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April 11, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Bus

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney buses are the most used mode of transportation at Walt Disney World. They meet us at the airport, transport us to all points within the resort and go out of their way to accommodate guests from newborns to the elderly. However, I must admit, the bus pictured below was a very special one for my wife and me as it took us from Disney's Wilderness Lodge to the Christening Cruise of the Disney Dream cruise ship back in January 2011.

Disney Cruise Line bus at Disney's Wilderness Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Disney Cruise Line bus at Disney's Wilderness Resort.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320, f/9, ISO 800, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow with her Disney Bus pic.

April 9, 2017

Where in the World #479

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!

It’s a busy week for holidays!

First, we start with Palm Sunday. I loved it as a kid; I use to “crack” the Palms like a whip and got into trouble with my mom. 😊 Then Passover. I’m not Jewish, but a friend invited me over to celebrate with them; I’m looking forward to it. Then we have Holy Thursday & Good Friday.

Whatever you may be celebrating, I hope you have a wonderful time.

Now for Challenge #478:
Where in the World #478

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

Yeah, this was a toughie! Probably the third most difficult one we’ve had. I hoped the hint would help… let’s see if it did:

We’re in the Island Mercantile store on Discovery Island in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This particular art piece is a penguin plane; there are butterfly ones too if you look up the next time you’re there.

Bob & Kathy Mckim was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Bob & Kathy Mckim and to all our winners this week! Evanna Huda, Larissa Huda, Kris Nixon, Maureen And Warren Handy, Diane Curfman, The Rider Family, Kristi Strembicki, Donna Frank, Team Hill, Beth Littman, Andrew Carrieri, Joann Albrecht, Theresa Maradei, Isabel Johansen, Jeremy Reichelt, Rebecca Keenan, Vicki Britt, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Linda Hoffman, Smitty, Hillary Waldroop, Don Purney, John Warner, Jane Johnson, Kristan Bertelmann, Kerri Coggins, and Claire Gregory!

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Challenge #479 Where in the world is this?

This has things for a lot of different fans! It’s part of a new-ish upgrade to an existing classic attraction. I made sure you could Google the tapestry words if you wanted. If you ever had writer’s block, you begged your muse for the same thing! And last, just for fun: does anyone else think of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” when you read those words on the page?

Where in the World #479
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, April 6th, 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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April 7, 2017

Disney Springs Intensified

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

During my last visit to Disney Springs, two locations were finally finished and open for business which I wanted to photograph. The first was the Planet Hollywood Observatory which recently re-opened after an extensive renovation to fit in with the Disney Springs theme.

The first photo was taken Straight Out Of the Camera or SOOC to most photographers. It is a fairly flat photo with dark and light regions.

Planet Hollywood Observatory Restaurant at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Planet Hollywood Observatory Restaurant at Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 560, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

Below is what the Planet Hollywood Observatory looks like after using Macphun's Intensify CK photo editor which I use as a plug-in for Adobe's Lightroom CC. Intensify CK has starting filters of all kinds for many situations. I use a few favorites. The one I used here was the Soft HDR filter which makes a series of adjustments over one image in one click of the mouse. It is a real time saver for me when photos come SOOC with many photo editing challenges. I could have done it all myself but it would have taken 15 to 30 minutes to get it close to this.

Planet Hollywood Observatory Restaurant at Disney Springs edited in Macphun Intensify CK, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Planet Hollywood Observatory Restaurant at Disney Springs edited in Macphun Intensify CK.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 560, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar located in The Landing area of Disney Springs is just a great idea, period. Disney could have put this anywhere on property and it would have been a hit. For me, the entrance to the building and the use of textured surfaces make it a perfect subject to use Intensify CK with. First, the Before Photo which is heavily backlighted late on a Florida afternoon.

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar in Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125, f/8, ISO 2000, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

Here I applied the Enhance Shadows filter at 85% to dramatically open up all the shadows in the original photo. Now you can see all the metal, glass and wood textures used by Disney in the construction of the bar and lounge.

