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November 1, 2009

Where in the World #108

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #107:
 Where in the World #107

And here's the answer:
Germany pavilion in Epcot
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1.8s shutter, f/8

This statue of St. George and the dragon is in the center of Epcot's Germany pavilion, in front of the Biergarten.

Lee Anastasi was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Lee and all the other readers who got the answer right: Scott Otis, Alissa Ammons, Louise Barton, Erica Sipich, Ashley Pizzino, Baines Family, Tim Wingfield, Jamie Kelly, Jeremy Coto, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Jennifer Otis, Jen Bruno, Eric Hoffman, Lisa Hoffman, Mike Mecchi, Joanna Sng, Stephanie Visco, K.l. Beasley, Kevin Toomey, Maria M, Kathryn Perkins, Joshua Swainston, Phil Vickers, Ken Fischler, Brian Gallant, Kim Perry, Melea Broekers, Elizabeth Scarborough, Wendy Snelgrove, Marc S, Jeffrey Beauchamp, Teresa Cole, Jared Orth, Christopher Hall, J Brizzle, J Breezy, Karrie Duffey, Chris Forner, Chris Miller, Todd Ritter, Michael Joel Gainey, Michael Fitz, Cameron Lange, Mike Cerce, Megan Loftin, Stephanie Servaites, Angela Fennell, Michelle Roth-smoot, Julie Ellis, Kirsten Stark, Jay Reagan, Tim Rachuba, Evan Zanauskas, Cara Richards, Paula Bender, Kristen Gainey, Clarence Diggles, Jennifer Horst, Valencia Holliday, Quincy Delcolletti, Benjamin Dameron, Harry Wilson, Aruna, Berry Morris, Jen Cerce, Sharon Dale, Tracy Discher, Jennifer Schwing, Steve Jordan, Robert Anderson , Paul Newman, Diane Boorum, Debbie Poole, Jessica Deans, Lisa Cash, Rob Blundin, Jon Solomonson, Bill Monahan, Rochelle, Kye Layton, Shannon Milair, Barclay Bakkum, Donna Brandt, Mary Virginia Clause, Danielle And Matt Murgia and Diane Furtado. Each of you will be entered in the November winners' drawing.

Reminder: Don't forget to set the clock on your camera back today!
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Challenge #108: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #108

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 5, 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!

November 3, 2009

Disney Pic of the week - Light and Shadows

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

A full moon on Halloween mixed with deep dark blue sky, white and gray layers of clouds swiftly passing and yet barely moving at all as viewed from below tree branches with but a mere few leaves left.

Light cast upon an object creates shadow.

Photography is dependant on light. It's as simple as that.

Barrie, Scott, and I bring you images of Light and Shadows for Disney Pic of the Week. Be sure to check back on Thursday and Saturday for their entries.

My image of a cruel, dark, and dangerous villain hiding in walls of Sleeping Beauty Castle is Maleficent!

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Canon EOS 30D with Canon 17-40 USM L

Baw ha ha ha ha ha ha.

November 4, 2009

Canon's Repair Service

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

If you caught my 3-part series recapping my recent trip to Walt Disney World then you may recall my mentioning that my Canon Powershot SX100 IS gave out during the vacation. Befuddled and sad, I knew it would need to be repaired and that getting it back in early November meant I couldn't take it to California.

Let's backtrack a tad. I'll go on record and tell you the necessary repair was entirely my fault by accident. The camera was sitting in it's case, turned off with 2 spare AA batteries in the front pocket. The whole thing fell about 1-2' to the carpeted floor. The batteries seem to have banged into the lens barrel leaving 2 small dents.

As with cars, digital cameras are now comprised of cheaper materials than when they were first born or even in their toddler years. Also, with computer parts that are itsy bitsy inside, there's more to go wrong than in a 35mm camera.

I've heard it a bazillion times before when I worked in a retail camera shop and tried selling service plans, "I'm very careful." Guess what? So am I. Life happens.

It had been imbedded into my brain that camera repairs take a minimum of 6-8 weeks by my previous employer which is why I thought my beloved Canon wouldn't come home for quite some time. What a bunch of hooey.

Here's the timeline for my camera repair.

Sat., September 26 - I ship the camera via USPS Priority Mail with tracking and insurance

Tues., September 29 - Canon in IL receives the package, assess the repair cost and e-mails me

Wed., September 30 - I pay for the repair online, late at night

Fri., October 2 - Canon e-mails me to say the camera has been fixed and shipped

Tues., October 6 - I receive my camera by FedEx

That's a total of 11 days from start to finish! Extraordinary service and at $89 plus $10 shipping, that's roughly 35% less than I would have charged my customers.

If your camera or camcorder needs servicce, contact the manufacturer by first visiting their website or check the info packet that came in the box.

November 5, 2009

Boardwalk Shadows

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Boardwalk Shadows
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/15 sec, f/4.8, ISO 800

I really struggled to find any photos that I might have of shadows for this week's Pic of the Week. This is definitely not one of my finest shots, but it does remind me of how amazed I was at the beautiful shadows this lamp was casting on the side of the Boardwalk Inn. I didn't come even close to showing how cool they looked. Now I know one thing I'll be looking for on my next trip. That's what I love about photography at Walt Disney World - I'll never run out of subject matter.

November 6, 2009

Perspectives

Perspective is defined as " to look through". For photographers, it means to look at something differently. To find new perspectives. At Walt Disney World, where people take millions of photographs each year, finding new perspectives can seem a daunting task. I look at it as finding "my" perspective and sometimes a little help can open up whole new ways of looking at things.

The photo below of Minnie Mouse's statuette was pointed out to me by another photographer. I have seen similar photos on flickr, too. But, I had never seen it at dusk with an orange castle softly focused in the background which turned out to be "my" perspective on this subject.

Minnie Mouse statuette in the hub area of the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Minnie Mouse admiring Cinderella Castle.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/10s, f/4.8, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 52mm Focal Length

November 7, 2009

Walking on Sunshine

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Walking over the pedestrian bridge from Disney's Boardwalk to the Swan Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Early morning light casting shadows.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/50s, f/16, 200 ISO, +0.3 EV, 72mm focal length

As photographers, we all work with light and shadows to create our images. However, when I was looking for something with these two elements for this Disney Pic of the Week on my last trip to Walt Disney World, I had a hard time. While walking back from the Boardwalk Bakery early one morning I saw this composition without the person walking over the bridge to the Swan/Dolphin Resort area. That photo lacked something. Then, this person walked past me and I realized what was missing and quickly took this photo.

