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June 2, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week: Innoventions

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When I first visited Epcot back in 1983 (then known as EPCOT Center), I was thrilled with the Communicores as they had many displays featuring the most modern products and technologies of the day. Most seem silly now 26 years later but part of the charm that is Walt Disney World of the past.

The Communicores where re-invented as Innoventions in 1994 and now feature displays which are more interactive and entertaining yet still present the best in modern technologies by some of the world's most future thinking corporations. This was one of Walt Disney's dreams for his EPCOT and I am happy today's Epcot keeps this dream alive. For this week's Disney Pic of the Week will feature Innoventions.

Innoventions entrance sign in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Innoventions is part of Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/20, 200 ISO, +0.3 EV, 18mm Focal Length

June 3, 2009

Rizzo Was Here

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

When you visit a place so vast as Walt Disney World it's very easy to bypass the little touches of things like color and humor that are sprinkled throughout the parks. If you're lucky enough to enjoy your favorite vacation spot often, slow down and try to look at what's around you, in detail. You might discover something new. Here are a few spots that caught my eye.


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Canon PowerShot S5 IS, ISO 200, f4, 1/200

I remember this day as being mostly overcast which is a photographer's dream. All of the detail comes through, including the textures from the door and brick wall. Not sure where to find this colorful gem? At Disney's Hollywood Studios, in an "alley" to the left of the main entrance to Stage 1 Company Store.


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Canon EOS 30D and Canon 17-40mm IS L, ISO 400, f10, 1/250

While waiting to board my boat for a cruise down the Nile, through the Amazon and avoiding hippos in trees, I located this map. There are lots of treasures to be found in Adventureland, you just need to be on the lookout.

June 4, 2009

Stuck on You

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Over at Innoventions West located in EPCOT you'll find a game show of sorts called, What's Your Problem? The answer is Velcro and how it'll help improve your life.

Seen here we have the classic case of packing for a family vacation. Draped in a poncho-style piece of velcro, Greg's (I name people I don't know) job is to stand still while his sister, Marcia (follow me on this) attaches items. At least that's what I think this game is. I know it's not the one where two men race to diaper babies on a conveyer belt! That photo is of Jack and Mr. Roper.


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CAnon PowerShot SX100 IS, ISO 400, f4, 1/80, flash

Public service announcement: If you plan on taking photos, sit closer to the stage. Point and shoot camera flashes only throw light 8-10 feet.

June 5, 2009

On-Ride Photos

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I do and I'm sure many of you do it. Using our cameras while on a Disney ride or attraction. In the past I've shared one on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Test Track. Please, if you attempt ride photography do not endanger yourself or anyone riding with you. I make sure I am securely in my ride vehicle and my camera is not going to leave my hands. I wrap my strap about my arms and neck to make sure.

It is a challenge. Rides are fast and bumpy or slow and dark or a combination of the two. People who enjoy Disney themepark photography try to outdo each other on flickr and many Disney boards as to who can get the best ride shots. Many openly admit that it takes some luck to get a good ride photo. Just as the one I took on Expedition EVEREST. This is a fast ride which is half done inside a dark mountain with a Yeti chasing you. I thought it would be fun to see what a wide angle lens could do on this ride. The result you see below.

A Yeti mural seen on Expedition EVEREST in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
A Yeti mural found in one of the caves of Expedition EVEREST.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16, 1/15s, f/9, ISO 400, EV -0.3, 11mm focal length

If you look at the shutter speed, you can see why I was lucky. There is a lot of motion blur in this photo but the mural of the Yeti is fairly steady even with the large contrast of the bright light coming from the cave opening. By the way, anyone know where on Expediton EVEREST this was taken? Leave a comment.

June 6, 2009

Gadget Guy

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Innoventions Kidcot Station
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/40s shutter, f3.8

My Pic of the Week is the Kidcot Station in Innoventions West, where kids get to learn about gadgets, satellites and robotics with Josh. He was feeling a little camera shy around me but he totally came out of his shell later on when he was helping the kids decorate their lanyards.

June 7, 2009

Where in the World #89

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #88:
 Where in the World #88

And here's the answer:
American Adventure Map
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/8s shutter, f/8, ISO 400

Well, this proved to be one of the hardest weeks ever. Only three people knew that this license plate map can be found in the American Adventure store at Epcot. It's hanging on the wall in the back of the store. Although I didn't see it, a Cast Member did tell me that they have it for sale too. Hopefully it doesn't cost as much as the one I saw online. Craig sent me a link to one that was $3900!


