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August 1, 2010

Wishes!!! at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

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! If you are a regular on the AllEars Facebook page, you know that Alpha Gollihugh shares some fun photo collages. Photos by Alpha, Peter Tedone, Stacey Laude Reed and Betty-Jo Howell sprinkle some WISHES to you today!

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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!

August 3, 2010

Main Street USA - Magic Kingdom

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

Here is a Main Street USA Character Collage by Alpha Gollihugh

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Disney Pic of the Week - From Below

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Let go of what you know and try seeing things from a different angle. Look up as Scott, Barrie, and I explore shooting From Below.

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Canon EOS 30D with Canon 17-40mm IS USM, ISO 250, 1/50, f5

An African hand carved wood mask is very expressive but when you place yourself below it and shoot up, it really has something to say. You can find this mask and others at the Outpost in Epcot's World Showcase.

August 4, 2010

Understanding White Balance II

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Previously, in 2008, I blogged about what white balance is and how it effects the colors of photographs when they're being taken. In that piece the examples I used were a colorful mural of Miss Piggy and her lovable Kermie and a case filled with stuffed Dwarfs. We're moving on and examining how white balance settings change skin tones.

Today's model is Disney's Animal Kingdom Cast Member, Audanes from Port au Prince, Haiti. The poor chap was just doing his job at Comet Crasher in Dinoland when I showed up with my Canon PowerShot SX100 IS in hand.

While we were outside, technically, Audanes was in a covered boardwalk-style game. With an abundance of sunlight, there was no need for me to use the flash. I set my camera to Program with an ISO of 200 and let my camera choose the aperture and shutterspeed but what we're concerned with today is white balance.

Here's what happened.

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Set to Auto, the camera takes into account all lighting conditions and selects what it thinks works best. It pulled out most of the neon green, yellow, and red reflected from his costume . Auto generally does a good job and if you don't have time to change settings, it's the way to go.


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In this instance, Daylight dulled down the bold colors more than Auto did giving a more accurate skin tone. Not only can you see the difference in his face but look at his hand which his neon colored pants reflected into.


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The next option is Cloudy which should be used for overcast days when white clouds make things look brighter than they actually are. Because the camera has been manually told it's cloudy out it corrects for by drawing out all colors so that image doesn't fall flat due to a lack of contrast. Obviously, that would be the wrong choice today.


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This picture was taken with Tungsten as the chosen white balance. Tungsten bulbs photograph as yellow/orange so in order to offset it, blue is added. Without any actual tungsten to correct for, Audanes becomes a Smurf.


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Last but not least and most accurate is Fluorescent. Normally in an outdoor daylit setting one wouldn't think that Fluorescent would be the best choice however with neon green being a such a strong color in the shot, it is. His skin tone is the most natural appearing here than in any other picture.

Let's give Audanes a round of applause for helping. Thanks! You can move now. I can't recall if I asked him to hold still or not, either way, he did great even with his co-Cast Members giggling and watching.


Written while bopping along to Pablo Ruiz's album 60/90.

August 5, 2010

Cinderella Castle

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Cinderella Castle from Below
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/15s shutter, f2.8, ISO 640

Cinderella Castle awash in light, from below. I took this with a wide-angle lens, trying to be sure to get something of interest (the streetlamp) in the foreground.


August 6, 2010

On Hands and Knees

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When Disney's Hollywood Studios opened back in 1989, the Great Movie Ride was its "castle". The entrance to the ride which features famous movie scenes using audio-animatronics characters is a replica of the famous Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California.

Entrance to the Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Entrance to the Great Movie Ride is a replica of the famous Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/13, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length

Like its Hollywood counterpart, the Great Movie Ride's forecourt has cement handprints and footprints of famous actors (both real and animated) and other entertainers like one of my favorite pop singers, Neil Diamond.

Neil Diamond's hands and greeting in cement outside the Great Movie Ride entrance in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Pop singer Neil Diamond's hands and greeting in cement outside the Great Movie Ride entrance in Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D90/18-200VR, 1/40s, f/10, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal Length

I got on my knees to take this photo of Neil Diamond's hands and greeting. Showing people walking into the Great Movie Ride adds the human element to the photo.

