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May 6, 2016

Improving Your Walt Disney World Photos

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

At the end of last week's article on the Foo Dog in front of the Great Movie Ride, I posed a question on how the photo might be improved. I got a couple of answers and a correction to what the statue was. My mistake there.

The answer I was looking for was different. Let me show it to you.

First, here is a photo of the enterance to ESPN Club restaurant near Disney's Boardwalk Resort. It was taken when the restaurant was not open on a quiet Boardwalk morning.

Front entrance to the ESPN Club restaurant near Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Front entrance to the ESPN Club restaurant without people.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 36mm focal length.

It is a good reference photo. The kind you see on blogs and brochures describing the restaurant. However, if you go to the Walt Disney World website or look through brochures on dining at the resort, you will notice a difference in the photos. Most, if not all, will have people in them enjoying the location or interacting with cast members. They want you to feel the location is a good place to go, enjoy and have fun at.

That is how I like to improve on my Disney and/or Travel photography by adding the human element. Not just any human or humans but ones which add to the photo and help tell the story of the place. Like this one below.

Front entrance to the ESPN Club restaurant near Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Front entrance to the ESPN Club restaurant with people.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/125s, f/11, ISO 140, EV 0, 36mm focal length.

What do you think? Better? Sure looks like a place sport fans would like to go to.

Yes, I do know there are "people" in the first photo but I think you know what I mean. They did not add to the subject like the second one does.

A fun fact about these two photos. They were taken three years apart from close to the same location and I used the same focal length each time.


May 4, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Polynesian Lobby

Deb's Digest Blog

I was one of the many disappointed when the announcement was made the Polynesian Lobby would be totally renovated. The waterfall and the plants were so beautiful.

As I went in search of a waterfall photo, I came across this one taken during the month of December. I do like Poinsettias. Hope you do as well.

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May 3, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Polynesian Lobby

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When the new Polynesian Village Resort lobby was revealed it sported a more open one from the last one which was dominated by a large tropical landscape including a waterfall cascading down through beautiful flowers. A few months later, a Tiki god was added to the center of the new lobby. The Tiki god is the mascot of the resort.

Tiki god statue in the lobby of the Polynesian Village Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Tiki god statue in the lobby of the Polynesian Village Resort.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 5000, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

Deb will show you some of the old Polynesian Resort lobby tomorrow.

May 1, 2016

Where in the World #431

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 hope everyone had a wonderful Passover!
Smiley from Millan.Net

And to all our Players in Mexico:
Smiley from Millan.Net

I hope you are having a wonderful trip, Beth Mcmeekin! C’mon, Player, wave!
Smiley from Millan.Net

John Bickers, I hope your daughter and her fiancée had a wonderful trip; are they going through the blues now? I can pass over the bear of comfort!

Lenz Family, four years since the last trip? Clearly that has to change!

Thank you for the honesty, Ken Maikowski! It’s no problem.
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #430
Where in the World #430

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

It's the Ravenscroft organ in the Haunted Mansion interactive queue in the Magic Kingdom. A couple Players pointed out it’s not ‘new’ anymore, so I looked it up: five years old! I can’t believe it’s been that long already.

When we say you can’t just name the park, you Players take us serious! Wow! Jared Orth: “In the new expanded queue at the Haunted Mansion, Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom, Reedy Creek, Florida, USA, Earth.”

Joe Calomeni and Jared Orth, you win the awards for thorough answers. LOL

Deb Ragno will tell you about the organ name, if you hadn’t heard: “The interactive pipe organ bears the name Ravenscroft in honor of Thurl Ravenscroft, who was also the voice of Tony the Tiger. He is a Disney Legend and can be heard in many Disney attractions. He's Buff in Country Bear Jamboree, the lead vocalist of the singing busts in the Haunted Mansion, and Fritz, the German-accented parrot in the Tiki Room. (per allears.net)” I’m adding that he sang “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” too, because I adore that.

I’m like a lot of you and use FastPass+, so I don’t always see this. But I will stand in a shorter line once a trip if I can so I can do this queue. Has anyone gotten the book portion to work? I can’t! But I stop anyway because I like the former Adventurers Club actress who voices it. :)

And! I openly admit I looked up a hint to solve the murder mystery busts. ;)

