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January 1, 2011

Hanging around Test Track in Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A Test Track crash dummy hanging around the ride queue in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Test Track dummy hanging around the ride queue.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 200mm focal length

For my Disney Pic of the Week on Test Track, I caught this crash dummy hanging around the ride queue. He better be careful, they might put him in the barrier test with the guests for goofing off.

January 2, 2011

Where in the World #158

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #157:
 Where in the World #157

And here's the answer:
Big Thunder Mountain Trail Marker
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/50s shutter, f/8, ISO 400

There were many guesses this week but I was really surprised that no one knew where this is. As you leave Big Thunder Mountain in the Magic Kingdom, you see this trail marker at the end of the path.

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Challenge #158: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #158

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 6, 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!

January 4, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

In the Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion you can easily spend hours watching all the sea creatures in the large and small aquariums, talking with Crush and eating at the Coral Reef restaurant. If you're lucky you'll get a chance to watch Cast Members learning about communication with the dolphins. Take one of the special tours and you can even snorkel or scuba dive in the 5.7 million gallon salt-water tank, home to sea turtles, angelfish, dolphins, rays, and sharks. Our Pics of the Week will give you a very small taste of what you'll see in this aquatic pavilion.

Aquarium Fish in Epcot
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/20s shutter, f2.8, ISO 640

The phrase "he's so ugly he's cute" comes to mind when I look at this little guy. Don't you just want to give him a big smooch? Ok, maybe I wouldn't go that far, but he sure is adorable.

January 5, 2011

Lisa's Photography Tips

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


It's a new year and the 2011 you is super excited about improving your photography skills. Bravo! Unlike dieting, you won't have a moment of weakness because you're adding info to your noggin not avoiding it.

My compadres and I will each drop some knowledge on you in the form of 3 photography tips apiece this week and next so keep coming back for more. Allow me to get this party started.

Tip Number One

Use Rechargeable AA Batteries
For those of you who own cameras that require AA batteries be sure to do yourselves a favor and use rechargeables. They last longer than alkaline and will save you a substantial amount of money in the long run. It is also better for the environment. Most chargers are very compact these days and will easily slide into your camera bag for easy transport to Walt Disney World or wherever your journey takes you.
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Tip Number Two

Use Fill Flash Outdoors
If you were to carefully look at the lighting on your family/friends, you'd see harsh shadows on their faces and/or raccoon eyes on sunny days. Move them into the shade and your camera records their skintones as cyan. By using the flash outdoors you can correct these problems or at least brighten up the shadows.

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Typical teenager without flash.

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Typical teenager with fill flash.


Tip Number Three

Waterproof Cameras for Rainy Days and Wet Attractions
Don't risk destroying your camera on Splash Mountain, Grizzly River Run or it's a small world. OK just kidding about it's a small world. Those days when rain is in the forecast or you know you're going to get wet on a ride, do yourself a favor and pick up a disposable waterproof 35mm camera. If you plan ahead or have a rental car you can grab one for $8-10 at Walmart, Target, and Kmart. If you buy one in the park you'll pay about $17.00. Remember to keep the waterproof camera in your carry-on bag and have the TSA agent hand check it. They have ISO 800 film which airport scanners can and will ruin.
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January 6, 2011

Following Nemo and his Friends in Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Follow Nemo and friends to the Seas in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Follow Nemo and friends to the Seas in Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D70/50mm, 1/60s, f/18, ISO 200, EV +0.3

I followed Nemo and his friends to the entrance to the Seas for my Disney Pic of the Week on The Seas with Nemo and Friends.

January 7, 2011

Scott's Photography Tips

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Lisa asked me to post three of my favorite photography tips to start out the new year with. Great idea, Lisa!

Tip Number One

Fill the Frame
Whether by feet, telephoto/zoom lens or crop, the one tip I can give you to improve your photography immediately is to get close and fill the frame. This is what I did for this portrait of one of the male gorillas on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Male gorilla portrait on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Male gorilla on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 3600, EV 0, 300mm Focal Length

Tip Number Two

Rule of Thirds
This simple rule of composition is easy to learn and will take your photography from simple snapshots to impact photographs. Below is a photo of Off Kilter's Bassist, Mark Weldon, I used to demonstrate the rule of thirds back in 2007.

