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June 1, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Princes

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Finally, a topic I can sink my teeth into!* Oh, was that outloud? Uh, so, anyway, yeah, we uh, I mean Scott, Barrie, and I have selected photographs of princes for this week's theme to showww yooouuu...here.

Every princess needs a prince (I'm still waiting for mine). Disney is well aware of this and capitalizes on little and big girls' fantasies with tales of romance. I just wish there was more merchandise featuring princes and heroes, and character meals, and meet-n-greets. Where was I? Right, photos. Let's get on with it already.

May I present to you, Prince Naveen from Disney's "Princess and the Frog."
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Check please!

Return on Thursday & Saturday for even more hun...stu...photos.

*I was just kidding with ya. It's not like Tarzan's a prince.

June 2, 2010

I Can't Look, it's Too Scary!

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

I sometimes refer to myself as the Camera Whisperer. Remember who is writing this and take this paragraph with a grain of salt. When folks brought malfunctioning cameras into my work, depending on the condition I could occasionally fix the problem. Crooked lens barrel? Don't look while I see if it'll snap back into place. It won't turn on? Tests were run with your battery in my camera and my battery in your camera. The camera's lens won't extend? Let me get my industrial strength air blower and try to blast out any loose particles such as sand. I saved many a customer over $100.

However, there are seriously damaged and misbehaving camera that need professional help. Broken LCD screens, blown pixels, internal miscommunications, busted sensors, missing buttons, broken battery doors, etc... Shall I go on?

Unfortunately for the consumer some cameras break down due to poor quality, design, and parts. More often than not repairs are needed due to accidents that one may not be conscious of when they happen. Here's one of the leading causes of cosmetic, mechanical, and internal damage.


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When I see someone doing this, I grab my chest, my eyes bug out, and I gasp in horror.


Let your camera dangle and/or swing and I can guarantee you it will be bumped, banged, and bruised whether you realize it or not. Dropping a digital camera even while it's in a case can cause problems. Fluids and electronics don't mix. Keep your camera out of your back pocket. I can't imagine they're comfortable to sit on.

Digital cameras are far more delicate than any film camera and they contain computer parts. They've also gotten much lighter over the years just like major appliances are now made from cheaper materials.

The bottom line is, be very careful. Love your camera or give it to me.

Written while listening to the "Grease 2" soundtrack. It's such a bad attempt at being like "Grease" that it makes me laugh. I enjoy it for a whole other bunch of reasons like Adrian Zmed sliding down a bowling lane and rock screaming.

June 3, 2010

Aladdin

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Aladdin
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/1250 sec, f/5.3

Aladdin rides his magic carpet in the Disney Dreams Come True Parade at the Magic Kingdom. He is my prince for Pic of the Week.

June 4, 2010

Balloon Bust

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Here's a simple composition of a blue Mickey Mouse balloon I took in the Magic Kingdom. Doesn't it look nice? However, there is a major flaw to this photo. Hard to see at this size but if you click the photo, you'll see a larger version. Can you tell me what is wrong and how I might avoid it next time? I would greatly appreciate it.

A blue Mickey Mouse balloon in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A blue Mickey Mouse balloon in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.7, 200mm focal length

I will be holding off publishing comments for a day or so to see how many of you Disney photographers can find the problem. Have fun! Oh, and if you are on Twitter or Facebook use the Share button below to share this post. Thank you!

June 5, 2010

Aladdin

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Aladdin waving to guests during a parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Aladdin waving to guests during a parade in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 450, EV +0.7, 200mm focal length

This one is for my fellow photoblogger, Lisa, who's a big fan of all Princes.

June 6, 2010

Where in the World #133

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #132:
 Where in the World #132

And here's the answer:
Baby Gorilla
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/80s shutter, f/8, ISO 800

I recently returned from a trip to Walt Disney World and one of my favorite moments was getting a chance to see this little baby gorilla. It was her 3 month birthday and her mama was just starting to put her down on the ground. Up til then, she had been carrying the baby all the time. You can see the gorillas on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom. If you'd like to see some of the other photos I took of her, just click on this link.

