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December 1, 2010

Flash Exposure Compensation

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Dudes! Welcome to Disney's Hollywood Studios in sunny Florida. Today, we are like totally going over to The Great Movie Ride but before you ride the ride, you dudes are going to meet a friend of mine. He's totally strong and super quiet so don't get like all upset if he doesn't like talk. Here he is, a descendant of China, Heaven Dog. His brother is over on the other side of the attraction's entrance cuz this building and it's gnarly details are replicas of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. Duuuuude.

My bud is gonna demonstrate how you can and why you should control how much light your flash fires. You will be most triumphant.

The camera is a Canon PowerShot SX100 IS and is set to P, as in Program. Why? Cuz Auto doesn't let you make decisions and that is bogus, man. No settings were changed except for the flash and these pictures have not been altered in any way, dudes.

First, the flash was set to -2. This means the flash puts out 2 f-stops less than it normally would. While you can see all of the details in Heaven Dog, he's kinda dark and the shadows are blue/cyan. If he were a dude, he'd look sick and that's just heinous. Check out the dark background, too.
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Next up, another picture but this time the flash is set to -1. Looking better but it's still too dark and lacks life. Heaven Dog is still lookin' blue.
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Now the flash is set to 0 meaning that the camera will send out the proper amount of light as it sees fit. In some cases, that's too much which is why this setting exists. It's way better than the other pictures and that red just pops. If I were to take this photo again, I'd lessen the strength by 1/3 which is possible cuz there are like fractions inbetween all of the whole numbers. Most excellent!
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Here we have set the flash to +1. It fired more flash power causing some of the details to wash out, especially cuz Heaven Dog is off-white. In a dark room, that'd be radical but not right now. It's good to know your stuff, dude.
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Alright, here's the last picture for you to study. What do you think the flash was set at? That's right, +2. Excellent! You are a quick learner. I totally know you totally know too much flash means a loss of detail. It's most overpowering.
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Congratulations, dudes. You have just learned Flash Exposure Compensation. You're going to need to check the manual for your camera for step-by-step instructions. In the meantime, turn to page 124 from Canon's manual for the PowerShot SX100 IS. Note that in the Menu, Flash Adjust was set to Auto for these snapshots.

Good luck, dudes. Be most excellent to your cameras.


December 2, 2010

The Other Tree of Life

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Last month, my friend Karen and I made our way from Downtown Disney's West Side thru Pleasure Island and into the Marketplace for some window shopping. Heading back to the car, we walked the sidewalk behind Pleasure Island, approaching West Side, when I saw what I thought was a balloon trapped in tree branches. As we got closer, I saw more of them. A tree filled with renegade balloons? That seemed rather strange. Then, one of them moved and a head appeared. Agggghhh! A flock of egrets were sleeping in the tree. I couldn't stop laughing. Had you been there you would have been laughing as well...at me.


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Watch where you step.

Disney Pic of the Week - Downtown Disney

December 3, 2010

Picture if you will

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When using an ultra wide angle lens like the Tokina 11-16mm remember to get up close to the main subject of the photo. That is what I did when I photographed the ride photo kiosk you see upon getting off the Tower of Terror elevator. I was a mere six inches from the Picture if you will... sign when I took the photo you see below.

The Tower of Terror ride photo area in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Picture if you will... The ride photo kiosk in the Tower of Terror.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11/16mm, 1/13s, f/2.8, ISO 8000, EV 0, 16mm focal length

Click here for 10 More Tips on Using a Wide Angle Lens.


December 4, 2010

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

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

The morning sun shines on the Cirque du Soleil La Nouba "tent" at Downtown Disney West Side.

December 5, 2010

Where in the World #155

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #154:
 Where in the World #154

And here's the answer:
Yeti from Expedition Everest
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/6s shutter, f/2.8, ISO 3200

This handsome dude can be found hanging out on Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom. He is an Audio-Animatronic Yeti but unfortunately has only been operating in "B mode" for most of his life.

