« April 2010 | Main | June 2010 »

May 2010 Archives

May 1, 2010

Sticky Rhinos

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Raise your hand if you remember Animal Kingdom's old ad campaign, NâHTâZû! Excellent, thank you. You may put your hands down. I was just taking a survey.

In this not a zoo theme park with a zoo, you may find yourself on a Kilimanjaro Safari driving by giraffes, a lion, ostrich eggs that never hatch, elephants and over rough terrain. I could show you photos of all that but I'm saving them for later. Today we look at some of the details that can easily go unnoticed on the jeeps themselves. Have you seen these stickers before?

lkb-kilimanjaro-RhinoStickers.jpg
Disney Pic of the Week - Kilimanjaro Safari


You can help protect, feed, and care for animals by purchasing a special pin for $1.00 at select Animal Kingdom stores and at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Disney's Wildlife Conservation Fund supports various animal organizations and educational programs.


May 2, 2010

Where in the World #130

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #129:
 Where in the World #129

And here's the answer:
Dream FastPass
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/200s shutter, f/7.1, ISO 400

This is an Animal Kingdom Dream Fastpass from the Year of a Million Dreams promotion.

Alan P was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Alan and all the other readers who got the answer right: Wendy Crober, Marina Crober, Kelly Mager, Millie Tenreiro, Theresa Rucando, Nicole Ruzinski, Chris Connors, Don Whiteman, Caitlin Barringer, Chris Masse, Emma Poprock, Dave Cole, Marissa D'ambrosio, Chloe Albucker, Deb Gallo, Jane Rochefort, Steve Toponak, Virginia Pierce, Tim Wingfield, Brenda Strohmeyer, Ali S., Greg Strohmeyer, Michelle Raimist, Kathryn Barnes, Emily Currier, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Sharon Pierce, Neil Taylor, Andrea K., Debra Kuklinski, Patty Carty, Gia Gillis, Matthew Herman, Clare C, Mary Virginia Clause, Daniel Record, Mark, Lauren Sullivan, Ken Maikowski, Leslie Dameron, Chris Miller, Patti Purdy, Jennifer Tremley, Kelly Zanauskas, Shannon Murray, Julie Wickware, Vicki Vaught, Amanda Campbell, Denise Cayz, John Agnew, Renee Engel, Danielle Ford, Jay Reagan, Danielle Aston, Brian Yesutis, Colin Buchanan, Scott Stubbs, Andrea Weedmark, Austin O'blenis, Cindy Dore', Cathy Skiba, Nathan Cripe, Debbie Mangini, Matt Rotondo, Steven Long, Karen Nelson, Stacey Van Dyke, Allison Burgess, Misty Mehelic, Jessica Gruhlke, Lauren Foss, Bruce Jones, Mike Malampy, Tina Benco , Ryan Benco, Kameo Crea, Cheryl Buchanan, Ken Fischler, Annie Hulsey, Katelyn P, Hillary Waldroop, Dale Knight, Trisha Johnson, Rebekah Anguish, Kim Steiner, Lee Anastasi, Barbie Lawless, Paula Munson, Hoekzema Family, Sandy Miller, Roye Ann Morris, Danielle Aston, Janet Fosbender, Jeremy Hardy, Gareth Molyneux, Brian Gallant, Shannon Milair, Allison Caputa, Jen Cox, Cara Richards, Aj Perras, Sandra Shaw, Alison Rosenberger, Christine Dagney, Jim Riley, Tiffany W., Sarah Connors, Steve Pocopanni, Karen Desantis, Elaine Leviner, Chris Miller, Karrie Duffey, Tracy Bradfute, Jerry Marceau, Becky Sterusky, Jessica Reed, Wendy Snelgrove, Holly Anderson, Rob Blundin, Jim Finley, Michelle Wilinski, Dennis Blackburn, Matt Degrandis, Jennifer Schwing, Mary Tackett, Tim Rachuba, Allison Dibiase, Marc Lorenzo, Jason, Joann Albrecht, Sara Beth Wade, Kevin Weidenweber, Danielle And Matt Murgia, Susan Pitts , Frank, Carrie Kenney, Sharon Blickensderfer, Dennis Loring, Erin Loring, Daniel Campozano O, Jill Fogg, Jen Cerce, Mark Franklin, Lisa Graham, Anjanette Tournillon, Erin Worley, Madi, Chloe, Christopher Bourassa, Wayne Witherspoon, Tommy M, Jim Riley, Isabelle Boivin, Abigail Burns, Chris, Carinne, Evelyn Wilson, Jessica Marcotte, Jill Davoll, Todd Ritter, Joel Armstrong, Krista Penno, Drew Deapo, Bill Mckim, Sandra Mcguire, Wade Gilliard, Marianne Goode, Dominic Bert Cooper, Peg Fliegel, Heather Coursen, Betty Llewellyn, Emily Robinson, Dave Carriere, Kate Fanning, Robert Flaherty, John P, Amy Reed, Christopher Jackson, Christi Ison, Ann Fowler, Gabby Stapp, Andrew Campopiano, Emily Dagney, Kelley Mossburg, Katarina Whitmarsh and Sandra Shaw. Each of you will be entered in the May winners' drawing.