A photo of Off Kilter's Bassist, Mark Weldon, used to demonstrate the rule of thirds in Epcot's Canada pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A photo of Off Kilter's Bassist, Mark Weldon, used to demostate the rule of thirds in Epcot's Canada pavilion.

Tip Number Three

Read the Manual
This is something many of us fail to do once we get a new digital camera or gadget. We dive right in and start using it. That works for awhile and then we start getting frustrated with the results. I suggest you take the time to read the manual. Learn what all the buttons, switches, dials and menu options do. The more you learn about your digital camera or gadget, the more satisfied you will be with your results.

A young woman reads the manual to her new digital camera.
A young woman reads the manual to her new digital camera..
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/50s, f/5.6, ISO 2800, EV 0, 38mm focal length, rear-sync flash at -0.7 power, bounced off ceiling.

Using these tips and those of Lisa's and Barrie's, will help you to improve taking photos with and using your digital cameras at the Disney themeparks in 2011.

January 8, 2011

Silence of the Seagulls

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


You know them. You adore them. You mimic them.

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A strange and mysterious event occurs when you least expect it. Rushing ocean water crashes over the rocks, sending droplets into the air and onto your beloved birds and then it happens! Only the echo of their possessive chant rings in your ears as they close their eyes and beaks.

Disney Pic of the Week - The Living Seas with Nemo and Friends

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January 9, 2011

Where in the World #159

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #158:
 Where in the World #158

And here's the answer:
Cruella De Vil
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/1250s shutter, f/5.3

This is, of course, Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians. If you guessed it was her, it doesn't matter where you thought she was, you still got it right. In this picture she happens to be riding on the villains float in the Disney Dreams Come True Parade at the Magic Kingdom.

Daniel Record was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Daniel and all the other readers who got the answer right: The Kahle Family, Dylan Weidner, Julie Wickware, Rhonda Dunn, Beth Mcmeekin, Dale Knight, Sandra Shaw, Sharon Pierce, Mary, Barbie Lawless, Jane Bradley, Evanna Huda, Larissa Huda, Tom Koval, Elizabeth Macgregor, Brian Sheets, Denise Cayz , Cindy Dore', Jennifer Harmon, Bridgette Gallagher, Caryn Schill, Elaine Johnson, Christopher Barnes, Debra Kuklinski, Pollyanna Buff, Dillon, Kyle, Colin Buchanan, Caroline Dupre, Nancy Cox, Mia W., Annette Nuenke, Holly Anderson, Rob Blundin, Walter N. Clark, Cheryl Buchanan, Donnie, Christie Condit, Allison Burgess, Nicole Alley, Emily Currier, Judy Koslowski, Irene Kleintop, Nicole Duddy, Michelle Thompson, Jen P., Sharon Dale, Paul Cooper, Terry Fleming, Anastasia Macneil, Christopher Hall, Steve Knapp, Scott Lau, Vicki And Elizabeth Edwards, Mickey Eckert, Debby Webber, Diana Fitzgerald, Matt Degrandis, Linda College, Lisa Palmer, Richard Palmer, Sammi Jo , Kameo Crea, Drew Deapo, Todd Tavender, Jeanne Cohem, Heather Young, Sarah Smee, Andrea Kruszewski, Karen Dresser-smith, Gareth Molyneux, Kristen Mccoy, Carri Marotto, Kelly Zanauskas, Shane Stack, Matt Holley, Lin Fales, Wendy Kemp, Jimmy Heffner, Jamie Poynton, Kellie Carter, Alan Mize, Victoria Jurkowski, Caitlin Rush, Brenda Strohmeyer, Greg Strohmeyer, Jennifer Bogdan, Thomas & william Edwards, Joseph M Zafia, Jim Riley, Lauren Bogan, Cynthia Glasper, Sarah Holodick, Mike Thomson, Suzanne, Sammi Jo Albucker, Vickie Scioneaux, Nicole Shuler, Tiffany Keenan, Kelly Mager, Mike Kaczanowski, Kelly, Heather Coursen, Catherine, Kathie Goldberg, Leslie Guy, Paula B, Ed Hogan, Courtney Rader, Kirsten Stark, Jeff Blank, Jill Martin, Mike Cerce, and Betsy Silvestri! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.


