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September 1, 2010

Summer Reading

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Welcome back. I trust you all had a fantastic Summer filled with Disney goodness in one form or another. If you visited Disneyland or Walt Disney World I hope you put some of what you've learned here on the Picture This! blogs into practice and came home with countless awesome photos.

This week I'm just going to quickly recap and link you to what you might have missed while vacationing. My only request is that next year you take me with you.

June
Hollywood Public Works
Enjoy the antics and get tips on how to photograph street performers.

Memory Card Capacity
How many photos fit on a memory card? The answers lie within the blog.


July
Your Photography Questions Answered
Scott, Barrie, and I answered the questions sent in by your fellow readers.

Portrait Definitions
A Power Ranger suits up to educate.

Deals on Disney Desirables
Yard sales and flea market finds.

August
Understanding White Balance II
Control more of your cameras features and become a Jedi*.

Photo Album - Star Wars Weekends
A look back at some of my galactic photos.

Photography Contests
Put your game face on and submit your best shots.

Not All Stabilizers Are Equal
Learn the difference between optical, sensor-shift, and digital stabilizers in point and shoot cameras.

*Jedi training not included.

September 2, 2010

Night Hat

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A night photograph of the Sorcerer's Hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A night photograph of the Sorcerer's Hat.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16mm, 8s, f/11, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 16mm focal length, tripod

Many photographers who love to photograph at Walt Disney World have a love-hate relationship with the Sorcerer's Hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Sorcerer's Hat is a great subject to photograph, especially at night, but makes it very hard to get a good shot of the Great Movie Ride without using a wide angle lens. I selected a different photo of the Hat for my Disney Pic of the Week for the Sorcerer's Hat.

September 3, 2010

Road Trip!

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Dino-Rama Prop in DinoLand USA, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dino-Rama Prop in DinoLand USA.
Nikon Coolpix 995, 1/350s, f/7.5, 100 ISO, 0 EV

The start of the long Labor Day holiday weekend in the United States starts tomorrow and I will be doing something for the very first time: Driving to Walt Disney World. My daughter (the one pretending to drive in the photo above when she was only 15) is hoping to become a full-time Disney Cast Member. She's already a seasonal Cast Member but is moving to Orlando to give her a better chance at full-time employment. In essence, this is a re-positioning trip for my daughter, her car and whatever she else she can fit into the trunk and backseat. I'll be flying back but not after taking in a park or two or three.

You can follow this adventure at my Disney twitter account, @Scottwdw. If you are on Twitter, please, consider following me, too. I'll be tweeting out photos and messages which will no doubt be amusing to those of you who have often driven long distances to visit Walt Disney World. So, 19 hours in a car is not a big deal, right?

September 4, 2010

If the Hat Fits

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

The infamous Sorcerer Mickey Hat can be found in Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. I don't like it. I never have and I never will. I think it's out of place and blocks The Great Movie Ride's fabulous replica of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

There's another Sorcerer Mickey Hat located at the Disneyland Hotel in California. It hovers over the walkway between Downtown Disney and the hotel. That one's a nice piece of theming.

But as I'm the troublemaker among my Picture This! bloggers, I'm going with this version.

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September 5, 2010

Where in the World #142

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #141:
 Where in the World #141

And here's the answer:
The Wave Lounge
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 0.7692s shutter, f/3.5, ISO 200

This ultra cool lounge can be found at The Wave restaurant in the Contemporary Resort.

David Tarbet was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to David and all the other readers who got the answer right: Sharon Pierce, Kye Layton, Craig, Paul Cooper, Amy Rupp, Larissa Huda, Evanna Huda, Maureen Handy, Maryann Eckenrode, Kristine Mcdonald, Robin Fitts, Steven R. Long, Anastasia Macneil, Barbara Meegan, Dawn Bach, Jared Orth, Jane Bradley, Bruce Hinterleitner, Sarah Holodick, Joann Albrecht, Derek Carty, Matthew Herman, Carol Gamill, Gaylin, Christopher Barnes, Sarah Monnier, Tina Santacroce, Kristen Marshall-gainey, Michael Joel Gainey, Nancy Lam, Christine Twomey, Christopher Hall, Mary Greger, Christi Ison, Kristen Carde, Kristen Mccoy, Maureen Tavrell, Tiffany W., Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Paula Massarelli, Mary Dannahey, Margot Garofalo, Peggy Saeger, Jacquelyn Law, Jennifer Mercier, Michelle Wilinski, Tim Rachuba, Denise Decker and Aaron Williams. Each of you will be entered in the September winners' drawing.