Jennifer Lalli 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: Hillary Waldroop, Linda Scrivano, Donnie, Karen Nelson, Daniel Record, Caryn Schill, Kelli Olthoff, Emma Poprock, Jen Cerce, Kyle Buff, Sharon Pierce, Ken Maikowski, Bruce Hinterleitner, Alfred Whiting, Rich Kacprowicz, Timmy Saunders, Doug, Roxanne Kliebert, Mia W., David, Phil Vickers, Sandra Shaw, Cindy Dore', Leigh Mertz, Kris Nixon, Double Family, Sharon Lee, Mark Hoban, Bryan Timko, Paul Dickson, Derek Carty, Lee, Dillon Buff, Candace Dadswell, Mary Beth Tarbet, Dave Wang, Marcia Mardirosian, Emily Currier, The Perras Family, Amanda Campbell, Kristen Mccoy, Debra Kuklinski, Tim Johansen, Chloe, Linda Mac, Louise Barton, Tim Jeltes, Kellie Harpel, Creese Family, Jennifer Horst, Kelly Mager, Betsy Silvestri, The Kahle Family, Lauren Thomas, Nicole R., Jim Thompson, Brian Gallant, Kelly, Tom Koval, Mary Virginia Clause, Kim Meyer, Kim Steiner, Aiden And Camryn Mcmeekin, Kelsi B., Terri Uchtman, Mike Walter, Steve Pocopanni, Boris Beckert, Deb Mangini, Dale Knight, Carla C, Misty Mehelic, Christopher Tweedle, Joshua Swainston, Collette Beuther, Angie Young, Belicia Dawson, Scot Cullen, Jodi Cook, Amy Schweizer, Erika Loboda, Jackie, James Greene, Diana Fitzgerald, Joyce Tofflemire, Seth Walker, Karen Hotchkiss, Deirdre Lewis, Jillian Smith, Christopher Barnes, Jeremy Coto, Suzanne, Brenda Hawk, Les Whitten, Laura Whitten, Clarissa K, Chris Connors, Stephanie Caskey, Daniel Mills, Linda Kasych, Spencer Hart, Rob Blundin, Karen Genda, Becky Terjung, Jim Finley, Danielle Aston, Clay Anthony, Tom Hermes, Gabby Stapp, Colin Buchanan, Scott Stubbs, Brian Haas, Kevin, Mike M., Cara Richards, Maureen Hanlon, Reagan Herman, Ken Fischler, Wendy Crober, Marina Crober, Susan Doucette, Vicki Edwards, Cameron Lange, Andrea Weedmark, Gennaro Rosato, Bruce Jones, Anne Hainsworth, Kelly Kobiela, Elizabeth Scarborough, Ken Jackson, Jamie K, Evan Gentile, Jason Wright, Erin Hammer, Andrew Weed, Allison Caputa, Kristen Carde, Wendy Snelgrove, Scott Greenbaum, J Brizzle, Wade A. Williams, Valerie Rodgers, Linda College, Jenn Steele, Terr Fleming, Brian Yesutis, Blake Schmidt, Michelle Wilinski, Diane Ramos, Michelle Kanger, Sarah Holodick, Tiffany W., Matthew Jadro, Jessica Cutler, Christine And Erin Claeys, Hannah M., Mike Cerce, Russ Morgan, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Sara M., Jennifer Mers, Bob Hendrix, Beth Finn, Colin Christenson, Angela Fennell, Victoria, Tina Krueger, Patrick Culpepper, Michael Timmer, Lisa Graham, Nathalie Doironw, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Susie Howard, Chris Kelly, Steve Benson, Webber Family, Megan K, Elaine Johnson, Linda Abbate, Stephanie Canales, Drew Deapo, Carrie Kenney, Stephanie Newell, John Dupre, Carri Marotto, Jen Schultz, Jen Norris, Mike Berryhill, Tena Keys, Bruce Lawson, Dan Owens, Lisa Jones, Kimberly Moore, Jamie Poynton, Tammy Kallenbach, Shirley Garcowski, Dennis Blackburn, Lisa Laskowski, Ray Stephenson, Peggy Saeger, Laney Wood, Walter N. Clark, Brenda Strohmeyer, Greg Stevenson, Heather Pedulla, Kevin Geiger, Morgan Mccalip, Joseph M Zafia, Jackie Brown, Zac & nathan, Chris Hills, Caitlin Rush, Kim Degroat, Christopher Bourassa, Mickey Eckert, Gregg Mcglasson, Kelly Zanauskas, Roye Ann Morris, Mary Tackett, Kate Fanning, Christine Dagney, Madi M., Jean Ehlert, Ansley, Kerry, Mckenzie Donald, Sandy, Jerry Weldon, Christy Schor, Leah Nan Broussard, Liz Patterson, Chuck Sands, Melissa Demonbreun, Jason Skow, Victoria Finnegan, Michelle Bates, Tiago De Oliveira, Katerina Purdy, Paula Massarelli and Dan! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #155: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #155

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

December 7, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Primeval Whirl

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


DinoLand U.S.A., home of Hester and Chester, midway games, flying triceratops, and screaming Guests who spin around in a circular car while it dips, climbs, and turns corners. I can hear it all now. Mom, I need 5 bucks! Let's go again! I'm afraid of Dinosaur! What happened to the Tarzan show? So, the last question was my own. :shrug: Like you don't talk to yourselves outloud.

