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July 1, 2009

Vacation as You Wish

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Everyone needs an escape from their own reality. If we didn't then Disney parks would be empty and movie theatres would never sell tickets. I was ready for an escape myself and when I found out that Disney was bringing some Pixie Dust to Boston I asked if any of my fellow Disney fans were going and willing to take me as a guest. The event was for Disney Vacation Club Members, something that I am not. As luck would have it, a few gals were going and Cheryl and Keith offerred to let me tag along.

In a medium sized auditorium at Seaport Hotel we were razzle dazzled by Disney in a way that only Disney can all with the ultimate intent of getting DVC members to buy more points. Trust me though, this was the greatest sales pitch I've ever seen.

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First you are greeted by a large staff of smiling and chatty Cast Members and given a gift bag containing a lovely portfolio with a full size notepad inside, a pen, and a chart pertaining to DVC points. You were also given a card to fill out for a drawing at the conclusion of the "show." Upon entering the theater, you got what looked like a funny calculator on a lanyard. We were seated in the second row, center section. I was having flashbacks to my Disney cruise a year and a half ago. I love musicals.

Anyway, things were kicked off by the MC, Wish-Meister. He reminded me of everyone from Genie (as seen in Aladdin the Musical in CA Adventure) to Pat E. Cake (birthday parties at Disneyland) to Liberace in his sparkling white coat tails and top hat. Wish-Meister explained that our Audience Response Device, that funny looking calculator was actually a Wishamacallit. Good to know. We used it to respond to demographic questions.

During the 90 minute presentation we were treated to a singing quartet who arrived as technicians to fix a glitch sort of like Four for a Dollar pretended to be stage hands before Beauty and the Beast at Disney's Hollywood Studios. We were also given some free goodies such as travel size binoculars and a travel agenda folder.

Nicole and Dave were the hosts who asked the audience questions about how often we travel and what types of vacations we enjoy. I'm sure each program will change from city to city as a joke about spending Friday night trying to get across the Bourne Bridge will go over the heads of anyone who doesn't deal with Cape Cod traffic.

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The last thing that happened in the theater was the big drawing. The winner was a fellow sitting 2 rows behind me. He was too far away to tackle and besides, I feared that Mickey might scold me and not let me into his party.

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That's right, there was a party after the sales pitch. I had read that light refreshments would be served and that Mickey and Minnie would be available for photos and autographs. That's an understatement. I walked into the room and it was a full-on fiesta with chocolates, cupcakes, lemonade, iced tea, strawberries, marshmallows, and pretzel rods for drenching in the chocolate fountain.

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Uh oh. Did I lose the chocoholics? Come back here, I'm not done. The best surprise of all was when I looked to my left and saw...

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Aaaaaaladdin! Excellent! Guess where I went first? After a much-needed hug and some photos I set out to take photos of Mickey and then Minnie on the dance floor. Where are those photos, you ask, they are going to be used in another blog.

If you get an offer to attend this by-invitation-only event, go. It's lots of fun for the whole family. Kids have their own room to play in while the adults are shmoozed and you're given pagers in case the kids want you to come and collect them.

I've left out a few details so you'll have some surprises when you go and if you could please do me a favor, tell my boyfriend to call me.

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Don't lick your computer monitor.

July 2, 2009

Action!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Sculpture at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 50mm lens, 1/8s shutter, f1.4, ISO 400

This is a picture of a sculpture at Disney's Hollywood Studios. But you knew that already, didn't you? Filling the frame is the number one way to make your photos more interesting. Ever have someone look at one of your pictures and ask, "What is this picture of?" or say, "Nice building", when what you really wanted them to notice was the fountain in front of the building? In most cases, you don't want to have to explain your photos. The photo should speak for itself. When you fill the frame with your subject, there will be no question as to what it was that you were trying to capture.

July 3, 2009

Focus on the Fife and Drum

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

It is not a coincidence that I am featuring a photo of The Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps as Deb Wills did early this month. With this post happening the day before America celebrates it's 233rd birthday on July 4th, 2009, I wanted to add on to Deb's excellent post (psst, Deb I think this is called "synergy") and show you something which surprised me.

I've seen the Fife and Drum Corps on several of my visits yet never had I stopped to watch them. I made it a point to do so on my last trip and enjoyed their preformance immensely. I believe they do several different routines. The one I had the pleasure of seeing included a salute to each of the United States Armed Forces. They played each theme song for the Air Force, Army, Navy and the Marines. It was during their salute to the Marines that they took the formation of the raising of the flag on the island of Iwo Jima during World War II. Everyone applauded and it gave me patriotic goose-bumps to hear and see this as I had no idea that was coming.

The Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps performing outside the American Adventure in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
The Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps performing outside the American Adventure.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/200s, f/18, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 18mm focal length

Can't end a post without a little tip. You'll notice I used a small aperture of f/18 (remember the larger the f-number, the smaller the opening of the aperture), this was to make sure I'd have a large plane of focus or depth of field. Most good travel photos will use this technique. Another tip, when shooting in bright Florida sunshine, use fill flash. I didn't here and it would have helped to fill in the dark shadows. Next time!

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July holiday to everyone in the United States of America!

July 4, 2009

Rhino Face-off

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

White Rhinoceros on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
White Rhinoceros fills the frame.
Nikon D70/70-200VR, 1/5000s, f/4, 400 ISO, -0.3 EV, 200mm focal length

One of the first things I remember when having my photos critiqued during a beginner's course in photography was to get in close and FILL THE FRAME! To this day, when someone asks me how to improve their photos, that is the first thing I tell them. It wasn't hard to get my Disney Pic of the Week Fill the Frame photo with this White Rhinoceros on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom. White Rhinoceros can weigh in between 1 and 4 tons with horns as long as 59 inches in the wild. Remember that when looking through your viewfinder on your next safari.

July 5, 2009

Where in the World #93

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #92:
 Where in the World #92

And here's the answer:
Imagination Institute sign in Epcot
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/250s shutter, f/8

I thought this week was going to be a challenge, but it seems that there are many of you who are familiar with the Imagination Institute. There are a number of places in the Imagination Pavilion where you'll see the emblem of the Imagination Institute. This particular one came from the sign outside of the pavilion.