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Challenge #142: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #142

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 9, 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!

September 7, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week: Queues

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Imagine my surprise when I headed up the Fastpass queue for Space Mountain last December to find it totally empty. Space Mountain was still experiencing unexpected downtime after a year long refit and I was the first to enter after one of them. The new video games where only showing patterns as they don't become active unless the standby queue gets backed up. They have added more neon which is always a good thing for us, Disney photographers.

An empty Space Mountain queue in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
An empty Space Mountain queue.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/4.2, ISO 800, EV +1.0, 34mm Focal Length

Stop by on Thursday and Saturday for Barrie and Lisa's Disney Pic of the Week on Queues.

September 8, 2010

Gone Shooting

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


I'll be back next week with a recap of my trip to New York City for Canon Expo 2010. See yous latah.

September 9, 2010

Obey the Master

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

For Disney Pic of the Week - Queues, we head over to the Magic Kingdom, specifically Tomorrowland.

As you patiently await your turn to blast Evil Emperor Zurg at Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin with your laser cannon you'll walk by a humongous View-Master with the message, Battle Stations. It's time for you to get out there and earn your rank, Space Rangers.

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September 10, 2010

New Gear!

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I want to first thank everyone who followed my trip down to Walt Disney World last weekend. I tweeted over 35 photos from my iPhone and many other tweets. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.

What I did not tell you last week was I was bringing my new camera and lens to the parks for the first time. I purchased a new-to-me Nikon D700 digital SLR camera and new Nikon 28-300VR lens. This is a tremendous upgrade from the Nikon D70 dSLR camera and 18-200VR lens I have been using for the past three years. The D700 is a full-frame camera with a larger sensor (12 Megapixels) and high ISO capabilities. The 28-300VR lens was designed for the full-frame Nikon digital cameras and is the same range in 35mm terms as the 18-200VR for cropped camera bodies.

For this week, I want to share with you some of the photos I took with the new equipment. If you have any questions, leave me a comment!

The larger sensor allowed me to crop this photo of the explosive finale in the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show in Disney's Hollywood Studios and not lose the the detail of the fire and water in the air.

Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show explosive finale in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show explosive finale.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/1600s, f/5.2, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 92mm focal length

The Nikon D700 technology is five years newer than the D70 and its photos take a lot less time in post production. In fact, this photo of Lotso from Toy Story 3 in the The Magic of Disney Animation tour is straight out of the camera except for a little sharpening.

Lotso from Toy Story 3 in the Animation building at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Lotso from Toy Story 3 in the Animation building.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/100s, f/4, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length

Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular begins with a low light scene where Indy locates a golden idol. In the past, I was limited to a maximum ISO of 1600 which was also very noisy. The D700 has little noise up to 3200 ISO and even as high as 6400 is very clean.

Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular scene at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Indiana Jones sizing up the golden idol.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EV 0, 300mm Focal Length

While it is not the camera that creates the photos, new tools can help a photographer improve even more through technological improvements in their gear.

September 11, 2010

Smile Pretty!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Kali River Rapids Queue
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/4s shutter, f8, ISO 2000

I think some of the most interesting queues in Walt Disney World are in the Asia area of Disney's Animal Kingdom. I have been known to spend hours in the queues of the attractions there, even when there is no line. This handsome gentleman watches over guests as they make their way to Kali River Rapids.

September 12, 2010

Where in the World #143

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #142:
 Where in the World #142

And here's the answer:
Clock on Cinderella Castle
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/2000s shutter, f/8, ISO 200

This is a close-up of the clock on the tower of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. I took this in October. If you look closely, you can see the dream lights. (Click on the picture to see it larger.) They were installing them that day.