August 7, 2010

Fountain Mice

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Low angle of the Cinderella water fountain in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Low angle of the Cinderella water fountain in the Fantasyland.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/30s, f/4, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length

I returned to the Cinderella Fountain in the courtyard behind Cinderella Castle for my Disney Pic of the Week on From Below. In previous photos of this fountain I showed you how to put a crown on Cinderella's head and her holding one of her friends from the woods. In this photo, I show you Cinderella's mouse friends Gus, Jaq(ues), Perla and Suzy which you haven't seen before because I needed to lean over and get low to take this photo from below to include them.

August 8, 2010

Character Photos!

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!

Special thanks to the following photographers: Lauren Chopak, Jennefer Acosta D'Antonio, Martha Gonzalez, Traci Goddard Blackwell, and Alpha Gollihugh.

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An extra special Step Back in Time from Martha Gonzalez who brings us back to 1991!

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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!

August 9, 2010

Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland

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

Today, enjoy a photo collage from Alpha G of Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland


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August 10, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Blue

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Photography is all about the way in which we see things. One way to force your eye to see differently is to narrow your focus and concentrate on capturing one particular thing, like a certain shape or color. Try spending a week photographing curves. At first they will be hard to spot but then by the end of the week you'll be seeing curves in everything. And you'll end up with some interesting images that you may never have captured if you hadn't forced yourself to see differently. Scott, Lisa and I focused on the color blue for Pic of the Week.

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Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/13s shutter, f5, ISO 640

This blue on blue image is one of my all-time favorite photographs. I took it near Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom.


August 11, 2010

Photo Album - Star Wars Weekends

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


While I hadn't seen every "Star Wars" movie when my vacation overlapped Stars Wars Weekends at then-named Disney-MGM Studios in 2006, I knew enough to appreciate all that I saw. By researching the schedule of events online before I left home, I was able to determine which sections of the park to avoid at certain times such as long lines for autograph session wristbands. Certainly my research aided me in knowing where to find Jedi Mickey and when as well as info on the parade, merchandise, and other cool stuff.

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Palpatine, like many of the other characters in the parade pointed at various Guests. I'm not sure why but at least it's one thing Jedis and the dark side can agree on.

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See what I'm talking about? Hi Chewie. Your fur looks very healthy today.

In order to get a photo of Anakin Skywalker, Guests waited in the hot Sun and were dripping sweat by the time they made it up to the sulking future Darth Vader.

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Why are all of the bad boys so cute? I asked him that. He didn't respond. Good luck, Padme.

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Bounty Hunter Boba Fett and I faced off to the delight of the laughing crowd. I'm not afraid of some guy whose job is to locate paper towels. Pft!

I hope you've enjoyed my pics and May the Schwartz be with You. I kid, I kid.

August 12, 2010

Little Blue Coupe

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Auto Biography of Susie the Little Blue Coupe in Mickey's Garage in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Auto Biography of Susie the Little Blue Coupe in Mickey Mouse's Garage.
Nikon D70/50mm, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 280, EV +0.3

I found this nod to Walt Disney's animated short Susie the Little Blue Coupe from 1952 in Mickey Mouse's garage in Toontown. Narrated by character actor Sterling Holloway's distinctive voice, I remember watching the story of Susie on television broadcasts of Disney's Wonderful World of Color and thought her Auto Biography would make a perfect Disney Pic of the Week for the color Blue.

August 13, 2010

Photographing Disney Food

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I enjoy a good meal after spending a day walking around a Walt Disney World park. Thankfully, you have a choice of all kinds of table and counter service restaurants in the parks, resorts and Downtown Disney. I like to photograph the food for future restaurant reviews at the PSCalculator.net website. However, judging by all the photos I see on Disney forums, photographing Disney restaurant food is very popular.

To get really good photos of food with a digital SLR camera, I suggest you bring a flash unit you can rotate the flash head in order to bounce it off a nearby surface to spread and even out the light on the food.

Photographing food is not unlike anything else. Watch your backgrounds and edges along the frame, focus carefully, hold the camera steady and get a good exposure. A couple of other things, don't start eating until after photographing the food and arrange everything the way you want. This is what I did for the lunch buffet plate at the Tusker House restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

A plate of food from the Tusker House restaurant lunch buffet in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
A plate of food from the Tusker House restaurant lunch buffet.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/6s, f/3.5, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length, flash at -1 power

I took the photo directly from above as it worked best for the amount of different items arranged on the plate. For the Maine Lobster entree at Narcoossee's restaurant in the Grand Floridian, I photographed as one would see it if they were seating in my place. Yes, the lobster was as good as it looked.