November 8, 2009

Where in the World #109

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #108:
 Where in the World #108

And here's the answer:
Mickey's Kitchen
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/50s shutter, f/3.5, ISO 1600

What a mess Mickey's kitchen is! And it's looked this way for years. I think Mickey needs a new contractor! You can visit Mickey's Country House in Mickey's Toontown Fair when you visit the Magic Kingdom - for now anyway.

Brenda Mcguire was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Brenda and all the other readers who got the answer right: Lee Anastasi, Nick Straka, Kye Layton, Leslie Dameron, David Manning, Alissa Ammons, Marc Acosta, Charles Wright, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, Fred Shakeshaft, Sharon Pierce, Emily Robinson, Douglas Mcknight, Jennifer, Tiffany Gibb, Paul Cooper, Danielle Fitzgerald, Christie Condit, Tim Wingfield, Derek Carty, Jay Reagan, Tommy Carty, Diane Curfman, Cynthia Harrison, Evelyn Wilson, Julie Wickware, Christina, Natalie &Tasha Rotella, Misty Mehelic, Ronnie Mehelic, Danusia Rogacki, Stephanie Servaites, Jen Snapp, Michael Pyle, Scott Khachadourian , Sarah Christopher, Kelly Scott, Nicole Amidon, Alicia Henderson, Joshua Swainston, Brendan Abel, Debbie Locklair, Chris Connors, Clarissa K, Jen Bruno, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Mike Malampy, Darlene Harmon, Tina Benco , Shannon Brueggemann, Walter Fletcher, Tom Koval, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Annette Nuenke, Jordan Miller &Chandler Crowe, Bruce Arnold, Jennifer Tremley, Christopher Barnes, Quincy Delcolletti, Tim Johansen, Lisa Hoffman, Eric Hoffman, Brittany Irish, Ronnie Lane, Wendy Snelgrove, Michael Nanney, Sharon Dale, Brandon Emerson, Karen Klein, Sharon Lee, Mike Z, Carol Baranowsky, Greg Gallo, April Ramey, Mike Haven, Anne Hainsworth, Michele Delorenzo, Erin Loring, Joann Albrecht, Mike Cerce, Anna Mansfield, Erin Hammer, Karrie Duffey, Elizabeth Scarborough, Joe M. Rials, Veronica Pelton, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Nancy Johansen, Kristen Mccoy, Kurt Knappman, Kameo Crea, Lisa Ackerman, Sue Mcdonald, Chad Ryan, Tammy Mcenturff, Christian Baas, Gabby Stapp, Stephanie Pcolinsky, Jennifer Schwing, Karen Dresser-smith, J Brizzle, Tim Rachuba, Clare C, Double Family, James Hickey, Mary Anne Szymeczek, Jackson Hart, Brenda Glover, Jillian Domings, Daniel, Matthew Waga, Aruna, Jennifer Cerce, Scott, Jennifer Townsend, John Leach, Jennifer Hicks , Allison Newman, Noreen Rachuba, Sam Kleinfieldt, Danielle Aston, Ashley, Thomas Auckland, Peggy Hickey, Peggy Hickey, Theresa Maradei, Christine And Erin Claeys, Vicki Shearman, Cindy Koerper, Rob Disanto, Tom & Susan Linder, Kristine Gallatin, Heather Coursen, Angela And David Blevins, Blake Schmidt, Douglas Beasock, Steve Knapp, Jill, Cameron Lange, Ashley Pizzino, Peggy Saeger, Stacy Lee, Jessica Deans, Cheryl Costello, Robbie Olmedo, Walter N Clark and Diane Furtado. Each of you will be entered in the November winners' drawing.
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Challenge #109: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #109

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 12, 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!

November 9, 2009

January 2010 Walt Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer


Happy New Year everyone! January's coming and we're starting the year off right - with Mickey Mouse leading the way. This is the start of our third year of calendars. My, how time flies!


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


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

January 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


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

January 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

November 10, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week - Frontierland

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Frontierland is best described by Walt Disney himself - "Here we experience the story of our country's past... the colorful drama of frontier America in the exciting days of the covered wagon and the stage coach, the advent of the railroad and the romantic riverboat. Frontierland is a tribute to the faith, courage and ingenuity of the pioneers who blazed the trails across America." This week, we're heading to the wild west for our Pic of the Week photos.

Native American Village
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/30 sec, f/4, ISO 500

This is Walt Disney's depiction of a Native American village, taken from the top deck of the Liberty Belle.

November 11, 2009

Get Carded Online

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Oy, such choices. Do I vhant to send out cards this year? Should I use the ones we already chave or go out and buy new ones? Vhat about those photo cards they have, should I do that? Decisions, decisions.

Finally, I made up my mind... a yittle bit. I'll buy new cards. I'm not buying presents so why not just get some fancy schmancy new cards. Ohhhh, but what if, what if, I have cards made! Yes! Just for kicks, I'll put one or two maybe three photos on the card. It'll be so nice. The kids will love it and by kids I mean my friends, my family, the mail man perhaps, vhat's-his-face down the street you know the one with the hot rod who drives too fasht.

Did you know there are several, a few, more than one places that print photo cards online? Well, let me tell you, it's true. I saw it for myself. It can give you such a cheadache and who needs a cheadache. Come, sit, eat something. I'll tell you vhat I've learned.


www.Snapfish.com is a division of Hewlett Packard. They're based out of San Francisco, CA
Customer Service 1-800-634-4500 calls are routed to India

4x8 photo cards
printed on glossy or matte Fujifilm Crystal Archive paper
single-sided
envelopes included
available for pick-up at select Walgreens locations
20 cards at 75 cents each, 40-60 cards at 55 cents each, 80-160 cards at 45 cents each

Shipping Fees: 20-60 cards standard delivery $5.99, 2-day $9.99, 80-100 cards standard delivery $8.99, 2-day $13.99

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5x7 folded photo greeting cards
printed on cardstock with a glossy front and matte inside
envelopes included
orders must be shipped to customer
1-19 cards at $1.99 each, 20-49 at $1.75 each, 50-99 at $1.55 each

Shipping Fees: 10-19 cards standrard delivery $4.99, 2-day $11.99, 20-49 cards standard delivery $6.99, 2-day $12.99, 50-99 cards standard delivery $10.99, 2-day $14.99

Additional Fees: Writable stationery cardstock cost based on quantity

Notes: Photo resolution chart. The Customer Service rep I spoke with knew zilch about how the cards are printed. He kept referring me to the website no matter vhat question I asked him even after checking with someone else. You'll need to sign-up as a member before creating anything.

