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December 1, 2008

January Disney Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Welcome to 2009! Here's your first calendar for the new year. I thought I'd start us off with a trip to Europe. This is the Disneyland Hotel and the entrance to the Disneyland Resort Paris. Again this year, each month I'll post a new calendar that you can print off to use at home or work. Hopefully, they will bring a little Disney magic everyday!

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.

January 2009 8.5x11 Calendar


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

January 2009 Jewel Case Calendar


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

December 2, 2008

Disney Pic of the Week - Food

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

This is sure to be a favoite subject with everyone because who doesn't love great food?! Repeat visitors to Walt Disney World and Disneyland have favorite restaurants and are always willing to suggest them and other dining options to newbies. Then there are the dining establishments that you haven't tried yet and are eager to cross off your To Do List.

I picked a snapshot from an eatery that you might not be familiar with, Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store. Located on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, it sits beside El Capitan Theatre and across the street from Mann's Chinese Theater. Literally, the Soda Fountain and Studio Store are in the same space so while you're waiting for your food, you can poke around and get an idea of what you'll be buying once you've got a full tank.

Their menu offers yummy milkshakes, ice cream, sandwiches and what I had, a Mickey Mouse Belgian waffle.
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Hungry for more? Come back on Thursday and Saturday for more food pics by Scott & Barrie.

December 3, 2008

Tips for Cruisers

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Whether you're setting sail on the MouseFest cruise in 4 days (you lucky ducks) or you're planning to cast off in the future, this blog's for you.

MouseFest Cruise

1. Take the walking tour around Nassau with Dave Marx. He really does an excellent job of showing you the highlights in the area. Make sure you take some cash with you and know that the only restroom you'll stop at is at Fort Fincastle near Queen's Staircase.
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Nassau, Bahamas/Castaway Cay

2. Want to mail your postcards with special stamps? You can buy Disney Cruise stamps on Castaway Cay and Bahamian stamps at a small counter in the port terminal. When you enter the building, turn right and there's a small grated window with one employee.

3. Have your passport stamped. Exit the terminal, walk to your left and you'll see a black metal gate surrounding a building. Tell the guard you want to have your passport stamped. He'll buzz you in. Go into the building, turn right down the hallway and I think it's the 2nd to last door on your right.

General

4. Take the time to stroll the many decks and see the detail in the ship and all that it has to offer.
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5. Get a waterproof disposable camera for snorkeling, swimming, and for Castaway Cay. Tossing your camera into the same bag that was at the beach can lead to a repair. Sand goes everywhere!
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6. Carry a camera with you at all times. It's easy to come across characters when you least expect it, including Port Canaveral. You may also find that you'd like photos of a cruise employee, a new or old friend. Don't let that special moment slip away.
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7. Learn what your camera is capable of before you leave for the airport. If your camera has Manual, Aperature Priority, and/or Shutterspeed Priority then you can photograph the musical productions (highly recommended) without the flash as flash photography is not permitted.
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8. Remember to change the white balance settings as you go from inside to outside as well as the ISO.

9. Double check that you have packed batteries, the charger, the camera, multiple memory cards, the manual if you need to reference it, adapters and/or converters if you are coming from outside of the United States.

10. DO NOT place your camera in your checked luggage. Keep it in your carry-on or handbag.

Have fun. Tell Hercules and Jack Sparrow I said "Hi."
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December 4, 2008

Breakfast of Champions

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Confections in the Magic Kingdom
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/25s shutter, f5

I had such a hard time finding a picture of food for Pic of the Week this week. It seems that although I can definitely appreciate a good meal, I'm not drawn to photographing it. I have thousands of photos from Walt Disney World, but only four are photos of food. I finally found this one of breakfast. What? It's just apples and cereal - sounds like breakfast to me! These yummy treats can be found on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom at the Confectionery.