Jennifer Tremley was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Jennifer and all the other readers who got the answer right: Kristen Marshall-gainey, Michael Joel Gainey, Larissa Huda, Mary Beth Tarbet, Paul Cooper, Maureen Handy, Evanna Huda, Bill Mckim, Bruce Hinterleitner, Linda Mac, Paul Knott, Carolyn Como, Jerry Weldon, Michelle Mcspadden, Elizabeth Macgregor, Betsy Silvestri, Marina Crober, Wendy Crober, Vicki Edwards, Bonnie Smith, Craig, Sharon Pierce, Christopher Tweedle, Nancy Daniele, Julie Wickware, Matt Degrandis, Ashley P., Double Family, Colleen Gaudette, Heather Pedulla, Sarah Holodick, Kristen Mccoy, Chris B, Jamie Poynton, Tim Rachuba, Allison Hanlon, Anastasia Macneil, Suzanne and Lee Anastasi. Each of you will be entered in the September winners' drawing.

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Challenge #143: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #143

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 16, 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!

September 14, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - The Land

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


C'mon everybody gather 'round as Barrie, Scott, and I explore that neutral-toned building with an uphill entrance (unless you're leaving then it becomes a downhill exit) known as The Land inside Epcot. Here is where you can glide over orange trees and surfer dudes in California, learn about saving our environment from a wart hog, explore a greenhouse by boat, find a snack or meal in the sunny foodcourt or go circular for dinner with some Disney pals.

My entry for Disney Pic of the Week - The Land comes from Living with the Land, a peaceful sailing through a working, non-traditional greenhouse. No seatbelts required but keep your arms, hands, feet, and legs inside the boat at all times. You never know if there's an Audrey II lurking in the sand or pods.


Keep an eye out for Disney-fied pumpkins.
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Come back on Thursday and Saturday for more photos of The Land.

September 15, 2010

Canon Expo 2010 New York - Day One

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Eye exams, street sign replicas, 3D animation, ice skating, and Lady Liberty weren't anything I expected to find inside the Javits Center in New York City but there they were, awaiting a slew of by-invitation-only* Canon guests. From late morning until early evening on Thursday, September 2nd and again on Friday, September 3rd, ending mid-afternoon, the camera company who produces much more equipment and technology than most of us realize, entertained cinematographers, graphic artists, medical technicians, environmentalists, buyers for dry print labs, television news crews, and of course, photographers.

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There was something for everyone but for photographers and cinematographers there was something extra, a series of seminars, They were open to everyone and a few folks stuck around for a little while to see what was happening but those outside the profession generally left part-way through the 45 minute sets.

The first seminar I enjoyed was by Alex Buono, Director of Photography for Saturday Night Live. He discussed using Canon's EOS 5D to shoot the opening of the show as well as the 7D for commercial parodies. Alex was terrific in explaining what he does, how he set up his shots, complete with stills showing how he rigged his camera to the taxi and offered lots of tips and advice with a welcome for further conversation from attendees. Afterwards, some of us wanted to talk with him and as I waited the expo personnel asked us to exit so they could setup for the next session. I started heading out and turned around to look back and realized that Mark Feuerstein, the star of TV's Royal Pains had just walked up to Alex so I "ran" back and got some shots of them talking. They were totally cool with it. Too bad I couldn't get any entertainment magazines to pick up the shots and believe me, I tried.

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An actor, a director, and a cinematographer walk into a bar...

My next seminar was hosted by fashion photographer, Robert Farber. The blurb about him didn't mesh with what he showed us. I was expecting to see and learn how he kept the look of film in digitally shot fashion photos. Instead he presented a slide show consisting mostly of female nudes taken for his various books and how some of those lead him to discrete versions for advertising gigs. I tried showing him some of my fashion work but couldn't get his attention, probably because my models are clothed and male.

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Here's Robert Farber shooting during one of the fashion shows. A pro photog was onhand to demonstrate results from using Canon gear during every performance.

The third and final seminar I attended on Thursday was Denis Reggie, a celebrity wedding photographer. Now, he was great. He explained his philosophy on wedding photojournalism, working with clients, what gear he uses and how with specific technical detail we appreciated. That's where he lost the non-photogs but it's alright because they probably just wanted to look at pictures and he did show us some celebrities. He offers workshops if you're serious about taking your work to a professional level.

During a break in my day I went in search of the food court someone told me about. My adventure went like this.

Me: Where's the food court?
Security guard: Walk straight ahead, turn right, and go through the doors all the way to the back.

I followed his instructions and wound up in the backstage area behind curtained, makeshift dressing and makeup rooms for the fashion show models and production areas.