Jim & Lorie Sonnen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and to all our winners this week! Bruce Jones, Evanna Huda, The Kertes Family, Larissa Huda, Sandie Albrecht, Paul Dickson, Phyllis, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Sharon Pierce, Alex A., Team Hill, Jim Kelley, Carol Lyons, Fiona Knight, Jon Liu, The Strukel Family, Jeanene Brake, Joe Calomeni, Mike Johnson , Mike Walter, Linda College, Stuart Savage, Pat Schwier, Mary Ann Lamay, Kerri Coggins, Jennifer Rowell, Jim Finley, Ken Savage, Adolph And Kimberly Timm And Titus, Ken Jackson, Claire Gregory, The Rider Family , Deb Ragno, Mary Beth Tarbet, Joseph M. Zafia, Deb Ragno, Tammy Warmouth, Gloria Martin , Emily Hudson, Bob Patterson, Sarah And Chris, Pollyanna Buff, Matthew, Jen Tremley, Nan Amor, K Beasley, Grumpy's Groupies, The Parker Family, Kristi Strembicki, Tricia Petty, Scott Mcbride, Vanessa Gordon, Lenz Family, Carol Baranowsky, Kara D & Jay R, Mike Haeberle, Kyra, Mike Mondoux, Maureen and Warren Handy, James Steele , Eric Berger, Smitty, Carolyn Como, Vicki Britt, Melissa, Todd Johns, Erin Loring, Angela Johns, Helene Hair, Janna & Dave Jewett, Luis Rodriguez, Patty Norman, Margaret Convery, Christopher P Thomas, Brian Miller, Sands Family, Herbert Miller, Janet T Thorn, Chris Kelly, Lindsey Nozal, Bonnie Jean, Chris, Gretchen, and Katie Barnes, Irene Garita, Team Bonnie Sue, Tim Johansen, Doug Olson Familey, Diane Curfman, Eric Enli, John Bickers, Mike Dagon, Kelly Smith, Dallas Hamilton, Chris Bauman, Patrick Broaddus, Matt Holley, Tricia Noble, Mark Hardy, Karrie Duffey, Matthew Frey, Jeremy Reichelt, Stephanie Linares, Paul, Will Gates, Dana, Brian Yesutis, Fonda Nass, Donna Frank, Tiffany Gibb, Alicia Littleton, Rebecca Keenan, Jamesd (dzneynut), Randy T, Sharon Powell, Megan Krainski, Lisa Pinder, Barclay Bakuum, Theresa Rucando, Nancy Cole, The Patterson Family, Vera And Izzy Williams, George Mundy Jr, Elaine Kleinhenz, Jared Orth, Joe Brown, Don Purney, Josette Gabel, David Ballard, Carrie D Kenney, Peggy Saeger, Les Whitten, Theresa Maradei, and Dawn Bach!

AND it’s time for the monthly drawing! The winner is Carolyn Como! Congratulations! You will be getting a prize from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #431 Where in the world is this?

Still inside the parks to start off May!

Where in the World #431

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 5th, 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!


April 29, 2016

Chinese Dragon at the Great Movie Ride

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios has gotten a nice face-lift with the new sponsorship from Turner Classic Movies. The Chinese Dragon Foo Dog statues out front make for a nice detail photo of the type of architectural elements found at Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

My first attempt was technically correct. Good focus and depth of field. What do you thing of it? Background a bit distracting perhaps?

Chinese dragon statue in front of the Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Wide view of the Chinese dragon foo dog statue in front of the Great Movie Ride.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-35mm, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 140, EV +0.3, 16mm Focal Length.

By adjusting my position to get closer and zooming in a bit, I made the statue the main subject and used the Rules of Thirds for a more pleasing composition.

Chinese dragon statue in front of the Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Tighter view of the Chinese dragon foo dog statue in front of the Great Movie Ride.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-35mm, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 160, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

Any ideas how you would improve this photo or do it differently?

NOTE: It was pointed out that the statue is of a foo dog and not a dragon. I have made appropriate changes. -- Scott


April 27, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Trees

Deb's Digest Blog

Who remembers this Orange Tree that used to appear during the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival in World Showcase??

Here is what the placard explained: "Sun and Citrus: From 1643-1715, France was ruled by King Louis XIV. Known as the Sun King, he is also recognized for building the infamous Palace of Versailles, which houses one of the most magnificent orangeries in Europe>"

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April 26, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Trees

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

What is not to like about Castaway Cay? Disney Cruise Line's private island in the Bahamas is the prefect place to enjoy this week's theme: Trees.

Below is a simple click of palm trees with the tops of colorful umbrellas found near the beach on Castaway Cay. Enjoy!

Palm trees and beach umbrellas on Castaway Cay during a cruise on the Disney Magic ship, Disney Cruise Line, Bahamas
alm trees and beach umbrellas on Castaway Cay.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 100, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length, Intensify CK.

Deb will show you a different kind of orange tree tomorrow.

