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October 1, 2010

Preset Your White Balance

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I decided to do the standby line for Toy Story Midway Mania so I could enjoy the queue area. I did love all the icons of games and toys I played when I was growing up. I was not too thrilled with the photos I was taking. They were very yellow from the lighting used especially the whites.

I knew to fix this I needed to do a Preset White Balance often referred to as a custom white balance. For my Nikon camera, I pressed the White Balance (WB) button and using the rear command dial to move to the PRE icon on the upper LCD screen. I then released, pressed and held the WB button until the PRE starts to blink. I then filled the viewfinder with a white object (in the case of the TSM queue, I used one of the oversized dice) and clicked the shutter. I checked the LCD screen and it told me I set it correctly by saying 'GOOD'. If it had said, 'No Good', I would have had to try again.

To show you the difference. The first photo was taken using Auto White Balance.

Chutes and Ladders ceiling in the Toy Story Mania queue in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Chutes and Ladders ceiling in the Toy Story Mania queue using Auto White Balance.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length

The second photo was taken after Presetting the White Balance.

Scrabble and Barrel Full of Monkeys ceiling in the Toy Story Mania queue in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Scrabble and Barrel Full of Monkeys ceiling in the Toy Story Mania queue using Preset White Balance.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/50s, f/3.5, ISO 8000, EV +1.0, 28mm focal length

It is a simple process which only takes a few seconds. Just remember to switch back to your normal white balance setting upon leaving the area.

October 2, 2010

Winter Camping with Mickey and Friends

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Ft. Wilderness Holiday Decorations
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/80s shutter, f4.5, ISO 3200

The best time of year to visit Ft. Wilderness is around the December holidays. Even if you aren't staying there, it's worth the trip just to see the elaborate decorations. I'm not talking about Disney's decorations either, I'm talking about the campsites of the guests! They are really quite amazing. It's especially fun to wander around with a group of friends or take a carriage ride.

October 3, 2010

Where in the World #146

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #145:
 Where in the World #145

And here's the answer:
Richard F. Irvine Ferryboat
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/400s shutter, f/10, ISO 200

Have you seen the new AllEars.net Trading Cards? If so, you probably got this week's challenge correct. The Richard F. Irvine, one of the ferryboats that travel between the Magic Kingdom and the Transportation and Ticket Center, is the subject of card #8. Follow the link to see all the new trading cards and find out how you can begin collecting them.

Cleary, many of you also read Jack Spense's blog on the Liberty Belle Riverboat and learned that early on, the Liberty Belle started out as the Richard F. Irvine. Good job!

