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March 27, 2018

Disney Pic of the Week: Princess Anna

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Princess Anna during the For the First Time in Forever: Frozen Sing-Along Celebration stage show in the Hyperion Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Princess Anna during the For the First Time in Forever: Frozen Sing-Along Celebration stage show.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 120mm Focal Length.

I feel Princess Anna was the real Disney heroine of Frozen and really enjoyed photographing her during the First Time in Forever: Frozen Sing-Along Celebration stage show in the Hyperion Theater at Disney's Hollywood Studios. My wife would argue the hero was Olaf.





March 25, 2018

Where in the World #529

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 #528
Where in the World #528

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

We’re looking at the Swan Hotel via the webcam on the Dolphin. Or “The Swolphin” as Chloe Mayhew put it. 😊

Sandie Albrecht was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Sandie and to all our winners this week! Stefan Owens, Ken Savage, Grumpy's Groupies, Al & Kerry Ganter, Team Hill, Wendy T Faler, Bonnie Jean, Mary Beth Tarbet, Leach Family, Brian Gallant, Michael O'brien, Phyllis, Karen O' Brien, Michaela O'brien, The Kertes Family, Martha & Justin Collins, Maureen And Warren Handy, Joann Albrecht, Bob Henriksen, Jeff Sidebotham, Michael Haeberle, Herb Miller, Sue And Ed Adams, K Beasley, Kara & Jay R, Steve Porter, Emily Hudson, Jim Thompson, Team Bonnie Sue, Megan Conley, Mike Walters, Robert Wescovich, Emily Eldridge, Andrea Flanders, Bruce Hinterleitner, Ronnie Alvarado, Jennifer Hess, Julia And Carol Wickware, Vera And Izzy Williams, Emma Ramsey, Tom Koval, Dee Dee Kenney, Karen Taylor, Joseph M. Zafia, Sharon Powell, Chris Kelly, The Tisdale Family, Hobbes And Snorky, Tim Johansen, Gloria Martin, Ruben O'meara, Theresa Rucando, Laurie Walker, Linda Scrivano, The Parker Family, Ken Maikowski, Kenny, Susie Howard, Stacie Huang, Wayne Chadourne, Belicia Cullen, Scott C, Andy Hickey, Antoinette Leblanc, Kris Nixon, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Tricia Petty, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Anne Duque, John Paul C., Susan Higginbotham, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Karen Schlumpf, Annette Nuenke, Smitty, Brian Richmond, Eric Berger, Vicki Britt, Maryann Romagnano, Linda Ranatza, Andrew Carrieri, Deb Ragno, Ed Suscreba, Beth B Mcmeekin, Eric Enli, Sands Family, Cathy Fleming, Tammy Warmouth, Kyra, Cheryl Costello, Nan Amor, The Rider Family, Jodi Cook, Erin Hammer, Jeff Blank, Theresa Maradei, Mickey Eckert, Jim Finley, Luis Rodriguez, Karen Ramirez, Bob Patterson, Josh Weiss, Hillary Waldroop, Susan Doucette, Janet T Thorn, Cameron Lange, Blake Schmidt, Mike Amor, Cathy Connors, The Modeckis, Pensacola Glenn, Paul Ignudo, Jeremy Reichelt, Joyce Tofflemire, Terry Harris, Chuck Everson, Karen Aguiar, Melissa Littman, The Nufranick Family, Karen Bellamy, Karrie Rodriguez, Scott Sangston, Wayne Witherspoon, Carol Baranowsky, Maddie Inman, The Patterson Family, Mike Malampy, Jamie Steiner, Dave Collingtom, Matt Earl, Deb Gallo, Mis Jamie Marie, Hunter Armstrong, Tracy Discher, Carri Marotto, Patricia Morin, Pam Lorenz, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Shannon Benton, Barry Sklenar, Sandy Ceplecha, Chloe Mayhew, Margaret Convery, Les Whitten, Lara Crook, Brian Mcwithey, Maureen Marie Tavrell, Terry W., George Mundy Jr, Renee Hardiman, Ruth Woodhouse, Jamie Poynton, Barclay Bakkum, Sheila Bagg, Sharon Leitgeb, Christi Ison, Donald Purney, Jodie S., Liz Moreau, Robert P. Flaherty, Monica, Jackie Graebel, Jo Ann Bailey, Rebecca Keenan, Thomas R Higbee Sr, Gallagher Family, The Olszak Family, Christy Schor, Eleanor Karwowski, Jacqueline Klafeta, Eileen Miller, Jane Johnson, Barb Welshhans, Bobby Welshhans, Amanda Garrett, Shirley Garcowski, Jolynn Digiallonardo, and Claire Gregory!

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Challenge #529 Where in the world is this?

A few people thought last week was too easy. Haven’t done this in awhile, but you know that phrase: Double Challenge!

