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November 23, 2014

Where in the World #359

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 have an announcement, Players. I will be away for two weeks after this challenge because I need to take care of a family situation. You will obviously be in good hands while I am away and the game will be going on during my little hiatus! Enjoy my challenge this week and I can't wait to see what challenges lay ahead. I will announce the November monthly winner when I get back. Promise!

This is the point where I had planned to apologize to Claire Gregory for a mistake I made, but then she rubbed it in that she's at Disney and I'm not. So! Instead, I bring you this, an image of Claire revealing her true colors:
From Millan.Net

Oh I can't stay mad at any of you players! I found the Disney bear of comfort for your post-vacation blues, Claire. Lots of trips coming up and ending so be ready to share!
From Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #358:
Where in the World #358

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

It's the little hunny bees from the interactive queue at The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in the Magic Kingdom! As I mentioned, you might be more used to seeing these from the side as you slide the bees on their metal rails! Like this:

Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell

Aren't you amused on how I took this different angle? Like I was a real grown up artsy person? No?

I blame the bees.

Oh no, Grumpy's Groupies actually waved the white flag of surrender! (hugs) It wasn't you guys. It was the bees. Those tricky, tricky bees.
From Millan.Net

Jim & Lorie Sonnen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and to all our winners this week! Eric Berger, Jerry Felder, Jim Finley, Hillary Waldroop, Clare, Mary Beth Tarbet, Mary Thatcher, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Shannon Murray, Shannon Savoia, Kenny, Emily Canales, Chloe Mayhew, The States Family, Theresa Rucando, Robin Fitts, Anastasia Macneil, Tricia Petty, Christine Twomey, Tiffany Gibb, Nathan Y, Arlene Vicek, Kate Fischer, Patrick Broaddus, Matthew Frey, Ryan Filiater, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Caroline Burmester, Jan Rosato, The Foley Family, Michaela O'brien, Sarah And Chris, Nicole Benoit, Mike O'brien, Kerri Coggins, Virginia Pierce, Vera And Izzy Williams, and Sharon Pierce!

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Challenge #359 Where in the world is this?

Staying inside the parks but we're going to a different one!
Where in the World #359

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 27th, 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!

November 21, 2014

Shopping Around Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Next to dining, my guess would be shopping as the next most popular thing to do at Walt Disney World. This being one week away from Black Friday, America's day to spend freely for the holiday season, I thought I would share with you a few photos from the shops around the resort. Remember, to always be on the lookout for patterns like the Vinylamation collectibles. Colorful sales displays of things like the pyramid of Duffy the Bears make for very pleasing compositions. Shopping is a very human thing to do and I like to include people even if the expensive artwork is only to be looked at. Leading lines of decorative beer steins in Germany takes the viewer on a trip.

Shopping around Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Shopping around the Walt Disney World Resort
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From top left: Duffy the Bear shop display at Epcot, shopping for Disney art on Main Street USA, Vinylmation collectibles on display inside the D Street store in Downtown Disney's West Side and Beer steins in Germany's Der Bucherwurm shop in Epcot's World Showcase.

Besides, photography gives me something to do while the rest of my family shops.

November 19, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Technology

Deb's Digest Blog

How about some old legacy technology. These two photos (and information) are taken from the May 1982 issue of WED-MAPO News. The big story in the news was new technology for technical publications.

"We are very happy that management has allowed us to have these electronic tools to enable us to more efficiently handle the work load for Epcot Center and Tokyo Disneyland". (Department Manager Monte Hoult)

The first photo is The Compugraphic Modular Composition System (MCS).

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Contributing greatly to the increased productivity are two items. 1) The new Advanced Communications Interface (ACI) a link between the Wang Word Process Terminals and the Compugraphics Typeset System and 2) the PHONE MODEM!

This photo is of a Wang Word Processing Terminal.

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Hope you enjoyed this look back at Disney Technology!

