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September 1, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week - United Kingdom

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Welcome to the United Kingdom, chaps. We have plenty to offer our visitors. Why we have a pub where you can enjoy some bangers and mash or fish & chips. I must say, the ale is kept cold for you, the tourist. We Brits normally drink ours at room temperature. Step lightly into our fine shoppes for children's toys, football shirts, tea, and perfume. Around the back you'll discover different types of architecture and a group of mop tops singing in the gazebo. We have something for everyone, even the punks from Kings Road and Carnaby Street.

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With all that the UK has to offer visually you might wonder why I'm using this photo of candy bars. I'll tell you. When I was a kid my family and I visited London several times to see my dad's best friend. One of the things I loved was that their ice cream cones were served with a Cadbury Flake in them. My brother and I thought this was phoenominal. Although this shot doesn't include them, it reminds me of those trips and that my friend, is sweet.

September 2, 2009

Photo Album - Off Kilter

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

This week I open up my photo album to share a few photos.

A trip to Epcot just isn't complete without seeing Off Kilter rock the stage. They have legions of fans who watch every show they can manage. If you've yet to experience the bagpipe blowin', guitar riffin', Celtic-rock quintet then you're missing out on awesome music and fun for the whole family.

You'll find Off Kilter donning kilts on the stage beside the Canada Pavillion several days a week. Check the Entertainment Guide for days and times.

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Tony Escapa is the band's keyboardist.


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The band got a kick out of John Ball who was rockin' out during the concert and invited him up onstage.


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Randy Holbrook, lead guitarist


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Jamie Holton is the lead singer and piper.

September 4, 2009

Five Great Photography Websites

What? Summer is over? The kids are back (or soon will be) in school. Labor Day is Monday. And, my blog vacation is over. In reflecting on all that I know many of you will start and/or return to exploring photography. I thought I'd help you out by giving you Five Great Photography Websites I visit frequently each week and why:

1. Digital Photography School - this website contains tutorials, equipment and software reviews, how-to's on taking photographs to post-processing, inspirational photo essays and hosts a wonderful community of photographers of all levels of experience.

2. The Pioneer Women: Photography - Looking for a fun way to learn about photography? This is the place. Ree is wonderful at taking any photography concept and easily explaining it in her Texas Down-to-Earth way. Some people might be interested in other parts of her website, too.

3. Photofocus - Scott Bourne is an accomplished professional photographer who has a mix of inspirational and equipment geek posts to satisfy both the right and left side of a photographer's brain.

4. Your Photo Tips - weekly and monthly postings showing some of the best photography found around the Internet along with monthly book reviews and photography tips.

5. Ken Rockwell - Ken Rockwell is a bit controversial mainly because he is a working photographer and doesn't have time to mince words. He is independent and says it the way he sees it. I find that refreshing and the guy knows his stuff. Want to know something about a Canon or Nikon camera? Ken's website is the place to go.

These five sites will give you plenty of reading and inspiration to go out and photograph the coming fall season and your next trip to a Disney resort or themepark!

September 5, 2009

Rose & Crown Pub

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Rose and Crown PUb in the United Kingdom pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Rose and Crown PUb in the United Kingdom pavilion.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/160s, f/6.3, 200 ISO, +0.3 EV, 18mm Focal Length

With it's warm and cozy indoor pub and dining area to it's sought after outdoor seating to view Illuminations in the evening the Rose and Crown Pub is a favorite of many Walt Disney World fans. For me, the extra charm is the cast members from England who serve the wonderful English food, ales and beer. Hope you enjoyed my Disney Pic of the Week on the United Kingdom.

September 6, 2009

Where in the World #100

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #99:
 Where in the World #99

And here's the answer:
Canada's Rocky Mountain Waterfalls in Epcot
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/15s shutter, f/22

It's very hard to see because this photo is so small, but if you look closely where the smaller falls on the right pools on the rock, you will see the hiking boot floating in the pool. (You can see a larger version by clicking on the photo.) The first time I noticed this boot was a few years back. At that time a boot was on one of the ledges, but not in the water. Since then, I have always looked for it whenever I walk through the Canada pavilion at Epcot. Finally, I saw it again this past April.

Kathleen Harmon was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Kathleen and all the other readers who got the answer right: Shannon Brueggemann, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, Ken Maikowski, Jennifer Tremley, Mark Brown, Alicia Henderson, Lisa Mccormack, Chris Miller, Sharon Lee, Kelly H and Larry Whiteman III. Each of you will be entered in the September winners' drawing.