Maine Lobster entree served at Narcoossee's restaurant in the Grand Flordian Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Maine Lobster entree served at Narcoossee's restaurant.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal Length, flash at -1 power

In both the above photos, I used the Nikon SB-600 Speedlight flash unit bounced off the restaurant's ceiling with a -1 power setting to give the food the added pop of color and succulent lighting.

When waiting in line at Norway's Kringla Bakeri og Kafe, I remembered Barrie's wonderful photo of the Cloudberry Horns. As I didn't want to duplicate her version, I made the famous Kringla Sweet Pretzels the main subject using the Cloudberry Horns in the softly focused background.

Cloudberry Horns and Kringla Sweet Pretzels at Kringla Bakeri og Kafe counter service restaurant in Epcot's World Showcase Norway pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Cloudberry Horns and Kringla Sweet Pretzels at Kringla Bakeri og Kafe counter service restaurant.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/, ISO 360, EV +0.3, 170mm Focal Length

One last thing, you may have to get down low or stand up above or even look a bit goofy as you find the best angle to get a favorite snack properly framed in the viewfinder. Don't worry, the servers and cast members have seen it all before.

August 14, 2010

Will you stop this foolishness?!

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


What foolishness would you like to see?

Since Gonzo is usually falling through cracks, I toyed with angling the photo. The black spacing you see is intentional and was done using PhotoShop.

My entry for Disney Pic of the Week - Blue is Gonzo, found trying to escape from the rafters in the Stage 1 Company Store which sits adjacent to MuppetVision 3D in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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August 15, 2010

Disney California Adventure's World of Color

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! Scroll Down!!!

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While Barrie is on break, we will share photo collages of Disney California Adventure's World of Color thanks to Alpha Gollihugh AllEars® Facebook page!


By day kids enjoy the World of Color Play Fountains!

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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!

August 16, 2010

Disney Delights with Magical Smiles

Barrie is taking a break until August 22nd! While Barrie is on break, we will share some photos from fans of the AllEars® Facebook page!

Today's photos courtesty of the following AllEars Facebook Fans: Kalin Johnson, Pamela Jane Gray, Laura 'Keene' Hohm, Andrea Zolper Johnson, Michelle Lurie Flannagan, Kristen Carroll Skwirz, and Jodi Woods Granata.


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August 17, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week: Expedition Everest

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A true judge of a successful attraction at Walt Disney World is the number of people willing to see or ride it when the weather is not perfect. Expedition Everest still had long waits and Fastpasses going into the afternoon soon after rope drop at Disney's Animal Kingdom on a cold December day when I took this photo of my daughter and friend before heading back into the mountain for some dark high speed fun.

Riding Expedition Everest on a cold December day in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Riding Expedition Everest on a cold December day.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/320s, f/13, ISO 800, EV -1.0, 18mm Focal Length

Barrie and Lisa will share their favorite EE photos on Thursday and Saturday for our Disney Pic of the Week on Expedition Everest.

August 18, 2010

Photography Contests

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


My new favorite sentence is, "Congratulations, you are a winner." Wouldn't you love to hear someone say that to you? Well, it could happen and all you have to do is start entering. It's a great way to stay on top of your artistic game. Photography equipment manufacturers, art communities, shopping centers, travel agencies, food companies and establishments you'd never imagine sponsor photo contests.

I'll get you on your way with a list of 10 photo contests. Let me know if you win anything.

Canon Photography in the Parks
Subject: Park or National Monument
Deadline: September 30, 2010
Age: 13-17 years old for the Teen Category and 18+ for Adult Category
Eligibility: United States residents
Prizes: cameras, lenses, printers


Better Homes and Gardens Photo Contests
Subjects: Fall Centerpeices, Share the Plaid, Grilling, Best Bloom, Home: It's Where Life Happens
Deadlines: Vary from contest to contest
Age: Varies by contest
Eligibilty: United States residents
Prize: Cash


Estee Lauder - Search for the Most Beautiful Eyes in America
Subject: Eyes
Deadline: September 4, 2010
Age: 18+
Eligibility: United States residents
Prizes: Gift card, trip to NY & photo shoot, samples


CanadaWilderness.com Photo Contest
Subject: Canadian wilderness scene
Deadline: October 31, 2010
Age: 18+
Eligibility: Canada and United States residents
Prizes: Tent, duffel bag