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Challenge #159: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #159

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 13, 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!

January 10, 2011

March Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

World Showcase isn't the only place to see Illuminations. For March's calendar, I took a picture of Illuminations from Futureworld, near the Imagination Pavilion.

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.

March 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


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

March 2011 Jewel Case Calendar

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

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January 11, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week: Dinosaurs

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As far back as the original Fantasia animated movie, Disney has had a fascination with dinosaurs. Not surprising as most boys and girls (myself included) become infatuated with these creatures from Earth's prehistoric past. Disney's latest technological dinosaurs live in Animal Kingdom's Dinosaur thrill ride where guests are whisked back to the Cretaceous period in Time Rovers. In the queue, you will see many dinosaur statues and skeletons including the one below of a Dromaeosaurus.

Skeleton of a Dromaeosaurus in the queue for Dinosaur in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Skeleton of a Dromaeosaurus in the queue for Dinosaur in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 6400, EV +0.3, 122mm focal length

Lisa and Barrie will be here on Thursday and Saturday with their Disney Pic of Week on Dinosaurs

January 12, 2011

Glass Tiger

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Amidst the iconic settings on your point and shoots cameras lies one that looks a l'il something like this.
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It is the adorable shooting mode for Kids & Pets. It allows you to capture youngsters and animals who don't sit still. Generally speaking, you can focus on someone who is about 3 feet away from the front of the lens when it's at it's widest mm or on someone who is 9 feet or further away when the lens is zoomed all the way out.

With my Canon Powershot SX 100IS dialed to Kids & Pets, I went looking for a grrrrreat model or as it happened, models, on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Relaxing on the grassy hill sat an Asian tiger, completely bored and uninterested in the humans staring at him/her through glass walls.

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Thanks to the sun being directly behind me, the glass in front of me, and the tiger nearly lined up with me, this photo worked out well. I'm especially glad that he/she wasn't bouncing deliriously on his/her tail.

I moved to another viewing spot, coming from down some steps and to the right of the tiger. This completely changed how my photos would turn out. Reflections of the design elements behind creeped into my shot.

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Finding a third and final location from which to photograph the kitty is where I found the second one. Off to the right, closer in proximity to Guests, was another kitty. From this angle, reflections off the glass were just terrible. My subject was in shade, I was in shade but the contrast between where the sun hit behind and above me created reflections and washed out a chunk of the wall.

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Thankfully my furry friend headed onto the hill and plopped down in a place that was perfectly illuminated for both of us. Ah, that was much better.

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My first model relocated to a shady spot close to the glass wall but here again, with the sun brightening us up, well, it didn't pan out well.

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Keep in mind when photographing through glass that you need to carefully watch for reflections. Get the front of your lens as close to the glass as possible without climbing over ropes and barriers. Change locations as often as you need to do so. Don't use your flash as that will just bounce off the glass and you'll hear snickering from non-domestic pets.
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Ack! I've held back as long as I could.

Someday, you'll be shedding your tears to cry over me. Someday, I'll be losing this feeeaaaar. Ohhhh, oh. Ohhh, oh, someday.


Don't forget my Facebook page or my heart will break. I have loved you for so long, it's all I can take.


Disney Dinosaur Mugs for the Camera

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Dinosaur at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 70-200mm VR, 1/3200s shutter, f2.8, ISO 640

This dinosaur lurks above the sign on the outside of the Dinosaur building in Disney's Animal Kingdom. He seems very happy to see all the snacks, I mean guests, coming in!

January 13, 2011

I Caught Me a Dinosaur

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Every so often, out of the deep black wooded darkness behind my house comes a series of high pitch shrieks. I never see the culprit but I know the truth. There's a pterodactyl living in my neighborhood. Laugh if you must but my neighbors are The Rubbles and some gravity-defying weirdo who calls himself The Great Gazoo. Coincidence? I think not.

