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July 1, 2010

Tune-In Lounge

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Tune-In Lounge outside of the 50's Prime Time Cafe in Disney's Hollywood Studies, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Tune-In Lounge outside of the 50's Prime Time Cafe.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/20s, f/3.5, ISO 400, EV +1.0, 18mm Focal Length

Where can you enjoy a cold one at a bar while watching black and white clips from the original Mickey Mouse Club and other 1950's TV sitcoms? The Tune-In Lounge outside the 50's Prime Time Cafe is a full service bar and features selections from Dad's Liquor Cabinet, flavored sodas and cocktails with state of the art monochrome televisions.

July 3, 2010

I Walk into a Bar...

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


...to take photos for our Disney Pic of the Week - Bars & Lounges.

La Cava del Tequila (The Tequila Cave) in Epcot's Mexico pavillion was empty when I arrived. The CMs tried to show me what they had to offer but I don't drink so their attempt fell flat.

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Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, ISO 320, f2, 1 second

Seating is casual with a few couches. Rich, dark shades of brown, red, yellow, and blue fill the room along with wooden barrels and art.

Happy Independence Day! Be safe.

July 4, 2010

Where in the World #137

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #136:
 Where in the World #136

And here's the answer:
Indiana Jones scene in the Great Movie Ride
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/30s shutter, f/2.8, ISO 3200

This is the Indiana Jones scene from the Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Hope you don't mind a few snakes!

Frances Phebus was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Frances and all the other readers who got the answer right: Sharon Pierce, Sarah Smee, Dawn Bach, James Greene, Nicole Ruzinski, Dusty Cheatham, Annette Nuenke, Tiago De Oliveira, Chris Masse, Dana Hinterleitner, Paul Cooper, Daniel Meagher, Linda Scrivano, Laura Tarbet, Louise Barton, Ken Jackson, Dave Wang, Rochelle, Jen Cerce, Michael Joel Gainey, Lee Anastasi, David Williams, Matthew Herman, Stuart Hale, Larissa Huda, Sherry Klinefelter, Mike Walter, Paul Newman, Bob Hendrix, Kathryn Barnes, Baines Family, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Jodi Cook, Jim Riley, Sharon Dale, Katerina Purdy, Bill Daniel, Cheryl Buchanan, Shannon Murray, Mickey Eckert, Colin Buchanan, Cara Richards, Tiffany W., Karen Hotchkiss, Jaclyn Kelch, Rob Blundin, Matt Degrandis, Jenn72, Nate, Kim Meyer, Pollyanna Buff, Jennifer Townsend, Tim Johansen, Julie Wickware, Brad Mossbarger, Kara Costello, Tina Santacroce, Thomas Auckland, Corinne Elg, Diana Berry, Angela Haire, Terri Thornton, Bill Monahan, Ruth Cookson, Paul Amico, Tom Linder , Brent Lollar and Lily-pierre Couet. Each of you will be entered in the July winners' drawing.

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Challenge #137: And now for a little red, white and blue on the Fourth of July" Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #137

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 8, 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!

July 6, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week: Trains

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Walt Disney World Railroad consists of four locomotives purchased from United Railways of Yucatan in 1969, shipped to Florida, renovated and renamed. They travel the 1.5 mile circuit around the Magic Kingdom daily and if you stand on the walkway between Toon Town and Tomorrowland, the engineers will put on a show of steam and sound for any guest lifting a camera to capture the beautifully maintained trains Walt Disney would have loved.

The Roy O. Disney train in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Roy O. Disney train in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/320s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV 0, 105mm Focal Length

Barrie and Lisa will be here on Thursday and Saturday with their Disney Pic of the Week on Trains.

July 7, 2010

Got Photography Questions?

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Gather 'round, kids. My fellow Picture This! bloggers and I are opening up the floor to answer your photography questions. You may direct your question towards Barrie, Scott or myself or no one in particular.

Scott shoots with Nikon digital SLRs. He's into software programs, online photo sharing sites, and reading books on the technical aspects of photography.
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Scott demonstrates the rockstar photographer pose.

Barrie shoots with Nikon digital SLRs as well. I believe she and Scott are competing for who has better gear. OK, maybe I'm just pretending they are. Barrie has created photo gifts on several websites, takes part in photo walks, and is always working on new projects.
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Little known fact: Barrie auditioned to be a Price is Right model.

Lisa (that's me) shoots Canon film and digital SLRs as well as various point and shoot cameras. I offer private lessons, enter contests, and create calendars.
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This is what happens after Barrie and Scott get ahold of me.

Please fill in the form below under POST A COMMENT and check back next Wednesday for our answers or best guesses.


July 8, 2010

Train of Fools

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


The Disneyland Railroad has a special caboose, so to speak, that doesn't run all the time and you have to ask ahead of time if you can ride in the Lilly Belle car. From personal experience it was a matter of dining at Club 33 and having that request put in by the club member.

Enjoy my entry for Disney Pic of the Week - Trains. All aboard!

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Yes, this is my friend, the infamous Yoli, relaxing during our journey (on my birthday) around Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom. Yoli, hang onto your camera! Sheesh.

July 9, 2010

Animal Portraits

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

In the past I have shown you a portrait of a Wood Stork but I never went into details as to how to make a good animal portrait. The principles are the same as a good human portrait. Good lighting, good background, sharp focus, fill the frame (or crop after) and good exposure. In most zoos, animal parks and in the wild, backgrounds are the toughest to control. The best way is to use the widest aperture your lens can go so as to create an out-of-focus, or bokeh, blur in the background. I found this Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis) along one of the Discovery Island Trails which surround the Tree of Life. He was close enough to fill the frame with the lens I was using with a little crop for a 4x5 (8x10) ratio.