Visit Newport Beach Story & Photo Contest
Subject: Newport Beach, CA
Deadline: September 28, 2010
Age: 18+
Eligibility: United States residents
Prizes: Rounds of golf, gift cards, airfare, meals, hotel accomodations


Panasonic LUMIX Summer Photo Contest
Subject: Summertime fun
Deadline: September 30, 2010
Age: 18+
Eligibilty: United States residents
Prizes: Panasonic LUMIX cameras


Newport News Tourism "Zoom in" on Newport News, VA
Subject: The Four Seasons of Newport News
Deadline: October 31, 2010
Age: 18+
Eligibility: United States residents
Prizes: Cash, prize packages


Sony presents The Art of Photography Contest
Subjects: Environmental Portraits, Light is the Subject, Action Storytelling, Conservation in Focus
Deadline: September 21, 2010
Age: 18+
Eligibility: United States residents
Prizes: Sony cameras, published in Outdoor Photographer or Digital Photo


Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Deadline: September 5, 2010
Eligibility: Staff & volunteers at AZA-accredited institutions


Gerber Generation
Subject: Your child
Deadline: November 30, 2010
Age: 18+
Eligibility: US residents who are parents or legal guardians of a child between the ages of 1 day and 48 months
Prizes: Cash, commercial


It is of the utmost importance that you read the official rules per contest before entering. Good luck!

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August 19, 2010

Chicken! Party of One

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


I don't make promises I can't keep. With that being said, I promise I will never ride our Disney Pic of the Week theme, Expedition Everest. You kids have a good time. I'll be over there, Finding Nemo.

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Several attractions have cars set aside so Guests can pre-determine if they'll be comfortable when riding. This one is located off to the right of the queue. A Cast Member should be standing nearby if you have questions or can't locate it.

August 20, 2010

Reflective Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Reflections at Walt Disney World can be found in mirrors, windows, metal surfaces and in the rivers, lakes, fountains with still water. When using a reflective surface make sure you are not in the photo (unless your intention is to make a self portrait), watch for distortions and over exposed areas. It is hard to find a perfectly still body of water unless the air is very still. Water reflections can still be beautiful even if the water is rippling. Such was the case of the photo of Disney's Hollywood Studios taken at night with a long exposure which smoothed out the water.

Disney's Hollywood Studios water reflection, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Disney's Hollywood Studios water reflection.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 20s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 95mm focal length, tripod

Windows can be a bit tricky. Some are more reflective than others depending on their use. Time of day and angles play a large part so as you walk around the parks, keep your eye out for the windows you see in the buildings and shops. Last December I was invited to watch Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show in Disney's Hollywood Studios from the VIP seating area right behind the show's control room. The top of the control room featured very reflective windows which I used at the end of the show for this photo.


The set of Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show reflected in the control room windows.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/400s, f/5, ISO 200, EV 0, 18mm Focal Length

If you search for the word "reflection" in the Search Box for the Picture This! blog you will find other examples of how Barrie, Lisa and myself have use reflective surfaces at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Program Note: I will be taking the next two weeks off from blogging for my annual summer break. However, I will be announcing something special for the Labor Day weekend so check in to see what it is.

August 21, 2010

Mountain Reflection

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Expedition Everest Reflection
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 9.1s shutter, f9,

During winter Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest looks beautiful reflecting in the water of the river.


August 22, 2010

Where in the World #140

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Hi everyone - I'm back! Challenge #139 was a tough one. It had four parts, one for each week that I was on vacation. In order to make it into the prize drawing, you had to get all four parts correct. Anyone who did so was rewarded with two entries in the drawing this week.

A.)  Where in the World #139a

B.)  Where in the World #139b

C.)  Where in the World #139c

D.)  Where in the World #139d

And here are the answers:

A.)
Coronado Springs Pool
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/160s shutter, f/8, ISO 200

The pool at Coronado Springs is beautiful, especially when the water is falling down the side of the pyramid.

B.)
Where's the Fire?
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/60s shutter, f/2.8, ISO 800

Innoventions West at Epcot is where you'll find this fire engine. It's part of the "Where's the Fire?" fire prevention exhibit.

C.)
Mickey's Remodel Plans
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/10s shutter, f/2.8, ISO 200

I'll be sad to see Toontown in the Magic Kingdom go. These are Mickey's plans for remodeling his kitchen.