Wow, I can hardly believe we are at Challenge #100! Where did the time go?
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Challenge #100: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #100

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

September 8, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week - Cast Members

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Once again, we are showcasing Disney Cast Members on Pic of the Week. It's the Cast Members who make all the magic happen and therefore we felt it was only fitting that we should show them some love again. We only wish we had room to include all their photos!

Cast Member from Kilimanjaro Safari
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, .0099s shutter, f5, ISO 640

Last September, my friend Linda and I had a great time on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom. It was near the end of the day and not many people were in the queue so we were able to walk on three times in a row. This is Michael, the driver of the second truck we rode giving us a thumbs up for beating him to the station. I took this photo from the back of the third truck that we rode - that's just how empty the queue was!

September 9, 2009

Get Your Camera Manuals Here

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

First, I have to give credit where credit is due. I asked my AllEars teammate Erin Blackwell for blog ideas and where to find manuals was one of them. Thank you Erin, Queen of Menus.

Can't find the manual that came with your camera? Search no more. I have compiled a list of where you can download and/or purchase them.

AllEars does not support or promote any of the following businesses. All links have been marked safe by McAfee SiteAdvisor.

Direct from the Manufacturer

Canon

Casio

Fujifilm

Kodak

Konica Minolta

Nikon

Olympus

Pentax

Ricoh

Sony


Retailers and Private Sellers

R.G. Lewis

Manuals for All

Xtra-range

Vintage Camera Manuals

Digital SLR Camera Manuals


October 18th marks the annual CHOC/Disneyland Walk in the Park, a fundraiser for Children's Hospital of Orange County. I'll be taking part for the third time in this fantastic fundraiser. CHOC treats every patient regardless of the family's ability to pay. These are kids who may require regular treatment, testing, and medication. Please consider supporting me as I walk. Any amount you can contribute makes a difference. Thank you. Click here to donate. If you'd like to walk and join my friends and I, select Team Fairy Godmothers when you sign-up and then drop me a note.

September 10, 2009

Raft Pilot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Cast Member Anthony pilots a raft from Tom Sawyer Island back to the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Cast Member Anthony pilots a raft from Tom Sawyer Island back to the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/500s, f/8, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 18mm Focal Length

There's only one way to get over to Tom Sawyer Island which is by free floating motorized rafts piloted by Cast Members trained to handle the tricky watercraft. On my last trip, Cast Member Andy was the very capable pilot who took me back to the Magic Kingdom dock and is my Disney Pic of the Week on Cast Members.

September 11, 2009

Emotions in Our Photos

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last week I gave you some of my favorite photography links, this week I want to talk about one of those links. Photofocus by photography Scott Bourne wrote an article entitled, "10 Ways to Know You Made a Good Picture". Most of them I have talked about here before like exposure, light, backgrounds, composition and some others.

Then I came upon number 7: Emotion. The photograph should evoke some emotion. Any emotion will do. But really good photographs cause an emotional reaction. When I am looking at photos by other photographers on flickr and Disney and photography forums, the ones that grab me have always evoked some sort of emotion. Many times it's "Wow! Wish I had taken that!". Others makes me smile, laugh, wonder, empathize, envy, mad, sad and a host of other emotions.

The photo I choose below of the two young princesses posing for a photograph for their parents in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, gave me two kinds of emotions. The first was when I took the photo. The girls looked so cute and I could not help but smile. Later, when I pulled the photo up on my computer, I laughed at their styling royal footwear. Just perfect for a day in a Magic Kingdom.

Two young princesses sporting the latest in royal footwear in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Two young princesses sporting the latest in royal footwear posing for a photo in front of Cinderella Castle.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 112mm Focal Length

Take a minute to read over Scott Bourne's article and try to keep them in mind as you are photographing not just at a Disney themepark but anytime.

Where in the World #101

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #100:
 Where in the World #100

And here's the answer:
Min and Bill's Dockside Diner
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, .0015s shutter, f/8

This tramp steamer, the S.S. Down the Hatch, houses Min and Bill's Dockside Diner in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Back in June, Jack Spence wrote a wonderful blog about the Dockside Diner. Given how many of you got this right, I bet a lot of you already saw it. If not, be sure to check it out for some interesting facts about this unusual eatery.