Promotion Code: EXPRESS9 for free shipping on orders of 40 or more flat photo cards. No expiration date given.


www.Shutterfly.com is based out of Redwood City, CA.
Customer Service 1-888-225-7159 calls are routed to India

4x8 photo cards
printed on glossy or matte Fujifilm Crystal Archive paper
single-sided
envelopes included
available for pick-up at select Target stores
25 cards at 67 cents each, 50 at 65 cents each, 75 cards at 62 cents each, 100 cards at 55 cents each

Shipping Fees: 13-25 cards standard delivery $4.99, 2-day $14.99, 26-50 cards standard delivery $6.99, 2-day $17.99, 51-75 cards standard delivery $8.99, 2-day $20.99, 76-100 cards standard delivery $10.99, 2-day $23.99

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5x7 folded photo greeting cards
printed on your choice of matte or satin finish cardstock
envelopes included
orders may be shipped to the customer or addressed, stamped, and mailed to recipients for an additional 99 cents per card
10-20 cards at $2.19 each, 21-50 cards at $1.79 each, 51-100 cards at $1.59 each

Shipping Fees: 10-25 cards standard delivery $5.99, 2-day $13.99, 26-50 cards standard delivery $9.99, 2-day $16.99, 51-75 cards standard delivery $12.99, 76-100 cards standard delivery $14.99, 51-100 cards 2-day service $20.99

Notes: Take a look at their image requirements. Finding information on Shutterfly was fairly easy.

Promotion Code: SHIP30 for free shipping on orders of $30 or more, no expiration date provided


www.Hallmark.com is based out of Kansas City, Missouri.
Customer Service 1-800-425-5627 calls are routed to Florida

4x9 photo cards
printed on card stock
double-sided
envelopes included
orders may be shipped to the customer or addressed, stamped, and mailed to recipients for 44 cents a piece to cover US postage
11-25 cards at 89 cents each, 26-50 cards at 79 cents each, 51-99 cards at 69 cents each

Shipping Fees: 10-25 cards standard delivery $6.99, 2-day $14.99, 26-50 cards standard delivery $8.99, 2-day $19.99, 51-99 cards standard delivery $12.99, 2-day $22.99

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5x7 folded photo greeting cards
printed on card stock
envelopes included
orders may be shipped to the customer or addressed, stamped, and mailed to recipients for 44 cents a piece to cover US postage
11-25 cards at $2.99 each, 26-50 cards at $2.49 each, 51-99 cards at $1.99 each

Shipping Fees: 10-25 cards standard delivery $6.99, 2-day $14.99, 26-50 cards standard delivery $8.99, 2-day $19.99, 51-99 cards standard delivery $12.99, 2-day $22.99

Notes: Hallmark uses the Forever stamps. I suggest reading these FAQs about uploading and editing photos first. You can use Hallmark's stock photos at no additional cost.

Promotion Code: HOLIDAY30 to save 30% on your holiday card order of $30 or more offer valid until 12/31/09


www.Vistaprint.com is truly an International company based out of France. They have a US-based office in Lexington, MA. Cards are printed and shipped to North America from Canada.
Customer Service 1-866-614-8002 calls are routed to Jamaica

4x8 photo cards
printed on glossy card stock
double-sided
envelopes are included
orders are shipped to the customer
20 cards at 60 cents each, 30 cards at 57 cents each, 40 cards at 50 cents each, 50 cards at 48 cents each, 100 cards at 45 cents each

Shipping Fees: 20-50 cards standard delivery $6.15, priority $7.17, 51-100 cards standard delivery $9.52, priority $13.68

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5x7 folded photo greeting cards
printed on cardstock
envelopes included
orders are shipped to the customer
10 cards at $1.29 each, 20 cards at $1.25 each, 30 cards at $1.23 each, 50 cards at $1.20 each, 100 cards at $1.00 each

Shipping Fees: 20-50 cards standard delivery $9.52, priority $13.68, 51-100 cards standard delivery $12.67, priority $18.85

Additional Fees: $4.99 per image, logo or collage uploaded, $1.49 for advanced editing, $4.99 full color printing on back side of 4x8 cards or inside 5x7 cards, $2.99 for 4x8 matte white card stock, $2.99 for 5x7 cards with linen finish, pricing varies for matching envelopes quantity, $1.99 per PDF proof requested

Notes: Vistaprint's website gave me such a cheadache. They try to sell you everything and more and you better watch it when you look up shipping fees because they automatically upsell you matte finish and matching envelopes and charge more for shipping if you vhant pretty envelopes. Ech. Look at all those extra costs, it's ridiculous. Look up image requirements here.

Promotion Code:


Keep in mind everyone has a different take on vhat "Standard Delivery" means. For instance, Vistaprint thinks it's 14 days. Hallmark says it's up to 5 business days. People must have different shtandards.

If you're vondereen vhat I deshided to do, I deshided that IF I am going to make cards vith my photos I'm going through Hallmark.

I will not have my regular blog next Wed as I'm dealing with technical difficulties aka the repair guy made my computer go from needing a little work to almost dead. Also, I'll have to miss out on Disney Pic of the Week this week and next week.

November 12, 2009

Country Bears Jamboree - Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Country bear paintings hanging in Frontierland's Grizzly Hall in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Country Bear portraits hanging in Grizzly Hall.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4, 250 ISO, +0.3 EV, 28mm focal length

When visting Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom, I make it a point to stop by and see the Country Bear Jamboree. The first major attraction to premier at Walt Disney World before later debuting at Disnelyand and Toyko Disneyland. While waiting for the show to start in Grizzly Hall, I took this photo of Henry, the Five Bear Rugs and Wendell paintings for my Disney Pic of the Week on Frontierland.

November 13, 2009

Sounds of Liberty

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Photography is a visual art which makes it a challenge to convey the other senses. Walt Disney World on the other hand fills our senses with the smell of buttered popcorn, feel of acceleration on Rock'n Roller Coaster, taste of a pineapple Dole Whip and then there is sound. As soon as you enter a Disney park you hear it. Each area has unique music being played in the background. Sounds are everywhere.

How do you capture sound in a photograph? You can photograph things which reference sound like musical instruments, CDs, iPods, fireworks explosions, cars smoking tires and so on. Another way is to show people playing those instruments, cheering, yelling or singing. The latter is what I did in the photo below of the a cappella group, The Voices of Liberty, who perform approximately fifteen minutes before each showing of the American Adventure.