John Agnew was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to John and all the other readers who got the answer right: Maryann Eckenrode, Randy Heintzelman, Bonnie Smith, Katie Bray, Jodi Cook, Sharon Pierce, Kris Nixon, Deb Ragno, Melody Salemi, Steve Knapp, Stephanie Servaites, Austin Oblenis, Brian Miller, Chris Masse, Christi Ison, Dawn Bach, Dale Knight, Pollyanna Buff, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Steve Toponak, Bruce Hinterleitner, Craig, Louise Barton, Kerry Cormier, Wendy Crober, Baines Family, Tracey Mayfield, Edith Kahle & Doug, Mary Beth Tarbet, Robin Fitts, Amy Schweizer, Daniel Schweizer, Chris Connors, Shannon Murray, Sandra Shaw, Heather Young, Tim Johansen, James Greene, Mary Paolazzi, Sherry Klinefelter, Jen Cerce, Judy Koslowski, Millie Tenreiro, Mia W., Erica Sipich, Brenda Mcguire, Jen Bruno, Cathy Schill, Michael Joel Gainey, Linda Scrivano, John C. Lacasse, Debra Kuklinski, Cathy Skiba, Linda Mac, Shannon Milair, Kameo Crea, Claire Gregory, Paul Cooper, Jennifer Horst, Paul Cooper, Roxanne, Cheryl Buchanan, Colin Buchanan, Jerry Weldon, Ashley Ryan, Paula Munson, Christopher Barnes, Heather Pedulla, Ken Maikowski, Michael Malampy, Tina Benco , Ryan Benco, Hillary Waldroop, Amy Martel, Jeremy Hardy, Paul Newman, Daniel Record, Claressa Nisley, Alison And Chris, Ed Suscreba, Tom Koval, Deb Staples, Wendy Snelgrove, Melody O'donnell, Elizabeth Scarborough, Kye Layton, Hayden Pronto-hussey, Amanda Campbell, Tom & Susan Linder, Double Family, Jennifer Tremley, Aly Nichting, Kelly Mager, Brenda Strohmeyer, Steve Dolan, Kelli Olthoff, Debby Webber, Katarina Whitmarsh, Mickey Eckert, Kelly Zanauskas, Becky Terjung, Ruth Woodhouse, Theresa Rucando, Jim Finley, Rob Blundin, Diane Ramos, Karrie Duffey, Shirley Garcowski, Lee Krueger, Dave Carriere, Bob Sertic, Cara Richards, Jacque Schmidt, Jeremy Reichelt, Dennis Blackburn, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Chris Miller, Jennifer Schwing, Rachel Hoover, William Vangroll, Andrea D., Samantha Jo Albucker, Diana Fitzgerald, Bev Carson, Dana Robinson Hall, Laney Ood, Maggie W, Luis Rodriguez, Brendan Abel, Liz Moreau, Lee Anastasi, Sharon Dale, Bob Burge Jr , Joseph Zafia, Abby Earl, Walter Clark, Elaine Leviner, Matt Cofone, Janet Theriault, Barclay Bakkum, Heather Coursen, Denise Cavallaro, Kelley H, Tom Hermes, Shane Stack, Suzanne, Mike Venere and Ken Rhinehart. Each of you will be entered in the June winners' drawing.

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Challenge #133: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #133

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 10, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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

June 7, 2010

August Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This month I'm sharing a photo from Wishes in the Magic Kingdom. This was one of my first successful fireworks photos. I've always liked how the wind made the streaks of light look like feathers. I hope you like it too.

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.

August 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


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

August 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

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

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June 8, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Hidden Mickeys

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Funny that I should be the one to introduce this week's Pic of the Week topic, Hidden Mickeys. I am the world's worst hidden Mickey locator. I get really excited when I find some of the most obvious ones there are, like the plates on the shop door in Morocco and the hubcaps in Mickey's garage in Toontown. I go onto Steve Barrett's site and look at the photos that are posted and even with a description I still can't see the darn thing! I've even had people point out Hidden Mickeys in my own photos that I didn't know were there. I'm hopeless.

Japan Hidden Mickey
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/40 sec, f/5

I found this Hidden Mickey in the Japan Koi pond in Epcot's World Showcase. Notice, it isn't all that hidden - those are the kind I can find!