Linda Mac was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Linda and all the other readers who got the answer right: Paula Massarelli, Theresa Rucando, Michele Delorenzo, Erica Sipich, Dawn Bach, Paul Cooper, Sharon Pierce, Betsy Bates, Maureen Handy, Mary Beth Tarbet, Belicia Dawson, Audra Miller, Julie Wickware, Debby & Andrew Webber, David Manning, Ed Hogan, Chris Masse, Judy Koslowski, Kirsty Butler, Ed Suscreba, Amy Rupp, Dave Wang, Larissa Huda, Walter Fletcher, Patty Cartry, Deb Ragno, Derek Carty, Kevin Toomey, Rick Ivnik, David, Carla C, Ed Aleszczyke, Tim Wingfield, Carla C, Colin Buchanan, Cathy Schill, Chris Connors, Jennifer S., Cheryl Costello, Katie Bray, Betsy Silvestri, Jamee Smith, Angie Young, Paul Knott, Jodi Cook, Amanda Linde, Pollyanna Buff, Michelle Mcspadden, Brian Haas, Parente Family, James Berry, Katny Berry, Emily Currier, Lee Anastasi, Bryan Timko, Kristen Marshall-gainey, Brian Yesutis, Jaclyn Koller, Tim Jeltes, Michael Malampy, Michael Pyle, Daniel Record, Sharon Lee, Kris Nixon, Michael Manzer, Amanda Campbell, Caryn Schill, Jennifer Townsend, Linda Scrivano, Donna Currier, Jennifer Lalli, Joyanne M Johnston, John Carne, David And Melissa Lizewski, Rich Kacprowicz, Ashley P., Vicki Edwards, Sherry Klinefelter, Kerry Aldrich, Claire Gregory, Jeremy Hardy, Jim Riley, Emma Poprock, Emma Poprock, Barbie Lawless, Paula Munson, Christopher Barnes, William And Elizabeth Edwards, Christine Twomey, Karen Ramirez, Kathy Lowe, Kerry Cormier, Steve Smith, Danielle And Matt Murgia, Allison Caputa, Chloe, Bruce Hinterleitner, Cindy Dore', Liana Imbrogno, Bob Lanks, Karen Hotchkiss, Evanna Huda, Jennifer Harmon, Tommy Montgomery, Kathryn Perkins, Susan Stanley, Jennifer S., Phil Vickers, Bonnie Smith, Craig, Jorge R. Caso, James Greene, Patrick, Emma Ford, Bob Patterson, Diana F., Wayne Witherspoon, Anne Hainsworth, Bruce Lawson, Brian Gallant, Anastasia Macneil, Russ Morgan, Elizabeth Scarborough, Matthew Herman, Diane Ramos, Ken Fischler, Michael Mclucas, Nicole Duddy, Joanne Duddy, Marc Lorenzo, Leigh Mertz, Tim Johansen, Christopher Hall, Kristen Mccoy, Jennifer Tremley, Sharon Dale, Jim Finley, Julie Ellis, Jenifer Moyer, Rob Blundin, Heather Hynes, Jared Orth, Jeremy Reichelt, Mickey Eckert, Mary Greger, Jaron Goldberg, Beatriz Gurruchaga, Erin Loring, Dan Owens, Blake Schmidt, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Andrew Weed, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Claire Natsis, Brendan Abel, Diane Furtado, Elaine Johnson, Colin , Heidi F Goodhue, Joyce Tofflemire, Suzanne, Hannah M., Nicole Amidon, Harry Parker, Cheryl Costello, Cheryl Buchanan, Lisa Beth Leary, Kelly Kobiela, Gloria Martin, Susie Howard, Christine Dagney, Walter Clark, Madden Wright, Nancy, Jamie Poynton, Drew Deapo, Phil Thach, Paula B, Nicole Alley, Lauren Thomas, Tomtom55, Timmy Saunders, Amber Keen, Louise Barton, Heather Pedulla, Robert Flaherty, Luis Rodriguez, Liz Moreau, Felice Ciccione, Kristine Kraeuter, Adam Kent, John Arena Jr, Kathy Bolding, Phil Thach, Roye Ann Morris, Lilli Albucker, Marissa D'ambrosio, Barclay Bakkum, Dennis Blackburn, Ruth Cookson, Joyce Eastman, Shelly Borella, Margaret Selph, Nancy Daniele, Audra Miller, Kye Layton, Cara Richards, Kathleen Kennedy, Scott Junkin, Doug, David W, Ana And Lucas Marlett, Debbie Connors, C.j. Connors and Vanessa Gordon. Each of you will be entered in the October winners' drawing.

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Challenge #146: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #146

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 7, 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!

October 5, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Weathervanes

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


We're back again with another installment of Disney Pic of the Week and this time our attention is turned to weathervanes, an extra detail Disney adds in various locations for which you'll want to be on the lookout.

Weathervanes first caught my eye while trying to look at Disneyland's Fantasyland from a new point of view, concentrating on theming that I've bypassed. Now, I look for them far more often and am surprised at just how many there are not only in Disneyland but at Walt Disney World as well.


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Captain Hook's pirate ship sits atop the London clocktower at Peter Pan's Flight at Disneyland.


Sail in on Thursday and Saturday for more photos by Barrie and Scott.

October 6, 2010

This is What We Call the Muppet Store

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


The Stage 1 Company Store celebrates our friends friends from the movies, television shows, records, and print ads. No, I'm not talking about Mickey. This shop is all about Jim Henson's Muppets. You know, Big Bird, Kermit the Frog, Gonzo, Oscar the Grouch and my all-time favorite comedian, Fozzie Bear. Within the store you'll find T-shirts, mugs, books, handbags, plush, and other items featuring The Muppets and Sesame Street residents.

