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April 2, 2008

Light Meter: Got Characters?

I'll admit it to you all, right here and now. I'm a character junkie. I need to have photos of every character I can possibly find and in every outfit possible. Mickey Mouse in his space suit? Got it. Pluto in his workout clothes? Got it. Aladdin as Prince Ali? Got it. The Evil Queen and the Old Hag? Got it and got it. I told you. Shall I continue? Goofy as a chef? Got it. Donald Duck as seen in "The Three Caballeros?" La tengo. Belle in her gold gown and blue dress? Got both. However, I have more of the latter (and honestly, far more Belle shots than I need) because of a certain Belle fan who I know coughmikescopacough.

I will share with you now some of my recent photos taken in Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. Also, I will include tips on where to find such characters.

Let's begin with Disneyland. When you go thru the turnstyle, don't be surprised to find characters waiting to greet you or there as you are heading out of the park.
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Weekends, school breaks, and holidays always bring out more characters. That being said I have seen everyone from the Fab 5 to Launchpad McQuack to Alice and the Mad Hatter near City Hall, the Fire Station, and The Mad Hatter hat shop on Main Street.

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Characters follow a simple rule when returning to the backstage area. They must stop, turn, and wave goodbye. This means if you are behind them, you have one last moment to get a quick shot. Villians don't always wave goodbye but they do stop and turn around.

Let's cross the promenade and head to Disney's California Adventure. If you don't have an Annual Pass you'll need to have your hand stamped and provide your Hopper Ticket to enter.

In the Hollywood Pictures Backlot you'll find a good variety of characters. The outdoor show, Drawn to the Magic, in front of the Animation Building features 3 characters. They are available for a meet and greet afterwards. Disneyland has been celebrating the 70th Anniversary of "Snow White" and offers a chance to meet Dopey or Snow White in front of the Animation Building as well.
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Not far from Dopey I also came across Frozone, Mr. Incredible, and the Mad Hatter. For whatever reason and one that fans are thankful for, Mad Hatter and Alice are allowed to wander the parks. What does this mean? You may find one or both of them by the entrance to Disneyland warning teens with spiked hair to stay away from balloons, at the Coke Corner playing musical chairs, in Fantasyland including but not limited to: Mad Tea Party, alongside the restrooms, across from the Matterhorn, and on attractions. I've even seen video of them in Tomorrowland, as Hatter was playing against Peter Pan in Dance, Dance Revolution.
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You know this masked err sunglassed woman to be Laura Gilbreath of the famous Laura's Disney Lines blog. Any time I took a photo of her she was excited to be my "unpaid model" or "model who wasn't injured in the making of these photos." Little did she know that the models pay me and psycological damage from hearing my corny jokes may be considered an injury.


April 4, 2008

Photographic Innoventions: More Bouncing Light

Last week, I went over how to use an external flash unit or speedlight to bounce it's light to improve on flash photography. We learned to vastly improve the look of the classic straight on flash look. Very easy if you have a ceiling less than 20 feet high. However, if you are having breakfast at Chef Mickey's where the ceiling is hundreds of feet above you or in Ragland Road where the ceiling and walls are very dark, bouncing the flash is not practical.

In those situations, I turn to my handy, dandy LumiQuest ProMax Pocket Bouncer to help me bounce my flash onto my subjects. The LumiQuest Pocket Bouncer comes with Velcro which sticks to the sides of a speedlight for easy attaching and detaching. You can see the Velcro below in the picture of the flash at 0 degrees. To demonstrate, I am, again, being assisted by my lovely model, Shirley, who is still wearing those stylish Golden Mickey Mouse Ears.


No Flash Bounce

Flash at 0 degrees
Again, here's the typical look of the straight on flash. Harsh light, flat features, washed out colors and shadows haloing poor Shirley. If Shirley was a live model who had hair, you might also see the red eye effect.

