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November 1, 2008

Trick or Treat

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

This decadent-looking candy apple caught my eye at Süssigkeiten (Sweets) in Germany's pavillion in EPCOT. The Mickey ears treat is drenched in milk chocolate, designed to look like it's covered by a cobweb and boasts two happy candy pumpkins. Yummy!

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November 2, 2008

Where in the World #60

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #59:
 Where in the World #59

And here's the answer:
Kali River Rapids Queue in Disney's Animal Kingdom
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 2.5s shutter, f3.5, ISO 800

You'll find this sign on the tour operator's desk in the queue for Kali River Rapids in Disney's Animal Kingdom. It's near the end of the queue, just before you reach the boarding area.

I haven't spent a lot of time in this queue because I don't fancy getting wet, but on my last trip I decided to go through the line just to take pictures. I lucked out because I happened to hit the ride at the end of the day when there wasn't any line. I was able to wander around taking photos to my heart's content - something to keep in mind for future Where in the World challenges - hint, hint!

Michael Pyle was the first to send in the correct answer this week! Congratulations to Michael and all the readers who got the answer right: Belicia Dawson, Scott Cullen, Marie Wolfe, Lauri Phillips, Leslie Dameron, Dave Wang, Lee Anastasi, Maryann Eckenrode , Matt Cofone, Angela Brown, Dave Cole, Debra Moscara, Angela Youngblood, Jeffrey Dunne, Amy Wenzel, Emily Rennie, Tammy Persons, Carla Leger, Marcie Soderlund, Karen Schlumpf, Cheri Palmisano, Bethany Mattiuz-king, Kelli Olthoff, Christina Rotella and Michael Gaineya. Each of you will be entered in the November winners' drawing.
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Challenge #60: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #60

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 6, 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 cool Disney book!

November 4, 2008

Disney Pic of the Week - Stunt Shows

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Ever wonder how those Hollywood stunts are done? The stunt shows at Disney's Hollywood Studios take you behind the scenes of how stunts are safely planned and performed and is this week's theme for Disney Pic of the Week. Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show features the Red Hero Car being chased all over the large outdoor set by a group of Black Villain Cars. Stay tuned as Lisa and Barrie will share their best stunt shots coming up this Thursday and Saturday. And you can share yours with us by posting your favorite stunt show photo in this flickr post.

Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show Hero Jump in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show Hero Jump.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/200s, f/8, ISO 200, 32mm Focal Length

November 5, 2008

Landscapes Gone Vertical

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

The Landscape Mode icon on your camera looks like a mountain. icon_landscape.gif
When you use this mode, you are telling your camera that you're photographing a large area of scenery and want everything in focus. Internally, the camera sets the f-stop to allow less light to come through the lens but bringing the entire scope into focus.

Now, you might think you can only use Landscape for horizontal picturesque spots but this is not so. For you see, even a tree takes up massive space and demands attention.

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This is a nice photo but look what happens when you turn the camera vertical!!*

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Try using the Landscape Mode on other vertical subjects like buildings, giants, enormous icons found at All-Star resorts, gargantuan hats, hotels with falty elevators, etc...

*Results may differ from person to person, camera to camera, neighbor to neighbor
father to son, one for all and all for one!


November 6, 2008

Run for Your Life in the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

I enjoy a good challenge, photographically speaking. Lighting is key as any photog knows so when you are faced with low light and action you have to think fast and set the proper settings on your camera. Another factor that's extremely important with photojournalism, weddings, concerts, etc...is to anticipate the action. I waited for Indy to move slowly or stop moving because I was shooting at a not-so-fast yet not-so-slow rate of 1/80 and the aperature opened up as much as it can at f4.5 and an ISO of 1000 which sadly, is noisier than 1000 ISO film is grainy.

Since the image has specs of red and green from the noise and I thought it made the shot look dirty, I cleaned it up and removed all color, thus making it a black and white photograph. Personally, I think it looks cool and something I can imagine framed up on Indy's wall at home.


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Canon 30D, Canon 75-300mm USM

Disney Pic of the Week: Stunt Shows

November 7, 2008

An Odd Rule

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Here is a photography rule which I read about when researching the previous blog on the Sunny 16 Rule I wrote about last time. This one is called the Rule of Odds. The rule states an odd number of objects should be sought out for a shot. This results in a natural framing of the objects, adding comfort and depth to the artwork.