Yellow-billed Stork portrait in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Yellow-billed Stork portrait in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/25s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 200mm focal length

This portrait has the bokeh background, soft light coming from behind and to the right, exposure so as to keep detail in the white feathers, focus (like humans, the eye must be sharply focused for animals) and a nice pose.

Something I also try to get is an environmental portrait of the animal. Today's zoos and animal parks try to recreate as much as possible the actual living environment of the species they care for. In this case, a marsh-like setting along a river was created for many of the birds who live near or on Discovery Island and made for a suitable environmental portrait for this Yellow-billed Stork.

Yellow-billed Stork environment in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Yellow-billed Stork environmental portrait.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/11, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 200mm focal length

Here are previous Disney's Animal Kingdom photography guides:

Kilimanjaro Safari Photo Tips

Maharajah Jungle Trek Photo Tips

July 10, 2010

Tiny Train

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Germany Train
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer

Ok, I admit, this is a little bit of a cheat. But it is a train, so technically, I can use it for my Pic of the Week. No one said it couldn't be a miniature train. This one can be found next to the Germany pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase.

July 11, 2010

Where in the World #138

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #137:
 Where in the World #137

And here's the answer:
All Star Resort
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/640s shutter, f/8, ISO 200

We have a little red, white and blue action going on this week. This was shot at Disney's All Star Music Resort.

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: James Berry, Kathy Berry, The Kahle Family, Michael Joel Gainey, Lsrissa And Evanna Huda, Lee, Kimberly Kusser, Colin G Buchanan, Emily Currier, Maryann Eckenrode, Pollyanna Buff, Frances Phebus, Katarina Whitmarsh, Craig, Scott Stubbs, Gabriella Rizzo, Donna Currier, Jennifer Harmon, Julianne Williams, Donna J, Kelsi Bruno, Jane Bradley, Bruce Hinterleitner, Christopher Barnes, Diane Furtado, Wendy Crober, Marina Crober, Shannon Murray, Brian Miller, Howard Schreiber, Steve Cummings, Brian Yesutis, Amy Schweizer, Mike Walter, Dale Knight, Chambers Family , Seth Walker, Jill, Cara Richards, Ed Suscreba, Karrie Duffey, Julie Wickware, Cheryl Buchanan, Chris J, Betsy Silvestri, Rob Blundin, Misty Lyons, Lisa Laskowski, Mike Cerce, Christine Dagney, Kelly Dagney, Erin Dagney, Dana Hinterleitner, Ruth Cookson, Mike Zendler, Mia W., Jim Riley, Carinne Kight, Sharon Pierce, Bill Daniel, Jacqui Ruxton, Ashley Elizabeth, Sarah Showers, Millie Tenreiro, Tom & Susan Linder and Dawn Bach. Each of you will be entered in the July winners' drawing.

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Challenge #138: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #138

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 15, 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!

July 13, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Clocks

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


I suggest we dedicate our Disney Pic of the Week - Clocks photos to Flava Flav. Good luck wearing this clock, booooyyyyyyy.


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This clock tower at the Pirates of the Caribbean rises high over Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

When it's time to change then it's time to change. Excuse me. Do you have the time? To the tick tock you don't stop. What time is the 3 o'clock parade? Time after time. I hear the ticking of the clock. Tiiiiime, you why punish me? Time is precious and it's slipping away.

Check back in 48 and 96 hours for more photos from Scott & Barrie.

July 14, 2010

Your Photography Questions Answered

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Last week I invited you all to write Barrie, Scott, and me with your photography questions. We weren't able to get to everyone but we thank you for reading our blogs and taking the time to write us. Without any further ado, here's what you asked us.

Letters may be edited for content.


Renee asks,
What is the best time of day and place to get a picture of my family in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom? We have taken our photos first thing in the morning on Main Street USA and get squinty eyes from looking into the Sun.

Scott says:
This is where seeing where and when Disney Photopass photographers set up will help. Early in the morning, it is best to stay in the shadow of the Main Street Railroad Station right at the beginning of Main Street USA with Cinderella Castle in the background. For those photos with the castle filling up the background, use the Magic Hour which is the last hour before the Sun sets. The light is low with a very nice golden color. People are able to keep their eyes open as the Sun is not blinding.

There is a Kodak picture stop just over the bridge as you enter Liberty Square from the Hub which is in shade by late afternoon and gives a No-Guest in Background side view of Cinderella Castle.


Kelley asks,
Which point and shoot is your favorite? Also, what is your advice on capturing pictures at night or in low light settings with a point and shoot?

Lisa responds:
My favorite would have to be my old Yogi Bear camera because it was my first actual non-toy camera. Of the cameras I've used in recent years I did enjoy the Canon PowerShot S5 IS the most. Any time you're shooting at night and want to record bright lights, you'll need to use a tripod or flat surface. Set the camera to the Landscape Night, Night Portrait or Fireworks accordingly. The camera needs to allow as much light through the lens as possible and holding the camera will cause blurred images. If you can use a remote control, even better! If you're shooting someone or something within close range, you can hold the camera. Use your flash and set the camera to Program. Try ISO 800 at first then adjust to a lower ISO such as 640 or 400 if the image is blown out. You can also use the flash with Auto if you'd like.