LumiQuest Pocket Bouncer

Flash with LumiQuest Bouncer
Using the LumiQuest ProMax Pocket Bouncer, you see how the light becomes softer and Shirley's features and color come back. Since the Pocket Bouncer deflects some light at the subject, shadows under the eyes and nose are not a problem.

The LumiQuest ProMax Pocket Bouncer sends a lot more light at your subjects then bouncing off a ceiling or wall. To compensate, adjust the flash to fire at a lesser intensity. Read your flash's manual to see how this is done. With the Nikon SB-600, I set the compensation to -1.0 to start and adjust from there. Be careful to first set your camera's onboard flash compensation to zero. If you don't, the effect will be cumulative. Adding or subjecting from what you set the flash at.

April 6, 2008

Focus on Disney World - Where in the World? #35

This was Challenge #34:
 Where in the World #34

And here's the answer:
Toluca Legs Turkey Co.
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/400s shutter, f10

I don't think I'll ever get used to guests walking around the parks, gnawing on giant turkey legs! I haven't tried one myself, but I have friends who consider this a "must do" when they are at Walt Disney World. Belicia Dawson was the first one to let me know that Toluca Legs Turkey Company is located in Disney's Hollywood Studios. That's the answer to challenge #34.

Congratulations to all the readers who knew the answer to this past week's contest and sent it in before the end of Thursday: William Ellis, Michelle Ellis, Jennifer Schwing, Hollie Hinton, Marie Hodur, Holley Blyler, Bryan Timko, Wendy Cacka and JR Cacka. Each of you will be entered in the April winner's drawing.
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Challenge #35: Where in the world is this?

Where in the World #35

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, by clicking HERE!
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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 and a copy of PassPorter's Walt Disney World by Jennifer Marx, Dave Marx, Allison Cerel Marx!

April 9, 2008

Light Meter: Hey Baby!

My friends, the other Lisa and Jeffry have a little boy named Logan. At the time that this glorious piece of writing appears online, Logan will be 5 months and 1 day old. That's if my math is right. I'm no Count. I'm more of a...hmmm...Grover. No, make that Super Grover! As I was saying, every day Lisa takes a photo of Logan to capture his ever changing adorable self. The new parents have photographic evidence that Logan's eyes were very dark at first but have now lightened up to a medium blue.

I'm sure that some of you out there have done the same thing or pretty darn close to it. You love to take pictures of your child as they grow up, hanging onto every moment before you hear, "Can I borrow the car?"

I'd just like to share with you all 154 (roughly) photos of Logan before he morphs into Wolverine, the X-Men character he was named after. Thank goodness he wasn't born with claws and pointed ears. Eek! It seems I can't fit 154 photos into one blog entry so we'll have to settle for a handful.

I selected the following photos to give you guys and gals ideas for creative baby photos. Behold, Logan!
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Dad rested Logan in his arm and on his chest. This is one their earliest photos of Logan at home.

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The babysitter is always around watching Logan's every move. It's a nice perspective. Having the kitty closer to the lens makes him look big and protective of the little guy.

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The irresistible sleeping baby photo. The close shot gives you a sense of how warm and snuggly he feels. Let's not forget how important it is to turn your offspring into Disney fans right away.

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How cool is this? It's a mirror in the car so they can watch Logan without having to turn around in their seats.

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I laugh at this one every single time. They may be new to the world but they make faces just like we do.

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And last but not least, you'll get a fantastic and fun photo when you get down on your tummy and are face-to-face with your little one.

Special thanks to Jeffry and Lisa for letting me use their photos. Bawk! Bawk! Thanks to Logan for being the subject of this and future blogs. - "Aunty" Lisa

April 11, 2008

Photographic Innoventions: Disneyana Photography

Let's talk about how to use your digital camera to easily and inexpensively take photographs of your valuable Disney collections and memorabilia which has been coined Disneyana. Here's the items we'll need this week: a digital camera of any kind, a tripod for the camera, a remote shutter release (or use your camera's timer), a typical desk lamp, a bounce surface like some white cardboard and a sheet of white (or other color) poster board. Some of this you may have or can get cheaply at a local photo, drug or craft store.

