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July 1, 2008

Disney Pic of the Week: Chimpanzee Puppeteer

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This week's Disney Pic of the Week theme is Parades!

Chimpanzee puppeteer during Disney's Animal Kingdom daily parade, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/100s, f/4.2, 400 ISO, +0.3 EV, 35mm Focal Length

The chimpanzee puppeteer entertains guests during Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The colors, costumes, music and floats with Disney characters and guests makes for one of the "fun-est" parades at Walt Disney World.

Barrie and Lisa will be along this Thursday and Saturday to share some of their parade pictures.

July 2, 2008

Be Good to Your Memory Card

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Memory cards come in different types and speeds and by a variety of manufacturers. Whether you own an SD card, XD card, Compact Flash card or Memory Stick, it needs some tender loving care or else it will cease to work properly.

Have you or someone close to you ever experienced:

1. photos that appear on your camera's LCD but somehow don't transfer to your computer or show up on the kiosk where you're trying to print?

2. error messages usually in the form of a bold red exclamation point?

3. disappearing shots. You took them yesterday but they're not on the card and the ones you took today show up?

I hate to tell you this but your card is corrupt. All together now in your best Mr. Bill impression, "Oh nooooooooooooo."

Now we will explore how to prevent this from happening and what to do if it already has.

When you purchase a new memory card and put it into your camera, the very first thing you need to do is format it. Check your manual for specific directions on how to do so. Generally, you can locate the Format option in the Tools section of the Menu. Formatting the card in the camera you are using means that the memory card is being initialized and will become best friends with your camera. They'll understand each other's software and giggle as other cute cameras and memory cards pass by.

Even though the card's been formatted, that doesn't mean the TLC stops there. In order to prevent the card from becoming corrupt you want to follow these simple guidelines:

Take lots and lots of photos. When your memory card is full or you want to empty it out, save all of your photos to your computer, burn CDs, make prints, save them to an online host, and/or back them up on an external hard drive. Once that is done and you feel confident that your images are saved elsewhere, format the card.

Deleting images a few at a time from your memory card or even all at once doesn't actually erase the entire file. The only way to do that is to format the card in your camera.

If your memory card is acting up, giving you error messages and the blackmail shots of your brother wearing your mom's jewelry didn't save, then there's only one thing left to do. Image recovery software can more than likely extract the images that have gone missing. It can also extract images that you only erased, not formatted. You can purchase it anywhere that software is sold. Be sure to check your memory card's packaging as it may have come with rescue software such as Image Rescue™ 3.

After the images have been salvaged, kiss that memory card goodbye.

Having said all that, you could of course just keep buying memory cards. That's a decision I made not too long ago when I did the math. Let's say I took 10 rolls of 36 exposure film on vacation with me at $6.00 per roll. That's $60 for 360 photos. I can get roughly 500 shots on a 2GB card for $55.00. I'm getting more pictures for less money.

July 3, 2008

Disney Parades - Jumpin' Over

For those of you who haven't experienced Pixar Block Party Bash yet, it is a high energy, bold colored, character-filled explosion of a street party. While seldom seen Monsters Inc. creatures George Sanderson (orange fellow with the sock on his back), Needleman (big red nose, horns on side of head), and Smitty (large, green, moptop hair) excite fans, gymnasts flip and bounce on trampoline's. Little Green Men call out orders, acknowledge guests, and attempt to dance to an eclectic mix of party tunes like Celebration, Dancing in the Street, and Macarena.

lkb_parade_blockaprty.jpg lkb_parade_blockparty2.jpg
Canon Powershot S5 IS

Dale a tu cuerpo alegria Macarena
que tu cuerpo es pa' dale alegria cosa buena
dale a tu cuerpo alegria Macarena
hey Macarena, ahi.

July 4, 2008


Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Sidelighting is light illuminating from a 90 degree angle to the subject. This gives an almost three dimensional effect to the subject being photographed. As seen below in this photo of The ESPN Club at Disney's Boardwalk Resort, the sidelighting creates shadows in the restaurant's exterior features showing depth in a two dimensional medium.

The ESPN Club near Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sidelight hits The ESPN Club near Disney's Boardwalk Resort giving a 3-D effect.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/800s, f/8, 200 ISO, EV -0.3, 200mm Focal length

July 5, 2008

Here Comes the Disney Parade!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Parade at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/1000s, f5.6

My Pic of the Week is from the Disney Dreams Come True Parade in the Magic Kingdom. I was standing in front of the flagpole where I was able to get an unobstructed head-on view of the Grand Marshall, Mickey Mouse, leading the parade down Main Street USA. By using my telephoto lens I was able to exaggerate the size of the castle, making it look as if it towered over the parade.

July 6, 2008

Where in the World? #45

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #44:
 Where in the World #44

And here's the answer:
Cinderella Mosaic at Disney's Magic Kingdom
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/25s shutter, f4

This is just a tiny portion of one of the beautiful mosaics that can be found in Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom. There are five mosaics in the passageway under the castle that leads from Main Street USA to Fantasyland. Together the five panels tell the story of Cinderella in glass tiles. But most of you knew that, now, didn't you?!