Today, or rather, this week, we're taking a closer look at one specific attraction, Primeval Whirl. I can't figure out how it's pronounced. Is it wu-earl or who-rrrl or whhhh-ih-real? Let's find out at www.dictionary.com. Oh, I was way off. No matter. The idea is for you to enjoy my photo of this...cratery-looking object with comic book-like exploding flames shooting out.


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Swing on back Thursday and Saturday for more depictions of this attraction from Barrie and Scott that makes me dizzy.

December 8, 2010

I'll Just Put it Down, Here

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


While everyone else is deciding what to do next, sneak off for 1 or 2 minutes and try taking photos from a different angle. It's not a matter of looking up or down or shooting while laying on your stomach, although that is quite fun, it's something else. Find a flat or relatively flat surface that your camera can perch on while keeping the strap tightly secured around your wrist. Let's not take any chances. If it's dusk, dawn, or night time, set your camera to Night Landscape. If it's daylight, you can set it to Landscape or use the built-in timer. That's extra fun because you let go of the shutter button and the photo isn't taken for 10 seconds*.

Here are a few photos I took this Fall at Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios.


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Here at Muppets 3D pre-show, I placed my camera on some props, angling the lens at other props and set it to Night Landscape. In this mode, the flash will not fire so don't touch or move your camera because it's going to be a long exposure. You don't want blurred gags, do ya?!


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Sometimes we get caught up looking for souvenirs and miss out on the loveliest of simple pleasures, a window with gently illuminated curtains and plant atop a dark wooden counter. Where? In the UK, just behind the array of tea and chocolates. For this image, I used Landscape. My camera rested on a shelf by the fireplace.


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I see London. I see France. Mazel Tov I can't see your underpants. I set my Canon PowerShot SX100 IS on the railing of the bridge and aimed it straight ahead. I wasn't hoping for anything in particular but the railing itself is a leading line which draws your vision straight to the banner. Here I used the timer.


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This picture is actually where my idea began for this blog. I wanted a long exposure for the waterfall but didn't have a tripod so I set it on the rocks which of course, aren't flat. I liked the tilt the rock gave my perspective as well as seeing part of the rock my camera sat upon. Set to Night Landscpae despite it being fairly light out, my rebelious streak holds steady.

Go on and give it a try next time you find yourself tired of the same old photographs. Oh, and they've decided to watch Off Kilter. You'd better catch up!

*Check your manual on how to set the timer. Some cameras have more choices than the standard 10 second delay.

December 10, 2010

Photographing the Main Street Electrical Parade

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Main Street Electrical Parade title float with Mickey Mouse in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Main Street Electrical Parade title float with Mickey Mouse.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/30s, f/3.5, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length, rear-sync flash

The last time I had an opportunity to photograph the Main Street Electrical parade (MSEP, for short) in the Magic Kingdom, I was using a film camera. I did all right but I was guessing a lot. Without an LCD screen to show me how the photos would look like, I ended up with very few good ones after I got the prints back from the lab. Wow, those were back in the old days, eh? About 10 years ago.

The MSEP has thousands of bright, colored lights against a black night sky. Sound familiar? The parade poses some of the same challenges as photographing Christmas light displays. Except a parade moves and there are characters on the floats which may or may not have lights on them.

The evening I saw MSEP there were two performances. I decided to use two different approaches. Using my trusty Nifty-Fifty (50mm f/1.8) lens with the rear-sync flash technique to fill in the float and characters during the first parade, I got some very good photos. I photographed these two photos by waiting for the parade or float to stop for a few seconds. The smaller floats, like the Bumble Bee, move from one side of the street to the other and often stop in front of guests.

Main Street Electrical Parade Bumble Bee float in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Main Street Electrical Parade Bumble Bee.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/30s, f/2.8, ISO 640, EV +0.3, rear-sync flash

In the case of Mr. Smee, the whole parade had halted for about 30 seconds and I took a few photos of him rapidly.

