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August 20, 2017

Where in the World #498

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 #497:
Where in the World #497

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

It’s the rope pull next to the well outside Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! If it’s working, it’s fun!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Smitty, that’s a great story!

Michaela O'brien were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Michaela and to all our winners this week! Mike O'brien, Karen O'brien, Tricia Petty, Antoinette Leblanc, Karrie Rodriguez, Joann Albrecht, Martha & Justin Collins, Jeremy Reichelt, Dallas Hamilton, Matt Holley, Bob Henriksen, Matthew Frey, Phil Vickers, Melody O'donnell, Cheryl Gellrich, Vera And Izzy Williams, Mary Beth Tarbet, Kara & Jay R., Mark Hardy, Jennifer Rowell, Sarah Rosser, Janet T Thorn, Robert Wescovich, Hunter Armstrong, Theresa Maradei, John Foggo, Jamie Steiner, Shelly Borella, Scott Sangston, Ken Maikowski, Vicki Britt, Claire Gregory, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Belicia Cullen, Scott C., Gloria Martin, Jamesd (dzneynut), Ben M, Rebecca Keenan, Marsha Waidelich, Michelle Palazzo, The Gunnels Gang, Brian Richmond, Matt Earl, Kyra, Chloe Mayhew, K Beasley, Maryann Eckenrode, Al & Kerry Ganter, The Kertes Family, Sands Family, Annie Middelberg, Bonnie Jean, Smitty, Sandie Albrecht, The Patterson Family, Donny Garrison, Lynn Smith, Wayne Rogers, Jim Thompson, Carol Baranowsky, Jennifer Hess, Jodi Cook, Phyllis, Jason Steinmetz, Linda Scrivano, Dee Dee Kenney, Mary Pauley, Pat Schwier, Maureen And Warren Handy, Barry Sklenar, Steve Knapp, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Stefan Owens, Bob Patterson, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Nan Amor, Jim Finley, Ronnie Alvarado, Arlene Vicek, Joseph M. Zafia, The Tisdale Family, Hillary Waldroop, Melissa Haeberle, Kristan Bertelmann, Melissa Littman, Doug Olson Family, Andrew Carrieri, Tammy Warmouth, Tj, Angela S., Andrea Kruszewski, Chuck Everson, Thjeresa Rucando, Marie P, Chris Bruce, Linda College, Josette Gabel, Mis Jamie Marie, Karen Bellamy, Linda Ranatza, Tim Johansen, Lisa Hardenbrook, Kelly Smith, Karen Schlumpf, David Ballard, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Barclay Bakkum, Jackie Graebel, Jeff Blank, Paul Ignudo, Bob Hendrix, Sherry Trapp, Ruth Woodhouse, Shirley Garcowski, Jean Bussell, Sandy Ceplecha, Bob Heaton, Carly Frost, Sherri Pell, Sue And Ed Adams, John Warner, Stacie Huang, Grumpy's Groupies, Team Hill, Linda Hoffman, Cathy Connors, Carla C, Don Purney, Victoria, Karen Taylor, Jodie S., Corinne Ercolan, Emily Hudson, Maryann Romagnano, Jane Johnson, and Jamie Poynton!

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Challenge #498 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks! Looks like the young man is learning the origin of something tasty!

Where in the World #498
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 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!

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August 18, 2017

Disney Photographer Habits Part 2

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a few bad habits you want to stay away from when photographing at a Disney property. This week I want to go over a couple of good habits. I am often asked how I get such good photographs of Walt Disney World. I do a couple of things most people do not take the time or effort to do.

The first is stopping when I see a shot. Now, before you say but I cannot as I am with my family or a another group or some other excuse. It does not take long to take a photograph. When my children were young I got very good at the grab shot. The photos in the collage below were all taken when I took the time to stop when I saw a good photo opportunity.

The Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Photos from Walt Disney World.

From top left: DJ Anaan dancers in Asia entertaining guests in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Père Noël in Epcot's France pavilion, Trolley Show dancers in the Magic Kingdom and a Glass Blower in Arribas Brothers at Disney Springs.

I have written about how to get great photos at Walt Disney World after the Sun sets many times. The common denominator for all those posts is to secure your camera for long exposures. The best way to do that is with a tripod. I know tripods are big and a pain to carry around the parks and resorts. Remember, you can rent lockers at all the parks to store tripods in until needed.

Cinderella Castle after sunset at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle after sunset at the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 6s, f/16, ISO 100, 0 EV, 22mm Focal Length, Tripod.

Do you have any habits or tips for getting great photos at Disney? Pass them along in the comments below.