Have you ever walked around the exterior of the store? There's a lot going on. Check out some of what you'll find just by taking a few steps back and a couple of minutes out of your day. You're gonna smile, I just know it.


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I wonder if Animal's been here.


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Reason #28 not to hire penguin painters.


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It's a 2-faced clock.


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A self-portrait or evidence of fowl play?


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Somewhere there's got to be a giant ode to Beaker.


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It's no wonder Miss Piggy will karate chop anyone who interfers with Kermie, he's the only frog who owns a tuxedo.


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It's moi time.


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Just in case you weren't sure.

October 7, 2010

Sailor's Weathervane

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Liberty Square Weathervane
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/400s shutter, f8, ISO 200

An afternoon storm was the perfect backdrop for this weathervane atop the boarding dock for the Liberty Belle in the Magic Kingdom. Can't you just imagine a worried sailor's wife on the widow's walk, gazing out to sea as the wind kicks up?

October 8, 2010

Galloping Giraffe

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have given tips in the past for photographing on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom. One tip I forgot to mention was to be ready for anything. The animals appear seemingly from out of nowhere at times. On my last safari, the jeep came around the bend onto to the savanna just as a group of giraffes were crossing the road in front of us. The guide had to stop for a bit for them to clear. As he did so, the two yearling giraffes in the group broke into a graceful gallop which I was quick enough to photograph.

A galloping giraffe on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A galloping giraffe on the Kilimanjaro Safari.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 720, EV -0.6, 190mm focal length

If it is not too busy, ask to be seated in the very last row by yourself. You can slide from side to side and out the back to maximize your opportunities for photographing the animals. I must caution you the last row is the bumpiest one on the jeeps so crank up those shutter speeds!

October 9, 2010

Horse Weather Vane

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The horse weather vane on top of the Haunted Mansion's carriage house in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The horse weather vane on top of the Haunted Mansion's carriage house.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/320s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +0.6, 200mm focal length

There is a surprising number of weather (or wind) vanes at Walt Disney World. I spotted this horse weather vane on top of Haunted Mansion's carriage house in the Magic Kingdom from the top floor of the Columbia Harbour House restaurant for my Disney Pic of the Week on Weather Vanes.

I processed this photo using the Sepia Tone (High Contrast) color preset in Apple's Aperture 3 photo management software.

October 10, 2010

Where in the World #147

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #146:
 Where in the World #146

And here's the answer:
Window Sticker at Animal Kingdom Lodge
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/60s shutter, f/5.3, ISO 200

I was so glad to see this window sticker at the beginning of my stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge, rather than at the end when it might have been too late!

