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January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Welcome to the second decade of the 21st Century!

If you missed it last week, I told you I would be taking my annual end of year break from the Picture This! blog. I'll be back next week and throughout 2010 with even more Disney photography tips, techniques, reviews and maybe even a laugh or two.

See all real soon!

January 2, 2010

Woosh!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Mission Space in Epcot
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/200 sec, f/7.1

Generally, leading lines are designed to lead your viewer into your image. But sometimes, you just have to break the rules. This photo of the Mission Space sign is composed to deliberately lead the viewer's eyes out of the frame, giving them the sense that the ship is actually heading into outer space.

For more information on leading lines, check out this blog I posted awhile back.

January 3, 2010

Where in the World #116

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #115:
 Where in the World #115

And here's the answer:
It's a Small World
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/125s shutter, f/1.4, ISO 1250

These little cuties live in It's a Small World in the Magic Kingdom. I used to be one of those people who avoided this attraction like the plague. Once that song started there was no way I could get it out of my head for at least three days. Then I took on the challenge of trying to get some decent photos from inside the attraction. Now, I've actually grown kind of fond of all those darling little children.

Craig was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Craig and all the other readers who got the answer right: Dawn Burns, Ken Jackson, Anthony Oneto, Cara Richards, Brian Milller, Brian Haas, Ed Hogan, Bryan Timko, Maryann Eckenrode, Chris Masse, Jodi Cook, Christopher Bourassa, Samantha Levine, Deb Ragno, Sharon Dale, Tracey Mayfield, Frank &Sharon Pierce, Julie Wickware, Katie Proctor, Wendy And Marina Crober, Jennifer Snapp, Cari-ann, Brittany & Jesse Siminitz, Sarah Smee, Michelle Thompson, Jeremy Coto, Jane Bradley, Ronnie Lane, Cindy Hershey, Melesia Love, Katie Wolfe, Kirsty Butler, Robin Fitts, Jennifer Chartier, Isabelle Boivin, Allison Caputa, Amy Schweizer, Trish Babler, Irene Kleintop, Mary Beth Tarbet, Cindy Dore', Sherry Klinefelter, Stacey Van Dyke, Lisa Mccormack, Kye Layton, Debra Kuklinski, Scott Khachadourian, Karen Hotchkiss, Teri Jo Fuson, Theresa Rucando, Paula Munson, Daniel Meagher, Kristen Baustert, Katy M. Robinson, Caryn Schill, Andrew Weed, Melody Salemi, Louise Barton, Erica Sipich, Anjanette Tournillon, Jeff Schoeling , Cathy Schill, Aruna, The Jarcewski Family, Jen Hofman, Maureen Handy, Paul Cooper, Matthew Jadro, David And Angela Blevins, Jen Cerce, Mary Tackett, Robin, Emily Currier, April Pangburn, Sue Mcdonald, Chuck Wright, Kameo Crea, Double Family, Joyce Tofflemire, Seth Walker, Tina Santacroce, John Agnew, John Dawes, Bill Mckim, Jeremy Hardy, James Berry, Linda Mac, Kathy Berry, Gabby Stapp, Charity Maas, Elizabeth Howarth, Maureen Hanlon, Carol Baranowsky, Christopher Barnes, Stephanie Servaites, Brenda Hawk, Shannon , Karen Nelson, Diane Furtado, Susana Dominguez, Lee Anastasi, Laurie W, Liz Weiter, Carrie Henderson, Erica Adkins, Annette Nuenke, Wade A. Williams, Nicole Alley, Van, Jessica Gruhlke, Nicole Amidon, Erin Kubicki, Joanna Snow, Linda Abbate, Michelle Mcspadden, Karen Ramirez, Joshua Swainston, Tim