If you'd like a dinosaur of your own, you'll find plenty to choose from in the gift shop at T-Rex: A Prehistoric Family Adventure, the restaurant in Downtown Disney's Marketplace. I'd like to brag that I bagged myself several of them but the reality is that they'd already been caught and were hanging around...smiling.

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Disney Pic of the Week - Dinosaurs

Yabba dabba doo!

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January 14, 2011

Image Stabilization and Tripods Don't Mix

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Stabilized camera and lens technology over the last few years have made taking low light photos easier to do. I have talked about the various lens manufacturers stabilization technologies before. The one thing you do have to be careful of is to find out if you need to turn off image stabilization (IS) when using a tripod. Most of the consumer lenses with IS need to be turned off when using a tripod. As my friend, Roger Longenbach, found out, using a camera with built in image stabilization has to be turned off, too.

Roger took his Sony Alpha 55 digital SLR camera to photograph the Wishes fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom for the first time. He learned the hard way why the camera's manual says to turn OFF SteadyShot (Sony's term for in-camera image stabilization) when using a tripod. You will notice how blurry Cinderella Castle became over a thirty (30) second exposure as the IS technology worked against being held steady by the tripod. The fireworks came out sharp because, over the course of the exposure, they were there for only a few seconds.

Wishes fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Wishes taken with an Image Stabilized Camera on a Tripod.
Sony Alpha 55, 30s, f/7.1, ISO 100, EV 0, 18mm focal length, tripod, Image Stabilization ON

Once Roger noticed what was happening, he turned OFF SteadyShot and got the results he was looking for.

Wishes fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida
Wishes taken with the Camera's Image Stabilization Turned OFF on a Tripod.
Sony Alpha 55, 30s, f/7.1, ISO 100, EV 0, 22mm focal length, tripod, Image Stabilization OFF

Not all lenses or cameras with Image Stabilization work this way. Consult your camera and lens' manual to see what it says about using them with a tripod.

I want to thank Roger for letting me use his images for this article. To see more of Roger's Disney photography, visit his website, ThemeParkPhotos.

Quick note, I will be visiting Walt Disney World next week and will be tweeting using this account: @Scottwdw Follow me for some extra magical adventures!


January 16, 2011

Where in the World #160

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #159:
 Where in the World #159

And here's the answer:
Rivers of America in Magic Kingdom
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/120s shutter, f/5.3, ISO 2500

When you take a ride down the Rivers of America on the Liberty Belle, you'll pass this little shack across from Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom.

Bill Mckim was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Bill and all the other readers who got the answer right: Diane Ramos, Bruce Jones, Sharon Dale, Sharon Pierce, Craig, Christie Condit, Julie Wickware, Evanna Huda, Dave Wang, Larissa Huda, Sharon Lee, Luis Rodriguez, Bridgette Gallagher, Katie Bray, Lee Anastasi, C. Dore', Brent Cook, Michael Mclucas, Sammi Jo, Dale Knight, Deb Ragno, Pollyanna Buff, Dillon, Kyle, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Linda Abbate, Linda Abbate, Kristen Mccoy, Betsy Silvestri, Patty Cartry, Tom Carty, Derek Carty, David & Melissa Lizewski, Chambers Family, Paul Cooper, Ronnie Lane, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Annette Nuenke, Tanya Hinnes, Lori Rienhardt, Nicole Alley, Jennifer Tremley, Lisa And Richard Palmer, Angie Young, Jim Thompson, Randy Heintzelman, Gabriella Rizzo, Mike Thomson, Jeremy Reichelt, Irene Kleintop, Dave Fullerton, Ken Jackson, Rob Blundin, Karrie Duffey, Jerry Weldon, Mickey Eckert, Sarah Holodick, Clay Anthony, Jason Skow, B Sherwin, Elizabeth Edwards And Vicki, Nathalie Doiron, Chris Kelly, Dennis Blackburn, Jim Riley, Leigh Mertz, Jim, Linda College, Jamie Poynton, Walter N. Clark, Vickie Scioneaux, Jacqui Ruxton, Michael Decicco, Amanda Campbell, Barclay Bakkum, Josh, Gabby Stapp, Jennifer Mercier, C.j. Connors and Mario Grasso Iii! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.