Louise Barton was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Louise and all the other readers who got the answer right: Chris Masse, Douglas Mcknight, Christine Holzman, Sharon Pierce, Jennifer Harmon, Belicia Dawson, Evelyn Wilson, Paula Massarelli, Scott Cullen, Jodi Cook, Robert Anderson , Berry Morris, Leslie Dameron, Michelle Raimist, Dave Cole, Brian Yesutis, Jaclyn Koller, Elizabeth Macgregor, Emily Currier, Mike Thomson, Marc Acosta, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Sharon Dale, Jennifer Kaufman, Neil Taylor, Denise Owen, Shannon Brueggemann, Ken Maikowski, Peggy Saeger, Monica Hatch, Stanley J Zajchowski, Amy Filliben, Jane Bradley, Deb Ragno, Michael Pyle, Kristen Mccoy, Misty Mehelic, Jennifer Tremley, Diane Ramos, Jerry Weldon, Hillary Waldroop, Melea Broekers, Teri Jo Fuson, Joann Albrecht, Christie Condit, Cassady Fudali, Debra Soley, Craig Canady, Amanda Campbell, Elizabeth &Anthony Collins, Anjanette Tournillon, Amanda Perkins, Michael Gainey, Mike Malampy, Scott Otis, Brian Haas, Sue Thompson, Chris J, Emma Ford, Ed Aleszczyk, Kris Nixon, Michelle Mcspadden, Donna Currier, Jen Cox, Lee Anastasi, Elizabeth, Matt Degrandis, Chris And Alison, Chloe, Nick Straka, Ellie Argaluza, Danielle Murgia, Penny, Bonnie Ford, Jay Bradford, James Greene, Kelly H, Karen Dresser-smith, David Wickware, Robert P. Flaherty, Keith Burwell, Tim Rachuba, Lisa Hoffman, Eric Hoffman, Sarah Smee, Leigh Mertz, Anne Hainsworth, Chris Miller, Jim, Christopher Hall, Wendy Snelgrove, Jeremy Reichelt, Blake Schmidt, Jake Christopher, Jim Finley, Kristen Gainey, Brian Gallant, Debbie Desimone, Bruce Arnold, Jamie Poynton, Liz Moreau, Tim Johansen, Melissa Kuehnle, Heather Coursen, Noreen Rachuba, Roye Ann Morris, Gary E Genteman, Joe S., Ssg, Sheila Saey, Mike Walter, Bryan Blochberger, Amanda Ober, Julie Fahrner, James Hickey, Christopher Barnes, Darrell Shortt, Alicia Henderson, Caroline Dupre, Lori Rienhardt, Karen Klein, Heidi Summers, Jen Cerce, Kevin Toomey, Alissa Ammons and Lynn Barber. Each of you will be entered in the September winners' drawing.
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Challenge #101: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #101

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

September 12, 2009

November Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer


This shot of Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom was taken from the seating area of Flame Tree BBQ. It was a postcard perfect day!


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.

November 2009 8.5x11 Calendar


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

November 2009 Jewel Case Calendar

Since 1960

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

In a world where companies have a high employee turnover rate it's refreshing to find someone who's been working at his/her job for decades. Meet Disneyland Cast Member, Rich, who's been a friendly face in the park since 1960. The day I met Rich he was stationed at Casey Jr. Circus Train. It was his gold ring with Mickey Mouse on it that caught my eye and thus started our conversation. Rich said there is only one other CM who has been at Disneyland longer and that's Chef Oscar at Carnation Cafe.


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Canon EOS 30D, Canon 28-135 USM, f8, 1/250, ISO 400


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My entry for our Disney Pic of the Week - Cast Members

September 15, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week: Dinoland USA

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Dinoland USA in Disney's Animal Kingdom features a brightly colored road-side attraction called Chester & Hester's Dino-rama with a large yellow dinosaur to entice those drive by customers to stop in. If you haven't guessed by now, this week's Disney Pic of the Week is on Dinoland USA. Barry and Lisa will be posting their favorites from Diggs County on Thursday and Saturday this week.

Dinoland USA in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A large yellow dinosaur overlooking Dinoland USA in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 40mm Focal Length

September 16, 2009

Rock the Night Away

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Who doesn't love a live concert! Something that Disneyland does extremely well is to bring in local bands to perform in Tomorrowland. They all cover popular songs that you've heard on the radio since the dawn of rock 'n roll. Each band has their own set of fans and you'll find them along with everyone else dancing and singing along.

Have you ever tried to photograph a concert with a point and shoot camera? It's not very easy because the lens doesn't focus fast enough and there is a slight delay from the time you depress the shutter button until the image is recorded. In the end the result is usually a blur.