August 16, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Animal Kingdom Landscape

Deb's Digest Blog

For Animal Kingdom I had to look back into my archives. These days it is difficult to get a panoramic or landscape photo without people in it.

Here is one I found from Camp Minnie-Mickey where Pocahontas and her Forest Friends performed several times a day. I needed the panoramic feature to get the entire stage area.

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August 15, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Disney's Animal Kingdom Landscape

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Of all the parks, Disney's Animal Kingdom has wonderful landscape photography locations if you know where to look. Below is a photo taken back in 2009 which is why you do not see the recently added seating for the night time Rivers of Light show. I photographed Expedition EVEREST late in the day which is why you see the golden light of the setting Sun and the almost full Moon raising behind it.

Expedition EVEREST and Moon reflected in the water at Disney's Animal Kingdom , Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Expedition EVEREST and Moon reflected in the water at Disney's Animal Kingdom .
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/25s, f/22, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 44mm Focal Length.

In this case, while the lens I used was not very wide, I did use another trait of landscape photography called hyperfocus or hyperfocal distance. A really cool concept to learn.

Deb will be here to share her Disney's Animal Kingdom Landscape photo tomorrow.






August 13, 2017

Where in the World #497

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 #496:
Where in the World #496

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

So what time is the 3 o’clock parade? 😉

It’s Peter Pan and the Jolly Roger in the Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom! What a great parade.

Phyllis were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Phyllis and to all our winners this week! Robert Wescovich, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Ken Savage, Michaela Obrien, Michael O'brien, Karen O'brien, Joann Albrecht, Sands Family, The Kertes Family, Eric Berger, Eric Berger, Becky Norman, Claire Gregory, Karen Schlumpf, Margaret Convery, Sandie Albrecht, Tricia Petty, Ed Suscreba, Jennifer Rowell, Martha & Justin Collins, The Gunnels Gang, Luis Rodriguez, Linda Hoffman, Mary Beth Tarbet, Linda Scrivano, Loring Family, Hunter Armstrong, Nan Amor, Joseph M. Zafia, Paul Dickson, Mike Amor, Marsha Waidelich, Al & Kerry Ganter, Kris Nixon, Team Hill, Dee Dee Kenney, Jim Finley, Karen Adamakis, Gloria Martin, Colleen Ringer, Maureen And Warren Handy, Matt Cofone, Brian Mcwithey, Janet T Thorn, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Deb Ragno, Vera And Izzy Williams, The Parker Family, Sue And Ed Adams, Pat Schwier, Grumpy's Groupies, K Beasley, Kristi Strembicki, Bob Henriksen, Vickie Barca, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Team Bonnie Sue, Donna Frank, Smitty, Bruce Hinterleitnet, Bruce Hinterleitnet, Tammy Warmouth, Vicki Britt, Hobbes And Snorky, Hillary Waldroop, The Nufranick Family, Cynthia Hitchcock, Cynthia Hitchcock, The Tisdale Family, Andy Hickey, Susie Howard, Bonnie Jean, Evald Olson, Jim Thompson, John Warner, Belicia, Scott C., Kyra, Mike Malampy(benco Family), Kenny, Arlene Vicek, Linda College, Karen Ramirez, Matt Wildey, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Chris Kelly, Kerri Coggins, Tom Koval, Melissa Haeberle, Sharon Powell, The Tisdale Family, Andrew Carrieri, Emily Eldridge, Jeff Blank, Ashley Collins, Kristan Bertelmann, Linda Ranatza, Angela S., Herb Miller, Matt Holley, Erin Hammer, Josh Weiss, Theresa Maradei, Rebecca Keenan, Jeremy Reichelt, Matthew Frey, Brian Richmond, Scott Greenbaum, Carol Baranowsky, Jennifer Hess, The Modecki's, Tim Johansen, Scott Sangston, Eric Enli, Robert P. Flaherty, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Susan Higginbotham, Mickey Eckert, Shelly Borella, Jamie Steiner, Carri Marotto, Theresa Rucando, George Mundy Jr, Chris Bauman, Don Purney, Jo Ann Bailey, Jodie S., Carolyn Como, Sherry Trapp, Christopher Thacker, Sherri Pell, Carly Frost, Jamie Poynton, Eileen Miller, Mark Hardy, Stacy Guarracin, Jackie Graebel, Jane Johnson, Tj, Tom Higbee Sr, Leigh Mertz, Melesia Love, Jacqueline Klafeta, Mis Jamie Marie!

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Challenge #497 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks! I think this is still there.