June 9, 2010

The Truth About Red Eye

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Brace yourselves because the fact is anyone who has red eye in photographs posesses demonic attributes or heat vision super powers. Ya know, I'm not quite sure, I constantly mix them up.

We shall investigate. My test subjects today are Alex and Maddie who were volunteered by their incredibly smart mom who reads my blogs and found me at Kringla Bakeri og Cafe.

We set up a quickie photoshoot inside Stave Church, also located in the Norway pavillion. I needed a dimly lit area in order to force the truth out of their cute little selves.

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Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, Auto with flash

Alex's light blue eyes stayed true to their color while his little sister's green/hazel eyes' retinas reflected the light, showing us the blood vessels nourishing her eyes.

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Upon closer inspection, the red in Maddie's eyes becomes undeniable.

This time around I used the red eye reduction feature on my camera.

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Both teens are in the clear. Then again, perhaps Maddie just turned off her super powers or...the vikings frightened away her devlish ways. We may never know!

To answer those questions you must be asking me via your monitor right now (By the way, I can't hear you. Could you speak up?) I've written a little Q&A.

Q: Why did Maddie get red eye and not Alex?
A: Simply put, not everyone gets red eye and even those who do don't get it all the time. Available lighting is a key factor which effects how much one's pupil contracts. The more light there is, the more the pupil will contract thus less likely the flash will reflect off the retina. Another possibility is that Alex is a robot.

Q: How can I prevent red eye?
A: Use the red eye reduction feature on your camera. This function will either turn on a steady light for a few seconds before taking the photo or set off a pre-flash before taking the photo. You could also try finding a location with more available light. If you own a SLR, get yourself an external flash to sit atop the camera. The short distance between the flash and lens lead to red eye as well.

Q: How can images with red eye be fixed?
A: Digital images can be corrected with any photo editing software that includes red eye elimination, a standard function. Kiosks also have that capability. For eliminating red eye from prints you'll need to purchase a red eye pen. They sell for $4 or $5. Gently and lightly dab the red until it is gone. Do not dab people in the eye in an attempt to prevent red eye in the future. It'll just earn you a black and blue eye and there's no software to correct your new painful problem.

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Adobe Photoshop removed the red with a few simple clicks of the mouse.

Alex & Maddie's mom, drop me a note and I'll e-mail you the full-frame images less the red eye. Thank you for lending me your kids. You can pick them up any time now.

Written while listening to the CD Get The Picture by Chesney Hawkes.

June 10, 2010

Expedition Everest Animal Kingdom Hidden Mickey

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Before my last trip to Walt Disney World, Steve Barret, the Hidden Mickey Guy, had just released his WDW Hidden Mickey iPhone App. The Hidden Mickey app lets you select which Walt Disney World themepark you are in and which area of the park, attraction or ride. For example, I was in the queue for Expedition Everest and the hint was: Search for a classic Mickey in the first sunken courtyard. It took me a few minutes which the length of the queue game me and I found it! Photo proof below for my Disney Pic of the Week for the theme on Hidden Mickeys.

Okay...I am adding Steve Barrett's website link for this HM: Expedition Everest - Yeti Base Mickey.

By popular request, here is a direct link for the Hidden Mickey iPhone app (Caution: This link will launch iTunes if it is on your computer): Steve Barrett's Hidden Mickey iPhone App

A Hidden Mickey in the Expedition Everest queue in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Hidden Mickey in the Expedition Everest queue.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/50s, f/5.6, ISO 800, EV +0.3, 200mm Focal Length

June 11, 2010

Balloon Bust SOLVED!

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last week I showed you a photo of a Mickey Mouse balloon hanging out in the Magic Kingdom: Balloon Bust. I told you there was a flaw with the photo. I asked you to find it and tell me how I could avoid it in the future. I had 12 comments. Thank you! Only two of you told me it was the blue Mickey Mouse balloon which was not sharp and even blurred. That is the flaw.