The first, tougher one: where is this water?
Where in the World #529

The second, regular Challenge: you don’t have to tell me where this is, just what it is. Hint: it’s been removed.
Where in the World #529

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 29th, 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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March 23, 2018

Super Bokeh at the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

For me, the most fun you can have photographing in a Disney property is taking only one lens for a time period like a day. When I do, I almost always choose to use a Nifty-Fifty which is a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. Using Aperture Priority mode, a Nifty-Fifty can handle any depth of field I may want.

Most photographers love bokeh. Bokeh is defined as the out of focus area behind a sharply focused subject. It is a great way to put your subject front and center with a busy background which often happens at Walt Disney World or any popular location. With a Nifty-Fifty aperture set close to or completely wide open, you can get what I call super bokeh. To get such extreme bokeh you need to get very close to the subject. In the Magic Kingdom's Central Plaza there are statuettes of several classic Disney characters. Jiminy Cricket advising Pinocchio is challenging when using the Nifty-Fifty close to being wide open. The focus point is key and, like with a real boy, I made sure my focus was on Pinocchio's eye. You will notice his shoes and even his ears are in soft focus while the background is completely out of focus yet, you notice the shapes of both Cinderella Castle and the water fountain behind him.

Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket statuette in the Central Plaza at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket statuette in the Central Plaza at Magic Kingdo.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/250s, f/2.8, ISO 100, EV 0.

Over at the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, the sword of the Sword in the Stone is relatively flat compared to the statuette of Pinocchio which allowed me to open up the 50mm lens to f/1.8 and create even more bokeh behind it.

Sword in the Stone in front of the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sword in the Stone in front of the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel in Fantasyland.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/640s, f/1.8, ISO 100, EV 0.

To find out how close you need to be with your camera and lens, set up some objects on a table with objects in the background at home and practice. Then take a walk in a nearby park with things like statues, flowers, benches, people, etc. are and try to duplicate your results. This will take out the guess work when you are visiting Walt Disney World.






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March 20, 2018

Disney Pic of the Week: Merida

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Merida on the Brave float in the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Merida on the Brave float in the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade on Main Street USA.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 120mm Focal Length.

Disney heroine, Merida waving to guests on the Main Street Train Station platform during a Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade in the Magic Kingdom.





March 18, 2018

Where in the World #528

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’m sorry this was late on Sunday. ☹

Now for Challenge #527
Where in the World #527

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

The Mexico Pavilion at Epcot!

Antoinette Leblanc was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Phyllis and to all our winners this week! Phyllis, Tammy Warmouth , Cathy Fleming , Kris Nixon, Theresa Rucando, Belicia Cullen, Scott C, The Kertes Family, Ed Suscreba, Joseph M. Zafia, Grumpy's Groupies, Janet T Thorn, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, The Parker Family, John Stella, Claire Gregory, Mike Walter, Julia And Carol Wickware, Team Hill, Josh Weiss, Joann Albrecht , The Nufranick Family, Bonnie Jean, Ken Savage, Sandie Albrecht, Andy Hickey, Herb Miller, Sue And Ed Adams, Ken Maikowski, Chris, Mary Beth Tarbet, Melissa, Margaret Convery, Diane Curfman, Luis Rodriguez, Gloria Martin , Maddie Inman, Martha And Justin Collins , Vera And Izzy Williams, John Paul C., Carol Baranowsky, Chris Kelly, Dee Dee Kenney, Steve Porter, Andrew Carrieri, Jim Finley, Karen Schlumpf, K Beasley, Marsha Waidelich , Emma Ramsey, Ruben O'meara, The Tisdale Family , Jodi Cook, Deb Ragno, Sharon Powell, Nan Amor, Andreas Beer, Jason Steinmetz, Axel Beer, Tricia Petty, Smitty, Ronnie Alvarado, Lori Rienhardt, Melissa Littman, Beth Mcmeekin, The Rider Family , Sands Family, Al & Kerry Ganter, Brian Richmond, Carolyn Como, Lenz Family, Jim Thompson, Hobbes And Snorky, Mis Jamie Marie, Mis Jamie Marie, Laurie Walker, Bruce Hinterleitner, Tom Mcmanus , Karen Adamakis, Emily Hudson, Team Bonnie Sue, Susan Higginbotham , Maureen And Warren Handy, Eric Berger, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Vicki Britt, Matthew Cofone, Leach Family, Linda Hoffman, Karen Taylor, Elaine Prosecky, Jennifer Hess, Karen Ramirez, Melissa Haeberle, Kyra, The Olszak Family, Bob Henriksen, Cheryl Costello, John Warner, Doug Olson Family, Scott Greenbaum, Emily Eldridge, Erin Hammer, Jeff Blank, Robert Wescovich, Jeremy Hardy, Theresa Maradei , Linda Ranatza, Ashley Collins , Bob Patterson, Brian Gallant, Wayne Chadourne, Cameron Lange, Maureen Marie Tavrell, Paul Ignudo, Jeremy Reichelt, Jamie Steiner, Karrie Rodriguez, Joyce Tofflemire, Matthew Frey, Tim Johansen, Chuck Everson, Scott Sangston, Patricia Morin, Jamie Poynton, Heather Stevens, Shannon Benton, Jodie S., Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Michelle Palazzo, Matt Earl, The Patterson Family, Monica, Double Family, Karen Bellamy, Sandy Ceplecha, Stacie Huang, Tommy Montgomery, Cathy Connors, Rebecca Keenan, Wayne E Witherspoon, Jane Edgecomb, Renee Hardiman, George Mundy Jr, Sheila Bagg, Jackie Graebel , Ruth Cookson, Liz Moreau , Robert P. Flaherty, Donald Purney, Jo Ann Bailey , Karen Ford, Maryann Daly, Mark Hardy, Shirley Garcowski, Davida, Tracy Discher, Tracy Discher, Tom Koval, Jacqueline Klafeta, Mike Malampy, Terry Harris, Jeri Copestick, Jane Johnson, Leigh Mertz, and The Gunnels Gang!