_______________________________________________________________________

Challenge #130: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #130

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 6, 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!

May 4, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week: Dark Rides

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Dark rides are the most challenging for us Disney photographers. Light is only available directly on the places Disney wants it and, while our eyes have no trouble, our cameras get starved for light. For years I got blurry photos. In fact I still do but I've gotten better. Fast prime lenses like the 50mm in all its iterations and image stabilization technologies have given me and many others some success. For my Disney Pic of Week on Dark Rides I choose to photograph the start, in fact, a very fast start to one of the fastest dark rides, the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.

A Super Stretch Limo ride vehicle is launched at Disney's Hollywood Studios Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Super Stretch Limo ride vehicle is launched into the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/5s, f/3.5, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster thrill seekers go from zero to 60mph in 2.3 seconds into a series of loops and high speed turns through California highways to the Aerosmith concert.

Lisa and Barrie will be here on Thursday and Saturday with their favorite dark ride photos.

May 5, 2010

Who Wants a Disneyland Resort Postcard?

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

POSTCARD REQUESTS HAVE BEEN FILLED TO CAPACITY......

Rather than come up with another edutainment piece this week I'm bribing you, my readers, with this one-time offer. I'll be at Disneyland shortly so if you'd like to receive a postcard from moi, fill out the Post a Comment form below and write your full name and address in the Comments box. Your information WILL NOT be posted on the website. All comments have to be approved by the blogger before they appear online. I won't be sharing your information with anyone, not even my invisible friend Fred.

POSTCARD REQUESTS HAVE BEEN FILLED TO CAPACITY......

5/11 WOW! In a mere 34 hours 124 postcard requests came in. Suffice it to say I was completely surprised. LOL As much as I'd like to send a postcard to everyone who sent in a request, I'm sorry to say it just isn't doable. A bunch of postcards were mailed before I left CA. the rest I had to bring home with me and will be mailed this week. Why? It turns out Disneyland doesn't sell stamps in the parks, only in their hotel business centers from 8am - 5pm. By the time I got that concrete info it was 6:30pm and on the last day of my trip.

Special thanks to Laura Gilbreath for not only playing in the park but also for bringing me all of her postcard stamps.

lkb-evilqueen-window.jpg

Here's a Fantasyland photo to hold you over.

May 6, 2010

Back! Back over the Falls!

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Our Disney Pic of the Week theme is dark rides. At first I was going to use a photo of Snow White's Scary Adventure but I've already done that. Then I thought about it's a small world and couldn't decide if it's actually a dark ride when you board outdoors in Disneyland. Decisions, decisions. Finally, after going through memory cards from my trip to Walt Disney World in January I was reminded that I intentionally shot Maelstrom for this particular topic.


lkb-darkrides-maelstrom.jpg


Story time! My mom, grandparents, and I were riding Maelstrom and just after being cursed by the trolls and avoiding the falls I told them we were going down a little hill. My baubie (Yiddish for grandmother) grabbed onto my arm for dear life while in the row in front, my grandfather was yelling "Wheeeeeee!" with his hands in the air.


May 7, 2010

Walt Disney World at f/2.8

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Fast lenses for digital SLR cameras have a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or bigger. Except for the Nifty-Fifty which are 50mm prime lenses at f/1.8, fast lenses are expensive. Most of the lenses in this class are considered some of the best ever made. Over the last three years, I have purchased two f/2.8 lenses which I have enjoyed using at Walt Disney World. The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 DX Ultra Wide Angle and the Nikon 70-200mm VR f/2.8. The following photographs were taken with these lenses at their wide open aperture of f/2.8.

The Tokina has gotten a large following among Disney photographers. For the price of around $650 in either Canon or Nikon versions, this is one of the better bargins in f/2.8 lenses. At it's widest setting of 11mm, there is some distortion of things near the edge of the frame. To cut down on the distortion, I try to make sure to keep the camera level and perpendicular to what I am photographing.

I found a post to lean against at my favorite counter service restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Columbia Harbour House, to take this photo of the ordering area. The lens was able to capture the windowed ceiling, the tall ship paraphernalia on the walls and the cast members and guests ordering their food. I'll take the fish and chips with a bowl of New England clam chowder, please!

Ordering area for the Columbia Harbour House counter service restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Ordering area for the Columbia Harbour House counter service restaurant.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16, 1/30s, f/2.8, ISO 720, EV +0.3, 11mm focal length

Night photography at Walt Disney World is very popular as the parks have a whole different look after the Sun goes down. This is one of my favorite views of Spaceship Earth when walking towards the park's entrance. The colored lights on the palm trees were not as bright as I have photographed them in the past making the geodesic structure the star of the photo. At f/2.8, I was able to hand hold the camera at 1/15th of a second using a reasonable ISO of 900.

Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16, 1/15s, f/2.8, ISO 900, EV -0.3, 11mm focal length

For those who have vacationed at Walt Disney World in December, you know it can get cold at night. Returning back to my room in the All Star Sports resort late one night, I took this image of the steam rising off of the main pool area. I thought the sign made a good foreground subject for the story I wanted to tell.