Sharon Lee was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Sharon and all the other readers who got the answer right: Stephanie Visco, Sharon Pierce, Emma Poprock, Stacey Van Dyke, April Pangburn, Erica Sipich, Elaine Johnson, Frank Pierce, Kirsty Butler, Kye Layton, Chloe Williams , Jodi Cook, Andrew Weed, Chuck Sands, Jennifer S., Caryn Schill, Lee, Ken Jackson, Shannon Milair, Sherry Klinefelter, Jamie Difatta, Dawn Bach, Amy Schweizer, Courtney Crowe &Maryann Eckenrode, Darlene Harmon, Amanda Gagnon, Bonnie Cola, John Lacasse, Christy Gonzalez, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Mary Beth Tarbet, Nicole W, Karen S. Nelson, Tom Koval, Chris Masse, Denise Owen, Emily Currier, Baines Family, Linda Scrivano, Jen Cerce, Clarissa K, Jennifer Kaufman, Brian Haas, Brian Yesutis, Jeffrey Dunne, Ken Maikowski, Christine Benoit, Jonathan Walker, Derek Carty, Gail Robinson, Anjanette Tournillon, Katie Fry, Tommy Carty, Pasquale Crea, Danielle Murgia, Danielle Berkovitz, Joseph Tortorici, Debbie Poole, Kendall Huffman, Daniel Recod, Megan Krainski, Susan Flebotte, Deborah J. Ragno, Melody Salemi, Sarah-jane Dunhill, Dave Cole, Jennifer Tremley, Ashley Mayer, Kayla Brackley, Michael Gainey, Vera Musella, Sabrina Bogart, Craig Canady, Paula Munson, Jackie Purcell, Christine Dagney, Emily Dagney, Erin Dagney, Joyce Tofflemire, Joy Palmer, Clarence Diggles, Kristen Gainey, Tommy Montgomery, Chloe, Hillary Waldroop, Karen Schlumpf, Amy Martel, Berry Morris, Julia Wickware, Jeremy Coto, Tim And Brendan Wingfield, Sarah Haas, Donna Currier, Hollie Hinton, Chris And Alison, Jennifer Harmon, Barbara Sims, Mike O'brien, Kelly Scola, Christie Condit, Jeffrey Munger, Kim Riley, Ed Aleszczyk, Robin Wilson, Z. Cheven, Michele Delorenzo, Bruce Hinterleitner, Tina Santacroce, Alicia Henderson, Susan Stanley, Double Family, Christina Rotella, Scott Otis, Phil Vickers, Kris Nixon, Jen Cox, Brittany Irish, Vincent Maltese, Brian Miller, Emma Ford, Donnie Whiteman, Jaclyn Kelch, Chris Linscott, Tom &Susan Linder, Dominic Plavny, Dolores Riccio, Caitlin Rush, Caitlin Barringer, Steven Bowling, Tricia Noble, Bruce Arnold, Diane Ramos, Jaron Goldberg, Ashley Deitchler, Carri Marotto, Mike Venere, Lesley Strawderman, Rochelle, Deanna Simmons, Leigh Mertz, Jennifer Schwing, Amanda, Dallas Hamilton, Tere Given, Ann Fowler, Shane Stack, Rich Esker, Krista Penno, Kristin Frascelli, Katie , Cori Lehman, James Greene, Becky Terjung, Marshal K., Karen Dresser-smith, Drew Deapo, Kevin Lawrence, Caroline Dupre, Angela, Barry Gruber, Tammy Kallenbach, Christina Cella, Kelly Montgomery, Cheri Palmisano, Joyanne M Johnston, Brandon Joyce, Dee Dee Chapman, Heidi Goodhue, Amy Kent, Amy Filliben, Teri Jo Fuson, Allie, Charlotte Ohare, Jessica Reed, Becky, Sharon L., Ken Fischler, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Melissa Dye, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Ronnie Lane, Jorge Caso, Sarah Connors, Marie Phillips, Heather Barilla, Noreen Rachuba, Steve Toponak, Joshua Thorne, Mindy Marinelli, Ken Rhinehart, Chris Moore, Tyra Trueblood, Robin Mcconnell, Ssg, Callie Marcotte, Carrie Kenney, Liz Weiter, Jamie Poynton, Nicole Lopresti, Julia Walsh, Susie Howard, Mickey Eckert, Sharon Dale, John Dupre, Margot Garofalo, Jennifer Bogdan, Emily Nussbaum, Theresa Rucando, Theresa Maradei, Cathy Ames, Sharon Bailey, Nicole Shuler, Kirsten Stark, Jeff Blank, Rebecca Smith, Jenifer Hughey, Gerry Smith, Scott Junkin, Debbie Lamd, Robert Dean Bostic, Bruce Dormuth, Heather Coursen, Jackson Hart, Julie Ellis, Mark Franklin, Donna Leto, Joshua Swainston, Elaine S. Puckett, Daria Hagemeyer, Thomas Auckland, Lisa M Kaffenberger, Jim, Joseph M. Zafia, Jim Finley, Kim Steiner, Bob Patterson, Aruna, Dave Kanigowski, Sandy Kanigowski, Carinne Kight, Ashley Pizzino, Lisa Hoffman, Eric Hoffman, Jo Ann Bailey, Ashley B, Walter N Clark, Stephanie Price, Michelle Mcknight and Aj Perras. Each of you will be entered in the July winners' drawing.

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Challenge #93: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #93

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 9, 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!

July 6, 2009

September Disney Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

I just love the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom. What an amazing collection of sculptures. I think it's especially spectacular at night. I hope you enjoy this month's calendar as much as I do.

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


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

September 2009 8.5x11 Calendar


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

September 2009 Jewel Case Calendar

July 7, 2009

Disney Pics of the Week - Japan

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This week we'll be visiting Japan with our Pics of the Week. I never get tired of touring the Japan pavilion. In fact, I think I spend more time there than in any other country in Epcot's World Showcase. I always enjoy the Taiko drummers and Miyuki, the candy artist. A walk through the hill garden is a nice way to slow down and enjoy a bit of quiet. And even though I'm not much of a shopper, going through the gift shop in Japan is really fun. There are so many beautiful and interesting things to look at.

Samurai Warrior in Epcot
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 4/10s shutter, f8, ISO 640

Towards the back of the Japan pavilion, as you cross the bridge and enter the castle, you will see a Samurai warrior on each side of the entrance. I've chosen this sentry as my Pic of the Week for Japan. Come back later this week to see Lisa and Scott's picks.

July 8, 2009

Face Detection

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


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This (or something similiar) is the icon for face detection that you'll find on cameras.