April 24, 2016

Where in the World #430

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 #429
Where in the World #429

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

Drive-in entrance for Epcot! After all, I said last week that we were *going back in* the parks. And we are; see us driving into one? ;)

Hunter Armstrong was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Hunter and to all our winners this week! Kate Nejman, Eric Berger, Olszak Family, Susan Mcgrath, Mandy Clarke, Will Gates, Robert P. Flaherty, Sarah And Chris, Brenda Atkinson , Jen Tremley, Mark Proper, Linda Tremley, Nancy Doty, Dawn Bach, Jillian Lassiter, Patricia Harper , Andrea Kruszewski, Patricia Segermeister, James Amezcua, Jo Ann Bailey , Kara D & Jay R, Mike Malampy (Malampy Benco Family), Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Linda Ranatza, Vera And Izzy Williams, Brian Yesutis, Phyllis, Linda Scrivano, Lisa Dalrymple, Rob Blundin, Michaela O'brien , Mike O'brien , Lisa Pinder, Barclay Bakkum, Nan Amor, John Pasqueralli, Tommy Montgomery, Paula Massarelli, Gina Falzone , Carla C, Jamy Thomas, Dave Cole, Ken Jobin , Ryan, Kye Layton, Josette Gabel, Les Whitten , Donna Frank, Paul Dickson, Megan Gorton, Carol Ney, Stacy Guarracino, Rebecca Keenan, Grumpy's Groupies, Sands Family, Erin Loring, Virginia Pierce, Paul Ignudo, Jennifer K, Dennis O'reilly, Jennifer Rowell, Lily-pierre Couet, Jeff Blank, Chris Kelly, Smitty, Maureen And Warren Handy, Josh Weiss, Mary Beth Tarbet, Kameo Crea, Tina G., Karen Schlumpf, Stuart Savage, Andy Hickey, Jim Finley, Hobbes And Snorky, Tonia Dennis, Christopher Thacker, Vicki Britt, Scott C., Hillary Waldroop, Axel Beer, Yvette Cubero-gonzalez, Don Purney, Christina Lutes, Andreas Beer, Carrie D Kenney, Marsha Waidelich, Team Hill, Adolph And Kimberly Timm & Titus, Ed Suscreba, Matt Holley, Claire Gregory, Cheryl Costello, Mark Hardy, Luis Rodriguez, Ken Savage, Gallagher Family, K Beasley, Trisha Johnson , Kristi Strembicki, Caroline Burmester, Carly Cundiff, Christi Ison, Chloe Mayhew, Kyra, Robin Constantine, Matt Wildey, Mark Plante, Patrick Broaddus, Melissa Such , Evanna Huda, Chris Mcnamara, Brian Richmond, The Fosbenders, The Kertes Family, The Long Family, The Parker Family, Carri Marotto, Matthew Frey, Leslie Schmauder, Jamie Poynton, Erin Hammer, Lyn Johnson, Belicia, Evald Olson, Duskin Henard, Chris Bauman, Tracey Horan, Linda Lundsten, Jeremy Reichelt, Jim Riddle, Wendy T Faler, Demerley Werkheiser, Jackie Klafeta, Kyran Smith, Joseph M. Zafia, Sherri Pokrzywinski, Ken Maikowski, Sheila Bagg, Linda College, Al & Kerry Ganter, Walter N. Clark, Andrew Carrieri, Sandie Albrecht, Kim, Tricia Noble, The Rider Family , Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Laurie Walker, Ben M, Alan Mize, and Eric Enli!
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Challenge #430 Where in the world is this?

We are inside a park. This isn’t the toughie I mentioned last week, but we’ll see what you think.

Where in the World #430

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


April 22, 2016

Fireworks Primer for Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As the calendar heads towards summer, can Fireworks Season be far behind?

Wishes fireworks show over Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Wishes fireworks show over Cinderella Castle.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 15s, f/11, ISO 280, EV 0, 35mm focal length, tripod.

At Walt Disney World, every day is in Fireworks Season with shows in three parks almost nightly:

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, debuting in 2016, at Disney's Hollywood Studios
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in Epcot
Wishes in the Magic Kingdom

Below are links to blogs I refer people to when I am asked how to photograph fireworks specifically at Walt Disney World. They pertain to any fireworks show you want to photograph:

Photographing Fireworks - Part 1

Photographing Fireworks - Part 2

Of course, this blog might just be an excuse for me to share a photo of Wishes. Still my favorite fireworks show.

April 20, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Flower and Garden

Deb's Digest Blog

I must have hundreds of photos of Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival. The American Adventure had a great patriotic display in 2002. It featured American Flags, Stars, and Mickey and Minnie. This is one of my favorite Flower and Garden Displays. Enjoy this look back.

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