No Lifeguard on Duty as steam rises from the Main Pool at the All Star Sports resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
No Lifeguard on Duty as steam rises from the Main Pool at the All Star Sports resort.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16, 1/15s, f/2.8, ISO 900, EV +0.7, 11mm focal length

The Nikon 70-200 VR, VR is for Vibration Reduction which is what Nikon calls their Image Stabilization system, has long been considered one of Nikon's all time best lenses. Nikon recently updated this lens with the new VR II version going for around $2,400. I picked up my VR I version used for less than half of that so deals can be found on eBay and other used lens websites.

Fast lenses have one more trait I should mention: they are heavy. The Nikon 70-200VR weighs in at a little over three pounds. While I have no trouble using it without a tripod, in low light situations like Fantasmic! in Disney's Hollywood Studios, I used my tripod like a monopod (the tripod legs were folded in) to help steady this image of Mickey Mouse welding his fire sword to oust the dragon from his dream. Just a note, this is one lens where you leave the VR on when used on a tripod or monopod.

Mickey Mouse welding his Fire Sword during Fantasmic! in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mickey Mouse welding his Fire Sword during Fantasmic!
Nikon D70/70-200VR, 1/200s, f/2.8, ISO 1600, EV 0, 140mm focal length

The Festival of the Lion King does allow the use of flash photography during the show but, by using the lens at f/2.8 and zooming in, I had more than enough light to take this photo during the Can You Feel the Love Tonight duet scene. This shows the nice bokeh the Nikon 70-200VR creates when used wide open.

Can You Feel the Love Tonight duet during the Festival of the Lion King show in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Can You Feel the Love Tonight duet during the Festival of the Lion King show.
Nikon D70/70-200VR, 1/50s, f/2.8, ISO 1600, EV 0, 200mm focal length

I have tried for years to take a good photo of the fire dancer during the heina scene of the Festival of the Lion King show. By focusing on the performer's face, I picked up this photograph of some lingering fire on his tongue. The brightness of the fire gave me the fast shutter speed of 1/1600th of a second.

Fire dancer performing during the Festival of the Lion King show in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Fire dancer performing during the Festival of the Lion King show.
Nikon D70/70-200VR, 1/1600s, f/2.8, ISO 800, EV 0, 180mm focal length

These two lenses allowed me to get photos of higher quality than I have been able to in the past. Yes, they are expensive but you can rent them for a fraction of their costs.

May 9, 2010

Where in the World #131

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #130:
 Where in the World #130

And here's the answer:
Sword in the Stone
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 10s shutter, f/8, ISO 100

This is the Sword in the Stone that lives in front of Cinderella's Golden Carrousel in the Magic Kingdom. There used to be a ceremony that took place in which a child was chosen by Merlin to be the Leader of the Day if they could pull the sword from the stone. Sadly, now it just makes for a nice photo with the castle in the background.