For very small items like pins, you can use your camera's macro setting for a P&S. For a digital SLR, you can use any lens and crop your photos if needed. Other possibilities might be a macro setting on a zoom lens or a dedicated macro lens.

Okay, got your stuff? Ready to do some Disneyana photography? Good! As an example, here's my setup...

Since we are not going to use flash and using a light which is either a typical incandescent bulb or maybe a fluorescent one, make sure you set your camera's white balance to the correct one. Notice how I used the sheet of paper to make a seamless background. You will have to play with the light and bounce surface to get the item lighted the way you want. I have my camera set to Aperture Priority of f/8 or better for good depth of field. The lighting I am using gives me a slow shutter speed of 1/30th of a second or slower. A good reason to use a tripod and remote shutter release (or camera timer) to avoid a blurry picture.

Not only is this a good way to document your Disney collections, you can use this setup to take pictures of all your small valuables like jewelry. Save them to a CD or DVD and put in a safety deposit box. To take this a little further, take photos of all your home's rooms and pieces of furniture, electronics, art work and other items you own in case of a fire or natural disaster. This alone could more than pay for your camera. Oh, and don't forget to take a picture of that, too! You might have to borrow your kid's digital camera for that one.

Of course, this setup is good for taking pictures for your eBay auctions, too. You know, to help pay for your next Walt Disney World vacation. To make your photo stand out on eBay, use contrasting backgrounds which go with the item. Putting a piece of glass underneath adds a pleasing reflection.

Further Reading: How to Take Better Photos for eBay

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April 13, 2008

Focus on Disney World - Where in the World? #36

This was Challenge #35:
Where in the World #35

And here's the answer:
Dinner Time!
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/320s shutter, f9

The Harambe Reserve at Disney's Animal Kingdom is home to these reticulated giraffes. You can catch a glimpse of them wandering the savannah when you take a ride on the Kilimanjaro Safari. Did you know that even though the giraffe's neck is taller than most humans are, it is still made of only seven bones? This is the same number of bones that are in the human neck. Click here to learn more about reticulated giraffes.

This week's bragging rights go to Darlene Harmon, who was the first to send in the correct answer to challenge #35. Nice going Darlene!

Congratulations to all the readers who knew the answer to this past week's contest and sent it in before the end of Thursday: Rusty Podbelski, Nicole, Chris Kotcamp, Kirby Double, Dawn Bach, Hollie Hinton, R.A. Curtis, Clare O'Connor, Bruce Lawson, Karen Dresser-Smith, Sara Beth Wade, Jean Smith, Leah Miscavage, Laura Brown, Sandra Miller, Sherri Pell, Kathy Smith, Walter N. Clark, Anjanette Tournillon, Gary Allen, Jami Kliethermes, Kim Wimberg, Karen Bortz, Shana Stewart, Jim Szlachta, Chris Thomas, Melissa Abreu, Allison Dibiase, Christine, Heather Coursen, Tom Swan, Kate, Kelly Nienhueser, Becky Terjung, Liz Moreau, Mary Jo Collins, Trish Babler, Diane Brunner, Joseph Zafia, Janet Theriault, Richard Nussbaum, Chris Bertelmann, Karen Akers, Debra Kuklinski, Jennifer Bogdan, Stacey Barboza, Amy Miller, Jim O., Lisa Forsythe-Kane, Lynn Hart, Mhairi Stirling, Heather Webb, Eulette Mckneely, Heather Stevens, Chad Coppess, Anita Burns, Jennifer Farrell, Jennifer, Elizabeth, Marie, Carinne, Liza Graham, Luis Rodriguez, Chris Connors, Melissa Santana, Janelle Farmer, Stephanie Visco, Kathleen Stevens, Marie Hodur, Merrie Tesh, Erica Adkins, Melissa Mathias, Julie Fahrner, Garland Cox, Doug Armstrong, Karen Korcheski, Laura Pranaitis, Emily, Wendy Snelgrove, Theresa Rucando, Cameron Lange, Dana Schirnhofer, Susan, Paula Potts, Heather Timko, Diane Blanchard, Debra Ulicny, Nick Straka, Dan Brian Huebner, Kendall Huffman, Lisa Gale, Kameo Crea, Melissa Demonbreun, Jennifer Tremley, Danusia Rogacki, Maryann Eckenrode, Vicki Vaught, Holley Blyler, John, Chris & Alison, Jennifer Bourg, Aaron Hale, Danielle Murgia, Jeff Schoeling, Brittany Irish, Belicia Dawson, Deb Ragno, Pollyanna Buff, Eli Young and Darlene Harmon. Each of you will be entered in the April winner's drawing.
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Challenge #36: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #36