The Voices of Liberty a cappella group perform in the rotunda of the Epcot's American Adventure pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Voices of Liberty a cappella group perform in the rotunda of the American Adventure.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 800, EV -0.3, 18mm Focal Length

The Voices of Liberty sing American folk songs and patriotic music under the American Adventure pavilion rotunda which was built to enhance sound. If you have never heard them I encourage you to take the time on your next visit to Epcot. As their sound is a beautiful as they look.

Have any questions? My next trip to Walt Disney World is coming up fast. Is there something at the WDW resort you would like to know how to photograph? Let me know and I'll do my best to come back with information and a photo for you. Thanks!

November 15, 2009

Where in the World #110

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #109:
 Where in the World #109

And here's the answer:
It's a Wonderful Shop
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/100s shutter, f/8

It's always "that time of year" on the Streets of America with a snowman that never melts. You'll find this jolly guy outside It's a Wonderful Shop in Disney's Hollywood Studios, near Mama Melrose's. Seems this is a very popular photo spot. Several of you commented that this is where you take pictures of your growing children on every visit. Several others mentioned that they have used this as their Christmas card.

Ken Gravitt was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Ken and all the other readers who got the answer right: Jen Snapp, Sharon Lee, Tommy Carty, Theresa Rucando, Pollyanna Buff, Mark Swayze, Mary Beth Tarbet, Dale Knight, Todd Ritter, Marc Acosta, James Berry, Irene Kleintop, Kathy Berry, Sharon Pierce, Heidi Summers, Leigh Mertz, Roseann Brent, Caryn Schill, Ed Nawrocki, Lee Anastasi, Chloe, Stephanie Visco, Emma Poprock, Paul Cooper, Ashley Hill, Sherry Klinefelter, Jill Hiers, Kathryn Perkins, Linda Mac, Maryann Eckenrode, Jamie Kelly, Kris Nixon, Beth Mcmeekin, Courtney Marlowe, Sarah Smee, Emily Currier, Sue Mcdonald, Double Family, Sharon Dale, Karen Adamakis, Joy Johnston, Melissa Jennings, Mary Brennan, Brian Haas, Tim Johansen, Tom Koval, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Frank F. Fincken Iii, Wendy And Marina Crober, Alissa Ammons, Pat W., Diane Furtado, Brian Miller, Kelley Lord, Darlene Harmon, Baines Family, Kristen Mccoy, Ronnie Lane, Annette Nuenke, Jason Skow, Tracy Sinatra, Mike Timmer, Brittany Siminitz, Michele Delorenzo, Michael Jamison, Lin Fales, Sarah Haas, Deb Staples, Stacey Hutchinson, Tiago And Rocco De Oliveira, T.j. Valentine, Christie Condit, Brian Yesutis, Kim Meyer, Tim Wingfield, Jane Bradley, Ashley Salters, Duane Wisniewski, Michael Utesch, Russ Morgan, Debbie Hudson, Alicia Henderson, Bob Kourofsky, Jessica Deans, Brenda Mcguire, Christine Lograno-weinstein, Sheilah Smith, Regina Shuster, Debbie Austin, Kathy Wong, Yulady Rodriguez, Regina Baker, Greg Gallo, Barbara Cerimele, Lori Fein, Heather Melito-dezan, Nadine Kuntz, Julie Eurich, Nik Morley, Scott Junkin, Mary Jane Keeble, Tom Hicks, Carol Baranowsky, Dara Giannotti, Suzanne Samse, Doug Brigger, Diane Boorum, Valerie Beals, Dave Soto, Natalie Ashton, Mary Butler, Judy Terrell, Mary Lynn Ranger, Betty Jo Howell, Michelle Stuck, Alison Rosenberger, Lesley Laplant, Susan Feeback, Charles Wright, Diane Welch, Tricia Noble, Margot Garofalo, April Ramey, Ellie Argaluza, Mercedes Cluck, Linda Scrivano, Kathleen Batchelder, J Brizzle, Janice Dion, Norm Balko, Ken Fischler, Linda Wigginton, Brandon Emerson, Julie Bridges, Judy Davies, Joni Januszewski, Matt Degrandis, Chad Ryan, Ruth Amaio, Andrew Gump, Cindy Hershey, Allie Laguardia, Molly Laspada, Tim Rachuba, Eric Enli, Laura Carter, Sarah Connors, Maria Alessi, Kim Requa, Debbie Hicks, Pam Vanaustin, Mike Schelfhaut, Marietta Falk, Jen Marx, Mike Gillardi, Nicole Lauzon, Joan, Mickey Eckert, Alison Mccrum, Teresa Cole, Laura Barnes, Loretta Reed, Jill Bent, Sandy Hamel, Carolyn Poirier, Lisa Mckenzie, Evelyn, Curtis Bille, Kendra, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Kurt Knappman, Lauren Russell, Kelly Zanauskas, Shane Stack, Robin Holcomb, James Greene, Glenn Meyer, Sandy Hunt, Carri Marotto, Cheri Mccoy, Michael Smith, Suzanne Kennedy, Linda, Amanda M., Amy Music, Jeremy Reichelt, Robin Mcconnell, Jay Reagan, Robert Anderson , Steve Lenkel, Laurie, Nicholas Gonzalez, Linda Reynolds, Brendan Abel, Jillian Domings, Debra Soley, Kirsten Stark, Cindy Ferenburg, Heather Courtney, Lorne Harris, Amie Mattson, Rochelle Moser, Stacey Cangemi, Charity Maas, Amie Mumpower, Betty Rozum, Craig Canady, Ken Jackso, Bonnie Ford, Jay Bradfod, Noreen Rachuba, Jen Norris, Tammy Mcenturff, Dionne Chamoun, Steve Pocopanni, Amanda Diresta, Jim, Allison Newman, Donna Mcguire , Matt And Danielle Murgia, Maureen Hanlon, Lynn Barber, Joanna, Emily Dagney, Sharon Leitgeb, Liz Moreau, Katie Wetzel, Bridgie Auckland, Mike Graham, Alicia Roth, Dominic Cooper, Mike Zendler, Mike Zendler, Mike Graham, Crissy Wertz, Christopher Barnes, Janice Broussard, Veronica Schreyer, James Hickey, Carol Donoghue, Terri Thornton, Angela Haire, Vanessa Gordon, Lisa Cash, Tom &Susan Linder, Jamie Poynton, Bob Mchale, Lauren Mcgowan, Mike Zendler, Dawn Bach, Ashley, Christine Dagney, Tracy Cegielski, Marie Phillips, Ashley Hill, Susan Hines-brigger, Peggy Hickey, Emily Nussbaum, Isabelle Boivin and Janet Theriault. Each of you will be entered in the November winners' drawing.
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Challenge #110: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #110

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 19, 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!