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: Edith And Doug Kahle, Laura Tarbet, Paul Cooper, Ken Maikowski, Caitlin Barringer, Caryn Schill, Brian Gallant, Paula Munson, Alissa Ammons-coxsey, Jaime Thomson, Jen Cerce, Sharon Dale, Maureen Handy, Clarissa K, Ronnie Mehelic, Brenda Mcguire, Jennifer Harmon, Sherry Trapp, Tim Johansen, Kris Nixon, Jim Finley, Alicia Roth, Jodi Cook, Belicia Dawson, Scott Cullen, Michelle Raimist, Chloe, Tim W, Kathryn Perkins, Shannon Murray, Chris Norris, Matthew Ziegele, Debra Kuklinski, Sandra Shaw, Karen Nelson, Theresa Rucando, Jared Orth, Louise Barton, Mike Malampy, John Dupre, Deb Ragno, Robert Anderson , Robin Fitts, Sue Mcdonald, Robin Mcconnell, Sharon Pierce, Chris Bourassa, Jennifer Tremley, Carol Baranowsky, Lisa Mccormack, David Boyarsky, Curtis Bille, Leah Broussard, Brittany & Jesse Siminitz, James Berry, Chris Bourassa, Kathy Berry, Leigh Mertz, Jacquelyn Law, Lana Pegg, Michael Utesch, Brenda Strohmeyer, Greg Strohmeyer, Patty Cartry, Andrea Schnur, Angie Young, Matthew Herman, Scott Stubbs, Spring Smith, Andrea Weedmark, Jeremy Hardy, Becky Terjung, Daniel Record, Bill Mmckim, Daniel Record, Nicole Alley, Jim Thompson, Megan, Anjanette Tournillon, Frank F. Fincken Iii, Sarah Chenoweth, Ruth Woodhouse, Wendy Ip, Walter Fletcher, Double Family, Christina Rotella, Annette Nuenke, Cathy Schil, Christopher Jackson, Michelle Mcspadden, Cassady Fudali, Christine Dagney, Diane Curfman, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Karrie Duffey, Chuck Sands, Allie Laguardia, Chris And Alison, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Mary Jane Keeble, Harry Wilson, Katie Bray, Christina Rose Cooper, Mike Walter, Karen Donald, Katherine G, Nicole Amidon, Ed Suscreba, Kerry Cormier, Stacey Van Dyke, Miranda W, Ronni Selzer, Vicki Vaught, Sue Thompson, Karen Genda, Theresa Maradei, Matthew Waga, Shaun Leake, Betsy Bates, Cameron Love, Kathryn Barnes, Amy Perras, Bruce Jones, Jennifer Chartier, Lauren Foss, Marissa D'ambrosio, Kristen Mccoy, Megan Turcotte, Stephanie Caskey, Ashley Ryan, Wesley Lollar, Erin Savoie, Melody Salemi, Liz Weiter, Gabriella Rizzo, Robin Sloan, Linda Scrivano, Don Whiteman, Ronnie Schreyer, Sandi B, Jen Schultz, Angela Fennell, Richard Caprio, Chris Larys, Jaclyn Kelch, Elizabeth Goodman, Sharon Lee, Tom Hermes, Amanda Page, Krista Penno, Trish Babler, Connie Covatta, Amanda M, Mike M., Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Cara Richards, Craig, Elizabeth Macgregor, Carrie Henderson, Erica Sipich, Dana Schirnhofer, Paula Massarelli, Ken Fischler, David Singer, Pam Aug, Michelle Thompson, Carinne , Morag Lemon, Ariana Stowe, Paul Ignudo, Jr, Christopher Hall, Dale Knight, Sarah Holodick, Gabby Stapp, Jeremy Dow, Dennis Blackburn, Laura Pranaitis, Misty Lyons, Debbie Hicks, Gloria Martin, George Gadiel, Allison Caputa, Cheryl Buchanan, Colin Buchanan, Mickey Eckert, Mary Tackett, Mike Venere, Megan Evans, Jimmy Heffner, Mark Franklin, Evelyn Wilson, Kathy Love, Maryann Eckenrode, Al Desimone, Karen Korcheski, Brian Yesutis, Kelly Zanauskas, Deanna, Leslie Dameron, Erin Hammer, Lisa, Wendy Snelgrove, David Williams, Steve Knapp, Jill Davoll, Kathryn Hughes, Steve Pocopanni, Bob Hendrix, John Foggo, Lee Krueger, Pat Morin, Patti Purdy, Debbie Desimone, Lisa Wilson, Brittany Sexton, Karen Dresser-smith, Melody O'donnell, Melody O'donnell, Paul Newman, Bryan Fencl, John Wolff, Joel Armstrong, Michael Tomczyk, Tracey Mayfield, Bob Lanks, Michelle Raimist, Diane Furtado, Kirsten Stark, Linda Abbate, Melody O'donnell, Madi Meyer, Steve Toponak, Vickie Turner, Isabelle Boivin, Suzanne, Bob Venezia, Chip Vermette, Shane Stack, Rochelle, Jessica Marcotte, Jennifer Parajon, Jorge Caso, Peter Boguszewski, Jennifer Schwing, Carri Marotto, Jean B, Carla C, Diane Ramos, Rachel Hoover, Sue Bolhouse, Margot Garofalo, Joey Fine, Joan Mccullough, Kelly Mager, Bruce Arnold, Thomas Auckland, Sharon Leitgeb, Richard Caprio, Luis Rodriguez, Heidi Goodhue, Robert Flaherty, Jim Kovacs, Heidi Summers, Alexandra Flannigan, Joseph Zafia, Tom & Susan Linder, Dawn Bach, Roye Ann Morris, Amanda Campbell, Jennifer Mccurry, Vickie Scioneaux, Stacy Lee, Jennifer Bogdan, Linda Maxey, Tom Koval, Melissa Loflin, Joe Wong, Chad Simpson, Heather Coursen, Jennifer Maiorini, Candy Grasty, Michelle Bates, Karen Klein, Cheryl Costello, Lori Bennett, Erin And Christine Claeys, Robert Flaherty, Noreen Rachuba, Joanne Leger, Millie Tenreiro, Michelle Wilinski, Terri Thornton, Steve Pocopanni, Jared Holt, Lisa Palmer, Mike Haeberle, Tammy Mcenturff, Nicole Cyr, Jay Reagan, Emily Robinson, Patrick Kenny, Gennaro Rosato, Dana L. andTeresa Cole. Each of you will be entered in the May winners' drawing.

_______________________________________________________________________

Challenge #131: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #131

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 13, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
_______________________________________________________________________

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

May 10, 2010

July Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This year, we'll be spending July in Animal Kingdom with one of the Asian Tigers from the Maharajah Jungle Trek. This is just one of the six female tigers living amongst the ancient ruins of India.

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. When printing CD Jewel Case size, make sure "Page Scaling" in your print dialogue box is set to "None" to ensure that the calendar prints out at the correct size.


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

July 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


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

July 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

And finally, this desktop wallpaper is for your monitor screen.

7-10_wallpaper_sm.jpg
1024 x 768
1280 x 800
1280 x 1024
1440 x 900
1600 x 1200

May 11, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Asia

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Get out your passports. We're taking you for a journey as we explore Animal Kingdom's Asia. It's a land filled with rich jeweled colors, exotic teas, majestic animals, and a very angry yeti but let's look at the brighter side.


lkb-asia-bananas.jpg

This cart sits beside Yak & Yeti counter service eatery. It's just there for decoration and to enhance the look of the area, adding detail to the theming that Disney does exceptionally well.