Mr. Smee rowing in the Main Street Electrical Parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mr. Smee rowing in the Main Street Electrical Parade.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/30s, f/2.8, ISO 560, EV +0.3, rear-sync flash

For the second parade, I was joined by Picture This! photoblogger, Lisa, who had a different approach for photographing MSEP. Before we get to her photos, here is how I photographed the second parade: I used a zoom lens with a variable aperture, set the ISO to 1600, shutter speed to 1/30th of a second, rear-sync flash and aperture wide open (but changed with the zoom's focal length). Yes, I was using Manual mode. This time, Instead of waiting for a stoppage in the action, I slowly panned the camera with the floats.

The location Lisa suggested had the parade coming almost directly at us. Giving us a lot of time with each float. Dopey was very comical in this mine cart full of colorful and precious gems.

Main Street Electrical Parade with Dopey in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Main Street Electrical Parade with Dopey.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/30s, f/5.3, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 105mm focal length, rear-sync flash

This is for Lisa, Pete's Dragon, Elliot, steaming up the joint with his breath.

Pete's Dragon, Elliot, during the Main Street Electrical Parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Pete's Dragon, Elliot, in the Main Street Electrical Parade.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/30s, f/5.3, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 105mm focal length, rear-sync flash

I took lots and lots of photos. Many did not come out but I came away with a lot more keepers than I ever did in the old film days!

Lisa photographed the parade using a tripod for her Canon EOS 30D SLR camera with 17-40mm IS USM lens. While I leaned on a nearby lamppost, Lisa enjoyed the ease of having her equipment locked down to eliminate shake. She did however enjoy photographing movement like this crazy snail. The guests frozen are in contrast to the "fast" snail.

Crazy snail float in the Main Street Electrical Parade, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Crazy snail float in the Main Street Electrical Parade.
Canon 30D/17-40mm, 1/15s, f/4, ISO 800, EV 0, 30mm focal length, rear-sync flash

This butterfly on a mushroom was taken without flash. It works because there is a lot of light sources which fill in the float's structure.

Mushroom with butterfly in the Main Street Electrical Parade, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mushroom with butterfly in the Main Street Electrical Parade.
Canon 30D/17-40mm, 1/80s, f/4, ISO 800, EV 0, 20mm focal length

December 11, 2010

Yikes!

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Yikes! Riding the Primeval Whirl in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Yikes! Riding the Primeval Whirl in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 800, EV +0.3, 80mm focal length

For my Disney Pic of the Week of Primeval Whirl, I watched the ride for a few minutes and figured out my daughter and her friend would be facing me when they passed this part of the ride with the Yikes! above their heads.

December 12, 2010

Where in the World #156

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #155:
 Where in the World #155

And here's the answer:
Haunted Mansion Gate
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/320s shutter, f/9, ISO 200

This bat is part of the scrollwork on the gate to the Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom.