Bob Green was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Bob and the other two readers who got the answer right: Darlene Harmon and Caroline Dupre. Each of you will be entered in the June winners' drawing.

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Challenge #89: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #89

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 11, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Comment link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies and a cool Disney book!

June 8, 2009

August Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

The Sorcerer's Hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios is my choice for the August calendar. I think it looks best at night with the search lights fanned out behind it.

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.

August 2009 8.5x11 Calendar


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

August 2009 Jewel Case Calendar

June 9, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week - Mèxico

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Cuando ustedes estan en EPCOT y quieren sentir algo rico en colores, comida con sabor, y el deseo de escapar el caluroso sol, vaya a Mèxico donde siempre es de noche. Hay tantas cosas para comprar, mucho mas que un sombrero o un poncho como joyerìa, dulces, arte y por supuesto, las maracas. Pueden tomar un bote y descubrir el pais junto a el Pato Donald, Panchito, y Josè Carioca. No olviden que pueden enviar un video a su familia y amigos completamente gratis y eso es una cosa que es muy raro Walt Disney World. Pues, que estas esperando? Vayan ya!


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Handpainted Oaxacan wooden figures are created right in front of you.


When you're at EPCOT and you want to feel rich, warm colors, eat food packed with flavor and escape the hot sun, go to Mexico where it's always nighttime. There are lots of things to buy much more than a sombrero or a poncho, like jewelry, candy, and of course, maracas. You can ride a boat and discover the country alongside Donald Duck, Panchito and Jose Carioca. Don't forget that you can send a video to your family and friends absolutely free, something that's very rare in WDW. Well, what are you waiting for? Go already!

A special thanks to my "little sister" Jenniffer Vazquez for editing my Spanish.

June 10, 2009

35mm Cameras and Film

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Hello friends. I thought it would be important to talk about our good, reliable pal, the 35mm camera.

Some folks fear that film is no longer being made. Put your fear to rest. All of the major maufacturers are indeed producing rolls of negatives as well as slide film. It's true that film might be harder to find than in years past but they're out there waiting for you to buy them.

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Fujifilm Reala 100.

Fujifilm's array of 35mm consumer and professional film as well as APS.

Kodak offers 35mm print & slide film and APS film, which they invented.

Ilford Photo produces B&W 35mm and 120 roll film.

AgfaPhoto, a German company, produces 35mm consumer film.

Sadly, it is rather difficult near impossible to locate 35mm cameras. I say, if you find one, snatch it because 35mm cameras will outlive any digital camera. It's true, especially the cameras built in the 70's. Those cameras are built to last and they have.

Nikon only makes the F6, a professional top-of-the-line 35mm body. Canon makes the pro body, EOS-1V. Yashica has 4 point and shoot models available. Leica, an extremely well-respected European company has several options for the film enthusiast. Pentax, Olympus, Kodak, Ricoh, and Fujifilm have stopped production of analog cameras with the exception of some disposables and instamatics.

Hold onto your cameras because when your digital is out being serviced for a month or longer at a high fee, you're going to learn to love your 35mm or APS camera all over again.

Photo © Fujifilm. Used for educational purposes.


Concentration

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

 Oaxacan Wood Carving Artist
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 1/8s shutter, f/8, ISO 800

My Pic of the Week for Mexico is a picture of a young Cast Member painting an Oaxacan woodcarving. This display is one of my favorite parts of the Mexico pavilion. I love the intricate and colorful designs on these wooden animals. The artists seem so calm and peaceful sitting there amongst all the bustling tourists. I always wish I could sit and paint with them.

June 12, 2009

Capturing an Empty Disney Park

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Walt Disney World hosts millions of visitors each year. There are always people about even during a slow period. Yet, you can take photographs without people in them. One way is to get low and shoot at an angle to eliminate people around you or find a way to elevate yourself over people's heads. Another way is to find scenes where people can not get to like the photo of the ceremonial canoe I found in Disney's Animal Kingdom near the Yeti Shrine.