D.)
Advertising Kiosk in France
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/320s shutter, f/8, ISO 200

You see advertising kiosks like this all over Paris. This one can be found in France in Epcot's World Showcase.

Lee Anastasi was the first to send in all four correct answers for the challenge! Congratulations Lee! Your name was entered three times. Only two other readers got all the answers right: James Berry and Kathy Berry. I'm betting there was some teamwork happening there! Each of you were entered twice in the August winners' drawing. Speaking of that drawing, this is the week when a reader is randomly selected for the prize package. This month's big winner is Paul Cooper! Congratulations Paul, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

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Challenge #140: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #140

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 26, 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!

August 24, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Golf

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Golf. It's a sport. People drive around in golf carts and wear plaid pants, polo shirts and shoes with metal sticks coming out the bottom. You're not allowed to talk when it's someone's turn or they might accidentally hit you in the head or have many affairs with women to whom they're not married and then hold a press conference. Golfers yell "Fore!" not to be confused with "For!" or "Four!". Caddys are people who carry around a large bag containing golf clubs with which a golfer swings at a ball sitting on a divet and hopes that it'll land in a hole in the ground, far off in the distance after traveling through a maze of rocks, bouncing off a windmill, through a freakish clown's mouth and inevitably into the hands of a beer-guzzling gopher.

Scott, Barrie, and I bring you golf as our Disney Pic of the Week. Obviously they chose me to start us off because of my vast knowledge of the subject. I hope I was able to enlighten you.

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Mickey Mouse and Pluto in a statue tribute to the fine sport at Winter Summerland Miniature Golf.


August 25, 2010

Not All Stabilizers Are Equal

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

As digital camera technology evolves, more and more features on point and shoot cameras have become standard. One such mark is stabilization. Originally, nearly every stabilizer was digital.

The camera raises the ISO setting, enabling the camera to shoot faster and requires less light to take the photo. When it does this, it increases what's known as noise. On a photograph, noise looks like a mosh of mostly primary colors that make an image look "dirty" upon inspection.

The higher end cameras came with optical stabilization or CCD-shift stabilization, in which either the lens or the sensor inside the camera moved, respectively, in conjunction with the photographer. These are true stabilizers.

Nowadays you have to be even more on your toes when seeking out the true type of stabilizer within a camera. Every camera manufacturer seems to have different names for their stabilizers and may offer more than one. Here's a perfect example, Nikon's Coolpix L22 boasts a "3-Way VR Image Stabilization System" which sounds great except that it's a digital stabilizer which they call Electronic VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization criss-crossing with Motion Detection and Best Shot Selector (BSS). It's the cheap version of a stabilizer, overkill and not teaching you anything. In fact, I'd wager that such a setup will actually confuse consumers as to what their camera is doing.

Nikon offers their Optical VR Image Stabilization in the Coolpix S5100 model as part of a 4-Way VR Image Stabilization System which can also mesh Motion Detection and BSS while adding ISO 3200.

Fujifilm's JZ500 model lists Dual Image Stabilization as a feature. These are a combination of boosting the ISO and CCD (charge-coupled device) shift image stabilization. The CCD is your camera's sensor and so it's moving along with the camera as you take the photo. It's not as good as an optical stabilizer but far better than just a digital stabilizer.

While you're researching cameras in stores or online be sure to seek out what type of stabilizer the camera has and remember that you ideally want an optical stabilizer.

Avoid these terms: Anti-blur, picture stabilization, digital stabilization, electronic stabilzation, and anti-shake.

If you get caught up in the jargon ask a sales person, call the consumer support line or send me a note.

August 26, 2010

On the Course at Saratoga Springs

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Golfing at Saratoga Springs
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/640s shutter, f6.3,

The golf course at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa really adds to the country estate look of the resort.

August 27, 2010

Summer Break!

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Picture This! blogger, Scott, relaxing in a hammock on the Polynesian Resort beach, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Picture This! blogger, Scott, relaxing in a hammock on the Polynesian Resort beach.
Nikon Coolpix 4600, 1/500s, f/4.9, 50 ISO

Scott is taking a summer break from the Picture This! Photoblog. No, he is not at the Polynesian Resort vacationing. Though you can be sure he wishes he was. Remember to check back next week to see what Scott is going to be doing over the Labor Day holiday weekend. He thinks you will like what you see, er, read.

August 28, 2010

FORE!