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: Linda Mac, Larissa Huda, Phil Vickers, Paul Cooper, Bruce Jones, Cara Richards, Judy Koslowski, Jen Tremley, Chris Masse, Matt Holley, Julie Wickware, Tracey Mayfield, Theresa Rucando, Brendan Abel, Ken Maikowski, Ashley Deitchler, Irene Kleintop, Bruce Hinterleitner, Chloe, Betsy Bates, Natalie Baron, Spring Smith, The Kahle Family, Aaron Harpel, Carol Baranowsky, Kristin Battaliou, Jodi Cook, Ed Aleszczyk, Michelle Raimist, Michael Timmer, Steve Dolan, Vicki Vaught, Deb Ragno, Jerry Weldon, Timmy Saunders, Doublefamily, Robin Fitts, Christopher Bourassa, Andrea Kruszewski, Angie Young, Ali S., Brian S, Wade A. Williams, Maureen Handy, Karen Ramirez, Katie Bowling, Donnie W, Paul Dickson, Tyra Trueblood, Louise Barton, Linda Kasych, Jared Orth, Bryan Timko, Ronnie Lane, Melody, Morgan Mccalip, Walter Fletcher, Cameron Lange, Karen Nelson, Emily Currier, Evanna Huda, Nicole Amidon, Carla C, Sharon Lee, John Leach, Kris Nixon, Sammi Jo , Stephanie Servaites, Katie Bray, Beth Mcmeekin, Jeremy Hardy, Paul Knott, Jennifer Mers, Ed Suscreba, Jen P., Christine Dagney, Deb And Lee, Daniel Record, Denise Cayz , Alan Mize, Joyce Tofflemire, Mike M., K.l. Beasley, Sharon Pierce, Betsy Silvestri, Steve Knapp, Seth Walker, Sharon Blickensderfer, Baines Family, Jennifer Bourg, Emily Robinson, The Perras Family, Spencer Hart, Joyanne M Johnston, Izzy Johansen, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Lisa Graham, Suzanne, Peter Lowles, Michael Malampy, Christopher Barnes, Brian Gallant, Debra Kuklinski, Heidi Summers, Laura Whitten, Mike Walter, Tom Koval, John Hout, Linda Scrivano, Jennifer Harmon, Kye Layton, Kathryn Perkins, Caroline Dupre, John Dupre, Kelsi B., Daniel Mills, Jennifer Lalli, Jenn Steele, Cindy Dore', Dwayne Fontenot, Sharon Dale, Creese Family, Joshua Swainston, Colin Buchanan, Cheryl Buchanan, Evan Gentile, Jeffrey Dunne, Victoria Finnegan, Lisa Jones, Wendy Crober, Ron Renz, Bob Patterson, Randy Heintzelman, Shyla Pontius, Stephanie Newell, Vicki Edwards, Kelly Kobiela, Donald Mccloskey, April Haddock, Robin K., Tom Hermes, Diana Fitzgerald, Doug Brigger, Quincy Delcolletti, Rex Brigger, Jeremy Reichelt, Trista Newell, Elizabeth Scarborough, Diane Ramos, Andrew Weed, Gennaro Rosato, Schweizer Family, Carri Marotto, Kristen Carde, Dale Knight, Cathy Skiba, Blake Schmidt, Maryann Eckenrode, Kristen Mccoy, Sandra Edwards, Russ Morgan, Jim Finley, Karrie Duffey, Rob Blundin, Erin Hammer, Anastasia Macneil, Melanie Dunlap, Paul Ignudo Jr, Leah Broussard, J Brizzle, Carol Gamill, Kali Murry, Kerry Cormier, Alison Rosenberger, Pam Lorenz, Christopher Tweedle, Allison Caputa, Mike Venere, Steve Pocopanni, Ray Stephenson, Shirley Garcowski, Les Whitten, Caitlin Rush, Ashley Ryan , Teresa Cole, Mike Kaczanowski, Linda College, Moore Family, Mike Berryhill, Jeff Stetson, Jim Riley, Maureen Hanlon, Elaine Johnson, Mary Greger, Shane Stack, Christopher Hall, Mickey Eckert, Richard Palmer, Lisa Palmer, Allison Palmer, Peggy Saeger, Carrie Kenney, Ansley, Steve Bieniek, Kelly Mager, Webber Family, Bekah, Penny, Pollyanna Buff, Heidi Goodhue, Karen Schlumpf, Betsey Whitehead, Sarah Holodick, Deirdre Lewis, Diane Coerper, Amanda Campbell, Abby Earl, Becky H, Ken Fischler, Bruce Lawson, Josh Weiss, Hillary Waldroop, Jamie K, Steve Toponak, Marcia Mardirosian, Dennis Blackburn, Vanessa Gordon, Debbie Hicks, Julie Ellis, Gregg Mcglasson, Chris Kelly, Tim Rachuba, Jessica Marcotte, Dan Owens, Andrea Weedmark, Mike Cerce, Michelle Mcspadden, Jeff Finger, Holly Anderson, Susan Higginbotham, Mike Gillardi, Jennifer Horst, Derek Carty, Karen Dresser-smith, Madi M., Vickie Scioneaux, Nancy Bennett, Robert P. Flaherty, Kerry, Brenda Strohmeyer, Nicole Des Groseillers, Walter N. Clark, Christy Schor, Jennifer Bogdan, Courtney Sloane, Jillian Domings, Stacy Lee, Tom Higbee, Lynn Nicotero, Kate Fanning, Ken Rhinehart, Carol Donoghue, Nick P, Gary Bracknell, Scott, Sarai Nobrega, Eileen Miller, Barclay Bakkum, Nikki Brooks, Clay Anthony, Heather Pedulla, Madi Meyer, Joseh M Zafia, Liana Imbrogno, Nicole Duddy, Luis Rodriguez, Clarissa K, Kevin Toomey, Mark Franklin, Jill Fogg, Chris Hills, Wendy Snelgrove, Lily-pierre Couet, Tom & Susan Linder , Allison Daubert, Matt Maas, Roxanne Kliebert, Ilene, Jennifer Mills, Nicole Alley, Kevin Geiger, and Jon Cohen! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #156: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #156

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

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!

December 13, 2010

February Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

In February we'll be taking a trip to Japan. This torii gate stands in front of the Japan pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, framing Spaceship Earth across the Seven Seas Lagoon.

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.