December 5, 2008

Disney dSLR Travel Kit

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As I was thinking about my upcoming trip to Walt Disney World (leaving in just 5 days!), I thought you might be interested in what I bring and why. I laid out the equipment in the photo below. Last year, Lisa gave us her list for an upcoming trip.

dSLR Travel Kit
Scottwdw's Disney Photo Travel Kit

dSLR Camera and Zoom Lens - hard to take photos without the camera! The choice of zoom lens is a personal one for many. Depending on things like what one can afford and the kinds of photos you like to take. In my case, I like the Nikon 18-200mm VR lens so much, it hardly ever comes off the camera. Many people when they first get a dSLR camera buy it with a kit zoom lens. Most are around 18-55mm which is an excellent range for the parks.

Manuals - when traveling, I always pack my camera's manual. In a crowded park or queue line, your camera might get jousled enough to have a button pressed or a dial moved and, without the manual, it's hard to find out what happened. If you own a speedlight flash unit, like I do, bring that manual, too.

Speedlight - for those times when you need more light, a small speedlight is a great asset. Most are TTL (Through the Lens) and work with your camera's light meter to properly give the correct amount of fill light. Please, don't use it during a ride or show where you are asked NOT to use flash. Let's be curteous to our fellow guests.

Flash Bouncer - to give more natural looking photos using flash, I recommend bouncing it off ceilings or walls. However, sometimes that can't be done because the ceilings or walls are too far away (or don't exist at all if you are outdoors) or the color of the ceiling or wall will be reflected. That's when I pull out the handy flash bouncer you see attached to the flash in the photo.

Extra Batteries & Charger - the worst feeling in all the world is when you have the perfect photo in your viewfinder and, when you press the shutter button, nothing happens but a flashing message saying the camera's battery is dead. To stop that from ever happening to you, make sure you have, at least, one spare battery or set of batteries with you. Buy rechargable batteries and have the charger with you. Every night when I come back to my room, I charge all my batteries to full for the next day's adventures.

Fast Prime Lens - for those times when you can't use flash and need as much light as you can get to your camera's sensor, a fast prime lens comes in handy. While you can spend thousands of dollars on getting the fastest lenses made today, surprisingly, you can get the fast Nifty-Fifties I talked about previously for around $100 or less.

Memory Cards - the next worst feeling is running out of memory on your card and not having one to replace it with. I have recently upgraded my cards from 2GB to 4GB thanks to some great Black Friday sales. One 4GB should be more than enough for one day but I will have a spare with me just in case.

Lens Filter - in this day of Photoshop, lens filters are not as necessary as they used to be. I still enjoy using one type of filter which is the Circular Polarized Filter. This filter cuts down glare off water and other shiney surfaces and deepens the blue of the sky. It also cuts down the light reaching through a lens by 1 to 2 stops which can help in the bright Florida sunshine. I'll be covering all the benefits of this filter in an upcoming blog entry.

Sensor Cleaning Bulb, Brushes and Fluid - remember when Barrie discovered sensor dust on one of her trips to Walt Disney World? Though she found a way around the dust, if she had brought along a Giottos Rocket Blaster and some sensor brushes and fluid for her camera, she would have been able to clean her sensor during the trip. Most of the time, all it takes is a blast from the Giottos to remove the dust.

Microfiber Lens Cloth (not shown) - for safely cleaning lenses and viewfinders. You can find these at any camera shop.

Plastic Bag (not shown) - in case of a Florida downpour, I carry a large Zip Lock plastic bag I can put my camera and lens in to keep it dry.

Camera Bag (not shown) - of course, you need to put all this stuff in something so it can be transported with you. While some of this I leave in the room, most find a way into the belt bag or fanny pack I use. Others like to use backpacks or over-the-shoulder bags.

All the above items, I consider essential for any trip I take to Walt Disney World. The next few items I feel are optional depending on the time you have to devote to photography.