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: Craig, Deb Ragno, Maryann Eckenrode, Dawn Bach, Hoekzema Family, Betsy Silvestri, Colin Buchanan, Ken Jackson, James Steele, Allison Caputa, Anthony Oneto, Barbara Marshall, Lee Anastasi, Dusty Cheatham, Jessica Folan, Wendy Crober, Marina Crober, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Bruce Jones, Judy Koslowski, Karen Nelson, Kathy Love, Laura Tarbet, David P Tarbet, Brian Gallant, James Greene, Dennis Loring, Erin Loring, Karen Stanley, Debbie Desimone, Debbie Desimone, Jennifer Lalli, Krista Penno, Barbara Meegan, Maureen Handy, Jennifer S., Jerry Weldon, Stuart Hale, Daniel Record, Pollyanna Buff, Mary Tackett, Laura Laws, Paul Knott, Austin O'blenis, Renee Miranda, Theresa Rucando, Derek Carty, Bill Mckim, Denise Cayz, Joanne Duddy, Chloe Albucker, Loretta Reed, Seth Walker, Joan Peacock, Chris Connors, Lauri Phillips, Cindy Dore', Diane Furtado, Melissa Littman, Gaylene Gray, Jennifer, Elizabeth Macgregor, Dave Cole, Chambers Family, Cameron Lange, Wayne Witherspoon, Bob Destephano, Tiffany W., Alison Rosenberger, Stephanie Canales, Mary Greger, Marissa "princess Aurora" D'ambrosio, Jerry Marceau, Leigh Mertz, Nicole Duddy, Wendy Snelgrove, Andy Shaw, Rick Ernst, Scott Prewitt, Tom Hermes, Peg Jones, Jeremy Reichelt, Quincy Delcolletti, Matt Degrandis, Timmy Saunders, Linda Mac, Mike Kaczanowski, Jim Riley, Jamie Poynton, Brenda Glover, Marcia Mardirosian, Jacquelyn Law, Jillian Domings, Sue Mcdonald, Jennifer Mercier, Karen Schlumpf, Tim Johansen, Sarah Holodick, Angela Horan, Muffy Monnier, Ruth Cookson, Hillary Waldroop, Kevin Miller, Luis Rodriguez, Heather Coursen, Barclay Bakkum, Michael Nanney, Les Whitten, Renee Miranda, Tom Cartry, Nancy, Robert Bostic, Robert Bostic, Deanna Bump, Jim and Suzanne. Each of you will be entered in the October winners' drawing.

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Challenge #147: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #147

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 14, 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!

October 12, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This week we'll be bringing you pictures of the wildly popular Fantasyland attraction, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, where kids of all ages get to experience the joy of this delightful young pachyderm's first flight above the Magic Kingdom. If you want to experience the magic of Disney, just check out the face of any pre-schooler on their first Dumbo ride!

Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/1000s shutter, f8, ISO 200

Dumbo takes off into the big blue sky. I think if he wasn't tethered he might never land. Be sure to check out Jack Spense's blog about Dumbo, including concept art for the new expansion of the attraction and then come back on Thursday and Saturday to see Lisa and Scott's take on this adorable baby elephant.

October 13, 2010

Meet the Mayor

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Good morning Disney fans. I've recently returned from a fantastic week of playing with friends at Walt Disney World and believe me, I needed it. During one such morning stroll down Main Street, U.S.A. we came across several performers who sang and another group playing music. Joining them was Mayor Weaver, a white-haired gentleman who lead the group, made some wisecracks, and for some unkown reason caused me to see flashbacks of comic legend, Jonathan Winters. I think they have similiar grins.

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Canon PowerShot SX100 IS set to Auto with flash.

Tip: Whenever someone is wearing a hat that shades their face, use a flash to brighten up the shadow.

As we were standing around watching Mayor Weaver and his friends entertain us, a certain shiny object caught my eye and I was determined to find out if it was what I thought it was.

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Auto without flash because the flash drops off at 10-12 feet.

Tip: When shooting a group of people who wander back and forth, leave extra room in the frame. You can always crop people out later, which is what I did.

I walked up behind them and with my camera lens tried zooming in to see if I was right. Unfortunately, the lens' zoom capabilities were too short for me to find out without approaching him. When the show was coming to an end and they began making their way back down Main Street, U.S.A, I came up beside Mayor Weaver and asked him about the ring on his pinky finger. He said he'd be glad to show me soon as his mini-parade (my wording) was over.

Sure enough, I was right! He was wearing a special ring given to Cast Memebers who have worked for Disney a long time. In his case, 20 years of magic were marked with a Mickey Mouse ring dated 1989.

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Tip: When shooting something small with detail use the Macro setting.

We didn't have a chance for an actual conversation but I was delighted to have discovered this hidden gem of info. With such high turnover rates in employment everywhere you look it's wonderful to find folks with such enjoyment for their work and stay with it. Can you imagine how many times he's had to run for mayor?!

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Tip: Zoom in for a closer shot to see facial expressions clearly.


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October 14, 2010

Did you ever see an elephant fly?

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Dumbo flys over Fantastyland in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dumbo flys over Fantastyland.

Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom where you can not only see elephants fly, even a 22 year old can still enjoy flying with her favorite elephant, Dumbo. My daughter who loves her flying elephant is perfect for my Disney Pic of the Week for Dumbo.