February 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


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

February 2011 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

December 14, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Parades

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Walt Disney loved a parade! From day one in Disneyland parades have been a staple in the Disney parks and are nothing short of spectacular. With the exception of Epcot, all of the parks have at least one parade, as do both Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. SpectroMagic and the Electric Light Parade light up the night with amazing effects. There is a parade of boats that makes its way around the Seven Seas Lagoon in the evenings. In fact, I've even seen a parade of Cast Members from housekeeping at Disney's Saratoga Springs resort. This week, Scott, Lisa and I will be sharing photos from some of the exciting parades throughout the parks.

Disney Dreams Come True Parade
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200 VR, 1/400s shutter, f10, ISO 400

Mickey Mouse leads the Disney Dreams Come True Parade in the Magic Kingdom.

December 15, 2010

Finding Nemo's ISO

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


A great many vacationers depend upon their point and shoot camera's Auto setting to make all the right decisions for them, photographically speaking. Within the self-regulating and all-powerful mode, there are few additional options for the owner. One such set of privileges is the election between ISO Auto and ISO Hi.

ISO (also referred to as ASA) is the film speed and the difference between using ISO Hi and ISO Auto can make or break your shot.

Stage lighting changes frequently. Spotlights can illuminate one subject fiercely. Actors move. Lights move. These are just a few of the obstacles one faces when shooting live theater. I took my Canon PowerShot SX100 IS to Finding Nemo: The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom to illustrate to you the difference between ISO Auto and ISO Hi under challenging circumstances.


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The above photograph was taken with the camera set to Auto with ISO Auto. You can clearly tell that the actor (and Marlin) on the right is out of focus and the actor on the left, who was standing still at that precise moment, is in focus. The lighting is consistent on both of them yet with a lower camera-selected ISO (film speed), the camera is unable to freeze the action.


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The first thing you notice is a huge difference in lighting. It's much stronger on the left, literally washing him out while Nemo and his puppeteer are basically in shadow. My camera was set to read the entire image's amount of light and this is the balance it found between two extremes. Here, ISO Hi was used and it did manage to capture Nemo and friend under low lights.


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Again, using ISO Auto we now face not just a blurred image but one that's blown out. The reason this happened is because using a low ISO (80, 100, 200, 400) the camera must compensate by using a slow shutter speed. With the lens open longer to allow more light to hit the sensor, the chance of freezing motion is pretty much null.


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ISO Hi helped me get a better photo. These actors are not sharply focused but this is a huge improvement over the previous photo. At least now we can see most of their faces.


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The last set of images to examine. This shot taken with ISO Auto turned out the best in terms of clarity out of the previous two. In a photo software program, one could darken the actress' highlights and lighten up Gill and his puppeteer a smidge. Again, there's a difference in lighting which the camera tried to balance.


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It's nearly perfect. She's sharp and properly exposed as well as Nemo and Gill but the co-star can't be seen. In a case like this, you could crop him out and have yourself a photo worth showing off to friends. Congratulations, you found Nemo (and ISO Hi).


December 16, 2010

Smiling in Mickey's Jammin Jungle Parade

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A bird smiles during A bird smiles during Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A bird smiles during Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 900, EV +0.3, 200mm focal length, flash

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade in Disney's Animal Kingdom has some of the most unique and colorful costumes of any of the current Walt Disney World parades. I used fill flash on a cloudy day to make the colors of this bird costume pop and and her eyes sparkle for my Disney Pic of the Week about Parades.

December 17, 2010

TRON Legacy

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

TRON Legacy monorail going past the Imagination Pavilion in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
TRON Legacy monorail going past the Imagination Pavilion.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length

TRON: Legacy opens today in the United States as the long anticipated sequel to Disney's 1982 TRON. Earlier this year, the TRON Monorail started running between the Magic Kingdom and Epcot to promote the film. The monorail has two sides, one with a yellow lightcycle and the other side you see above with a blue lightcycle.

I thought it was great synergy between the themeparks and motion picture divisions of the Disney company. Not everyone thought the TRON monorail was a good idea. To those people, I surmise Walt Disney would have done such a promotion in a heartbeat. He wasn't one to miss an opportunity to create a buzz about a new film his company was making.

December 18, 2010

Sweetums

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Parades are fun no matter if they're in your hometown, on television or at a county fair. It's a wonderful excuse to high-five people, hand out candy, clap, and hoot and holler. Disney does an excellent job with parades as we all know and enjoy. My all-time favorite was Disneyland's Parade of the Stars for a few personal reasons, I was in it twice. The first time I wore a star-studded cape and danced my way from beginning to end and the 2nd time I donned a tutu. Also, Tarzan sat high on a bronze-like elephant every day riding his way through the park. :sigh:

Today, as part of our Disney Pic of the Week - Parades, I submit this shot of Sweetums in the Stars and Motor Cars Parade from the park formerly known as Disney-MGM Studios.