How to fix it? One did not offer up a way and the other person's advice was incorrect. What is needed is a faster shutter speed to freeze the balloon as it was moving in the afternoon breeze that day. If you look at the Exif data, you'll see I am already shooting at the lens' largest aperture of f/5.6 for the focal length of 200mm giving me the fastest shutter speed of 1/60th of a second for the correct exposure. What am I to do? In the exposure triangle, you have three variables to make a photographic exposure: shutter speed, aperture and ISO. By increasing the ISO and leaving the aperture the same, the shutter speed will increase.

In this case, if I changed the ISO to 400, the shutter speed would double from 1/60 to 1/125. That would be help but I think a faster shutter speed is needed here. Increasing to ISO 800 doubles the shutter speed again to 1/250 which should be enough to remove the blur and get a sharp photo.

Blurring of Mickey Mouse balloon in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Blurring of Mickey Mouse balloon in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.7, 200mm focal length

I know what you are thinking, by increasing the ISO, it increases the digital noise in the image. Most digital SLR cameras of today can handle ISO 800 rather easily with little to no noise at all.


June 12, 2010

Mickey Bubblè

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


If you will all now take out your Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World's Best Kept Secrets book (3rd Edition) by Steven M. Barrett and turn to page 146, we shall begin. As it is written, ye shall locate in Pop Century, a fish bowl in the check-in area and here thoust willst discoverist a Mickey hidden.

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Thus concludes mine entry for Disney Pic of the Week - Hidden Mickeys.

If ye seek me out on facebook assured be to locate Lisa K. Berton and none other.

June 13, 2010

Where in the World #134

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #133:
 Where in the World #133

And here's the answer:
Test Track Exit
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/25s shutter, f/2.8, ISO 800

When I exited Test Track in Epcot, I was totally enthralled by the colors and lines of the assembly line that you pass through at the end of the ride. I had a new lens to play with, a wide angle lens, and I was having just as much fun taking pictures as I did on the ride just moments before. Good thing I was with friends or I might have gotten sidetracked in there for hours. I know, I'm easily amused!

FYI, if you guessed Star Tours was the answer, you weren't alone. That was the second most guessed answer this week.