Okay, though I tend to put 1, 3 or more odd numbered subjects in my photos than even numbers, I pay more attention to the Rule of Thirds when I am composing in the viewfinder. However, it looks like Disney Imagineers use this rule. Below is a photo of the five balloons which hang from the ceiling in Epcot's Land Pavilion. The middle one represents Earth while the four surrounding balloons represent the seasons: Yellow for Summer, Orange for Fall, Blue for Winter and Green for Spring.

The five balloons hanging from The Land pavilion's ceiling in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
The odd numbered balloons hanging from the ceiling of The Land pavilion in Epcot.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4.5, 200 ISO, 36mm Focal length

Again, I don't purposely go out and look for an odd number when I am composing my photographs. Since this is a compositional rule and, like all rules in photography, they are more like guidelines anyway (now, where have we heard that before?), I wouldn't go out of my way to do this. It's something to keep in mind when you have time to do so.

November 8, 2008

Hot Stuff!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Lights, Motors, Action! at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 55-200mm, 1/640s shutter, f5.3

I like how nonchalantly the guys with the fire extinguishers walk up to this woman engulfed in flames. It's as if they see this kind of thing everyday" oh yeah, they do! These cast members are stunt performers in the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney's Hollywood Studios. They do an amazing job of showing us all how some of Hollywood's most dangerous stunts are performed.

November 9, 2008

Where in the World #61

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer


This was Challenge #60:
 Where in the World #60

And here's the answer:
World Showcase Lagoon at Epcot
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/25s shutter, f22

These colorful gondola mooring poles are in the water of the World Showcase Lagoon, in front of the Italy pavilion in Epcot. Uniquely painted poles were used to designate gondola "parking spaces" for various Venetian families. You can still see these multicolored poles in the canals of Venice, although they are more decorative than functional these days.

Chris Masse was the first to send in the correct answer this week! Congratulations to Chris and all the readers who got the answer right: Neil Taylor, Deb Ragno, Jennifer S., Heather Yjoung, Patrick Albrecht, Sherry Klinefelter, Brittany Irish, Brandy White, Jen Snapp, Jodi Cook, Dawn Bach, Barbie Lawless, Anjanette Tournillon, Marguerite Massett, Debbie Hudson, Lee Anastasi, Leslie Dameron, Sharon Dale, Penny, Ed Aleszczyk, Alyssa Nutter, Hollie Hinton, Becky Terjung, Kris, Jennifer Tremley, Kim Garabed, Elizabeth Akerley, Joyanne Johnston, Lauren Seymour, Amy Wenzel, Linda Mac, Ben Howell, Samuel Shotick, Diane Cripps, Laura, Christina Dominique Cooper, Sharon Pierce, Sharon Powers, Lauren Foss, Jennifer Horst, Julianne Williams, Melea Broekers, Kelley H, Sarah Smee, Hillary W, Michelle Wilinski, Allison Lowry, Tina Roberts, Kellie Carter, Jennifer Rupert, Dan Record, Zach C, Alicia Henderson, Jeremy Hardy, John Agnew, John Dawes, Jill Fogg, Bonnie Smith, Angie, Amy, And Eli Young, Bob Patterson, Anne Hainsworth, Mike Thomson, Jennifer Schwing, Shannon Milair, Elizabeth Scarborough, Patricia Shea, Stephanie Servaites, Karen Schlumpf, Ashley Salters, Tim Rachuba, Judy Koslowski, Noreen Rachuba, Laura Barnes, Amy Miller, Becky Sterusky, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Amanda Diresta, Kye Layton, Allison Burgess, Karen Dresser-smith, Anderson Dun, Cindy Carrigan, Hope Schiemer, Kate Lavoie, Sarah Haas, Chris Bertelmann, Douglas Beasock, Ken Jackson, Jeffrey Dunne, Dina Grassi, Katarina Whitmarsh, Kelli Olthoff, Christine Angelo, Matt Cofone, Dana Hall, Carol Donoghue, Amy Cole, Sherri Pell, Jennifer Bogdan, Katy Robinson, Beth Dye, Michelle Gates, Amy Gamble, Barclay Bakkum, Heather Coursen, Rachele Hawkins, Wendy Snelgrove, Amy Kleinfieldt, Lisa Hoffman, Eric Hoffman, Allison Dibiase, Patti Sturgis, Bethany Mattiuz-king, Heidi Summers, Sue Castanien, Alison, Maryann Mignano, Beth Kandravi, Theresa Rucando, Wendy Cacka, Carinne Kight and Ryan Conway. Each of you will be entered in the November winners' drawing.
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Challenge #61: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #61

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 13, 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 cool Disney book!