November 18, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Technology

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

We all know Walt Disney loved technology as it gave his vision life. The two Innoventions pavilions in Epcot's Future World present sponsored exhibits showing how today's technology makes our lives better. I took a tour of The Vision House by Green Builder Media which demonstrated the latest in green building methods and how the use of technology saves both energy, resources and money for the family who "lives" there.

If I was to build a house today, I would use many of the ideas found in the Vision House including this Trane ComfortLink™ II XL950 Wi-Fi Thermostat which is an easy-to-use, programmable, digital thermostat controller that gives remote access, live weather and more, all on a beautiful color touch-screen display (Source: trane.com). The smart house is here today and it is much different than what was envisioned back in the 20th century.

A Wi-Fi Digital Thermostat inside the Vision House exhibit at Epcot's Innoventions, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Wi-Fi Digital Thermostat inside the Vision House exhibit.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 2500, EV 0, 24mm focal length.

Deb will be here tomorrow for a peek back at technology used at Walt Disney World.

November 16, 2014

Where in the World #358

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 #357:
Where in the World #357

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

A giraffe statue near the bamboo in Discovery Island in Disney's Animal Kingdom. He's one of three giraffes here.
From Millan.Net

The Kertes Family were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to the Kerteses and to all our winners this week! !Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Donna Frank, Kristi Strembicki, Hillary Waldroop, Hobbes And Snorky, Melissa Such, Carol Bertolo-gamill, Sandie Albrecht, Jamie Fahey, Evanna Huda, Kris Nixon, Sharon Pierce, Candice Grimes, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney , Elaine Kleinhenz, Eric Johnson, Team Hill, Pat Schwier, Isabel Johansen, Laurie Walker, Kye Layton, Jennifer Hess, Maryann Romagnano, Nan Amor, Rider Family, Ruben Omeara, Judy Simonsen, Grumpy's Groupies, Bill Mckim, Patti Mccaffrey, Maggie Klotz, Maureen Handy, Owen States, Kerri Coggins, Les Stewart, Lennie Chapman, The Long Family, The Parker Family, Lee Anastasi, Leach Family, Chloe Mayhew, Angel Diven, Team Bonnie Sue, Josh Carney, Mary Beth Tarbet, Chris Kelly, Terry Fleming, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Kathryn Perkins, Brian Gallant, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Vera And Izzy Williams, Jim Finley, Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Liz Moreau , Joseph M. Zafia, Barclay Bakkum, Kyle Burdo, Walter N. Clark, Matt Holley, Kelly Smith, Jessica, Dayna Guay, Stacy Guarracino, Les Whitten, and Vicki Britt!
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Challenge #358 Where in the world is this?

Back into the parks! This might be tough; if it is, here's a hint. You're used to seeing these from the side.
Where in the World #358

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 20th, 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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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!

November 14, 2014

Main Street Electrical Parade Over Time

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

There was a late night performance of the Main Street Electrical Parade on my last visit to the Magic Kingdom. The platform overlooking Main Street USA only had a few people so I set up the camera on a tripod to get ready to make a photo I had seen many other photographers do.

I put my camera in Manual mode and set the lens to its smallest aperture of f/22 for a large Depth of Field. This resulted in a shutter speed of 30 seconds at ISO 200. Focused on the scene and put the lens in manual focus mode. Focus would not change as long as I did not move the camera position. I screwed on a 3-stop Neutral Density filter and calculated the new shutter speed to be 90 seconds or 3 times 30 seconds. I put the camera in Bulb mode and used a timer on my smartphone with a cable release to open and close the shutter manually. Very low tech but it worked fine.

The 90 second exposure seemed a little dark to me so I did another one at 120 seconds which came out better.

Late night view of Town Square on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Late night view of Town Square on Main Street USA.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 120s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm focal length, 3-Stop ND Filter.

When the Main Street Electrical Parade starts, they turn off most of the lighting around the park. To compensate, I added even more time as the colorful floats passed by me and up Main Street USA. I found 180 seconds gave me a very interesting photo.

