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February 5, 2016

Return of the Fisheye Lens to Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Back in 2013, I wrote about my ideas for using a Fisheye lens. What I did not say was how easy it was to leave the Fisheye lens on the camera. Case in point was this day in Epcot. My family started the day with a FastPass+ at Test Track. I had an idea for the Fisheye lens for ride shots. Why I was not thrilled with the ride photos I got, I did really like using the Fisheye on the cars in the show room area of the attraction.

Chevrolet Corvette on display inside Test Track in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Chevrolet Corvette on display inside Test Track through a Fisheye lens.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm, 1/25s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0.

After Test Track, we walked across the plaza on our way for our lunch dining reservation and I could not resist this photo. It is not often I have gotten such nice clouds in the middle of a Florida day on my visits.

People walk past Pin Central in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
People walk past Pin Central through a Fisheye lens.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm, 1/640s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0.

Call me lazy or creative but I left the Fisheye lens on my camera for our lunch at the Garden Grill in The Land pavilion. I especially liked how the distortion of the lens worked with Pluto's nose.

A couple gets a hug from Pluto in the Garden Grill restaurant in Epcot's The Land pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A couple gets a hug from Pluto in the Garden Grill through a Fisheye lens.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 5600, EV 0.

What's a day at Epcot without a monorail photo? Right, not a good one so here it is. Yep, never did take the Fisheye off as we headed out of the park.

Monorail Green heading into Epcot over the entrance to the park, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Monorail Green heading into Epcot through a Fisheye lens.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm, 1/320s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0.

One of the best exercises a photographer can do is take a prime (non-zoom) lens and use it all day. If the prime lens happens to be a Fisheye lens, then enjoy the day!

February 3, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Close Up

Deb's Digest Blog

I had a fun time finding a photo for this week's topic. One of my absolute favorite things to do is wander around Animal Kingdom with my zoom lens! Here is one of my favorite shots of the ring-tailed lemur.

"Look Ma No Cavities!"
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Click on the photo for a closer dental inspection :)

February 2, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Close Up

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

For the next few weeks, Deb and I will be sharing general photography themes. I am going to add past tips I have written about for each one. Starting with "Close Up".

The best tip I can give a new photographer is to get close and fill the frame. People will see an immediate improvement in their photographs using this advice.

Here are few ways to get close up:

1. Move closer by walking up to your subject.
2. Use a longer focal length.
3. Crop in post-production.

In my Close Up photo below, I used a long lens of 300mm to photograh the dancer in front of The Little Mermaid float in the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade at the Magic Kingdom to get in close and fill the frame. Don't you just love the colorful costumes in this parade?

Dancer in front of The Little Mermaid float in the Disney Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Close up of dancer in front of The Little Mermaid float in the Disney Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 160, EV 0, 300mm focal length, fill flash.

Note the use of fill flash to add a little sparkle to her eyes.

Deb will be here tomorrow with her Close Up.

January 31, 2016

Where in the World #418

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!

Vicki Britt, I will absolutely announce when you're in Walt Disney World and with great gusto! You just let me know!

Jim & Lorie Sonnen, we may not be that far apart. I'm digging out from the snow too.

Now for Challenge #417
Where in the World #417

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

I said we were going outside the parks and here's where we ended up: it's the Disney Princess section, right by the the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, of the World of Disney store in Disney Springs.i

Bruce Hinterleitner, you joined us after all! I'm so glad! Now, I promise, we'll go back to the parks.

Claire Gregory, you clearly married a wonderful man, taking the kids so you can go blissfully through World of Disney by yourself!