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, by clicking HERE! !

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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 and a copy of PassPorter's Walt Disney World by Jennifer Marx, Dave Marx, Allison Cerel Marx!

April 15, 2008

Focus on Disney World - May Calendar

If you read my December 25, 2007 blog, you know that my holiday gift to you is that each month I will post a photo calendar page that you can print out and use at home or work during 2008.

This photo of Buzz Lightyear was taken during the Stars and Motor Cars Parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios. That parade has now been replaced with Block Party Bash which debuted on March 14, 2008. Check out Mike Scopa's Parade Moving 101 blog for a great article on what it takes to move a parade more than 2,000 miles.

Back to old Buzz though... the trick to getting a photo like this during any of the parades is to think about the lighting. Start by scoping out your location in advance. Make sure you aren't looking into the sun. If the sun is directly behind your subject you will have a hard time seeing them because of the backlighting. They will show up as a silhouette or, in the very least, be dark and hard to see.

The best spot will have the sun a little to the side of you, on the same side that the parade is coming from. This way, the cast members won't be looking into the sun when they look at you, which means you'll get more face shots.

Second, make sure your subject won't fall under the shadow of a large building or tree. Even dappled shade isn't that great. It will cast shadows on your subject that could make the difference between a really great photo and just an ok shot. Now unfortunately, this means that you will probably also have to stay out of the shade - but as my mother always said, "we have to suffer for beauty"! I don't think she was talking about photography, but it fits.

Finally, and I know this seems silly but, use your flash. Even on a bright, sunny day a flash will help to fill in any stray shadows that may occur - like the shadow from a big costumed hand waving at the crowd.


You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

May 2008 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

May 2008 Jewel Case Calendar

April 16, 2008

Light Meter: Photography Vocabulary 101

There are words and acronyms that relate solely to photography and videography. Sometimes people aren't aware of them or certain of what they mean. Allow me to explain this fantastic language to you and for fun, toss in some common mistakes that make us giggle.

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Point and Shoot - A camera that is compact regardless as to whether it is digital, 35mm or APS. One may pick up the camera set to Auto, aim at the subject and depress the shutter release button, hence the term point and shoot. Examples: Canon PowerShot SD750 Digital Elph, Minolta Freedom Zoom 130, FujiFilm FinePix S5700.
Street reference: PHD - Push Here Dummy

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SLR (Single-lens Reflex)- A camera be it film or digital that accepts a variety of lenses enabling the user to create an endless variety of images. With an SLR one can take complete control over the camera. Through the lens viewing lets you see exactly what your photo will look like. Examples: Nikon N80, Pentax K1000, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

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Disposable Camera - A compact plastic camera designed to be used once, developed, and disposed of or recycled. The camera may be 35mm or digital. A variety of 35mm offerings include: underwater, black and white, panoramic, and zoom.
Street references: One-time use and throw away.

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One-time Use Camcorder - A low resolution camcorder with a LCD screen that allows you to film for 20 minutes. The camcorders are returned to a lab to have the footage transferred to a DVD. The camcorders are generally recycled and sold again. Street references: Disposable camcorder and throw away video camera.