John Agnew was the first to send in the correct answer this week! Congratulations to John and all the readers who got the answer right: Barbara Styles, Stacey Barboza, April Ramey, Jenny Beeker, Karen Hotchkiss, Tammy Kallenbach, Nancy, Vicky, Kim Riley, Sharon Powers, Barclay Bakkum, Robert Flaherty, Cheryl, Heather Mulvihill, Felice Ciccione, Marie H., Kevin And Karyn, Marita Sarad, Roye Ann Morris, Katie Fry, Chris Freeman, Melanie, Chloe', Wendy Nelson, Tricia Noble, Kendall Huffman, Nicole Lopresti, Mary Williams, Candace & Rebecca Dadswell, Allison Dibiase, Melissa Demonbreun, Kate Fanning, Gary Allen, Michelle, Alan Lichtman, Christa Polstein, Kelli Vancil, Becky Creviston, Jami Kliethermes, Tammy Thompson, Kendra Sands, Marcie Soderlund, L Stephens, Michelle, Jamie Hammond, Genevieve Bouchard, Vicki, Kimberly Watson, Sharon, Heather Coursen, Jane Rose, Mary Ann Cook, Maria Root, Mary League, Georgine Kamradt, Clare C., Chip Vermette, Angela Haire, Michele Downs, Lee Grant, Ashley Autin, Melissa O., Patti Sturgis, Tacey Atkinson, A. Cole, Jeremy Hardy, Nicole, Luis Rodriguez, Dana Hall, Elizabeth Doda, Joy Bennett, Emily Nussbaum, C Sherwin, Charles Giles, Melissa Santana, Laney, Diane Ramos, Alicia Henderson, Sharon Leitgeb, Carinne, Janet Theriault, Heid Leshko, Vickie Scioneaux, Marie Bertini, Marjorie Schmitt, Terry Guenther, Roberta, Jennifer Cobb, Christina Rotella, Jeanette Ehlert, Brent Bolte, Don Williams, Jamie Poynton, Catherine Sinclair, Tamara Gary, Kathy Smith, Susan, Sarah Steill, Kimberly Kusser, Kathy Lutz, Karen Schlumpf, Neppie Russell, Stephen Hafke, Suzanne Brown, Erin Worley, Chris Bertelmann, Melissa Jennings, Debra Moscara, Merrie Tesh, Amy Miller, Dana Schirnhofer, Carrie Kenney, Paul Jeffers, Dennis Blackburn, Debbie Hicks, Danielle Friend, Sara, Hillary W, Laura Pranaitis, Wendy Snelgrove, Mukta, Kayla Anulies, Glenn Meyer, Emily Pickle, Jamie Difatta, Shane Stack, Karen Dresser-Smith, Michael Gainey, Angie Loranger, Theresa Rudy, Eulette Mckneely, Melissa Blackwell, Dina Grassi, Tina Lefante, Amber Keen, Scott Greene, Karen Desantis, Noreen Rachuba, Emily Rennie, Denise Cayz, Dwayne Fontenot, Tina George, Amy Schweizer, Betsey Pickard, Christi Ison, Kevin Toomey, Paul, Jodi Kloss, Vicki Vaught, Erin Hammer, Margaret Vattes, Molly Swenson, Andrea Foster, Melissa Littman, Denise O., Sarah Haas, Tim Rachuba, Kim Peters, Jaron Goldberg, Brian Gallant, Heather Young, Jeanine, Dave Cole, Neil Taylor, Mike Kaczanowski, Kye Layton, Sharon Lee, Jen Campbell, Trish Babler, Monique Fisher, Damon Carter, Debra Kuklinski, Sara Clemenson, Joanna Snow, Jennifer Siwula, Kelly M., Double Family, Kelly Jean Clarkson, Kim Davis, Caryn Schill, Ashley Salters, Sarah Biggs, Deborah Shauan, Kali Murry, Lana, Kameo Crea, Barbara Cerimele, Spring Smith, Candice Cheven, April Tucker, Gloria Martin, Lin Fales, Danusia Rogacki, Jennifer Lalli, Sharon Dale, Ali S, Michele, Jennifer Tremley, Lesley Strawderman, Amanda Campbell, Nick Straka, Allison Burgess, Judy Koslowski, Theresa Rucando, Eric Hoffman, Lisa Hoffman, Anne-Lise Hagevig, Nicole Cyr, Susan Pitts, Deb Ragno, Kelley H, Megan Krainski, Nora Beirne, Baines Family, Karen, Sabrina, Jennifer Chartier, Erica Adkins, Kayleigh Dawson, Willie Tople, Christie Condit, Annie Hulsey, Elisa Dillon, Kelli Olthoff, Anne Hainsworth, Sharon Pierce, Lizanne Allen, Chris & Alison, Susan Thompson, Christine Dagney, Garland Cox, John Dupre, Jennifer Bourg, Stephanie Visco, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, Jen Cox, Katie Wetzel, Jared Orth, Brittany Irish, Danielle Murgia, Sherry Klinefelter, Dawn Bach, Cari-Ann Smith, Robin Fitts, Patty Carty, Carol B., Will, Kyle, Dan Mcdonald, Shannon Milair, Evelyn Cowdell, Bob Patterson, Victoria Janak, Julia Wickware, Brandy White, Kristi Zieh, Pollyanna Buff, Angie Young, Bryan Timko, Julie Ellis, Ken Fischler, Karen S. Nelson, Daniel Record, Allie Reckendorf, Alyssa Nutter, Tom Linder and Lisa Miller. Each of you were entered in the June winners' drawing.