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December 19, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week: Park Entrance

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A Walt Disney World park entrance is like the opening credits to a movie and sets the theme for the guests as they enter. Disney's Hollywood Studios patterned their ticket booths after the popular art deco used in theaters back in the 1930's, 40's and 50's. This choice of an entrance gives a guest the feeling of nostalgia for a bygone era. One, in which they are about to re-enter in the Hollywood that never was but is.

Disney's Hollywood Studios art deco ticket booths greet guests at the park's entrance, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Disney's Hollywood Studios art deco ticket booths greet guests at the park's entrance.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/400s, f/10, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 11mm focal length

Barrie and Lisa will be here on Thursday and Saturday with their favorite Park Entrance for the Disney Pic of the Week.

Where in the World #156, Second Time Around

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Due to an unexpected computer glitch, I'm sorry to say that the entries from last week's challenge were lost. Either that or not one single person even had a guess, which I find hard to believe. No worries though, we'll just have a do-over. Good luck everyone...
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Challenge #156: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #156

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

December 22, 2010

A Guide to Copyright Laws

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


As photographers we love it when people admire our work. It's even better when people buy our images. However, it's not cool at all when people take them without permission. While in many cases people mean well, the fact is all art, including photography, is copywritten by federal law.

I bring this up because in this, the digital age of social media, forums, and blogs, there is a rise in what's known as copyright infringement. Let me assure you that reprinting images without permission is not limited to the Internet. I know this firsthand.

I'm not here to slap wrists or yell at anyone. I'm here to educate you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Copyright Law?
A: It is a Federal Law, established in 1976, that protects the photographer and/or studio as the creator and author of all images taken.

Q: Can I make copies of my child's school photo?
A: Not without written pemission from the photographer or studio in the form of a Copyright Release.

Q: I want to make holiday cards with a family photo that a studio took but they charge too much. Is it OK if I have them made elsewhere?
A: It is illegal to reproduce any image that you did not take or do not have written consent to do so. Talk to the photo studio about what you want to do.

Q: If I bought the print, don't I own the copyright?
A: No, only the person who took the photo owns the copyright.

"Copyright is the right of the creator of the work or the creator's heirs not of the person who found or possesses the photos." - The Library of Congress

Q: How long does a copyright last?
A: This can be tricky. Anything created after January 1, 1978 is protected for as long as the creator lives plus 70 years after his/her death. Copyrights can also be passed along to heirs. Images created prior to January 1, 1978 also receive the same treatment so long as they weren't previously registered or published. Images that were published or registered and taken before January 1, 1978 are protected for 95 years.

Q: Can I print a photo I found online or place it on my webpage or website?
A: No, digital images are also covered by copyright. There are websites that will sell you the right to print an image for personal use such as iStockPhoto.

Q: What happens if you print an image, publish it or host it on another website and get caught?
A: The photographer may sue you in Federal Court as well as the business that reproduced the image (print, book, magazine, website, etc...). Be prepared to pay thousands of dollars in fines and fees.

Be aware the term "ALL RIGHTS RESERVED" carries the copyright Internationally although it is not absolutely necessary to write it on everything.

I spent over 7 years working in retail camera shops with photo labs. I've had customers who were simply unaware of the copyright law and took the appropriate steps to get reprints and/or enlargements. They thanked me for being so knowledgeable. Then there were the folks who screamed at me, accusing me of making things up. My favorite were those who thought they were sneaky and scanned the photos at home and sent them to our lab via the online service. Scans are obvious for a multitude of reasons I won't divulge. My job, as deemed by my former co-workers, was to call the customers who sent images using the online service and make sure they had a Copyright Release from the photographer. They also made me handle all copyright issues in-store. I only tell you my tales so you understand what it's like for those working in the stores and labs. They're only abiding by federal laws and don't want to be sued.

Here's an actual conversation I had with a customer. At least now I can look back and laugh.

Customer: I'd like to have this photo *blown up.

Me: This photo was taken professionally. Unfortunately, we cannot reproduce it without written consent from the photographer.

Customer: This is my son. I own this.

Me: You might own your son and you own that print but only the photographer owns the copyright. You'll have to purchase prints from the photographer or obtain written consent.

Customer: Then I'll scan it myself! Where's your scanner?

Me: It doesn't matter who scans it. We're not able to print it.