Here are a few tips to help you get better shots.

Get close
If you're allowed to walk right up to the stage, do it. The closer you are to the action the greater your chances are for a clean shot.

Don't use a flash
If the band is decently lit with spotlights from the front and the colored gels are behind him/her try shooting without the flash. The result is a more dramatic image with colored rim lighting.


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Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, Manual control 1/60, f4, ISO 800, no flash


Wait
Timing is everything and you'll need to anticipate what's going to happen. When the musician stops hopping about and calms down, grab the moment. Slow down the shutter a bit if you have manual controls to allow more light in through the lens. If you're on Auto the camera will make decisions for you and there's only a 50/50 chance that it'll get it right.

Crank up the ISO
It's true that when you boost the ISO (film speed) the photo will have noise (rougher looking than film grain) but you can fix some of it in post production. A faster ISO makes shooting faster in low light.


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Canon PowerShot SX100 IS Shutterspeed Priority 1/60, f3.5, ISO 800, no flash

These photos are of the band Sandbox.

October 18th marks the annual CHOC/Disneyland Walk in the Park, a fundraiser for Children's Hospital of Orange County. I'll be taking part for the third time in this fantastic fundraiser. CHOC treats every patient regardless of the family's ability to pay. These are kids who may require regular treatment, testing, and medication. Please consider supporting me as I walk. Any amount you can contribute makes a difference. Thank you. Click here to donate. If you'd like to walk and join my friends and I, select Team Fairy Godmothers when you sign-up and then drop me a note.

September 17, 2009

Come Home

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Suffice it to say I don't have photos from Dinoland with the exception of my cousin Matthew pretending to drive the cutout car. Seems that this part of Animal Kingdom hasn't caught my artistic eye. I crossed my fingers and double-checked that Theater in the Wild was indeed in this section of the park. Phew! It is so here's my entry for Disney Pic of the Week - Dinoland.


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Canon EOS A2, Canon 75-300 USM, Fujifilm Pro 400

Tarzan Rocks was a fantastic, stupendous, terrific, mesmerizing, dream-fulfilling show.

This is a scan of my print. They had a lot of red gels in their lighting and trying to correct for it made Tarzan look sick. I tweaked this in Photoshop by pulling most of the red and playing with a smidge of contrast. That's why it's looks sepia with green.

September 18, 2009

Nifty-Fifty

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The definition of a Nifty-Fifty is an inexpensive 50mm prime lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8. The Nikon 50mm f/1.8 and Canon 50mm f/1.8 both come in at under $140 and work on most Nikon and Canon digital SLR cameras. Most other camera systems have this focal length in a prime lens also. A prime lens has a fixed focal length versus a zoom lens that has a variable focal length. My 18-200VR zoom lens, for example, goes from 18mm to 200mm and all focal lengths in between.

What makes these Fifty's so nifty? Because they are a fixed length lens, they tend to be much sharper, lighter in weight, smaller in size and FAST. Most consumer zoom lens' start at f/3.5 and vary up to f/6.3 extended to their full focal length depending on make and model. These 50mm lenses also makes you think when you are using them. If you want to fill your frame more with the subject, you have to move closer and visa versa. The depth of field is a lot more apparent when apertures are opened up to f/2.8 or f/1.8 so focus on your subject is very important.

A couple of notes on my camera with a 50mm lens. Since the Nikon body I use has a crop factor of 1.5, the 50mm is actually a 75mm lens in 35mm terms. I have used a 50mm on 35mm SLRs in the past and that's the only difference. The photos below are great examples of what this type of lens can do.

Using the hyperfocus setting at an aperture of f/22, the lens' smallest aperture, it brought the shutter speed down to 1/50th of a second even in the bright mid-day Sun of Florida. You can see how sharp and colorful the Innovention Fountain and Spaceship Earth are in this photo. When I first looked at this scene I was too close and had to do a Chris Berman and back, back, back up about 25 steps.

Innovention Fountain in Epcot's Innoventions Plaza, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Innovention Fountain performing in Epcot's Innoventions Plaza.
Nikon D70/50mm, 1/50s, f/22, ISO 200, EV +0.3

Selective focus is where you open the lens to it's largest aperture and the only thing in sharp focus is the subject. The rest of the objects in front of and behind are thrown out of focus. With an aperture of f1.8, a 50mm lens creates extreme selective focus images like this one. Notice how the guests in the background are totally out of focus and the Mickey shaped tomatoes which are in focus leave no doubt as to the subject of the photo.