Table Top Tripod - there are all types. Make sure the one you decide on can handle the weight of your camera and lens you intend to use with it. I found the Joby Gorillapods (shown in the photo) to be extremely handy for the restaurant photography I do. They are small, sturdy and, with their bendable legs, can attach to all sorts of things.

Standard Tripod - larger tripods are not easy to carry. Most can fit into the lockers you can rent at the Disney themeparks so that's an option. If you want to get the best photos of the wonderful firework shows and the beautifully lighted streets and buildings that you can, a tripod will be your best bet. I have not carried one in all my visits to Walt Disney World but will this time. I'll share my thoughts about it when I get back.

Remote Shutter Release - a remote allows me not to add camera shake vibrations by physically pressing the shutter button when the camera is on a tripod. You can also use your camera's builtin timer if you don't have a remote.

Extra Lenses - on my last trip to Walt Disney World, I only brought the Nikon 18-200mm VR super zoom lens and was extremely happy with all the photos I took. Never having to change lenses when you are walking around Walt Disney World was a new experience for me and I really enjoyed it. I did miss having a wider angle lens at times though. Then there's those times in Disney's Animal Kingdom I thought if I only had a longer lens. You get the picture. While I will always tell myself that the best lens on my camera is the one ON my camera, one of the reasons for having a dSLR is so you can change lenses. All that to say, I will be bringing along a couple of extra lenses on this trip: an ultra wide angle and a super zoom telephoto. Mainly for the fun of using them at Walt Disney World and to share my experiences with all of you.

Laptop Computer - this is essential for me as I like to load my photos at the end of each day at Walt Disney World and then upload them to an online photo storage service for save keeping. That way, no matter what happens, I can retrieve my photos later.

External Hard Drive - maybe you don't want to spend $9.95 a day to access the Internet when you are at Walt Disney World. There are many small USB external hard drives available today for less than $100 to back up your photos on.

Did I miss anything? Do you have something you pack for every trip to increase your enjoyment of photographing in a Disney themepark? Let us know by leaving us a Comment.

December 6, 2008

Polynesian Breakfast Favorite

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Tonga Toast, here presented by my lovely daughter, is my Disney Pic of the Week for the theme of Food. This decadent, deep-fried breakfast favorite has been served at Kona Café in Disney's Polynesian Resort for more than a quarter of a century. Sourdough bread, bananas, sugar and cinnamon are all it takes to make it -- except for the oil to fry it in.

Tonga Toast is a favorite breakfest treat at the Polynesian Resort's Kona Cafe, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Tonga Toast is a favorite breakfest treat at the Polynesian Resort's Kona Cafe.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/400s, f/10, 400 ISO, -0.6 EV, 18mm Focal Length

December 7, 2008

Where in the World #65

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #64:
 Where in the World #64

And here's the answer:
Off Kilter at Epcot
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/160s shutter, f6.3

Off Kilter is a fabulous Celtic rock band that entertains guests near the Canadian pavilion in Epcot. This is Jamie Holton, the band's bagpiper and front man. I wasn't sure what kind of answers I was going to get this week. What I found amazing was that not only did folks know that these legs belonged to someone in Off Kilter, several people actually identified them as Jamie's legs. Now that's a little scary!