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A guest practices his tee shot at ESPN: The Weekend's Ultimate Sports Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A guest (not Brett Favre) practices his tee shot at ESPN: The Weekend's Ultimate Sports Experience.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/40s, f/13, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 31mm focal length

I attended ESPN: The Weekend back in 2009 and enjoyed walking around and photographing guests participating in the Ultimate Sports Experience set up between the Rock'n Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror. Fans of all ages had a great time including this one practicing his tee shot which is my Disney Pic of the Week for Golf.

August 29, 2010

Where in the World #141

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #140:
 Where in the World #140

And here's the answer:
Yacht Club Globe
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/15s shutter, f/2.8, ISO 400

The gorgeous globe lives in the lobby of the Yacht and Beach Club.

Maura Simon was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Maura and all the other readers who got the answer right: Paul Cooper, Mary Beth Tarbet, Lee Anastasi, Tom Koval, Donnie, David Manning, Sharon Lee, Jared Orth, Sharon Pierce, Amanda Linde, Kellie Harpel, Kris Nixo, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Baines Family, Dylan Weidner, Maureen Handy, Maryann Eckenrode, Sherry Klinefelter, Robin Fitts, James Berry, Kathy Berry, K. Beasley, Kathy Lowe, Elizabeth Scarborough, Jen Cox, Rick Hemsley, Jennifer Tremley, Michelle Mcspadden, Elizabeth Macgregor, Michael Campe, Sharon Dale, Carrie Kenney, Julie Wickware, Bill Mckim, Karen Adamakis, Dawn Bach, Kristen Marshall-gainey, Paul Knott, Scott Lau, Dale Knight, Jessica Gruhlke, Patty Cartry, Paula Massarelli, Seth Walker, Amy Schweizer, Matt Degrandis, Jennifer Harmon, Vanessa Gordon, Rob Blundin, Christopher Barnes, Ellen Petillo, Teri Jo Fuson, Sarah, Jen, Karen Hotchkiss, Ed Aleszczyk, Claire Gregory, Walter Fletcher, Pam Lorenz, Heather Young, Bonnie Smith, Tina Cole, Craig, John Dupre, Christopher Hall, Karen Desantis, Leslie Dameron, Brian Yesutis, Kristen Mccoy, Kristen Carde, Jocelyn Carpenter, Terry Fleming, Steve Pocopanni, Jennifer S., Larissa Huda, Evanna Huda, Suzanne, Jen Schultz, Michael Mann, Allie Reckendorf, Neil Taylor, Mike Kaczanowski, Justin , Jill Davoll, Carri Marotto, Ken Fischler, Bryan Fencl, Shiraz Biggie, Cheryl Costello, Deanna Simmons, Hillary Waldroop, Donna Brandt, Emily Chronas, Mike Flaherty, Elizabeth Hardy, Julia W., Michael Malampy, Maryann Eckenrode, Ryan Benco, Susan Stanley, Wendy Crober, Marina Crober, Emma Ford, Paul Pica, Bob Hicks, Melissa Weiland, Michael Malampy, Clay Anthony, Tim Johansen, Debbie Desimone, Dan Mangini, Nancy Lam, Bryan Gibson, Paul Latella, Laura Pranaitis, Tim Sanchez, Margot Garofalo, Jennifer Bogdan, Kate Fanning, Brian Haas, Jim Couzzourt, Sharon Jones, Douglas Florey, Tim Rachuba, Emily Robinson, Angela Johnson, Sam Pogers, Blake Schmidt, Andrew Baillie, Linda Mac, Vicki Edwards and Laurie Walker. Each of you will be entered in the September winners' drawing.

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Challenge #141: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #141

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 2, 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!

August 31, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Sorcerer Mickey Hat

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

For this week's Pic of the Week we'll be sharing photos of the Sorcerer Mickey Hat. I think we first saw Sorcerer Mickey in Fantasia as the Sorcerer's Apprentice. Now you can find depictions of Sorcerer Mickey with his bright blue hat throughout the Disney parks.

Sorcerer's Hat
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 4.1s shutter, f8, ISO 800

I chose to go with the hat in its most conspicuous form, the park icon for Disney's Hollywood Studios. This giant, 122 feet tall, Sorcerer Mickey Hat has been standing at the end of Hollywood Boulevard since September 28, 2001, when Walt Disney World kicked off its 100 Years of Magic Celebration.

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