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July 27, 2018

Disney Summer Doldrums

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I am in the middle of a long time between visits to Walt Disney World. While I love photographing at WDW, most of the time I unable to be there. What does a Disney photographer do while counting down to the next Disney trip? In my case, I like to explore other aspects of photography via a personal photo blog I have been doing since 2008. There I share, at least, one photo every week. This does a few things, it keeps me on the lookout for subjects and/or events I would like to photograph, I learn new photography techniques to capture photographs, I learn new ways to process digital images and it keeps photography fresh for me. It all helps to improve my Disney photography in the process.

Mickey Mouse fireworks during the Fantasmic! stage show at the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mickey Mouse fireworks during the Fantasmic! Stage Show.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/10, ISO 1600, EV -1.3, 300mm Focal Length.

There are also other ways to keep stretching your photography skills. One photography website I recommend is the Digital Photography School or DPS. It is full of great and to the point articles on all aspects of digital photography from equipment to software, how-tos, exercises and sharing of great photography from other photographers. Articles cover the basics to the most advanced subjects. If you are interested in digital photography, I encourage you to sign up for the DPS Weekly Newsletter.

Here is a sample of articles taken from recent DPS Newsletters which would help us in taking better photographs at Disney parks or at home:

Five Simple Exercises to Improve your Photography

Are You Using Your Camera Wrong? 7 Errors You Need to Avoid

Tips for Photographing Real Estate Interiors

Now, do not laugh at the last article title. Ever wonder how Disney photos of resort rooms look so good and ours looks so bad? I will be trying out the ideas from the article on my next trip.

Meeting talking Mickey Mouse in the Town Center Theater on Main Street USA, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mickey Mouse and Me at the Town Center Theater on Main Street USA.
Copyright Walt Disney Company. Used with permission.

So, until my next Disney World trip (coming up in 122 days from today), I will continue to read, learn and practice to make the photos from that trip better than ever.

If you have a photography website you enjoy, please, share it in the Comments below.





July 24, 2018

Disney Pic of the Week: Treehouse Villa

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

View of a Treehouse Villa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
View of a Treehouse Villa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/80s, f/5, ISO 6400, EV 0.

View of a Treehouse Villa at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa from a ferry on the Sassagoula River. I remember when these were abandoned not too long ago. Nice to see them renovated with a warm glow to welcome guests again.





July 22, 2018

Where in the World #546

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 #545
Where in the World #545

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

A motorcycle outside The Royal Anandapur Tea Company in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It’s near Rivers of Light and Expedition Everest.

The Kertes Family: is Hannah demanding a finder's fee? :D

Jeff Blank, Columbo reference! That’s my new love!

Wendy T Faler was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Wendy and to all our winners this week! Joann Albrecht, Cathy Fleming, Ken Savage, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Michael Haeberle, Gloria Martin, Scott C, Belicia, Team Hill, Emily Hudson, Jim Finley, Nan Amor, Joseph M. Zafia, Margaret Convery, Vera And Izzy Williams, Sandie Albrecht, Stefan Owens, The Gunnels Gang, Phyllis, Kris Nixon, Chris Kelly, Hunter Armstrong, Luis Rodriguez, Deb Ragno, Sands Family, Bruce Hinterleitner, Chris, Gretchen, Katie Barnes, Mickey Eckert, Andy Hickey, Maureen And Warren Handy, Bonnie Jean, Martha & Justin Colllins, Linda Scrivano, Brian Mcwithey, Sue And Ed Adams, Jeremy A Hardy, Herb Miller, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, The Parker Family, Jodie S., Ruben Omeara, Kyra, Rebecca Keenan, Mark Hardy, Michael O'brien, Karen O' Brien, Michaela O'brien, Terry Harris, Pensacola Glenn, Grumpy's Groupies, Vicki Britt, The Kertes Family, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Jamie Steiner, George Mundy Jr, The Patterson Family, Jim Thompson, The Michalski Family, Robert P. Flaherty, Donald Purney, Jeff Blank, Maddie Inman, Linda Hoffman, Linda Ranatza, Vincent Degasperis, Diane Curfman, Eric Enli, and Hillary Waldroop!