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Challenge #160: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #160

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 20, 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!

January 18, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Villains

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


In this great, big, beautiful world there lives a dark side where danger lurks and worrisome John Williams compositions fill the air. It is here where villains hide unless they're out reaking havoc. This week we salute them. Nooo, that can't be right. Oh, I know! This week we're plastering their faces online so you know who they are. That's it! Beware. Bewaaaare.

So Lonestar, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb. - Dark Helmet, Spaceballs

You're trying to kidnap what I've rightfully stolen. - Vizzini, The Princess Bride


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A statue of Maleficent and her crow coldly glare at passersby thru the window on Sunset Blvd. in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Come back on Thursday and Friday for even more evilness from Scott and Barrie if you DARE! Muah ha ha ha haaaaaaa.

Feeling brave? Take a look at my Facebook page. You might "Like" what you see.


January 19, 2011

Dumbo's Perspective of Fantasyland

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Hey you out there! This is Timothy Mouse, Dumbo's best bud. We know you folks love to take pictures when you visit us so we got some help from a photographer. Lisa tooks some photos while flying high aboard Dumbo so you can see what Dumbo sees everytime he takes flight in Fantasyland. I'll let her tell ya all about it and I'll see ya later.

Last year with the help of some singing and dancing Cast Members, I went over Continuous Shooting and Continuous Shooting AF when photographing moving subjects. By way of Dumbo, we're going to see what the results are of using Continuous Shooting AF (Autofocus) when we, the photographers, are the ones moving.

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This icon represents Continuous Shooting AF.

My Canon PowerShot SX100 IS was dialed to P for Program, the ISO (film speed) set to 800 and Continuous Shooting AF turned on. Once I was airborne, I held the camera firmly, locked my elbows, aimed in one direction and kept my finger on the shutter button, depressing it the whole time. The camera focused before each and every photo was taken and there is a slight delay as one can expect from a point and shoot camera. In the end, I wound up with 31 photos of Fantasyland taken during the ride which lasts 2 to 3 minutes. Here are some of the unedited snapshots I got.

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The lens was at its widest mm the entire time, I never zoomed in or out. Be aware that it is easy to slide in your seat so try to plant your feet in a position that'll help you stay in place.

Don't be disappointed if you don't get fantastic shots. Photography is all about trial and error.

Give a try the next time you're in Fantasyland or on a magic carpet ride in Adventureland as well as similiar attractions.

Seeing beyond the construction walls is always cool but I was especially thrilled at the minimal crowd level. In case you're wondering when these photos were taken, September 30th at 10:30am.

Welcome back. Dumbo and I hope you enjoyed your trip. Come back and see us again soon.

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January 20, 2011

Ursula the Sea Witch in the Magic Kingdom

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Ursula the Sea Witch
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/1000s shutter, f5.3, ISO 280

Ursula the Sea Witch takes a break from plotting against Ariel to ride on the villains float in the Disney Dreams Come True Parade at the Magic Kingdom.

January 22, 2011

Boo-To-You Jafar

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Jafar, the villain from Aladdin, in the Boo-To-You parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Jafar, the villain from Aladdin, in the Boo-To-You parade in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/250s, f/2.8, ISO 1600, EV +1.0, rear-sync flash at -1.0

Jafar, the villain in the animated movie Aladdin, giving me his best disdainful look from the Boo-To-You parade during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The creepy Jafar makes for my Disney Pic of the Week about Villains.

January 23, 2011

Where in the World #161

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #160:
 Where in the World #160

And here's the answer:
Finding Nemo - The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 70-200mm VR, 1/100s shutter, f/2.8, ISO 1000

Lots of winners this week! More than 200 of you recognized Crush from Finding Nemo. This picture was taken at Finding Nemo - The Musical in Disney's Animal Kingdom. The other place Crush can be found is in Epcot, at Turtle Talk with Crush. Either of those answers got you on the winner's list this week. Way to go everyone!

