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February 20, 2018

Disney Pic of the Week: Pirates of the Caribbean

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The classic Pirates of the Caribbean or POTC ride found in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom has been updated over the years. It was not originally planned for Walt Disney World but, after guests were surprised it was not one of the original attractions at the Magic Kingdom, Disney quickly put it into production. POTC opened in December of 1973.

Below the picture will be a trivia question for you to answer in the Comments each week.

Jail scene of Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Jail scene of Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 9000, EV 0.

What are the type of boats in the ride? Based on ones from New Orleans.





February 18, 2018

Where in the World #524

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!

Last week was my 7th anniversary with Where in the World. Thank you for making those good years!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Which makes it very awkward to announce:

I missed a couple Players names last week; they had the answer, but I didn’t have them in the list. Did I miss anyone else? Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Chris Kelly, Steve Knapp, and George Mundy Jr, I've added you to the winners' list for the monthly drawing. Sorry for the mistake!

I also forgot to update the hint for the Challenge; since that easily misleads people, I’m accepting all answers.

Now for Challenge #523:
Where in the World #523

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Scott Thomas

A Yeti statue in the Expedition Everest queue. My personal favorite is the little Yeti wearing mouse ears. 😊

Antoinette Leblanc were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Antoinette and to all our winners this week! Ken Savage, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Phyllis, Cathy Fleming, Al & Kerry Ganter, Angela Counts, Grumpy's Groupies, Margaret Convery, Mary Beth Tarbet, Claire Gregory, John Stella, The Gunnels Gang, The Nufranick Family, Joseph M. Zafia, Scott C., Wendy T Faler, Belicia, The Parker Family, Josh Weiss, Jennifer Hess, Gloria Martin, Larissa Huda, Team Hill, The Rider Family, Chris Kelly, Linda Hoffman, Andrew Carrieri, Antoinette Leblanc, Michael O'brien, Michaela O'brien, Karen O' Brien, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Eric Berger, Emily Hudson, Brenda Double, Brenda Double, The Kertes Family, Megan Krainski, Lori Rienhardt, Tammy Warmouth, Renee Hardiman, Joann Albrecht, Herb Miller, K Beasley, Sue And Ed Adams, Luis Rodriguez, Deb Ragno, Jen Tremley, Janet T Thorn, Smitty, Ruben O'meara, Theresa Maradei, Theresa Maradei, Sandie Albrecht, Evelyn Wilson, Ed Suscreba, Steve Knapp, Vicki Britt, Arlene Vicek, Kenny, Hillary Waldroop, Stefan Owens, Ronnie Alvarado, Kyra, Karen Taylor, Erin Hammer, Wayne Chadourne, Jim Finley, Melissa Haeberle, Jeff Blank, Karen Ramirez, Cameron Lange, Brian Gallant, Linda Hoffman, Mark Hardy, Karrie Rodriguez, Brian Richmond, Matt Earl, Shannon Benton, Tim Johansen, Annie Middelberg, Scott Sangston, Jamie Poynton, Christi Ison, Jessica Townsend, George Mundy Jr, Theresa Rucando, Vera And Izzy Williams, Terry Harris, Donald Purney, Jackie Graebel, Pensacola Glenn, Terry Harris, Dee Dee Kenney, Matthew Frey, Jane Johnson, Jessica Polizzotto, The Patterson Family, and Mis Jamie Marie!

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Challenge #524 Where in the world is this?

What attraction are we riding?

Where in the World #524

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 22nd, 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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February 16, 2018

Get Close to the Magic Kingdom Train Station

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

If you have followed me over the years here, you know I have recurring advice for photographers whether they are just starting out or have doing it for years. One theme is to get in close to your subject(s). Now, you may counter it is not always a good thing if you are trying to include a large scene or subject. I surely cannot argue with that. Let us consider this popular photo location in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World: The Train Station.

Everyone wants a photo in front of the train station and the huge floral Mickey Mouse symbol. My wife and daughter sure did.