Bryan Timko was the first to send in the correct answer this week! Congratulations to Bryan and all the readers who got the answer right: Dusty Cheatham, Deb Ragno, David Wickware, Sandra Shaw, Jennifer Lazzaro, Jacquelyn Law, Alan Law, Deb Gallo, Erika Loboda, Devin, Austin O'blenis, Angie Young, Sherry Klinefelter, Leslie Dameron, Ed Aleszczyk, Kye Layton, Brian Harrigan, Patrick Albrecht, Sharon Pierce, Sharon Lee, Debra Kuklinski, Kathy Love, Dennis Dunkman, Ken Maikowski, Lori Posey, Kim Davis, Lauri Phillips, Brian Gallant, Jen Cerce, Jeremy Hardy, Jeff Kulisek, Mary Beth Tarbet, Trish Babler, Jackie Purcell, Melissa Demonbreun, Kelly Jean, Clarissa K, Joyce Tofflemire, Lisa Edmonson, Debbie Poole, Tim Wingfield, Joanna Snow, Shannon Milair, Hayley Lawson, Amanda, Michelle Wilinski, Dawn Bach, Kevin Toomey, Jeffrey Dunne, Gregg Mcglasson, Dallas Hamilton, Melesia Love, Krystal Pound, John Dupr, Robert Mcclean, Greg Gallo, Tim Rachuba, Elizabeth Scarborough, Debbie Hicks, Siobhan Mason, Jude Toups, Karen Schlumpf, Dan Mangini, Wendy Snelgrove, Sarah Haas, Nicole Lassiter, Carla Leger, Paula Bender, Evelyn Wilson, Glenn Meyer, Cheri Palmisano, Karen Dresser-smith, Rick Shea, Keith, Lisa, Tommy Montgomery, Luis Rodriguez, April Tucker, Anne Hainsworth, Allison Caputa, Marie Bertini, Angela Brown, Gloria Keenan, Heather Stevens, Janet Guay, Joanne Snoots, Matt Cofone, Patti Sturgis, Ken Taylor, Kathy Berry, Harry Wilson, Bob Sertic, Katie Fry, Kevin Cowdell, Morgan Stalker, Kristine Gallatin, Melissa Boyle, Sam Mortellaro, Lisa Zitek, Lisa Hoffman, Kelli Vancil, Kim Steiner, Patricia Ovesny, Regina L Tipton, Ruth Cookson, Patricia Siebert, Kurt Schmidt, Mlke Verlinghieri, Kirk Hardy, Terri Thornton, Cari-ann, Liz Patterson, Tere Rudy, Nancy Ahlsen, Lauren Foss, Mickey Eckert and Bruce Arnold. Each of you will be entered in the December winners' drawing.

I'll be taking the next two weeks off from the Where in the World challenge to attend MouseFest. That gives everyone some extra time to get your answers in for challenge #65. Challenge #66 will appear on December 28.

If you're attending MouseFest this year, don't forget to join Lisa, Scott and me at our Picture This! Photowalk meet on Saturday morning. You'll find all the details here.
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Challenge #65: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #65

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 25, 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!

December 8, 2008

February Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

February's calendar features a meercat from the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom. These little guys (and gals) are so cute!

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.

February 2009 8.5x11 Calendar


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

February 2009 Jewel Case Calendar

December 9, 2008

Disney Pic of the Week - Transportation

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

One of the best things about vacationing on the Walt Disney World property is that you really never have to get in a car if you don't want to. For some people, that's worth the price of the whole trip! You could fill a whole data card with photos of all the boats, buses, monorails, trains and trams. This week Lisa, Scott and I will share just a few of our transportation photos.

Friendship Docking at Disney's Boardwalk
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 3s shutter, f5.6

We were docking at warp speed and I took this photo just as our spaceship was coming to a halt. Ok, not really, but you've got to admit, I probably had you going for a second there. I actually took this picture with a very slow shutter speed as the Friendship was docking at the Boardwalk. By playing around with your shutter speed you can get some really fun effects. Just be sure to stabilize your camera. I used my tripod and remote shutter release when I took this one.

December 11, 2008

Highway in the Sky

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

For years I was convinced I was seeing the future of public transportation when I would see the Disneyland Monorail on television. When I first visited Walt Disney World I marvelled at the ease I could get from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom. The monorail system is quiet, comfortable and gives a scenic view of the massive resort. While Las Vegas is the only US city to use a similiar monorail system, Walt Disney World has the most extensive system and is my Disney Pic of the Week for the theme on Transportation.

A Monorail arriving at the Magic Kingdom station, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Monorail arriving at the Magic Kingdom station.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4, 200 ISO, +0.6 EV, 18mm Focal Length

December 13, 2008

Driver, You are Clear

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Beep. Beep.