Megapixels - Technically, it is a unit of graphic resolution. It's the number of image sensor elements in the digital camera's sensor. Each megapixel is one million pixels. The more pixels in a camera, the larger the file size is, which assists in creating better quality photos and enables prints in bigger sizes.
Mistakenly called megaplexes and megapickles.

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LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) - Each camcorder and digital camera has an LCD screen. On a camcorder, it flips out so you can watch what you are filming while walking. On a digital point and shoot it is a live screen as well so you can watch what you're doing and see the photo right after you take it. Both film and digital SLR cameras' LCDs offer technical information such as the shutterspeed, aperature, metering and so forth.

All photos Copyrights belong to the manufacturers. Images used for Educational purposes.

April 18, 2008

Photographic Innoventions: Wonderful World of Black & White

I love color. When I was young and my favorite afternoon cartoon program said they would be showing them in color I was excited. When I tuned in the next day it was still in black and white! I complained to my mother who carefully explained we didn't have a color television yet. A couple of years later I finally got to see not only cartoons but Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color on Sunday nights in full, living color. Yes, I definitely like color.

Even in my photography, I have always preferred color over black and white. With the advent of the digital darkroom, however, I have started to explore other interpretations of my photographs. There are all kinds of ways to alter your digital images and one of the most popular is rending them from color to black and white.

Harper's Mill can be seen from the walk way between Frontierland and Liberty Square. You can also see it when taking a cruise on a Riverboat. Disney Imagineers are known for their attention to detail and Harper's Mill is one of those park additions which add to the ambiance of Tom Sawyer Island. I took this in the mid-day sun so it has very bright highlights and deep shadows. This is often referred to as a high contrast image. A perfect candidate for a black and white conversion.

Click for Larger Image. Copyright © Scott Thomas Photography 2008

Harper's Mill on Tom Sawyer's Island in Color. Copyright © Scott Thomas Photography 2008
Nikon D70/80-200D, 1/250s, f/6.3, 200 ISO, +0.3 EV, 80mm Focal Length

Most photo software and online editors have a way to turn your color images to black and white. Check your editor's manual or help files on how to do this. Editors vary in the amount of control you have from none to total control of the contrast and amount of the conversion. Below is a simple Black and White rending using Picnik.com, my favorite online photo editor. You can see a larger version of either photo just by clicking on them.

Click for Larger Image. Copyright © Scott Thomas Photography 2008

Harper's Mill in Black & White. Copyright © Scott Thomas Photography 2008

Also, check out Jack Spence's Blog on The Old Mill which explains some of the background information about the building.

April 20, 2008

Focus on Disney World - Where in the World? #37

This was Challenge #36:
 Where in the World #36

And here's the answer:
China Architecture
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/50s shutter, f5

The three-tiered, circular Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is a one-half scale reproduction of its counterpart inside the Temple of Heaven complex near Beijing. Disney's version of this beautiful temple serves as the entrance to Reflections of China, a 360 degree CircleVision movie.

With a telephoto lens I was able to zoom in close to pick up the detail on the outside of the building and create an unusual composition of this pavilion. The late afternoon sun really helped to give it a nice golden glow.

This week's bragging rights go to Evelyn Cowdell, who was the first to send in the correct answer to challenge #36. Nice going Evelyn!