October 15, 2010

All Star Props

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A few years ago I posted a couple of articles on using the props you find at Walt Disney World. One was about props found at Disney's Animal Kingdom and the other on hats in the shops. I stayed at one of the All Star resorts last month. These resorts feature bigger than life icons based on the themes of sports, music and movies which make great props for fun vacation photos.

My daugher and I stayed at All Star Sports in the building featuring basketball icons. This was perfect as my daughter is a big college basketball fan. As we were leaving, I had her pose for some fun photos.

My daughter shooting hoops at the All Star Sports Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
My daughter shooting hoops at the All Star Sports Resort.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 38mm focal length

Remember, though the above is a nice photo, getting closer is better. I zoomed in to fill the frame with my daughter and still kept a prop (the huge basketball) in the frame.

A closeup of my daughter shooting hoops at the All Star Sports Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Here is a closeup of my smiling daughter shooting hoops at the All Star Sports Resort.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 90mm focal length

Okay, I know it is hard to tell she is smiling. Should have asked her to bring one arm down a bit but then it would not be an accurate shooting motion.

October 16, 2010

Baby Mine

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Catch Dumbo in the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland as he soars through the air with Guests along for the ride. This portion of the park will change and expand to include 2 Dumbo rides so you won't have to wait as long unless of course you're going to ride them both.


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Canon EOS 30D, Canon 75-300mm USM, ISO 640, F8 1/25


My contribution to Disney Pic of the Week - Dumbo.


October 17, 2010

Where in the World #148

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #147:
 Where in the World #147

And here's the answer:
Germany Pavilion Detail
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/100s shutter, f/8, ISO 200

I always wonder what this guy is thinking about. Any ideas? Emperor Ferdinand I, of the Hapsburg Emperors, sits atop one of the shops of the Germany pavilion at Epcot.

Jennifer T 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: Tracey Mayfield, Elaine Johnson, Evanna Huda, Hillary Waldroop, Paul Knott, Clay Anthony, Larissa Huda, Nancy Lam, Sarah, Suzanne, Rick And Michele Shea, Lee Anastasi, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Tina Albucker, Samantha Jo , Kelly Scott and Heather Pedulla. Each of you will be entered in the October winners' drawing.

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Challenge #148: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #148

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 21, 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!

October 19, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week: Future World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I first visited Epcot's Future World a year after it opened. EPCOT Center, as it was known then, had its critics but I was not one of them. I remember watching when Walt Disney introduced the Florida Project to the world a few months before his death. I still had the heart of the 7 year old as I marveled at Spaceship Earth geodesic sphere. Back then the Innovention Fountain did not put on a show to music as it does today.

The lighting on the fountain and Spaceship Earth at dusk shows the beauty of Walt's vision.

Innovention Fountain with Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Innovention Fountain with Spaceship Earth at dusk.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/30s, f/5.6, ISO 800, EV -0.3, 145mm Focal Length

Look on Thursday and Saturday for Barrie and Lisa's Disney Pic of the Week on Future World.

October 20, 2010

Photography Knowledge Contest

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

THE CONTEST HAS CLOSED

I've become quite the sweeper this year, entering and winning contests and sweepstakes, so now I'm holding my own for you to win. All you have to do is correctly answer 3 multiple choice questions, subjects that I've previously covered in my Light Meter blogs. Entries with the proper answers and information provided will be eligible to win his/her choice (Digital Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, Zoo Town, By the Water) of one of my 2011 calendars as sold on Lulu. There will be one winner. Be sure to read and follow the rules prior to entering. Good luck everyone!


1. Why should you use flash when your human subject is standing in the shade?
A. The background is too dark.
B. Shadows photograph blue causing the person to look like a Smurf.
C. It's a trick question. You don't use flash outdoors.

2. What should you do with a brand new memory card?
A. Format (initialize) it in the camera before taking any photos.
B. Lick it so no one will take it from you.
C. Start taking photos.