Johansen, Tim Wingfield, Hillary Waldroop, Ashley Ryan, Jennifer Townsend, Cathy Skiba, Leah Nan Broussard, John Leach, Emily Currier, Tina Benco, Jennifer Mccurry, Baines Family, Duane Wisniewski, Michele Delorenzo, Clarissa K, John P, Chris J, Stephanie Hutchens , Ali S., Sarah Chenoweth, Jillian Smith, Jennifer Harmon, Christie Condit, Sarah Rz, Penny Urell, Michael Jamison, Mike Haeberle, Jessica Deans, Dan Hawkins, Steve Pocopanni, Christopher Linscott, Denise Cavallaro, Alison Rosenberger, Tricia Noble, Elizabeth Scarborough, Douglas Mcknight, Vicki Vaught, Paula Massarelli, Leigh Mertz, Diane Ramos, Jaclyn Kelch, Jaron Goldberg, Kendall Huffman, Marie Phillips, Linda Scrivano, Dale Knight, Scott Price, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Sarah Connors, Kerry Finnamore, Nancy Ahlsen, Megan E., Elaine Leviner, Matt Degrandis, Carri Marotto, Kristen Carde, Caitlin Rush, Aubrey Cooper, Mike Venere, Debbie Hicks, Elizabeth Macgregor, Laura Barnes, Michelle Wilinski, Ed Suscreba, Jessica Peterson, Amy Smith, Megan Loftin, Karen Schlumpf, Bruce Lawson, Lisa Laskowski, Jim Finley, Cameron Love, Amy Senseny, Joann Albrecht, Brenda Glover, Laura Pranaitis, Megan Turcotte, Marjorie Schmitt, Karl Kaups, Kerry Kendrick, Steve Knapp, Rob Blundin, Mary Zajchowski, Ana Marlett, Judy, Kelly Zanauskas, Noreen Rachuba, Kathryn Perkins, Diana Mathis, Kris Nixon, Terry, Bert Corliss, Ashley Hill, Pollyanna Buff, Kirsten Stark, Bruce Hinterleitner, Jackie Purcell, Carolyn Como, Peggy Saeger, Ted, Darlene Harmon, Chuck Sands, Ray Stephenson, Michelle Sunde, Katarina Whitmarsh, Robin Mcconnell, Danielle Berkovitz, Chuck, Annie Hulsey, Lisa Graham, Kelly Kobiela, James Greene, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Amanda Campbell, Christa P., Crystal Lee, Stephanie Hardhouse, Nicole Ruzinski, Jared Orth, Melissa Littman, Kristen Gainey, Darren Fuller, Jill Fogg, Bonnie Tulenko, Barclay Bakkum, Tammy Kallenbach, Bambi Eckelbarger, Julie Ellis, Elizabeth Collins, Betty Gurruchaga, April Ramey, Shannon Milair, Michael Barker, Aj Perras, Angela Fennell, Jenny Shenold, Daniel Record, Mukta, Jodi Kloss, Jen Schultz, Michelle Boudreau, Stephanie Pcolinsky, Kellie Harpel, Shane Stack, Joe Brewer, Debbie Desimone, Angie Young, Louise Aleszczyk, Bruce Arnold, Heidi Summers, Jonathan Thomas, Kelli Vancil, Luis Rodriguez, Cecilia Bruce, Sharon Leitgeb, Christine And Erin Claeys, Robin Crane, Alicia Henderson, Dana Hall, Tracy Discher, Kristy Holland, Rosemary Renton, Carol Donoghue, Samantha French, Liz Moreau, Deb Ruscitelli, Betsy Gardner, Allison Burgess, Patr Pratt, Amy Cox, Paula Massarelli, Tom &Susan Linder, Janet Robinson, Mickey Eckert, Walter N. Clark, Thomas Auckland, Jamie Miller, Phil Vickers, Jennifer Tremley, Mike Horn, Maryann Daly, David Rowe, Kristine Gallatin, Felice Ciccione, Debbie Bolen, Karen Montagna, Rachel Pavey, Eileen Miller, Carinne Kight, Heather Coursen, Sandra Ednie, Al Desimone, James Hickey, Nancy Bennett, Jo Ann Bailey, Dallas Hamilton, Lisa Doerr, Christina Cella, Dan Potts, Elena Argaluza, Melissa Rebelo, Danielle And Matt Murgia, Karrie Duffey, Lisa Cash, Sherri Pell, Theresa Maradei, Christine H, Robert Anderson , Maureen Ohare, Pat Morin, Derek Carty, Louise Maxwell, April Haddock, Caroline Dupre, Vanessa Gordon, Shirley Garcowski, Becky Sterusky, Emily Dagney, Jaime Thomson, Anna Mansfield, Candace Dadswell, Kerry Cormier, Chrissy Cooper, Vanessa Olmedo and Chris Connors. Each of you will be entered in the January winners' drawing.