Steve asks.
My question is how to best take stage show photos when it's dark with only a spot light and a dark curtain for a background. This setting is darker than the American Idol Experience. All I have is the Nikon D5000 with the 200MM zoom lens with stabilization. My results end up with unintentional action blur our out of focus subjects as well as colors tending to be off (red turns bright pink and flesh tones are off). I have tried both auto and manual focus (no illuminator assist as you are not supposed to use a flash and I think the illuminator would also be a distraction). I set the camera to "P", adjust the ISO to 1600 or 2400, open the aperture as wide as possible, and use my "stick" to stabilize the camera. Basically, I'm not sure what autofocus mode (AF-Continuous?), what AF-area mode (dynamic?), and what metering setting (spot?) is appropriate.

Barrie answers:
Well, I'm not sure my way is the best way but I can tell you what I do for dark stage shows. Actually, it's pretty much what you described. I use spot metering and crank my ISO up. My camera handles a higher ISO pretty well so I would probably set it at 1600 - 2500. I almost always shoot in aperture priority and depending on the scene and where I am sitting, I will set the aperture somewhere between f5.6 and f8 - that is when I am using my telephoto lens. If I am close enough to the action and I think that the performers will not move around a lot (making the zoom necessary), I'll use my 50mm and set it at f/1.4 - 2.8. This is where I start. Then I take a few pics and check them on the LCD to see if I need to make any adjustments to the ISO or the aperture. I shoot handheld because the action is always moving and I want the freedom to move with it, that's why I prefer the higher ISO. And, even though the telephoto lens is slower, I prefer it to the 50mm because of the flexibility - I'm just very careful to hold it as steady as possible. As far as the color goes, try setting your white balance to Tungsten, or about 2700 and see if that helps. If there is a lot of movement on stage, I'll use continuous focus. Probably the biggest thing that made a difference for me when shooting stage shows was when I discovered spot metering. That, combined with a fast lens and a high ISO makes it totally possible to take handheld shots that are pretty crisp.


Jennifer asks,
I use a Canon PowerShot SX20, that I LOVE! I remember at Christmas time, Scott did a blog about shooting the lights and gave specific settings to get the best pics. My husband thought I was crazy cause I wrote it down and brought it with us to Disney. Well I followed that and it worked wonderfully! I got the best pictures of Christmas lights ever. So my question is what do those settings (aperture, shutter speed) actually do? So maybe I'll know what to adjust in other situations other than always leaving it on "Auto" Thanks!

I love all of these photo blogs, all 3 of you are amazing, and give great advice and I love the pics you post!

Scott says:
On behalf of myself, Barrie and Lisa, thank you! I guess you got the last laugh didn't you? The aperture controls the depth of field and amount of light which strikes your camera's sensor or film plane when you press the shutter button. Shutter speed controls the duration that the shutter blades or sensor is exposed. I wrote up detailed information about each when I first joined Picture This! I also recommend you pick up the book, Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. It's the best book on basic photography.

S is for Speed Control

A is for Aperture Control


Deanna asks,
My question is about lenses. I don't quite understand how different lenses work. I assume that the difference between, say, a 24-70 mm lens and a 70-300 mm lens is the zoom that's available on each. What's the quality difference on photos taken with those two lenses, or other lenses? In short, I suppose I'm asking why you would shoot with one lens over the other. What's the difference?

Also, how does the f/stop relate to the zoom on the lens? For example, does a zoom lens have a varying f/stop as an advanced point and shoot has, or do the f/stops stay the same on DSLRs no matter what zoom it has?

Lisa responds: Let's say you have a 24-70mm lens and you're photographing a large group of people. By turning the lens to 24mm, you'll get far more people in the shot than if it were set to 70mm because the lower the number, the wider the angle. Also when using wide angle lenses (28mm, 24mm, 20mm, 18mm) an arc is formed on the sides and is more noticeable on a 20mm than a 28mm.

A 70-300mm lens is ideal for headshots, action from the stands/bleachers/sidelines, concerts, zoos, etc... Anything that's in the distance that you want to bring in closer.

Many lenses do indeed have varying f-stops, in fact most of them. The only lenses that do not are called fixed lenses. A popular example would be a 50mm 2.8. That lens constantly stays open at f2.8. A zoom lens such as my Canon 75-300 mm 1:4-5.6 USM will open up to f4 at it's widest angle of 75mm but when zoomed to 300mm, the f-stop will only open up to 5.6. It will over course go higher; f8, f11 and so forth.


Leigh asks,
Scott, what is the best book out there for digital cameras, in your opinion for newbies? I have a Canon Rebel D-SLR, and I need a little help with some of the technical stuff. What software program should newbies start with? Also, which are your favorite photo sharing sites?

Barrie, which is your favorite website for photo gifts? My mother loves coffee cups with the kids pics on them & I'm not very happy with the one I use. Do you use any digital scrapbook sites & if yes which one is your fave?

Lisa, I see you do private lessons, however, I don't think you live close enough, so do you have any suggestions for online photo classes?

Scott says:
Leigh, see the book I recommended to Jennifer. Flickr is the biggest and easiest photo sharing website to start with. It is free for up to 200 photos. At $24.95 a year for unlimited uploads, it is very affordable. I'll be going into detail about software programs in response to Alister's question below.

Barrie answers:
I have used both CafePress and Zazzle and had good results with both. I like Zazzle best because, for me, the user interface is a little easier than CafePress. I find it quick and easy to upload a picture and make a product on Zazzle. I don't actually use online scrapbook sites, mainly because I LOVE paper. I've had a paper fetish my entire life and once scrapbooking came into popularity I was in heaven! I have piles of paper that I can't bring myself to use because it is too special. Instead, I scan it and use it digitally. I still have stationery that I have saved since I was a teenager.

Lisa responds:
No, I'm not familiar with online courses. I think it's best to learn in a classroom setting vs online. Check wih your local high schools and community colleges for formal classes.