It's time for another monthly drawing" drum roll please! And the winner is" Lizanne Allen! Congratulations Lizanne, you are the lucky recipient of a Passporter's Walt Disney World guide and some really cool AllEars schwag!

Challenge #45: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #45

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 10, by clicking HERE!

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!

July 7, 2008

MouseFest Photowalk Invitation

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Have you heard of photowalking yet? Photowalks are a great way to spend time with other photography enthusiasts, get a little fresh air, exercise, and have some fun taking pictures. Technically, photowalking is defined as "the act of walking [or wheeling] with a camera for the main purpose of taking pictures of things that the photographer may find interesting". Pretty simple, eh?

You can do solo photowalks, but organized group photowalks are where it's at! It's really fun to spend some social time with other photographers, doing what we all love to do - taking photos!

Group photowalks are for everyone. There are no special skills or equipment required. Just show up with a camera, ANY kind of camera, and that's all you need. You can use a simple point and shoot that fits in your pocket or a fancy dslr with a whole bag of lenses. Really, the only thing you need to join a photowalk is the desire to walk with other people and take photos.

It works like this: someone schedules a photowalk and then invites other people to join in, usually via the internet. On the day of the walk, everyone gets together at the starting place and time and introduces themselves. After a few minutes of milling about and discussion, the group takes off on their pre-determined route to take photos. Everyone goes at their own pace, chatting and chimping* along the way. When they reach the end of the route, there is likely to be a little time to gather and do some more chimping, usually over coffee or beer! Then when everyone goes home, they upload the photos they took to a group site on the internet so they can see what everyone else thought was interesting enough to photograph. And that's how friendships are formed!

photowalk_logo.jpgWell, Lisa, Scott and I are all about photography, fun and making friends, so we've decided to host a photowalk at MouseFest this year and you're all invited! You're all going to MouseFest, right? Of course you are! So, here are the details:

What: Picture This! Photowalk meet at MouseFest 2008
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2008
Time: 7am - 9am (yup - that's the crack of dawn!)
Where: Disney's Boardwalk - meet at the Wedding Pavilion, finish at Boardwalk Bakery
Who: Everyone is welcome!

We've set up a Flickr group with more information, including a map of the route we'll be following. That is where everyone can RSVP, introduce ourselves and chat about the meet. Afterwards, this is where we'll share our photos. You'll need to join Flickr to RSVP but it's free and safe, I promise. You won't get any spam from them.

We're very excited about this meet and hope to see lots of you there. And who knows, there may even be some goodies available for those who attend**.

For a more in-depth article on photowalking, check out this post by Jeff Revell. To find a photowalk in your area check out photowalking.org or just google "photowalk" and your city.

Don't forget to RSVP on the Flickr site.

*looking at each other's photos on their lcd screens
**There's nothing wrong with a little bribery!

July 8, 2008

Disney Pics of the Week: Queues

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

No matter which Disney park you are visiting or attempting to hide overnight in, you'll discover lots of visuals to catch your attention, even when you're waiting on line. Thus, Barrie, Scott and I present to you this week's theme, Queues.

My entry comes from Snow White's Scary Adventure at Disneyland.
Did you know that if you tap the top of the apple upon entering the queue, you'll get a surprise?

July 9, 2008

Back in Time: Dis/Magic Meets

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

If you'll all kindly step forward into my time machine then we can be on our way. Our first brief visit will be to DisMeet of 2006. The gathering of 350 or so Disney fans took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

(beep beep beep beep beep) OK, the date is set for July 15, 2006. Let's go!

It's Steven M. Barrett, author of the famous Hidden Mickeys books. He's in the Main Ballroom showing the audience a slideshow of hidden mickeys and asking them to vote on whether the questionable ones are legit or not. Catch ya later!

In smaller rooms there are breakout sessions going on. Let's peek inside and see what's happening. Sharla Whalen is handing out Dole Whips! That's one way to win over the group for sure. Oh and she's discussing scrapbooking.
You see that blue book in Dave Marx's hand? They're very popular for vacationers about Disney Cruise, Disneyland, and Walt Disney World called Passporters. Sounds like today he's talking about Disneyland. Woo hoo!

They're tallying up the bids and it looks like the Disney World Trivia.com Dream Team has raised nearly $4,000 from their silent auction. All the money will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. Well done.

Everyone back into the time machine. Move it along, don't try to steal the centerpieces from their proper winners. No, you cannot place your nametag on a statuette and claim it as your own.

(peeb peeb peeb) Uh oh. I think it's broken! (beep beep beep) I fixed it! Next stop, Magic Meet in Harrisburg, PA on July 14, 2007 at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Convention Center.

I see Fred Block riding around on a Segway. The crowds have gathered and are waiting to be allowed inside. The doors are open and there they go, grabbing tables to accomodate all their friends.

Let's take a gander at who's holding breakout sessions this time around. Hey! It's Deb! Hi Deb! She's talking about how much fun adults can have on the Disney Cruise and giving away lots of prizes.

The boys from WDW Today are podcasting live. They've got lots of giveaways too. Boy oh boy are they having lots of fun tormenting Lou Mongello but it's all good, they love Lou. Oh Louououou.

The kids are having a good time watching the magician and playing with their chicken fingers. We should get going as the day is coming to a close. Tomorrow lots of these folks are heading to Hershey Park and maybe even Hotel Hershey (as seen on "Great Hotels"). Chocolate lovers abound!