Ceremonial Canoe in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Ceremonial Canoe near the Yeti Shrine.
Nikon D70/18-200VR 1/400s, f/16, 200 ISO, +0.3 EV, 150mm Focal length

I am a lightweight when it comes to getting truly empty photos of a Walt Disney World park. Let me introduce you to a true heavyweight, Tom Bricker (aka WDWFigment) has perfected empty Disney park photography. What he does is stay late at one of the parks...say, the Magic Kingdom until all the guests have left. He has seen the second Kiss Goodnight more times than I've been to Orlando (did you know there was a second one? Have you ever seen the first one?). Long after most guests are sleeping back at their resorts, Tom is getting photos only a paid Disney photographer normally gets a chance to shoot. Here are a couple of his favorites from the Magic Kingdom.

An empty Main Street USA during the Christmas holiday season in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
An empty Main Street USA during the Christmas holiday season by Tom Bricker.
Nikon D40, 5s, f/20, 200 ISO, +0.6 EV, 26mm Focal length

Tom talked about this photo, "Although the rain dampened the mood on portions of the (Mickey's Very Merry) Christmas Party, it sure did make for some pretty after hours shots (my first with "rain reflections"!)."

In this very unique photograph of the castle below, Tom explains why it is often overlooked. "Most people stop in awe when they first see the Castle on the other side of Main Street, USA. By the time they walk through the Castle to Fantasyland, a little of the amazement has worn off, and they are scurrying off to get in line at their favorite attractions. However, the back of the Castle shouldn't be overlooked. With its nuances and beautiful architecture, it is unique and awe-inspiring in its own right."

Cinderella Castle from Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Cinderella Castle from Fantasyland by Tom Bricker.
Nikon D40, 1.3s, f/3.8, 200 ISO, +0.6 EV, 22mm Focal length

Tom uses a tripod to obtain these fantastic photos. He freely admits breakfast is something he seldom eats when visiting Walt Disney World. So, are you up to the challenge of photographing an empty Disney park?

I would like to thank, Tom, for letting me share some of his wonderful Walt Disney World photography!

June 13, 2009

EPCOT Sombrero Club

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Members of the  EPCOT Sombrero Club in Epcot's Mexico pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Members of the EPCOT Sombrero Club.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/3.8, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 22mm Focal Length, Flash Used

Are you a member of the EPCOT Sombrero Club? Admit it. Who hasn't put a sombrero on their head when walking around the market inside the Mexico pavilion. They are big and brightly colored. Just perfect for a fun photo of yourself and members of your family. This is my daughter and her boyfriend. He's very tall but reminds me of a Disney character. Can you guess which one? Hope you enjoyed my Disney Pic of the Week for Mexico.

June 14, 2009

Where in the World #90

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #89:
 Where in the World #89

And here's the answer:
Dreaded LEGO Dude at Downtown Disney
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 0.0166s shutter, f/5.6, ISO 800

This is the head of the Dreaded LEGO Dude (my own personal pet name for him) at LEGO Imagination Center in Downtown Disney. You can find him inside the store.


Derek Mullins was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Derek and all of the other readers who got the answer right: Neil Taylor, Jodi Cook, Sharon Pierce, Vicki Vaught, Heather Young, Nathan Cripe, April Ramey, Brian Yesutis, Betsey Whitehead, Dylan Weidner, Robin Fitts, Sharon Dale, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, Sandra Shaw, Elizabeth Scarborough, Douglas Mcknight, Lee Anastasi, Louise Barton, Walter Fletcher, Jacquelyn Law, Ashley, Kameo Crea, Michael Dameron, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Hollie Hinton, Caroline, Sherri Pell, Jennifer Tremley, Kris Nixon, Cindy Dore', Marc Lorenzo, Paul Knott, Michelle Mcknight, Nancy Merritt, Maria M, Tim And Brendan Wingfield, Trish Babler, Lynn Barber, Melissa Dye, Russell Wurr, Debbie Hicks, Mike Cerce, Jen Cerce, Christi Ison, Scott Otis, Jessica Marcotte, Kelly Zanauskas, Christy Gattis, Jeremiah Good, John Foggo, Roye Ann Morris, Duane Wisniewski, Jennifer Mcneill, Carinne Kight, Ed, Ssg, Sam I, Diane Ramos, Chloe, Allison Ulery, Jamie Poynton, Thomas Auckland, Richard Nussbaum, Casey Sullivan, Elizabeth Macbon, Karen Pizzuta, Nicole Amidon, Barclay Bakkum, Tom Hermes, Jared Orth, Noreen Rachuba, Tim Rachuba, Christie Condit, Jessica Reed, Regina Reed, Carrie Kenney, Jeremy Coto and Mandy Youngblood. Each of you will be entered in the June winners' drawing.