Nicole Ruzinski was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Nicole and all the other readers who got the answer right: Tina Santacroce, Lee Anastasi, Annette Nuenke, Linda Mac, Paula Munson, Julie Wickware, Megan K, Ken Jackson, Kim Meyer, Jennifer Harmon, Jessica Gruhlke, Sandra Shaw, Madi M., Paul Cooper, Cathy Skiba, Rich Kacprowicz, John Hout, Stephanie Newell, Kye Layton, Evanna Huda, The Kahle Family, Chad Ryan, Michelle Raimist, Susie Howard, David & Melissa Lizewski, Brendan Abel, Sandi B, Ed Suscreba, Chris Masse, Larissa Huda, Pollyanna Buff, Dillon, Kyle, Sammi Jo, Ronnie Lane, Lilli Blake, Beth Mcmeekin, Louise Barton, Erica Sipich, Judy Koslowski, Donna Currier, Robin Fitts, Tracy Discher, Karen Nelson, Angie Young, Laura Tarbet, Courtney Crowe, Nicole Amidon, Laurie Walker, Mike Kaczanowski, Maureen Handy, Double Family, Clay Anthony, Karen Ramirez, Rob Blundin, Elaine Johnson, Linda Scrivano, Stephanie Caskey, Teri Jo Fuson, Tiago De Oliveira, Ansley, Stephanie Canales, Tom Koval, Kelli Balewski, Bridgette Gallagher, Karen Hotchkiss, Matthew Herman, Wendy Snelgrove, Elizabeth Macgregor, Heather Young, Jamie K, Abby Grasso, Morgen Vanmeter, Austin O'blenis, Becky Terjung, Jane Bradley, Colin Buchanan, Christine Dagney, Jennifer Bourg, Leigh Mertz, Diane Ramos, Carol Baranowsky, Greg Strohmeyer, Brenda Strohmeyer, Cheryl Buchanan, Diane Curfman, The Perras Family, Kyler, Mary Virginia Clause, Kim Coons, Michelle Thompson, Kelsi B., Timmy Saunders, Nicole Shuler, Erin Loring, Christopher Barnes, Jonathan Ward, Paul Dickson, Ed Hogan, Teresa Cole, Betsy Dross, Jim Riley, Michael Pyle, Amy Miller, Liana Imbrogno, Millie Tenreiro, Mike O'brien, Bruce Jones , Caitlin Rush, Kameo Crea, Joyce Tofflemire, Laura, Noreen Rachuba, Shaun Leake, Trish Babler, Spencer Hart, Katerina, Diana Fitzgerald, Jeremy Reichelt, Matt Holley, Kelly Kobiela, Tiffany W., Barbara Sims, Randy Heintzelman, Chambers Family, Karrie Duffey, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Kathleen, William Edwards, Jim Finley, Scott Lau, Brian Yesutis, Mary, Mike Cerce, Dennis Blackburn, Eric Shinn, Andrew Medlock, Alan Mize, Kelly Zanauskas, Joshua Swainston, Melinda Lenz, Shelly Borella, Sara Roswell, Mike Timmer, Jodi Cook, Claire Gregory, Tim Johansen, Lisa Graham, Maureen Hanlon, Jennifer Tremley, Heidi Goodhue, Jennifer Mills, Daniel Mills, Angela Fennell, Nicole Duddy, Theresa Rucando, Betsy Silvestri, Sarah Holodick, Andrew Weed, Tim Rachuba, Carri Marotto, Nathalie Periard, Kathleen, Sandra Edwards, Francis Lachance, Kristen Carde, Kristen Mccoy, Brian Booth, Mickey Eckert, Jamie Poynton, Kerry Cormier, Walter N. Clark, Vickie Scioneaux, Robert P. Flaherty, Annjeanette Smith, Jennifer Bogdan, Gabby Stapp, Robert Hawley, Barclay Bakkum, Nancy Daniele, Jeff Stetson, Kristin Dormuth, Ken Rhinehart, Brandon Carlson, Sandra Ednie, Cara Richards, Wendy Kemp, Rick Hauser, Robert D Bostic, Marcia Mardirosian, Michael Malampy, Luis Rodriguez, Vicki Edwards, Mike Haeberle, Linda College, Corrie Haemmerle, Paula B, Laura Pranaitis, Jessica Gardner, Derek Carty, and Shane Stack! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #161: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #161

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 27, 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!