Digital cameras have changed quite a bit in the past few years. One major advancement in digital photography is face detection. Simply put, the software in the camera enables it to scan what the lens is pointed at and look for the shape of a face and eyes. When it locates one or more faces, it zeroes in on it/them making the people sharp and in-focus. You'll know it's working because a lit box or set of brackets will position itself on the subject's face. No more pictures of blurred friends and a sharp tree several feet behind them. Pretty cool, huh?

If you're currently in the market for a new point and shoot camera, you'll quickly find that this feature is almost standard. There are more cameras that have face detection than those that do not. Another good thing is that some cameras can detect a good 10 faces, making out-of-focus group photos a thing of the past. Also, a wide variety of cameras have incorporated face detection into the portraiture setting. Face detection does not work on pets.


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July 9, 2009

Goju-no-to Pagoda

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Japan's Goju-no-to Pagoda at night in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Japan's Goju-no-to Pagoda at Night.
Nikon D70/18-70G, 1/8s, f/3.5, 1400 ISO, +0.6 EV, 18mm Focal Length

Last time I was in Epcot, the Goju-no-to Pagoda in Epcot's Japan pavilion was shrouded as Disney Imagineers were rehabbing it. I dug into my personal Walt Disney World photo archive and found this one I took back in 2007 for my Disney Pic of the Week on Japan.

Fun facts from AllEars.net: The five 5 levels of the Goju-no-to Pagoda, which is 85 feet tall, represent the elements from which Buddhists believe all things are created: earth, water, fire, wind and sky. Above the pagoda is a bronze, nine-ringed sorin, or spire, with gold wind chimes and a water flame.

July 10, 2009

Tom Sawyer Island - Part I

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Tom Sawyer Island (or TSI for short) is billed as a giant-sized playground geared to youngsters. I would like to add it's a wonderful place for photographers. Many interesting and challenging subjects await you to capture, lots of activities for the kids and unique views of Frontierland and Liberty Square.

Tom Sawyer Island is actually two islands separated by a bridge which holds it's own surprise for those walking over it. The map below shows all the trails and activities to explore.

Map of Tom Sawyer Island greets guests arriving to explore it's secrets in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Map of Tom Sawyer Island greets guests arriving to explore it's secrets.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/125s, f/8, 200 ISO, EV 0, 18mm Focal length, Flash used

In this week's Picture This! photo blog, I am going to show you Harper's Mill island. Harper's Mill is a very interesting structure with links to Walt Disney Animation and it's musical heritage. (Thanks to Jack Spence for uncovering these!)

Sign for Harper's Mill on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sign for Harper's Mill on Tom Sawyer Island.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, 200 ISO, EV -0.3, 18mm Focal length

Are you scared of dark, enclosed places? Then you might want to skip going into Injun Joe's Cave though Tom Sawyer tells you he has not been seen lately. For those of you brave enough, there are lots to find from fossils to a lava lighted face. A steady hand is needed when photographing in the cave.

A lighted face in Injun Joe's Cave on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A lighted face found in Injun Joe's Cave.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/4s, f/3.5, 1600 ISO, EV -0.0, 18mm Focal length

Having survived Injun Joe's Cave, you come out on the other side of the island. Going right leads you to the barrel bridge which is great fun when open. I was not so lucky as the bridge was closed for repairs so I headed up the hill where I passed this brook running down to the Rivers of America which surrounds Tom Sawyer Island. When photographing moving water, you either want to freeze it like a crashing wave onto rocks or blur it's movement with a slow shutter speed like for a waterfall.

A brook on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Brook on Tom Sawyer Island using a slow shutter speed.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/5.6, 200 ISO, EV -0.3, 18mm Focal length

Moving on, I came upon Aunt Polly's counter service location. Disney only runs Aunt Polly's during the busiest times of the year and was closed when I was there. There are snacks and drinks via machines, lots of picnic tables to relax on and even some rocking chairs to nap in.

Taking a nap at Aunt Polly's on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Nap time at Aunt Polly's on Tom Sawyer Island.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/20, 200 ISO, EV -0.3, 44mm Focal length

From Aunt Polly's you can view Liberty Square's Haunted Mansion in all it's spooky glory. Being in such a peaceful place away from the crowds, I was able to enjoy the many details of the Haunted Mansion and it's theming from the covered queue to the bat shaped wind vanes (doubling as lighting rods) on the roof.

The Haunted Mansion from Aunt Polly's on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Haunted Mansion from Aunt Polly's.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/20, 200 ISO, EV -0.3, 18mm Focal length

Leaving Aunt Polly's I came upon some unfinished work of Tom Sawyer's. A lovely sentiment but I doubt the owner of the fence was none to thrilled with Tom's work.

Tom and Huck's unfinished work on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Some unfinished work by Tom and Huck.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/8, 200 ISO, EV -0.3, 18mm Focal length

This concludes our tour of the first of two islands which make up Tom Sawyer Island. Next week, we'll explore a frontier fort, a mine and another unique view of the Magic Kingdom.

July 11, 2009

Where Have All the Camera Stores Gone?

The latest news to come down the photography and retail pikes is that Ritz Camera Centers, Inc which consists of Ritz Camera, Wolf Camera, Inkley's, Kits Camera, Dean's Photo, Cameras West, and Camera World may close their doors forever in as little as two weeks.

What happened? This past February the privately owned company filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. Half of the camera shops were picked up by a liquidation company while Boater's World, a marine specialty shop (which was strangely housed under the same roof) was completely sold off.

How did it get this bad? Some blame the recession while others blame the new digital age. If you were to ask former sales associates, they would tell you there's a long list of reasons including a large drop in photo finishing, a huge variety of merchandise the company bought that didn't fit in with a photography store and therefore didn't sell, a spike in Internet sales including RitzCamera.com, and yes, the recession.

Why does the potential closing of the remaining 400 stores matter? The chain, owned by David Ritz was previously run by his father Edward and his uncle. At one point there were nearly 1,000 stores nationwide including Hawai'i. These shops prided themselves on quality prints completed in an average of one hour. Multi-million dollar lab equipment was constantly maintained and inspected. The lab and sales associates were often photographers themselves or photography students and enthusiasts who enjoyed sharing their knowledge and passion with customers. Those are qualities you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else except pro shops and privately owned mini-labs and camera stores.

