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February 1, 2010

April Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

You'll find this pretty little area of Disney's Animal Kingdom when you exit It's Tough to Be A Bug. I think Animal Kingdom is just a beautiful park.


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.

April 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


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

April 2010 Jewel Case Calendar


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February 2, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Storefronts

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

The Darkroom
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 200

There's no such thing as a boring storefront when you're at a Disney park. Every shop is another opportunity for Disney's designers to tell a story and show their stuff. Take this camera shop at Disney's Hollywood Studios. There's no mistaking what you'll find inside here.

Later this week, watch for Lisa and Scott to share some of the storefronts they find most interesting.

February 3, 2010

Tag! You're It!

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Kids, we're going to try something new. You're going to tell me about the photos. Yes, your job is to examine these images I took of the Partners Statue at Disneyland and let me and your fellow readers know what you see. I'm not looking for you to guess what mode I used (Auto) or if the flash went off (it didn't). What I'd like for you all to do is describe what you see from image to image, how, and why. Go ahead.

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Number 1

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Number 2

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Number 3

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Number 4

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Number 897 Just kidding. Number 5

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Number 6

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Number 7

Please refer to the photo number when submitting comments.

This blog was written while listening to the jukebox in my head.

February 4, 2010

World of Disney Adventures

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Adventure Room entrance to the World of Disney megastore in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Adventure Room entrance to the World of Disney store.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/4, ISO 320, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal Length, Flash

What better for a Disney Pic of the Week featuring Storefronts than a photo of the biggest Disney store I have ever seen. The World of Disney store in Downtown Disney's Marketplace has three entrances. This is the entrance to the Adventure Room full of pirate booty and overseen by the lovable alien, Stitch. Watch out! He spits!

February 5, 2010

Illuminating the Yeti Shrine

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

After I found out I was going to be attending Extra Magic Hours at night in Disney's Animal Kingdom. I had this photo idea in my head. The Yeti Shrine at night with Expedition Everest beautifully lighted in the background. I knew I would need a tripod, remote shutter release and a lens that could handle the sweeping image I had dancing in my head like the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens I have.

Now, you can imagine my disappointment when I rounded the corner and saw the scene below which greeted me. I never thought the Yeti Shrine would NOT have a light or two on it like the stone column off to the right.

The unlighted Yeti Shrine with Expedition Everest in the background at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Unlighted Yeti Shrine.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16mm, 25s, f/11, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 16mm focal length, tripod

As I pondered this I came upon another idea. An even better one as it turns out. I took out the Nikon SB-600 Speedlight (flash unit) from my camera bag and set it and my camera to trigger the flash remotely. On any Nikon dSLR cameras with a pop-up flash, you can use the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) with either the SB-600, SB-800 or SB-900 Speedlights. Other Nikon dSLR cameras will need either an SB-800, SB-900 or the SU-800 Commander Unit. If you own another camera brand, refer to your manual to see how you can set up remote flash.

I am not going into the detail on how to use the CLS (see link and Google for more information) this time but just give you the results you see in the next photo. Here is the photo I had in my head. By using off-camera flash held at camera left, I angled it in such a way as to illuminate the Yeti Shrine. I set the camera to Rear-Sync Flash mode to capture the purple-white colors of Expedition Everest in the background.

The illuminated Yeti Shrine with Expedition Everest in the background at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Orlando, Florida
Illuminated Yeti Shrine.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16mm, 25s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 16mm focal length, tripod, rear-synced off-camera flash at -1 power

What do you think? See, flash is not a dirty word but another tool to correctly expose your subjects.

February 6, 2010

You Break It, You Buy It

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Cristal d'Orleans is a specialty shop located in Disneyland's New Orleans Square. Owned and run by Arribas Brothers, the store sells etched glass mugs, stem ware, and glasses featuring Disney characters. They also create jewelry and blown glass figures.