Ray asks,
What is the best way to submit photos with descriptions to www.AllEars.net? I know how to download my photos to Photobucket and Snapfish. I really don't know how to submit photos with descriptions. I thought about e-mailing a single photo link and description one photo at a time but I'm not sure the photo will show up on the other end. I also wish that I could write on the photo, and draw arrows listing width of a door way and other facts for an accessible resort room. Can you describe to me a good way to do these tasks?

Lisa responds:
To e-mail a photograph, you'll want to attach the photo file to your e-mail. You can do this by clicking on "Attach" which is usually in the bar just above where you'd type the e-mail address to whom you're sending the letter. A box will open up allowing you to sift through the folders and drives (such as C and D) on your harddrive. You'll need to know the file number or name of the photo so you can pick the one you want. You can also select the image from your memory card while it's inserted into the computer.

If the images are only saved to an online storage site, you may need to download the image first before you can e-mail it. Some sites may be set up for you to send your image via a "Share" link.

In your e-mail please include: resort name, room number, when you stayed there, if the room was recently refurbished, and any special notes you'd like to tell us regarding the room such as pool view, loud/quiet location, etc... Send your pics to allearsnet@yahoo.com. Menu photos can be sent to this address, too. It's also a good idea to fill out the Contact Us form so we know to look for your photos in the Inbox.

To submit an image to Photo of the Week or Wandering the World, please follow the instructions at http://allears.net/pw/pw.htm


Alister asks,
For a beginner like me using a point and shoot camera, with no experience but who wants to start getting creative, what photo editing software would you recommend?

Scott says:
To start learning photo processing, I recommend Picasa which is a free software product from Google. If you own a Mac, iPhoto is an excellent photo editing and management program. Adobe's Elements is their introductory photo editing software program you can grow into. Another alternative is the online photo editor, Picnik.com. For an online product, it is surprisingly robust and fun to use. Free to use but to get the full version there is a $24.95 annual subscription fee.


Aaron asks,
This is a question for anyone. As someone who is only just beginning to get their feet wet with photography, the thought of simultaneously learning the details of taking pictures along with learning the details of editing pictures can seem a bit much at times. When you're taking pictures, how much are you thinking about your camera settings, and how much are you thinking about the post-shot edits you're going to make? What goes through your head as you're taking photos? Thanks for all your effort with this blog, sharing your awesome photos, and the great advice you give!

Scott says:
Aaron, when first learning digital photography, it can seem overwhelming. However, digital photography can be learned quickly with the instant feedback of the LCD screen on today's cameras. Again, as a beginner, I would recommend reading the book, Understanding Exposure, to get your photos as best as they can be when you snap the shutter. This will help go a long way into learning how to edit your photos when you download them to your computer for processing. As Barrie and Lisa are the experts when it comes to software, I will allow them to answer that part.

As to what I think about when photographing, I pay attention to a lot. I ask several questions but the first is getting the right exposure for what I want to say. This is where the term "creative exposure" comes in. For a beginner, I would start there and then continue to read, practice, and learn from there.

Lisa responds: I personally shoot to get everything right the first time. That means composition and exposure but I've been shooting professionally for nearly 20 years now.

You should set your goal on learning photography first. If you land the shot, you won't need to edit your photos much if at all. Search for adult ed classes in your area.

Barrie answers:
I don't really think about the post-processing when I take photos. I really prefer to do as little post processing as possible so I do my best to get as a good of a shot as I can. Truly, I still consider myself a beginner though, so remembering everything to get just the shot I want rarely happens. I almost always start thinking about my next trip to Walt Disney World when I am looking at the photos I took on the last trip because I am thinking about what I forgot and how to do it better next time! That said, I post-process nearly all of my photos, some more than others. I shoot in RAW and post-processing is just part of the whole process, same as when developing film.


Mary asks,
I have a Canon XTi and am a novice. What are some for tips for shooting the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom? On our last trip, I took about eighty photos of Wishes and probably only three turned out like I imagined they would.

Lisa responds:
When shooting with a D-SLR you'll want to try shooting on Manual. There are no specific settings for fireworks but I can give you a place to start. Set your ISO to 400, the f-stop to 8, and your shutterspeed to 1/15. You will of course be using a tripod to steady the shot. Take a few pics and review them on the LCD. Zoom in on the screen for a truer look at the quality of the shot. If they're too dark but sharp, you can slow down the shutterspeed to something like 1/4. If they're not sharp and too dark I'd increase the ISO to 640 or 800. It's all about trying different settings and finding what works best in the particular situation.


Don asks,
I shoot with Canon gear. My struggle is to try to find the best combo for the "triangle" while running around the parks. What settings do most of you rely on when shooting outdoors during the day, at night, with flash,etc...? I'm usually in (on my T1i) "P" mode or in shutter priority and try to keep my shutter speed about 1/40, 1/50, or faster if the subject (mostly kids for me) are in motion. How about fireworks settings? My carry lens right now is the kit lens, but I do carry my 55-250mm f4-5.6 and sometimes my favorite 70-200 2.8 lens. I guess to wrap up, I'm looking for ideas on your favorite settings for different situations. I find at 3200 ISO or above it gets pretty grainy, but it sure is nice to have that option on dark rides.