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Challenge #546 Where in the world is this?

Let’s ease up a bit. Switching parks and going back 5 years or more. Be careful: there’s been a few types of these, so make sure you have the right retired one. 😊
Where in the World #546

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 26, 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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July 20, 2018

No Tripod Night Photography at Disney Springs

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney Springs at Walt Disney World is one place I very rarely bring a tripod to at night. Mainly because there is often a restaurant reservation with family or friends involved and I like to give them a break. That does not mean my camera is left behind.

With today's digital SLR or mirrorless cameras, there is no longer any worry about using high ISO photography. Some are so good as to go up to over 10,000 ISO without much noise to clean up. My Nikon D750 is getting to be a bit "old" compared to the latest models. Yet, it still handles noise up to ISO 6400 very well and it is easily cleaned up in post-production using a good photo editor like Adobe Lightroom.

You still need use at low shutter speeds and have good camera holding technique. I highly recommend reviewing this post I wrote back in 2008, which is still relevant today called Advanced Camera Holding and features the Da Grip video from Joe McNally. As you review the Exif data in the photos I share below, using Da Grip allowed me to step down my apertures two full stops from each lens' widest aperture.

Speaking of lenses, the first two photos were taken with the trusty Nifty-Fifty. This is one lens I tell all new owners of an interchangeable camera system to get. It is one lens which comes in handy at Walt Disney World from morning to night.

The Rainforest Café's volcano puts on a show several times each day but is most impressive at night.

Rainforest Café volcano show at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Rainforest Café volcano show at Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/20s, f/5.6, ISO 6400, EV 0.

I have eaten at Splitsville but have yet to throw a ball down one of its lanes. Probably because my bowling balls are to heavy to travel with. Perhaps, someday I will rent some shoes and give it a try. The place sure looks great at night with all the neon lighting.

Splitsville Luxury Lanes restaurant and bowling alley at night in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Splitsville Luxury Lanes restaurant and bowling alley at night.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/50s, f/5.6, ISO 6400, EV 0.

On the top deck of the Paddlefish Restaurant there is an outside bar and lounge with a nice view of the Marketplace. Yes, using Da Grip and a Vibration Reduction or VR lens, it is not hard to hand-hold at 1/4 of a second. I always take several exposures to make sure I get a few sharp ones.

View of Disney Springs Marketplace from the top deck of the Paddlefish restaurant at night, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
View of Disney Springs Marketplace from the top deck of the Paddlefish restaurant at night.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/4s, f/8, ISO 6400, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Cropped.

The Coca Cola Store at night is very red but another impressive sight at night.

Coca-Cola Store at night in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Coca-Cola Store at night in Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/20s, f/8, ISO 6400, EV 0, 17mm Focal Length.

I encourage you to read over my past blog posts and go out and practice shooting at night without a tripod.

Now, if you want to get those long multi-second night photos, you have to use a tripod. Check out this blog post on Using a Tripod at Walt Disney World. It is not as hard as you might think it is.





July 17, 2018

Disney Pic of the Week: Port Orleans Riverside

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Water fountain outside a Magnolia Bend mansion building in Disney's Port Orleans Riverside resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Water fountain at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside resort.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/4s, f/4, ISO 1000, EV 0.

Water fountain outside a Magnolia Bend mansion building in Disney's Port Orleans Riverside resort at night. This was hand held using a Nift-Fifty (50mm f/1.8) lens. The color cast is from the sodium lighting used outside at POR.





July 15, 2018

Where in the World #545

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 #544
Where in the World #544

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

The crest for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers in the opened "secret room" in the Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom.