Me: Excuse me. Where's the food court?
Javits Center employee: What food court?
Me: Great. Is there a cafeteria? I brought my lunch and am just looking for a place to sit and eat but I need a fork.
Javits Center employee: OK. You wanna go back down this hallway, and go through the doo...wait. All you need is a place to have lunch? Hang on.

She walks me over to one of the makeshift production rooms and asks the guys if they mind me joining them for lunch. They didn't mind and she found me silverware. So, I quietly sat and ate and took a few photos with the camera sitting on the table. Then a well-dressed gentleman came in, grabbed a boxed lunch provided for staffers and sat down with us. We started talking and he asked me what my job was at the expo. I smiled and told him, "Attendee." I went on about how I wound up at the table with my can of tuna, granola bar, and water. He thought it was pretty funny, and thankfully so because he was the production manager for the entire event. These are the kinds of backstage things that have happened to me off and on when shooting some sort of event.

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Production offices in concert venues aren't much different except they have walls, doors, lower ceilings, and less cases.

Throughout the day, repetitive fashion shows took place for the sole intention of letting people play with various Canon cameras and lenses. On either side of the stage were 3 levels with equipment tethered to railings. Every camera contained a SanDisk 2GB compact flash card for us to keep. There was only one spot open the 2nd time I went to check it out. The first time left me in a crowd facing the stage for a few minutes before I decided to try again later. I used the Canon EOS 5D with the 85mm IS USM lens. It was beautiful but being in the second row meant the folks in the first row unintentionally blocked some of my shots and I couldn't get anything tighter than 3/4 body. I would have to try again on Friday.

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Starve a cold. Feed a model.

They had free coffee, tea, and soda available in the hub. Come to think of it, the design was much like a Disney theme park with a central location featuring seating and drink stands with company divisions branching off like lands. Very interesting.

Next week I'll tell ya what I did on my 2nd day at the expo and why a large number of people walked out of actor Corbin Bernsen's seminar.

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Just a few of Canon's L-series lenses. :swoon:

*While many guests were invited by Canon, you could also request a code online giving you access to sign-up for the expo.


September 17, 2010

Doing the High ISO Dance

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

One of the things I was looking forward to doing with my new equipment was using it on Walt Disney World's dark rides. For the dark rides I set up my camera for spot metering and Auto ISO to go as high as 6400 with the slowest shutter speed of 1/125th of a second. I then put on the Nifty-Fifty, the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens, before going on the Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios for a trip through the history of movies as only Disney can do it.

One of my old time favorite Hollywood musicals is Singing in the Rain with its famous scene of Gene Kelly singing and dancing in the rain. Disney Imagineers re-created the scene using audio-animatronic technology.

An audio-animatronic Gene Kelly is Singing in the Rain during the Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
An audio-animatronic Gene Kelly is Singing in the Rain during the Great Movie Ride.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/125s, f/1.8, ISO 4000, EV -0.3

The D700 did not disappoint allowing the fast shutter speed with little digital noise even at an ISO of 4000.

September 18, 2010

NFT

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Spiral Nutrient Film Technique seen during the Living with the Land ride in Epcot's The Land pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spiral Nutrient Film Technique seen during the Living with the Land ride.
Nikon D70/50mm, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV +0.3

Spiral Nutrient Film Technique is a version of hydroponics and can be seen by taking the Living with the Land boat ride in Epcot's The Land pavilion. NFT is just one way we can grow food in a safe and efficient way and makes for my Disney Pic of the Week on The Land.

September 19, 2010

Where in the World #144

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #143:
 Where in the World #143

And here's the answer:
Flame Tree Barbeque steps
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/25s shutter, f/5, ISO 640

These steps lead to the seating area of Flame Tree Barbeque in Disney's Animal Kingdom, near the water garden. There are several different sculptures embedded in the rockwork of the staircase. Next time you are there, see if you can count how many different animal faces there are.

Theresa Rucando was the first, and only, person to send in the correct answer for this week's challenge! Congratulations Theresa - you rock! Your name was entered twice in the September winners' drawing.

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


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Challenge #144: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #144

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 23, 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!

September 20, 2010

November Disney Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

The Beach Club Resort is our scene for this month. Hopefully this nice sunny view will brighten your November days.

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.