A mother and daughter in front of the Main Street USA Train Station at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A mother and daughter in front of the Main Street USA Train Station at the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/16, ISO 2500, EV +0.3, 24mm Focal Length.

I see this photo online a lot and, on this day, I saw many people posing here. Not many seemed to take my advice and GET CLOSER! Sorry to shout. It only takes a few seconds to either walk or use a zoom lens to get closer.

A mother and daughter in front of the Main Street USA Train Station at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Close up version of a mother and daughter in front of the Main Street USA Train Station.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/16, ISO 4000, EV +0.3, 52mm Focal Length.

While the first photo does the job of showing these people were indeed at the Magic Kingdom, the second one shows how happy they were to be there.





February 13, 2018

Disney Pic of the Week: Haunted Mansion

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom is a must do on every trip for me. The mystery of the stretching room is on display below.

Below the picture will be a trivia question for you to answer in the Comments.

Haunted Mansion's Portrait Chamber in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Haunted Mansion's Portrait Chamber (also known as the stretching room) in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/10s, f/3.5, ISO 6400, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

Does the floor descend or does the ceiling rise in the Haunted Mansion's Portrait Chamber (also known as the stretching room) at Walt Disney World?

Thank you for all who responded. The answer is the ceiling rises at Walt Disney World's Haunted Mansion. It lowers at Disneyland.





February 11, 2018

Where in the World #523

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 #522:
Where in the World #522

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Scott Thomas

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin at the Magic Kingdom! Look out for the camels; they spit.

Antoinette Leblanc were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Antoinette and to all our winners this week! Blake Schmidt, Bonnie Jean, Brian Gallant, Cameron Lange, Carol Baranowsky, Cathy Fleming, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Claire Gregory, Deb Gallo, Deb Ragno, Emily Hudson, Gloria Martin , Grumpy's Groupies, Herb Miller, Jeremy Reichelt, Joann Albrecht , Kara & Jay Rueckel, Karrie Rodriguez, Ken Maikowski, Leigh Mertz, Linda Ranatza, Margaret Convery, Mark Hardy, Maureen Tavrell, Mike Amor, Mike Walter, P1j2morin@gmail.com, P1j2morin@gmail.com, Renee Hardiman, Scott Sangston, Steve Porter, Sue And Ed Adams , Susan Higginbotham, Team Bonnie Sue, The Kertes Family, The Nufranick Family, The Parker Family, The Patterson Family, Theresa Maradei, Theresa Rucando, and Vickie Barca!

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Challenge #523 Where in the world is this?

So where are we now? Want a hint? You’re looking at the bottom of the ride “car” as it goes over you.

Where in the World #523

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 15th, 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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February 9, 2018

Using a Wide Angle Zoom at the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A fun lens to use at Walt Disney World is an Ultra Wide Angle (UWA) Zoom Lens. For a Full frame camera, it means a lens starting at around 16mm. For a cropped sensor camera, 10mm or 11mm is a good starting focal length. Currently, I use a Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens on my full-frame Nikon D750 camera. In the past, I used a Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens on Nikon cropped sensored cameras. Canon, SONY, Sigma and Tamron have similar lenses in the UWA focal range for Full and Cropped Sensored cameras.

Using an UWA, it pays to get in close as I did below when photographing the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. This allowed the flowers surrounding the attraction to act as a bottom frame and the top of the carousel as the top frame to the colorful ride. With the sky being overcast, this eliminated a lot of blown out sky in the photo.

Guests riding the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Wide Angle photo of the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel in Fantasyland.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 220, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

In the Enchanted Tales with Belle in Fantasyland, I wanted to show the expansive library where Belle and Lumiere meet guests with the show's lighting nicely framing Belle in her yellow dress. The lens set at 16mm did the job beautifully.

Enchanted Tales with Belle in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Wide Angle photo of the Enchanted Tales with Belle in Fantasyland.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 4000, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

An UWA Zoom lens is very versatile. Here, I zoomed in to again cut down on the amount of overcast sky in the frame as I wanted to include Cinderella Castle in the background as guests rode on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Fantasyland. I used a fast shutter speed to freeze the ride vehicles and the people in them.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Wide Angle photo of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Fantasyland.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/500s, f/4, ISO 400, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length, Skylum Intensify CK.