Hello and welcome to the Disneyland Resort, the Happiest Place on Earth. If anything should fall from the tram then you should have held onto it more tightly. Please keep arms, hands, feet, and legs inside the tram at all times as we will be passing jousters. We are approaching Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. Knott's Berry Farm is in Buena Park, you are in Anaheim. When the tram comes to a complete stop please exit to the driver's right and right hand side only. No, your other right. Thank you and have a magical day.

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Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM f10, 1/250, ISO 400

Taken from atop the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure is a full-length view of the tram. In the background is the Disneyland Hotel. It was completely overcast and a wee bit smoggy on this day.

December 14, 2008

Where in the World is Barrie?

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Looking for the Where in the World Challenge? I'm taking a couple weeks off from the Where in the World challenge to attend MouseFest. That gives everyone some extra time to get your answers in for challenge #65. Challenge #66 will appear on December 28. See you then!
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Challenge #65: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #65

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 25, by clicking HERE!

December 16, 2008

Disney Pic of the Week: Kids

Kids at a Disney park. Brings smiles to our faces, doesn't it? Whether you have them or not, kids show the pure Disney spirit in their faces when they feel the magic of walking down Main Street USA with Cinderella's Castle and Fantasyland awaiting them.

My daughters grew up at Walt Disney World and when I began thinking of this Disney Pic of the Week theme about Kids, I naturally thought of them. They are in their 20's now but I have a photographic history of them at Walt Disney World.

Scottwdw's Daughters Grow Up at Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Scottwdw's Daughters Grow Up at Walt Disney World

Barrie and Lisa will share some Kid moments of their own on Thursday and Saturday.

December 17, 2008

Beauty and the Beast

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Several years ago, I brought my grandparents to Walt Disney World. Since they are season ticket holders to the local theatres I knew that bringing them to Beauty and the Beast was a good idea. They loved the dancing, the singing, and of course the music. We sat in the very back of the theater but they were quite content and impressed with the show.

Watching a show and photographing a show are two different things for me. Sometimes I even do a little of both. When that happens I get to the venue early if I'm with friends so that we can get close to the stage. If I'm alone then locating a single seat is pretty easy and I'll wait until 5-10 minutes before the show starts to head over. Each time I go, I try to sit somewhere I haven't before, giving me different perspectives.

On my last trip I used 2 different cameras so I could provide you with comparisons. The first camera is a Nikon Coolpix 7600 with a 3x optical zoom (38-114mm) and 7 million megapixels. The second camera is a Canon PowerShot S5 IS with a 10x optical zoom (38-380mm) and 9 million megapixels. The Nikon is a compact point and shoot and several years old while the Canon is a high-end point and shoot and perhaps 1 and 1/2 years old with a faster processor. Both cameras were powered up with rechargable AAs. Let the competition begin!

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Here we have Cogsworth offering advice to the other inanim...animate objects. He's not moving much and the shot is still a little soft. He does have too much "headroom" however.

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Belle is happy because her library card was discoverd and turned into Lost & Found. Alright, she's singing and making her way from stage left to right to left.

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Gaston is blurry because he's too quick for this camera and so is his expectorating.

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Here the hunk is surrounded by his admirers and the faster system caught their fawning.

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As I said, the Nikon can't keep up with action even when using the Sports Mode. It grabbed the shot so late that it appears as if Lumiere is giving Belle a noogie and burning her arm.

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All is well again as Cogsworth oversees their reconciliation and the safe return of Belle's book, less a few gnawed pages.

December 18, 2008

Luke vs. Darth Vader

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Star Wars fans rejoice at the Jedi Training Academy in Disney's Hollywood Studios. The 30 minute show is filled with lightsabers, Padawans, the Dark Side, and fun for all. Well, I suppose the grown-ups wish they were the ones getting the chance to fight off Darth Vader but they'll have to deal with just watching instead.