Barrie answers:
It would be impossible to give you the exact settings I use for every situation, because they are always different. I'd say that 85% of the time I use aperture priority for all of my shots. I use it because I like to control the depth of field (how much of the picture is in focus). A wide aperture not only gives me a narrow depth of field (blurry background) but it also will give me a faster shutter speed to isolate moving subjects. Closing down the aperture (setting the f-stop to a higher number) will give me a greater depth of field as well as a slower shutter speed when I want to show movement. In both cases, I can usually adjust the ISO to give me the particular result I am looking for. For example, I can increase the ISO at night if I am not getting enough light. I also use my exposure compensation to make minor adjustments. If I want to stop action on very fast moving subjects, like a moving ride, I switch to shutter priority. Or if I want to do a long exposure, say to capture fireworks, I'll use the "bulb" setting in manual mode. Most of the time though, aperture priority works perfect for me.

A note from Lisa:
As you can see we have similiar approaches to shooting but what works best for one may not for the other. For instance, Barrie and I shoot fireworks different ways, that is when I shoot them at all, but you get the idea. We both come out with the images we want, regardless of how we set up the shot.

July 15, 2010

Tick-Tock

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Tick Tock
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600

This clock looks a little worse for wear. But I suppose if I were being swallowed by a crocodile I wouldn't look so good either! Tick-Tock, the crocodile from Peter Pan, can be found in the World of Disney at Downtown Disney.

July 16, 2010

Digital Photography Beginner's Guide

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This month marks three years I have been writing weekly (more or less) on the Picture This! Photoblog here at AllEars.net. The questions Lisa got from her inquiry last week got me to thinking in the last three years, many of you have upgraded to better cameras which give you more control. With that in mind, I want to link you to some of the first posts I did here which explain the basics of Digital Photography.

Pirates of the Caribbean plaza in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Mechanics of Exposure: This post defines what aperture, shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation are. For me, you have to define and understand the parts before you can understand the whole which in this case is called photographic exposure.

Exif Photo Data: In this post I explain the numbers you see under the photos here on the Picture This! blog.

Creative Uses of Aperture: Details on how aperture effects the depth of field in photographs.

Shutter Speeds and You: Read about how shutter speed controls the amount of movement in photographs.

Indian artwork on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Light Sensitivity: Of the three parts of the exposure triangle, ISO or light sensitivity is not easily understood. I lift the veil of the ISO numbers in this post.

Dialing in Digital Exposure: The exposure compensation button found on digital SLRs and advanced Point and Shoot cameras is often overlooked by many new digital photographers. I think you'll agree once you read this how useful the EV button is.

If you have any questions regarding these articles, leave a comment here and I will answer them.

July 17, 2010

Caribbean Clock Tower

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The clock tower overlooking the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The clock tower overlooking the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 135mm Focal Length

There are a lot of clocks in Walt Disney World. So, of course, Lisa and I pick the same clock near the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction for our Disney Pic of the Week on Clocks. I decided to use my photo as it is very different from Lisa's and does show how two people can come away with different views of the same subject.

July 18, 2010

Where in the World #139

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #138:
 Where in the World #138

And here's the answer:
Turtle Talk with Crush
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/15s shutter, f/4.5, ISO 2500

Good job everyone! You're right, this is the microphone in the tank with Crush at Turtle Talk with Crush in Epcot.