November 11, 2008

Disney Pic of the Week: Downtown Disney

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Are you a shopper? Do you enjoy dining out? Have you danced the night away? If you answered Yes to any of these questions then odds are you have been to Downtown Disney. It is broken down into 3 separate areas: West Side, Pleasure Island, and Marketplace. It's free to wander about, people watch, and window shop. Some of the cooler things to do that require paid admission are Cirque du Soleil and Disney Quest. The clubs at Pleasure Island closed permanently on September 27th.

My personal favorite shopping destination is Virgin Megastore. As for dining I'd say Portobello Yacht Club but I haven't been since it's recent makeover.

Over in the Marketplace you'll find a merry-go-round. I took this shot last September when Barrie and I set off for some night shooting. In order to make the horses look as though they were moving, I set up the shot and then while holding down the shutter button, swung the tripod's head, panning.

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Canon 30D, Canon EF 17-40mm L USM, ISO 250, f11, .3 seconds

November 12, 2008

Out for a Speedway Drive

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

For some strange reason I have rarely experienced the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway. Maybe it's because I keep calling it Autopia and none of my WDW-loving friends know what I'm talking about. I guess I just lost a point on the WDW Fanatic Measuring System.

It's rather difficult to take photos while driving, trust me on this. Even if your car can't veer off the road because of a guiding track, it's still tough to get good shots. That's why you need a driver. I conned err asked our own Jack Spence to be my personal chauffeur err driver.

My camera of choice was the Canon Powershot S5 IS. With the ISO set to 400 which was A-OK considering how bright and sunny it was and my shutterspeed rated at 1/1000 (using the Tv mode for shutterspeed priority), I let the camera select the f-stop. It averaged f8. All of my photos are sharp. I did try bumping up the ISO to 1000 just for kicks and I can tell you the shots are noisy and I don't like them one bit so you won't be seeing those.

This really was a fun thing to do and certainly different than your average vacation snapshots. In fact, you'll probably be seeing me motoring around again during MouseFest.

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When you return from your drive, you'll be directed as to where to pull over so new guests can have a turn. We're in line waiting for a car.


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Hey look over there! It's the sign for the Tomorrowland Speedway. It's good to know we're on the right road.


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Look kids, Big Ben! Hee hee, I couldn't resist.
Whoa! Space Mountain is a thrill ride, I think I'll stick with Peter Pan's Flight.


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It's such a lovely day that lots of folks are out for a drive.


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Safety is important. Don't bump the car ahead of you or you could wind up with a not-so-magical memory.

November 14, 2008

Photographing Christmas Lights at Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Ready for Christmas yet? Shopping all done? Gifts wrapped? Yeah, me neither. Here is something you can start doing at Walt Disney World today. Taking pictures of the fabulous Christmas decorations in the themeparks and resorts. With more coming by the end of November with the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Christmas parades and special events held all through the holiday season.

Planet Hollywood restaurant sign in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
How best to capture the millions of lights Disney Imagineers use is our topic for today and I have a some tips for you. Let's start with something people often overlook as it gets dark so early in November and December. Take photos of lighting displays during the magic hour after sunset when the sky and lights become balanced. Though it's not a Christmas display, the photo of the Planet Hollywood sign demonstrates what I am talking about here. I used AWB (Automatic White Balance) here while others will say to switch to a Tungsten or Incandescent white balance for best results. A tripod would be useful but I get good results shooting down to a quarter second (1/4s) with image stabilized lenses. The key is to wait for the sky and lights to come together. Keep taking shots until you start to see the results you are looking for. The provided link will go into more detail.