As some of you may know, I am heading down to Walt Disney World to run the Disney Half-Marathon this week. That means that I'll be taking the next two weeks off from posting the Where in the World challenge. Please come back on January 24 for Challenge #117.
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Challenge #116: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #116

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 21, 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!

January 4, 2010

March 2010 Walt Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This is the Beach Club Resort near Epcot. I decided to have a little fun and give this image an artistic look. Hope you like it. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for a desktop wallpaper version of March's calendar.

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.

March 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


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

March 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

At least a few of you liked the wallpaper last month so I'm including it again this month.

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January 5, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Out of Place

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Hello and welcome to a brand new year of Disney Pic of the Week blogs! :crowd goes wild with applause: We your co-hosts, Barrie Brewer, Scott Thomas, and I look forward to bringing you colorful, sparkling, and brighter images with a fresh new scent of Disney magic. Are you ready?! C'mon!

I suggested this week's theme, things that are out of place or that you don't see every day. It provides for lots of freedom in selecting a photo and can be interpreted differently by each of us. Case in point, my selection is the loveable Mr. Lou Mongello, author of The Walt Disney World Trivia Book series and WDW Radio podcaster.

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You are probably asking yourself, Why is Lisa posting a photo of Lou and calling him out of place? That's an excellent question and there's a short story to go along with the photo.

Picture it, Disneyland, March 2008, a young photographer and former California resident is visitng her favorite place. Just as she takes one step forward to enter the queue for Peter Pan's Flight she comes face-to-face with Lou Mongello. They both look at each other and ask, What are you doing here?! Normally, they see each other at MouseFest or Magic Meets, neither of which are in CA or during March. It seemed so odd to find Lou at Disneyland and he's wearing a Walt Disney World T-shirt to boot.

That my friends is how Lou Mongello gets to be my entry this first week of 2010.

Be on the lookout for more on this topic by Scott and Barrie on Thursday and Saturday.

January 6, 2010

Look Down at Your Hands and Act Surprised

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Happy New Year Disney fans! Welcome to this first installment of Light Meter 2010.

If you've made use of Disney's PhotoPass service in recent years than you've been told to hold out your hands, look down and act surprised. Upon reviewing your photos online or while in the parks you noticed a surprise guest in your photo. Most often, people found that Tinker Bell had pixie dusted her way into the shot.

Last year while Cathy Bock, Laura Gilbreath, Deb Wills, and I were touring Mickey's Toontown in Disneyland I requested that the three of them pose by the sound effects boxes. I got a nice group photo.

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Deb then tells them to put their hands out and act surprised and that I should put Tinker Bell in their hands. Here's the original image.

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Add a little Adobe Photoshop CS4 and my mad skills and the new image becomes this.

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It didn't take long for my evil plot to begin. I told them we needed to take another one. There were countless ideas running through my deranged mind as to who or what I could villainously place in their naive hands. Muah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Are you ready to see what I finally decided on?

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Eh, what's up doc?