Where in the World #497
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 17th, 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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August 11, 2017

Farewell to the Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As Disney's Hollywood Studios continues to transform into something else. Disney's Movieland, perhaps? The stream of goodbyes to original attractions from when the Disney/MGM Studios opened in 1989 continues.

The latest attraction will close in a couple of days and was a surprise to me. When Turner Classic Movies (TCM) came on as a sponsor for the Great Movie Ride a couple of years ago I thought it meant a new lease on life for the iconic attraction. Alas, though it did get spruced up some and TCM host Robert Osborne introduced the movie montage, Disney recently announced the Great Movie Ride would be replaced with a Mickey Mouse based ride.

Below is my tribute to one of my favorite attractions.

The Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

I will miss the Great Movie Ride. I am a fan of all the movie genres found inside from gangsters to westerns and from musicals to science fiction. Mickey Mouse and Disney has some big shoes to fill.





August 9, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Landscape Magic Kingdom

Deb's Digest Blog

As Scott mentioned yesterday, Disney Imagineers are experts when it comes to "forced perspective". It tricks the eye into believing something is larger /taller than it really is. Walt was famous for this as he tried to deal with the space limitations at Disneyland.

Here is a recent example from the New Fantasyland, the Beast's castle! The architecture makes it look much larger than it really is.

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August 8, 2017

Disney PIc of the Week: Magic Kingdom Landscape

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

For the next few weeks, Deb and I will be sharing our landscape photography from Walt Disney World. The definition of Landscape Photography is showing spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. That's pretty broad. Must people think of vast expanses showing mountains, deserts, oceans and other such places when it comes to landscape photos.

Given that information, you can see where such photography is a challenge at any Disney themepark. As vast as the Walt Disney Resort is, the places where guests visit are certainly not "vast expanses". Luckily, Disney Imagineers are experts in forced prespective which helps a great deal. You can see forced prespective in action below in the photo of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 1250, EV +0.3, 16mm Focal Length.

Landscape photography is also known for the use of wide angle lenses which go from approximately 24mm to as wide as 16mm. Depending on your camera sensor's size it could go as wide as 10mm.

Deb will be here to share her Magic Kingdom Landscape photo tomorrow.





August 6, 2017

Where in the World #496

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!

It’s Friendship Day on the 6th! Who’s having a party?
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge # :
Where in the World #495

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

Welcome to Splitsville in Disney Springs!

I always thought that too, Claire Gregory. It’s very retro Disney.

I’m sorry you don’t have a Disney trip in the future, Ashley Collins. ☹ Would you like the Disney bear of comfort?
Smiley from Millan.Net

The Kertes Family were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Kertes Family and to all our winners this week! Jennifer Rowell, Mary Beth Tarbet, Margaret Convery, Tricia Petty, Carol Baranowsky, Joann Albrecht, Hunter Armstrong, Grumpy's Groupies, Emily Hudson, Christi Ison, Eric Berger, Gloria Martin, Phyllis, Susie Howard, Jim Finley, Claire Gregory, Josh Weiss, Sandie Albrecht, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Jennifer Hess, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Janet T Thorn, Deb W, Theresa Rucando, Martha & Justin Collins, Ed Suscreba, Tammy Warmouth, Kerri Coggins, Caroline Burmester, The Gunnels Gang, Sands Family, Arlene Vicek, Ashley Collins, Andy Hickey, Leach Family, Bruce Hinterleitner, Donna Frank, Vera And Izzy Williams, Chris Kelly, Maryann Romagnano, Michaela Obrien, Michael O'brien, Karen O'brien, Brian Richmond, Patricia Harper, Team Hill, Mike N Jackie Mclucas, Kristi Strembicki, Luis Rodriguez, Laurie Walker, Nan Amor, The Tisdale Family, Bob & Kathy Mckim, The Nufranick Family, Linda Hoffman, Linda Ranatza, K Beasley, Deb Ragno, Mary Pauley, Bob Patterson, Ben M, Karen Adamakis, Susan Higginbotham, Patrick, Liz Moreau, Mickey Eckert, Paul Dickson, Bonnie Jean, Mike Amor, Andrea Flanders, Lyn-marie Johnson, Sue And Ed Adams, Ronald Delorey, Angela Johns, Karen Schlumpf, Jamie Steiner, Mjem216@comcast.net, The Modecki's, Smitty, Kyra, Matt Wildey, Jpc, Evald Olson, Pat Schwier, Jim Thompson, Karen Taylor, Anne Duque, Maureen And Warren Handy, Cheryl Braud, The Parker Family, Jenny Adamets, Hobbes And Snorky, Patty Carty, Julia And Carol Wickware, Steve Porter, Kenny, Suzanne Denham, Linda College, Loring Family, Lori Rienhardt, Linda Scrivano, Kris Nixon, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Jodie S., Mark Donahue, Andrew Carrieri, Team Bonnie Sue, Carolyn Como, Herb Miller, Vicki Britt, Kristan Bertelmann, Dee Dee Kenney, Jeff Blank, The Long Family, Jodi Cook, Hillary Waldroop, Brian Gallant, Dallas Hamilton, Matt Holley, Chris Bauman, Maureen Tavrell, Matthew Frey, Karrie Rodriguez, The Patterson Family, Scott Greenbaum, Michelle Palazzo, Steve Knapp, Kelly Smith, Jpc, Theresa Maradei, Carri Marotto, Renee Hardiman, Scott Sangston, Paul Ignudo, George Mundy Jr, Wendy T Faler, Rebecca Keenan, Robert P. Flaherty, Al & Kerry Ganter, Colleen Ringer, Joe Pfrangle, Jamie Poynton, Barclay Bakkum, Jo Ann Bailey, Christy Schor, Don Purney, Joseph M. Zafia, Matt Cofone, Carly Frost, Tom Higbee Sr, Tim Johansen, Shirley Garcowski, Brian Mcwithey, Tom Koval, Jane Johnson, Linda Grau, Margie Larmon, Tim Savlick, Debbie Mezyk, Antoinette Leblanc, Jeremy Reichelt, and Jacqueline Klafeta!