November 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


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

November 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

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

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1024 x 768
1280 x 800
1280 x 1024
1440 x 900
1600 x 1200

September 21, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Land and Lobbies!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

I'm playing catch up a little bit here. I completely missed my Pic of the Week day last week. So this week I'll be sharing two pictures. This first one is a behind the scenes glimpse of Living with the Land. I snapped this photo of the tomato tree while on the Nature-Inspired Design Segway Tour. Amazing that this is just one tomato plant!

Tomato Tree
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Canon PowerShot SD780 IS, 1/125s shutter, f3.2, ISO 80

Now onto the current Pic of the Week, hotel lobbies. The parks are not the only place to get great pictures in Walt Disney World. Every one of the resorts is teaming with amazing photo opportunities. From the fun and colorfully decorated value resorts to jaw-dropping, spectacular deluxe resorts, there is an endless supply of photographic material in the lobbies of Disney's hotels. Here's one from the Grand Floridian to get us started. Watch for Scott and Lisa's lobby pics later this week.

Grand Floridian lobby
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/80s shutter, f4.5, ISO 400

September 22, 2010

Canon Expo 2010 New York - Day Two

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


If you missed last week's blog, start here.

I arrived at the Javits Center around 9:40am for a 10:00 session and happily plopped down into a chair awaiting Douglas Kirkland's arrival. Mr. Kirkland is well-known celebrity photographer with a long history of exclusive access and fabulous images. He's one of my all-time faves. For those who don't know, that's my deepest desire, to be an in-demand celeb photog who is greatly respected by the people I photograph and my peers. Back to the story. Someone from the expo stepped on stage, welcomed us all, and introduced someone else. Alright, I thought I was in the right room. I grabbed my schedule and it backed up my thought. I stepped outside and found out a few seminars had been shifted around or canceled. Mr. Kirkland would be speaking at 12:30pm, the same time as another seminar I had signed up for about marketing. Not a difficult decision to make.

With over 2 hours to play I began exploring the various "lands": The Customer Experience, Advancing Business, Journey of the Image, The Power of Synergy, Imaging for Life, Imaging for Tomorrow, Imaging the Possibilities, Beyond the Image, On Location, Gallery, and finally The New York Experience. The hub, if you will, was Canon Central. Alas there was no statue but there was much more comfortable seating.

Honestly, I don't remember what order I did things in and it's not all that important so let's just look at some highlights.

I had overheard women in the restroom on Thursday talking about the free retinal scans and how the optometrists and ophthalmologist could tell you if there were any indications of Diabetes or Glaucoma.

There I was, waiting in a long line with about 12 people ahead of me and another 7 or 8 behind me and we were all excited. Seriously, we were. I'm not sure if it was because you could see and keep a photo of your eyes or because it was a free quick exam. Whatever it was, it was fairly quick and absolutely painless. I believe they used a CX-1 Hybrid Digital Mydriatic/Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera. Don't ask me what that means. I do know I got a clean bill of health and a very enthusiastic doc told me I have more oxygen in my eyes than most people.


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That's not me in the lab coat or holding what looks like a large plastic spoon over an eye.


Once again I took part in shooting a fashion show. However, I got there sooner and staked out the Canon 5D with the 70-200mm L IS. I have wanted that lens for years. Every fashion show is the same so having seen it before I already knew what to expect for the most part and I was ready for action.


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Fashion photography bends portraiture rules. Good times.


Over yonder in the New York Experience area is where the Statue of Liberty stood about 1 staircase above the floor, ice skaters glided across a special rink, and stations were abound to test out Canon's Image Stabilization in camcorders, digital cameras, and binoculars.


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Does anyone else hear the song Lady in Red right now? I guess you had to be there.


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I was on this "boat" not knowing it was a "boat" on the top level when all of a sudden it began to raise and lower. It took me by surprise and I was even more astonished by the vomit bags on display.

There's no fabulous story about hanging out with the crew during lunch today. I didn't eat until after the convention and at an actual dining establishment in a neighborhood. Yeah, I'm disappointed as well.

Finally noon rolled around and I sat in on Douglas Kirkland's seminar. You'd never know from his high energy and stature that he's 76 years old. He's full of life and possibly well-preserved from years of touching Fix. We heard great stories about how he got his famous photos, who he worked for, what went right, what worked out, who he forgot, and most often he told us to go out there live our dreams. If you had walked in sad you would have left happy and smiling from ear to ear.