January 7, 2010

Just Leave Me Alone

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Out of Place
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/500 sec, f/8

Where's a guy gotta go to get a little peace and quiet around here? Something's not right here - can you see it? Just click on the photo if you need to see a larger version. This week we're sharing photos of things that seem out of place. Let me tell you, that's not easy to find in Walt Disney World!

January 8, 2010

Blimp over the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Goodyear Blimp over the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland Indy Speedway, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

The Goodyear Blimp over the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland Indy Speedway.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +0.7, 20mm Focal Length

The Goodyear blimp provided aerial coverage of the racing action on Tomorrowland Speedway at the Magic Kingdom on Thursday, December 3, 2009. Or so it seemed to me. Actually, the blimp was there for the filming of last year's Christmas Parade but it is definitely something that is out of place at Walt Disney World for my Disney Pic of the Week on Out of Place Things.

HDR Creation

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Three weeks ago I introduced you to HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing to increase the range of light when you are faced with a scene which shows a range from dark to light most digital cameras have trouble capturing. I discussed how you take a set of photos I referred to as an HDR set when you bracket around the "correct" exposure by plus and minus 2 EV (exposures). Then we went through a couple of examples.

I mentioned another way to create an HDR image from just one photo. To do this it helps to use a photo with the same characteristics as a scene you'd consider doing an HDR set with. Why didn't I do that in the first place, you may ask. Well, sometimes you either don't have time or you did not consider it. Especially at Walt Disney World.

Once you have selected a photo, you have to create an HDR set from it. Using your favorite photo editor, make two copies of the photo. It might help to rename them as you do so. Leave the first photo alone. The second one, change the exposure to -2. Most editors have an exposure slider to do this (if not, look at your software's manual or search in the Help section). On the third one, change the exposure to +2. When done you have a complete HDR set like I have below of a detail section of Mickey's Sorcerer Hat in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

HDR set of photos of a detail section of Mickey's Sorcerer Hat in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
HDR set of photos of a detail section of Mickey's Sorcerer Hat in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Once created, I selected all three photos in the photo editor which for me is Apple Aperture 2 and choose to edit with the Photomatix plugin just as I did when I was using three different photos.

Final HDR image from one photo of Mickey's Sorcerer Hat in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Final HDR image from one photo of Mickey's Sorcerer Hat.

While this technique works pretty good. It's not as vibrant as using three (or more) bracketed photos. It is a good alternative for those photos you may otherwise discard.

January 10, 2010

Where in the World is Barrie

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Hi everyone! In case you missed my note last week, I am on vacation and won't be posting a Where in the World challenge this week or next. That means you still have time to enter last week's challenge!

See you next on the 24th!

January 12, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - All-Star Resorts

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Keeping Guests on-property is a great benefit to Disney's profit margin. With a series of 3 differently themed All-Star Resorts, Disney can attract the Sports enthusiast, a Movies buff, and the Music fan. These resorts are categorized as a value due to having the lowest rates for Disney-owned properties. They do have game rooms, pools, a food court, laundry facility, bus service to all parks and Downtown Disney, and the all-important gift shop,

This time around we'll take a look at these popular places to stay.

All-Star Music has 5 themed sections; Rock Inn, Calypso, Country Fair, Rock Inn and Broadway. Broadway is designed to look like a NYC street that ends with a small park. It's my favorite of the 5 themes although I do love Rock Inn for it's bold colors, jukeboxes and blend of the 50's and 80's.

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Canon EOS A2 with Canon 28-80mm lens and Fujifilm 35mm film.

Just like if you stayed in the city, there's a marquee outside your window.

Check-in again on Thursday for Scott's entry and on Saturday for Barrie's. Who knows, maybe you'll get an upgrade.

January 13, 2010

Ewok This Way

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

You come into a Disney park with your eyes open wide. There are endless distractions attracting all five of your senses at the same time. Wandering down, up, and across paths you see plenty to photograph. Enormous icons are in your face, movies come to life, and fantasy becomes reality. It can be sensory overload and we keep going back for more, and more, and more.