Mickey shaped tomatos in Mickey's Country House garden in Toontown Fair in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Mickey shaped tomatos in Mickey's Country House garden in Toontown Fair.
Nikon D70/50mm, 1/250s, f/1.8, ISO 200, EV +0.3

Look for more examples of selective focus next week on the Picture This! blog.

When someone says the lens if fast, they are referring to it's largest aperture. The smaller the number, the larger the aperture, the more light is allowed in by the lens to the digital camera's sensor. Even when the light is low, a 50mm lens at f/1.8 brings in four times the light as a zoom lens at f/3.5 and twice as much as an f/2.8 lens. The Nifty-Fifty lenses are a Disney photographers best friend for the dark rides at a Disney park. For instance, Pirates of the Caribbean is a ride I never even tried to photograph until I got a 50mm lens. Though I still had to use some noise reduction software at an ISO of 1600, the exposure and focus was right on for the auction scene.

Pirates of the Caribbean Auction Scene in the Magic Kingdom's Adventureland, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Pirates of the Caribbean Auction Scene.
Nikon D70/50mm, 1/25s, f/1.8, ISO 1600, EV +1.0

For more on using a Nifty-Fifty, click this link on You're only 50mm Away from Becoming a Better Photographer.

Check out my flickr set called the Nifty-Fifty for more examples of the 50mm f/1.8 lens. Have fun!

September 20, 2009

Where in the World #102

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #101:
 Where in the World #101

And here's the answer:
Pizzafari
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/30s shutter, f/3.5, ISO 1600

This is Pizzafari in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Once again, I'm going to refer you to Jack's blog. He shared some interesting details about Pizzafari that you might not have noticed.

Karrie Duffey was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Karrie and all the other readers who got the answer right: Lee Anastasi, Sharon Lee, Ken Maikowski, Krista Penno, Wade A. Williams, Alissa Ammons, Tiffany Wakefield, J-brizzle, Henrietta Porter, Amanda Perkins, Jeffrey Dunne, Baines Family, Ken Fischler, Dolores Riccio, Madison Meyer, K. Beasley, Tom Tom Auckland, Angela Johnson, Brian Yesutis, Matthew And Danielle Murgia, Jodi Cook, Theresa Rucando, James Berry, Kathy Berry and Lauren Thomas. Each of you will be entered in the September winners' drawing.
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Challenge #102: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #102

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

September 21, 2009

Whac a Packycephalosaur

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Dinoland Sign
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/400s shutter, f5, ISO 400

Here's Dinoland's version of Whack a Mole. Can you pronounce "Packycephalosaur"? Don't look at me, I'm still working on "Worcester"!

September 22, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week - Selective Focus

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

We're going to get a little more advanced this week and work on learning selective focus. While there are some point and shoot cameras that have some freedom in their focal point selection this is really geared towards SLRs whether they're 35mm or digital..

When you want to make part of your image stand apart from the rest, you use selective focus by literally choosing that specific are to focus on. This can be done by focusing manually or by picking a unique point. For instance, my Canon EOS 30D has 9 focal points for me to choose from.

By doing this, the other parts of your image aren't sharp therefore making your eye find the part of the image that is sharp. Longer zoom lenses are better equipped for making the subject stand out because of the greater difference in aperatures and depth of field.

Let me show you what I'm talking about.


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This is a mock version of what I see through the lens. There are 9 focal points to choose from.


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Now you can see that I intentionally focused on the desserts on the lower shelf on the rght.

These delicious goodies are at Boulangerie Patisserie in the France Pavillion in Epcot.

Stay tuned for Scott and Barrie as they present their photos on Thursday and Saturday.

September 23, 2009

Change Yer ISO or Walk the Plank

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Located in the shadows of a pathway that'll lead you to an outdoor cash register between Le Bat en Rouge and Pieces of Eight in New Orleans Square, Disneyland, Fortune Red awaits. Hand over your coins and he'll acknowledge your existence and entertain you with some piratical music before dispensing advice in the form a printed card.

I took only two photos of Fortune Red and I did so without a flash because it would just bounce off his reflective glass case. In dealing with whatever daylight trickled in I set my camera to Program which is like Auto but with the ability to change some settings. The first picture is ...


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Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, Program, f2.8, 1/40, ISO 400


I had to take a deep breath and hold very still because the shutterspeed was a tad slow.