Once again, I made my way up to the front of the room after the seminar to meet the man. I showed him my photo of Elizabeth Taylor (he showed us his) and after saying that I want to further pursue his line of work, I offered him the opportunity to adopt me. He laughed and gently touched the side of my face. I was serious too, in an adopt-a-photographer kind of way.


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Teach me! Teach me! I have a passport.


Before I dig into Corbin Bernsen, I should state that his session was on Thursday but it felt so long that I thought it carried over to Friday. Corbin, if you recall, was on L.A. Law several years back and is now on the show Psych. He liked to talk about his character on L.A. Law a lot. He enjoyed talking about himself, a lot. He talked about working as an actor on a slew of projects that were for the most part, in his words, a complete waste of time. He talked about his production company and making movies designed to go direct to DVD that are geared towards specific audiences. He asked himself why he was there and so did we. I believe the answer is, he likes Canon cameras and video cameras even though he isn't the one filming...anything from what I gathered. Also, he wanted Canon to sponsor his projects, repeatedly. So, having nothing of professional and/or technical cinematography work to speak of, people quietly left one, three, five at a time and the room went from near capacity to near empty. Why was he there?


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I asked him what the process was to take an idea for a TV show and bring it to the studios. He never answered the question. His response was that the guys who decide are on CBS' 88th floor and did I really want to go up there. Yes. How does he think L.A. Law got on the air in the first place?!


Later on, as things were winding down for the day and I'd already gotten my free Wall St. replica sign from the ginormous graphics printer Oce Arizona 550XT, I sat and people watched. I leave you with what I think is a funny shot based on what I saw and how easy it was to place people into profession categories based on attire.


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Guess which one is a photographer? Right, that was a trick question.


September 23, 2010

Yacht Club Globe

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The globe in the Yacht Club lobby, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The globe in the Yacht Club lobby.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/4.2, ISO 280, EV +0.3, 32mm focal length

While waiting to be called for a table at the Captain's Grille, my daughter checks out the globe in Disney's Yacht Club's lobby. I found out some interesting facts about this globe from the Walt Disney World website:

The globe located in the lobby was specifically created for Disney's Yacht Club Resort and was designed to resemble the styles of globes from the 19th century, but it includes fictitious names and places-and even a hidden Mickey.

Turned out to be a fun Disney Pic of the Week on Hotel Lobbies.

September 24, 2010

Green Treefrog

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea) on a railing at the All Star Sports resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea) on a railing at the All Star Sports resort.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/15s, f/5.6, ISO 2000, EV -0.3, 300mm focal length

Scott is on vacation this week. Before he left, he wanted to share a photo taken at Walt Disney World but not exactly a Disney photo. As he was leaving his room at the All Star Sports resort, he spotted this Green Treefrog on a railing of the blue stairwell. Scott said the color combination was just too good to pass up. He'll be back next week to share more photography tips.

September 25, 2010

Checking In or Out?

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


All-Star Music carries it's theme everywhere you turn including the front desk. With deep, dark saturated reds, yellows, and blues the lobby showcases drawings of musicians and musical notes with a series of well-known singers and band photos (extremely faded) hanging in the hall.

Here's my contribution for Disney Pic of the Week - Lobbies which is dedicated to my friend, Sheryl.

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September 26, 2010

Where in the World #145

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #144:
 Where in the World #144

And here's the answer:
Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/500s shutter, f/4.8, ISO 720