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Canon EOS 30D with Canon 17-40mm L USM

Disney Pic of the Week - Storefronts

February 7, 2010

Where in the World #119

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #118:
 Where in the World #118

And here's the answer:
French Bouquiniste Box in Epcot
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 0.0015s shutter, f/8, ISO 200

I always thought it was weird that they had these kind of ugly green metal boxes across from France on the wall of the lagoon. What an odd place for some sort of utility box. Usually Disney hides that kind of stuff backstage, or disguises it somehow. Then I got to go to Paris a couple years ago and finally, I understood.

Epcot's France was influenced by Paris. In Paris, inside these boxes are entire stores that are unpacked in the morning and then packed away again at night. The bouquinistes (riverside vendors) who own the boxes sell books, prints, watercolors, and some touristy trinkets. The boxes are all painted the same green color and sit right on the walls that overlook the Seine in Paris.

Ed Aleszczyk was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Ed and all the other readers who got the answer right: Amanda M, Amy Martel, Amy Reed, Anne Hainsworth, Annette Nuenke, Ashley Hill, Baines Family, Barclay Bakkum, Belicia Dawson, Brent Lollar, Bruce Hinterleitner, Bruce Lawson, Caitlin Burns, Charity Maas, Charlie Scheer, Chris Masse, Christine And Erin Claeys, Christine Dagney, Christopher Barnes, Cindy Dore', Cindy Hershey, Colin Buchanan, Dallas Hamilton, Darlene Harmon, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Elizabeth Scarborough, Ellie Argaluza, Emily Dagney, Erin Loring, Evelyn Wilson, Frank F. Fincken Iii, Gary E Genteman, Heather Coursen, Heidi Goodhue, Heidi Summers, Hillary Waldroop, Ian Falk, Jacquelyn Law, James Berry, Jamie Poynton, Jane Johnson, Jay Reagan, Jen Bruno, Jennifer Tremley, Jenny Haas, Jeremy Coto, Joy Johnston, Kameo Crea, Karen Nelson, Kathy Berry, Kris Nixon, Kristy Holland, Kurt Knappman, Kye Layton, Laura Pranaitis, Leslie Dameron, Linda L. Abbate, Linda Mac, Lisa Cash, Marc Acosta, Marina Crober, Marissa D'ambrosio, Mark Carty, Mark Franklin, Mary Dannahey, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Matt Cofone, Michael Haven, Michele Delorenzo, Michelle Raimist, Michelle Wilinski, Mike Malampy, Nicole Ruzinski, Noreen Rachuba, Penny Urell, Robert Bostic, Robin Mcconnell, Sarah Smee, Scott Cullen, Sharon Blickensderfer, Sharon Dale, Sharon Lee, Sherry Klinefelter, Theresa Rucando, Tiffany W., Tim Johansen, Tim Rachuba, Tracey Mayfield, Tricia Noble and Wendy and Rob Crober. Each of you will be entered in the February winners' drawing.

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Challenge #119: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #119

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 11, 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!

February 9, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week: Statues

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

There are many statues at the Walt Disney World Resort. You will find them in all the parks, resorts and shopping areas. They depict famous people, animated characters, movie characters and historical places and things. You can find anything Disney from Ariel to Walt Disney, himself.

China, the country, is host to thousands of statues of Buddha, dragons and other mystical creatures. Back in 2007, China, the Epcot pavilion, brought in a re-creation of the Terracotta Warriors who were placed in China's first emperor's tomb to protect him in the afterlife. Located in the gallery inside the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, Tomb Warriors: Guardian Spirits of Ancient China exhibit is captivating. Each figure, wagon and animal is unique. I spent a good hour looking over the statues and feel I found the fiercest warrior among them. He just happened to be in the very front. I believe the emperor is being well taken care of and is a good introduction to this week's Disney Pic of the Week on Statues. Barrie and Lisa will show you their favorite statues on Thursday and Saturday.

One of the statues in Tomb Warriors Guardian Spirits of Ancient China exhibit in the China pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
One of the statues in Tomb Warriors Guardian Spirits of Ancient China exhibit.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 10s, f/11, 200 ISO, +1.0 EV, 170mm Focal Length, tripod

February 10, 2010

Jump, Jack! Flash!

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Hello possums and welcome to the greatest show on Earth. My assistant Jack will now help me demonstrate just how powerful the flash is on point and shoot cameras and the pop-up flash on SLRs.