It’s time for the monthly drawing and the July winner is Vicki Britt! Congratulations! You will get a prize from Deb Wills!

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Challenge #496 Where in the world is this?

Back in a park! Warning: this is NOT a ride!

Where in the World #496
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 10th, 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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August 4, 2017

Disney Photographer Habits

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I came across an article the other day about photographer bad habits. I thought I would pass on a few of them to you.

Batteries, Don't Leave Home Without Them:

Okay, raise your hand if you have done this while at Walt Disney World: Forgot to recharge your camera batteries from the day before or leave your room without bringing any extra camera batteries. Mine is sure raised as I have done both.

I have gotten into a routine when I travel to do the following two things. The first is to never leave the room without enough batteries to last an entire day of shooting. Usually my cameras can last a full day without depleting one battery unless I am going to do long night exposures using a tripod. Then I will need a second battery. The second is no matter how tired I am, I start charging batteries as soon as I get back to the room. Another tip is to bring a multi-outlet power strip as there so you have enough outlets for all your electronics which need charging.

Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin ride in the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin ride in Tomorrowland.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/60s, f/2.8, ISO 6400, EV -0.3, 16mm Focal Length.

Memory Cards, Bring as Many as You Need:

Memory cards are not very expensive these days and I bring as many as I will need plus five more for my trips to Walt Disney World. That way even after putting the day's photos on my computer and travel sized memory drive (hard drive or solid state), the cards are my third back up. I have a memory card case and when I put the used cards back in, I turn them so the back is facing up telling me I have used it and I lock it so it can not be used until I unlock it. It will make me think before I format the card.

Speaking of formating, you should do that to all the cards before the trip. Easier to start with clean cards each day.

Shopping in the World of Disney store at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Shopping in the World of Disney store at Disney Springs.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/125s, f/1.8, ISO 1100, EV +0.3.

Cleaning Routine, Do It!:

This is a habit I need to do more often. Before each trip I make sure I do a full cleaning of my cameras and lenses. I first use Nikon Pre-Moistened Lens Cleaning Wipes to clean the outside of my cameras and lenses including the glass, lcd screens, buttons and levers. Do this with the cameras turned off so you do not change any settings. Next, I clean the camera sensors using a Eyelead Camera Sensor Cleaning Kit. I have found this kit to be the easiest and best way to clean my sensors. I then pack a bunch of the wipes and the sensor cleaning kit to bring with me. I never know if I may end up in a dusty or dirty place with my equipment and may have to do another cleaning. An example would be on a Disney cruise with a stop at Castaway Cay. Sand and salt spray can easily get into everything.

Monorail Yellow moves over the Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Monorail Yellow moves over the Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/16, ISO 160, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length.

Zeroing Out Camera, A Good Habit to Learn:

Below is an example of what happened when I was using a tripod for a bit and forgot to Zero Out my camera when I took it off the tripod for this photo. The link goes into detail. It is a process I go through to set my camera to a good starting position for all purpose phototgraphy. I do it before I leave my house/resort room/car or whatever. That way even if it is off a little bit, I will not get such a bad photo as the one I have shown here.

Paddlefish restaurant at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Bad photos of the Paddlefish restaurant at Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/15s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length.


These are good habits to have when traveling to any destination.





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