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Canon PowerShot S5 IS using the Action Mode

Disney Pic of the Week - Kids

December 19, 2008

Epcot Christmas Greetings

Epcot Christmas Tree, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Epcot's 2008 Christmas Tree.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/8s, f/3.5, 640 ISO, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal Length

Being as this is the last Photographic Innoventions before Christmas, I wanted to wish you and yours a safe and peaceful holiday season no matter where you live in the world. Merry Christmas, Everyone!

I'll be back in two weeks with some more great tips and techniques from my recent trip to Walt Disney World!

December 20, 2008

Look at That One!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Kid's Week
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/50s shutter, f4.5, ISO 400

This is Isabel Moskov pointing out a fish to her little brother, Charlie, on their very first trip to Walt Disney World. I snapped this photo in Disney's Animal Kingdom this past September. I think the best photos of children are often the ones taken when they are unaware of the camera. You can really capture some special moments, without those cheesy fake smiles. icon_mrgreen.gif
Even from behind, this photo tells a nice story of a big sister's guidance and a little boy's wonderment.

December 21, 2008

Where in the World Challenge

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Looking for the Where in the World Challenge? I've taken a couple weeks off from the Where in the World challenge to attend MouseFest. If you haven't sent in your answer to challenge #65, you have until this Thursday to get it in. I'll see you next Sunday with the answer and Challenge #66. Happy Holidays everyone!
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Challenge #65: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #65

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 25, by clicking HERE!

December 23, 2008

Disney Pic of the Week - Winter Holidays

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Right now it's snowing, the wind is blowing, and there's over eight inches of snow accumulated on the driveway. I just tried clicking my heels together 3 times and saying "There's no place like home," and wound up standing in front of my house freezing my tush off. Clearly, that plan backfired.

There are many, many holidays that take place during Winter months. People celebrate everything from groundhogs to presidents to my birthday with many, many other special events inbetween.

The greatest New Year's Eve I ever spent was at Disneyland ringing in 2003 with my friends. By telling ourselves it was going to be packed and not to be disappointed if we didn't get on more than a ride or two but to just enjoy the night and each other's company, we had THE best time ever. Not only did we manage to get in several attractions, we had a nice dinner, visited both parks and stayed up till 1am (or later) which is a major feat if you know my friend Yoli.

I don't have any fancy pictures to share with you from that night as all I took with me was my infamous $12 purple 35mm camera. Here we are, girls just having fun.
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Cast Members handed out party hats, noise makers, and balloons to guests. I brought my own beads which I got in New Orleans Square from musicians on previous trips.

Happy New Year!!!

December 24, 2008

Disney Cameras

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Last year around this time, I went over a list of digital cameras for kids and teens. Now, I'll turn the attention to Disney cameras which are of course, designed for kids and a few adults who like toys.

Film Cameras

Walgreens carries disposable 35mm Disney themed cameras. I've found Princesses, Winnie the Pooh, and Mickey cameras for about $8.00 each.

35mm flash cameras are still available. Themes include Cars, Princesses, and Tinker Bell. In addition to finding them on eBay, check out the manufacturer's site for direct purchasing.

Digital Cameras

For the 3+ crowd, an adorable Mickey camera. Designed to be held with both hands with a dual viewfinder, and big buttons, it's easy to handle. Photo quality is ideal for computer screens and 4x6 prints or smaller. But wait, it gets better! It's on clearance!
www.disneyoutlet.com Item #L6233C0001-MT-D00P
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For the kids who are a little older there are a series of cameras with different characters by Digital Blue called Disney Pix Click 2.0. These 1MP and have an internal memory that will hold 300 photos. They have a flash for indoor photography. Retail price is $40.00.
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Digital Blue makes Disney Pix Micro 2.0 cameras. These are about half the size as those previously mentioned. These little guys hold 40 photos in VGA 640 x 480 and come with a software bundle. Styles include Jonas Brothers, Camp Rock, and Tinker Bell. These sell for $20.00.
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Last but not least is the Disney Pix Max with 5MP, a 2" LCD, expandable memory which will accept up to a 2gb SD card, and a built-in flash. These new models go for $80.00.
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The above three digital cameras can be found on www.amazon.com, at Toys R Us, and Target among others.