John Leach was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to John and all the other readers who got the answer right: Sharon Lee, Megan Krainski, Dawn Bach, Chris Masse, Paul Cooper, Fred Shakeshaft, Jen Schultz, Teri Jo Fuson, Bryan Timko, Christi Ison, Wendy Crober, Marina Crober, Jen Cerce, Mary Jane Keeble, James Greene, Mia W., Shane Kropp, Tim Johansnen, Lee Anastasi, Brendan Abel, Shawna Richards, Marshal K., Mike Walter, Tracy Discher, Michael Joel Gainey, Margaret Vattes, Elizabeth Scarborough, Sherry Klinefelter, Theresa Rucando, Kelli Olthoff, John Agnew, Karen Nelson, Chris Lomonaco, Gretchen Shively, Erin Loring, Brenda Mcguire, Emily Currier, Caryn Schill, Becca Brooks, Ed Aleszczyk, Laurie Walker, Ashley Ryan, Ken Maikowski, Linda Scrivano, Angie Young, Maryann Eckenrode, Mike Kaczanowski, Craig, Penny Urell, Brian S., Bill Daniel, Michael Malampy, Ryan Benco, Tina Benco , Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Pollyanna Buff, Tom Koval, Brian Yesutis, Double Family, Steve Pocopanni, Kye Layton, Joshua Swainston, John Dupre, Charity Maas, Tom & Susan Linder, Paul Newman, Dale Knight, Jen Snapp, David, Diane Curfman, Linda Kasych, Karen Schlumpf, Jennifer, Louise Barton, Katie Bray, Cindy Dore', Belicia Dawson, Debbie Connors, Denise Cayz, Chris And Alison, Ashley Hill, Pasquale Crea, Steve Toponak, Diane Furtado, Sue Thompson, Cameron Love, Jennifer Parajon, Nicole Henisse, Sandi B, Hillary Waldroop, Shannon Murray, Kelly Zanauskas, Lisa Mccormack, Amy Sapp, Kelsi Bruno, Jennifer Townsend, Tiffany W. , Kim Meyer, James Berry, Chris J, Tom Hermes, Jeremy Hardy, Susan Stanley, Steve Bieniek, Andrea Weedmark, Misty Mehelic, Ken Fischler, Dan Mangini, Cameron Lange, Bruce Lawson, Jessica Folan, Rob Blundin, Christopher Hall, Dana Schirnhofer, Alison Rosenberger, Dennis Blackburn, Kristen Mccoy, Mark Franklin, Ed Suscreba, Jim Finley, Carla C, Erin, Greg Strohmeyer, The Kahle Family, Cathy Skiba, Megan Evans, Karrie Duffey, Dave Carriere, Cait Rush, Rachel Hoover, Jeremy Reichelt, Nicole Lauzon, Wendy Snelgrove, Tim Rachuba, Nicole Ruzinski, Mike Gillardi, Dennis, Debbie Desimone, Wade A. Williams, Matthew Jadro, Becky Terjung, Stacey Van Dyke, Sandra Edwards, Claire Natsis, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Jennifer Hoffman, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Chloe, Nate, Mickey Eckert, Becky Norman, Sharon Pierce, Sandy B., Jay Reagan, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Carol Baranowsky, Kelly Scott, Julie Wickware, Emily Cummings, Stacie Gatzemeyer, Linda College, Hale Mcsharry, Jason Skow, Derek Carty, Kristin Mazur, Christopher Bourassa, Gabriella Rizzo, Teresa, Chris Connors, Jacquelyn Law, Deanna Simmons, Amy Lucas, Karon Colwell, Maja Kodani, Noreen Rachuba, Kurt Knappman, Louise Maxwell, Stephanie Pcolinsky, Maryann Eckenrode, Liz Zaczek, Karen Donald, Jim, Patty Cartry, Katerina Purdy, Madi M., Mark Swayze, Nicole Alley, Richard Capri, Kathryn Barnes, Suzanne, Vickie Scioneaux, Ana And Lucas Marlett, Stacey Barboza, Matt Cofone, Luis Rodriguez, Clarissa K, Matt & Allison, Ellen Feldman, Thomas Auckland, Marylynn Miles, Joseph Zafia, David Williams, Walter Clark, Sharon Jones, Diane Miske, Nancy Bennett, Bill Monahan, Kristin Dormuth, Heather Coursen, Kelly Mager, Liz Weiter, Robin Mcconnell, Ray Vinciguerro, Debra Moscara, Sabrina Bogart, Roye Ann Morris, Mike Venere, April Haddock, Christine And Erin Claeys, Michelle Bates, Daniel Mills and Chuck Sands. Each of you will be entered in the June winners' drawing.

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Challenge #134: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #134

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 17, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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

June 15, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week: Park Entertainment

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Our Disney Pic of the Week will feature Park Entertainment.

Walt Disney World is full of technological marvels and rides which immerse us into a place of fantasy. However, it is the people, the Cast Members, who make the parks come alive. In each park there are musical and entertainment cast members and troops which gather guests around them and may even include guests in their performances. Some have planned scripts, some are improvisational and others a little of both.

Take the World Showcase Players, whom I ran across in the United Kingdom pavilion on my last trip, doing the Legend of King Arthur with guests playing the parts of King Arthur, Sir Galahad and Guinevere. While there is a script of a sort. The Players are always on the lookout for a good laugh or two or three at the expense of their guest players and the audience. It is hard to tell who is having the better time, us or them!

The World Showcase Players entertaining guests in Epcot's United Kingdom pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The World Showcase Players entertaining guests in the United Kingdom.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 720, EV +0.7, 18mm focal length

Consult Steve Soares' Walt Disney World Entertainment website for performance times of the World Showcase Players.

Barrie and Lisa will be here on Thursday and Saturday with their favorite Park Entertainment.

June 16, 2010

Vividly Normal

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Do you wish your photos had more pizazz? Are your images falling flat on color? Here's a quick and easy way to add more punch to your pictures.

When shooting anything with lots of color or on drab days when things look blah (that's a technical term) make one slight setting change on your point and shoot. Generally found under the Functions button or Settings, you'll see the option for Vivid. That one little switcheroo will make your pictures pop! See for yourself.

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Normal color, Auto setting, no flash. Taken with Canon PowerShot SX100 IS.

