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December 12, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Star Tours

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The anticipation as you watch the pre-boarding video at Star Tours in Disney's Hollywood Studios in waiting for the doors to open gets your adrenaline pumping. You wonder which sequences will be shown and who will be the Rebel spy the Empire will be looking for. Maybe it will be you!

Doors open to a StarSpeeder 1000 for a ride on Star Tours in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Doors open to a StarSpeeder 1000 for a ride on Star Tours.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/15s, f/2.8, ISO 6400, EV 0.





December 10, 2017

Where in the World #514

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 #513:
Where in the World #513

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

The Christmas tree in the Wilderness Lodge!

Joseph M. Zafia were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Joseph and to all our winners this week! Grumpy's Groupies, Maureen And Warren Handy, Ken Savage, Michael O'brien, Scott Tatelman, Mary Beth Tarbet, Karen O Brien, Michaela O'brien, Al & Kerry Ganter, Eric Berger, Gloria Martin, John Paul C., Bruce Hinterleitner, The Parker Family, The Kertes Family, Emily Hudson, Jan Rosato, Cathy Fleming, Theresa Rucando, Andy Hickey, Janet Spiess, Kyle Redner, Jason Steinmetz, Scott Greenbaum, Arlene Vicek, Adolph And Kimberly Timm And Titus, Tom Koval, Sharynne Smith, John Bickers, Leach Family, Pat Schwier, Brian Richmond, Josh Weiss, Anjanette Tournillon, Deb Ragno, Jennifer Snook, Kenny, Linda College, Steve Porter, Claire Gregory, Team Hill, Kevin Miller, Phyllis, Sands Family, The Gunnels Gang, Lori Rienhardt, Ben M, Sandie Albrecht@wi.net, Robert Wescovich, Ronald Delorey, Christi Ison, Kris Nixon, Joann Albrecht, Tricia Petty, Herb Miller, Tom And Kim Mcmanus, Tom Mcmanus, Mary Tougas, Lyn Sommers, Michael N Jackie Mclucas, The Nufranick Family, Susan Higginbotham, Steve Knapp, Ken Maikowski, Chris Kelly, Carla Nale, Beth Mcmeekin, Vickie Barca, Hunter Armstrong, Dee Dee Kenney, Karen Schlumpf, Diane Curfman, Brian Mcwithey, Hobbes And Snorky, Patricia Morin, Jim Thompson, Nan Amor, The Tisdale Family, Chuck Everson, Ed Suscreba, Vera And Izzy Williams, K Beasley, Luis Rodriguez, Jennifer Rowell, Bonnie Jean, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Smitty, Becky Sinclair, Carol Baranowsky, Jeremy A Hardy, Stefan Owens, The Rider Family, Kyra, Martha And Justin Collins, John Stella, Laurie Walker, Mike Walter, Team Bonnie Sue, Andrew Carrieri, Hillary Waldroop, Nick Cristea, Watson Family, Judy Simonsen, Stacie Huang, Eric Enli, Ruben O'meara, Paul Dickson, Anne Duque, Wendy T Faler, Wayne Chadourne, Mickey Eckert, Jim Finley, Melissa Haeberle, Maryann Romagnano, Linda Hoffman, Renee Hardiman, Jeff Blank, Tom Buck, Mary Pauley, Linda Ranatza, Ashley Collins, Jodi Cook, Cheryl Costello, Blake Schmidt, Brian F Gallant, Dallas Hamilton, Theresa Maradei, Christopher P Thomas, Paul Ignudo, Loring Family, Cameron Lange, Matthew Frey, Matt Holley, Karen Bellamy, Janet T Thorn, Melissa Littman, The Patterson Family, Monica Murphy, Jeremy Reichelt, Scott Sangston, Mike Gillardi, Pam Lorenz, Kathryn Hughes, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Michael O'brien, Michaela O'brien, Carri Marotto, Mark Hardy, Sue And Ed Adams, Jamie Poynton, Sandy Ceplecha, Vicki Britt, Linda Grau, Matt Wildey, Todd Johns, Mis Jamie Marie, Jennifer Hess, Nadine B Miltier, Pensacola Glenn, Jay Tillis, Russ Morgan, Rebecca Keenan, Barclay Bakkum, Ed Kelly, David Ballard, Sheila Bagg, Sharon Leitgeb, Liz Moreau, Jackie Graebel, Donald Purney, David Mickley, Kyran And Chiara Smith, Ginny Fazio, Shirley Garcowski, Thomas Higbee Sr, Sheila And Kelly Barnes, Sherri Pell, Stacy Guarracino, Carla C, Robert P. Flaherty, Jane Johnson, Jeff Stetson, Bob Henriksen, Julie Kiste, Tj, and Sherry Trapp!

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Challenge #514 Where in the world is this?

Going back inside the parks!