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Challenge #90: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #90

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 18, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies and a cool Disney book!

June 16, 2009

Disney Pics of the Week - Animal Kingdom Lodge

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

One of the most impressive resorts at Walt Disney World is the Animal Kingdom Lodge, our subject for Pic of the Week this week. From the grand lobby to the savannahs, this resort is absolutely amazing. I always make time to visit, even when I'm staying elsewhere.


Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/13s shutter, f3.5

I know it's not Christmastime, but this is my favorite shot of the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The lobby is truly beautiful. If you're looking for something fun to do on your first or last day and don't want to waste a park ticket on a half day, check out this resort. You can easily spend a few hours wandering around, watching the animals, checking out the art, eating great food, and talking to the Cast Members. There's a terrific playground for the little ones too. Oh, and there are lots of Hidden Mickeys to find!

June 17, 2009

Swiss Family Treehouse Gets Artsy

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

In my quest to show, explain, and offer tips on how to make the most of your camera, I make use of the modes, settings, and options on whatever camera I can get ahold of. However, this time, I have stumped myself.

These photos of Swiss Family Treehouse were taken last December as I ran around grabbing shots for this website's attraction pages. I didn't take any notes in this instance and I've been unable to reproudce the results in my Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, which doesn't offer Color Swap or Color Accent I even pulled out the manual and read it just now. :gasp: I've searched high and low for answers online and I'm still coming up short.

All I can say is I hope you enjoy this beautiful disaster as much as I do.

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June 18, 2009

Arusha Rock

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Great White Egret near Arusha Rock, the Animal Kingdom Lodge's viewing area, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Great White Egret near Arusha Rock.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/5.6, 200 ISO, +0.3 EV, 200mm Focal Length

From Arusha Rock, the Animal Kingdom Lodge's elevated viewing area, you can see Giraffes, Zebras, Gazelles and other African animals was well many birds species which are both African and Flordian. The animals can be easily photographed with a good zoom lens/camera of at least 200mm in length. Birds like pelicans and egrets are even easier. This Great White Egret was only eight feet from me when I took this photo which is my Disney Pic of the Week for the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

June 19, 2009

Queen Cinderella

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Here's a "Did You Know?" featuring a unique photo you can create in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland. There is a Cinderella fountain near the back of Cinderella Castle (as you look at the Castle from Prince Charming Regal Carrousel you'll see it on the right just before the path to Liberty Square). If you stand directly in front of the Cinderella statue and bend down, you'll see a painted crown on the wall behind her line up with her head. Whalla! You've given Cinderella her crown and she is now a Queen. Imagine a trumpet fanfare being played and white doves being released as you do this.

Cinderella gets her crown in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Giving Cinderella her Crown.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV -0.6, 130mm focal length

June 20, 2009

Where's Romeo?

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

A few friends and I stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge several years ago for 2 nights. It was one of those hazy and humid Summers with enough rain to demand ponchos. We were thrilled for the complimentary upgrade from a view of the parking lot to one of the savannah. We didn't see many animals so we pretended that a small boulder was a hippo and I named him Stone Phillips.


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The design of the building was cool so I grabbed a quick shot of the balconies with my 35mm camera.

June 21, 2009

Where in the World #91

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #90:
 Where in the World #90

And here's the answer:
Buzz Lightyear at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/500s shutter, f/16

I took this photo of Buzz Lightyear at Disney's Hollywood Studios, during the Stars and Motorcars parade. Buzz travels around the world quite a bit. There was really no way to tell from my clue exactly where he might have been when I snapped the picture so I counted everyone who had his name in their answer, no matter where you thought he might have been at the time.