The Washington Post reports that on July 7, 2009, Ritz Camera Centers,Inc filed court papers asking for an auction of the remaining stores. A hearing on the bidding is scheduled for July 10th in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware. The auction is set to take place on July 20th and they seek to finalize the transaction on or before July 23rd.

How this chain of events affects you, the customer.

If the remaining stores are sold to liquidators as the previously disposed stores were run by Great American Group, all new sales are final. Previously purchased items cannot be returned. This may also be true if the stores are sold to a bidder who intends to keep the business going. Allegedly, David Ritz has financial backers and will attempt to buy part or all of what's left of the stores and merchandise at the public auction.

Did you purchase an extended service plan? The return policy on those is 30 days. This means if you want to get your money back for the service plan, you'd need to do so before the company sells off its stores and remember, they are going up for auction on July 20th.

Do you have prints, videos, repaired cameras, canvases, posters, books, etc to pick up? Go get them now. Liquidators aren't responsible for any previously placed orders and have the option to dispose of them.

Who can you call if you have questions?
301-419-0000 is the phone number for the company's headquarters in Beltsville, Maryland. Office hours are 8am-5pm EST Monday thru Friday

I do urge you to print your pictures ASAP because as I said, most orders are done in an hour. Thank those who taught you how to use your new camera and answered your questions. Thank the men and women who improved upon your photos in the lab. Sadly, thousands more will be unemployed soon like me.

Right Before Your Eyes

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Take my advice and make time to watch Miyuki. She's a well-loved treasure found in the Japan pavillion in EPCOT. Give her the name of any animal and watch her create it out of rice candy. She's absolutely incredible.


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The woman works FAST so have your camera ready to go and set it to a high shutterspeed of 1/125 or 1/250. I'd tell you my settings but I shot this with film.

Check the entertainment schedule when you get to EPCOT or check out Steve Soares' website to plan ahead.

July 12, 2009

Where in the World #94

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #93:
 Where in the World #93

And here's the answer:
Waterwheel at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/250s shutter, f/5.6

Either I stumped you good this week or everyone was having too much fun celebrating the Fourth of July to play. This is the waterwheel at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside. This was the resort I stayed at the very first time I went to Disney World. I stayed in one of the mansions on Magnolia Bend and had the best time. I'd love to stay here again one day.


Wendy, Marina And Madison Crober were the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to the Crober family and the other two readers who got the answer right: Anne Hainsworth and Sarah Haas. Each of you will be entered in the July winners' drawing.

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Challenge #94: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #94

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 16, 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!

July 14, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week: Tomorrowland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This photo of Stitch's Great Escape! all lit up in neon is an example of waiting for the right light. Us, photographers, should always keep tabs on when the sun will rise and set. I have a handy iPhone app which I use and there's lots of websites you can reference for this information. For this photo, my Disney Pic of the Week on Tomorrowland, I was watching both my watch and the sky waiting for the time the sky and the neon light would balance.

Stitch's Great Escape shows the neon used throughout Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Stitch's Great Escape shows the neon used throughout Tomorrowland.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/13s, f/3.5, ISO 640, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal Length

Come back on Thursday and Saturday to see Tomorrowland photos from my blogmates, Barrie and Lisa.

July 15, 2009

Commom Icons and Settings

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Regardless of whether you shoot film or digitaly, point and shoot cameras have simplified features. In an effort to help you take better pictures and to stear folks away from only using the Auto mode, settings such as Portrait, Sports, and Landscape can be selected with the touch of a button or spin of the wheel.

You'll also find some of the same settings on SLRs no matter if they're digital or 35mm.

Features have grown immensely in digital cameras but the same thinking and design still appllies. Icons serve as the easy way to tell the camera what tyoe of photo you want to take without manually set the shutterspeed, aperature/f-stop or film speed. While not every camera on the market would allow you change the aperature and such, more and more do.

The most commonly found modes are:

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Portrait - When your subject such as your child has stopped moving and you want a head and shoulders shot. The camera may automatically turn on face detection to help it focus on his/her face. The camera adjusts the aperature so the background is out of focus and the person is sharp. It will also set the ISO (film speed) and shutterspeed according to the amount of light it reads.

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Sports - Outdoor, daylight sporting events benefit from this mode. The camera knows that your shooting something that's moving quickly such as someone running bases or chasing a ball. Your camera will increase the shutterspeed in an attempt to freeze the action. The aperature and ISO selected will again depend upon the lighting situation.

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Landscape - General scenic images will come out better by using this setting. Here, the camera will after the aperature by closing it down to make the entire image focused. Once again, lighting dictates ISO and shutterspeed.

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Closeup/Macro - Use this setting when photographing things that are small and detailed such as flowers, jewelry, inscriptions, coins, etc... Each camera lens has a set distance it can be from what you're photographing. It's not necessary to memorize it as your camera simply won't focus if it's too close.

Next week I'll go over the vast array of settings and icons found only on today's digital cameras.

Icons © Nikon. Used for educational purposes.

July 16, 2009

Paging Mr. Tom Morrow

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

My contribution for our Tomorrowland themed Pic of the Week is of Innoventions in Disneyland. This building once housed Carousel of Progress which is now performing at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.


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Canon EOS A2, Canon 28-90mm USM, Fujifilm Pro 400

July 17, 2009

Tom Sawyer Island - Part 2

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Entrance sign to Fort Langhorn on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Entrance sign to Fort Langhorn on Tom Sawyer Island.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, 0 EV, 18mm Focal length, Tripod

Continuing on with our tour of Tom Sawyer Island, this week we'll explore the Fort Langhorn island. Fort Langhorn is a re-creation of a frontier fort found around the time of Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens). It used to be called Fort Sam Clemens. The name was changed in 1996 after the release of the Disney movie Tom and Huck, which featured a Fort Langhorn.

Rifle in one of Fort Langhorn's blockhouses on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Rifle in one of Fort Langhorn's blockhouses.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/80s, f/3.5, ISO 200, 0 EV, 18mm Focal length, Tripod

Each corner of Fort Langhorn has blockhouse with rifles at the ready to protect it from opposing forces. If you press the trigger of any of the rifles, you'll hear a gunshot sound. One of those little details Disney is famous for.

Unique view of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad from one of Fort Langhorn's blockhouses on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Unique view of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad from Fort Langhorn.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, -0.3 EV, 40mm Focal length, Tripod

I'm always looking for a way to use framing in my photography and the rifle locations in the blockhouses gives you lots of ways to practice framing and views of the Magic Kingdom you can't get anywhere else.