Where in the World #514

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 14th, 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!

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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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December 8, 2017

Christmas Traditions in Epcot's World Showcase

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

In this festive time of year, Epcot's World Showcase countries get into the international spirit of the holidays. As guests walk from pavilion to pavilion they will come across the Epcot Storytellers who share their country's Christmas and holiday traditions in very entertaining ways.

One can find other traditions while shopping, too. In Germany's Die Weihnachts Ecke, or The Christmas Corner, shop, I found two traditions about Christmas tree ornaments which I think you will find interesting.

The first is the Tradition of the Mushroom Ornament.

Mushrooms are considered to be a good luck symbol. Associated with nature and the beauty of the forest, finding a mushroom is considered to be very lucky and to mean good fortune is at hand. Mushroom ornaments are displayed on Christmas trees in Germany in honor of the people's reverence for nature and in hope of good luck in the New Year.

Mushroom ornaments in Epcot's Germany pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
German Tradition of the Mushroom Ornaments.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 6400, EV 0.

Next is the Tradition of the Pickle Ornament which is lucky, too.

According to German tradition, the pickle brings good luck and was the last ornament placed on the tree. On Christmas morning the first child to find the gherkin (pickle) was rewarded with an extra little gift by St. Nicholas. This tradition encouraged children to appreciate all the ornaments on the tree, rather than hurrying to see what St. Nicholas had left for them.

Pickle ornaments in Epcot's Germany pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
German Tradition of the Pickle Ornaments.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 5600, EV 0.

For my family, there is one holiday tradition we enjoy each time we visit Walt Disney World in November or December. The Candlelight Processional is a wonderful retelling of the Christmas story with a celebrity narrator backed by an orchestra, Disney volunteer choir (the tree people), Voices of Liberty and high school choirs for each performance.

Candlelight Processional being performed at the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase at Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Candlelight Processional being performed at the America Gardens Theatre.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/400s, f/4.8, ISO 2500, EV 0, 68mm Focal Length.

Holiday traditions are wonderful to share at Walt Disney World or at home. Those that get started with new families and others which, are passed down from generation to generation, are all very special.

Do you have a Disney holiday tradition? Share in the comments below.





December 5, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Toy Story Midway Mania

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The queue for the second track for Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney's Hollywood Studios takes you through Andy's Room's closet before boarding a ride vehicle to play 3-D video games.

Queue for the second track of Toy Story Midway Mania ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Queue for the second track of Toy Story Midway Mania ride enters Andy's Room.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/8s, f/3.5, ISO 6400, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.





December 3, 2017

Where in the World #513

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 #512:
Where in the World #512

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

The Pecos Bill's Adventureland entrance in the Magic Kingdom! As Mike & Susan Hill pointed out, the Imagineers did a nice job of blending Bill’s architecture between the two lands.

Marsha Waidelich were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Marsha and to all our winners this week! Ken Savage, Duane Tredore, Al & Kerry Ganter, Maureen And Warren Handy, Jennifer Rowell, Joseph M. Zafia, Theresa Maradei, Ken Maikowski, Tammy Warmouth, Emily Hudson, Hunter Armstrong, Wendy T Faler, The Gunnels Gang, Eric Berger, Gloria Martin, Anne Duque, Linda Scrivano, Mary Beth Tarbet, Tricia Petty, Brian Gallant, Sandie Albrecht, Carla Nale, Joann Albrecht, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Belicia Cullen, Antoinette Leblanc, Scott Cullen, Andreas Beer, The Modeckis, Josh Weiss, Axel Beer, Phyllis, Mike Walter, Luis Rodriguez, The Kertes Family, Jodi Cook, Ruben O'meara, Team Hill, Linda Hoffman, Paul Dickson, Kerri Coggins, The Nufranick Family, Linda College, Deb Ragno, Vera And Izzy Williams, Eric Enli, Kris Nixon, Andy Hickey, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Smitty, Bonnie Jean, The Rider Family, K Beasley, The Tisdale Family, Bruce Hinterleitner, Pat Schwier, Tommy Montgomery, Janet T Thorn, Grumpy's Groupies, Ronnie Alvarado, Karen Schlumpf, Robert Wescovich, Emily Eldridge, Team Bonnie Sue, Karen Adamakis, Arlene Vicek, Karen Ramirez, The Parker Family, Loring Family, Ed Suscreba, Jim And Lorie Sonnen, Hobbes And Snorky, Lori Rienhardt, Melissa Haeberle, Mark Hardy, Jamie Steiner, Leach Family, Dee Dee Kenney, Scott Tatelman, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Jim Thompson, Carla C, Angela S., Martha And Justin Collins, Claire Gregory, Bob Hendrix, Steve Porter, Kyra, Jim Finley, Peter Kritsch, Karrie Rodriguez, Stefan Owens, John Paul, Brian Richmond, Andrew Carrieri, Chris Kelly, Chris Horne, Theresa Rucando, Beth Mcmeekin, Jessica Gruhlke, Laurie Walker, Ashley Collins, Tom Koval, Jeff Blank, Melinda Sear, Russ Morgan, Linda Ranatza, Sands Family, Tom Mcmanus, Susan Doucette, Stacie Huang, Paul Ignudo, Mike Amor, Michael O'brien, Karen O Brien, Michaela O'brien, Matt Petty, Jeremy Reichelt, Maureen Tavrell, Davida, Matt Holley, Rebecca Keenan, Renee Hardiman, Karen Aguiar, Mike Cerce, The Patterson Family, Scott Sangston, Sandy Ceplecha, Karen Bellamy, Les Whitten, Sue And Ed Adams, Jamie Poynton, Brian Mcwithey, Beth Paczkowski, Dave Freemyer, Carri Marotto, Carol Baranowsky, Matt Earl, Jeff Stetson, Tracy Discher, John Foggo, Jo Ann Bailey, Judy Simonsen, Chloe Mayhew, Sharon Leitgeb, David Ballard, Donald Purney, Jackie Graebel, Nan Amor, Liz Moreau, Barclay Bakkum, Sherry Trapp, Tom Higbee, Shirley Garcowski, Christy Schor, Vicki Britt, Jane Johnson, Angela Johns, George Mundy Jr, Maryann Romagnano, Mickey Eckert, and David Mickley!