Now you are saying to yourself, who has time to wait for the light at Disney besides it's mostly full night when you are there. The lights are so pretty, there's got to be a way to photograph them. Well, you are right. Below is a technique you can use called "Dragging the Shutter". This technique is used a lot in wedding photography to allow for room lighting to be seen instead of stark dark backgrounds in large banquet halls.

Christmas Donald Duck Topiary in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Nikon D70/18-70D, 1/30s, f/4.5, ISO 400, +0.6 EV, 46mm Focal length

On camera and external flash are normally synced at shutter speeds between 1/60 and 1/250 of a second. When you use a flash and purposely use shutter speeds below the normal flash sync speed, it allows more time for ambient light to be captured by the camera's sensor. This gives a more pleasing and natural look to the photograph as you see on the right hand photo of the Donald Duck topiary I took at Epcot during Mousefest 2006. Both photos were taken the same way except for the use of flash. This can also be called Slow Sync in your camera manuals.

Using flash for photos of large areas is not practical. For best results, we have to use long shutter speeds (of less than 1/60th of a second), high ISO speeds of 800 or greater and find a way to stabilize our cameras. In the photo of Main Street USA, I was able to do all three.

Magic Kingdom's Main Street USA all decked out for Christmas, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Magic Kingdom's Main Street USA all decked out for Christmas.
Nikon D70/18-70D, 1/20s, f/4.2, ISO 1600, +0.3 EV, 35mm Focal length

As you can see, I am using a very high ISO of 1600 (my camera's highest available), a shutter speed of 1/20 of a second and I stabilized the camera by leaning against a garbage can and using my elbows to form a human tripod. I took several images to make sure I had a few which would come out sharp. If I had a real tripod, I could have used even slower shutter speeds and smaller apertures but I'll leave that discussion for another time.

By using these tips both at Disney or at home, your Christmas light photography will make your friends and family envious of your talents. Click this link for more tips on capturing the spirit of Christmas photographically. That's my gift to all of you!

November 15, 2008

Golden Restaurants at Downtown Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Cap'n Jack's and Rainforest Cafe restaurants at Downtown Disney Marketplace, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cap'n Jack's and Rainforest Cafe restaurants at Downtown Disney Marketplace.
Nikon D70/18-70G, 1/250s, f/8, 200 ISO, +0.3 EV, 56mm Focal Length

Any time you can take pictures during the Golden Hour of the day, they just have a wonderful look about them. Downtown Disney Marketplace was the first area in Lake Buena Vista Disney developed and has grown to include Pleasure Island (or what is left of it) and Disney's West Side. Given my other Walt Disney World hobby, I tend to include restaurants in a lot of my photography. So, I thought it fitting to use this as my selection for this week's Disney Pic of the Week theme on Downtown Disney.

November 16, 2008

Where in the World #62

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #61:
 Where in the World #61

And here's the answer:
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Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/250s shutter, f8

You guys are good! This was a hard one. This postal box is in the United Kingdom, in Epcot's World Showcase. I'll go easier on you this week"

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: Leslie Dameron, Neil Taylor, Heather Young, Walter Fletcher, Lauren Seymour, Amy Wenzel, Debra Kuklinski, Joyanne Johnston, Anita Ponton-brown, Glenn Meyer, Sarah Smee, Sharon Lee, Julie Ellis, Wendy Snelgrove, Ruth Woodhouse, Julie Wickware, Michelle Shewbridge, Liz, Kevin Jones, Peter Tucker, Steve Green, and Melea Broekers. Each of you will be entered in the November winners' drawing.
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Challenge #62: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #62

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 20, 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 cool Disney book!

November 18, 2008

Disney Pic of the Week - Boardwalk

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Everyone has that one special thing that they have to do on every trip to Walt Disney World. It might be a particular ride that can't be missed or a favorite snack that just doesn't taste as good anywhere else. For me, a Disney vacation just isn't complete until I spend some time on the Boardwalk. That's our theme for Pic of the Week this week, my favorite place in all of Walt Disney World - the Boardwalk.

Disney's Boardwalk Inn
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/20s shutter, f5, ISO 800

These rockers outside the lobby of the Boardwalk Inn are the perfect place to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of the parks. Add a good book and a refreshing beverage and you may never want to get up again.