When you do stop (and you do need to stop moving) to take a snapshot of your resort building, the upside down car or mountain, give yourself a moment to try shooting both horizontally and vertically. It'll take just a few seconds to create alternate looks.

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Upon bringing the camera up to your eye or eye level, it's nearly automatic to hold it horizontally.

I've got the part of the queue for Disney's Hollywood Studios' Star Tours I wanted but I've also got plenty of leaves that don't add anything of interest.

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A quick turn of the camera and the photo now has impact and a level of curiosity because you're peering between the branches that frame the Ewoks' village rather than just seeing a "fort"* near a large tree. In addition, there's a foundation now because you can view part of what's holding up everything.

Sometimes the simplest of changes make the biggest difference.

*I am not an avid "Star Wars" fan so please don't use Jedi mind tricks on me if I referred to something incorrectly. I don't care if the Dark Side has coo...oh look, cookies!

This blog was written while listening to Bee Gees' This Is Where I Came In.

January 14, 2010

Bus Stop

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

All Star Sports Resort Bus Stop, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
All Star Sports Resort Bus Stop.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/200s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal Length

Everything at an All Star resort is oversized including the letters spelling out the All Star Sports name where guests wait for the Walt Disney World Transporation buses to take them anywhere on property. Makes for a large Disney Pic of the Week on the All Star Resorts.

January 15, 2010

Color Theory and Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Complementary colors are pairs of colors that are of "opposite" hue in some color model. The most popular color model is the artist color wheel where complementary colors are seen opposite of each other. Analogous colors are found next to each other on the same color model. Disney uses this knowledge when designing its themeparks and movies to create pleasing eye-catching color schemes.

Tiana's Showboat Jubilee which, just finished entertaining guests at the Magic Kingdom, is an excellent example of complementary colors. Below are decorations for Tiana's Showboat Jubilee that waere placed on the riverboat Liberty Belle where the jubilee took place.

Complementary and analogous colors used to decorate the Liberty Belle in the Magic Kingdom for Tiana's Showboat Jubille, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Complementary and analogous colors used to decorate the Liberty Belle for Tiana's Showboat Jubille.

On the color wheel, purple and yellow are found opposite of each other making them complementary. While yellow and green are next to each on the color wheel or analogous. The three together form a color triad. Disney designers and animators study color theory to come up with visually exciting productions based on such tools. They also make for pleasing photographs.

Tiana's Showboat Jubille on the Liberty Belle rounding the corner on the Rivers of America in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Tiana's Showboat Jubille on the Liberty Belle rounding the corner on the Rivers of America.

Here is the Liberty Belle with the full complement of entertainers in Tiana's Showboat Jubille from the Disney animated movie, The Princess and the Frog. You will notice the colors purple, yellow and green are used in most of the costumes like the lovely Southern Belle seen below.

One of the lovely Southern Belles of Tiana's Showboat Jubille on the Liberty Belle in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
One of the lovely Southern Belles of Tiana's Showboat Jubille.

Finding complementary colors will make your photos pop and add to your travel photos at Walt Disney World.

January 16, 2010

A Touch of Color

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Disney's All Star Resorts Calypso building
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/25 sec, f/8

Here's a close-up of the giant xylophone outside the Calypso building at Disney's All Star Music Resort. I love how colorful this resort is. If you've never visited the All Star, it's worth a trip just for the fun photos you can take.

January 19, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week: Canada

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I grew up about 100 miles from the Canadian border in upstate New York and visited Canada often in my youth to play ice hockey. It was always a treat to be in a country which considers hockey it's national sport and everyone would have an opinion about their favorite National Hockey League (NHL) teams. It is the same when I visit the Canada pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase and I enjoy bantering with the cast members in the stores, kiosks and Le Cellier restaurant about how my team, the Montreal Canadiens, are doing against their teams.