Mama Melrose's is located in Disney's Hollywood Studios, formerly known as MGM Studios.

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Vivid color, same settings.

It's just like...magic!

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Normal

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Vivid

Easy as 1, 2, 3!
Consult your manual for specific instructions on where to locate the option for Vivid.

BONUS: My friend, singer/songwriter Daniel Rene and his writing team have recorded a song entitled DisneyLove. Click here to listen to it.


Written while singing along with Olivia Newton-John's Grace and Gratitude album.

June 17, 2010

I'm with the Band

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Disneyland Band strikes up several times a day. You might catch their show (sometimes joined by Mad Hatter & Alice) immediately after passing thru the entrance or by Sleeping Beauty Castle. Check the Entertainment Schedule for times and locations. You can also ask at City Hall and/or the time/wait board at end of Main Street, USA.


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Check out the cool reflections in the curvature of the tuba in my Disney Pic of the Week - Park Entertainment.

This photo is for my cousin Barry Nathanson, Director of Parades and Activities for Bandmasters, Inc. Hi Barr.

June 19, 2010

Mariachi Cobre

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Mariachi Cobre
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/13 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500

My Pic of the Week is Mariachi Cobre, a 12-piece band that plays Mexican folk music. The group began playing at Walt Disney World in 1973 at the Contemporary Resort and the Magic Kingdom, while on summer break from the University of Arizona. Today you can catch them at the Mexico pavilion in Epcot.


June 20, 2010

Where in the World #135

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #134:
 Where in the World #134

And here's the answer:
Shark Reef at Typhoon Lagoon
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/200s shutter, f/8, ISO 200

Ooh, it's been awhile since I stumped so many of you. This overturned vessel is in the Shark Reef at Typhoon Lagoon. I finally went there for the first time last month and had a great time. I could spend the whole day in that lazy river.

Andrew Weed was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Andrew and all the other readers who got the answer right: Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Brendan Abel, Tim Johansen, Ed Aleszczyk, Heather Young, Dawn Bach, Jennifer Tremley, Sharon Pierce, John Agnew, Bathan Newman, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Tom Hermes, Gabby Stapp, Rob Blundin, Lisa Mccormack, Russ Morgan, Tim Rachuba, Nathalie Doiron, Sandi B, Allison Caputa, Craig, Jim Riley, Kristin Dormuth and Robert Dean Bostic. Each of you will be entered in the June winners' drawing.

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Challenge #135: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #135

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 24, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
_______________________________________________________________________

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

June 22, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Jungle Cruise

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


I love Jungle Cruise. I love Jungle Cruise. It is the bestest boat ride ever with the corniest of jokes that I have memorized. I love Jungle Cruise. There are hippos in water and ninja hippos in the trees. You can see giraffes, zebras, and unicorns all in one place. I love Jungle Cruise.

I wonder why Barrie assigned this week's theme to me.

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I took an artistic photojournalistic approach by concentrating on where the captain commands the boat. By removing all original color from the photo I am left with a black and white image. I then toyed with red and yellow to create this sepia tone version. Photoshop is fun.

This particular cruise took place in Adventureland in Disneyland. Sometimes on a clear day you can see strange behavior emerging from the Temple of the Forbidden Eye.

Sail back around on Thursday and Saturday for more cruise stills from Scott & Barrie.

June 23, 2010

Hollywood Public Works

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


As I type this, there is a water pipe bursting through the street in front of my house. I'm not kidding. It's the third time since last September. It'd be great if the local water department worked on the weekend, you know, beyond placing orange cones around the dirty water and sinking pavement. I do know of one such group of dedicated battlemen, Hollywood Public Works, sadly, they don't make long distance house calls.

You may find this overall clad trio making sure everything is running smoothly on Hollywood Blvd. and the surrounding area in a city called...Hollywood...located in a larger...encompassing area known as Disney's Hollywood Studios. That's a lot of Hollywoods.

I witnessed a heroic effort to free Mr. Goobleman, the normally efficient boss who somehow or another got his left hand jammed in a letterbox. I documented the event with my trusty Canon PowerShot SX100 IS (set to Auto with forced flash*) in an effort to educate the private sector on how the public works during such a spectacle.