Long expsoure of the Main Street Electrical parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Long expsoure of the Main Street Electrical Parade.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 180s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm focal length, 3-stop Neutral Density filter.

Like fireworks, very colorful moving subjects like the Main Street Electrical Parade floats create beautiful photos when photographed over a long period of time.

November 12, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Rain

Deb's Digest Blog

I had to think long and hard about a photo of Rain at Disney. If I'm out in the rain, my camera isn't! This past weekend's Wine and Dine half marathon was in the pouring rain. I felt for the participants (runners and volunteers).

Then I remembered my own first Disney half marathon. It was January 2010 and as we stood in the corral at o'dark thirty that morning, we watched the sleet and rain pour down around us.

For my Disney pic of the week: RAIN, here's a photo of me at some point during the 2010 Walt Disney World half marathon. Maybe around the Grand Floridian?

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Here are some Rainy Day Tips for Walt Disney World.

November 11, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Rain

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

It is amazing to see how fast the shops and snack areas at Walt Disney World get out rain ponchos at the first hint of rain. Of course, seasoned Disney park goers know to buy them before they travel to save money, right?

I know a rainy day at any Disney themepark can be a bummer but there is still lots to do and photograph when it rains. Even if it is of our fellow guests wearing the latest in Mickey Mouse rain ponchos whom I photographed walking very fast past the Yellow Cab parked on Sunset Blvd. in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

People in rain ponchos walking past the Yellow Cab parked on Sunset Blvd. in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
People in rain ponchos walking past the Yellow Cab parked on Sunset Blvd.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 220, EV +0.7, 116mm focal length.

I have written a few blogs about how to photograph in the rain or what to photograph if it is raining and thought I would list them here for your reference:

Photographing in the Rain at Epcot

Indoor Tour of World Showcase, Part I

Indoor Tour of World Showcase, Part II

November 9, 2014

Where in the World #357

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Poor Patti McCaffrey: she had to have ankle surgery. I'm glad you're getting better every day. Here's pixie dust from me and all your fellow Players to help it even more!

I made a couple typos last week and, worse, I announced Remembrance Day and Veterans' Day early. These important days obviously don't mean anything less by me thinking I was in the second week of November, not the first. In fact, with all that our veterans have done for us, it's better we take another moment to honor it.

Now for Challenge #356:
Where in the World #356

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

"In the unlikely event of a water landing your friends and family members can be used as flotation devices!" – Genie

John Bickers, that means you and your daughter don't have to feel edgy any more because: Welcome to Disney Quest!

Who here has done the Virtual Jungle Cruise? That's a workout, isn't it? I once did it by myself; whew!