With that knowledge, it's no wonder my Disney Pic of the Week for the theme of Canada features all the jerseys of the Canadian NHL teams seen hanging in the Trading Post and Northwest Mercantile store. Well, if you can see the others behind the red Montreal Canadiens jersey that is.

National Hockey League team jerseys of all the Canadian teams in Trading Post and Northwest Mercantile store of the Canada pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
National Hockey League team jerseys of all the Canadian teams.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4, 1600 ISO, +0.3 EV, 18mm Focal Length

January 20, 2010

Photo Album - Downtown Disney After Dark

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

During my vacation to Walt Disney World in September of 2008, Barrie said we should go out and shoot at night and so we did. Alright, this might have been my idea to get exteriors of the clubs of Pleasure Island. I honestly don't recall who thought of it.

Enjoy these night shots as it's not something I do too often. What can I say, I'm a midday kind of gal.

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You'll find this statue from Fantasia between Disney's Days of Christmas and Art of Disney at Marketplace.

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Check out the homage to Tinkertoys! Also located in Marketplace heading towards Once Upon A Toy.

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The chain restaurant co-founded by Blues Brother, Dan Aykroyd serves southern style meals in West Side.

I used a tripod, my Canon EOS 30D, and Canon 17-40mm L USM for all 3 photos.

January 21, 2010

No Snow for You

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

There are endless wonderful comments one can make about Epcot and it's World Showcase but I'm exceptionally happy that Canada is never covered in snow because I get enough of that in Massachusetts.

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Other titles I considered for this blog:

Rocky Mountains, Hi
Eh
Blame Canada
Canadia (sung to the tune of Aquarius)
Run for the Border
Where are Carol and Gary? (Only a handful of people will get it)

Disney Pic of the Week - Canada

January 22, 2010

How to Photograph a Pirate

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Rim Light is a strong light that hits the edge of the main subject of a photo. In a studio, photographers will use lights behind their subject which is brighter by one or two stops to create the rim light effect. Outdoors, the best way to create rim lighting is putting the Sun behind or to one side of your subject. Below are three examples of rim lighting. For each one, I used a flash unit or speedlight as a fill flash. If you don't have a flash you can use for filling in the shadows, you can meter off the subject directly using spot metering.

While watching Captain Jack's Pirate Tutorial in the Magic Kingdom, I caught the action of Captain Jack Sparrow and his young band of pirates in late afternoon sunshine. A perfect setup for creating rim lighted photographs.

The first one is subtle rim lighting with just a hint of it on some of Captain Jack Sparrow's dreads. This was the end of the show when Jack exclaims, "Look! It's the Governor's daughter!", before rushing off stage.

Captain Jack Sparrow during his Pirates Tutorial show in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Subtle Rim Lighting.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 250, EV +0.3, 90mm focal length, flash at -1.0 power

The second one is strong rim lighting with very bright backlighting on Captain Jack Sparrow.

Captain Jack Sparrow during his Pirates Tutorial show in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Strong Rim Lighting.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/40s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 200mm focal length, flash at -1.0 power

The last one is what I'd call just right rim lighting. Not to subtle and not too strong. Really shows the young guest having a ball with the rim lighting separating her from the background.

One of Captain Jack Sparrow's recruits during his Pirates Tutorial show in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Just Right Rim Lighting.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/125s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 170mm focal length, flash at -1.0 power

Notice the shutter speed and aperture changes for each photo which I varied using my camera's controls. This caused the different rim lighting affects along with the changes in the angle of the light as Jack and his recruits moved during the show.

January 23, 2010

Canadian Rockies

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Canadian Rockies in Epcot
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/5 sec, f/22

The late afternoon sun gives a nice warm glow to this waterfall in the back of the Canada pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase.

