Disney World. From the very young to the very old, people are just entertaining as they move about the parks and resorts. As a photographer, one has to take into account a person or persons privacy. Disney property is private and not subject to the laws of public domain and access. If I do see an interesting subject, I will politely ask if I may take their photo. If they agree, I take the photo(s) and then hand them a contact card. Most people will email me and I will send them a digital copy with a permission note so they can get it printed if they wish.

The only time I do not do that is when someone has been brought "on stage" with cast members. This happens a lot and I have had the pleasure of being volunteered for a few shows as have members of my family. It is quite fun. When participating on stage, I feel fine in photographing the event as the person or persons has agreed to be on stage. Such was the case on Main Street USA when the Philharmonic was putting on a concert and asked this young lady to join them.

Main Street Philharmonic playing in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Main Street Philharmonic having fun with a guest at the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 100, EV 0, 145mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her people watching moment with you.

September 25, 2016

Where in the World #452

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!

John Bickers, my husband says thanks and it’s great to meet someone else with great taste in clothes! ;)

Now for Challenge #451:
Where in the World #451

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

It’s the lobby of the Boardwalk! I figured since some of my family is there, I’d use it for the challenge. You can see Lucy the Elephant in the background; that little statue represents the real hotel in my home state. She even withstood Hurricane Sandy. I toured her a couple years ago; amazing! And Tom Higbee sees Lucy every day! Wonderful lady, the last of her kind!

You might just make out – or have seen it in the lobby for yourselves – the model roller coaster: the classic Atlantic City’s version of the Loop the Loop. Engineers were told to take Coney Island’s Flip Flap coaster and lessen the G-forces so riders wouldn’t get hurt as they did in New York.

Add the lobby’s Nanny chairs (they really are creepy) and we all learned something today! That or I really bored you. Let’s move on! :)

I didn’t know about the Hidden Mary Poppins inside Lucy, so thank you for telling me, Kristi Strembicki!

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Challenge #452 Where in the world is this?

This is it for September, Players. Wow! We’re going into a park to see something somewhat new, so here’s a hint. Someone in this statue is showing off that he was right: he’s got biceps to spare.

Where in the World #452

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 29th, by clicking on the blue box below.

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See you soon, Players!

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September 23, 2016

Disney's Kilimanjaro Safari Firsts

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

On my last Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom I photographed some firsts. That is pretty amazing considering I have gone on safari close to 100 times since the park opened back in 1998. The first "first" was seeing the Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) facing the safari jeep and close to the road. In all my previous safaris, the Black Rhino was either not visible or at the back of his enclosure either lying down or facing away. This may be the only good photo I ever get of this magnificent and very endangered African animal.

Black rhinoceros on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Black rhinoceros on the Kilimanjaro Safari.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 900, EV +0.3, 300mm Focal Length.

African Wild or Painted Dogs (Lycaon pictus) were introduced to the Kilimanjaro Safari last December and this was my first opportunity to photograph them. Unlike the Black Rhino, they were very accommodating and I managed to get off a few shots before the jeep drove on. Below was the best of the set and captured a behavior called dominance between two individuals.

African Wild Dogs on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
African Wild Dogs on the Kilimanjaro Safari.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/1000s, f/5.6, ISO1000, EV 0, 300mm Focal Length.

I have a lot of photos of Ostriches (Struthio camelus) from previous safaris but none which showed this strutting behavior. This ostrich was doing this behind another ostrich. I am guessing this was a mating behavior.

Ostrich on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Ostrich on the Kilimanjaro Safari.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/1000s, f/5.3, ISO 2000, EV 0, 98mm Focal Length.

The drivers on the Kilimanjaro Safari always tell us before we depart at the end of the ride to come back as every safari is different. I am here to tell you, they tell the truth.

September 21, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Ice Cream

Deb's Digest Blog

Recently I had the opportunity to sample 4 of the YUMMY ice creams sold at L'Artisan des Glaces. This great ice cream and sorbet store is located in the French area of World Showcase, Epcot.