Rich Kacprowicz was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Rich and all the other readers who got the answer right: Tom Koval, Larissa Huda, Kye Layton, Evanna Huda, Laura Tarbet, Shannon Murray, Kathy Love, Emily Currier, Colin G Buchanan, Chris Masse, Tim Weston, Dylan Weidner, Deborah Jezioro, Millie Tenreiro, Jodi Cook, Donna Currier, Julie Wickware, Megan, Leigh Mertz, Brianne, Melody Salemi, Lee Anastasi, James Steele, Sharon Pierce, Linda Scrivano, Christine, Craig, Howard Schreiber, Andrew Weed, Deborah J. Ragno, Shane Kropp, Chloe, Jamie K, Joshua Swainston, Melissa Ruggieri, Michael Joel Gainey, Jennifer Harmon, Cheryl Buchanan, Shaun Leake, John C. Lacasse, Scott Stubbs, Joseph Zafia, Laurie Nicholson, Brenda Mcguire, Clay Anthony, Cynthia Harrison, Joe Marrella, Dan Murell, Angie Young, Ronnie Lane, Walter Fletcher, Double Family, Jessica Folan, Mark D, Theresa Rucando, Liz Howarth, Wendy Crober, Bridgette Gallagher, Denise Cayz, Seth Walker, Stephen Hafke, Kelly Mager, Claire Gregory, Joyce Tofflemire, Sandi B, Diane Ramos, Kathryn Barnes, Brian Yesutis, Rochelle, Robert Anderson , Bob Lanks, Wendy Ip, Scott Prewitt, Christopher Tweedle, Kathleen, Baines Family, Chris Connors, Mike Timmer, Ansley And Jen, Bryan Timko, Tim Johansen, Sarah, Ken Calden, Maggie Bruski, Jamie C., Marc Stumbo, Kristen Gainey, Jen Cerce, David Boyarsky, Walter Clark, Lainee Guffey, Mike O'brien, Stacey Hutchinson, Krystal Pound, Katie Bamford, Anjanette Tournillon, Maryjane Keeble, Joyanne Johnston, Romie Brown, Nicole Brown, R Engel, Amy Sapp, Kelsi Bruno, Melissa Littman, Gretchen Shively, Tim Wingfield, Daniel, Carrie Kenney, Ruth Woodhouse, Allison Collins, Bonnie Smith, Carrie Henderson, Ron Renz, Colleen Murphy, April Haddock, The Kahle Family, Ken Fischler, Chandra Mccall, Jamie Kerr, Sarah Smee, Emma Ford, Teri Jo Fuson, Kevin Bass, Kendall Huffman, Mike Kaczanowski, Andrea Kruszewski, Marina Crober, Diana F., Bruce Jones, Cameron Lange, Cara Richards, Joann Albrecht, Paul Dickson, Jennifer Tremley, Sarah Connors, Kim Carroll, Tiffany W., Morag Leon, Shannon Milair, Bob Hendrix, Karen Schlumpf, Kim Steiner, Trista Newell, Ron Kaczmarek, Danusia Rogacki, Steve Pocopanni, Casie Crowder, Scott Lau, Jennifer Schwing, Douglas Mcknight, Karen Desantis, Danielle Fitzgerald, Tricia Noble, Nicole Lassiter, Evan Gentile, Jaclyn Kelch, Karrie Duffey, Samantha French, Kristen Mccoy, Timothy Hutchinson, Liz Weiter, April Ramey, Deanna Simmons, Jennifer Mercier, Mary Tackett, Carol Baranowsky, Melissa, Hillary Waldroop, Bruce Lawson, Michelle Roth-smoot, Nathalie Doiron, Gary Genteman, Jennifer , Carri Marotto, Kristin Mazur, Margaret I. Vattes, Aubrey Cooper, Rob Barnhardt, Bruce Arnold, Kelsi Bruno, Bryan Fencl, Debbie Hicks, Mel O'donnell, John Arena Jr, Erin Savoie, Andrew Baillie, Ian Falk, John Foggo, Doug Olson, Tina Cole, Matt Degrandis, Jeff Schoeling, Alicia Littleton, Jill Davoll, Madi M., Jeffrey Finger, Rob Blundin, James Berry, Jim Kayer, Kathy Berry, Rebecca, Carinne Kight, Jill, Dennis Bratnik, Amy Miller, Jason Wright, Robin, Scott Kinzel, Bob Regan, Lee Krueger, Sara Elliott, Bill Mckim, Karen Hughes, Ed Hogan, Samuel Shotick, Evelyn Wilson, Allie Laguardia, Patti Purdy, Rozi, Amanda Smith, Ashley Mayer, Mike M., John Hout, Lori Rienhardt, Jennie Pirkl, Elaine Johnson, Brendan Abel, Anastasia Macneil, Jackie Purcell, Amanda Sawasky, Susie Roberts, Lori Bohner, Karen Genda, Elisa Dillon, Gene Jacobi, Alan P, Amanda(:, Corrie Haemmerle, Beth Hood, Valerie Rodgers, David Williams, Allison Caputa, Andrea Weedmark, Nicole Ruzinski, , Paul Pica, Wendy Snelgrove, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Kelly Scott, Tim Rachuba, Jenny Shenold, Jennifer Mccurry, Charity Maas, Kevin Weidenweber, Kayla Anulies, Robin Mckiel, Nancy Lam, Paul Ignudo, Jr., April Heicken, Michael Mesarch, Nettie Duffy, Nettie Duffy, Jerry Marceau, Len Beebe, Lisa Laskowski, Carol Donoghue, Dan Potts, Mike Venere, Jamie Dawson, Amy Whitmire, Erin Dagney, Christine Dagney, Jim Finley, Amy Terrell, Mike Haeberle, Christa P, Rebekah Ferry, Allie Reckendorf, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Tammy Kallenbach, Lisa Cash, Dana Karas, Jennifer Bogdan, Liz Moreau, Thomas Auckland, Keith Rawlinson, Margot Garofalo, Carolyn, Heather Pedulla, Dana Hall, Kelly Hoffmann, Gay Bachmann, Alicia Henderson, Amanda Gagnon, Ginny P, Melissa Boyle, Tiago And Rocco De Oliveira, Crystal Lee, Kristin Dormuth, Jim Riley, Douglas Florey, Tracy Cegielski, Dave Carriere, Brent Barrilleaux, Paul Newman, Beth Crossland, Annette Basile, Jordan, Sandy, Jane Johnson, Maja Kodani, Linda Abbate, Katie Simmons, Kerry Aldrich, and Tom & Susan Linder. Each of you will be entered in the July winners' drawing.

A couple of you missed the answer to #136 so here's a link.

Sundays just won't be the same for awhile! I am going to be taking a break for the summer, so the next time you will see Where in the World will be on August 22. That means you have lots of time to figure out the answer to challenge #139. I better make it a little tougher than usual!

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Challenge #139: Where in the world are these?

Ok, I said it would be harder this week. In order to make it into the winners' drawing for this challenge, you must know where ALL FOUR of these photos are from. Everyone who gets all four correct will have their name entered twice in the next drawing. Good luck everyone - see you on August 22!

A.)  Where in the World #139a

B.)  Where in the World #139b

C.)  Where in the World #139c

D.)  Where in the World #139d

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 19, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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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!

July 20, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Star Tours

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Why I scheduled myself to be the one to introduce this week's Pic of the Week, Star Tours, I'll never know. I usually try to match the topics with the interests of Scott and Lisa and myself. For example, Lisa got to introduce Princes - that totally makes sense, right? Unfortunately, I know very little about Star Wars, and therefore Star Tours. They're kind of related I think. I do know I like the ride - it's WAY fun! But if I tried to share any tidbits of trivia with you, I'm afraid I would probably just end up offending someone. So I'll just get on to the photo"

Tatooine Traders
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/1000 sec, f/8, ISO 200

This is the outside of Tatooine Traders, the merchandise shop that you end up in at the end of your Star Tours journey. It was remodeled sometime ago to resemble the Mos Espa village in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Pretty impressive that I knew that, eh?

I copied it from the Star Tours page.

