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May 27, 2016

Freezing the Action at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I do a lot of sports photography which is the home of fast shutter speeds. The faster the better to freeze the action and allow people to see the sports action in a whole new way. The same can be done at Walt Disney World. One of my favorite's to use a fast shutter is the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular as Disney's Hollywood Studios. The action in this show is fast and furious.

To best capture the action, set your camera to Shutter Priority or Sports mode. You want the shutter speed to be at minimum of 1/500th of a second or faster. The lighting in the photo below only allowed me 1/500s with an ISO of 6400 as it was late in the day.

Stunt actors in Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Freezing action during the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 6400, EV +0.3, 210mm Focal Length.

Even at 1/500th of a second there is still some motion blur. Not enough to take away from the freezing of the action. As you can see, you can study the action in the photo. Something you can not do while watching the show.

May 25, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Wilderness Lodge Lobby

Deb's Digest Blog

One of my fondest memories of the Wilderness Lodge is from the late 1990s.

I went to sleep one night and the next morning woke up to the entire lodge being decorated for the holidays. Tears filled my eyes. It really was Disney Magic.

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What are your fond memories of the Wilderness Lodge?

May 24, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Wilderness Lodge Lobby

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney never plans anything without a backstory. Disney's Wilderness Lodge is full of stories about the American West. Each of the two large totem poles in the lobby tell a tale from Native American lore. The one pictured below is the Raven totem.

The Raven totem pole in the lobby of Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Raven totem pole in Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/25s, f/8, ISO 6400, EV 0, 15mm Focal Length.

For more information, search for "Jim Korkis Wilderness Lodge totem pole". You will find details to the totem's stories.

Deb will here tomorrow with her view of the Wilderness Lodge Resort lobby.

May 22, 2016

Where in the World #434

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!

Jim & Lorie Sonnen have the post-vacation blues. We all know what that means, Players. Time for the Disney bear of comfort. The Gunnels Gang, you had it last. You need to hand it back now.
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #433
Where in the World #433

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

It’s the Falls Family Parlor, named after Dr. Albert Falls, in the Jungle Skipper Canteen. You, of course, remember him as the namesake of The Jungle Cruise’s Schweitzer Falls. Dr. Falls and the other adventurers have brought memorabilia not only from The Jungle Cruise, but even from the former Adventurer’s Club, a place I still miss.

Sandie Albrecht, I haven’t eaten there, no. I only got in to take a look around and snap some pictures. So you recommend it?

Jeff Blank, stop putting songs in my head! Now I got Gilligan’s Island in my brain! Have you seen my brain? It’s cluttered enough with things like… hey, Players, do you know this one?
Smiley from Millan.Net
We're off to outer space
We're leaving mother Earth
To save, the human race
Our ____ _______!
Who else ran home from school to watch that? They only played the first two season but it still ran for a decade!

But I digress!

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Challenge #434 Where in the world is this?

OK! I gave you enough new things you may not have seen. Let’s stay in the parks for something that’s been around for years:

Where in the World #434

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 26th, 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!


May 20, 2016

Narrow Your Focus at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Another way to improve your photos at Walt Disney World and elsewhere is to use Selective Focus (click this link for details on how to create it). Most people try to put the foreground subject in sharp focus with this method. One can also put the foreground in soft focus and let the subject in the "back" of the frame be in sharp focus. People viewing such an image will gravitate to the area of sharp focus. Another way a photographer can control how an image is viewed.

The three ovens in Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in Epcot's Italy pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The three ovens in Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in Epcot's Italy pavilion.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 400, EV +0.7.

Notice how the unfocused area leads the eyes to the three ovens in the Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in Epcot's Italy pavilion. Here is some trivia for you. The ovens are named after volcanos in Italy. They are from left to right: Stromboli, Vesuvio and Etna.

Using my favorite lens, the Nifty-Fifty, I can even create an out of focus vignette if you have enough foreground and background elements like the photo of a Mickey Mouse golf ball found in a basket of golf balls at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney Disney Springs.

Mickey Mouse golf ball at the World of Disney store in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mickey Mouse golf ball selectively focused on at the World of Disney Store.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/125s, f/1.8, ISO 220, EV +0.3.

Selectively focusing on subjects is a fun way to give your photography a boost.

May 18, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Contemporary Lobby

Deb's Digest Blog

Disney's Contemporary Resort opened on October 1, 1971 within walking distance to the Magic Kingdom.

Since Scott recently did a blog on Leading Lines, I thought this photo would tie in perfectly to Leading Lines and Pic of the Week: Contemporary Lobby.


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May 17, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Contemporary Lobby

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Back in 1971 when Walt Disney World opened, Disney's Contemporary Resort was the signature place to stay. It was ultra-modern and futuristic. The lobby reflected its theme with the use of clean lines and a minimalist style. During the first decade of the 21st century, the resort went through some renovations including the addition of The Wave restaurant. The entrance, in which, added color and flare to the Contemporary's lobby.

Entrance to The Wave restaurant in Disney's Contemporary Resort lobby, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Wave restaurant in Disney's Contemporary Resort lobby.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/100s, f/3.5, ISO 6400, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

Deb will here tomorrow with her view of the Contemporary Resort lobby.

May 15, 2016

Where in the World #433

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!

We will be celebrating Armed Forces Day in the US. Thank you to everyone who is serving in the military!