Fort Langhorn's stables on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Fort Langhorn's stables on Tom Sawyer Island.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/10s, f/3.5, ISO 1250, -0.3 EV, 18mm Focal length, Tripod

Fort Langhorn's stables are filled with details. The horse's tails swish away flys, chickens cluck, and blacksmith tools are at the ready.

Sign outside the entrance to the Mystery Mine in Fort Langhorn on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Sign outside the entrance to the Mystery Mine in Fort Langhorn.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 200, -0.3 EV, 18mm Focal length, Tripod

The Mystery Mine is another one of those dark and enclosed places you may want to avoid. For those of use who don't, there be treasures to be found. I bet even Snow White's dwarf friends would be impressed.

Gems found in the Mystery Mind on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Gems found in the Mystery Mind.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/10s, f/3.5, ISO 1600, -0.3 EV, 18mm Focal length, Tripod

This concludes our tour of Tom Sawyer Island. Next time you're visiting the Magic Kingdom, take the time to hop a raft over and enjoy "a fun place to run and explore and blow off steam". Or, if you are like me, to find new things to photograph at Disney!

July 18, 2009

Sunset in Tomorrowland

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

 Tomorrowland Sillhoette
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/1000s shutter, f8

Here's my Pic of the Week for Tomorrowland. I took this while riding on the TTA one evening. What a lovely ride that was, a perfect time to be in the Magic Kingdom.

July 19, 2009

Where in the World #95

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #94:
 Where in the World #94

And here's the answer:
Lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/6s shutter, f/8, ISO 400

If you guessed the Grand Floridian, then right you are! This giant bird cage sits in the lobby of Disney's ultimate deluxe resort.

Howard Schreiber was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Howard and all the other readers who got the answer right: Debbie Hudson, Jennifer Harmon, Stephanie Visco, Jennifer Snapp, Kirsty Butler, Gina Poulson, Kye Layton, Jane Rochefort, Barbara Meegan, Theresa Rucando, David Tarbet, Bryan Timko, Jennifer S., Chloe, Kendall Huffman, Christie Condit, Evelyn Wilson, Baines Family, Paul Moody, Amanda Campbell, Belicia Dawson, Julie Wickware, Scott Cullen, Krista Penno, Chloe Williams, Ed Aleszczyk, Joanna Snow, Cameron Love, Cindy Hershey, Dawn Bach, Kathryn Hughes, Christine, Megan Krainski, Monica Hatch, Tommy Carty, Derek Carty, Carolynn Gamill, Sherry Klinefelter, Alissa Ammons, Steve Thorpe, Linda Mac, Jill Fogg, Michelle Thompson, Emily Currier, Kristen Gainey, Jim Kayer, Hillary Waldroop, Boris Beckert, Valerie Gugala, Dominic Plavny, Tom Koval, Jeffrey Dunne, Darlene Harmon, Brandon Emerson, Robin Fitts, Karen Adamakis, Nicole, Bill Mckim, Ashley Ryan, David Coates, Brenda Mcguire, Tracy Discher, Donna Currier, Tiago De Oliveira, Dave Cole, Double Family, Irene Kleintop, Ali S., Scott Price, Chuck Sands, Wendy Ip, Barbara Sims, Lisa R, Keirsten Sangster, Sharon Pierce, Clarissa K, Louise Barton, Ivan Barton, Chloe Barton, Madeline Barton, Benjamin Barton, Susan Thompson, Ken Jackson, Karen Nelson, Ana Marlett, Wendy, Marina And Madison Crober, Jennifer Tremley, Ssg, Tina Santacroce, Deb Ragno, Kris Kline, Karen Hotchkiss, Vera Musella, Michelle Mcspadden, Rochelle, April Tucker, Kris Nixon, Kelly Jean Clarkson, Joy Johnston, Anjanette Tournillon, Michelle Roth-smoot, Brian Miller, Michael Gainey, Dylan Weidner, Deb Staples, Walter N Clark, Bruce Arnold, Melissa Littman, Lou Ann Davis, Melissa Hoekzema, Annette Nuenke, Hollie Hinton, Drew Deapo, Tommy Montgomery, Brian Haas, Kristin Frascelli, Jeremy Hardy, Duane Wisniewski, Rick Ivnik, Dawn Burns, Diane C., Kelley J, Angie Young, Brian Gallant, Scott Prewitt, Teresa Cole, Anne Hainsworth, Christopher Hall, Stephanie Servaites, James Greene, Karen Desantis, Dallas Hamilton, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Mike Cerce, Becky Skidmore, Dolores Riccio, Tricia Noble, Alison Rosenberger, Chris G, Noreen Rachuba, Jared Orth, Caroline Dupre, John Dupre, Cara Richards, Caitlin Rush, Tim Rachuba, Megan E., Blossom, Tony, Dwayne Fontenot, Jody Erdfarb, Cathy Skiba, Sandra Edwards, Brooke Stahl, Christina Cella, Kim Watson, Julie Morgan, Marie Phillips, Shiraz, Danusia Rogacki, Travis, Jake Christopher, Cindy Motta, Aubrey Cooper, G Evans, Shannon Brueggemann, Jen Cerce, Katy Robinson, Laura Pranaitis, Tere Given, Donna Brandt, Karen Schlumpf, Michelle Wilinski, Sue Mcdonald, Steven Long, Durant Charleroy, Dale Knight, Jodi K., Angie Schluter, Jessica Marcotte, Tim Johansen, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Carri Marotto, Lynn Barber, Kelly Zanauskas, Jamie Poynton, Kim Steiner, Chris Auckland, Casie, Kendra Galipeau, April Pangburn, Dan Hawkins, Jessica Thompson, Jessica Lingoni, Jen Cox, David And Angela Blevins, Clare Mcculloch, Terry King, Z. Cheven, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Marie Bertini, Debra Soley, Amy Filliben, Jonathan Thomas, Stacy Patterson, Clare C, Charlotte Ohare, Juliet O'hare, Harry Wilson, Kelly, Paula Munson, Debbie Poole, Rob Kowalski, Craig Canady, Mike Thomson, Paula Massarelli, Nicole Thompson, Paul Amico, Amy Schweizer, Jeff Brashear, Shane Stack, Ashley Pizzino, Kendra Hettel, Barb Decina, Joshua Swainston, George Enell, Nancy Cole, Todd Ritter, Mark Swayze, Jennifer Horst, Nicole Lopresti, Danielle Murgia, Dana Hall, Debbie Desimone, Vanessa Gordon, Jackie Callanan, Laney Wood, Jen Cerce, Jennifer Bogdan, Melissa Tabone, Mike Kaczanowski, Alicia Henderson, Margot Garofalo, Joan Delli Carpini, Katie Whitehurst, Bill Daniel, Karen Klein, Susan Jackson, Mike Parramore, Heather Pedulla, Margaret West, Mary Lou Lutri, Emily Nussbaum, Liz Moreau, Sharon Poinsett, Jeff Blank, Christi, Scott Otis, Eileen Monaghan, Lisa Honard, Chip Vermette, Terri Thornton, Angie Winter, Bruce Dormuth, Cheryl Costello, Amber Keen, Jill Saxe, Heather Coursen, Barclay Bakkum, Bethany Mattiuz-king, Sabrina Mcdonnell, Chris Moore, Bruce Lawson, Allison Dibiase, Tom Higbee, Al Desimone, Janine Currie, Jr Johnson, Catherine Chiarello, Katie Fry, Michelle Faustino, Katarina Whitmarsh, Todd Lane, Michelle B., Collette Beuther, Kathy Love, John Wolff, Linda Abbate, Theresa Maradei, Steve Dolan, Berry Morris, Jennifer Mcneill, Ginny Fazio, Erin Kubicki, Chris Forner, Lauri Phillips, Doug Brigger, Priscilla Sayward, Dave Carriere, Jorge Caso, Katie Olson, Aj Perras, Allison Lowry, and Kala Bieniek. Each of you were entered in the July winners' drawing.