Jack sat still while I moved backwards 39 inches after every photo. Why 39? Because the free paper tape measure I got at IKEA measured 39 inches.

No editing was made to these photos. I didn't make use of the zoom lens on my Canon PowerShot SX100 IS in order to give you a better idea of what the results truly are and how you might be fooled by villains.

Let us begin at Town Square Exposition Hall in Magic Kingdom.

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39" or 3'3" is the distance between Jack Spence and I. Isn't he cute? You really don't want to be any closer than 3 feet. In most cases that'll cause the person to look ghostly especially if you can't control how much light the flash puts out.


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78" or 6'6" separates my camera from Jack's chin. Between 5 and 6 feet is the ideal distance you want between photographer and victim, uh, I mean loved one.


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116" or 9'9" of space. He's looking more yellowy-red because the flash isn't overpowering the room's lightbulbs. The flash is falling off.


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Back in St. Olaf, Jack Spencerhugle sat in TV cutout trying to fool dog knappers into thinking he was actually a show. But little did they know he was really modeling for a photography blog demonstrating how far a camera flash reaches. At that moment he was a whole 149 inches away from the camera! That's 13 feet! Too far for a properly lit image.


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Last but not least, a whopping 16 feet and 3 inches. While Cruella, the henchmen, and the dogs still look good, Jack is hard to see. That's because the cutouts and paint are reflective and Jack isn't.

Now you know and knowing is half the battle. This message will self-destruct.

I wrote this blog while listening to my cat yell at me.

You'll find AllEars team member Jack Spence's literary works here. Thanks Jack!

February 11, 2010

Surely, You Jest

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

I made my first visit to Port Orleans last month. It's true I've never seen either style of this resort. It was nice, I liked it. Perhaps I'll stay there sometime.

Here's my entry for our Disney Pic of the Week - Statues.

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This jester can be found at French Quarter near the pool.

February 12, 2010

Toontown Dominance

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

If you want to make something you are photographing stand out in a photo, make it dominant. Dominance is easy to see in a photo. It is an offshoot of filling the frame as the dominant subject shares the photo with something else. The placement of the dominant subject helps to tell the story.

My first example is from Mickey's Toontown Fair. The washroom key in the gas pump has always given me a laugh. Pete is not very nice, is he? To tell this story I made the washroom key dominant by getting in close using the Tokina 11-16mm ultra wide angle lens at a focal length of 11mm and an aperture of f/16. This allowed me to keep everything in focus so you could see the relationship between the key and Pete's Garage.

The washroom key for Pete's Garage is in a unique place in the Magic Kingdom's Toontown, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The washroom key for Pete's Garage is in a unique place.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/40s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 11mm focal length

My second example is from the Toontown Farmer's Market. I wanted the fruit in focus but the busy market behind it a bit out of focus. This gives the idea it is a market but the focus is on the oranges and apples which are the dominate subject of the photo. I did that by increasing the size of the aperture from f/16 to f/5.6 and getting in real close to the oranges. Remember the smaller the aperture number, the larger the opening in the lens.

Toontown Farmer's Market has healthy and nutritious snacks in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Toontown Farmer's Market has healthy and nutritious snacks like these oranges and apples.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16, 1/30s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 11mm focal length

Next time you are at a Disney park or anywhere with your camera, consider telling a story with a dominant subject.

February 14, 2010

Where is Where in the World?

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Hi everyone - I'm sorry to say that I don't have a Where in the World for you today. I have not been feeling well the past few days and honestly just couldn't stand sitting at my desk for any length of time. I'll be back next week though and I'll see what I can come up with to make it up to you. See you then - Barrie

February 16, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - American Adventure

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Welcome...to...America! Epcot's American Adventure pavillion sure as heck makes you feel as though you're in the United States, doesn't it? It's all of the themeing and that extra mile they went to give a large chunk of the Guests accents from the South, the West, the East and of course the Snowbirds. Oops, the North!