My image is darker than I wanted and slowing down the shutter even more to 1/30 or 1/20 would mean I'd have to be extra still. I can't open the aperature (f-stop) any more because 2.8 is the limit on my camera's built-in lens. My only alternative was to increase the ISO (film speed) to 800. This is the picture I got.


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Now it's much easier to see Fortune Red and even make out his skeleton friend. If I wanted to, I could use a software program to play with the contrast and brightness but these photos have not been edited at all so you can see the true difference between them.


October 18th marks the annual CHOC/Disneyland Walk in the Park, a fundraiser for Children's Hospital of Orange County. I'll be taking part for the third time in this fantastic fundraiser. CHOC treats every patient regardless of the family's ability to pay. These are kids who may require regular treatment, testing, and medication. Please consider supporting me as I walk. Any amount you can contribute makes a difference. Thank you. Click here to donate. If you'd like to walk and join my friends and I, select Team Fairy Godmothers when you sign-up and then drop me a note.

September 24, 2009

Selective Focus

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

China Detail
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/320s shutter, f9

My example of selective focus is this photo of the marble stones outside of China's Temple of Heaven in Epcot's World Showcase. This type of photography works very well when you want to highlight the wonderful detail that makes Disney parks stand out from other theme parks.

September 25, 2009

Make a Travel Poster

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I enjoy not only taking photographs but sharing them through the various mediums which are now available to us via the Internet. From blogs, online galleries, photo essays, slideshows and, in the home, with hanging prints and even on my HDTV. I also like to create images from the original photo. The Castle at Dusk Redo I recently did got me thinking of other things when I came upon the idea of doing travel posters.

Remember going to a Travel Agency and seeing all those large posters on the wall of exotic places like Hawaii, Switzerland, Alaska, New York City, Africa, Paris, England, Austrailia and Canada. Wait, Canada? Yes, even Canada deserves a big travel poster and I found just the perfect one using Epcot's World Showcase's Canadian pavilion. Here's the original image.

Canada pavilion's landmark Hotel du Canada just past sunset in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Canada pavilion's landmark Hotel du Canada just past sunset.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 2s, f/22, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 170mm focal length, tripod

Using Picnik.com, an online photo editor, I added the large capitalized CANADA and made it an orange-red to go with the sky. Then placed the maple leaf, Canada's national symbol, graphic underneath. Ah, a poster fit for a travel agency wall, eh? Which, in today's world, is more likely our own homes. I think I will do one for each country.

So, here's a shout out to my neighbors to the North and the return of the National Hockey League (NHL) next week. GO HABS GO!

A Travel Poster for Canada.
A Travel Poster for Canada.

September 26, 2009

More Nifty-Fifty

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Mickey's MouseKosh overalls drying near the garden outside his Country House in the Magic Kingdom's Toontown Fair, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mickey's MouseKosh overalls drying near the garden outside his Country House in Toontown Fair.
Nikon D70/50mm, 1/640s, f/1.8, 200 ISO, +0.6 EV

Drying outside his Country House's garden, Mickey's MouseKosh overalls are selectively focused. By setting the aperture to f/1.8 on my nifty-fifty (50mm prime lens) and carefully focusing on the overalls throwing the background out of focus for my Disney Pic of the Week on the technique of Selective Focus.

September 27, 2009

Where in the World #103

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #102:
 Where in the World #102

And here's the answer:
Characters in Flight
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/160s shutter, f/11

Characters in Flight is a giant, tethered, helium balloon ride at Downtown Disney with spectacular views of Walt Disney World. I didn't get a chance to ride it on the trip when I took this photo but I'm definitely looking forward to it in January. Check out how many people got it right this week - amazing!