Robert Anderson was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Robert and all the other readers who got the answer right: Jennifer Snapp, Kirsty Butler, Shannon Milair, Cara Richards, Chris And Alison, Denise Owen, Kye Layton, Sherry Trapp, Benjamin Dameron, Jamie Difatta, Elizabeth Macgregor, Elizabeth Collins, Kameo Crea, Melissa Dye, Tim W, Joy Johnston, Tim Johansen, Vicki Vaught, Diane Leclercq, Jackson Hart, Susan Thompson, Wendy And Marina Crober, Louise Barton, Ivan Barton, Benjamin Barton, Jennifer S., Michelle Thompson, Heather Young, Kevin Toomey, Megan Krainski, Jeremy Finke, Evelyn Wilson, Stephanie Mendoff, Hayley Lawson, Stephanie Visco, Mindy Marinelli, Danielle Murgia, Karen Pizzuta, April Baker, Diane, Natalie Ashton, Ashley Pizzino, Kelly Torch, Jeremy Hardy, Hillary Waldroop, Tamara Lasher, Marc Acosta, Kristen Gainey, Heather Stanley, David Coates, Robb Fluet, Richard Uhler, Christopher Jackson, Scott Otis, Jennifer Shelor, Marietta Falk, Diana Salisbury, Scott O'donnell, Alex Karr, Angie Young, Clay Anthony, Jodi Cook, Stephanie Hardhouse, Abbie Newsome, Jen Cerce, Christina Rotella, Tina Santacroce, Will Bennett, Carinne Kight, Denise Cayz , Aly Nichting, Paula Massarelli, Brenda Mcguire, Olivia Lobaugh, Hailey S, Anjanette Tournillon, Barbara Sims, Rich Esker, Jen Murphy, Laurie Jensen, Alicia Roth, Douglas Mcknight, Michelle Mcknight, Nancy Merritt, April Pangburn, Paula Munson, Louise Maxwell, Chris Bourassa, Joy Palmer, Teresa Cole, Becky Terjung, Jared Orth, Jude Toups, Jay Kerznowski, Anne Hainsworth, Bruce Lawson, Irene Kleintop, Kelly Zanauskas, Sarah Connors, Dale Knight, Tom Hermes, Cara Arnold, Brian Yesutis, Melissa Jennings, Laura Pranaitis, Tere Given, Carri Marotto, Brittany Irish, Daniel Meagher, Jessica Marcotte, Christine Paniccia, Kristin Mayotte, Elaine Mazzara, Laurie Walker, Heather Stoskopf, Lesley Strawderman, Nikki Powell, Shane Stack, Carrie Kenney, Aubrey Cooper, Virginia Mackenzie, Darrell Shortt, Aruna, John Arena, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Robert Acosta, Leigh M, Jennifer Schwing, Jeffrey Beauchamp, Paul Knott, Elaine Leviner, Christie Condit, Susan &Tom Linder, Aj Perras, Devin Wisman, Marie Phillips, Elisa Dillon, Christi Ison, Amy Whitmire, Heather Mcfall, Kala Miller, Margot Garofalo, Anna Burch, Bridgie Auckland, Katie Fry, Mickey Eckert, Tiago De Oliveira, Barclay Bakkum, Heather Coursen, Candace Dadswell, Willie Tople, Dave Carriere, Sandra Edwards, Allison Dibiase, Amy Miller, Stacey Hutchinson, Sharon Blickensderfer, Maureen Ohare, Juliet O'hare, Roye Ann Morris, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Linda Scrivano, Carolyn Como, Sydney Walker, Mike O'brien, Sherrie Weber, Krista Penno, Tom Carty and Ssg. Each of you will be entered in the June winners' drawing.

This month's big winner is Kalin Johnson! Congratulations Kalin, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

Good luck to everyone as we begin another month! Here we go"

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Challenge #91: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #91

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 25, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
_______________________________________________________________________

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!

June 23, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week: The Tree of Life

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

There are over 320 animals carved into the Tree of Life in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Not all of them can be found on the massive trunk and limbs of the tree itself. Many can be found along the trails which serpentine around the tree's roots like this beautiful giraffe carving and makes a suitable start to this week's Disney Pic of the Week theme on The Tree of Life.

A giraffe carving is found amongst the Tree of Life's roots in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Giraffe carving amongst the Tree of Life's roots.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/25s, f/11, 250 ISO, EV +0.3, 62mm Focal Length

Barrie and Lisa will be investigating other wonders of the Tree of Life on Thursday and Saturday.

June 24, 2009

Shapes and Lines

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Lining up your subject in a way that's pleasing to the eye is simple if you just give yourself a moment to think about the photo you're taking rather than shooting something off quickly. When you are working with a collection of shapes and lines you'll find that by changing how much of the subject you include in your shot as well as where you crop will alter the feeling you get when you look at the photograph.

A great example of shapes, colors, leading lines, and even movement is Astro Orbiter. Climb aboard futuristic rockets in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom.