January 24, 2010

Where in the World #117

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #116:
 Where in the World #116

And here's the answer:
Huey, Louie and Dewey Duck
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/40s shutter, f/5, ISO 800

Donald's nephews are having a good ole time over at Fulton's General Store at Port Orleans Riverside. That's Louie climbing the rope. Huey is cheering him on while Dewey holds the rope steady. Do you know how to tell the triplets apart? Huey wears red, Louie wears green and Dewey wears blue.

Anne Hainsworth was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Anne and all the other readers who got the answer right: Sharon Pierce, Marina Crober, Debbie Hudson, Denise Owen, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Tim Rachuba, Heather Pedulla, Jen, David And Angela Blevins, Lauren Foss, Paula B, Sharon Dale, Paul Cooper, Julie Wickware and Suzanne S. Each of you will be entered in the January winners' drawing.

It's time for the monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Darren Fuller! Congratulations Darren, 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 #117: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #117

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 28, 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!

January 26, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Abstracts

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Once again my photography pals and I have collected one image each to demonstrate abstract photography. By definition, abstract photography is an image that doesn't clearly showcase it's subject. It leans more towards fine art and freedom of expression than say product photography or portraiture, if you will.

Abstracts are used to conjur up emotions even if you can't exactly identify what it is you're feeling. Some shots are strong and bold while are others are light and mystical. It's a broad range no matter how you slice it.

Here's my photo for the week.

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Canon EOS 30D with Canon 17-40mm L USM The digital enhancements to this photo are contrast, brightness, and color richness.

Reflected in the rippled moat is Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Barrie and Scott will be back later on this week with more abstract photography.


January 27, 2010

Monsters, Inc

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue is a fun dark ride at Disney's California Adventure. You ride in a taxi thru Monstropolis reliving famous scenes from Pixar's megahit film, Monsters, Inc. As you drive from room to room you'll see Boo, Needleman, Smitty, and even Randall.

Catching these monsters from a moving vehicle can be difficult with a point and shoot camera. One way to help yourself is to plan ahead. Have your camera ready and press the shutter release button a few seconds before you normally would. That will help compensate for the lag time. You are allowed to use a flash in Monstropolis so go ahead.

Here are a few of the photos I got with my Canon PowerShot SX100 IS set to Auto. I am able to check the settings my camera selected by using Adobe PhotoShop CS4. All photos were taken at 1/60 at f2.8. Some had an ISO of 250 and some at 200. They came out pretty well considering I would have manually set my camera at 1/125, f2.8, ISO 400.

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The coolest part of the attraction is at the very end when your cab stops in front of Roz. She has something personal to tell you. I once invited her to join my friend and I for lunch. Sadly, she had to work.

Are you on facebook? I am. Look for Lisa K Berton if you'd like to be my friend.

This blog was written while I listened to the howling wind.


January 28, 2010

Calypso Abstract

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Calypso Abstract
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/40 sec, f/8

Abstract photography concentrates on texture, form and color rather than the bigger picture, leaving more to your imagination. Here's another look at that giant xylophone outside the Calypso building at Disney's All Star Music Resort. Last time, I showed you the big picture. For an abstract look at it, I zoomed in to focus attention on the colors and lines of the pipes. Then I flipped them on their side for a different perspective. The more I play with it, the more I like abstract photography. You can really go wild with it at Walt Disney World.


January 29, 2010

Burst Mode

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When photographing an event or show which features fast action, I use what photographers refer to as Burst mode. Camera companies call it Continuous mode. Refer to your camera's manual on how to set it. This mode will continuously fire your shutter as fast as the camera is able. The Nikon D70 I use is rated at 3 frames per second (fps). The cameras used by today's sports photographers can go as fast as 11fps.

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, I used burst mode when photographing the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show to catch all the exciting action sequences like the finale you see below.

Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show finale sequence in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show finale sequence.