Customer: Then I'll go to (drugstore chain)!

Me: The Copyright Law does not cease to exist there.

Customer: You're just making things up.

That was when I turned and walked away.

*Asking to have a photo "blown up" may result in a joke regarding dynamite.


Want to learn more?

U.S. Copyright Office

Taking the mystery out of copyright

December 23, 2010

The Calm Before the Storm

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


One of my favorite things in the whole entire world is being at Disneyland when crowds are minimal. That's when it truly feels like it's my park, despite my friend Yoli standing next to me declaring it to be her park. As if.

As my posse and I were taking part in the Children's Hospital of Orange County Walk fundraiser, we came out of Disneyland and into the promenade. I glanced to my right as we were literally walking out and grabbed this quick shot of the Cast Members preparing their turnstyles for the guests who would soon be entering. It's just another example of that quiet time in MY park.

Disney Pic of the Week - Park Entrances
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December 24, 2010

Angels Overhead in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Angels overhead in the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Did you know there are 130 angels in the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights display at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas to You!

I will be taking my annual holiday break next week as I spend the holidays with friends and family. See you in 2011!

December 25, 2010

Epcot's International Gateway

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Epcot's International Gateway
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200 VR, 0.0015s shutter, f8, ISO 200

Sometimes Epcot's International Gateway feels like my own private entrance to the World Showcase. Located between the United Kingdom and France, Epcot's "back door" is accessible by foot or boat from the Epcot resort area and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

December 26, 2010

Where in the World #157

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #156:
 Where in the World #156

And here's the answer:
Canadian Fence in Epcot's World Showcase
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/800s shutter, f/5.6, ISO 160

This maple leaf fence is located in front of the Canada pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase.

Jim Finley was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Jim and all the other readers who got the answer right: Russ Morgan, Dennis Blackburn, Karrie Duffey, Lily-pierre Couet, Deirdre Lewis, Robert Anderson, Shane Stack, Carri Marotto, Matt Holley, Debbie Hicks, Becky Terjung, Paul Ignudo Jr., Ken Rhinehart, Timmy Saunders, Patrick L, Vicki Edwards, Linda Abbate, Mary Greger, Caryn Schill, Paula Munson, Luis Rodriguez, Laura Vaughn, Jennifer Mills, Heidi Goodhue, Nikki Powell, Lisa Jones, Randy Heintzelman, Brian Gallant, Jeff Stetson, Kevin Miller, Christopher Hall, Steve Pocopanni, Betsy Dross, Nancy Lam, Karen Aguiar, Amanda Linde, Rusty Podbelski, Andrea Huda, Marc Lorenzo, Laura Pranaitis, Bill Mckim, Jackie, Jon Cohen, Lynn Hart, Tom & Susan Linder, Tim Johansen, Roye Ann Morris, Joseph M Zafia, Kelly Zanauskas, Monica Hatch, and Andrew Webber! 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 Diane Ramos! Congratulations Diane, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!


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Challenge #157: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #157

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

December 28, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Test Track

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Our last Disney Pic of the Week series for 2010 begins today at Test Track. Barrie and Scott will be back on Thursday and Saturday, the latter being the first blog for 2011. That's how we roll, breaking barriers, driving forward, banking turns, riding fast and not-so-furious. Speaking of rolling, this van stopped. You'll see it while going through a series of tests before taking off on a speedway track high above Guests in Epcot. Put your hands in the air and let me hear ya scream! Wahoooooooooo!


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December 29, 2010

A Year of Cast Members

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


The glisten in your eyes. The catchy song in your head. The broad smile on your face. The pep in your step. The deliciousness on your palate. All of this and so much more are brought to you by the hard-working men and women onstage and backstage at Disney parks. I'd like to wrap up 2010 by aiming the spotlight on a small number of the folks who help make the magic every single day.

I wish you and your families health, happiness, and prosperity in the new year. L'Chaim!

Cast Members, thanks for all you. This blog's for you.

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December 30, 2010

Epcot's Test Track Assembly Line

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Test Track Abstract in Epcot
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/20s shutter, f2.8, ISO 800

This is the scene just after stepping off Test Track in Epcot. I spent a l-o-n-g time there on the day I took this picture. The assembly line is a great place to get some abstract photos, especially with a wide angle lens.

December 31, 2010

Happy Mickey Mouse Ears!

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Mickey Mouse ears hanging ornament from Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mickey Mouse ears ornament.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 720, EV -0.3, 200mm focal length

Scott is celebrating the coming year with family today. He will be back next week!

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