Linda Ranatza were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Linda and to all our winners this week! Evanna Huda, Kristi Strembicki, Donna Frank, Eric Berger, Carol Ney, Deb Gallo, The Kertes Family, Theresa Rucando, Luis Rodriguez, Christi Ison, Dave Cole, Mary Beth Tarbet, The Gunnels Gang, Gloria Martin, The Modecki's, Bruce Hinterleitner, Les Whitten, Belicia, Chris Kelly, Scott C., Kris Nixon, Tracey Mayfield, Team Hill, The Parker Family, Mary Kay Samluk, Laurie Walker, The Tisdale Family, Andrew Carrieri, Deb Ragno, K Beasley, The Strukel Family, Bill Mckim, Kerry A., Joseph M. Zafia , Danielle Murgia, Kevin Jones, Arlene Vicek, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Kathy Witt, Axel Beer, Joe Calomeni, Tricia Petty, Robert Hildebrandt , Ken Savage, Maureen Handy, Bonnie Jean, Carla C, Paul Dickson, Team Bonnie Sue, Eric Johnson, Jay R & Kara D, Margaret Convery, The Rider Family, Andy Hickey, Nan Amor, Mary And Damian Dieuliis, Mike O'brien , Michaela O'brien , Linda Scrivano, Gina Falzone , Kyra, Jeremy Hardy, Pamela Anderson, Tammy Warmouth , The Otts Family, Smitty, Chris, Gretchen, and Katie Barnes, Claire Gregory, Grumpy's Groupies, Adolph and Kimberly Timm, Les Stewart, Jamie Fahey, Ron Harper, Mark Donahue, Frances Donahue, Phyllis, Jillian Lassiter, Cheryl E, Patrick Broaddus, Jeremy Reichelt, Karrie Duffey, Melody Odonnell, Theresa Maradei, Vicki Britt, Matt Holley, Patti Mccaffrey, Alison Rosenberger , Kathryn Hughes, Bob Henriksen, Jared Orth, Ron Nufranick, Dave Carriere, Emily Hudson, Mickey Eckert, Jeff Blank, Sarah and Chris, Carri Marotto, Shelly Borella, Rob Blundin, Barclay Bakkum, John Pasqueralli, Maryann Romagnano, Martha Collins, Jane Johnson, Vera And Izzy Williams, Shirley Garcowski, George Mundy Jr, Mark Hardy, David Ballard, Don Purney, Don Purney, The Patterson Family, Jackie Klafeta, Nancy C., Jackie Graebel, Toni, and Kathy, Brooke and Kennedy!
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Challenge #418 Where in the world is this?

We are back in the parks. This “character” is only for the parks; he and his friends aren't famous for a movie or a TV show, and you only see them one season a year.

I stand corrected; he and his buddies do appear on a Disney television program that is on once a year. And they are a popular part of it.

Where in the World #418

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 4th, 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!

January 29, 2016

New Animals at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Things are always changing at Walt Disney World. At Disney's Animal Kingdom, I photographed new residents on my last trip in December of 2015.

The entrance to Discovery Island Trails before the bridge over to Africa is the home of the Cotton-top Tamarins (Saguinus oedipus). Cotton-top Tamarins are new world monkeys from Central and South America.

Cotton-top Tamarin at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cotton-top Tamarin at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 4500, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

On the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Asia, I spotted the Sarus Crane (Grus antigone) walking through tall grass. Turns out Sarus Cranes are the tallest cranes in the world reaching a height of nearly six feet (1.8m). They are found in India, Southeast Asia and Australia.

Sarus Crane on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sarus Crane on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 180, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

Staying on the Maharajah Jungle Trek and in the same exhibit area were Asian Antelopes. A whole heard had come up and over a hill to start grazing on the hillside. This lovely male was nice enough to pose for me.

Asian Antelope on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Asian Antelope on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 450, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

While Western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) are not new to the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, these two baby boys are. They were entertaining a large audience of guests with their antics.

Baby Western Lowland Gorillas playing on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Baby Western Lowland Gorillas playing on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/5.6, ISO 4500, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

I always make it a point to walk all the trails in Disney's Animal Kingdom as new animals go on display or replace other species all the time.

January 27, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: All Star Resorts

Deb's Digest Blog

Our Disney Pic of the Week topic is the All Star resorts and I just have to post my favorite photo found in the All Star Sports food court. My dear friend Steve Barrett, Mr. Hidden Mickey, has a place of honor in the artwork.

"It's me holding a yellow Hidden Mickeys book with a magnifying glass on the cover, and a tiny classic Mickey is on my shirt! "
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Next time you are in All Star Sports, see if you can spot Steve's image!

January 26, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: All Star Resort

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The All Star Resorts were the first Value Resorts built at Walt Disney World. The three complexes were called Movies, Music and Sports. I remember the excitement when I realized I could afford to take my young family to WDW and stay on property. If I had a say (and I often did not) in which All Star resort we would stay at, I choose Sports. I mean, how cool is it to see your city's college pennant on the side of a resort wing? For me it was very cool. Go Syracuse University Orange!

Guest wing at the All-Star Sports Resort with college pennants, Orlando, Florida
Guest wing at the All-Star Sports Resort with college pennants.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

Deb will be here tomorrow with for take on the All Star Resorts.

January 24, 2016

Where in the World #417

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 #416
Where in the World #416

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

It's Jimi Hendrix, alive and well! Okay, it's not. It's the new band, Ribab Fusion, in Epcot's Morocco pavilion.