December 25, 2008

Celebrate the Season

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Celebrate the Season
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 50mm f1.4 lens, 1/200s shutter, f7.1, ISO 3200

Merry Christmas everyone! My Pic of the Week for winter holidays is the finale of the Celebrate the Season show at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom. You can click on the image for a closer look.

Whatever holiday you celebrate at this time of the year, may it be filled with love and good times. Happy Holidays!

December 27, 2008

Osborne Lights

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Osborne Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Some of the Osborne Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/8s, f/4, 200 ISO, +0.3 EV, 18mm Focal Length

A trip to Walt Disney World during the end of the year holiday celebrations isn't complete without a trip to Disney's Hollywood Studios' Streets of America where Disney has brought the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights. A jaw-droppng experience which now dances to Christmas music.

December 28, 2008

Where in the World #66

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #65:
 Where in the World #65

And here's the answer:
Dolphin Resort Chandelier
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/160s shutter, f4.8, ISO 800

This abstract looking photograph is a picture of the chandelier that hangs over the escalators in the Dolphin Resort. Since you had a couple of extra weeks to figure it out, I thought I'd make you work a little harder on this challenge. This week's challenge won't be quite so tough.

Anne Hainsworth was the first to send in the correct answer for this challenge! Congratulations to Anne and all the readers who got the answer right: Sharon Dale, Jane Bradley, Jeffrey Michaels, Devin Wisman, Adrian Jelenszky, Angela Mcgee and Chris Freeman. Each of you were entered in the December winners' drawing.

And speaking of that monthly drawing" this month's big winner is Hayley Lawson ! Congratulations Hayley, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!
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Challenge #66: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #66

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 1, 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!

December 30, 2008

Disney Pic of the Week - Stage Shows

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This week Lisa, Scott and I will be sharing a few of our favorite photos from the wonderful stage shows produced by Disney.

Finding Nemo at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 50.0mm f/1.4 lens, 1/100s shutter, f5, ISO 3200

I saw Finding Nemo - the Musical for the first time in September and fell in love with the show right away. I love the beautiful sets, the colorful costumes and the creative puppetry. You really get the sense that the action is taking place underwater. This show takes place in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

It can be a challenging show to photograph. The actors are moving all the time, sometimes in and out of light streams. While much of the set is dark, the main characters are brightly lit. I found that I had the most success using a very high ISO and setting my meter to spot metering.

December 31, 2008

Lisa's Disney Top 10

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Scott, Barrie, and I often toss ideas around regarding the Picture This! blogs. What themes should we have, what topics should we write about and revisit, whose turn is it to be picked on, etc... It was maybe a month ago that I suggested we each create a Top 10 list. It can be anything Disney oriented but it has to be the people/places/things we like best to photograph. We have not seen each other's lists as of my starting to write this on 12/25 so it'll be interesting to see if any of our picks criss-cross.

Without further ado, here's my Disney Top 10 List of Who and What I Love Photographing:

10. Animals
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9. Characters in Various Outfits
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8. Morocco Pavillion - EPCOT
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7. Heroes, Princes, and Pirates
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6. Fantasyland - Disneyland
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5. Cast Members
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4. Main Street - Disneyland
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3. Musicians/Theatrical Performances
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2. Face Characters - Disneyland
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1. Friends
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Thank you all for a fantabulous 2008 (I just wrote 1998 and fixed it LOL). Thanks for all of your letters, support, attendance to our photowalk, and kind words. I hope the new year brings you great health, happiness, and lots of laughter.

Peace Out,
Lisa

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