Frances Phebus was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Frances and all the other readers who got the answer right: Craig, Tim Weston , Diane C., Anthony Oneto, Michelle Mcspadden, Hollie Hinton , Kris Nixon, Amy Knoche, Scott Greenbaum, Sharon Pierce, Brittany Irish, Elizabeth Collins, Jodi Cook, Denise Cayz , Jaclyn Koller, Ken Fischler, Mike Malampy, Ken Jackson, Amy Lucas, Wendy Osborne, Sharon Dale, Carla, Dawn Bach, Rich Kacprowicz, Shannon, Megan Krainski, Amy Filliben, Dawn Burns, Scott , Scott Otis, Jillian Domings, Matthew Sherman, Linda Scrivano, Danielle And Matt Murgia, Anthony Dearman, Alissa Ammons, Brian Yesutis, Leigh Mertz, Deb Ragno, Louise Barton, Betsy Bates, Katie, Emily Currier, Tina Cole, Alex Karr, Linda Coutu, Ed Aleszczyk, Ronnie Lane, Brendan Abel, Rich Esker, Ariana Stowe, Annette Nuenke, Monica Alderman, Noreen Rachuba, George Weigler, Sarah Haas, Lauren Sullivan, Cari-ann, Jackson Hart , Stephanie Servaites, Stacey Van Dyke, Berry Morris, Karen Adamakis, Debbie O'connell, Melody Salemi, Tim Rachuba, Michele Delorenzo, Teri Jo Fuson, Michelle Raimist, Danielle Ford, Jim Kayer, Mary Beth Tarbet, Austin O'blenis, Diana Fitzgerald, Phil Vickers, Danielle Berkovitz, Jenny Shenold, Grant Hart, Lin Fales, Jennifer Harmon, David And Melissa Lizewski, Jen , Barbie Lawless, Michael Pyle, Christine Dagney, Karen Diegel, Howard Schreiber, Emily Dagney, Mallory Bach, Marie Wolfe, Richard Caprio, Donna Currier, Douglas Mcknight, Theresa Rucando, Joy Johnston, Michelle Sunde, Stephanie Visco, Jocelyn L., Steve Toponak, Caitlin Barringer, Amanda Mccracken, Amy Rupp, Lee Anastasi, Jackie Purcell, Emma Poprock, Belicia Dawson, Scott Cullen, Bill Androckitis Jr., Karen Hotchkiss, Erica Adkins, Seth Walker, Wendy Shain, Jen Cerce, Brianne F, Jay Bradford, Bonnie Ford, Tricia Petty, Brian Haas, Bryan Blochberger, Baines Family, Victoria Vogt, Quincy Delcolletti, Charles Wright, Betsey Whitehead, Allie , Jacquelyn Law, Claressa Nisley, Alan Law, Valerie Gugala, Heather Young, Pat W., Letitia 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Arnold, John Leach, Deanna Simmons, Jim Finley, Jake Christopher, Becky Skidmore, Matt Degrandis, Elaine Tomko-deluca, J Breezy, Ellie Argaluza, Bruce Lawson, Dennis Blackburn, Greg Gallo, Meagan Jarmuz, Jaclyn Kelch, Kim Peters, Mark Franklin, Scott Price, Rochelle, Amanda Marie Penhale, Jaron Goldberg, Vanessa Gordon, Jen Norris, Kristen Mccoy, Helene Mahnken, Carri Marotto, Deb Gallo, Angela And David Blevins, Erin Loring, Michael Gainey, Tere Given, John Arena Jr, Karen Schlumpf, Steve Pocopanni, Sue Mcdonald, Sara Beth Wade, Stuart Hale, Mark Cullison, Emily, Joyce Tofflemire, Karen Klein, Paula B, Alex Hill, Leslie Schwartz, Lou Baker, Jacob Hill, Denise Long, James Steele, Mildred Popp, Lisa Falletta, Karen Robertson, Jennifer Schwing, Sarah Connors, Deb, Melanie Moeller, Jim, Mike Thomson, Rex Brigger, Laura Pranaitis, Michelle Roth-smoot, Caitlin Rush, Tiffany Wakefield, Wendy Palmquist, Bill Daniel, Megan E., Debby &Andrew Webber, Jonathan Thomas, Wendy Snelgrove, Tom &Susan Linder, Dean, Tiago And Rocco De Oliveira, Eric Bouchet, Randy Katz, Tim Johansen, Joshua Thorne, Derek Carty, Paul Newman, Jennifer Dye, Lauri Phillips, Sarah Biesterfeld, Celia Bubb, Tiffany Gibb, Jacque Schmidt, Jen Schultz, Leah Nan Broussard, Jerry Weldon, Jeremy , Brandon Joyce, Steve Bob, Shauna Hasselman, Alicia Henderson, Aruna, Antonio Arena, Susan Doucette, Melesia Love, Michael Nanney, Angela Fennell, Diane Leclercq, Tracy Discher, Keith Burwell, Dennis Bratnik, Carolyn Como, Kelly Kobiela, Misty Lyons, Casie Crowder, Wade A. Williams, Christy Gattis, Debbie Hicks, Kellie Carter, Amanda Smith, Dave Carriere, Danielle Fitzgerald, Sherry, Shane Stack, Robin Mcconnell, Peter Lee, Megan, Jennifer Townsend, Angela Quirk, Kevin Geiger, Candace Dadswell, Brittany Bailey, Jennifer Chartier, Gemma Keen, Lindsay C., Hillary Waldroop, Julianne Williams, Heather Pedulla, Julie Williams, Jane Johnson, Bev Folmer, Theresa Maradei, Suzanne Brown, Chris Connors, Debbie Connors, Joseph M Zafia, Abby Earl, Susan Popp, Kay Chance, Peter Ball, Carolyn Brooke, Amy Perras, Laney Wood, Sharon Poag, Jon Uk, Nicole Elliott, Janet Ostrowe, Heather Coursen, Phil Thach, Jane Gilarno, Cheri Palmisano, Allison Dibiase, Michael Barker, Kristin Dormuth, Heidi Summers, Jennifer Bogdan, Barb, Janet Theriault, Amy Miller, Danielle Aston, Bob Hendrix, Bridgie Auckland, Richard Nussbaum, Kirsten Stark, Judy Koslowski, Denise Dossat, Angie Daley, Kelly Simms, Gail H, Brent Lollar, Melissa Dye, Stephanie Pcolinsky, Sharon Lee, John P., Kris Kline, James Berry, Melissa Rebelo, Kathy Berry, Holley Blyler, Jennifer Cameron, Shannon Milair, Carol Donoghue, Amy Morgan-rogers, Luis Rodriguez, Chris B, Jamie Poynton, Candy Grasty and Peggy Saeger. Each of you were entered in the September winners' drawing.