(beeeeep beep beep) And we're back. I hope you all enjoyed your trip. For those of you attending this year's event on July 18-20th, this was a sneak peek of things to look forward to.

I'll see you folks there and you can expect photo recaps from Scott and I.

July 10, 2008

The Lost Expedition - Expedition Everest

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Expedition Everest queue at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/20s shutter, f3.8, 800 ISO

I think the best queue in all of Disney World has got to be the Expedition Everest queue at Disney's Animal Kingdom. I could spend hours in that line just looking at all the amazingly cool stuff! Of course, that doesn't keep me from using Fastpass whenever possible!

July 11, 2008


Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Backlighting is light illuminating from behind the subject. This is very tough to correctly expose for and causes havoc with your camera's light meter.

If you are outdoors and the light source is the sun, the best way to meter for backlighting is to point your camera to one side of the sun or the other, read what your meter is saying in Auto or Program mode, switch to Manual mode and then set the aperture and shutter speed. This will create a silhouette of the subject. Let me point out that you should never point your camera directly at the sun. In fact, do not have the sun anywhere in the frame when you are metering.

You can also bring out more detail in your subject if, still in manual mode, you open up one or more f-stops. This is what I did in the photo of the male African Lion when taking an early morning Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom. When pointing my lens to one side of the sun, I got an exposure of 1/1600th of a second shutter speed and an aperture of f/16. By opening up one stop to f/11, I brought out more features and color of the lion. Remember, the smaller the f-stop, the larger the lens opening or aperture thus letting in more light to enter when the shutter is pressed.

You may be wondering why the shutter speed is so fast in this case. Let me tell you, those "jeeps" on the safari bounce and rock a lot. So, I increased the camera's ISO to allow for faster shutter speeds. For more on this technique, visit my tips on photographing on a Kilimanjaro Safari.

African Lion on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A male African Lion is backlighted on an early morning Kilimanjaro Safari.
Nikon D70/80-200D, 1/1600s, f/11, 800 ISO, EV +0.3, 200mm Focal length

If you can get close enough to your subject either by using a zoom lens or being able to walk up to it, take your meter reading with the subject filling the frame through your viewfinder. Again, set your exposure manually and either zoom out or back away, compose your shot with the light behind your subject and you should get a great photograph.

There will not be a Photographic Innoventions next week as I am taking a vacation to various parts along the Atlantic shore ending up at Magic Meets. I'll be helping Deb Wills out at the AllEars table along with Lisa and attending many events and presentations. See you there or see you back here in two weeks.

July 12, 2008

Tower of Terror Garden Statue

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A statue in the Tower of Terror's gardens in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
One of the creepy statues in the Tower of Terror gardens framed by American Sycamore trees.
Nikon Coolpix 995, 1/125s, f/4.4, 200 ISO, 0 EV

It is my opinion the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is the best themed attraction at Walt Disney World. A few years ago, and before Disney invented FastPass, I spent a long time in the Tower's queue which snakes through some overgrown gardens before you enter the lobby. When looking around, I spied this creepy looking statue through some American Sycamore trees. I felt it would make a good contribution to the Disney Pic of the Week Queue Line theme.

July 13, 2008

Where in the World #46

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #45:
 Where in the World #45

And here's the answer:
Disney's Old Key West Lighthouse
Copyright © 2003 Barrie Brewer, Nikon E3100, 18-200VR, 1/470s shutter, f5.6

This lighthouse can be found at Disney's Old Key West Resort. I took this photo from a boat that Sutree and I rented at Downtown Disney. Tooling around on the waterways near the resorts is a really nice way to enjoy a lazy afternoon.

Anne Hainsworth was the first to send in the correct answer this week! Congratulations to Anne and all the readers who got the answer right: Theresa Rucando, Sharon Pierce, Debbie Hudson, Ed Aleszczyk, Denise, Merrie Tesh, Jennifer Haas, Garland Cox, Tom Armstrong, Chris & Alison, Heather Young, Chris Bertelmann, Sharon Dale, Austin O'blenis, Nicole Cyr, Christie Condit, Neil Roeper, Tim Rachuba, Debra Kuklinski, Jen Cox, Tim Wingfield, Eric Hoffman, Lisa Hoffman, Michael Gainey, John Agnew, Brian Gallant, Lauren Cameron, Noreen Rachuba, Trish Hennessy, Christi Ison, Cameron Lange, April Pangburn, Sue Vanvleet, Jaron Goldberg, Deb Ragno, Colleen Gaudette, Rusty Podbelski, Double Family, Emily Chronas, Dana Hall, Betsy Podbelski, Katelyn P., Amy Miller, Laura Pranaitis, Ken Geiser, Barbara Styles, Michael Barker, Sara Clemenson and Marie H. Each of you will be entered in the July winners' drawing.


Challenge #46: What is this young woman doing and where in the world is she?

 Where in the World #46

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 17, by clicking HERE!

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!

July 14, 2008

September Disney Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

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.

These flower baskets hang from the poles lining the pathway in front of Germany in Epcot's World Showcase. I wanted to capture the beautiful red geraniums but I deliberately composed the shot to include part of the building in the background as well. This is a nice way to take a not so typical vacation photo and a more interesting flower photo at the same time.

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.

September 2008 8.5x11 Calendar

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

September 2008 Jewel Case Calendar

Click here to see all of the calendars from past months.