July 21, 2010

Portrait Definitions

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Ouch! What happened to your feet? They got lobbed off in that photo. It's a petty crime that happens without intent all the time, bad composition and/or cropping of people pictures. These are three easy-to-follow guidelines for taking portraits. Never again shall Uncle Fester's likeness cry out in pain from missing the top half of his head.


Headshot - Typically, a photograph taken of someone's face, head (or helmet) and shoulders. Sometimes extending down to the upper arms. Posing may include a bent elbow so as a hand can be placed alongside the face or under the chin.
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3/4 Length - Taken far enough back to include most of someone's entire body. 3/4 length shots are normally cropped upper-thigh or just above the knees. These shots are never cut off at the...uh...opposite side of the tush.
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Full Body - A photo showing someone's entire body from head to toe.
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No Power Ranger was hurt during this photoshoot that he didn't know was taking place.

Keep up with my super exciting life on Facebook.

July 22, 2010

R2-D2

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

R2-D2 readies your Starspeeder to Endor in the Star Tours queue at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
R2-D2 readies your Starspeeder to Endor in the Star Tours queue.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 1600, EV +1.0, 170mm Focal Length

The Star Wars saga started back in 1977 when home entertainment was a TV hooked up to a stereo system with large speakers. VHS tape, DVD and Blu Ray Hi-Def players still in the future. The first Star Wars movie stayed in movie theaters for over a year and I saw it numerous times as a college freshman. Here we are some 30 years later and we can now ride a hi-tech motion simulator with a real robot pilot into our own Star Wars adventure to the planet Endor. Isn't technology grand?

R2-D2 is my favorite character from the Star Wars movies so I had to feature him for my Disney Pic of the Week on Star Tours.

July 23, 2010

WDWPhotography.com

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

In June of 2010, a new photography blog on Walt Disney World was launched by two young and talented flickr photographers, Adam Hansen and Cory Disbrow. As Cory writes in the blog's introductory post, "...we wanted to take a somewhat EPCOT Center approach and adopt Walt Disney's idea of 'edutainment'. By that, I mean we want to entertain you and bring that magic home, but also help you learn how YOU can improve upon your photography while at the Disney Parks."

With each post the photographer explains how the photo was Imagineered using software to finish the photo in post-processing. Harnessing the talent of fellow photographers who share a love for Disney photography, you will see many kinds of photographic techniques, equipment and software used to produce extraordinary photographs.

Here are two examples of the kind of photography you will see from this exciting new blog. Click the photos to visit the blog post to learn about each photo.

Long exposures created ghosted guests inside Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Ghosts of Cinderella by Cory Disbrow.
Canon D5 Mk II/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, f/6.4, ISO 100

The above photo is an HDR image created from three different photos taken at different shutter speeds which is why the shutter speed was left off the Exif data.

Pop Century Resort at night, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Pop Century Plugged In by Adam Hansen.
Nikon D90/18-200VR, 4s, f/13, ISO 200, EV -1.0, 32mm Focal Length

July 24, 2010

Driver's License and Registration

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Cue the Star Wars soundtrack.

While Star Tours at Disney's Hollywood Studios is well-themed and makes me think of Ewoks, I strongly prefer the interior queue at Disneyland. That's just the way it is and I can't explain it. Enjoy your trip to Endor. Remember to buckle up, I hear the pilot is a newbie.

My entry for Disney Pic of the Week - Star Tours is being repaired by R2-D2.

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July 25, 2010

Countdown to Disney!

Sundays just won't be the same for awhile! Barrie is taking a break for the summer, so the next time you will see Where in the World will be on August 22. That means you have lots of time to figure out the answer to challenge #139. I better make it a little tougher than usual! Scroll Down!!!

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While Barrie is on break, we will share some photos from fans of the AllEars® Facebook page!

Here's are some Family Fun "Countdown to Disney" Photos:

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Thanks for AllEars Facebook Fans: Kristie Walters, Molly LaSpada, Christy Harris, Farrell Tillman, and
Alpha Gollihugh !!!

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Challenge #139: Where in the world are these?

Ok, I said it would be harder this week. In order to make it into the winners' drawing for this challenge, you must know where ALL FOUR of these photos are from. Everyone who gets all four correct will have their name entered twice in the next drawing. Good luck everyone - see you on August 22!

A.)  Where in the World #139a

B.)  Where in the World #139b

C.)  Where in the World #139c

D.)  Where in the World #139d

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 19, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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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!

July 26, 2010

October Disney World Calender

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Halloween is this month. That means it's time for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, where you'll find Cinderella's carriage all decked out for the festivities.

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.

October 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


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

October 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

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

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1024 x 768
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July 27, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week: Art

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Main Street Gallery features beautiful artwork based on Disney films and themeparks. Some of the works done by such artists as Thomas Kinkade go for a lot of money. Happily, you'll find less expensive posters and prints if you fall in love with one of the originals. Below the Thomas Kinkade painting Pinocchio Wishes Upon A Star greets guests as they enter the gallery on Main Street USA.

Main Street Gallery on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Main Street Gallery shop on Main Street USA.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16, 1/4s, f/2.8, ISO 200, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length

Barrie and Lisa will show you more Disney art on Thursday and Saturday with their Disney Pic of the Week on Art.

July 28, 2010

Deals on Disney Desirables

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


If you're like me, you are always on the lookout for items to add to your collection(s), whatever they may. My Disneyana acquisitions are of reasonable size and price, postcards, notecards, stationary, napkins, coasters, pins, maps, and popcorn buckets (decreasing my lot) don't take up much space or eat away at my wallet. Most assuredly, we Disney fans also purchase single items (or 2 or 3) that don't belong in a "group" such as a piece of art, a toy, a book, etc...