By the way, I missed a couple of names last week. Both Sharon Dale and Brenda Strohmeyer had the right answer to Challenge #101. I added both your names into the September drawing. If that ever happens, (I should say "when"� not "if"�) just let me know. Sometimes my eyes go a little buggy when I'm reading through all the entries.

It's time for the monthly drawing. This month's big winner is James Berry! Congratulations James, 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 #103: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #103

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

September 29, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week - China

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This week we're going to pass under the Gate of the Golden Sun and visit China in Epcot's World Showcase.

Chinese Acrobat
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/1000s shutter, f5, ISO 400

I always enjoy taking pictures of the Dragon Legend Acrobats. These young students from the Pu Yang Academy of Acrobatics in China are very talented and fun to watch. I used a very fast shutter speed on this shot to capture the performer's bowls in mid-air.

September 30, 2009

Flash Exposure Compensation

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Good morning. Good afternoon and good evening. Did you know that many a point and shoot camera allows you, the user, to adjust how much power the flash gives off? That's right. You've got the power in your hands. When you learn to control that power you will be a force to be reckoned with. Do you know what I'm sayin'! Can I get a "silver halide?"

Now, normally I'd show you what the back of the camera looks like so you can see the settings however mine is currently waiting to be repaired. I'll try to walk you through the steps based on my memory. Ha! Ha! Memory. OK now follow along.

These steps pertain to the Canon PowerShot SX100 IS. Check your manual for step-by-step instructions and to see if your camera can do this, it is called Flash Exposure Compensation.

1. Turn the dial on the top to P (Program) or M (Manual). Program is most like Auto but with more options.

2. Press the Function button on the back.

3. Scroll down until the flash icon icon-flash-exposure.jpg
is lit up and on your LCD screen is what looks like integers. The bar will be in the center underneath the 0.

When you use the dial and move the green bar left, you're telling the camera to put out less light. That is why it reads -2 and -1. If you move the bar to the right, where it says +1 and +2 the flash will give off more light. Each point is 1/3 stop. -1 means one stop less light or underexposed.

I will tell you that I've found that my photos are coming out better by shooting with the flash at -1. Too often, features were being blown out.

Here are some examples taken in Yak and Yeti at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

lkb-flash-Underexposed2.jpg
Flash set at -2
The photo is dark and underexposed due to a lack of sufficient lighting.

lkb-flash-Underexposed1.jpg
Flash set at -1
One stop makes a difference. You can see the statue better now.

lkb-flash-normal.jpg
Flash set at 0
This is considered the normal or proper exposure.

lkb-flash-Overexposed1.jpg
Flash set at +1
The flash gave off a stronger amount of light and is washing out highlights.

lkb-flash-Overexposed2.jpg
Flash set at +2
This picture is overexposed by 2 stops and most of the detail is blown out.

Now you give it a try at home and see the chages for yourself.

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