Jim & Lorie Sonnen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and to all our winners this week! Paula Massarelli, Kristi Strembicki, Jeff Stetson, Michelle Norris, Chris Kelly, Eric Berger, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Jennifer Rowell, Ed Suscreba, Bruce Jones, Nan Amor, The Kertes Family, Jeff Schoeling , Hillary Waldroop, Rider Family, Mary Beth Tarbet, Andrew Carrieri, The Gunnels Family, Sandie Albrecht, Bob Patterson, Dawn Bach, Claire Gregory, Karen Adamakis, Sharon, Team Hill, Susie Howard, Emily Hudson, Gallagher Family, Daniel Record, Kathryn Perkins, Murr Family, Joann Albrecht, Jim Finley, Becky Norman, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen , Tim Johansen, Kameo Crea, The Kertes Family, Deb Ragno, Linda College, Kerry A., Carla C, Jen Peterson, Linda Scrivano, Tricia Petty, Melissa Such, Craig, Antoinette Leblanc, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Robert Wescovich, Ruben O'meara, Leach Family, Annette Nuenke, Betsy Silvestri, Scott Greenbaum, Kenny, Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Virginia Pierce, Kye Layton, John Sheridan, Vicki Britt, Phil Vickers, Ken Jackson, Maureen Handy, Julia Wickware, Laurie Walker, John Bickers, Pollyanna Buff, Jeremy Hardy, Hunter Armstrong, Paul Newman, Ashley Collins, Herb Miller, Jen Cerce, Theresa Rucando, Tom Koval, Brendan Abel, Caitlin Lewis, Hobbes And Snorky, Megan Krainski, Ed Hogan, Rob Blundin, Ruth Woodhouse, Les Whitten , Sands Family, Blake Schmidt, Heidi Goodhue, Arlene Vicek, Kristyn Scibienski, Bill Mckim, Susan Doucette, Chloe Mayhew, Duskin Henard, Andrew Swiatowicz , Maryannn Romagnano, Donna Frank, Russ Morgan, Andrea Kruszewski, Mickey Eckert, Michelle Wilinski, Team Bonnie Sue, Amy R., Kyra C., Josh Weiss, Anastasia Macneil, Phyllis, Gretchen Shively, Paul Dickson, Doug Olson Family, Mike Malampy, Rob And April - Team Vanderpool, Team Bonnie Sue, Carolyn Como, Wendy Weaver, Jeff Blank, Rick R., The Reichl Family, The States Family, Wade A. Williams, Cathy Connors, Grumpy's Groupies, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Brad Mossbarger, Barry Sklenar, Wendy Barney, Tricia Noble, Terry Fleming, Vicki Edwards, Alison Rosenberger, Karen Bellamy, Kris Nixon, Erin Loring, Ed Elder, Mel Odonnell, Karrie Duffey, Kate Fischer, Jamie Steiner, Patrick Broaddus, Kevin Jones, Alan Mize, Matt Holley, Tom Swan, Chris Bauman, The Hutchinson Family, Sara Holloway, Josh Carney, Sherry Klinefelter, Terry Blair, Diana Grady, Sarah And Chris, Julia Marsh, Matthew Jadro, Jen Tremley, John Pasqueralli, Jeff And Cheryl Simmons, Darrell Shortt, Mark Proper, Mike Cerce, The Foley Family, Michael Dale Pennington, Pat Schwier, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Anne Dirocco, Ronald Delorey, Les Stewart, Shannon Murray, Olivia D, George Mundy Jr, Owen States, Erin Hammer, Karen Costa, Kate Kozlowski, Stefanie Vandiver, Jim Thompson, Jolynn Digiallonardo, Smitty, Emily Watson, Patti Mccaffrey, Jo Ann Bailey, Gina Falzone, Theresa Maradei, Liz Moreau, Sheila Bagg, Jennifer Bogdan, Jane Johnson, Timothy Gallant, Joseph M. Zafia, Jamesd (dzneynut), Gail Mcdonald, Barclay Bakkum, Team Meeker, Lorie Miller, Sheila And Kelly Barnes, T.r. Ramsdell, Marty Lobraico, Jean Bussell, Ken Rhinehart, Melodye Berry, Rebecca Keenan, Trish Babler, Caroline Burmester, Sandra Ednie, Jpc, Mark Russell, Melissa Littman, Andy Hickey, Mike Mahan, Jeremy R., Wendy T Faler, Lindsay Morris, Cheryl Costello, Kyle Burdo, Margie Larmon, Stacy Guarracino, John Foggo, Lisa Pinder, Jackie Klafeta, and Heather Pedulla!
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Challenge #357 Where in the world is this?
Back into the parks! And remember, I can't take just the name of the park; it's too easy, especially this week. I need to know what this is and where it is besides the park. Don't worry; I'm not asking for coordinates. :)

Where in the World #357
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 13th, 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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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!

November 7, 2014

Sunset at Downtown Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Sunset at Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sunset at Downtown Disney.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 4500, EV 0.

Characters in Flight Balloon rises over Downtown Disney at sunset back in 2013. These days Downtown Disney is being transformed with lots of construction happening and new entertainment, shopping and dining experiences being announced.

Sunset photos are tricky. It is best to meter the sky to the side of where the Sun is or was before it set. Lock in that setting using Manual exposure. That way you get the colors of the sky correctly. The Sun will be blown out which is to be expected to anyone looking at your photos.

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