July 15, 2008

Disney Pics of the Week - Resorts

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This week Lisa, Scott and I will be sharing photos from the Disney resorts in our Pic of the Week series. Disney really does it right when it comes to creating beautiful and interesting resorts. Some are fun and whimsical, while others are just plain gorgeous. From the value resorts to the deluxe, there's no shortage of fabulous photo opportunities. It was hard to narrow it down to just one photo this week.

Disney's Boardwalk Villas and Inn
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 8.7secs shutter, f8, ISO 200

I decided to lead us off with my favorite place to stay, the Boardwalk Villas in Walt Disney World. This Disney Vacation Club resort is especially pretty at night with all the lights reflecting on the water. It was so quiet and peaceful when I took this shot. It's hard to imagine all the bustling activity that took place earlier in the evening.

Don't forget to check back on Thursday and Saturday to see Lisa and Scott's resort photo picks.

July 16, 2008

Color Creativity

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Do you envision the universe in black and white, sepia, vivid color or cyanotype? Your camera does. Yes, it too sees life in artistic form, pointing out shadows that are more prominant in a story without color. Enjoying the richness of reds and greens that pop out from the scenery and making everything new look old again.

While all of what I'm about to show you can be created on your computer with software, I shot every frame as you see it. It's amazing how one building can take on a different personality with each change in color. Prior to digital cameras, these same looks would be accomplished by using filters or by playing with color adjustments in the darkroom.

These were all shot on Streets of America at Disney's Hollywood Studios with the Nikon Coolpix 7600.
Shot using the standard setting. I'm having flashbacks of "The Cosby Show."

The vivid setting makes for richer colors like you now see in some commercials and television shows or as I've just finished watching "High School Musical 2," I noticed the colors were enhanced.

Nothing makes a photo's details stand out like a black and white print.

Cyanotype leaves only a blueish-cyan hue.

Sepia reminds us of days gone by like prohibition, the mafia, and swing dancing.

I encourage all of you to bring out your inner artist.

As I'll be attempting to blog live from Magic Meets this weekend, I will not have an entry on Wednesday, July 23rd. I'll see some of you in just a few short days!

July 17, 2008

Back to the 50's

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Pop Century Resort's 1950's building and pool, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Pop Century Resort's 1950's building and bowling alley pool area.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4, 200 ISO, +0.3 EV, 18mm Focal Length

As an avid bowler, when I came upon Pop Century's 1950's area, I was thrilled. The huge bowling pin stairwells, the sock-hop icons on the buildings and the bowling pin and alley themed pool put a big old smile on my face and perfect for my Disney Pic of the Week Resort theme photo. To come upon it early in the morning with great light and not a guest to be seen was, well, cool. It's too bad those bowling balls are not disguised floatation devices.

July 19, 2008

Resorts - Disneyland's Paradise Pier

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

It goes without saying that I absolutely LOVE Disneyland. On those occasions when I've been able to treat myself to a stay on property, my number one choice is Paradise Pier Hotel.

If you enjoy beach theming and soft pastel colors as much as I do then you too will adore the rooms and decor there. There's something extra sensational about looking at all the twinkling lights and hearing the music coming from the park when you stay in a room that faces Disney's California Adventure.

You can see the hotel behind the Orange Stinger. Just imagine the view from one of those high floor rooms. This is my entry for Disney Pics of the Week.

July 20, 2008

Where in the World #47

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #46:
 Where in the World #46

And here's the answer:
Fossil Fueler Game in Disney's Animal Kingdom
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/500s shutter, f5.6

She's playing Fossil Fueler, one of the wacky carnival games in Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama! Located in Dinoland USA in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Dino-Rama is a fun and colorful tribute to the carnivals we all grew up loving.