Tammy Warmouth was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Tammy and to all our winners this week! Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Gloria Martin, Chris Kelly, Joann Albrecht, Belicia, Scott C., Joseph M. Zafia, Bruce Hinterleitner, Margaret Convery, Team Hill, The Gunnels Gang, Maddie Inman, Jen Tremley, Carol Baranowsky, Bonnie Jean, Deb Ragno, Craig, Andreas Beer, Luis Rodriguez, Phyllis, Tj, Mis Jamie Marie, Grumpy's Groupies, Maureen And Warren Handy, Theresa Maradei, Jim Finley, Nan Amor, The Kertes Family, Julia And Carol Wickware, Smitty, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Hillary Waldroop, Sue And Ed Adams, Vera And Izzy Williams, Ruben Omeara, Renee Hardiman, The Parker Family, Kyra, Claire Gregory, Mickey Eckert, Brian Mcwithey, The Fosbender Family, Jeff Blank, Jeremy A Hardy, Linda Ranatza, Ashley Collins, Emma Ramsey, Mike Amor, Tricia Petty, Barry Sklenar, Wayne Chadourne, Rebecca Keenan, Jamie Steiner, Patrick Broaddus, Mark Hardy, Emily Hudson, Pensacola Glenn, Karen Spreitzer, Jamie Poynton, Carla C, Cheryl Chambers, Jeremy Reichelt, Martha & Justin Colllins, Sharon Pierce, Jackie Graebel, Diane Curfman, Laney, Donald Purney, Jane Johnson, Shirley Garcowski, Hunter Armstrong, Christi Ison, Linda Scrivano, Vincent Degasperis, and George Mundy Jr!

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Challenge #545 Where in the world is this?

Could be a toughie, could be a medium level challenge. Switching parks:
Where in the World #545

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 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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July 13, 2018

Meet the Real Doc Hudson from the Disney Movie, Cars

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Every once in awhile, the Disney fan in me meets up with a real life Disney star. During the summer, I go to a few car events in my area. A couple of weeks ago, I came across a beautiful 1951 Hudson Hornet. Yes, like many cars in the Disney animated movie Cars, "Doc" Hudson had a real life version. Just check out the photos I got of the stock car version starting with the truck showing the Hornet emblem.

Trunk of a 1951 Hudson Hornet photographed near Syracuse, New York
Trunk of a 1951 Hudson Hornet car.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 1000, EV 0, 44mm Focal Length.

The rocket ship shaped Hornet emblem also appears on each quarter panel of the Hudson.

Quarter panel emblem of a 1951 Hudson Hornet photographed near Syracuse, New York
Quarter panel emblem of a 1951 Hudson Hornet car.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 2800, EV 0, 85mm Focal Length.

What made the Hudson Hornet so fabulous in real life was it's Twin H-Power of the dual carburetors.

Twin H-Power dual carburetors of a 1951 Hudson Hornet photographed near Syracuse, New York
Twin H-Power dual carburetors of a 1951 Hudson Hornet car.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/80s, f/8, ISO 4000, EV 0, 55mm Focal Length.

Being a stock car, this Hudson Hornet had a dashboard of the early 1950's. Stark but functional.

Dashboard of a 1951 Hudson Hornet photographed near Syracuse, New York
Dashboard of a 1951 Hudson Hornet car.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/50s, f/8, ISO 4000, EV 0, 44mm Focal Length.

Here are the front and rear views of the 1951 Hudson Hornet which was in great shape for a car that is 67 years old.

Front and rear views of a 1951 Hudson Hornet photographed near Syracuse, New York
Front and rear views of a 1951 Hudson Hornet car.

Now, compare the real thing with the race trimmed "Doc" Hudson from the movie. The Pixar animators did a great job.

Doc Hudson from the movie Cars
Doc Hudson from the movie Cars.

So, as you wander about your life, be on the lookout for Disney references. You just never know when you will run into a Disney Movie Star like I did when I visited Carsland at Disney's California Adventure a few years ago.





July 10, 2018

Disney Pic of the Week: Bayside Marina

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Bayside Marina Waterways map near Disney's Yacht and Beach Club resorts, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Bayside Marina Waterways map near Disney's Yacht and Beach Club resorts.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 220, EV 0, 62mm Focal Length.