Congratulations to all the readers who knew the answer to this past week's contest and sent it in before the end of Thursday: Lisa, Jessica, Colleen Gaudette, Sara Clemenson, George Zeimbekakis, Jami Kliethermes, Jennifer Schwing, Mike Venere, Bruce Lawson, Tara Lenharth, Mike Kaczanowski, Meridith Yeoman, Luis Rodriguez, Maureen U, Kevin Toomey, Doug Armstrong, Allison Dibiase, Barclay Bakkum, Lacy Gerrard, Jennifer Tremley, Carissa Totleben, Wendy May, Matt Naldzin, Tom Higbee, Sarah Phipps, Richard Nussbaum, Ed Nawrocki, Sherri Pell, Patricia Auger, Renee Soderberg, Melissa Demonbreun, Christina Rotella, Sharon Dale, Kim Watson, Kristen Chrzanowski, Jarrod Babel, Aaron Hale, Sara Lewis, Chris Bertelmann, Nick Straka, Alan Lichtman, Renee Hardiman, Heather Timko, Angela Brown, Wendy Cacka, Michael Gainey, Jen Campbell, Marie H, Jude Toups, Amy Miller, Brian Gallant, Jared Orth, Megan Stallings, Heather Young, Trish Babler, Sharon Lee, Noreen Rachuba, Melissa Hallenbeck, Ann Fowler, Karen Desantis, Dawn Bach, Kelley H, Jennifer Horst, Jerrimy Patzke, Gloria Martin, Anjanette Tournillon, Dan Record, Sherry Klinefelter, Garland Cox, Trygve Cumpston, Shannon Milair, Bill Androckitis Jr., John Dupre, Maci Schau, Amy Schweizer, Amy and Eli Young, and Pollyanna Buff. Each of you were entered in the April winners' drawing.

It's time again for another monthly winners' drawing. This month's prize is a copy of PassPorter's Walt Disney World, as well as some AllEars gifts. There were 290 correct answers this month, but unfortunately, there can only be one winner. Tina Lefante was randomly chosen to receive April's prize package. Congratulations Tina!
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Challenge #37: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #37

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, by clicking HERE!
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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 and a copy of PassPorter's Walt Disney World by Jennifer Marx, Dave Marx, Allison Cerel Marx!

April 21, 2008

Focus on Disney World - June Calendar

If you read my December 25, 2007 blog, you know that my holiday gift to you is that each month I will post a photo calendar page that you can print out and use at home or work during 2008.

Surprise! Two calendars in one month! Several people asked on our survey that I post the calendars sooner. Well, your wish is my command. I'm jumping ahead so that you can have more time to add appointments, birthdays, etc. to your calendar before the start of the month. Now you'll have about six weeks lead time instead of two.

Thank you very much to everyone who completed our survey. We were thrilled with the number of responses we received. We really appreciate all the feedback and recommendations. If you didn't get a chance to weigh in, or if you ever have anything you want to share with us, please use the comment link at the bottom of each post. We love hearing from you!

You may recognize this as the Sorceror's Hat from Disney's Hollywood Studios. Some people love it and some hate it. To me it's just another cool thing to photograph!


You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

June 2008 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

June 2008 Jewel Case Calendar

April 23, 2008

Photo Album - Character Masquerade

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

If you're like me, every once in awhile you pull out the old photo albums and relive those happy times from yesteryear. Tonight I was enjoying a solo trip I made to Walt Disney World over Thanksgiving in 2003.

Why a solo trip over Thanksgiving? Two simple reasons: my friend cancelled on me and I was avoiding being pulled in separate directions from both sides of my family.

What I recall of this show in EPCOT's Italy pavillion was that it felt both eerie and fantastical at the same time. Character Masquerade was a tiny glimpse of Carnevale, The performers never spoke verbally but used body language to convey messages. They were very accomodating and posed for photographs, as you can see.

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They began by making a grand entrance in the center stage.

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One by one, they descended the steps and made their way into the audience all the while poised and moving gracefully.

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While I'm afraid of clowns, this mask scared me more than the jester-looking gentleman.
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April 25, 2008

Put Your Photos in the Past

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Once in awhile I'll take a picture that calls out for something different. In the case of the photo below when I first looked at it on my computer monitor, I thought it could have been taken back in the time of the American Old West in the mid-1800's. Those photos are in tones of browns, yellows and whites and referred to as sepia which lots of photo software and online editors can create. If you don't know if your favorite editor has a way to transform your photos into a sepia tone, check out it's manual or search through it's help files.