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar in Disney Springs edited in Macphun Intensify CK, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar in Disney Springs edited in Macphun Intensify CK.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125, f/8, ISO 2000, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

In each case, after I was done in Intensify CK, I returned to Lightroom to finish up the image. Adding sharpness and clarity. Most times, Intenisfy CK will add digital noise which Lightroom has little trouble dealing with. In the end, I get a great looking image in far less time.

Do you need to be a Photoshop wizard? Not with such tools as Macphun produces for Apple Mac users. Check them out to see all their photo editing products.

April 5, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Watercraft

Deb's Digest Blog

Here's an oldie but a goodie... wish I had gotten to ride this more than once before it was gone.

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Anyone have any great Keel Boat photos to share??

April 4, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Watercraft

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

One of the reasons I enjoy staying at either the Port Orleans Riverside or French Quarter Resorts is the ease of getting to Disney Springs using the water ferries on the Sassagoula River. They are a relaxing way to travel to and fro the resorts and the re-imagined shopping and entertainment complex.

Memphis Miss water ferry on the Sassagoula River near the Port Orleans Riverside resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Memphis Miss water ferry on the Sassagoula River near the Port Orleans Riverside resort.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60, f/11, ISO 200, EV 0, 82mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her watercraft photo.

April 2, 2017

Where in the World #478

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!

Happy Belated April Fool’s Day! Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #477:
Where in the World #477

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

I’m on the Liberty Square Riverboat looking at Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom. I’m passing the Haunted Mansion on the left, Hall of Presidents ahead in the background, and the dock is just out of sight on the right. I took this during a “photo walk” – in this case, “photo ride” 😃 – with the Magic In Pixels group. What a great time!

To be specific, Bruce Hinterleitner, the Haunted Mansion is downstage left. ;)

Eric Berger was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Eric and to all our winners this week! The Parker Family, Sandie Albrecht, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Ken Savage, Evanna Huda, Margaret Convery, Suzanne Denham, Michaela O'brien, Jan Rosato, Theresa Rucando, Jennifer Rowell, Kristi Strembicki, Linda Ranatza, The Kertes Family, Deb Ragno, Christine Brown, Mary Beth Tarbet, Joann Albrecht, Al & Kerry Ganter, Vera And Izzy Williams, Bruce Hinterleitner, Bonnie Jean, The Nufranick Family, Carol Gamill, Karen Bellamy, Susie Howard, Alex Gamill, Joseph M. Zafia, Jay Rueckel, Kerri Coggins, Nikki Comstock, Tricia Petty, Phyllis, Marsha Waidelich, Vickie Smialkowski, Kris Nixon, John Bickers, Tim Johansen, Claire Gregory, Ellen Sullivan, Chris Horne, Sharon Powell, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Linda College, Ken Maikowski, Belicia C, Axel Beer, Andreas Beer, Scottc, Team Hill, Megan Krainski, Ashley Collins, Dee Dee Kenney, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Wayne Chadourne, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, The Gunnels Gang, Susan Higginbotham, Duskin Henard, Andrew Carrieri, Tom Koval, Michael And Jackie Mclucas, Grumpy's Groupies, The Modecki's, Scott Tatelman, The Modecki's, Melissa Haeberle, Carol Baranowsky, Linda Hoffman, Jp Carnell, Sue And Ed Adams, Jodi Cook, Matt Wildey, K Beasley, Deb Gallo, Vicki Britt, Angela S., Theresa Maradei, Diane Curfman, Diane Curfman, Jamie Steiner, Julia And Carol Wickware, Tim Savlick, Karen Ramirez, Nan Amor, Linda Scrivano, Chris Kelly, Evald Olson, Lori Rienhardt, Patrick Broaddus, Janet Thorn, Martha & Justin Collins, Jim Thompson, Maureen And Warren Handy, Mickey Eckert, Patty Carty, Hobbes And Snorky, Tammy Warmouth, Team Bonnie Sue, Kye Layton, Kyra, Robert Massie, Jim Finley, Ruth Woodhouse, Jeremy A Hardy, Eric Enli, Wendy T Faler, Paul Dickson, Loring Family, Mike Mondoux, Luis Rodriguez, Arlene Vicek, Stefan Owens, Ben M, Brian Mcwithey, Maryann Romagnano, Susan Doucette, Karen Adamakis, Becky Norman, Ed Suscreba, Mike Amor, John Warner, Joyce & Steve, Gloria Martin, Josh Weiss, Carla C, The Long Family, Karen Schlumpf, Les Stewart, Hillary Waldroop, Herb Miller, Dallas Hamilton, Brian Gallant, Chris Bauman, Lexxie Biel, Paul Ignudo, Joyce Tofflemire, Matt Holley, Dave Carriere, Jeremy Reichelt, Mary Greger, Josette Gabel, Mis Jamie Marie, Rebecca Keenan, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Robert Wescovich, Monica, Patti Mccaffrey, John Casey, Karen Spreitzer, Emma Ramsey, Mark Donahue, Jeff Blank, Jason Steinmetz, Matt Earl, Carolyn Duff, Tracy Discher, Amanda Brayman, George Mundy Jr, Miller Family, Barclay Bakkum, Collette Beuther, Jo Ann Bailey, Jennifer Hess, Robert P. Flaherty, Don Purney, Ruth Cookson, Chip Vermette, Cameron Lange, Sandy Ceplecha, Annie Snodgrass, Sheila And Kelly Barnes, Andy Hickey, Jodie S., Jackie Klafeta, Jane Johnson, Hunter Armstrong, Mark Hardy, Stacy Guarracino, Laurie Walker, Brian Richmond, and Kristan Bertelmann!