Evelyn Cowdell was the first to send in the correct answer this week! Congratulations to Evelyn and all the readers who got the answer right: Angie Young, Patty Carty, Ed Aleszczyk, Garland Cox, Jennifer Tremley, John Dupre, Erica Andrews, Alyssa Nutter, Nicole Cyr, Stephanie Visco, Jen Cox, Karen Hotchkiss, Sharon Pierce, Amie Mumpower, Chloe, Diane Furtado, Damon Carter, Kerianne Magee, Karen Nelson, Dave Cole, Diane Ramos, Matt Martel, Dan Hwkins, Jon Sander, Cheryl Costello, Gretchen Payne, Cecilia Hale, Monica Hatch, Stacy Patterson, Erin Hammer, Ken Fischler, Krista Knowles, Eileen Krause, Kimberly Watson, Victor Gonzalez, Candice Cheven, Wendy Snelgrove, Evan Dworkin, Clay Anthony, Dan Potts, Kathleen Catalano, Melissa Destito, Noreen Rachuba, Paul Murray, Georgine Kamradt, Kerry, Greg Stevens, Hans Reller, Shandy Brickler, Rickey Yarbrough, Melissa Rebelo, Ron Lewis, Paul Hicks, John Pasqueralli, Paul King, Kelly Montgomery, Carrie Dienna, Mike Gillardi, P. Carrick, Jennifer Saylor, Crista Kostrzewski, Frank Miller, Jennifer Woods, Chris Courson, Mike Haeberle, Tara Mccauley, Lisa Mcbride, Gary Huusko, Howard Schreiber, Mary Wangerin, Kenneth Cox, Jessica Persinger, Heather M, Jason Scott, Katie Wetzel, Missy Carroll, Karen Durisch, Chuck Sands, Michael, Jay Lewandowski, Austin O'blenis, Tim Davis, Sara Wood, Liz Barranco, Marita Sarad, Heather Kelly, Jennifer Kelly, Janet Druce, Sharon Runciman, Dawn Erickson, Jennifer Lindhurst, Brian Miller, Renee Zarycki, Allen Cohen, Leslee Rigoli, Dawn-Marie Badame, Jennifer Romano, Dave Peters, Gerry Spooner, Bruce Hinterleitner, Rachel E, Jessica Reed, Pam Bowyer, Brent Nyberg, Angie Grimes, Andrew Browne, Nicole Laskin, Jaime Breheny, J. Thomas, Ashley Mucha, Joseph Ragona, Vickie Mcgee, Shannon Watts, Cedric Ching, Kenny Cruz, Emily Nussbaum, Eddie Cusson, Samantha Sim, Jennifer Smith, Christopher Handa, Heather Fresa, Lori Theilken, Mhairi Stirling, Scott Sabourin, Katy Pettis, Janet Deane, Katherine Smith, Cathie Hemesath, Mary Falcone, Wendy, Karen Dresser-Smith, Robert Layman, Robert, Melissa Allore, Jessica Gottlieb, Kari Morrison, Kathy Howitz, Dominic, Kimberly Mueller, Jay Bellemare, Clarissa, Karen Schlumpf, Sabrina Rolle, Gay Krahling, Danusia Rogacki, Jennifer Hacker, Alica Byars, Kenny, Debbie Hicks, Judy Brodersen, Deborah Rich, Dustin Woodley, Chris Maslowski, Catherine Zori, Amanda Mccandless, Emma Poprock, Kellie Carter, Jacqueline Sadler Rose, Kirk Sheppard, Kathy Maffei, Tom Wert, Mark Mills, Dawn Godaire, William Lawson, Colette Seller, Andrea Mayo, Debbie Roach, Jeremy Forehand, Larry Gandy, Christina Cella, Diane Bunn, Lisa Mcneill, Adam Boerhave, Jason Comegys, Kelly Zanauskas, Erick, Sara Cavallon, Jessica, Shawn Guthrie, Frank H, Mark Mainka, Tacey Atkinson, Renee Lambertus, Brian Berger, Maryanne Taragano, Sean Hyland, Eric, Erin Morrison, Jillian Clark, Gail Perry, Marie Rogowski, Brett, Kyle Bliven, Kelly Mager, Christy Hodge, Cat Birkett, Apryl Thomas, Susan, Amanda Heller, Joe Mahoney, John Pulcini, Diana Archambault, Joel Freer, Rebecca Sacks, Sal Derose, Kristin Trexler, Kevin Csizmar, Kelly Johnston, Anderson Dun, Kim V, Gino Caputa, Jon Strickland, Ann Toback, Erich, Cori Lehman, Jennifer Stafford, Catherine Zori, Garry Lauter, Julie Lauter, John Dean, Melina Hillis, Joe O'leary, Tom Koval, Jamie Poynton, Daniel Brace, Holley Blyler and Jess Ro. Each of you will be entered in the July winners' drawing.


Challenge #47: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #47

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 24, by clicking HERE!

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!

July 22, 2008

Disney Pic of the Week: Main Street RR Station Office

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

What sets a Disney themepark apart from the all the others is the attention to detail. Some details are little and some large. Some go unnoticed until pointed out or stumbled upon. The latter is what happened to me a couple of years ago. Thus I introduce you to this week's Disney Pic of the Week theme: Theming Detail.

Main St. Railroad Station at the Main Street USA Station in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Main St. Railroad Station at the Main Street USA Station platform.
Nikon D70/18-70G, 1/8s, f/4.5, 1600 ISO, 0 EV, 52mm focal length

I was on the platform where the Walt Disney World RailRoad trains take on and disburse guests. I had my back to Main St. Railroad Office as I was concentrating on taking pictures down Main Street USA. I turned around and there it was. An authentic turn of the 20th Century office for a railroad. Like all of Main Street, the attention to detail right down to the sepia photos and conductor cap makes you feel like time hasn't passed at all. The next time you are waiting for a parade or fireworks show on this platform, turn around like I did. You will find other items in this office to discover.

Lisa and Barrie will be along later this week to share their theming detail photos.

July 24, 2008

Theming Detail - Ahoy There!

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

As you recall, this week's category is theming and so I submit 2 images for your viewing. The first, is found on the Disney Wonder, as Mickey's hand points to the floor where the elevator is currently...elevating.

The 2nd photograph is that of a metal identification tag, if you will, nailed into a post on Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.

July 25, 2008

Magic Meets - Friday

I wasn't able to find the time or a laptop to be able to post live from MagicMeets so without further ado, here's my Friday recap.

On Friday I arrived around 4pm after spending 9 hours on the road including stops along the way for lunch, gasoline, and restrooms. Highway 78 was shutdown and there were no signs or policemen to redirect traffic. Luckily, my friend Karen realized we were near other highways listed on the directions we had and so we eventually found our way.

The AllEars table was setup so I didn't have any work to do except to deal with a slide show I'd created for a digital frame. The photos would rotate while cued to music at our table. After playing around with photos and moving folders, Mike Scopa got it all working or so we thought at the time.