January 25, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Topiaries

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

The topiaries around Walt Disney World and all the Disney parks are amazing, living works of art. Many of them can only be seen at special times of the year like during the Winter Holidays or Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival in the spring. Others are there for guests to enjoy year round. This week Scott, Lisa and I will once again share some of our favorite topiary images for our Disney Pics of the Week. Enjoy!

Holiday Topiary at Epcot
Copyright © 2011 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 15s shutter, f8, ISO 100

These Mickey and Minnie topiaries were part of the Epcot holiday decorations this year. Lucky for me, they were still out when I was there for Marathon Weekend earlier this month.

January 26, 2011

DiVine Lighting

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


If you aren't yet familiar with DiVine, a performing artist dressed and made up to blend in with foliage at Disney's Animal Kingdom, then you are missing out on a beautiful experience.

Always played by a woman, DiVine silently emerges from a Cast Member entrance on the path between Africa and Asia. A good point of reference is a sign post directing to various shows and attractions. If you stand in front of the sign so that it points Flights of Wonder as being to your right, she'll come out from your left near a large brown gate. You won't find her on the entertainment schedule but you can plan ahead by visting Steve Soares' website for dates and times.


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Making her way out into the open, DiVine always draws attention and facial expressions of wonderment, especially from unsuspecting Guests.


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It is possible that she will stop to pose for photos with people but otherwise have your cameras up and ready for action. When she finds some nearby trees she likes, she'll stop and wrap herself around them and blend in with the surroundings.


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Substituting a sign post for a tree, DiVine gracefully moves around, looking into camera lenses for great photos. Watch the lighting as she moves between harsh sunlight and shade. As you can see my point and shoot camera balanced the difference as best it could.

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The lighting has changed as well as my location. Although the sun is bright, having it come in from a right angle helped immensely. If you look closely at her face, you'll see the left half is darker than the right half and a small triangular patch of light is under her right (your left) eye. This technique is known as Rembrandt lighting and is commonly found in professional portraits.


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One last look at DiVine in the form of a backlit portrait. The Canon PowerShot SX100 IS was set to Portrait, which is a fabulous tool for photographing DiVine as it will find and focus on her face amongst the grapes and leaves. The image is sharp but flat. This can be corrected at home with any photo software. I used Adobe Photoshop CS3.

In a few easy steps I turned the image from drab to fab. I clicked on Image, Adjustment, and Auto Levels. Next I hit Image, Adjustment, and Auto Contrast. Lastly, I selected Image, Adjustment, and Auto Color. Normally, I don't use any Auto settings but wanted you to see how simple it is to improve your photos.


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Learn more about where DiVine comes from at The Living Garden.

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January 27, 2011

Earful Topiary Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Earful Tower topiary on the Backlot Tour in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Earful Tower topiary on the Backlot Tour in Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 125mm focal length.

Here's a topiary of a park icon with the icon in the frame. The Earful Tower and its topiary can be seen on the Backlot Tour in Disney's Hollywood Studios and is my Disney Pic of the Week on Topiaries.

January 28, 2011

Disney Dream Christening Cruise

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The giant LED screen on Deck 11 of the Disney Dream cruise ship.
The giant LED screen on Deck 11 of the Disney Dream cruise ship.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.8, ISO 800, EV 0, 32mm Focal Length

I was lucky enough to have a wife who won a trip for two on the Disney Dream Christening Cruise last week. Thought you would like to see the Dream though the lens of a Disney fan and travel photographer.