It’s monthly prize time! And the winner for March is: Ashley Collins! Congratulations! You will be getting a prize from Deb Wills!

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Challenge #478 Where in the world is this?

Trying something tougher. We are switching parks! You don’t have to tell what this is (you can if you want); I just need the location and in what park.

Hey, kids! What do you call a piece of land surrounded by water?
Smiley from Millan.Net

Where in the World #478
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, April 6th, 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 31, 2017

Going Rogue on Main Street USA

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

You might have heard about a movie being released on Blu Ray next week. A prequel from a time long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away. (cue the music!)

Yes, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is coming out on April 4, 2017. Not to be out done, these t-shirts were on sale in the Emporium on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom even before the movie was released to theaters back in November of 2016.

Rogue One t-shirts for sale in the Emporium on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Rogue One t-shirts for sale in the Emporium on Main Street USA.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 4500, EV 0.

Do you see one you like?

March 29, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Photographers Choice

Deb's Digest Blog

Epcot's 25th Anniversary. One of my favorite photos from the re-dedication ceremony is this one of Disney Legend Marty Sklar with Spaceship Earth as the background.

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Hard to believe that was 10 years ago as Epcot celebrates 35 in October!

March 28, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Epcot at Night

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Night time in any Walt Disney World park or resort is magical. Use of lighting and shadows enhances the architecture's colors and shapes. The Morocco pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase is beautiful at night. The patterns found on the fountains and in the buildings is hard to pass up photographing them. The lighting after dark gives the buildings a golden color against the night sky. I tried to show this in the photo featuring the pavilion's water fountain and Koutoubia Minaret (prayer tower) raising high in the background.

Morocco pavilion at night in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Morocco pavilion at night in Epcot's World Showcase.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/15, f/2.8, ISO 6400, EV 0.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her night time photo from Epcot.

March 26, 2017

Where in the World #477

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 #476:
Where in the World #476

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

The king of the jungle on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Man, I’ve been waiting to get a picture like this of the lion since day 1!