Travel back on Thursday and Saturday for Barrie and Scott's photo entries.

May 12, 2010

Vocab Remix

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Wiki, wiki. :slides hand forward and back pretending to scratch vinyl: Wiki, wiki. All you cool kats are in for some fun. I'm throwing down some old school verbage (aka reminding you by reposting 3 previous entries) to increase your know-how, how-to, and to-do. Fo' Sneezy, Sleepy, Dopey, Bashful, Doc, Grumpy, and Happy. Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life fo' me. Boyyyy.


Point and Shoot - A camera that is compact regardless as to whether it is digital, 35mm or APS. One may pick up the camera set to Auto, aim at the subject and depress the shutter release button, hence the term point and shoot. Examples: Canon PowerShot SD750 Digital Elph, Minolta Freedom Zoom 130, FujiFilm FinePix S5700.
Street reference: PHD - Push Here Dummy

canon%20sureshot.jpg


SLR (Single-lens Reflex)- A camera be it film or digital that accepts a variety of lenses enabling the user to create an endless variety of images. With an SLR one can take complete control over the camera. Through the lens viewing lets you see exactly what your photo will look like. Examples: Nikon N80, Pentax K1000, Canon Digital Rebel XSi

D90.jpg


Disposable Camera - A compact plastic camera designed to be used once, developed, and disposed of or recycled. The camera may be 35mm or digital. A variety of 35mm offerings include: underwater, black and white, panoramic, and zoom.
Street references: One-time use and throw away.

fujidisposables.jpg


One-time Use Camcorder - A low resolution camcorder with a LCD screen that allows you to film for 20 minutes. The camcorders are returned to a lab to have the footage transferred to a DVD. The camcorders are generally recycled and sold again. Street references: Disposable camcorder and throw away video camera.

Megapixels - Technically, it is a unit of graphic resolution. It's the number of image sensor elements in the digital camera's sensor. Each pixel is one million pixels. The more pixels in a camera, the larger the file size is, which assists in creating better quality photos and enables prints in bigger sizes.
Mistakenly called megaplexes and megapickles.

LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) - Each camcorder and digital camera has an LCD screen. On a camcorder, it flips out so you can watch what you are filming while walking. On a digital point and shoot and many DSLRs it is a live screen as well so you can watch what you're doing and see the photo right after you take it. Both film and digital SLR cameras' LCDs offer technical information such as the shutterspeed, aperature, metering and so forth.

casoiLCD.jpg


Filters - Predominantly used on SLRs both film and digital, filters can create an amazing range of effects. The most commonly used is the UV, which protects the lenses' glass from being scratched as well as keeping a blue/purple tint out of your photos. You may also want to get a Circular Polarizer which cuts out glare found on reflective surfaces such as glass, sand, snow, and my dad's bald head.

tiffen.jpg


Tripod - If you're interested in shooting at night or doing long exposures you'll want to get yourself a tripod. This three-legged stand will keep your camera perfectly still. All cameras and tripods connect via a universal screw found on the tripod's mount. Tripods come a wide range of heights, weights, and certainly durability.

tripodsunpak.jpg


Monopod - Going on a safari? Shooting from the sidelines? Monopods take up less space than tripods do and are designed for the photog who is shooting with a super telephoto or high power zoom lens. Monopods attach to cameras the same way tripods do and also come in various heights, weights, and durability.

manfrottomonopod.jpg


Microfiber Cloth - Keep one handy to wipe fingers prints and nose grease off the LCD screen and particles from the lens. You can also use it on your glasses and sunglasses.

microfibercloth.jpg


Neoprene Neck Strap - SLRs normally come with a neck strap that feels rough on your neck and doesn't help to support the weight of the camera. Neoprene neck straps are soft, sometimes textured, and help to alleviate stress on your neck.

neoprenestrap.jpg


Memory Card Wallet - Keep your memory cards safe and in a convenient location. You'll find both soft and hard cases available as well as waterproof ones.

cardwallet.jpg


I've compiled a list of words and phrases commonly used in photo labs.

Glossy - A photographic paper finish that is reflective and shiny. Glossy paper shows fingerprints.

Matte - A photographic paper finish that is dull and flat. Matte paper rarely shows fingerprints and is commonly used for enlargements being framed.

Enlargement - A photographic print that measures 5x7 or larger.

Full-bleed - An image printed edge to edge, also referred to as borderless.

Develop - The act of film going through a series of chemicals in order to make the latent images visible.

Negative - Film that has been developed

Cropping - Adjusting the proportions of an image (in a darkroom or with software) so as to eilimante part of it for printing purposes.

Index Print - Thumbnail size images from a roll of film, memory card or CD shown as a set.


May 13, 2010

Where in the World is Barrie (again!)

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Hi everyone! Guess where I am? That's right - Walt Disney World! I forgot to mention that I would be gone for a few weeks. I thought I might post from here, but then of course, reality took over. I always think I can do more than I can and end up ditching about half my plans when I get here. This time, I think blog posts are on the chopping block. I'll see you again on Sunday, May 30 with the next Where in the World post. In the meantime, Scott and Lisa will be sharing pictures from some of the fabulous sit down restaurants in the Disney parks this week.