November 19, 2008

G-O-R-I-L-L-A

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

It was a rough and bumpy ride on the Kilimanjaro Safari but lots of animals were out that day which made for an exciting time. Although Little Red really needs to stop fraternizing with poachers. Anywaaaay, after we exited the vehicle in an orderly fashion, I heard a Cast Member say if we took a right, we could see a gorilla. OK! I never knew that viewing area was there.

A few other folks were there as well and we were all trying to get photos of the gorilla who seemed to be watching us and thinking, Now what do you want? Barrie and I patiently waited for everyone else to get their photos and then we moved into the better viewing area to get some snapshots.

I love photographing animals. I'm sure you'll be seeing more of my animal pics and hearing all of my stories and Barrie's version of how I'm weird and talk to parrots. Yay me!

Here are my 2 favorite photos of this gorilla taken with the Canon Powershot S5 IS at f4, 1/60, ISO 400.

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Wow, gorillas really are similiar to humans. He's got a twitchy eye just like my dad.

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A moment later he was sound asleep and snoring, just like my dad. Actually, he reminded me so much of my dad that I asked him for money.


November 20, 2008

Boardwalk Wakes Up

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney's Boardwalk comes to life after sunset, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Disney's Boardwalk comes to life after sunset.
Nikon Coolpix 995, 1/15s, f/2.6, 400 ISO, 0 EV

Disney's Boardwalk Resort Area comes alive after sunset with arcade games, entertainers and kiosks selling popcorn, drinks and other yummy snacks. I took this from a balcony overlooking the Boardwalk with my Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera. Due to the slow shutter speed, I used the balcony's railing to help steady the camera. I think I captured some of the magic you feel walking on the boardwalk as my selection for this week's Disney Pic of the Week theme on Disney's Boardwalk area.

Don't forget, Barrie, Lisa and myself are hosting the AllEars.net Pictures This! Photowalk at Mousefest in the Boardwalk area. Check out the link for more information and to sign up!

November 21, 2008

2nd Annual dSLR Christmas Gift Giving Guide

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Another year, another Black Friday is almost upon us. I'd like to add to the list I started last year giving you some more ideas for gift giving if you own or know somebody who does own, a digital SLR camera.

More Great Photography Books

Bryan Peterson is back this year with a follow up book to his very popular Understanding Exposure, called Understanding Shutter Speed: Creative Action and Low-Light Photography Beyond 1/125 Second. It picks up where Understanding Exposure left off about how to best use shutter speeds in photography. The tandom together will quickly get you "up to speed" in learning photography.

Scott Kelby released Volume 2 of his Digital Photography Book series earlier this year. I call it a series now as he has announced there will be a Volume 3 coming out sometime in 2009. The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2, delves more into the use of flash in digital photography de-mystifying a subject many try to avoid. Volume 2 revisits Travel, Wedding, Landscapes and Portrait photography in Kelby's unique, one page = one topic format. If you need to know something fast, The Digital Photography Books are excellent learning references.

I reviewed one of this year's best selling photography books last Spring, Joe McNally's The Moment It Clicks has been on Amazon's top seller list the moment it was listed. If you are interested in how this working pro did his magic over the last 20 some odd years, you'll find this book a real treat.

More Great Photography Stuff

Last year I glanced over external hard drives. The newest dSLR cameras being brought out today produce larger image files than ever before. The best way I have found to handle this was to purchase extra storage space. Since I use a laptop, I opted for an external hard drive by Western Digital called a MyBook. They come in various sizes at excellent prices. Last year I bought a 500GB (Gigabyte) version which worked perfectly with my Apple laptop. This year I'd recommend the 1TB (1 Terabyte= 1,000 Gigabytes) MyBook for less than $200.

You know I've raved about my Nikon 18-200VR lens here in the past. This year, Canon released their version called the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens. If you are looking to lighten your camera bag when you travel, these two lenses will fit the bill for Nikon and Canon dSLR owners.

A great lens to have in your bag is what's called a "Nifty-Fifty". A Nifty-Fifty is a 50mm fast prime lens with apertures opening up to f/1.8 and cost around $100 or less. Here are links for Nikon and Canon versions. These are great lenses to use in low light and night photography as well as in dark rides where flash photography is not allowed. Being a prime lens, they tend to be much sharper than zoom lenses.

Speaking of bags and other photographic accessories, Barrie, Lisa and I have listed some of our favorites in the All Ear's Amazon store.