Here you'll find not 1, not 2, but 3 forms of entertainment. There's the aptly named American Adventure which highlights important moments in history as explained by animatronic figures including Benny Franklin (that's Benjamin to you) and Mark Twain. Voices of Liberty is an a capella group that performs inside the building. You can also enjoy The Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps who perform outdoors in Colonial attire. Wait, I forgot something. The America Gardens Theater is another place you can be entertained but only for special events like the Candlelight Processional, Eat to the Beat Concerts, and the Flower Power Concerts.

Enough chatter, let's get to my photo. Na na na na naaaaaaaaa.

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I call it, One if by Land, Two if by Sea, and Three if by Fire Escape Ladder.

Come on back on Thursday and Saturday to learn more about this great country of ours from Barrie and Scotty (that's Scott to you).

February 17, 2010

Mickey's Jammin Jungle Parade

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

For more than 8 years Mickey Mouse has overseen this colorful, playful, and adventurous procession that loops through Disney's Animal Kingdom. Due to it's course, shutterbugs get to try their hand at photographing the parade twice within roughly 15 minutes.

For my first attempt I stood beside the souvenir stand that's diagonally across from the standby entrance to Kilimanjaro Safaris. To my left were the magical doors that lead backstage and through which emerge King Louie, Baloo, and their pals.

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Everyone in this photo seemed a little surprised when a Cast Member off to the side told them to get together therefore I must render that this isn't a usual occurrence. Each "set" of walking characters, dancers, and stilt walkers posed.

If you're using a point and shoot camera to capture a moving subject you'll need to anticipate their next step or movement. Depress your shutter button before you normally would. It's an important item to remember because your camera and mine have a short lag time. In other words, be ready.

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My Canon PowerShot SX100 IS was set to Auto the entire time and I often made use of the zoom lens. I see that Rafiki's banner says Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Expedition. Normally I just see the top of Rafiki's head as I'm leaving the park.

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Minnie's truck is inspired by her signature red polka dot bows and comes complete with a bathtub filled with bubbles because expeditions are tiring.

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Another good trick is to zoom in and wait until he/she moves into the frame and click the shutter just before he/she is centered. You can shoot faster if you don't need your flash. That'll cut down on the lag time.

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Once the entire cavalcade passed by I took a quick break and upon returning found that for my second attempt, I was better off around the corner from where I'd been. This placed me diagonally across from the restrooms. Look at these next images for a better idea of my location.

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Without the performers having to turn the corner like before, they're now walking straight towards the lens.

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In January around 5pm the sun is setting and coming from behind. This puts everything and everyone in shadow. The up side is there aren't any crazy lighting matters to deal with. The down side is that shade photographs as blue so be sure to adjust your images later before printing. You could also trying using a flash if you're within 10 feet of what/who you're photographing.

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A different perspective is always a good way to learn.

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There's plenty going on from Terk acknowledging me, costumed stilt walkers having some fun of their own and in the back, Donald waves from atop his ducked out caravan.

One last note, the park wasn't all that busy. I was the only Guest in both roped off areas.

This blog was written while listening to "Salsa" the motion picture soundtrack.


February 18, 2010

Funnel Cakes

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Funnel Cakes sign
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

Nothing says American Adventure like "Funnel Cakes"!


February 19, 2010

King of the Wild Frontier

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I enjoyed a stop at the Trail's End restaurant in Fort Wilderness for a hearty all-you-can-eat buffet. Before I left, I explored Crockett's Tavern which is inside Trail's End and is a small bar where you can enjoy some spirited drinks. Next to the bar is a wall of paraphernalia from the life of Davy Crockett. The scene below has a map of Tennessee, the bear Davy killed when he was three, a coonskin cap, a portrait of Davy as a Congressman and other bits from the legend's life. Most coming from the lyrics of The Ballad of Davy Crockett used for the television shows Walt Disney produced for ABC back in the 1950's.

Born on a mountain top in Tennessee, greenest state in the land of the free
Raised in the woods so's he knew ev'ry tree, kilt him a b'ar when he was only three
Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier!