3. Which setting is appropriate for photographing small things like coins and flowers?
A. Landscape
B. Portrait
C. Macro

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THE CONTEST HAS CLOSED.

HOW TO ENTER: Beginning on October 20, 2010 through 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on October 27, 2010 ("Promotion Period") answer the three multiple choice photography questions completely (Letter and corresponding answer) and provide your Full Name and E-mail address in the Post a Comment form for a chance to win a 2011 calendar created by Lisa K. Berton as sold at http://stores.lulu.com/lisakberton. You may enter the contest once during the promotion period. Your submission will not be posted online.


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October 21, 2010

Gotta Go Back in Time

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

It'd be so fantasically cool if the Test Track cars were DeLoreans that shot up to 88mph. Seriously, who's with me on this? I know, Back to the Future isn't a Disney movie but a child of the 80's can dream.

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Canon EOS 30D, Canon 75-300mm USM, ISO 640, f8 1/500


My entry for Disney Pic of the Week - Future World.

October 22, 2010

My American Idol Experience

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

One of the elements of visiting a Disney park I enjoy seeing is when cast members will make a guest feel special. It has happened to me or a member of my family a few times. During the pre-show of the American Idol Experience on my last visit, I found myself being part of the show. No, I did not perform.

The comedian who warms up the audience before the show starts saw me photographing from the fourth row. Before I knew it we were doing an impromptu model shoot. It lasted a whole two minutes and got some laughs from the audience. I did not catch his name and he is not wearing a name tag. If anyone knows his name, please, leave me a comment.

As I mentioned in last week's tips on photographing the Kilimanjaro Safari, when at Walt Disney World or any Disney property, be ready as you never know when an exciting photographic opportunity will happen. Here is My American Idol Experience...

My American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
My American Idol Experience.

Heading back to Walt Disney World next week. This time it is for vacation! I will also be photographing for future blogs. If you have anything you would like me to cover, drop me a comment here. See ya real soon!

Oh, I'll be tweeting comments and photos, too. You can follow me @Scottwdw.

October 23, 2010

Slow - Curve Ahead!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Test Track
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/5000s shutter, f2.8, ISO 400

Test Track in Epcot's Futureworld will get your blood pumping! The climax of this attraction is a high-speed test that sends guests screaming into a 50-degree banked curve at 65 MPH.

October 24, 2010

Where in the World #149

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #148:
 Where in the World #148

And here's the answer:
Props from Backlot Express Seating Area
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/40s shutter, f/8, ISO 400

Ooh, that one was tricky. Most everyone guessed either the China or Japan pavilion in Epcot. That's why I included some of the other things on the wall as a hint. Only three people knew exactly where this is - in the seating area of the Backlot Express restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Way to go Sarah, Tim Rachuba and Colin Buchanan. Other winners this week guessed that it was part of the Backlot tour. I thought that was close enough to be entered in the drawing.

Sarah was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Sarah and all the other readers who got the answer right: Daniel Record, Susan Thompson, Claire Gregory, Dawn Bach, Tim Rachuba, Jeffrey Dunne, Timmy Saunders and Colin Buchanan. Each of you were entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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

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Challenge #149: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #149

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 28, 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.

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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!

October 26, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Mice

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


EEK!! A mouse!! As images of Granny standing on a chair, shrieking, and Sylvester and Tweety run around her in circles while Speedy Gonzalez speeds off into his hole in the wall, I suddenly realize I really miss the Warner Bros. stores. That aside, this week's theme was not my idea. Actually, our interpersonal highbrow communication states that we're to post photos of "mice but not Mickey." You know I almost went with a nice portrait of Minnie but I decided to branch out from the obvious.

Here he or she is, a spiny mouse as found in a glass case, inside a building, along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Africa in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

You can call him or her, Al.
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Barrie and Scott will be posting their pics on Thursday and Saturday of Minnie Mouse. I kid, I kid. It's Danger Mouse.