Now for Challenge #432
Where in the World #432

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

We’re standing, so to speak, outside The Darlings’ house. Which means we’re in the new interactive queue for Peter Pan's Flight in the Magic Kingdom. I really liked the kids’ bedroom with the shadow puppets.

Mike Walter was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Mike and to all our winners this week! Ed Elder, Carla Nale, The Kertes Family, Linda Ranatza, Evanna Huda, Mickey Eckert, Theresa Rucando, Larissa Huda, Wendy Barney, Walter Fletcher, Eric Bereger, Jan Rosato, Hoekzema Family, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Chris Kelly, Andrew Carrieri, Carla Carle, Sands Family, Robin C Hood, Jennifer Green, Gina Falzone , Sarah Thomas, Becky Norman, Leslie Schmauder, Andrea Kruszewski, The Rider Family , Tricia Petty, Beth Mcmeekin, The Tisdale Family, Ed Suscreba, Team Hill, Jennifer Rowell, Michaela O'brien, Daniel Record, Mike O'brien, The Gunnels Gang, Tammy Warmouth, Smitty, Sharon Pierce, Ronnie Alvarado, Fiona Knight, Olszak Family, Paige Angermaier, Ellen Sullivan, Karen O'brien, John Bickers, Vera And Izzy Williams, Karen Ramirez , Jason Hocker, Maureen And Warren Handy, Megan Conley, Luis Rodriguez , Kelley Morman, Paul Newman, Sandie Albrecht, Kirsten Janca , Claire Gregory, Phyllis, K Beasley, Kyra, Jim Finley, Belicia, Scott C., Diane Curfman, John Stella, Karen Schlumpf, Ruben O'meara, Kate Nejman, Maryann Romagnano, Nan Amor, Stuart Savage, Ken Savage, Laurie , The Otts Family, Grumpy's Groupies, Bonnie Jean, Duskin Henard, Kerri Coggins, Mike Mondoux, Virginia Pierce, Sarah And Chris, Brian Miller, Cynthia Hitchcock, Evald Olson, Pam Lorenz, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Leach Family, Mark Donahue, Wayne Chadourne, Kristi Strembicki, Herb Miller, Andy Hickey, Arlene Vicek, Larry Sprenkle, Jessica Gruhlke, Paul Dickson, Lori Rienhardt, Chloe Mayhew, Doug Olson Family, Tim Johansen, Frances Donahue, The Modecki's, Melissa Littman, Helen Graves, Jeremy Hardy, Robert Wescovich, Mary Coleman, Patrick Broaddus, Matthew Frey, Chris Bauman, Karrie Duffey, Clay Anthony, Mark Proper, Brian Richmond, Mary Greger, Scott Sangston, Eric Johnson, Jeremy Reichelt, Vickie Barca, Tracy Discher, Vicki Britt, Matthew Jadro, Carol Ney, Carol Ney, Lorine Landon, Tommy Montgomery, Dennis A. Matejka, The Patterson Family, Ruth Senecal, Phil Vickers, Jackie Klafeta, Jim Thompson, Nancy Doty, Dee Dee Kenney, Mary Beth Tarbet, Mark Hardy, Jason Steinmetz, Margaret Convery, Caroline Burmester, Jamie Poynton, Kathryn Hughes, Brian Yesutis, Janet T Thorn, Alan Mize, Dave Carriere, Matt Holley, Lisa Cash, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Barclay Bakkum, David Ballard, Maryann Daly, Jackie Graebel, Bob Hendrix, Sandy Ceplecha, Stacy Guarracino, Jo Ann Bailey , Don Purney, Laura Tucker, Thomas R. Higbee, Sr, Peggy Saeger, Amanda Campbell, and Jeff Blank!

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Challenge #433 Where in the world is this?

Everyone did so wonderful with that new feature, I thought, how about this new thing? Can you find it in your searches?

Where in the World #433

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 19th, 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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May 13, 2016

Leading Lines at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When the talk leans towards leading at Disney's Hollywood Studies, it is usually about leading men or women. Today, however, it is about leading lines. Photographers use leading lines to give a photo depth and/or to "lead" a viewer's eyes to something of interest.

My first example is the hallway you leave from after riding on the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and going through the Rock Around the Shop store. I really liked how the lines converged and the texture of the bricks along the walls. The posters overhead giving a nice added splash of color and shapes.

Leaving the Rock Around the Shop after riding the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Leading lines in the hallway leaving the Rock Around the Shop.
Nikon D700/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/50s, f/2.8, ISO 1000, EV +0.3, 16mm focal length.

The second example is not so straight forward (see what I did there?). Here, the "cars" create the leading lines to the big drive-in movie screen inside the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant.

Rows of cars leading to the Big Screen inside the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Rows of cars leading to the Big Screen inside the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/4s, f/8, ISO 10000, EV +1.0, 16mm focal length.

In both of these examples, I used straight lines. Curved lines can also lead. Anyone have any examples of curved leading lines? Shoot me a link in a Comment below and I will share them in a future blog post.

May 11, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Grand Floridian Lobby

Deb's Digest Blog

Depending on the time of year, my senses come come alive in the lobby at the Grand Floridian. From the smell and taste of fresh gingerbread, to looking up at the beautiful ceilings, to listening to wonderful music.

If you happen by on select evenings, there is a piano player in the lobby. I always stop for a bit to listen, it's a great treat.

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What do you think of when you imagine the lobby in the Grand Floridian?

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