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This is my first shot. It's fairly clean in the sense that there's nothing taking away from all of the circles, colors and lines. It all works together and there's just one rocket making it's way around.

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In this picture, I've incorporated the top of a tree and more of the base of the towering geometric structure. This takes away from the fantasy of Intergalactic travel and plants it firmly in reality.


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Finally, there's no sign of the base and very little of the tree. I've changed my angle so as to show part of the planet on the right and less of the rings encircling the planet on the far left. In doing so I've created a more dramatic leading line by cutting into the arc on the left and making it feel like it's closer than it actually is.

So as you see, there's a change in how we feel about each image. Which one do you like best?

These were taken from behind the Astro Orbiter, over by the restrooms and arcade with the Canon PowerShot SX100 IS.

June 25, 2009

In the Jungle

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Little by little I'm learning to enjoy Animal Kingdom more and more especially all of the details and art that goes into something as enormous as the Tree of Life.

This was a tricky shot because shooting up into the sky gives you a completely different reading than metering off the under part of the branches which are darker. Then you've got highlights and running water. I aimed for the center, planning to dodge shadows and possibly burn highlights in later. Here's the end result with very little post-production.


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Canon PowerShot S5 IS, ISO 80, f4, 1/80

June 26, 2009

Belle's Library

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Photos like the one below, taken in the Beauty and the Beast Meet and Greet Library in Epcot's France pavilion showing some of the famous Disney detail, used to come out blurry and underexposed back in the days I shot film on my trips to Walt Disney World. I either didn't have a fast film of ISO 400 or better in my camera or a "slow" lens. With today's digital cameras allowing ISO settings up to 6400 and Image Stabilized lenses, I can now enjoy photographing in low light situations in all the Disney parks and resorts when needed.

Book shelf in Belle's Library inside the France pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Book shelf in Belle's Library inside the France pavilion. See text below for details.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/30s, f/3.5, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length

Books from left to right are Little Red Riding Hood, Grimm (as in the Brothers Grimm), Perrault (Charles Perrault, the Frenchman who wrote many French fairy tales including Cinderella - he's the reason we have the glass slipper - it's actually a mistranslation from the old French) and King Arthur. Research done by my Disney trivia lovng and French honor student daughter, Krystal.

It doesn't hurt that I've learned to hold my camera very steady, too.

June 27, 2009

Tree of Life

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/15s shutter, f22

Here's my photo for the Tree of Life Pic of the Week. I took this on my last trip to Disney World in April (oh so long ago, she whimpers"). This size photo really does not do the tree justice. It appears much smaller here than it actually is. If you want to see more of the detail, like the carvings or a tiny bit of the waterfall, just click on the photo for a larger version. If you're a fan of the Tree of Life, be sure to come back for a night time view on the September calendar. It'll be posted on July 6.

June 28, 2009

Where in the World #92

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #91:
 Where in the World #91

And here's the answer:
Tony's Town Square Restaurant sign at the Magic Kingdom
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/320s shutter, f/9

In the mood for pasta? This is the sign outside Tony's Town Square Restaurant on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom. Tony's restaurant is inspired by the Italian trattoria where Lady and the Tramp shared spaghetti and a kiss.