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Worn down yellow cones are set up to secure the work area from civilians. I would imagine watching the happenings from behind doesn't give you full perspective. Also, you and/or your body parts might need to be digitally erased from photographic documentation. Don't take it personally, it's just hard to explain additional extremeties poking out.


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Sparky Sparks, a caring man no doubt, appears to have been educated by Wile E. Coyote with this attempt to trip Boss Goobleman backwards hoping that Goobleman's fall will force his hand free.


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Frederick Lewenowsky and Sparky Sparks have opposing ideas on when to pull Goobleman. Where's Count Von Count when you need him?


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There's plenty of action to photograph when Hollywood Public Works is at hard at work but a nice tight shot of individuals will give you an up-close look into their minds or possibly just their hats.

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The original photograph showed all three fellas giving everyone the rasberry, however, cropping it like this made for a much stronger message. That message being, sometimes onlookers make the shot. Thank you Mrs. Welleye Never.


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I read online at StudiosCentral.com that Goobleman and Lewenowsky were laid off earlier this year, so much for union negotiations.

*I turned on my flash becaue the workers moved closer to me a few times, putting them within range of the flash. Using the flash freezes their actions and facial expressions as well as brightens up shadows.

Written while reliving my teen years with Osmonds - Second Generation.

June 24, 2010

Jungle Cruise Joy

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Jungle Cruise Elephants
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/13 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500

I think these baby elephants playing in the water are so cute. They remind me of a picture in a Disneyland book that I had as a child. In fact, I don't remember any other specific pictures from the book, just the Jungle Cruise elephants. So I guess in a way, this photo really says "Disney" to me. That's probably why it makes me smile when I look at it.

June 25, 2010

How Many Balloons...

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The last time we talked I was talking about a blurred balloon. That lead me to ask the question of how many balloons are sold at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. I asked the All Ears team, they didn't know. I asked Lou Mongello, author of Walt Disney World Trivia Books, Volumes One and Two, and he didn't know. I even asked Thomas Smith who runs The Disney Parks Blog who thought he had seen the numbers but never got back to me.

Maybe I should ask one of the Balloon vendors on Main Street USA.

A Main Street USA Balloon vendor, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
How many balloons are sold in the Magic Kingdom? Maybe she knows.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +0.7, 18mm focal length

I walked over to her after she was done selling the young guest his balloon and asked. She looked through the sea of balloon strings, I waited hopefully for an answer and she told she didn't know either.

A Cast Member on Main Street USA selling balloons, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Does anyone know how many balloons are sold in the Magic Kingdom?
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +0.7, 105mm focal length

I did find out how to fill a Mickey Mouse balloon...Park Balloons: There's a Skill To This Inflated Fun.


June 26, 2010

Want a Job in a Jungle?

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Jungle Cruise contractor is always looking for people to join their various offices around the world's most famous jungles. They must be a fast growing company to be needing so many new recruits.

A sign found along the queue of the Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Opportunities for employment abound on the Jungle Cruise.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5, ISO 320, EV +0.3, 56mm Focal Length

June 27, 2010

Where in the World #136

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #135:
 Where in the World #135

And here's the answer:
St. Theodore in Italy
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/160s shutter, f/16, ISO 640

St. Theodore adorns the top of this column in Epcot - specifically, in the World Showcase Italy pavilion. St. Theodore was the first Patron Saint of Venice. The other column has the Lion of St. Mark on top of it. In the real Venice, the inspiration for Epcot's Italy, you'll find both of these columns in the Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square). Originally, three columns were meant to grace the square but the third fell into the sea and sank to the bottom of the lagoon when it was being unloaded.