October 27, 2010

Photo Album - Halloween

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


It's most wonderful time of the year, except of course, my birthday. I just love Halloween. There's the crisp Autumn air, the crinkle of leaves under little feet, neon glowsticks, and more Twix bars and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in demand than any other day of the year. I'm just talking about when I go trick-or-treating. Wait. Ha ha. When I used to go trick-or-treating cuz I don't do that anymore...unless you're tired and you need someone to take your little tykes around the neighborhood. Let me know. I don't mind.

In celebration of this bewitching holiday, I'm laying out some photos for you to enjoy. These are from Disneyland and Walt Disney World taken over the past few years. Sip your pumpkin flavored tea and/or coffee and enjoy some warm apple pie a la mode but don't spill anything on my pictures or NO CHOCOLATE for you!


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Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, taken with a Nikon Coolpix 7600


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At the Villains Mix and Mingle in Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, shot with Canon EOS 30D and Canon 75-300mm USM.


The show is fun but short. I saw Cruella last year and she had me laughing non-stop. Stand off to the side of her line after the show. It'll be worth it, believe me.


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Canon EOS 30D and Canon 75-300mm USM. The newst villain I've met, Dr. Facilier, can also be found after the performance along with other classic Disney bad guys and girls.


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Venture on over to Disneyland where you'll find pumkpin and gourd carvings. Watch and learn.
Canon EOS 30D and Canon 17-40mm IS USM


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Candy Corn Acres at Disney's California Adventure are just a sampling of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort. Canon EOS 30D and Canon 17-40mm IS USM.


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You can take the duck out of disco but you can't disco out of the duck. Dance parties can be found in various locations during Mickey's Trick-or-Treat Party. Canon EOS 30D and Canon 17-40mm IS USM.

October 28, 2010

Timothy Mouse

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Timothy Mouse
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200 VR, 1/3200s shutter, f7.1, ISO 800

Timothy Mouse sits way up high on the Dumbo ride in the Magic Kingdom, ready to lead the parade of flying elephants.

October 29, 2010

A Terrifying Trip

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Scott is visiting Walt Disney World this week enjoying all the Halloween festivities including riding the spooky and scary Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios. He'll be back next week to share some of his thrilling photos.

October 30, 2010

Jacques, the mouse

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Lucifer hunts down Jacques at the foot of Cinderella's Wishing Well in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Lucifer hunts down Jacques at the foot of Cinderella's Wishing Well.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 135mm focal length, tripod

This is one of those details many people miss because they do not look down. Cinderella's Wishing Well located on the pathway from Tomorrowland to Cinderella Castle. Around the base of the well are characters from the animated feature including Jacques, one of the house mice, hiding from Lucifer which is my Disney Pic of the Week for Mice, not Mickey.

October 31, 2010

Where in the World #150

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #149:
 Where in the World #149

And here's the answer:
 Restaurantasaurus Airstream
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/160s shutter, f/6.3, ISO 200

I love AllEars readers - I learn something new from you all every week! I had no idea that "I ARE SMART" was an anagram for "AIRSTREAM". How cool is that?! This particular Airstream is located in Disney's Animal Kingdom, in Dinoland outside of Restaurantasaurus.

Christine was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Christine and all the other readers who got the answer right: Kelsi B., Lee Anastasi, Mary Beth Tarbet, Betsy Silvestri, Julie Wickware, Dave Wang, Belicia Dawson, Scott Cullen, Jerry Weldon, David And Melissa Lizewski, Evelyn Wilson, Elizabeth Macgregor, Chloe, Ed Aleszczyk, Maureen Handy, Colin Buchanan, Cheryl Buchanan, Christie Condit, Derek Carty, Kevin, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Michael Mclucas, Jeremy Reichelt, Trista Newell, Christopher Hall, Andrea Weedmark, Maureen Hanlon, Jennifer Lalli, Jason, Mike Kaczanowski, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Sarah Holodick, Paul Dickson, Chris Connors, Debbie Connors, C.j. Connors, Clay Anthony, Kristen Mccoy, Sara Beth Wade, Chris Hills, Sharon Dale, Marissa 'captain Jack' D'ambrosio and Rob Blundin. Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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We're going abstract this week! Challenge #150: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #150

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 4, 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!

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