The Bayside Marina serves both of Disney's Yacht and Beach Club resorts on Crescent Lake. At the marina you can rent pontoon boats for a family cruise or Sea Raycers speed boats which can reach speeds up to 22mph. The waterways map shows where rental boats can go and when to go slow in the No Wake zones.

Illuminations cruises depart from Bayside Marina nightly.





July 8, 2018

Where in the World #544

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!

Bastille Day is approaching! Have a wonderful time to all our Players in France!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #543
Where in the World #543

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

The Fife and Drum Corps in the American Pavilion, paying homage to the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. You can find this picture in our Desktops sections if you’d like to see it larger. I miss them too; to me, they were an integral part of the pavilion.

Bruce Hinterleitner was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Bruce and to all our winners this week! Stefan Owens, Belicia, Andrew Carrieri, Scott C, Bonnie Jean, Nan Amor, Eric Nesbit, Robert Wescovich, Martha And Justin Collins, Joann Albrecht, Dee Dee Kenney, Deb Gallo, Julie And Carol Wickware, Grumpy's Groupies, Josh Weiss, Sandie Albrecht, Wendy T Faler, Phyllis, Erin Hammer, Deb Ragno, Wayne Chadouurne, Karen Ramirez, Herb Miller, Team Bonnie Sue, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Michael Haeberle, Linda Hoffman, Vera And Izzy Williams, Vicki Britt, Scott Greenbaum, Andy Hickey, Carol Baranowsky, Jim Finley, Luis Rodriguez, Mickey Eckert, Gloria Martin, Claire Gregory, Kyra, Jeff Blank, Karen Schlumpf, Ken Maikowski, Karen Adamakis, The Fosbender Family, The Gunnels Gang, Linda Ranatza, Joseph M. Zafia, Ken Savage, Cheryl Chambers, Bob Patterson, Emma Ramsey, Brian Gallant, Susan Higginbotham, The Parker Family, Mike Amor, Janet T Thorn, John Paul C., Joyce Tofflemire, Tricia Petty, The Nufranick Family, Jim Thompson, Mark Hardy, Pam Lorenz, Emily Hudson, Joe Pfrangle, Chris Kelly, Jamie Steiner, Al & Kerry Ganter, Steve Knapp, Theresa Rucando, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Catherine Fleming, Rebecca Keenan, George Mundy Jr, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Lori Rienhardt, Lynn, Margaret Convery, Team Hill, K Beasley, Arlene Vicek, Brian Mcwithey, Eric Enli, Pensacola Glenn, Karrie Rodriguez, Jamie Poynton, Hunter Armstrong, Terry Harris, Teri Michalski, Karen Bellamy, Smitt, Mis Jamie Marie, Jodie S., Sheila Bagg, Donald Purney, Jo Ann Bailey, Hillary Waldroop, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Tammy Warmouth, Thomas Higbee Sr, Jackie Graebel, Sue And Ed Adams, Shirley Garcowski, Linda College, Stacie Huang, Jane Johnson, The Kertes Family, Jodi Cook, Vincent Degasperis, Christi Ison, Maddie Inman, Diane Curfman, Gallagher Family, and Elaine Prosecky!

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Challenge #544 Where in the world is this?

OK! Some Players asked for tougher challenges so here we go! We're in the parks and this place is relatively new being only a few years old.
Where in the World #544

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 12th, 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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July 6, 2018

Fireworks and Monorails at Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A monorail passes Journey into Imagination's Reverse Waterfall as Illuminations fireworks explode overhead in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A monorail passes Journey into Imagination's Reverse Waterfall as Illuminations fireworks explode overhead.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 15.7s, f/9, ISO 400, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Tripod.

Scott is taking this week off to enjoy Fourth of July festivities which will include fireworks. It reminded him of this photo of a monorail passing Journey into Imagination's Reverse Waterfall as Illuminations fireworks exploded overhead in Epcot's Future World from 2011.

Scott will be back next week sharing more photographic tips from Disney properties.





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