Time to declare our monthly winner and what Player is! Karen Aguiar! Con-gratulations! I will contact you shortly about getting your prize from Deb Wills!

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Challenge #513 Where in the world is this?

We're headed outside the parks again!

Where in the World #513

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 7th, 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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December 1, 2017

Walt Disney World in Black and White

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I always associate Disney with color. Which is interesting because I first watched Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color television show on my family's black and white tv back in the mid-1960's. With that in mind, this week I decided to visit each of Walt Disney World's themeparks in Black and White.

All of these photos were originally captured in color. In my image editor I choose to use the Black and White Filter Tool. This gives much more control than just desaturating which can be done by taking the Saturation Tool/Slider and setting it to zero. With a B&W filter, you can choose the color filter. I know that sounds a bit backward. As most of these photos were dominated by blue colors in the sky and/or water, I choose to set the B&W filter into the bluish part of the spectrum. This brings out the sky and clouds better. There was one exception which I will cover when I get to it. I like to add a good amount of contrast and clarity to my black and white conversions. Brings out a lot of the details you may not notice in a color photograph.

Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. Here I stood in front of the entrance to Cinderella Castle and pointed my camera upwards. The wide angle of the lens and portrait orientation gives a sense the castle is looming over you.

Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Spaceship Earth in Epcot. To emphasize the clouds and sky above Spaceship Earth, I again used a portrait orientation. I took this from the bridge in front of the Italy pavilion.

Spaceship Earth in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spaceship Earth in Epcot.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 280, EV 0, 150mm Focal Length.

Twlight Zone Tower of Terror in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Remember the exception I mentioned earlier? This is it. For the Tower of Terror, I moved the B&W filter more into the yellowish spectrum. I think it adds a bit of spookiness to the image.

Twlight Zone Tower of Terror in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Twlight Zone Tower of Terror in Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0, 48mm Focal Length.

Tree of Life in Disney's Animal Kingdom. When photographing an object which is far away, I like to add foreground interest as I did with the elephant sculpture below.

Tree of Life in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Tree of Life in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 320, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

While the world is not in black and white, seeing it in black and white gives your eyes something else to concentrate on and allowing them to discover Disney's wonderful worlds.





November 28, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: All-Star Resorts

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The very first Walt Disney World value resort I stayed at was the All-Star Sports Resort. I marveled at the huge icons used throughout the resort. It was so fun to walk around each section. Back in 2011, I stayed in the Touchdown section where you can find football helmet staircases and large three dimensional X's and O's on a football field.

Football field at Disney's All Star Sports Resort with oversized X's and O's, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Football field at Disney's All Star Sports Resort with oversized X's and O's.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/11, ISO 2800, EV +0.7, 28mm Focal Length.





November 26, 2017

Where in the World #512

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 don't know about anyone else, but I look like a Sumo wrestler after all I ate on Thanksgiving.
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #511:
Where in the World #511

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

The German Pavilion in Epcot!