November 17, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week: Camp Minnie-Mickey

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Camp Minnie-Mickey is situated in New York State's Adirondack Mountains and Disney Imagineers have done a good job depicting the woodsie feel from that location. I spent many days hiking, camping and photographing around the Adirondacks while growing up in nearby Syracuse. However, there's one thing you will not find in New York's Adirondacks that you will find in Disney's: Character Greeting Trails! Nor will you find Ranger Donald Duck high up in a fire tower on Whiteface Mountain but he is my Disney Pic of the Week for Camp Minnie-Mickey.

Ranger Donald Duck posing with guests at Camp Minnie-Mickey in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Ranger Donald Duck posing with guests at Camp Minnie-Mickey.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.3, 280 ISO, +0.3 EV, 90mm Focal Length, Flash Used

Barrie will be here later this week with a photo from Camp Minnie-Mickey. Lisa is experiencing computer trouble and will not be able to post this week.

November 18, 2009

A Tale of One Million Pixels Porportion, Again

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Last week I posted that I wouldn't have a blog for you this week. I'm still dealing with computer issues so I pulled up an old blog of mine from September 2007. Since we do get new readers and reminders are welcome, I thought this was worth re-posting. Enjoy the saga.

Sit back, relax, and pay close attention as this a true story.

It was a damp and dark night with the fog rolling in from the Atlantic coastline. In the distance, a shrieking owl and the rattling of chains echo in moonlight. Then all of a sudden,

Wait, wait, wait, that's the wrong story. Sorry folks. I left the computer for a few minutes and my cat got ahold of the keyboard.

A woman came into my work today with her Kodak Easyshare C653 wanting to print out her photos. We inserted the SD card into the computer and it said she had 20 photos on her card. She shook her head and told me she had LOTS of photos and she'd taken them recently. Alright, they are probably stored in the camera's internal memory. I put the SD card back into her camera and copied them from the camera to the memory card.

By doing a quick calculation in my head, I guessed the monitor would now show a total of 30 photos, give or take. I reloaded her card into the monitor and it showed a new total of 72 photos! If I was a cartoon character, my eyes would have bugged out, my jaw would have hit the floor and I would have left a mark on my forehead for smacking it too hard. Why, you ask. Because you see my friends, in order to get that many photos into 32 MB of internal memory, you have to reduce the megapixels to next to nothing.

What does this mean? It means that the photos she took of her grandkids weren't going to make good prints because they were shot a 1 MP. That's right, just 1 million pixels.

What happened when she tried to print her photos? The computer gave her a warning that said her file size was too small to get a decent 4x6 print. In bolder terms, the kids are going to look like they're made out of Legos or if they're toddlers, Duplos.

How does this happen? It's quite simple. Someone lowered the quality level on her camera. Many pepople do this so they can get more photos on the memory card, understandably. However, they're usually not aware of the impending results. I see this happen all too often. Dads who kick themselves and friends who are saddened all by the fact that their great shot won't make a great gift.

How can I get more photos on my memory card? The larger the card, the more photos it will store. The more megapixels in your camera, the larger the file sizes. Today's cameras average 8 MP and either come with a 32MB or 64MB (megabyte) card or internal memory of the same size. That's around 8 photos at the highest resolution. Be good to yourself and get a memory card that is no less than 512MB. That will hold around 160 photos on a 7 or 8 MP camera. To double that amount, you'll want a 1GB (gigabyte) card. We'll go over memory cards in more detail in a future edition of Light Meter.

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The best advice I can give you is to always shoot at the highest resolution your camera has. If you have a 6 MP camera, set it to 6 MP. It may also offer a quality level showing a number of stars. Choose the most stars. This way, you'll never have to worry about changing the settings and if you can make that enormous poster of your hubby dressed as the Tooth Fairy for his surprise 40th birthday party.

November 20, 2009

3rd Annual dSLR Christmas Gift Giving Guide

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

What a difference three years make when I put out my first Christmas buying guide on the Picture This! Photoblog. Used to be Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States), was the only time you could get amazing deals on everything from apparel to electronics. Now, retailers are putting out door buster deals throughout the month of November. Not to be left out, online retailers like Amazon and Dell have jumped in. This all makes for a great time of year to be looking for a new dSLR camera and accessories.

Books. In this age of the Internet, it seems funny to be recommending books each year. Photography books are hot sellers as digital photography grows each year. I do a lot of online research but a book is still a great way to become engrossed in a subject without distractions and when being online is not possible.

Scott Kelby released his third Digital Photography Book for those who already have the first two books. If you don't have these books or know a phtographer in your life, there's a new three volume box set available. These books, in short, concise one page per subject format, gives great tips and tricks to get the results of professional photographers. The books are easy to pack and carry, too.

As you know, I am a big fan of Joe McNally. His book, The Moment It Clicks, was a huge success and has inspired me in my quest to find special moments in my photography. This year, Joe came out with a book on using off-camera speedlight flashes. These flashes are a big mystery to most of us. Though it does focus on Nikon cameras and flashes, The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes, is another book to inspire you to learn how to use these speedlights in new and creative ways.

A book released earlier this year which I have not been able to read is Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision by David DuChemin. It's been getting excellent reviews and is on my Wish List this year.

For more book recommendations from Barrie, Lisa and I, visit the AllEars Amazon Photography Book Store.

Each year I recommend some cool stuff for us dSLR photographers, this year I'm going to do it by using links to past articles which have links to the products I mention in them. Ready? Here we go!

If you are still using the kit lens or lenses that came with your camera, I recommend picking up a Nifty-Fifty which is a 50mm, f/1.8 prime lens. These lenses are great for learning how to use and control our cameras. Not to mention their value in getting dark ride photos at Disney and other themeparks. Another new lens from Nikon is the 35mm f/1.8 for DX (cropped) cameras which gives a more normal focal length.

One of the best lenses I have purchased in the past year was the Tokina 11-16mm Ultra Wide Angle. It has brought a whole new way I look at things at Disney and elsewhere.