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving but get some rest to hit up the stores and malls early on Black Friday!

November 22, 2008

I Do Know Jack

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

The photos I place before you were taken by Mr. Jack Spence, as I your humble Picture This! blogger cannot for the life of me find my old prints from the Boardwalk. Please enjoy the images while I am tarred and feathered* by Scott and Barrie.

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Enjoying some peace and quiet.

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Surrey bikes are available to rent.

Keep up with The World According to Jack right here on AllEars.net. Thanks for lending me your photos, Jack.

*That's colonial humor, I'm from Massachusetts!

November 23, 2008

Where in the World #63

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #62:
 Where in the World #62

And here's the answer:
Jungle Cruise at the Magic Kingdom
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/200s shutter, f5.1

Nobody specifically mentioned Shrunken Ned's Junior Jungle Boats in their answer this week, but that's ok - I didn't lose my head over it! Everyone who named the Jungle Cruise is a winner. You'll find both at the Magic Kingdom in Adventureland.

Joseph Tortorici was the first to send in the correct answer this week! Congratulations to Joseph and all the readers who got the answer right: Theresa Rucando, Sharon Pierce, Maryann Eckenrode, Zack Dameron, Caryn Schill, Holley Blyler, Evelyn Wilson, Debbie Hudson, Jared Orth, Danielle Murgia, Barbie Lawless, Sharon Lee, Tom Carty, Benjamin Dameron, Vicki Vaught, Olivia Lobaugh, Chris Connors, Austin O'blenis, Lee, Amanda Campbell, Katarina Whitmarsh, Ramona Gaylor, Jennifer Schwing, Jennifer Romano, Hillary W, Pollyanna Buff, Josh Rohrbach, Alicia Henderson, Chrstina Rotella, Curtis Bille', Scott Junkin, Cameron Lange, Sabrina Bogart, Tim Rachuba, Wendy Snelgrove, Noreen Rachuba, Lauren Seymour, Amy Wenzel, Kye Layton, Cara Richards, Brian Haas, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Valanie, John Thurman, Lauren Foss, Julie Ellis, Betsey, Jennifer Horst, Emily Rennie, Alan Lynn, Dan Record, Kevin Edwards, Rebecca Krull, Mike Kaczanowski, Carinne Kight, Heather Coursen, Kelli Vancil, Nicole Lopresti, Stacy Alello, Stacy Alello, Patti Sturgis, Bill Mckim, Jeremy Coto, April Haddock and Jamie Poynton. Each of you were entered in the November winners' drawing.

And speaking of that monthly drawing" this month's big winner is Alan Lynn! Congratulations Alan, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!
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Challenge #63: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #63

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 27, 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 cool Disney book!

November 25, 2008

Disney Pic of the Week: Landscaping

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney Imagineers use plants from all over the world to create landscaping for places not thought of or finding "look-alike" replacements which will grow in central Florida. Landscaping at Walt Disney World is our theme for this week's Disney Pic of the Week.

Entering the 110-acre African savannah on Disney's Animal Kingdom Kilimanjaro Safari, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Landscaping of the 110-acre African savannah at Disney's Animal Kingdom is a blend of African and domestic plants.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/400s, f/10, 400 ISO, -0.6 EV, 18mm Focal Length

The African savanah of Disney's Animal Kingdom is a mix of African and plant species both domestic and from other parts of the world to create an ecosystem for African animals. Additionally, Animal Kingdom Horticulture and outside vendors produce thousands of pounds of cut browse weekly. This browse is positioned throughout the animal habitats such as the savannas for the animals to feed on which in turn reduces the impact on the planted landscape. Insuring the savannas stay stable and still properly feed the grazing animals.

Barrie and Lisa will be showing their favorite landscaping photos on Thursday and Saturday.

November 26, 2008

Lost or Stolen Cameras at Walt Disney World

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

This blog entry was requested by reader Kim Adele who wrote: I'd love to see a blog about how to get a good replacement camera once yours is lost or stolen at Walt Disney World. It is so hard to get any help from the staff here as there are pat answers and staff really doesn't suggest what to do if you have to go off property.

If you're faced with this unfortunate situation there are several reputable camera shops within a 30 minute drive from Pop Century. I just selected Pop Century as an address on-property to use as an example of distance.