It's time for the monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Jeffrey Dunne ! Congratulations Jeffrey, 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 #95: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #95

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 23, 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!

July 21, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week - Africa

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

I bless the rains down in Africa. I bless the rains. I bless the rains down in Africa. Do do doo. Wait, I'm getting word from Scott that this week's Disney Pic of the Week is not about Toto's song. It's about the Africa portion of Disney's Animal Kingdom. I wish he and Barrie were more specific when they list weekly themes. Watch, I bet they won't let me use a photo of David Copperfield's house for Magic Kingdom week.

Last year at MouseFest, AllEars.Net hosted a meet a Harambe Fort. While we were there Baloo and King Louie came back and forth between their meet and greet location and backstage. On one such walk, King Louie was skeptical of Jack Spence and that he might try to steal some food.


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Canon EOS 30D, Canon 17-40mm L IS, f8, 1/125, ISO 400

July 22, 2009

Icons and Settings: The New Breed

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Last week I went over the most commonly found species of camera settings and their accompaning icons. This time I'll navigate you through those found in the deep dark jungles of digital point and shoots and in alphabetical order no less!. Get your penlights ready.

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Backlighting - When your subject is standing in front of a window or the sun (on Earth), use this setting. The camera will force the flash to go off thus illuminating the person properly rather than them becoming a silhouette or their face being extremely dark.

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Beach/Snow - Snow and sand are highly reflective and can fool a camera into thinking the scene is far brighter than it is. Here the camera will close down it's aperature to prevent overexposure and washed out highlights.

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Dusk/Dawn - Sun down or sun up, the amount of light available is low although pretty. The camera will slow down the shutterspeed to allow more light through the lens. This means your camera should be steadied on a tripod or flat surface. The camera will also adjust the aperature for depth of field. Sunrise, sunset....sunrise, sunset...

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Fireworks - This setting acts the same way that the Dusk/Dawn setting works. Be sure you have a tripod to avoid blurred images or Barrie might cry.

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Museum - Museums including those with displays come to life after hours, don't allow flash photography in most instances. By using this setting, although indoors, the flash is turned off thus requiring as much available light as possible. Many cameras use BSS (Best Shot Selector) and rapidly take a series of photos, keeping the best exposure.

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Night Landscape - Have a tripod with you or use a sturdy flat surface as once again camera shake ruins a long exposure. To get a great night landscape the camera needs to shoot at a very slow speed and set the aperature to infinity. The flash will not fire because the city is more than 8 feet away.


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Night Portrait - Got your tripod? Taking photos of someone in the dark? The camera will use a long exposure to compensate for the background and fire the flash to illuminate your kid/parent/friend/sibling/arch enemy.

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Party/Indoor Snapshot - Birthday parties, wedding receptions, and surprise attacks on Grandma are just a few of the times you'll want to use the Party setting. Your camera will use the flash along with red eye reduction and shoot at a slightly lower speed so try not to move.

July 23, 2009

Queen of the Jungle

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

 Lioness on Kilimanjaro African Safari
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/250s shutter, f8

Usually when I take the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, I am lucky if I get a small glimpse of one of the lions. You can imagine how great it was to turn the corner and see this beauty lounging on the rock. She's my Pic of the Week for Africa.

July 24, 2009

Back to the Future

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I know, that is not a title to a Disney movie but Meet the Robinsons really did not fit for this article (see, I got a Disney movie reference in anyway!).

It's been over two years since I took the photo of Cinderella Castle from the Tomorrowland Transit Authority and it's still one of my favorites. It's one of the first photos I shared here on the AllEars.net Picture This! blog. Even before Lisa came on board to help out Barrie and I. As much as I like this photo, I always thought the colors looked faded and there was too much clutter in the foreground and to both sides.

Original photo of Cinderella Castle at dusk in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Original Photo of Cinderella Castle at Dusk.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/8, 400 ISO, EV -0.3, 80mm Focal length

Over this time, I have learned a lot about digital photo processing. I am sure you have or will do the same. It's a good exercise to return to some of your older work and look at it from the prospective of your new knowledege of post-processing. This is what I did with this photo.

Using Apple's Aperture 2 software, I first cropped it to eliminate what I considered clutter. In doing so I found I liked a portrait (more vertical) composition than the original landscape (horizontal) one. I, then, started to select different areas of the sky with the color dropper selection tool and enhanced them making them more vibrant. Your software may have a different way of doing this so consult the manual. I had to remove some sensor spots (I had not learned how to clean my camera's sensor yet) and adjusted the exposure to eliminate any overexposed areas. Lastly, I applied sharpening to clean up the edges. The result you see below.

Adjusted photo of Cinderella Castle at dusk in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Adjusted Photo of Cinderella Castle at Dusk.