A wall of paraphernalia from the life of Davy Crockett found in the Trail's End restaurant located in the Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A wall of paraphernalia from the life of Davy Crockett.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 18mm focal length, bounced flash at -1 power

The person who played Davy Crockett in those television shows was Fess Parker who is more known today for the wines he brings each year to Walt Disney World's Food and Wine Festival in Epcot from his California winery. Back in the 1950's, Fess was famous for the coonskin cap he wore in the very first miniseries ever created for television and, confirmed to Walt Disney, the power of the new medium. Fess Parker is honored with a portrait of him as Davy Crockett right next to the wall depicting the life he so entertained America with.

A portrait of Fess Parker as Davy Crockett hangs near Crockett's Tavern found in the Trail's End restaurant located in the Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Portrait of Fess Parker as Davy Crockett hangs near Crockett's Tavern.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 18mm focal length, bounced flash at -1 power

As all good legends do, Davy Crockett faded into the western sunset...

His land is biggest an' his land is best, from grassy plains to the mountain crest
He's ahead of us all meetin' the test, followin' his legend into the West
Davy, Davy Crockett, king of the wild frontier!


February 20, 2010

Brother, can you spare a dime?

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A scene from the American Adventure in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A scene from the American Adventure.
Nikon D70/50mm, 1/50s, f/1.8, ISO 800, EV 0, 50mm Focal Length

Photographing the American Adventure show is a challenge for me and my camera. On my last trip, I was able to sit close enough to use my fastest lens, the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 or Nifty Fifty. That allowed me to get this scene which is the bridge between the Depression and the start of World War II in the show and is my Disney Pic of the Week on The American Adventure.

February 21, 2010

Where in the World #120

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #119:
 Where in the World #119

And here's the answer:
Muppet Stuff
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/200s shutter, f/11, ISO 200

I always check when I go to Disney's Hollywood Studios, but I don't think those Muppets are ever going to finish painting this building. Stage 1 Company Store is the go-to place for Muppet merchandise.

Jeremy Coto was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Jeremy and all the other readers who got the answer right: Alicia Roth, Ana And Lucas Marlett, Andrea Schnur, Angie Young, Avery & Evan Zanauskas, Beth Crossland, Dale Knight, Daniel Record, David And Angela Blevins, Jared Orth, Jen Bruno, Jessica Ripley, Kelley H, Kelly Kobiela, Lee Anastasi, Linda Scrivano, Lisa Cash, Louise Barton, Madi M., Mckinley Yeaman, Mike M., Noreen Rachuba, Phil Tavares, Robin Fitts, Sara Beth Wade, Scott Otis, Sharon Dale, Theresa Rucando, Tim Rachuba, Tim Wingfield and Walter Clark. Each of you will be entered in the February winners' drawing.

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Challenge #119: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #120

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

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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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!

iPhone Wallpapers
Sorry I missed last week. Thank you to everyone who sent me get well messages.

I did mention that I would try to make it up to you with something special. Now I know not everyone has an iPhone, but for those of you who do, I have put together a set of wallpapers sized to fit your phone. I can't say for sure, but I bet they will work on other phones too, though they may need to be resized.

The instructions for how to download the wallpapers are at the top of the gallery page. Hope you like them!


February 23, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Mission Space

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Mission Space Plants
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/640 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200

This week we're going to take a look at Mission Space. Located in Future World at Epcot, this attraction is one of Disney's most intense rides. I've ridden it a few times, but these days, I prefer to enjoy it from outside! There are some pretty "out of this world" looking plants gracing the exterior. They remind me of Lost in Space - remember that old show? Be sure to come back on Thursday and Saturday to see what caught the eye of Scott and Lisa.


February 24, 2010

Same Place, Different Time

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

We're all aware that the Earth rotates around the Sun causing variations in lighting throughout the course of a calendar day. The magic time that creates golden glows happens twice but not in the same place. When the sun first appears in the morning and then again roughly an hour - an hour and a half before it disappears for the night.

When I was in Miami, I drove down to South Beach in the late afternoon hoping to catch that sparkle on the famous art deco hotels lining Ocean Blvd. No such luck as the Sun was hitting the backs of the buildings instead. If I wanted the light, I'd have to arrive in the wee small hours of the morning. On the day I had free to do that, it was completely overcast with thick, low, gray clouds. You need sunshine otherwise it's no-go.