If you are ready to do some serious night and low-light photography, a tripod is a must and I showed you how to plan for using one at Walt Disney World earlier this year.

To see the rest of our recommendations for photographic accessories, go to the All Ears Accessories Store.

I checked and all the links from my previous Christmas Gift Guides still work and will give you more great ideas for your photography gift giving needs.

1st dSLR Christmas Gift Giving Guide

2nd Annual dSLR Christmas Gift Giving Guide


Go luck if you venture out for Black Friday next week!

November 21, 2009

A Perfect Day for a Hike

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Daisy Duck hiking with Hewey, Louie and Dewey
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/50 sec, f/29, ISO 400

Daisy out on a hike with Hewey, Louie and Dewey.

November 22, 2009

Where in the World #111

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #110:
 Where in the World #110

And here's the answer:
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Copyright © 2005 Barrie Brewer

This week's challenge is from the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular in Disney's Hollywood Studios. So many of you got it right this week - way to go!

Marc Lorenzo was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Marc and all the other readers who got the answer right: Frank And Sharon Pierce, Melody Salemi, Brenda, Scott Kinzel, Anthony Oneto, Marc Acosta, Donna Currier, Diane C., Ed Aleszczyk, Mike Malampy, Megan Krainski, Ken Jackson, Chrissie Rose Cooper, Kathy Love, Lee Lastovica, Liz Patterson, Eric Hoffman, Douglas Mcknight, Caitlin Barringer, Emily Currier, Teri Jo Fuson, Susan Doucette, Tim Rachuba, Alicia Roth, Anne Hainsworth, Paula Massarelli, Heather Williams, Misty Mehelic, Amy Filliben, Christopher Barnes, Brendan Abel, Barbara Cerimele, Dawn Bach, Mossimo Gallo, John Lacasse, Andrew Weed, Ed Nawrocki, Paul Cooper, Michael Jamison, Pollyanna Buff, Sherry Klinefelter, Betsey Whitehead, Caryn Schill, Angela And David Blevins, Brian Gallant, Bill Monahan, Bill Monahan, Katie Wolfe, Brittany &Jesse Siminitz, Rich T., Vanessa Olmedo, Courtney, Chandler, Jordan &Maryann Eckenrode , Mary Beth Tarbet, Wendy And Marina Crober, Mckinley Yeaman, Scott Otis, Brian Yesutis, Liz Zappitello, Sarah Haas, Clare C, Irene Kleintop, Stephanie Visco, Sharon Lee, Christie Condit, Tommy Carty, Michael Utesch, Becky Norman, Mike Walter, Tom, Paula Munson, Jerry Felder, Ben Dameron, Travis Grim, Barbara Sims, Nicole Amidon, Amy Leblanc, Lee Anastasi, Kathryn Perkins, Christine Benoit, Joy Johnston, Jeffrey Dunne, Chad Ryan, Brett Landry, Carolyn Como, Doug Brigger, Mark Brigger, Ronnie Lane, Christine H., Carla, Tim Johansen, Jeff Schoeling , Jen Bruno, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, Melissa Ruggieri, Cara Richards, Heather Young, Daniel Toxey, Andrew Mcspadden, Ken Gravitt, Robert Anderson , Melea Broekers, Brian Haas, Joseph M Zafia, Nathan Cripe, Jen Cerce, Duane Wisniewski, Boris Beckert, David And Melissa Lizewski, Jackie Purcell, Harry Wilson, Judy, Bryan Gibson, Annette Nuenke, Tom Hertzel, Heidi Summers, Vincent Maltese, Daniel Record, Rick Hemsley, Julie Wickware, Erin Kubicki, Rochelle, Charlie Scheer, Laurie Walker, Betsey Whitehead, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Chris J, Sue Mcdonald, Amanda, Quincy Delcolletti, R Engel, Jeremy Coto, Samantha French, Chris B, Ron Renz, Nick Straka, Melissa Gvist, Gloria Martin, Dennis Kargol, Stephanie Pcolinsky, Hillary Waldroop, Linda Scrivano, Kameo Crea, Beth Mcmeekin, Kelli Olthoff, Garry Herrick, Mary Brennan, Karrie Duffey, Bob Hendrix, Z Cheven, Jennifer Dealmeida, Patrick Albrecht, Liz Weiter, Doug Buchheit, Bill Mckim, Ali S., Jennifer R, Pat W. , Kris Nixon, Jennifer Mccurry, Mickey Eckert, David Mickley, J Breezy, Chris Connors, Tj, Jaime Thomson, Lisa Hoffman, Jennifer Harmon, Joyce Tofflemire, Angela Quirk, Rich Kacprowicz, Irene Kleintop, Jared Orth, Nicole Alley, Charity Maas, Louise Maxwell, Steve Wilmot, Phil Vickers, Jill Fogg, Jessica Deans, Craig Canady, Betty Gurruchaga, Cari-ann, Berry Morris, Paul Sanschagrin, Ken Fischler, Dallas Hamilton, David Singer, Christopher Hall, Melesia Love, Thomas Hermes, Eric Gasser, Emily, Bruce Lawson, Wayne Witherspoon, Scott Button, J Breezy, Steve Pocopanni, Angela Fennell, Karen Schlumpf, Doug Armstrong, Russ Morgan, Kerry Kendrick, Chris Miller, Scott Junkin, James Steele, Alison Rosenberger, Matt Degrandis, Chad Ryan, Paul Ignudo Jr, Danusia Rogacki, Nancie Lymer, Sarah Connors, Mark Franklin, Caitlin Lewis, Tim Wingfield, Michelle Roth-smoot, Debbie Hicks, Bruce Arnold, Teresa Cole, Joe Armeni, Jim Riley, Wendy Snelgrove, Amy Lucas, Gennaro Rosato, Joseph M Zafia, Steve Jordan, Bryan Blochberger, Mary, Blake Schmidt, Jason Skow, Trish Babler, Kalin Johnson, Chris Grabowski, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Julie Olson, Dennis Blackburn, Stephanie Servaites, Mike Gillardi, Amanda M, Lauri Uzee, David Gould, Jennifer Schwing, Steve Knapp, Kevin Corcoran, Denise Cavallaro, Mike Kaczanowski, Kathy Slomka, Donna Hawkins, Kellie Carter, Tammy Mcenturff, Angie Sheffield, Samantha Krzewick, Collette Beuther, Kurt Knappman, Jody Erdfarb, Jennifer S, Jen Schultz, Angi Clark, Sharon Dale, Paul Newman, Mia W., Joe Armeni, Brian Miller, Jim Finley, Heidi Goodhue, Jerry Weldon, Todd Tavender, Kerry, Steve Toponak, Steve Bieniek, Double Family, Mark Swayze, Humberto Ciucio Junior, Matthew Herman, Kerry Fox, Vanessa Gordon, Gerald M., Susan M. Thompson, Danielle Fitzgerald, Amanda Perkins, Tim Jeltes, Carrie Kenney, Erica Adkins, Dylan Zendler, Christopher Jackson, Cheryl Costello, Aruna, Nick Dickens, John Arena, Dan Potts, Randy Dimarco, Katarina Whitmarsh, Jen Norris, Kelley H, Ed Suscreba, Rich Esker, Jennifer Townsend, Jennifer Horst, Veronica Haines, Karen Dresser-smith, Denise Dossat, Robert Dean Bostic, Tom &Susan Linder, Thomas Auckland, Isabelle Boivin, Gabriella Rizzo, Jo Ann Bailey, Diane Furtado, Glenn Meyer, Tammy Kallenbach, Renee Drainville, Carol Donoghue, Aesha Richardson, Renie Mistretta, Jennifer Bogdan, Keith Rawlinson, Lisa Cash, Roye Ann Morris, Brenda Strohmeyer, Marcella Spear, Matthew Waga, Sandy Miller, Janet Theriault, Kathryn Mccallister, Luis Rodriguez, Nicole Lopresti, Jane Johnson, Joanne O'brien, Michele Yon, L Hopkins, Peter Ball, Barbara Cerimele, Paul Thorp, Kelly Zanauskas, Bethany Mattiuz-king, Carinne Kight, Kristine Gallatin, Tom Higbee, Barclay Bakkum, Lori Hausrath, Leigh Mertz, Paula Massarelli, Jim, Josh Kight, Vicky Jacobs, Nancy Ahlsen, Jeff Finger, Sandra Ednie, Bill Monahan, Carrie Henderson, Claire , Matt And Danielle Murgia, Aurora , Lou Baker, Vickie Scioneaux, Matt Smith, Joe S., Jeff Blank, Jullie Pudem, Patrick Akers, Melissa Rebelo, Ron And Beth Dye, Gary E Genteman, Ashley Hill, Amanda Hostetler, Jim Thompson, Mark Cullison, Jay Reagan, Kirk Hardy, Matthew Jadro, Michael Nanney, Emily Nussbaum, Kim Steiner, Joy Palmer, Guillermo Morales and Sam Kovac. Each of youwere entered in the November winners' drawing.