January 30, 2010

TTA Colors

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland Transit Authority long exposure abstract, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Tomorrowland Transit Authority long exposure abstract.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 5s, f/4, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal Length

Still working on seeing abstract compositions. While riding the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland Transit Authority and watching the colored lights changing I created this for my Disney Pic of the Week on Abstracts.


January 31, 2010

Where in the World #118

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #117:
 Where in the World #117

And here's the answer:
Dung Brothers Movie Poster at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/6s shutter, f/8, ISO 200

In the queue of It's Tough to Be a Bug at Disney's Animal Kingdom, you will be entertained by several movie posters introducing you to some of the bugs starring in the attraction.

Dawn Burns was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Dawn and all the other readers who got the answer right: Deb Ragno, Charlie Scheer, Phil Vickers, Sharon Pierce, Ed Aleszczyk, Tiffany Gibb, Marc Acosta, Joseph Tortorici, Ronnie Lane, Sandra Shaw, Allison Caputa, James Steele , Brian Yesutis, Christopher Masse, Jake Thompson, Joanna Snow, Sam Rossman, Jessica Folan, Joshua Barnett, Sherry Klinefelter, Jennifer Mccurry, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Brian Haas, Julie Wickware, Douglas Mcknight, Hoekzema Family, Mark Smith, Cara Richards, Lisa Palmer, Matthew Brisbin, Daniel Record, Allison Palmer, Jamie Miller, Jen Cerce, Theresa Peake, Brian Martin, Paula Munson, Theresa Rucando, Jennifer Harmon, Colin Buchanan, Kathleen Harmon, Kirsty Butler, Christine Dagney, Emily Dagney, Kye Layton, Cindy Dore', Jeremy Coto, Jay Bartels, Billy Luce, Jennifer Tremley, Angela And David Blevins, Marissa Dambrosio, Baines Family, Jason Albucker, Ken Gravitt, Tina Firestone, Kris Nixon, Erica Sipich, Karen Nelson, Cameron Love, Brittany &Jesse Siminitz, Kevin Scharf, Jonathan Thomas, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Caryn Schill, Steve Cummings, Cathy Schill, Hillary Waldroop, Jennifer Townsend, Chris Connors, Amy Young, Linda Scrivano, Michelle Mcspadden, Joyce Tofflemire, Krista Penno, Tommy Carty, Travis Grim, Kelly Zanauskas, Robin Mcconnell, Bruce Hinterleitner, Donna Currier, Harry Wilson, John Dupre, Amanda M., Jessica Deans, Cameron Lange, Dallas Hamilton, Jaclyn Kelch, Erin Loring, Wade A. Williams, Carri Marotto, Steve Pocopanni, Mary Tackett, Bruce Lawson, Sarah Connors, Michelle Wilinski, Jamie Poynton, Michelle Wilinski, Quincy Delcolletti, Jennifer Schwing, Dan Owens, Melissa Dye, Allie L, Mickey Eckert, Anjanette Tournillon, Scott Junkin, Nicole Ruzinski, John Leach , Ana And Lucas Marlett, Wendy Snelgrove, Noreen E. Rachuba, Heidi Goodhue, Stacey Van Dyke, Misty Mehelic, Matt Cofone, Kathy Lutz, Tom Koval, Jared Orth, Erin Savoie, Christian Baas, Carrie Kenney, Robert Bostic, Trudy Vespucci, Josh Kight, Roye Ann Morris, Jay Reagan, Nicole Lopresti, Rob Frinzi, Kandise B., Louise Herrick, Bruce Arnold, Heather Coursen, Heather, Kelley H, Eileen Miller, Suzanne S., Tim Wingfield, Marie Phillips, Kelly Kobiela, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Kirsten Stark, Michael Fiedler, Theresa Maradei, Tom &Susan Linder, Tim Rachuba, Elizabeth Scarborough and Richard Nussbaum. Each of you will be entered in the February winners' drawing.

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Challenge #118: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #118

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 4, 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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