Check out how the light changes on the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom. These photos were taken on January 26, 2010.

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8:55am - There's a warmth of color falling over the carved animals coming from the right. Look at where the strong shadows are cast. They're all being thrown down and left. That'll tell you where the source of light is coming from.


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12:30pm - Now the shadows are tossed to the right and the lower part of the tree is broadly lit. You can see the fence and grass easily as opposed to before.


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2:57pm - Two and a half hours later, there's been another significant change in lighting. The Sun's starting to slowly begin it's disappearance. Darkness is creeping in.


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5:30pm - Behold the golden light!


Written while listening to Robi Draco Rosa's album Ensayos 731 aka Ensayos Al Natural.

My site was nominated for Best Photography Blog!

February 25, 2010

Spinning Globe

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Mission: Space globe spinning in Epcot's Futureworld, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Mission: Space globe spinning 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

Using a slow shutter speed and rear-sync flash, you can see the Mission: Space sign's globe in motion for my Disney Pic of Week on Mission: Space.


February 26, 2010

Creative White Balance

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Most digital photographers I know try to get the white balance correct in all their photos. I know I fight with it for stage shows at Walt Disney World. If you need a refresher on white balance for digital cameras, visit Lisa's excellent post, Understanding White Balance.

It's easy to forget you can use white balance to create interesting color effects. To demonstrate, I set up my tripod in Japan's pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase to photograph one of Samurai Warrior statues at night. The statue is illuminated by artificial lights and by adjusting the white balance of the camera, I created the following three photos.

First, I used my standard white balance setting of Auto. Most of the time this works just fine.

Samurai warrior statue at night in Japan's pavilion using Auto White Balance, Epcot World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Samurai warrior statue at night in Japan's pavilion using Auto White Balance.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 20s, f/11, ISO 200, EV 0, 18mm focal length, tripod

Not bad. Yellowish color cast as the light source was very yellow. Next, I tried the Fluorescent white balance setting.

Samurai warrior statue at night in Japan's pavilion using Fluorescent White Balance, Epcot World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Samurai warrior statue at night in Japan's pavilion using Fluorescent White Balance.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 20s, f/11, ISO 200, EV 0, 18mm focal length, tripod

Wow...where did the green come from? Fluorescent lighting is greenish so, under fluorescent lighting, the color would have been correct. Lastly, I changed to Incandescent (light bulb) white balance.

Samurai warrior statue at night in Japan's pavilion using Incandescent White Balance, Epcot World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Samurai warrior statue at night in Japan's pavilion using Incandescent White Balance.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 20s, f/11, ISO 200, EV 0, 18mm focal length, tripod

I like this as it gave a more truer color of the scene than the Auto mode. Don't be afraid to experiment with white balance. Just don't forget to change it back to your normal setting or you may end up with some green or blue images you weren't expecting.

February 27, 2010

Planets Align So Rare

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


As you know, our theme this week is Mission: Space, an attraction I'm never ever going to attempt. If you want to give it a go and need me to hold your handbag, camera, car keys, "Grease" collection, sunglasses or Disney gift cards, just let me know.

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Oh, I learned one thing while hanging around, shooting, Astronaut Mickey and Astronaut Goofy stopped making appearances in 2007. Phooey!


February 28, 2010

Where in the World #121

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #120:
 Where in the World #120

And here's the answer:
Mad Tea Party
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 3s shutter, f/9, ISO 200

This attraction is definitely not my cup of tea! I think anyone over the age of 12 who can ride the Mad Tea Party in the Magic Kingdom has a stomach made of iron. There's a reason this ride is in Fantasyland.

Julie Wickware was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Julie and all the other readers who got the answer right: Kelly Zanauskas, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Jennifer Horst, Jaclyn Kelch, Andrea Schnur, Nicole Alley, Shirley T, Heidi Goodhue, Paul Dickson, Tom Koval, Joshua Thorne, Cheryl Costello and Gabby Stapp. Each of you will were entered in the February winners' drawing.

It's time for our monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Chris Connors! Congratulations Chris, 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 #121: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #121

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