Click for Larger Image. Copyright © Scott Thomas Photography 2008

Frontierland Rail Road Station in Color. Copyright © Scott Thomas Photography 2008
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/125s, f/11, 200 ISO, -1.0 EV, 18mm Focal Length

Now, if it wasn't for the fact that Frontierland never existed in the real American Old West and ignoring the modern sign in the lower left, the transformation into a sepia toned photo makes it look like it was taken back in the 1800's. This is a great way to take a simple portrait or landscape and bring it into the past. You can see a larger version of either photo just by clicking on them.

Click for Larger Image. Copyright © Scott Thomas Photography 2008

Frontierland Rail Road Station in Sepia. Copyright © Scott Thomas Photography 2008

April 27, 2008

Where in the World? #38

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #37:
 Where in the World #37

And here's the answer:
Main Street Clock
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/50s shutter, f5

This lovely clock is on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom. Angie Young was the first to send in the correct answer. Nice going Angie!

Here's a special hello to Mrs. Mumpower's first grade class! Like many people this week, they guessed that this clock was at the train station. That was pretty close, but not quite right. As you can see, the clock is actually about halfway down Main Street. I bet you'll know the answer to this week's challenge though.

Until next week, adios! (Hmm, I think that might be a hint!)

Congratulations to all the readers who knew the answer to this past week's contest and sent it in before the end of Thursday: Becky Myers, Baines Family, Lynn Barber, Bruce Lawson, Richard Nussbaum, Mary Williams, Abbey Williams, Carl Williams, Sharon Pierce, Heather Coursen, Mike Fisk, Tina Panzarella, Sharon Dale, Nancy Hannah, Betsey Pickard, Evelyn Cowdell, Jim Greenhouse, Tim Rachuba, Jen Maciok, Mike, Jennifer Tremley, Raymond Hatch, Chris Connors, Jennifer G, Jared Orth, Trish Babler, Maryann Eckenrode, Karen Dresser-Smith, Ken Fischler, Jeff Christiansen, Mike Kaczanowski, Jacquelyn Law, Ed Nawrocki, Pat Whitson, Hollie Hinton, Chris Bertelmann, Aaron Hale, Lisa Gale, Neil Taylor, Nicole Cyr, Kelley H, Patty Lue Roosa, Holley Blyler, Sherry Klinefelter, Theresa Rucando and Heather Young. Each of you will be entered in the May winners' drawing.
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Challenge #38: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #38

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, by clicking HERE!
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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 and a copy of PassPorter's Walt Disney World by Jennifer Marx, Dave Marx, Allison Cerel Marx!

April 30, 2008

A Kingdom of Color

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Before I get to today's regular installment, I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to answer the Picture This! survey. Your feedback is instrumental in understanding who our readers are and because of that we will be making some fun improvements little by little over time. The results have nudged me into taking a quick trip in May to Walt Disney World to shoot specifically for my blog. I'll be attempting to cover as much as I can of what you'd like to learn more about. Thank you for your support.

Everywhere we look, there is color. When we visit Walt Disney World and other vacation destinations we sometimes are in such a rush to grab FastPasses, hold our favorite parade viewing spots, and fill our autograph books that we miss out on the beauty that surrounds us.

Quite honestly, I never really cared for Animal Kingdom as a whole. Certainly there are some attractions there that I enjoyed but if I skipped the park during my vacation, well it wasn't a big deal. However, during last year's MouseFest I found myself alone with an oppotunity to wander Animal Kingdom and I saw it in a way I hadn't before.

All photos were taken with the Olympus FE-210, a point and shoot camera.

Squirt bottles
Auto mode.
If one squirting fan bottle was alone, it wouldn't have much of an impact but an entire tub of them makes for eye-catching color patterns.

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The stores of Animal Kingdom are brightly painted in bold vibrant colors. I'm pretty sure we're supposed to think of Africa but the combination gives me flashbacks of all the Art Deco in Miami.

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I found this tree of swatches (prayer flags) in Asia. It's so festive!

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Last but not least, a Blue and Gold Macaw shines in the sunlight against a background of browns and greens.

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