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Challenge #528 Where in the world is this?

Leaving the parks to look at resorts. One particular resort! Hint: it’s one of the few Disney World webcams still out there!

Where in the World #528

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

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March 16, 2018

Don't Stand when Photographing at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Hey, listen up! Don't stand when photographing if you want to take unique and different photographs at Walt Disney World or anywhere else. I will say most of the photos we take we are standing and it shows. They are not as interesting as there are so many of the same everywhere you look online, in magazines and even billboards. I often tell people when taking photographs of children or small animals to get level with their eyes. In that way, you are not looking down on them.

For this blog, I show how not standing can create unique and memorable photographs. Starting with the beautiful Beauty and the Beast topiaries I photographed in the France pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase during the Flower and Garden Festival a couple of years ago. I kneeled down and rested my elbows on the concrete edge surrounding them. This allowed me to use the flowers in front of them as foreground interest with the pavilion's buildings in the background. With the Sun behind them, I used fill flash to balance out the light.

Beauty and the Beast topiaries in the France pavilion during the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Beauty and the Beast topiaries in the France pavilion during the Flower and Garden Festival back in 2016.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/200s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

I used a wide angle lens which distorted the buildings a bit. I decided I liked how they framed the topiaries and left the distortion in.

After riding Test Track in Epcot's Future World, people walk through Chevrolet's showroom. In 2015, this white Corvette got me to kneel down using a fisheye lens. The extreme wide view of the fisheye and the low angle allowed me to include not only the car but the ceiling, too. An area most people do not bother to see.

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

Returning to another Flower and Garden Festival, this time in 2014, I was sitting down on the edge of the walkway near the Norway pavilion when I looked over my shoulder and saw this troll. I quickly took in the composition with my camera and snapped another low angle view.

Troll topiary among the flowers at Epcot's Norway pavilion in World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Troll topiary among the flowers at Epcot's Norway pavilion.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 2200, EV -0.3, 24mm Focal Length.

When I got the idea to tell you don't stand to photograph at Walt Disney World, I thought I would have lots of examples as I often kneel to take pictures while in the parks. What I found was many of those photos do not look like I was kneeling because of the subject being at the same height as my camera. This tells me I need to get even lower on my next trip. My knees might complain but I will be much happier with the results. Give it a try!






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March 13, 2018

Disney Pic of the Week: Mulan

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Mulan smiling for guests in Epcot's China pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mulan smiling for guests in Epcot's China pavilion.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 300mm Focal Length.

Disney heroine, Mulan smiling for guests in Epcot's China pavilion.





March 11, 2018

Where in the World #527

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 that Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Now for Challenge #526:
Where in the World #526

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

Here he is at Lights! Motors! Action! at Disney's Hollywood Studios. He still is at All Star Movies where I took 8,799 photos of him. :)

Here’s me with Herbie; I totally squealed!
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell

And here he is with his own camper checking into the Fort Wilderness section of my Christmas Village. (It was a happy day when I found him and that camper on eBay!)
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell

OK, I’m done now. :D

Matthew Frey, I forgot about Herbie’s other appearances! Tool Time: that was awesome.