Hillary Waldroop was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Hillary and to all our winners this week! Vera and Izzy Williams, Luis Rodriguez, Tim Johansen, Ken Maikowski, Evanna Huda, Michael Obrien, Theresa Rucando, Brian Gallant, Karen O'brien, Ken Savage, Michaela Obrien, Eric Berger, Maryann Eckenrode, Paul Dickson, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Tom Koval, Bob &' Kathy Mckim, Mary Beth Tarbet, Jim Finley, Steve Porter, Sandie Albrecht, Michael and Jackie Mclucas, Team Hill, Bruce Hinterleitner, Caroline Burmester, Margaret Convery, Smitty, Al & Kerry Ganter, Jan Rosato, Janet Spiess, Eric Enli, Phyllis, Suzanne Denham, The Kertes Family, Ed Suscreba, Jp Carnell, Joann Albrecht, Karen Adamakis, Deb Ragno, Linda Scrivano, Sharon Powell, The Rider Family, Linda Ranatza, Jodie S., Joseph M. Zafia, Pat Schwier, Janet T Thorn, The Parker Family, Olszak Family, Leach Family, Linda Hoffman, The Modecki's, The Gunnels Gang, Gloria Martin, Kris Nixon, The Nufranick Family, Linda College, Christine Brown, Julia and Carol Wickware, Carla C, K Beasley, Maureen and Warren Handy, Jennifer Rowell, Veronica Alvarado, Lori Rienhardt, Jodi Cook, Steve Knapp, Ruth Woodhouse, Anne Duque, Zachary and Lindsay M, Melissa Haeberle, Martha & Justin Collins, Robert Wescovich, Kyra, Vicki Britt, Ruben O'meara, Mark Donahue, Kerri Coggins, Chris, Gretchen, and Katie Barnes, Jamie Steiner, Belicia, Ashley Collins, Scott C., Jim Thompson, Hobbes and Snorky, Grumpy's Groupies, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Mike Amor, Brian Mcwithey, Karen Taylor, Kathy,brooke and Kennedy, Claire Gregory, Nan Amor, Wendy T Faler, Mickey Eckert, Pam Lorenz, Bonnie Jean, Cathy Connors, Donna Frank, Karen Ramirez, Diane Curfman, Arlene Vicek, Tammy Warmouth, Adolph and Kimberly Timm, The Long Family, Andrew Carrieri, Andy Hickey, Matt Wildey, Lilly Ryall, Wayne Chadourne, Susan Doucette, Paul Ignudo, Jeremy Reichelt, Theresa Wisniewski, Mark Hardy, Matt Holley, Carolyn Como, Matthew Frey, Leigh Mertz, George Mundy Jr, Scott Sangston, Loring Family, Andreas Beer, Nadine B. Miltier, Carol Bertolo-gamill, Beth Paczkowski, Jennifer Pichert, Jamie Poynton, Karen Bellamy, Brian Richmond, Rebecca Keenan, Les Whitten, The Murr Family, Josh Weiss, Jeff Blank, Carla Venditti, Patti Mccaffrey, Alison Rosenberger, Les Stewart, Duskin Henard, Karen Schlumpf, Chris Kelly, Sheila Bagg, Liz Moreau, John Warner, Jackie Graebel, Jo Ann Bailey, Don Purney, Jamesd (dzneynut), Mis Jamie Marie, Stacy Guarracino, Dave Carriere, Shirley Garcowski, Rachel Miller, Jane Johnson, Theresa Maradei, Tr Higbee,sr, Kathy, and Susan Higginbotham!

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Challenge #477 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks! You do NOT have to name the buildings! I’m looking for the name of this section and park. So if we were looking at 2 pavilion buildings in Epcot, I’d be looking for World Showcase in Epcot. OK?
Tough challenge? Well… I’m on the water inside a park looking towards…

Where in the World #477
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 30th, 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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