Jennifer Rowell were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jennifer and to all our winners this week! Jim And Lorie Sonnen, Sandie Albrecht, Theresa Rucando, Joann Albrecht, Al & Kerry Ganter, Stefan Owens, Mary Beth Tarbet, Brian Gallant, Maureen And Warren Handy, Dee Dee Kenney, Annette Nuenke, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Karen Schlumpf, Linda College, Joseph M. Zafia, Michael O'brien, Karen O Brien, Michaela O'brien, Mike Amor, Linda Hoffman, Claire Gregory, Bonnie Jean, Brian Richmond, Jim Finley, Mike Walter, Josh Weiss, Tricia Petty, John Stella, The Gunnels Gang, Carla C, Tammy Warmouth, The Kertes Family, Gloria Martin, Wendy T Faler, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Team Hill, Ken Maikowski, Kris Nixon, The Modeckis, Leach Family, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Jan Rosato, The Rider Family, Janet T Thorn, Luis Rodriguez, Steve Porter, The Nufranick Family, Pam Lorenz, Nan Amor, Diane Tredore, Bruce Hinterleitner, Jason Steinmetz, The Tisdale Family, Clare S, Hillary Waldroop, Arlene Vicek, Angela S., K Beasley, Carol Baranowsky, Nicole Shuler, Emily Hudson, Linda Ranatza, Vera And Izzy Williams, Karen Ramirez, Jennifer Hess, Lori Rienhardt, Deb Ragno, Vicki Britt, Ed Suscreba, Jim Thompson, Renee Hardiman, Paul Dickson, Susie Howard, Smitty, Martha & Justin Collins, Anne Duque, Beth B Mcmeekin, Team Bonnie Sue, The Parker Family, Emily Eldridge, Megan Krainski, Eric Enli, Christi Ison, Hobbes And Snorky, Chris Kelly, Kyra, Josette Gabel, Blake Schmidt, Jodi Cook, Marilyn Chan, Karen Taylor, Steve Knapp, Antoinette Leblanc, Judy Simonsen, Robert Wescovich, Mickey Eckert, Herb Miller, Theresa Maradei, Andrew Carrieri, Beth Paczkowski, Jessica Gruhlke, Phyllis, Sands Family, Jessica Polizzotto, Doug Olson Family, Jeff Blank, Eric Berger, Russ Morgan, Ashley Collins, Grumpy's Groupies, Karen Adamakis, Dallas Hamilton, Cameron Lange, Jpc, Christopher Thacker, Paul Ignudo, Karrie Rodriguez, Matt Holley, Rebecca Keenan, John Warner, Davida, Loring Family, Scott Sangston, Hunter Armstrong, Scott Greenbaum, Carri Marotto, Sandy Ceplecha, Matt Earl, Erin Hammer, Karen Bellamy, Elaine Prosecky, Jeff Stetson, Ronnie Alvarado, Mary Pauley, Todd Johns, Sharon Powell, Susan Doucette, Stacie Huang, Michelle Catalano, Mis Jamie Marie, Gallagher Family, The Patterson Family, Axel Beer, Ken Savage, Sheila Bagg, Jo Ann Bailey, Karen Ford, Sheila And Kelly Barnes, Donald Purney, Barclay Bakkum, Jackie Graebell, Sharon Leitgeb, David Ballard, Sherry Trapp, Jeremy Reichelt, Mark Hardy, Jamie Steiner, Bob Heaton, Thomas Higbee Sr, Inman Family, Edward, Sue And Ed Adams, Kenny, Susan Higginbotham, Jane Johnson, Bob Patterson, Brian Mcwithey, Malampy(benco Families), and Shirley Garcowski!

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Challenge #512 Where in the world is this?

Time to go back inside the parks!

Where in the World #512

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 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 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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November 24, 2017

Reviewing the Photography of Holiday Lights at Walt Disney World and Beyond

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

To all my fellow US of A citizens, hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. Did you put up your Christmas lights yet? Each year I like to share my past articles on how best to photograph holiday light displays at home and in a Disney themepark or resort.

First, I would like to share this photo I took last year of the Ice Lights on Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom and one of the water fountains found in the Central Plaza.

Water fountain in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Water fountain in front of Cinderella Castle.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/30s, f/5.6, ISO 1400, EV 0.

Each of these articles contain links to other articles within the Picture This! blog and around the Internet.

Photographing Holiday Lights at Home and at Disney

Photographing Christmas Lights at Disney

Christmas Light Photography

If you have any questons, post them in the comments below and I will answer them as best I can.





November 21, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Thanksgiving

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Thanksgiving gets a little lost as the Magic Kingdom goes right from Halloween celebrations into Christmas. There is one place which serves the spirit of Thanksgiving all year round. It is found in the Magic Kingdom's Liberty Tree Tavern restaurant which features a family-style meal with turkey, pot roast and pork roast with all the fixings such as vegetables, mac and cheese, stuffing and mashed potatoes. Oh, and gravey to pour over your favorites.

It is also my go to location to find Thanksgiving-like decorations like these.

Harvest decorations in front of the Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Harvest decorations in front of the Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 100, EV 0, 38mm Focal Length.

This photo was enhanced using Macphun's Intensify CK application's Soft HDR filter.





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