My first full view of the Disney Dream was as I walked out to the Christening Ceremony stage show. The lighting was not very flattering so I took a hand-held HDR set of photos.

The Disney Dream cruise ship awaiting her christening ceremony at Port Canaveral, Florida
The Disney Dream cruise ship awaiting her christening ceremony at Port Canaveral, Florida.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, f/14, ISO 200, EV -0.7, 28mm Focal Length, HDR Image

Each of the Disney cruise ships have a different stern featuring animated characters. The Dream has my favorite Mickey from the movie Fantasia, Sorcerer Mickey directing broomsticks in keeping the Dream's stern freshly painted.

Sorcerer Mickey is featured on the stern of the Disney Dream.
Sorcerer Mickey is featured on the stern of the Disney Dream.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/14, ISO 400, EV 0, 135mm focal length

I am sure you have heard about the AquaDuck water coaster on the Dream. It actually goes out over the side of the ship where you can look down 150 feet to the water below.

A guest rides the AquaDuck on the Disney Dream cruise ship.
A guest rides the AquaDuck on the Disney Dream cruise ship.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/400s, f/10, ISO 800, EV 0, 82mm Focal Length

Animator's Palate restaurant on the Dream features interactive animated characters from Finding Nemo with Crush, the sea turtle, talking to people in the human tank. Here, Bruce the Shark is telling us fish are not food.

Animator's Palate restaurant featuring interactive characters from Finding Nemo on the Disney Dream cruise ship.
Animator's Palate restaurant featuring interactive characters from Finding Nemo.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/15s, f/8, ISO 800, EV -1.0, 28mm Focal Length, rear-sync flash

Deck 11 on the Dream is the center of activity with the Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck family pools. The huge LED screen is used for show enhancements, Disney cartoons and feature movies. You can see the AquaDuck tubes suspended over Deck 12 in the photo below.

Deck 11 of the Disney Dream has the Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck pools.
Deck 11 of the Disney Dream has the Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck pools.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, f/8, ISO 200, EV +0.7, 16mm Focal Length, HDR Image

The Disney Dream lives up to all the hype Disney is famous for. The two night Christening Cruise was not long enough for me to explore all her secrets. Never fear, Deb Wills will continue to fill in the details over the next two weeks as she sails on the first two voyages of the Disney Dream.

January 29, 2011

Beastly Perennials

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Disney fans and horticulturists alike rejoice in the many topiaries found at Walt Disney World, especially during Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. Shaped as characters from movies and television, the topiaries draw attention from kids to grandparents. Just don't touch them, the topiaries, that is.

If you haven't yet guessed, our Disney Pic of the Week is pasta. I kid. I kid. The theme is topiairies. Pasta is the new black.

Beauty and Beast were in the France pavilion in Epcot when I snagged these photos.


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Beast: My darling, may I have this dance?


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Beauty: Coochie! Coochie!
Beast: No respect, I tell ya. No respect.


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January 30, 2011

Where in the World #162

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #161:
 Where in the World #161

And here's the answer:
Streetmosphere Performer at  Disney's Hollywood Studios
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/200s shutter, f/3, ISO 200

Vladimir Pooey, the renowned Romanian film director, at work in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Vladimir is one of the Citizens of Hollywood, or Streetmosphere characters, who entertain guests on Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards.

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: John Leach, Maureen Handy, Larissa Huda, Julie Wickware, Dave Wang, Evanna Huda, Jennifer Tremley, Marissa D'ambrosio, Lee Anastasi, Cathy Skiba, Lilli Blake, Amanda Campbell, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Betsy Silvestri, Jerry Weldon, Sharon Pierce, Nathan Cripe, Bruce Hinterleitner, Jodi Cook, Kelly Kobiela, Christine Yesutis, Ken Jackson, Michael Campe, Jim Riley, Sharon Dale, Diane Furtado, Paul Dickson, Colin Buchanan, Cheryl Buchanan, Kathleen, Sarah Holodick, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Patti Deluca, Karen Schlumpf, Kristin Mazur, Ethan Manchester , Mike Timmer, and Marcia Mardirosian! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #162: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #162

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 3, 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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