When you are not able to go and create new images, look back at your photo archives and "see" the future. It's a lot of fun and a good way to learn the capabilities of your photo editing software.

July 25, 2009

JORODI Masks

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Jorodi Masks and Beads display outside of The Tusker House in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Jorodi Masks and Beads.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/80s, f/4.5, 200 ISO, +0.3 EV, 24mm Focal Length

Waiting to enter the Tusker House restaurant for lunch, I spyed these JORODI Masks and Beads adding to the atmosphere of the restaurant and making an excellent Disney Pic of the Week in Africa.

July 26, 2009

Where in the World #96

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #95:
 Where in the World #95

And here's the answer:
Hallowishes Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 2.4s shutter, f/11

Ok, that was an easy one! The Partners statue in front of Cinderella's Castle is a pretty recognizable image. This was taken during Hallowishes at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

As promised, I updated last week's challenge to include the weekly winners, as well as the monthly winner. Here is a link to that post in case you want to see the names.

Theresa Rucando was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Theresa and all the other readers who got the answer right: Stephanie Visco, Sharon Pierce, Kelli Olthoff, John Lacasse, Julie Wickware, Valerie Gugala, John Agnew, Jen Cerce, Robert Anderson, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, Michelle Raimist, Laurie, Karen Adamakis, Neil Taylor, Shannon Milair, Susan Pitts, Megan Krainski, Clarissa K, Cathy Skiba, Kathy Slomka, Cara Richards, Tim Johansen, Brian Gallant, Joy Johnston, Jaime Thomson, Dave Card, Stacey Amanda Wilson, Debbie Hudson, Erin Kubicki, Chris Masse, Mary Beth Tarbet, Linda Mac, Heather Young, Barbara Sims, Jacquelyn Law, Alan Law, Jennifer Harmon, Steven Long, Mike, Louise Barton, Sherry Klinefelter, Austin Oblenis, Jane Slee, Amy Rupp, Janet Chocky, Sandra Shaw, Matt Cofone, Vera Musella, Darlene Harmon, Monica, Alicia Roth, Clarence Diggles, David Coates, Teri Jo Fuson, Derek Carty, Jeffrey Dunne, Mary Brennan, Joanne O'brien, Amanda Marie Penhale, Marc Acosta, Kim, Cameron Love, Ramona, Lauri Phillips, Jaclyn Koller, Diane C., Deb Ragno, Jocelyn L., Evelyn Wilson, Rich Esker, Jeremy Hardy, Kendall Huffman, Kirsty Butler, Dylan Weidner, Jamie Difatta, Craig Canady, Jennifer Tremley, Sue Mcdonald, Matthew Brisbin, Chloe Williams, Sherry Trapp, Leah Nan Broussard, Mary Virginia Bartlett, Nancy Cole, Amie Mumpower, Gloria Martin, Joanna Snow, Tracy Discher, Robert Mcclean, Holley Blyler, Marc Lorenzo, Jennifer Horst, Harry Wilson, Kris Nixon, Chris J, Stephen Bieniek, Christine Dagney, Kristen Baustert, Maryann Eckenrode , Christy Gonzalez, Danusia Rogacki, Angie Young, Jeremy Coto, Dale Knight, Jared Orth, Courtney Crowe, Michelle Mcknight, Travis Grim, Bob Hendrix, Dwayne Fontenot, Emily Currier, Trish Babler, Heather Canevari, Devin Wisman, Laura Walker, Stephanie Servaites, Karen Hotchkiss, Sarah Haas, Ssg, Kris Kline, Brooke Stahl, Walter N Clark, Ken Jackson, Heidi Summers, Irene Kleintop, Denise Cayz , Rick Ivnik, Melesia Love, Wendy Ip, Karen Nelson, Kim Meyer, Leigh Mertz, Doug Mcknight, Brenda Mcguire, Tammie, Michael Gainey, Kristin Frascelli, Kelly, Mia W., Boris Beckert, Heather Baker, Suzanne Kennedy, Alicia Henderson, Angela Fennell, Mark Franklin, Mark Franklin, Robbie Olmedo, Ashley Pizzino, Michelle Mcspadden, Diane Ramos, Michelle Thompson, Chris Connors, Paula Munson, Christina Cella, April Ramey, Paul Knott, Chris Moore, Lee Anastasi, Michael U, Tim Rachuba, Damon Carter, Diana Fitzgerald, Christie Condit, Nick Straka, Kameo Crea, Double Family, Jeanine, Louise Maxwell, Jessica Folan, Ian Falk, Caitlin Burns, Bryan Timko, Aruna, Carri Marotto, Curtis Bille, Tina Santacroce, Bob Patterson, Pam Aug, Jessica Thompson, Christopher Hall, Paul Murray, Brittany Irish, Tom Hermes, Elizabeth, Rick Hemsley, Stephen Martin, Jaclyn Kelch, Gina Poulson, David And Angela Blevins, Sarah Connors, Erin Austin, Chris Miller, Brian Miller, Nancie, Jeff Brashear, Mike Mclucas, James Steele, Todd Ritter, Jackson Hart, Meagan Jarmuz, Chris G, Jerry Marceau, Stefanie Vandiver, Gabriella Rizzo, Jake Christopher, Kali Murry, Mike Venere, Rachel F., Paul Ignudo, Jr., Jodi K., Ginger E, Liz Weiter, Alison, Callum Lukey, Mary Tackett, Dana Grandinetti, Aj Perras, Lynn Barber, Shane Stack, Dan Diehm, Linda Abbate, Kelly Zanausaks, Mike Kaczanowski, Michael Fess, Kelley H, James Greene, Denise Owen, Samantha Levine, Loretta Vaughan, Karen Kristoff, Becky Norman, Jim, Kayla Anulies, Peggy Saeger, Jeremy Reichelt, Diana Mathis, Paula Bender, Brandon Joyce, Mike Bidwell, Debra Soley, Lisar, Danielle Aston, Hailey Sult, Amber Keen , Cindy Hershey, Debra Moscara, Anne Hainsworth, Douglas Beasock, Kirsten Stark, Jackie Purcell, Cari-ann, Matthew Jadro, Kimberly Kusser, Diane Furtado, Sharon Dale, Janice West, Brian Yesutis, Mike Malampy, Melissa Littman, Phil Vickers, Laura Pranaitis, Mike Gillardi, Misty Mehelic, Nicole Thompson, Gregg Mcglasson, Kelly Taylor, Terrie Collins, Jim Finley, Sandra Wieand, Berry Morris, Renato J Meneghello (sao Paulo, Brazil), Randy Emmons, Kristin Martin, Stuart Hale, Bruce Lawson, Mary Dannahey, Sherry White, Amy Schweizer, Linda Scrivano, Bill Fox, Kristen Mccoy, Donna Brandt, Steve Pocopanni, Melissa Rebelo, Samantha Holmgren, Theresa Maradei, Laney, Heidi Goodhue, Diane Peters, Liz Moreau, Dan Owens, Robert Bostic, Lauri Carr, Tom &Susan Linder, Mike O'brien, Allyson, Heather Mcfall, Margaret West, Sharon Leitgeb, Merrie Tesh, Jaron Goldberg, Luis Rodriguez, Maurice, Stacy L., Kelly Simms, Robina Rutherford, Carrie, Kathryn Hughes, Barclay Bakkum, Chris Forner, Thomas Higbee, Kristin Dormuth, Kate Fanning, Noreen Rachuba, Margaret Cerny, Georgette Mcevoy, Allison Dibiase, Candy Grasty, Lorna Goodnoh, Jennifer Bogdan, Nathan Andrews, Steve Knapp, Theresa Peake, Scott Olsen, Beth Seaver, Tracey Baird, Peter Skingle, Jerry Born, Maryann Daly, Dan Potts, Joseph M. Zafia, Ana Marlett, Tere Given, Julie Loiselle, Emily Dagney, Andrew Nicholson, Bunny Fabian, Bunny Fabian, Kristen Gainey, Nicole Lopresti, Lisa M Kaffenberger, Stacey Barboza, Spring Smith, Rebecca Smith, Laura Asplund, Leigh Hart, Sandy Kanigowski, Dave Kanigowski, Annette Nuenke, Meghan Parham, Ashley Deitchler, Katarina Whitmarsh, Todd Lane, Karen, Caitlin Rush, Betsey Whitehead, Chris Pirkl, James Berry, Kathy Berry, and Joan Mcquitty. Each of you will be entered in the August winners' drawing.