Katie Bray was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Katie and all the other readers who got the answer right: Craig, Sharon Dale, James Greene, Sharon Pierce, Jodi Cook, Dawn Bach, Shannon Murray, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Carol Baranowsky, Ed Suscreba, John Dupre, Linda Scrivano, Kris Nixon, Chuck Sands, The Kahle Family, Lee Anastasi, Heather Pedulla, Mary Beth Tarbet, Theresa Rucando, Tim Johansen, Jacquelyn Law, Amanda Campbell, Jennifer Tremley, Kye Layton, Dave Wang, Karen Ramirez, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Pollyanna Buff, Chris Masse, Elizabeth, John Agnew, Christopher Tweedle, Chris and Alison, Tom Koval, Gabby Stapp, Jennifer Townsend, Mia W., Julie Wickware, Sandi B, Chloe, Karrie Duffey, Elizabeth Macgregor, Mike Malampy, Ryan Benco, Tina Benco , Colin Buchanan, April Haddock, Dan Mangini, Gabriella Rizzo, Cheryl Costello, Tiffany W., Rob Blundin, Jim Riley, Jim Finley, Gennaro Rosato, Mike Venere, Jen , Diane Ramos, Kimberly Watson, Mark Todd Watson, Maja Kodani, Cynthia Barry, Deanna Simmons, Dave Carriere, Tim Rachuba, Jennifer Schwing, Beth Mccauley, Cheryl Buchanan, Allison Romstadt, Heidi F Goodhue, Maureen Handy, Scott, Jessica Ripley, Larissa Huda, David W, Dick Martin , Matthew Waga, Paul Newman, Theresa Swanson, Margot Garofalo, Paul Newman, Barclay Bakkum, Douglas Florey, Shirley Garcowski, Kristin Dormuth, Debra Moscara, Maryann Romagnano, Ruth Cookson, Brenda, Sharon Dale, Richard Palmer, Allison Caputa, Christine Dagney and Matt and Danielle Murgia. Each of you were entered in the June winners' drawing.

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

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Challenge #136: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #136

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 1, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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

June 28, 2010

September Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

I thought I'd share a picture of the Space Shuttle launching over Mission Space in Epcot for the September calendar. This was taken when I was there this past May. I felt like Mission Space was the perfect place to catch one of the last launches that we may see, at least for awhile.

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.

September 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


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

September 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

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

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June 29, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Bars and Lounges

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Given that I often travel solo to Walt Disney World and my tolerance for counter service meals is pretty low, I often find myself bellying up to the bars of some of the sit down restaurants for my meals. You can make a very nice meal from a couple of appetizers and many of the bars offer the full menu as well if you are especially hungry. Of course, I do like a good martini too, but that's beside the point! If you usually enjoy a family vacation, you may be surprised to know that Disney has some pretty great bars and lounges. Scott and Lisa will be chiming in with their photo pics later this week. (I'm guessing I might have a few more to choose from than either of them!)

Rix Lounge
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/6 sec, f/3.2, ISO 640

Although it has that feel, this isn't a Las Vegas lounge. Rix Lounge was a new discovery for me on my last trip to the World. It's a huge, 300-seat lounge at Coronado Springs Resort, offering specialty drinks and appetizers. I had plans to meet a friend for dinner at Maya Grill so I didn't sample the food at Rix, but I'll definitely be checking it out on my next trip.


June 30, 2010

Memory Card Capacity

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Memory cards and digital cameras have made many changes in the past couple of years. As we watch the number of megapixels skyrocket in point and shoot cameras, the memory card manufacturers have increased the storage size of their products.

While Americans are renowned for believing that "bigger is better" there are exceptions to that philosophy. Taking one 8GB (gigabyte) memory card with you on vacation for a week could record all of your memories but if that card malfunctions or goes missing you'll wind up spending your precious time off seeking out a new card. It's my personal preference to bring several smaller capacity cards than one big one.

Financially speaking, you're still way ahead of how much you spent on film. Let's say you bought a 8GB SDHC for $30.00 and you own a 10MP (megapixel) camera. Roughly 1,138 photos would fit onto that card. We both know you never shot 31 rolls of 36 exposure film at $6.00/roll on a 7-day excursion. If you bought yourself two 4GB cards at $20.00 a piece you'd have the same number of pictures for $10.00 more. Per shot it's a difference of $0.009 between having multiple 4GB cards and one 8GB card.

This new handy dandy chart will provide you with an estimate as to how many photos (100% compressed JPEG files) will fit onto memory cards regardless if they're SD, XD, SDHC or Compact Flash. The chart does not incorporate recording video.

As always I recommend shooting at the highest quality level of your camera.


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Written while enjoying the soundtrack from "French Kiss".

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