May 14, 2010

Indoor Tour of World Showcase, Part I

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

You wake up in your room at Walt Disney World and look outside and see dark gray sky and rain falling. This can be a bit disheartening especially if you were planning on doing a lot of outdoor photography while your family enjoys the Florida sunshine. For such days may I recommend visiting Epcot. All the attractions are inside (except for Test Track which may not be running on rainy days) and have lots of photographic opportunities. For this week and next, I am going to take you around World Showcase and show you how I enjoyed a rainy day.

I would suggest bringing a tripod or Gorrillapod for low light photography. A flash can be used to add light where you need it, too. Please be courteous to your fellow guests when using either a tripod or flash.

We are going to start in Mexico and work our way clockwise around the World Showcase. The plaza inside Mexico's pyramid is like any lively marketplace with brightly colored Mexican souvenirs and The Mariachi Cobre band serenading guests. I set up my camera on a tripod to overlook the San Angel Inn dining area and zoomed in on the temple and volcano that overlook the restaurant. The long exposure brought out the muted colors.

The Aztec temple and volcano which looms over the San Angel Inn restaurant inside the Mexico pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Aztec temple and volcano which looms over the San Angel Inn restaurant.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 25s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 130mm focal length, tripod

Not sure many people take the time to go inside Norway's Stave Church to see the exhibit within. The Viking exhibit is a nice rainy day stop with displays of some of the most famous Vikings like Olaf II, Erik the Red and Rognvald. The model of the Oseberg longship caught my attention. Did you know this is the same longship seen in the opening of the movie, Spirit of Norway, which guests can watch after riding The Maelstrom.

There is not a lot of room in the Viking exhibit so I did not set up a tripod. I did get on one knee for stability and a better angle and used da Grip.

A model of The Oseberg longship is in the Viking Exhibit inside the Stave Church replica in Epcot's World Showcase Norway pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A model of The Oseberg longship is in the Viking Exhibit inside the Stave Church.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16mm, 1.3s, f/2.8, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 11mm focal length

I have wanted to get this shot for awhile of the colorful ceiling inside the Temple of Heaven in China's World Showcase pavilion. I thought I would get on my back and shoot straight up but another photographer told me to instead, put the camera down on the floor and use my camera's timer to fire the shutter. Make sure you keep unsuspecting guests from tripping or kicking your camera if you do this.

The magnificent ceiling inside the replica of the Temple of Heaven found at Epcot's World Showcase China pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The magnificent ceiling inside the replica of the Temple of Heaven.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16mm, 3s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 11mm focal length

There's a couple of great indoor places in Germany. You can photograph a village while dining at Biergarten or you can enjoy the many shops of the pavilion. Being a fan of beer, I spotted these jovial beer steins in Der Bucherwurm. With an ISO of 1100, I was able to keep the shutter speed at a very hand-holdable 1/60th of a second.

Beer steins in Germany's Der Bucherwurm shop in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Beer steins in Germany's Der Bucherwurm shop.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 1100, EV -0.3, 18mm focal length

Getting into more shopping, I photographed this colorful and extremely expensive glassware in Italy's Il Bel Cristallo shop. If you dine in Tutto Italia, definitely take a tripod as it has very moody lighting but very rich in colors and textures.

Glassware displayed in Il Bel Cristallo store in Epcot's World Showcase Italy pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Glassware displayed in Italy's Il Bel Cristallo store.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4.8, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 50mm focal length

As you can see, there is lots to do, see and photograph around the World Showcase even on a rainy day. Next week we'll finish our indoor tour of World Showcase starting with the American Adventure.

May 15, 2010

Escaping the Yeti

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Screaming expeditoners hurtle down Everest to escape the Yeti in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Screaming expeditoners hurtle down Everest to escape the Yeti.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/200s, f/5.3, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 95mm focal length

Expedition EVEREST dominates Disney's Animal Kingdom's Asia in size and sound. I found a quiet camping lantern to focus on while screaming expeditioners escaped their encounter with the Yeti in the bokehed background for my Disney Pic of Week on Asia.

May 20, 2010

Les Chefs de France

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Les Chefs de France pseudo outdoor cafe in Epcot's World Showcase France pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Les Chefs de France restaurant's pseudo-outdoor cafe.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16, 1/3s, f/5.6, ISO 1600, EV +1.0, 11mm focal length

France is known for it's outdoor cafes. Disney added a pseudo-outdoor cafe area to the France pavilion's Les Chefs de France restaurant. The glass enclosed area protects diners from the Florida weather and still gives the feeling of sitting outside. At night, of course, it is even more so and is my Disney Pic of Week on Sit Down Restaurants.

May 21, 2010

Indoor Tour of World Showcase, Part 2

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

It is still raining so we will continue our tour around World Showcase and continue in the clockwise direction.

Next up is the American Adventure. There is a lot of photograph inside the World Showcase host pavilion. The Voices of Liberty perform before the show, the American Heritage Gallery and the American Adventure theatre and show. When proceeding to the theater, you ride escalators or hike up a set of stairs through the Hall of Flags. Above you is hung a collection of the flags that have flown over the United States in all of its forms. It includes Revolutionary War flags, Colonial flags, and foreign flags that once had claim to the land. There are 44 flags in all.