It's time for the monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Evan Zanauskas! Congratulations Evan, 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 #111: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #111

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 26, 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!

Fit at Fifty!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer


tae.jpgAs some of you may already know, on January 9, I will be running in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon as a member of Team AllEars. It is my first half marathon and I am very excited. Some friends and I were talking about how the people on Biggest Loser had run a half marathon. We said, "If they can do it, then certainly we can", and before we had time to think about it we signed up. Silly girls.

That was in March and I had spent a nice cozy winter on my couch. I knew that if I wanted to be able to finish I was going to have to start my training right away. You see, I am no athlete, not by a long shot. I started out by walking, slowly, every day. I soon realized that if I was going to be able to finish without getting swept, I was going to have to run at least some of the race. Now, you have to understand, the word run has never been part of my vocabulary, even as a child. But I was determined to finish. You see, as soon as I signed up, I told everyone I know that I was doing it. I call that insurance.

On May 4, I started my running program. I found a terrific plan, called the Couch to 5K Running Plan. On the first day it said to run 60 seconds, then walk 90 seconds and repeat that for 20 minutes. I thought to myself, "How hard can that be?" Again, silly girl.

I won't bore you with the play by play, but here it is mid-November and now I actually call myself a runner! I'm up to 9 miles and I'm confident about completing the half marathon. I'll be turning fifty years old in June and I figure that's a milestone that should be celebrated all year long. I'm going to kick off my celebration at Disney World in January.

As part of my commitment to Team AllEars, I am raising money to donate to Deb's Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. I have published a calendar and a book, both of which feature some of my favorite photos from Walt Disney World. I am selling each of them and from now until Marathon Weekend, I'll be donating the proceeds to help fight breast cancer. I know they weren't listed on Scott's Gift Giving Guide, but I think they'll make wonderful holiday presents!

Click on the photos below to go to the pages where you can preview and order each one. Both sites will allow you to see what all the pages look like - just look for the preview buttons. Thanks for taking a look and I hope you like them enough to buy dozens for all your friends and family!

2010 Focus on Disney World Calendar
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer

Edited to add: I just found a couple of coupon codes good on the calendar. Save 25% with HOLIDAYS or get 2nd calendar at half price with HALF. Just enter coupon codes in at checkout. I'm not sure how long they are good for. Using the discount codes won't decrease the donation amount, it'll just save you money.

Days to Remember/Walt Disney World book
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer

November 24, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week - Italy

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Before we get started, allow me to point out that I'm still without the programs I normally use (my computer died) and am using a combination of HP Photosmart Premier for very limited editing and Paint to add my copyright.

This week Scott, Barrie, and I invite you to join us in Epcot, specifically at the Italy pavillion. Here you will find a full service restaurant, chocolates and wine for sale, as well as art, perfume, and clothing. Venice is the inspiration for this glimpse of Italia.

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Canon EOS 30D and Canon 17-40mm USM L
I used a softening "filter" on HP Photosmart Premier to give the image a dream-like feel.

Neptune, god of the sea, overlooks the pavillion and patiently waits for his table to open at Tutto Italia.

Stay tuned for more photos on Thursday and Saturday.

November 25, 2009

When There's No One Waiting

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

You've got the autographs. You've got photos of your friend/relative/yourself with everyone from Hundred Acre Woods. Interaction with characters is fun no matter how old you are but you're not keen on waiting in line again for a hug or high-five. Now what do you do? Sometimes you luck out and find that break between Guests. It's especially great if you happen upon one who's about to go on break so you get him or her and then just 5 minutes later another character comes along.

Check out what I lucked out with at Disney's Hollywood Studios. My mom asked me to get photos of Handy Manny for her friend's grandson. Manny had a long line and I wasn't willing to wait so I walked to the other side of the backdrop and found Leo from Little Einsteins chillin'.

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Hey! How are ya buddy? Can I take your picture?

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Thanks! Nice pose!