I joined a group of friends for dinner at Perkins. That was a nice time with good and funny conversation.

That night a bunch of us went to Magic Tunes, a Name That Tune type of game hosted by Mike Scopa, co-created by Trent Schwartz, and engineered by Mike Newell (www.mouseworldradio.com). The evenings contestants were Lou Mongello (www.disneyworldtrivia.com), Deb Wills, Steven Barrett (www.hiddenmickeysguide.com, and Annette Owens (www.mousefantravel.com).

The game worked like this, Newell played an audio portion of a song and you had to guess what movie, attraction or television show it is from. It was a great deal of fun to not only try to guess where the soundbites were from but also to watch all the antics of the contestants who are all good friends with one another.

And now, on with the photos.
Mike Newell at the soundboard. I like to call him Mix Master Mike.

Mr. Mike Scopa as the host of MagicTunes. Is he the next George DeWitt?

You know these crazy kids as Lou Mongello and Deb Wills. Later, Lou moonwalked ala Michael Jackson sans the sparkling white glove.

Steven Barrett and Annette Owens had more of a dry humor about them.

And lastly, my favorite shot of the night: Vicky, Carol, Mary, Linda, and Michelle having a riveting good time.

Fun at MagicMeets

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

It's hard to cover an event like MagicMeets with so much going on. I enjoyed photographing the Main Ballroom events and some of the Breakout sessions with speakers like Deb Wills, our wonderful webmaster of AllEars.net, Shontell Crawford of DVC by Resale, Disney's first CMO Justin Muchoney, Johnny Zotto training young animators and Steve Barrett, author of the Hidden Mickey's Guidebooks. What I came away with was how much fun people were having at MagicMeets and wanted to share a little of it here with you.

During the first breakout session, Deb Wills did a talk entitled, "Let's Go Cruisin!", about the Disney Cruise Line. Deb answered questions and encouraged guests who had been on a cruise to share their experiences. Deb even got into character much to the delight of the 100 plus members of the audience.

Deb Wills of AllEars.net getting feedback from an audience member at her Let's Go Cruisin! breakout session during MagicMeets on July 19, 2008 in Harrisburg, PA.
Deb Wills of AllEars.net getting feedback from an audience member at her "Let's Go Cruisin!" breakout session during MagicMeets.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.3, 400 ISO, EV +0.3, 82mm Focal length

Next door, Johnny Zotto was running his "How to Draw Mickey" Breakout session for the kids attending MagicMeets. I stopped in as they were finishing up drawing Mickey Mouse and were preparing to draw Goofy. It amazes me how just by drawing circles, ovals and parts of them create our lovable Disney characters.

Samantha Hogan proudly shows off her Mickey Mouse drawing she made under the instruction of Johnny Zotto at MagicMeets on Saturday, July 19, in Harrisburg, PA.
Samantha Hogan proudly shows off her Mickey Mouse drawing she made under the instruction of Johnny Zotto at MagicMeets.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5, 400 ISO, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal length

Lots of prizes were given away by the sponsors who attended MagicMeets. Fred Block, the founder of MagicMeets, would get the entire ballroom excited when announcing the next prize drawing. Photos, books, beautiful gift baskets and even a Mousefest 2009 cruise for two was given away to the amazement of the winners.

A happy Pamela Berkheiser poses with her Hidden Mickey prize package she won at MagicMeets on Saturday, July 19, in Harrisburg, PA.
A happy Pamela Berkheiser poses with her Hidden Mickey prize package she won at MagicMeets.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5, 400 ISO, EV +0.3, 42mm Focal length

The real winners of the day was the Make-A-Wish Foundation as $20,000 was raised to help make wishes come true from the hearts of all who attended the 2008 MagicMeets.

July 26, 2008

Fantasyland Detail

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/13s shutter, f5.6

My Pic of the Week detail comes from Cinderella's Golden Carrousel in the Magic Kingdom. Along the top of the carrousel are several vignettes, each featuring a different scene from Cinderella's story. These are just a couple of the panels. I'll leave the rest for you to capture on your next trip.

Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/20s shutter, f5.6

Saturday at Magic Meets

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

I spent Saturday morning enjoying breakfast with my fellow AllEars Team members. Then we were off to the ballroom for group photos, mingling, and any last minute touch-ups to the table. Scott and I kept having shootouts because we're cool like that.

As you can imagine, I spent most of the day running around taking photos. This year however, I was able to bid in the silent auction and actually wound up winning but we'll get to that later.

This year's keynote speaker was David Anderson, an Imagineer. He's a college professor and listening to his albeit too short stories about working for Walt Disney made me want to go back to school just to take his classes.

Next came a series of breakout sessions. Deb spoke about how much fun it is for adults to set sail on the Disney Cruise. There was a raffle and here we have Linda Lou amidst the crowd handing out tickets inbetween filming the informal lecture.

At various intervals throughout the day, door prizes were awarded. We each had a unique number on our ID tags and constantly checked to see if we were the lucky winner.

With a headset and cell phone, Fred was communicating with...well I have no idea who with but his trusty Segway was always by his side or under him.