There are 44 flags in the Hall of Flags you pass under to see the American Adventure in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
There are 44 flags in the Hall of Flags you pass under to see the American Adventure.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/25s, f/3.5, ISO 1600, EV +1.0, 18mm focal length

In looking through my Disney photo library, I came up short on an indoor photo for Japan. A quick search of my flickr contacts found not many of them had them either. Then I came across this photo taken in the Japan pavilion by Scott Rison who graciously is allowing me to use it here. Scott has recently started a flickr group called Disney's Human Element with the goal of showing what really makes Disney special.... its people.

Scott explains his photo this way, "In Japan's Pick-A-Pearl area, there is already a bit of excitement in what kind of jewel you'll discover (of course you'll get a pearl... but there's also size and color to consider). But to really make you feel like you've come across the "Crème de la Crème", the Cast Member plays a little ditty to celebrate your accomplishment."

A Pick-A-Pearl Cast Member celebrates a guest finding a pearl in Japan's pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Pick-A-Pearl Cast Member celebrates a guest finding a pearl in Japan's pavilion.
Canon Rebel T1i, 1/160s, f/4.5, ISO 3200, EV 0, 32mm focal length

The Brass Bazaar is one of the shops you will find in the Morocco pavilion. These shops remind me of the beginning of Aladdin with all kinds of pottery, jewelry, brass, baskets, clothing, carpets and, of course, lamps. You'll find lots of textures, patterns and shapes to photograph. Lighting is good but I still needed a slow shutter speed for a proper exposure.

Shopping in the Brass Bazaar in Epcot's World Showcase Morocco pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Shopping in the Brass Bazaar in the Morocco pavilion.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, ISO 640, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length

This side of Epcot seems to have more shops than indoor attractions. France does have a movie but that's hard to photograph with my equipment. Instead, I found the classic souvenir of France: a scale model of the Eiffel Tower.

Eiffel Tower souvenirs in the Souvenirs de France shop in France's Epcot World Showcase pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Eiffel Tower souvenirs in the Souvenirs de France shop in France.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/10s, f/4.2, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 34mm focal length

Rugby is a huge sport in the United Kingdom. Fans are rabid about it. When I visited England a few years ago, ruby fields were as common as football fields are in the United States. One of the things travel photographers look for in a culture is the sports they play. I bounced my speedlight, a Nikon SB-600, flash off the ceiling of The Toy Story store to soften the light and shadows.

Rugby balls and sweaters in The Toy Soldier shop in the United Kingdom pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Rugby balls and sweaters in The Toy Soldier shop in the United Kingdom.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length, bounce flash

Now we come to the last World Showcase pavilion on our tour, Canada. Again, there is a store and a Circle-Vision movie but not much else indoors. Ah, but if you happen to have reservations at Le Cellier, Canada's restaurant, you will see a Canadian Cast Member come out to call your name when your table is ready. Enjoy the cheese soup!

A Cast Member coming out to call out a party's name to eat at Le Cellier in the Canadian pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Cast Member coming out to call out a party's name to eat at Le Cellier.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, ISO 220, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length

Hope you have enjoyed our tour around Epcot's World Showcase and how to make a rainy day into a many photographic opportunities.


May 22, 2010

Silliness is Seriously Supported

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

I was on my best behavior the first time I dined at Disneyland's exclusive Club 33, honestly. Alright I did take some funny photos of my friends and joke around with our waiter. My second visit was even more animated as I was joined by 5 friends and we tried keeping our volume down while still laughing hysterically at each other. My third visit (all lunch reservations) was with some fellow AllEars Teamsters, as I like to call them. We kept our voices to a hush level until our server told us to speak up, make some noise, and have some fun. Things are more relaxed (and less expensive) during the afternoons so who are we to disappoint?!


lkb-sitdown-club33.jpg
Deb Wills and Laura Gilbreath ordering entrees before investigating the appetizer and dessert buffets. Laura is giddy!


lkb-sitdown-club33Laura.jpg
Oh Laura, you're such a silly goose.

Hope you enjoyed my additions to Disney Pic of the Week - Sit Down Restaurants. That'll be $89.00 plus all applicable taxes. Please see the cashier on your way out.


May 25, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week: Spaceship Earth Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As the iconic symbol of Epcot, Spaceship Earth has been photographed almost as much as Cinderella Castle. Trying to find a unique way of presenting it is nearly impossible. In fact, the photo below is me doing something I saw on flickr by another photographer. This "on the ground" prospective with the dividing concrete line leading your eyes (right?) into the photo came out better than I had hoped. Not having the entire geodesic sphere in the frame and emphasizing all the guests walking towards it, to me, reminds me of Spaceship Earth's theme of Human Communications.

Barrie and Lisa will be here on Thursday and Saturday with their views on Spaceship Earth.

Guests entering Epcot walking towards Spaceship Earth, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A beetle's view of guests walking towards Spaceship Earth.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/80s, f/18, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length

May 26, 2010

Shoot. Print. Share.