Ritz Camera
The Florida Mall
8001 Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32809
(407) 855-4897


Ritz Camera
Special Tee Golf Plaza
1233 W. Sand Lake Road, Suite 8
Orlando, FL 32809
(407) 240-6998


Colonial Photo & Hobby
634 North Mills Ave
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 841-1485


Harmon Photo
1323 N. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32804
(407) 898-2321


If you simply can't leave property then you can purchase a disposable camera in numerous locations such as the parks, resort gift shops, and World of Disney. Another option is to have PhotoPass photographers grab some shots for you.

For more recomendations as to where to purchase your camera, check out my previous blog entry.

If you've lost your camera, be sure to contact Lost & Found in case someone turns it in. The main number is (407) 824-4245. They receive all items that have been left behind after one day from EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, Downtown Disney (shops and restaurants), and Disney Transportation (monorails, trams, buses, and boats). If you think you've lost your camera at a resort, call their Guest Services desk.

A great way to help get your camera back is to put an address label on your camera. Try to include your cell phone or home phone number as well. You might also want to "etch" your name onto the camera with a specialty tool like a diamond tip engraving pen.

When you buy a new camera, be sure to keep the warranty card as it should be imprinted with the camera's serial number and model. If not, write them down somewhere so when you get home, you'll have that information to identify your camera.

If you have an idea for a blog, please contact Barrie, Scott, and myself by using the Comment link provided below.

November 27, 2008

Keeping it Clean

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

This week's theme is landscaping. Disney parks and resorts have pristine greens and flower beds throughout the parks but they wouldn't be that way without guys like these.

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These gentlemen were working in EPCOT across from Nemo. I'm not sure what they pulled out of the tree but even from far away I could tell it wasn't something that belonged there.


November 28, 2008

Indoor Flash Photography Tips

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned a technique called "Dragging the Shutter" when it came to photographing lighting displays at Walt Disney World. This technique is also very useful for indoor photography.

First, let me show you what a typical straight on flash photo looks like. The image below of a chef working his magic at Japan's Teppan Edo restaurant was taken with a Point & Shot type of camera with a flash directly over the lens. While the color is good on the subject, the stark shadows behind him and the very dark background are a bit distracting. What saves this photo is the chef's expression, catching the action while he works and the colors of the food on the cooking surface.

Chef in Teppan Edo restaurant in Epcot's Japan pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Chef in Teppan Edo restaurant in Epcot's Japan pavilion.
Nikon Coolpix 995, 1/60s, f/2.8, 100 ISO, EV 0

At the Flying Fish Café, I used a flash unit, often referred to as a speedlight, on my dSLR which allows me to move the flash head to bounce the flash off the ceiling. I, then, dragged the shutter by using a 1/40th of a second shutter speed to bring up the light of the background. Flash sync is normally 1/60th of a second. You can see the restaurant in the server's background instead of the very dark looking place seen in the photo from Teppan Edo. The only issue I have with this photo is the light does fall off a little towards the bottom where the plate of food is. A little more light could have been used by either using a slower shutter speed or upping the power on the flash.

Being served at the Flying Fish Café on Disney's Boardwalk, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Being served at the Flying Fish Café on Disney's Boardwalk.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/40s, f/3.5, 200 ISO, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal length

As I mentioned before, dragging the shutter is used a lot in wedding photography and you can use it to create more natural looking indoor photographs. Remember, when shooting below 1/60th of a second, your subjects will have motion blur if they are not still.

This is a valuable tip at character meals which feature Mickey or Minnie Mouse so you don't loose their ears to the background darkness.

For more on using speedlight flashes, visit these previous blog entries:

Photographic Innoventions: Bounce Flash

Photographic Innoventions: More Bouncing Light

November 29, 2008

Japanese Garden

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Epcot Landscaping
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/640s shutter, f4.5

Being a gardener myself, I really appreciate the work of the landscaping crews at Walt Disney World. They do such a wonderful job of transporting us to the corners of the earth with the gardens they create. My landscaping Pic of the Week was taken near the Japan pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase. If you didn't know better, you'd never guess this picture was taken in Central Florida.