Within 2 minutes Leo left to do his homework so I knew someone else was coming. The new guy had a fan show up immediately for an autograph but that was it.

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Hey kid! Can you pose for a photo? How on Earth does he stand like that?

The Host told me his name was Quincy and got his attention for me. I had no idea who he was, I've never watched Little Einsteins. I am only familiar with Einstein Bros. Bagels.

At first he posed exactly like Leo so I didn't take the photo. I asked him to think of something different and he came up this.
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Did I get the shots of Handy Manny? Yes, I just waited until no one was standing beside him and zoomed in close.

You can have a blast photographing characters during the slower meet-n-greet sessions. Take those cameras with you, folks. You just never know when you'll luck out. Stop! Hammer time!

November 26, 2009

That's Amore!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Lady and the Tramp Topiaries
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/60 sec, f/8

During Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival, I think Italy has the prettiest flower displays of all the countries in World Showcase. Here's Lady and the Tramp looking cute as can be!

November 27, 2009

Photographing Christmas Lights at Disney II

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last year I gave you some tips on how to photograph Christmas light decorations at Walt Disney World and at home. This year I want to show you a couple of my results using those tips.

I visited the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios last December. Putting my camera into Rear Sync Flash mode or what I referred to as dragging the shutter in last year's article, I was ready to capture those spectacular light displays. I used Manual mode and set the aperture to f/4. By using flash, I kept the ISO low at 200 but I had to be very aware of the shutter speed. In Rear Sync mode, the camera can use longer shutter speeds to capture as much ambient light as it can before the flash is fired. At a 1/4 of a second, I had to make sure to steady my camera using Da Grip and an image stabilized lens (the Nikon 18-200VR) when taking this photo of these lighted bicycles.

Lighted bicycles found at the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in Disney's Hollywood Studios , Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Lighted bicycles are part of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/4s, f/4, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length, Rear-sync Flash at -3 Power

Without the flash, you would only be able to see the colored lights. With the flash, you can see the bicycles, the flat tires, the sidewalk and the background. Notice I had the flash set to its lowest power setting at -3 so as not to wash out the lights. I don't randomly set the flash power. I take shots at various power levels until I find the one that works the best.

This technique can also be used for any lighted displays. The entrance to Mission: Space features a rotating Earth with the ride's logo with space ship leaving orbit and Hewlett-Packard's logo, the attraction's sponsor. While I would have rathered taken this photo at dusk with a tripod like I did in China, this was the last night of my trip and the tripod was already packed. Again, using Manual mode, I set the aperture at f/8 and a shutter speed of a half second. The longest shutter speed I would ever attempt a hand held shot. I did the best I could to steady my camera by getting down on one knee, using Da Grip and the flash set to Rear Sync and full power to cover the large area and distance. It took several photos to make sure I got some good images like the one you see below. The long shutter speed gave a nice blur to the moving globe while keeping everything else sharp. The flash filled in the dark areas nicely.

The Mission: Space sign in Epcot's Futureworld, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Mission: Space sign in Epcot's Futureworld.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/2s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal Length, Rear-sync Flash at Full Power

Twitter fans, I will be tweeting from Walt Disney World next week on my @Scottwdw twitter account. Request to follow me and you'll be seeing lots of pictures from the Disney parks and Sea World.

November 28, 2009

Italy at Night

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A replica of St Mark's Campanile or bell tower dominates Epcot's Italy pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Epcot's Italy pavilion at night.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 13s, f/16, 200 ISO, -0.6 EV, 18mm focal length, tripod

This Disney Pic of the Week on Italy lets me show you another photo from the night I toured World Showcase with a tripod.

November 29, 2009

Where in the World #112

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #111:
 Where in the World #111

And here's the answer:
Donald's Boat
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/640s shutter, f/14, ISO 400

Right next to the Barnstormer at Mickey's Toontown Fair in the Magic Kingdom, you'll find Donald's Boat - the Miss Daisy. This is the whistle on top of the boat.

Jennifer Harmon was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Jennifer and all the other readers who got the answer right: Shannon Milair, Sharon Lee, Carla C., Mary Beth Tarbet, Kye Layton, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, John Lacasse, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Erica Sipich, Lee Anastasi, Carol Baranowsky, Julie Wickware, Chloe, Kelley Lord, Robbie Olmedo, Sherry Klinefelter, Daniel Record, Emily Currier, Kris Nixon, Frank &Sharon Pierce, Maryann Eckenrode , Baines Family, Double Family, Jennifer S, Anne Hainsworth, Jim Riley, Charity Maas, Katie Wolfe, Ben Cooper, Paul Cooper, Elizabeth Collins, Marina And Wendy Crober, Kristen Mccoy, Karen Hotchkiss, Chris And Alison, Christine Holzman, Karen Desantis, Luis Rodriguez, Hillary Waldroop, Michael Joel Gainey, Jay Reagan, Jennifer Mccurry, Anjanette Tournillon, Diane Furtado, Kristen Gainey, Annette Nuenke, Frank F. Fincken Iii, Katy M. Robinson, Nicole Alley, Eric Hoffman, Teri Jo Fuson, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Jennifer Townsend, Jerry Weldon, Gabby Stapp, Carrie Henderson, Misty Mehelic, Sue Good, Joshua Thorne, Dallas Hamilton, Kelly Zanauskas, Jared Orth, Cameron Lange, Jessica Deans, Kellie Harpel, Vincent Maltese, Angela Fennell, Erin Loring, Chris Grabowski, Nancy, Davida Kosa, Phil Vickers, Kelley H, Scott Price, Jennifer Schwing, Christian Baas, Mark Franklin, Christopher Hall, Theresa Rucando, Walter N Clark, Jillian Domings, Mike Kaczanowski, Isabelle Boivin, Mike Thomson, Tim Rachuba, Stephanie Pcolinsky, J Brizzle, Colin And Karyn Christenson, Jamie Poynton, Christine Dagney, Melissa Dye, Bethan Newman, Noreen Rachuba, Mary D., Chris Warren, Tammy Kallenbach, Christopher Barnes, Heidi Summers, Jonathan Thomas, Amy Kleinfieldt, Brian Miller, Sharon Dale, Jon Solomonson, Heather Coursen, Katarina Whitmarsh, Trish Babler, Marjorie Schmitt, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Matt Cofone, Vittoria Vignone, Paula Munson, Ana Marlett and Kimmie Linder. Each of you will be entered in the December winners' drawing.
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Challenge #112: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #112

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 3, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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

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