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

I dedicate this piece to the loving memory of my baubie (grandmother) who just recently passed.
Baubie.jpg

For those of us who grew up before the digital age, photography meant buying film, putting it into a 35mm (or other type) camera, taking photos, dropping the film off at the lab and picking up prints. We held in our hands, images of smiling faces full of birthday cake, kitties playing with ribbon, high school graduations, first cars, vacations with friends and all of life's other incredible moments. Those photos are a timeline. They are our history, a collection of cherished times kept safely in albums for decades and generations to come.

Somewhere along the line, many bought new cameras that use memory cards rather than film. Hundreds upon hundreds of time stamps held in the palms of their hands and sadly, that's where they've stayed.

Sure, you can download photos to your computer and save those precious moments there but what happens when your hard drive crashes. All is gone. Backing files up on CDs or DVDs is an excellent choice but what happens when technology changes and CDs become 8-tracks and DVDs the new laser disc. We've already witnessed Smart Media Cards, XD Cards, and various versions of Sony Memory Sticks become extinct.

Digital photos should be backed up whether you copy them to compact discs, external hard drives or online storage sites. Multiple copies keep things safe. However, most importantly, print your photos. Take your memory card to a camera store and use the kiosks to crop, eliminate red eye, and enhance your pictures. Upload them to a website that'll print them out and ship them to you. Create a hardcover book filled with weddings. While you're doing all of that, make extras for family and friends.

When we sat shiva (mourning) last week what every single person there wanted to do and did was to look at photos. My grandparents have framed pictures on the walls and nearly every flat surface. They've kept photos and photo albums from their great-grandparents all the way up to my mom's birthday party last Spring.

No one suggested we look at photos on the computer monitor or television. No, rather they picked up in their hands, framed pictures of my grandparents smiling and deeply in love. Long-time friends sighed at prints of my brother and I as children, pondering where time has gone. Cousins peered through albums infatuated with black and white proof of our family tree.

Nothing compares to the feeling and emotion one gets from physically holding a photograph because it's more than just a photograph, it's life preserved.

May 27, 2010

Point Taken

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


It's a giant golf ball! It's a geodesic sphere! It's...Spaceship Earth!

Follow the arrow to submerge your brain into learning about human communication and how it has improved and changed in a mere 13 minutes. That's progress! Better yet, time your arrival right and you'll wait less than 5 minutes to jump into a seat.


lkb-spaceshipEarth-sign.jpg

Disney Pic of the Week - Spaceship Earth

May 28, 2010

Flash Monkey

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Festival of the Lion King in Disney's Animal Kingdom has a unique rule which both surprised and pleased me when I first heard it: Flash photography is allowed during the entire performance. The problem though is most Point & Shoot camera's flash are not very strong. Even when I use my Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Flash, I need to up its power to +2 and sit in the first 10 rows or the flash is not effective.

That is the flash setting I used for the photo of the Tumble Monkey performer you see below. I had to be aware of a couple of issues when increasing the flash setting. It takes longer for the flash to recycle after firing and its batteries drain faster.

A Tumble Monkey performer during Festival of the Lion King live show in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Tumble Monkey performer during Festival of the Lion King live show.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 1400, EV +0.3, 200mm focal length, Flash set to +2 Power


May 30, 2010

Where in the World #132

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #131:
 Where in the World #131

And here's the answer:
Steam Train
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 50mm, 1/320s shutter, f/9, ISO 3200

This is the Roy O. Disney steam train, part of the Walt Disney World Railroad in the Magic Kingdom. You might notice that the settings I used on the camera were a little unusual for this kind of photo. That is because I was riding the TTA at the time and had my camera all set up to try to get some photos from the dark parts of the ride. The train let off a big puff of steam just as we rode by and I couldn't resist taking a quick snapshot. Because of the super high ISO, there was a lot of noise (graininess) in the original photo. I used Topaz, a Photoshop plug-in, to remove the noise. I thought it turned out pretty good, considering.

Paul Cooper was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Paul and all the other readers who got the answer right: Evelyn Wilson, Chris Norris, Shannon Murray, Sharon Pierce, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Lee Anastasi, Cara Richards, Ed Aleszczyk, Louise Barton, Benjamin Barton, Chloe Barton, Madeline Barton, Ivan Barton, Diane Ramos, Colin Buchanan, Drew Deapo, Mike Malampy, Ryan Benco, Tina Benco , Jeffrey Alan Botelho, Cathy Skiba, Elizabeth , Carla C, Betsey Whitehead, Sharon Dale, Millie Tenreiro, Brian Miller, Chloe, Greg Strohmeyer, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Richard Palmer, Kristin Dormuth, Tom & Susan Linder, Joseph Zafia and Dawn Bach. Each of you were entered in the May winners' drawing.

It's time for our monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Cheryl Buchanan! Congratulations Cheryl, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

_______________________________________________________________________

Challenge #132: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #132

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

Here's a hint: If you're my friend on facebook, you might have seen this photo recently.

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!

Return to Blog Central

About May 2010

This page contains all entries posted to Picture This! in May 2010. They are listed from oldest to newest.

April 2010 is the previous archive.

June 2010 is the next archive.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.