Phyllis was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Phyllis and to all our winners this week! Steve Porter, Matt Wildey, Melissa Katz, Jennifer Hess, Wayne Chadourne, Marsha Waidelich, Mike Walter, Ken Maikowski, Chloe Mayhew, Melissa Rymer, Karla Jackson, Leach Family, Cathy Fleming, Beth B Mcmeekin, Madde Inman, Anne Duque, Michael O'regan, Jodie S., John Paul C., Gloria Martin, Tom Mcmanus, The Reichl, Sue And Ed Adams, Baton Rouge, Hillary Waldroop, Tracy Discher, Eric Berger, Julia And Carol Wickware, Shelby Watson, Mary Tougas, Stacie Huang, Kyra, Joseph M. Zafia, Ruth Woodhouse, Jason Steinmetz, Martha & Justin Collins, Bob Patterson, Vicki Britt, Jodi Cook, Theresa Rucando, Robert Wescovich, Vickie Smialkowski, Brian Mcwithey, Janet T. Thorn, Laurie Walker, Andy Hickey, Emily Hudson, Linda Ranatza, Joann Albrecht, Sandie Albrecht, Michael O'brien, Karen O' Brien, Michaela O'brien, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Belicia Cullen, Scott C, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Antoinette Leblanc, Blake Schmidt, Chris Kelly, Susie Howard, Michael Haeberle, Grumpy's Groupies, Herb Miller, Mis Jamie Marie, Lori Rienhardt, Karen Adamakis, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Smitty, Jim Finley, Linda Hoffman, Linda College, Luis Rodriguez, Mary Beth Tarbet, Claire Gregory, Karen Schlumpf, The Modeckis, Diane Curfman, The Parker Family, Josh Weiss, Maureen And Warren Handy, Tricia Petty, Ed Suscreba, Wendy T Faler, Kenneth Jackson, Sharon Powell, The Kertes Family, Hunter Armstrong, Susan Higginbotham, Team Hill, Bonnie Jean, K Beasley, Team Bonnie Sue, Sands Family, Christi Ison, Margaret Convery, Carol Baranowsky, Jen Tremley, Bruce Hinterleitner, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Linda Scrivano, Stefan Owens, Andreas Beer, The Nufranick Family, Thetisdalefamily, Tom Koval, Deb Ragno, Hobbes And Snorky, Andrew Carrieri, Jeremy Hardy, Dee Dee Kenney, Tammy Warmouth, Jim Thompson, Emma Ramsey, Nadine Miltier, Karen Taylor, Mickey Eckert, David J Uchtman, Malampy(benco Families), Arlene Vicek, Erin Hammer, Kris Nixon, Gallagher Family, Doug Olson Family, Cheryl Costello, Jeff Blank, Brian Gallant, Michael Nelson, Cathy Connors, Wade And Rosanne Williams, Karrie Rodriguez, Vera And Izzy Williams, Matthew Frey, Susan Doucette, Christopher Thacker, Jeremy Reichelt, Leigh Mertz, Carri Marotto, The Patterson Family, Jamie Steiner, Rebecca Keenan, Matt Earl, Ken Savage, Steve Knapp, Jamie Poynton, Paul Ignudo, Cameron Lange, Janice Johnson-rickert, Karen Bellamy, Lynn Smith, Monic, Ruben O'meara, Tim Johansen, Steven Moss, Davida, Pensacola Glenn, Shannon Benton, Ruth Cookson, Barclay Bakkum, David Bballard, Sheila Bagg, Jackie Graebel, Jo Ann Bailey, Jane Johnson, Donald Purney, Theresa Maradei, Shirley Garcowski, Todd Johns, Sherry Trapp, Melissa Littman, Terry Harris, Bob Heaton, Heather Stevens, George Mundy Jr, Barry Sklenar, Nan Amor, Scott Sangston, Mark Hardy, Maryann Eckenrode, Jessica Polizzotto, and Eric Enli!

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Challenge #527 Where in the world is this?

Changing parks! Hmmm… this building is pretty with its lighting. And you can see the IllumiNations control booth (which I learned about in the Kingdom Keeper books)!

Where in the World #527

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

Photographing Flowers and Gardens

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Dragon topiary in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in the China pavilion at Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dragon topiary in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in the China pavilion at Epcot.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 25mm Focal Length.

This year's Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot is currently going on. I am not much of a flower photographer by my own admission. In fact, a few years ago I invited a very accomplished photographer to write a guest article on my personal photography blog about flower and garden photography. I share it with you below:

Garden Photography: Capturing the Beauty of Your Garden by Cindy Dyer

Cindy gives great advice from equipment to how best to bring out the beauty of flowers, gardens and the creatures who live among them.





March 6, 2018

Disney Pic of the Week: Belle

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

For the next month, I will be featuring Disney Heroines.

Enchanted Tales with Belle in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Belle and Lumiere during the Enchanted Tales with Belle in Fantasyland.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/250s, f/4, ISO 3200, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length, Cropped.

Belle, in her yellow dress, and Lumiere posed for a nice portrait during the Enchanted Tales with Belle in Fantasyland.





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