The answer to this week's challenge is the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, located in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Caryn Schill was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Caryn and all the other readers who got the answer right: The Kahle Family, Tom Hermes, Cara Richards, Michelle Raimist, Katie Bray, Amanda Linde, Linda Mac, Kye Layton, Tyler Worley, Ed Suscreba, Jennifer S., Keith Sharp, Matt Cofone, Brian Haas, Emily Currier, Julie Wickware, Stephen Hafke, Craig, Daniel Record, Dawn Bach, Paul Newman, Bruce Hinterleitner, Misty Mehelic, Carol Baranowsky, Steve Smith, Bill Daniel, Chris B, James Berry, Linda Abbate, Jonathan Thomas, Tom Koval, Julie Houser, Kameo Crea, Raffy, Larissa Huda, Mike Kaczanowski, Bruce Lawson, Michelle Mcspadden, Jeremy Reichelt, Brian Gallant, Elizabeth Scarborough, Jared Orth, Dennis Blackburn, Jocelyn Carpenter, Terry Fleming, Chris Connors, Matthew Jadro, Jim Finley, K Schlumpf, Karen Dresser-smith, Donna Currier, James Berry, Nancy Daniele, Kathy Berry, Ken, Jenny Schell, Matt Degrandis, Kevin Miller, Jessica Deans, Erin And Christine Claeys, Thomas Auckland, Walter Clark , Paula, Nicole Duddy, Joyce Eastman, Lauri Phillips, Jennifer Mercier, Donna Hood, Garry Willis, Vicki Edwards, Rob Blundin, Kristen Mccoy and Louise Barton. Each of you will be entered in the October winners' drawing.

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Challenge #145: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #145

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 30, 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!

September 28, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week: Fort Wilderness

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have always heard about how campers at Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground decorate their camping sites during the Christmas holidays. Last December, after eating dinner at Trail's End, my family and I took a walk around one of the nearby camping loops. The holiday displays we saw rival, if not surpass, many home displays where I live in upstate New York!

Camper Christmas decorations at the Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Camper Christmas decorations at the Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/2s, f/4, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 18mm Focal Length, Flash

Check out this Thursday and Saturday for Barrie and Lisa's Disney Pic of the Week on Fort Wilderness.

September 29, 2010

When to Wait

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


You've made your way to The Happiest Place on Earth or The Most Magical Place on Earth and you are bursting at the seams with anticipation and excitement. All of that bottled up energy is ricocheting inside of you and ready to explode and that can translate into your photos both for good and bad. The good is that you're completely awake and aware of your surroundings and looking for great photo opportunities. The bad is that you're trigger finger happy and shooting anything and everything too fast and without thinking about what you're doing.

You're eagerly awaitng the show to begin at The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The driver is doing his/her spiel and the neon lights in front catch your attention. Click! You've got the photo and here's what it looks like.

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You get home and as you look through hundreds of snapshots you think to yourself or tell your parakeet, Wanda, "Dagnamit! It looked so much better than this. I should have waited until all of the lights were on." You're right, dagnamit. (I really enjoy that word as do you, obviously) Had you waited a few seconds or minutes depending on how long it takes to load the car, you could have taken home this!

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Ooh. Look at all the pretty lights. What an enormous difference between photos.

Technically speaking, these were taken with a Canon PowerShot SX100 IS on Auto without flash and the car was parked. There is enough time to grab your shot before heading off into movie land.

You're energy level is up, up, up or about to be as you await your custom created delectable dessert at Goofy's Candy Company. By wandering around the semi-enclosed kitchen area, you've found a good spot to take photos while standing on your tippy toes cuz you're kinda short. Here it comes, the apple is going into the chocolate and snap!

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If only you'd waited, you'd have taken a far better photo than this. Wanda can't believe you were so close. Thankfully, you've learned your lesson and so on your next visit to Marketplace you grab this shot.

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Good job! You are a quick learner.

One of the fun things about visiting Disney parks is you just never know who you'll come across. Remember when you were at Animal Kingdom's Camp Minnie-Mickey and you saw Thumper and his girlfriend, Faline? Your jaw just about hit the floor after you finished hopping up and down in glee. There you were, hyped up but remembering to slow down and to wait for the shot. In terms of photographing characters you waited until Guests were away from them and they were stationary, as far as bunnies go.

Here's the payoff for your patience.

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High-paw! You've come a long way. The old you would have taken this photo in all of the excitement.

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A few things to remember, point and shoot cameras are slower than SLRs so don't expect the same results. Action photos require faster shutterspeeds and anticipation of what's going to happen. Be patient for people and things that aren't moving quickly and you'll get results.

September 30, 2010

Fire-Roasted Marshmallows

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Yeehaw! Gather' round folks as we get ready for a sing-along, special appearances by Chip and Dale and tonight's featured movie at the Ft. Wilderness campfire program! Hey, and it's free. How ya like them apples or should I say marshmallows? Heh, heh, heh. Snuggle up close and enjoy the show!

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Disney Pic of the Week - Fort Wilderness

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