November 30, 2008

Where in the World #64

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #63:
 Where in the World #63

And here's the answer:
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Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/800s shutter, f5.6

Woohoo! I knew there'd be a lot of correct answers this week. The Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom is one of the most popular attractions at Walt Disney World. Be sure to visit the AllEars Haunted Mansion page for lots of interesting facts about this beloved attraction.

Neil Taylor was the first to send in the correct answer this week! Congratulations to Neil and all the readers who got the answer right: Anne Hainsworth, Evelyn Wilson, Ken Fischler, Clarissa K, Angie Young, Sharon Pierce, Kim Davis, Heather Young, Ed Aleszczyk, Da, Robin Fitts, Jennifer S., Tommy Carty, Leslie Dameron, Deb Ragno, Pollyanna Buff, Cheryl Costello, Daniel Meagher, Rochelle, Alice Aucoin, Jamie Kelly, John Dupre, Caryn Schill, Diane Ramos, Katelyn Anguish, Mike M., Barbie Lawless, Danielle Murgia, Dawn Bach, Sherry Klinefelter, Belicia Dawson, Scott Cullen, Kayleigh Dawson, Kye Layton, Allison Caputa, Lee, Colin Christenson, Sharon Lee, Tim, Joseph Tortorici, Travis Grim, Kevin Cowdell, Chris &Alison, Matt Cofone, Vicki Vaught, Ryan Conway, Christie Condit, Rich Kacprowicz, Alex, Debbie Hudson, Bethie Vechiarelli, Robert Greenwood, Denise Owen, Jennifer Tremley, Steve Bieniek, Mary Beth Tarbet, Frances Phebus, Kathy Lowe, Amanda Campbell, Hillary W, Chris Bertelmann, Angela Brown, Christine Dagney, Sarah Smee, Teresa Huynh, Spring Smith, Derek Carty, Megan Krainski, Sabrina Bogart, Hayley Lawson, Debra Kuklinski, Dan Record, Ed Nawrocki, Melina Hillis, Jeremy Hardy, Jim Logue, Linda Mac, Louise Barton, Cameron Lange, Lynn Barber, Sarah Connors, Kim Riley, Jennifer Schwing, Elizabeth Scarborough, Kirsty Butler, Dennis Dunkman, Scott Junkin, Jared Orth, Erin Hammer, Stephanie Whitehouse, Brian Haas, Wendy Snelgrove, Hope Schiemer, Lisa Zitek, Gary Genteman, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Sharon Powers, Shane Stack, Christine Mckay, Mike Venere, Karen Dresser-smith, David Singer, Tim Rachuba, Rodney Green, Jen Norris, Amy Sooy, Gary Sooy, Amy Miller, Kelly Kobiela, Lisa Hoffman, Eric Hoffman, Debby &Andrew Webber, Holley Blyler, Debbie Hicks, Steve Benson, Emily Rennie, Tom Hermes, Chuck Sands, Alicia Henderson, Julie Fahrner, Mike Kaczanowski, Berton, Lisa Berton, Katarina Whitmarsh, Christopher Bourassa, Doug Armstrong, Glenn Meyer, Bill Mckim, Tracy Discher, Carla Leger, Lesli Smith, Cheri Palmisano, Maria Root, Jamie Poynton, Shannon Milair, Laura Pranaitis, Kathy Coppola, Cindy Vaught, Melissa Littman, Michele Loffredo, Amy Wenzel, Heather Stevens, Janet Theriault, Liz Moreau, Vickie Scioneaux, Kala Bieniek, Sheila Saey, Sheila, Dana Hall, Paula Terrill, Bob Sertic, Danielle Destefano, Walter N Clark, Patti Sturgis, Shirley Garcowski, Sharon Murphy, Chip Vermette, Matt Naldzin, Jessica Reed, Barclay Bakkum, James Hickey, Kristen Costa, Bethany Mattiuz-king, Troy Vandeschraaf, Heidi Summers, Amy Kleinfieldt, Heather Coursen, Allison Dibiase, Dan Mcdonald, Sharon Dale, Shelley D., Joseph Zafia, Ellie Argaluza, Richard Waters, Del Rhea Watson, Bob Patterson and Anjanette Tournillon. Each of you will be entered in the December winners' drawing.
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Challenge #64: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #64

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 4, 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 cool Disney book!

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