It's that time again, when I take a summer vacation, which means that the Where in the World Challenge is taking a vacation as well. It's just for two weeks though. I'll be back on August 16 with a new challenge for you. That means that you'll have more time to figure out this week's challenge so I am going to make a little more, well, challenging. Good luck everyone! See you all on the 16th.
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Challenge #96: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #96

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

July 28, 2009

Disney Pics of the Week - Swimming Pools

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

With summer kicking into high gear, Scott and Lisa and I thought it might be nice to show you some of Disney's swimming pools. As I type this, the temperature in Oregon (where I live) is creeping up to the 100 degree mark. What I wouldn't give to jump into one of the many refreshing pools at Walt Disney World!

 Stormalong Bay at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 4s shutter, f8

Surprise, surprise, my Pic of the Week is a night shot. Imagine that! I hope you all don't get tired of these. This is Stormalong Bay at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. It is, hands down, the best resort pool on property.

July 29, 2009

Follow-up to Where Have All the Camera Stores Gone?

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

I previously posted a blog regarding Ritz Camera stores imprending auction.

Reuters reported on July 21st that the auction of remaining Ritz Camera stores lasted roughly 24 hours beginning on July 20th. In the end, David Ritz, CEO of Ritz Camera Centers, Inc along with financial backers collectively set up as RCI Acquisition LLC won with a bid of $33.1 million.

They are stating that they will keep at least 163 of the 375 stores still operating. Lease contracts and fees will no doubt determine which stores close. Business will continue as usual under the name Ritz Camera & Imaging, a name that employees were told to use when answering the phone, earlier in the year.

Law360 reports that creditors such as Canon USA filed an objection to Ritz Camera Centers, Inc asset sale to RCI Acquisition LLC.

Ritz Camera Centers, Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February of this year. In April, the company jet was grounded by court order as reported by Bloomberg and the Loundon Times.

July 30, 2009

Bowling Alley Swim

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Bowling Pin Pool at the Pop Century Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Pop Century resort's Bowling themed pool.
Nikon D70/18-70G, 1/60s, f/4, 200 ISO, +0.3 EV, 18mm Focal Length

While many of my fellow guests were still sleeping, I got up early while staying at the Pop Century resort to take advantage of the cool morning light. As an avid bowler, I took great joy in finding the Bowling themed pool of the 1950's Classic Years area and makes for my Disney Pic of the Week on Swimming Pools.

July 31, 2009

MagicMeets Auction Print Preparation

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

One of the great events at each year's MagicMeets is the silent auction for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America. This auction is run by Lou Mongello's Dream Team Project volunteers and features hundreds of items for people to bid on. So far the auctions have raised $32,000 for Make-A-Wish. It's a beautiful way to share the Disney spirit!

Last year I was asked to donate something and I chose a professionally framed 16x20 inch print from one of my Animal Kingdom photos. This year I am again donating a framed print. A replica you can see below. This is a photo you may have seen here before as I used it when I talked about using tripods at Walt Disney World earlier this year.

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Replica of framed Twilight Zone Tower of Terror print.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 25s, f/18, 200 ISO, EV +0.3, 80mm Focal length

When you decide to make a print of one of your digital images, you have to process it a bit differently than if you were going to display it in a digital frame or on the Internet. For instance, you must sharpen it differently and more aggressively. Have in mind the size you want to print it at and crop accordingly. For the Tower of Terror photo, I knew I was going to print it at 16x20 so I cropped it for an 8x10 (which is the same ratio as a 16x20). Set the DPI (dots per inch) at a minimum of 300. The human eye can not tell the difference beyond 300 DPI. As a comparison, most web images are at 72 DPI which create much smaller file sizes and load faster on our screens.

If you want to make sure what you see on your screen is what you'll see come out on your printer you should color calibrate both the computer's display screen and printer. You should check out your software's manual and supporting websites to get specific information regarding preparing your images for printing.

I use an online printer who color corrects and sharpens as needed before printing. For this year's auction print, I chose to use Kodak Professional Endura Metallic paper which is supposed to produce a striking, three-dimensional-like image. I'll let you know! I will have a local professional frame shop do the framing. What's nice about working with a local frame shop is you can bring the print in and match it up with a sample of hundreds of framing materials to find just the right one for the photo.

For those of you attending next week's MagicMeets, I'll be around photographing and helping out at the AllEars.net booth. Stop by and say "Hi!".

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