Shortly before the auction ended I made another round or two to check on my bids. Pretty much everything I was interested in had a fantastically high bid. Great for the Dream Team but not me. I found one item that I wanted to get for my friend's birthday and I'd tell you what it is but she reads my blog. After i made my last notation I was stuck in auction traffic. As I stood in the middle of 2 tables, surrounded, the moment they started counting down seconds, a woman who had previously tried to distract me from checking on an item pushed me aside and wrote down one last bid. In the midst of this she also knocked that clipboard onto the ground. It's nice that we all want to help raise money for a fabulous cause but pushing and shoving is not necessary.

The auction is over. Walt Disney Trivia.com Dream Team members collect all clipboards.

The WDW Today podcasters collected donations from listeners who were tuning in live.

Lou Mongello and his hard-working staff gleefully and tearfully raised $20,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

When all was said and done, it was an enjoyable day spent with friends old and new. I learned a lot from David Anderson and hope to see him again at Magic Meets.

The big winner of the day was this woman who won a Disney Cruise donated by MouseFanTravel. Woo hoo!

July 27, 2008

Where in the World #48

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #47:
 Where in the World #47

And here's the answer:
Epcot Character Spot Sign at Walt Disney World
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/500s shutter, f11

This is the sign for the relatively new Character Spot sign in Epcot. Head to Innoventions West to meet Mickey Mouse and his friends. It's a great place to have your pictures taken with the characters. Each picture will feature you and your favorite character in front of a brightly colored backdrop depicting the different lands of Future World.

Cari-ann Smith was the first to send in the correct answer this week! Congratulations to Cari-ann and all the readers who got the answer right: Cori Lehman, Katie Shade, Holley Blyler, Patty Lue Roosa, Emma Poprock, Erica Andrews, Dan Molczyk, Ann Fowler, Eric Bouchet, Linda Mac, Robin Fitts, Bob Kowalski, Sharon Pierce, Tom Durr, Abby Steill, Rebekah Anguish, Sharon Dale, Jenn G., Jennifer Romano, Jennifer Tremley, Hillary W, Lynn Brown, Tim Rachuba, Amanda Penhale, Noreen Rachuba, Stephanie Christiansen, Kerianne Magee, Cara Richards, Dina Grassi, Jon Thomas, Tom Koval, Patrick Albrecht, Heather Frase, Melissa Rebelo, Juliann Ruffing, Heather Coursen, Allison Caputa, Brian Gallant, Diana Archambault and Jessica Reed. Each of you will be entered in the July winners' drawing.


Challenge #48: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #48

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 31, by clicking HERE!

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!

July 29, 2008

Disney Pic of the Week - Mammals

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

This week's assignment is mammals and it was a challenge for me because I don't have many animal photos from...Animal Kingdom. Why? I have been to zoos so many times (I love them) that I've become a bit of a zoo snob. If you're ever in Miami, Florida, check out The Miami Metro Zoo.

I thought to myself, where else have I photographed animals. My first self-answer was Disneyland! Of course they are photos of me feeding feral cats and that's not very exciting to anyone but me.

Now what do I use? Pluto? No, I can't get away with that. Shamu? Wrong park besides I don't have any pics of Shamu. My cat? I could super impose her into Earl of Sandwich. She loves turkey breast. I thought and thought and scoured my digital files and found shots I had done back in 2006 for a project.

With super duper extra special thanks to my friend John for helping me out when my photo editing software program failed to work properly, here is my entry:

Ken, the ruggedly handsome cowboy, alongside a pony at the Tri-Circle D Ranch at Fort Wilderness.

Be sure to come back on Thursday and Saturday for Barrie and Scott's Disney Pics of the Week. Yeehaw!

July 30, 2008

Digital Camera Service Advisories & Repair

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

I have good news and bad news. First the bad news. Sometimes parts are made for cameras that have a shorter life than expected. Occasionally, cameras may overheat or small pieces like the battery door springs and latches may fall off.

The good news is that when this happens in mass quantity, the manufacturers make good with their customers and service to fix these problems is complimentary.

Here's an example for you. My mom's friend's camera suddenly stopped taking photos. She hadn't dropped it or spilled anything on it. Her LCD still showed text and photos she had previously taken but it wouldn't go live. She sent it out for repair via a camera shop and they told her it was sent to Canon per a Service Advisory.

Keep in mind that repairs like these sometimes take longer because there are literally millions of cameras sold and when there's a service advisory out, a good chunk of them go to a small number of service centers. This causes backup but remember, they are making good on their product even if they are 5 years old which far exceeds the normal warranty.

The best way to find out if your camera's problem falls under these situations is to check with the manufacturer themselves.

Here's a list of URLs and phone numbers you can check to see if your camera is on the list.

U.S. Residents call 1-800-828-4040
Service and Safety Notices


1-800-659-3854 x3461
Click on your camera model for up-to-date info

1-800-235-6325 (23KODAK), option 12
Search by camera model

1-800-645-6678 and select option 1
Service Advisories and Recalls

Check for nearby service centers

1-800-211-PANA (7262)
Search for your camera here

1-800-877-0155 in the United States
Outside the US

1-800-222-7669 United States and Canada
International 1-239-768-7669
Enter your camera model here

July 31, 2008

Sitting Pretty!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Chimpanzee at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/1000s shutter, f5.6

I chose this chimpanzee from Disney's Animal Kingdom as my Pic of the Week for mammal week. This was as close a shot as I could get with my 18-200mm telephoto lens. What I wouldn't do for a 400mm lens at Animal Kingdom!

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