This is a good lens to rent for a trip to Walt Disney World if you do not own one. It will give you a different perspective of the resort.






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February 6, 2018

Disney Pic of the Week: Country Bear Jamboree

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

For the month of February, I am going to visit classic rides at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom starting with those fun loving bears in Frontierland's Country Bear Jamboree.

Below the picture will be a trivia question for you to answer in the Comments each week.

Henry is the Master of Ceremonies of the Country Bear Jamboree show in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Henry is the Master of Ceremonies of the Country Bear Jamboree show in Frontierland.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/25s, f/8, ISO 4500, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

What is the name of Henry's raccoon buddy? UPDATE: Wow, everyone got it right. The raccoon's name is Sammy. Thanks for playing!





February 5, 2018

Where in the World #522

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 #521:
Where in the World #521

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Scott Thomas

It’s Jiminy Cricket! I told you that you didn’t need to say where he is, but if you’re interested, he’s at the base of the Animal Kingdom tree.

The Nufranick Family were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Nufranick Family and to all our winners this week! Steve Porter, Linda Hoffman, Joann Albrecht, Al & Kerry Ganter, Michael O'brien, Michaela O'brien, Karen O' Brien, Susie Howard, Sue And Ed Adams, Vera And Izzy Williams, Bonnie Jean, Grumpy's Groupies, Gloria Martin, Nan Amor, Belicia, Scott C., Mike Amor, Matthew Frey, Scott Sangston, The Parker Family, Mark Hardy, Maureen And Warren Handy, Jo Ann Bailey, Vicki Britt, Claire Gregory, Team Hill, Tricia Petty, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Donald Purney, Erin Hammer, and Chris Kelly!

It’s time to draw the monthly winner and that person is: Ken Savage! Congratulations, Ken! You will be receiving a prize from Deb Wills!

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Challenge #522 Where in the world is this?

So where are we now? Want a hint? You’re looking at the bottom of the ride “car” as it goes over you.

Where in the World #522

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 8th, 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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February 2, 2018

In Search of Nepal at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I know I will never travel to Nepal like Indiana Jones did. Luckily, I can photograph Walt Disney World's version of Nepal at Disney's Animal Kingdom Expedition: EVEREST. I am always searching for new angles and compositions like Indy searched for rare artifacts. Walking over the metal bridge with Everest behind me I spotted one of the access trails to the seating area for the Rivers of Light nighttime show. That got me down to the water's edge where I took the photo you see here.

AExpedition: Everest in Asia at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Expedition: Everest in Asia at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 160, EV 0, 34mm Focal Length.

If I ignored all the sounds of the park around me, I could almost feel the call of the great mountain or maybe the sound I heard was of the guests screaming down the big drop of the ride. Anyway, the Sun was at a bad angle with lots of shadows in the wrong places. I used Skylum's Intensify CK to pull out the colorful details.

If you have not gotten into the habit, I urge you to always flip your camera into a vertical orientation to see if there is a good composition to be found. I zoomed in to simplify the composition as well. I liked how this photo flowed from green below to blue above with a nice gradient of natural colors in-between. The bridge is the only hint of civilization about.

TExpedition: Everest in Asia at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Expedition: Everest in Asia at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 250, EV 0, 38mm Focal Length.

I had fun in my search for Nepal. Think I will try another exotic location on my next trip to Walt Disney World.





January 30, 2018

Disney Pic of the Week: Be Our Guest

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have dined in each of the three rooms of the Be Our Guest restaurant in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom and, by far, my favorite is The Ballroom. Magnificent golden chandeliers hang overhead as the painted cherubs look down upon all the guests enjoying their meals. As close to being in the animated feature, Beauty and the Beast, as one can get.

The Ballroom of the Be Our Guest restaurant in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Ballroom of the Be Our Guest restaurant in Fantasyland.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/25s, f/8, ISO 4500, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

Yes, the grey stuff is delicious!





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