Jeff Blank, you went George of the Jungle on me! That was awesome!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Thomas Higbee Sr, I can only try. ;)

Lee Anastasi were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Lee and to all our winners this week! The Kertes Family, Mary Beth Tarbet, The Gunnels Gang, Team Hill, Phyllis, Ron Nufranick, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Belicia, Scott C. , Ken Savage, Melissa Such , Nan Amor, Maureen Handy, Jim Thompson, Bruce Hinterleitner, Claire Gregory, Grumpy's Groupies, Eric Berger, Tammy Warmouth, The Rider Family, Dennis O'reilly, Theresa Maradei, Kris Nixon, Adriana Diaz, Adriana Diaz, Lyn Johnson, Trisha Johnson , Stacie Doughty , Hillary Waldroop, Pat Schwier, Cecelia Solomon, Luis Rodriguez, Karen Nablo, Deb Gallo, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Carol Ney, Margaret Convery, Elaine Kleinhenz, Mark Donahue, Vera And Izzy Williams, Frank And Sharon, Claribel, Maryann Romagnano, Megan, Andy Hickey, Mary And Damian Dieuliis, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Kathy,brooke And Kennedy, Frances Donahue, Melissa Roberts, Les Stewart, Gloria Martin, Tricia Petty, Deb Ragno, Todd Johns, Angela Johns, Bill Mckim, Kyra, Sandie Albrecht, Cheryl Costello, Jeremy Hardy, Joseph M. Zafia, Karla Callen, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Kristie Cantley, The States Family, Karrie Duffey, Janet T Thorn, Jillian Lassiter, Jeremy Reichelt, Lori Rienhardt, Steve Knapp, Les Whitten, Dave Carriere, Brian Richmond, Patti Mccaffrey, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Betsey Whitehead, Paul Dickson, Jane Johnson, Jeff Blank, Ben M, Bob, Alan Mize, Robert Wescovich, Vicki Britt, Smitty, Jamie Poynton, Al & Kerry Ganter, Jodie S., Barclay Bakkum, Thomas Higbee Sr, John Dupre, Jackie Graebel, Mark Hardy, Don Purney, Kevin Jones, Theresa Rucando, and Gallagher Family!
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Challenge #417 Where in the world is this?

We are leaving the parks!

Where in the World #417

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 28th, 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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January 22, 2016

Photographing While Riding at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

One of the hot topics I get asked about a lot is photographing while on a ride at Disney themeparks. There is an easy way and a harder way which I will be talking about and giving examples.

First, let me stress the importance of securing your camera while on rides. Whether you are taking pictures or not. You do not want your camera to bang up against anything during the ride or, worse, dropping it. I always use my camera strap around my person and then around the wrist which holds the camera.

Once secured, the next thing I worry about is how I want the photo to come out. If I am taking photos of people on the ride, I will use a fast shutter speed to get a nice and sharp image of them. That is what I did with the photo of my daughter on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom. I put my camera in Shutter Priority and set it to 1/800th of a second. This happened to open up the aperture to f/4.5 which gave the background a pleasing out of focus area or bokeh.

The type of lens is important, too. Wide angle lenses are best or a zoom set to its widest focal length. Believe me when I say it is not easy aiming the camera as a ride is in motion. A wide angle lens gives the best chance for a successful photo.

Riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad using a fast shutter speed.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/800s, f/4.5, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm focal length.

The harder way is slowing your shutter speed down to keep the ride vehicle(s) in sharp focus but the background becomes a blur. That is what I did when I rode Tomorrowland's Astro Orbitor in the Magic Kingdom. I again used Shutter Priority and set my camera to 1/10th of a second. I took several photos during the ride and this photo was the only one which came out the way I wanted it to.

Long exposure photo of the Astro Orbiter from the Pilot Seat in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Long exposure photo of the Astro Orbiter from the Pilot Seat.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/10s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm focal length.

Another ride for cool slow shutter speed photos is the Mad Tea Party or Tea Cups in Fantasyland. Here you need to get the cup spinning fast. Start out with a shutter speed of 1/125 and decrease to 1/60, 1/30 and even as low as 1/15th of a second. I would love to show you a photo I took but I can not stomach the Tea Cups. My friend, Joe Penniston, an accomplished Disney photographer, can and captured this wonderful photo.

Slow shutter on the Mad Tea Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Slow shutter on the Mad Tea Party or Tea Cups.
Nikon D3S/14-24mm, 1/15s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV 0, 20mm focal length.

Do not forget one very important ride photo...the end of the line photo showing everyone survived!

Riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
End of the ride photo on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/250s, f/2.8, ISO 320, EV +0.3, 16mm focal length.

Remember, secure your camera first. Then enjoy photographing the ride.

January 20, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: POP Century

Deb's Digest Blog

Congratulations Connie Brush! Your answer was chosen at random as the winner of an AllEars Prize Pack!!!!! Thanks to everyone who played along!!!

The Answer is : This is on the side of a small building in the 50's section of Pop. It is a bed for Lady. Just across from her larger than life Icon!

I'm adding a twist to this week's Disney Pic of the Week. I've got a quiz for you! Let's see how well you know POP Century!

Below is indeed a photo taken recently at POP Century.

What is this and where at the resort can you find it?

Leave your answer in the comments below.

I'll pick a winner at random from all the correct answers to receive an AllEars prize pack. Remember you must answer both questions! You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Comments must be received by Sunday, January 24th at midnight eastern time.

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