Starting at the top center is the Mixed Berries sorbet. Following clockwise is the Cinnamon with Caramelized Pecan, their newest flavor which is Candied Peanuts with Chocolate, Peanut Butter Fudge and finally coffee!

I must say these were wonderful to taste!

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What is your favorite flavor???

September 20, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Ice Cream

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

On a typical warm weather day at Walt Disney World, what is the one dessert or snack everyone loves to get? Ice cream you say? I think most of us would agree.

At Tutto Italia restaurant in Epcot's Italy pavilion, if you do not want one of their Italian desserts, you may order an ice cream one with a crunchie, candied stick like my daughter did here.

Ice cream dessert at Tutto Italia restaurant in Epcot's Italy pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A guest with her Ice cream dessert at Tutto Italia restaurant.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5, ISO 1100, EV +0.3, 72mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her ice cream delight.

September 18, 2016

Where in the World #451

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!

My aunt, sister, and niece are in Walt Disney World this week! They’re staying at the Boardwalk. So if you see a few people that look like me, it might be my family. (I actually do look like my sister.)

Now for Challenge #450:
Where in the World #450

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

We’re at the entrance for the Grand Floridian with a peek of the monorail station above. And that is my husband with Richard, the Floridian’s famous 91-year-old greeter! My husband had read about him and we came there for this picture. Wonderful man.

This was last December, so you can see the poinsettias. You can also see by my husband’s clothing that he’s a shy man. :)

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Challenge #451 Where in the world is this?

We're moving on but we are still outside the parks. You might be saying, "Great, a sofa. What a clue." but look in the background and you'll find something only in place.

Where in the World #451

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 22nd, by clicking on the blue box below.

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See you soon, Players!

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September 16, 2016

Anatomy of a Magic Kingdom Sunset

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

On my trip last week, I was on my own Friday at the Magic Kingdom. Using an app on my phone, I had determined a location to photograph the sunset. It was from the bridge on the Wishing Well side of Cinderella Castle. With the sunset at 7:38PM and Wishes starting at 9PM, I set up my camera on a tripod at 7PM. If you are wondering why I mentioned Wishes, people started to line up on the bridge soon after I got there to wait for the fireworks show.

As you can see by the picture below, the weather was not being cooperative when I took my first test image about 40 minutes before sunset. From my experience photographing many sunsets in upstate New York, I have learned never to judge a sunset until about 30 minutes afterward. Instead of packing up, I waited.

Cinderella Castle on a cloudy day at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle on a cloudy day before sunset.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 100, EV 0, 24mm focal length, tripod.

Sunset came and went with no good color in the sky. That was until 10 minutes after sunset when the clouds which, had been slowly clearing, was lit up by the Sun over the horizon. Processing the image in Adobe Lightroom CC, I opened up the shadows in front of the castle and added vibrance to the overall scene. Disney added lighting on the castle which kept it from becoming a silhouette against the bright sky.

Cinderella Castle after sunset at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle ten minutes after sunset.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/3s, f/22, ISO 100, EV 0, 24mm focal length, tripod.

The color came and went quickly. 10 minutes later or 20 minutes after sunset, the sky color was gone. The darkened sky was a nice backdrop for the lighted castle using a long 6 second exposure.

Cinderella Castle during dusk at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle twenty minutes after sunset.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 6s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 22mm focal length, tripod.

Sunsets are different every time and one must be prepared to wait with patience and be ready to capture the fleeting colors when they occur. Even with Disney's wonderful lighting, at sunset, it compliments Nature's own light show.

September 14, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Bikes

Deb's Digest Blog

I have several photos of bicycles found at Walt Disney World. This is one of my more recent finds. I have no idea if it has been there a short or long time, but it was semi-new to me.

Do you know where this photo was taken?

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September 13, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Bikes

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When you walk around either Africa or Asia in Disney's Animal Kingdom, you will see pedal bikes all over the place. Some are very ornate and colorful while others are plain and utilitarian like the one I found leaning against a building in the African village of Harambe.

A bike leaning against a building in Harambe at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A bike leaning against a building in Harambe.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 1000, EV 0, 98mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share another bike photo at Walt Disney World.

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