Susan Pitts was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Susan and all the other readers who got the answer right: Danusia Rogacki, Sharon Pierce, Kris Nixon, Tiago De Oliveira, Chris And Alison, Jonathan Walker, Brandy White, Anne Hainsworth, Jessica Folan, Rebekah Anguish, Julie Wickware, Brian Yesutis, Leslie Dameron, Chris Masse, Jared Orth, Dylan Weidner, Ronnie Lane, Ashley Mayer, Jamie Difatta, Scott Otis, Jen Cox, Tim Locklair, Pollyanna Buff, Steve Toponak, Sherry Klinefelter, Kye Layton, Spring Smith, Emma Poprock, Louise Barton, Brittany Irish, Heather Barilla, Cori Lehman, Kevin Toomey, Christine Dagney, Hayley Lawson, Amy Rupp, Sharon Stuart, Anjanette Tournillon, James Berry, Emily Currier, Kathy Berry, Erin Kubicki, Elizabeth Macgregor, Austin O'blenis, Brendan Burke, Melissa Dye, Rich Esker, Derek Mullins, Elainejohnson, Alicia Henderson, Chloe Williams, Jen Cerce, Stephanie Visco, Barbara Sims, Jaime Thomson, Rochelle, Krista Penno, David Coates, Sharon Lee, Denise Owen, Dave Cole, Brooke Stahl, Marc Lorenzo, Penny Urell, Michael Gainey, Steven Bowling, Amanda Marie Penhale, Kendall Huffman, Scott Price, Jessica Reed, Derek Carty, Karen Schlumpf, Bonnie & Kristin Cola, Kathryn Hughes, Vicki Vaught, Bill Mckim, Tom Koval, Clarence Diggles, Maryann Eckenrode, Nicole Cyr, Bob Green, Jessica Gruhlke, Carinne Kight, Jackie Purcell, Debbie Poole, Diane Furtado, Wendy And Marina Crober, Doug Brigger, Marian Leafblad, Hillary Waldroop, Z. Cheven, Allison , Paula Munson, Heather Mcfall, Alissa Ammons, Tom Hermes, Michelle Mcspadden, Craig Canady, Melesia Love, Laurie Walker, Dawn Burns, Joshua Swainston, Tricia Noble, Jaclyn Kelch, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Sarah Connors, Marie Phillips, Brian Gallant, Kayla Anulies, Christina Cella, Kim Steiner, Meagan Jarmuz, Sandra Edwards, Chris Linscott, Brian Miller, Lesley Strawderman, Meghan Parham, Teri Jo Fuson, Katie Fry, Betsey Whitehead, Michele Delorenzo, Jen Schultz, Erica Adkins, Jessica Norman, Laura Pranaitis, Mike Walter, Erin Ballou, Nathan Firth, Heather Stevens, Carrie Kenney, Shane Stack, Robin Mcconnell, Kelley H, Carolyn Como, Heidi Goodhue, Matt Cofone, Susie Howard, Sharon Blickensderfer, Christi Ison, Mary Brennan, Tim Rachuba, Lisa R, Catherine Chiarello, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Phil Vickers, Kristen Carde, Wendy Snelgrove, Tere Given, Richard Caprio, Kelly Zanauskas, Liz Weiter, Caitlin Rush, Kalin Johnson, Jennifer S., Allie Reckendorf, Dana Hall, Dale Knudsen, Nikki Powell, Janet Larson, Becky Duncan, Margot Garofalo, Marianne Swan, Jerry Joyner, Amy Miller, Brooke Riley, Dominick, Juliet Ohare, Kate Melody, Clare Mcculloch, Jennifer Mcneill, Theresa Rucando, Jeanne Cundiff, Katie Olson, Tom Higbee, Jackson Hart, Aj Perras, Heather Coursen, Carol Donoghue, Allison Dibiase, Jocelyn Lafavers, Cam Lange, Ken Dipietro, Nicole Lopresti, Danielle Murgia, Trish Babler, Berry Morris, Roye Ann Morris, Larry Heidenberg, Bob D. , Chris J, Robert Anderson, Jeremiah Good, Sue Mcdonald, Ssg, Jamie Poynton and Kelly Montgomery. Each of you will be entered in the July winners' drawing.

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Challenge #92: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #92

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 2, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies and a cool Disney book!

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Here's a tip from Helene M. for anyone interested in the license plate map that I featured a few weeks ago.

comments: About the "Where in The World" picture of the license plate map, I'm sure someone has already said this but you can find almost the exact same piece of art at Target stores for $40 for a 24"x18" and $200 for a 35"x23"... Just thought some people might like to know how to get a little piece of the World in their home for much cheaper than a few thousand dollars :)

June 30, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week - Fill the Frame

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Hello Disney fans! How is everyone? Are you ready for another installment of Picture of the Week?! My super friends Barrie, Scott, and I will show you how to fill the frame. Now this doesn't mean you need to visit your local frame shop and put in a magnificent photo one of us took, although not a bad idea. What we're discussing is a teaching tool. Come, I'll show you.

You never know which characters you'll come across or when. This day proved to be superior in that every time Laura Gilbreath and I turned around in California Adventure, we saw another one. In Hollywood Pictures Backlot we discovered Frozone and Mr. Incredible in the street meeting guests left and right.


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Can you tell by this shot what my intended subject is? No, because there is far too much going on and no central focus.


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Now it's obvious that I was aiming for Frozone. By zooming in closer and moving aside to place the kids out of the frame I have a clean shot. Sure, I'd be even happier if there weren't people in the background but far better that they're behind Frozone than in front of him.

This my friends, is filling the frame. Tadaaaa!

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