Since last Summer, I've had 4 yard sales and in each have advertised Disney collectibles. Not a single person who came to shop was a collector and so it's taking a long time for those items to sell. That tells me that most Disney fans may not be scouring yard sales. That, my friends, is good news for us because there's little to no competition and you don't have to get up early and hit the pavement.

In addition to yard sales being a good place to look for bargains, flea markets (bazaars, rummage sales) are an excellent source of memorabilia. Plus, you'll find a far greater amount of merchandise for sale albeit at a higher price than a yard sale because vendors have to pay for space to sell their goods.

Recently, I hit a bunch of yard sales within a 10-15 mile radius. I began by searching garage sale listings on www.craigslist.com. If you're unfamiliar with this site, here are the steps to locating sales near you. 1. Select your state if you live in the US or country if you don't. 2. Choose the city or region closest to you. 3. Under the headline For Sale, click on garage sale. Listings are posted in order of newest to oldest. If you'd like to narrow down your search, use the Search for box at the top of the page and type "Disney" or whatever keyword you desire. This will shorten the list to only those ads posted containing your keyword.

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Other websites that list yard sales:
http://www.yardsalesearch.com/
http://www.garagesalestracker.com/
http://www.findmyyardsale.com/http://www.yardsaleportal.com/

If you live in Southern California, look up the weekly yard sale from the TV hit, Clean House. I once saw an episode where the homeowner had a huge assortment of Disney figurines and Disneyland collectibles. I shrieked at her Disneyland 50th Anniversay bag and cursed that I couldn't time travel back to when they filmed the episode.

Be sure to check your local newspapers both in print and online because very often the online garage sale ads are free to post and you'll find more listed there. Your paper will also list flea markets.

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I found this Incredibles ceramic bank at a yard sale. The sticker said $2.00 and I paid 50 cents for it. Here's how: I left the bank on the table, walked up to the home owner, and said the bank was priced at $2.00, would she consider going any lower. Her response, How about 50 cents? SOLD!

Always remember to be courteous to those who's property you're on and ask nicely about prices. We've turned down folks who are downright rude and then sold the item for even less to the next person just because he/she is friendly.

Flea markets/swap meets can be indoors and outdoors at the same venue. Admission prices range from 50 cents to $5.00 with some free ones here and there. While prices may be higher than at a garage sale, there's far more of a selection and items are generally cleaner. You can still haggle, believe me. Again, a friendly smile and tone go much further than a look of entitlement. A few years ago I found a new "Cars" party pack containing paper plates, cups, napkins, a small plastic tray, and a banner for $8.00. I thought about it while checking out the rest of the vendors. As I came back around, the wind picked up and blew a bunch of things off the seller's table. I helped him pick it all up. Once he got everything back in order, I showed him the party pack and asked if he'd consider selling it for $5.00 and he agreed. Now, I was going to ask him that anyway it just so happened Mother Nature swung by and I'm a good kid.

Here's another item I recently bought. At this fairly new venue, not all of the "shop" owners were at work so I went in search of someone nearby. There wasn't a price sticker on the Coronado Springs Pepper Market plastic mug featuring The Three Caballeros. The fella asked me what I thought was a fair price. 50 cents? It needed to be washed and had some scuffing. Sure, why not. Cool, I collect The Three Caballeros.

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Flea markets/swap meets can be found on these sites:
http://www.keysfleamarket.com/
http://americanfleas.com/
http://fleausa.com/

Huge flea market events
https://www.thelafleamarket.com/ Los Angeles, CA
http://www.brimfield.com/html/brimfieldfaqvisitors.htm Brimfield, MA
http://www.sjfm.com/ San Jose, CA
Article with listings by The Travel Channel

Happy shopping!

July 29, 2010

A Delicate Fusion of Color

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


This beautiful piece of blown glass sits in a Crystal Arts' window on Main Street, U.S.A. in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. The bowl, like everything else for sale in the shoppe is made by Arribas Brothers. In fact, the artisan who you can watch work his craft is an employee of Arribas Brothers. The direct line to Crystal Arts is (407) 824-4338 or you can visit Arribas Brothers on the web.


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This is my entry for Disney Pic of the Week - Art

July 30, 2010

Big Al Sings

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I give myself self-assignments all the time. On my last trip to Walt Disney World, I wanted to get better photos of the Country Bear Jamboree show than I have in the past. Unfortunately, Lisa had not yet published her excellent guide on how to use a Point and Shoot camera to best photograph the Country Bears.

Armed with my knowledge of other stage shows I had successfully photographed like Beauty and the Beast and the American Idol Experience, I set my camera's file quality to RAW so I could adjust the white balance later in post-processing and used spot metering so the amount of darkness surrounding the bears would not throw off the exposure.

I had another bag of tricks up my sleeve, I now knew how to clean up digital noise in my images with Noise Ninja. This allowed me with confidence to set my camera's ISO to its highest setting of 1600. Even with a high ISO setting, my best shutter speed was 1/25th of a second. Remember, when using such slow shutters with live or animated shows, wait for a time in the performance, the actor or bear, in this case, stops for a second or two. Which is what I did for Big Al, my favorite Country Bear.

Big Al croons out a song during the Country Bear Jamboree in the Magic Kingdom's Frontierland, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Big Al crons out a song during the Country Bear Jamboree.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/25s, f/5.6, ISO 1600, EV +1.0, 105mm focal length, Noise Ninja

Did you know Big Al is voiced by Tex Ritter? Some good trivia for ya this week.

July 31, 2010

Yard Art

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Sculpture
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/250s shutter, f8, ISO 360

During the Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot, I always look for the display of garden art. This is a close-up of one of the pieces that I liked.


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