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March 1, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Pirates

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Disney has a long fascination with pirates, one of whom dates back to 1953. In the spectacular animated film "Peter Pan," Captain Hook is the villain who fears the crocodile that forced him into his namesake.

During Mickey's Halloween Party at Disney's California Adventure a few years ago I spotted some action out the corner of my eye. To my surprise Hook was being chased down by Croc...on land! It was one of the funniest things I've ever witnessed in a park. Everyone was into it, especially Hook who kept begging for his life.

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If anyone recognizes Croc, please contact me. I'll hook you up with a print. Pun intended.

Venture on back for a gander at Scott and Barrie's photos on Thursday and Saturday.

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March 2, 2011

Edutaining Behind the Seeds Tour

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Ladies and gentlemen, don't touch anything and do not make direct eye contact with potatoes. Hold onto all loose items. Take children by the hand. Put on your 3D glasses. We shall begin our exclusive pay-per-view backstage tour of Epcot's Living with the Land in just a few moments. As the lights dim the room will become darker. OK, we are ready to stroll.

Hello, and welcome to Behind the Seeds, a tour that will show you what you can't see for more than a few seconds from the boat ride. We begin with a video in a small room that contains clear cases, pants, and b... A ha ha ha. I meant to say plants not pants. But just so you know, pants must be worn at all times. As I was saying, plants, bugs, videos, photos and information you'll forget momentarily but will seem of interest to you at the exact moment the words are said regarding biological control.

Later on you'll be able to release these contained ladybugs onto leafy plants. Be careful not to confuse the boys from the girls. Francis gets very upset if you call him a her, as do Pat and Chris.

On your left is a pile of water softener salt. For ease of transportation we buy the salt in bags. To learn more about what it does, click here cuz I haven't a clue.

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Moving on, we see several shelves and tables behind glass windows. There are bottles and signs posted. Due to the reflection off the glass, reading the signs is difficult and getting a decent photo is presently impossible. Don't worry, you're not missing out on anything delicious like chocolate milk.

Here we have a vegetable or plant (shooting, writing, and walking all at once is really difficult) that still hasn't removed it's VIP tag from last Tuesday's Koppert party. Since it wasn't careful, a Swirski-Mite Plus bag has been attached to rid it of the two spotted spider mite. That's right, it's a battle of mite vs. mite. Is anyone else feeling itchy?

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Rows upon rows of hydroponically grown greens thrive in the greenhouse. Nutrition flows through the tubes so they'll grow up to be big and strong. When plants mature (chronologically) they move out of the greenhouse and head to college for an aquaponics program. Although extremely proud of their "adult" seedlings, parents struggle to pay the high cost of tuition. Luckily room and board are covered.

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One of the tour guides you might encounter is Andy. Some day he hopes to grow as tall as this pod. Stay away from the chocolate milk, Andy.

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Aquaponics also takes place in Living with the Land. Fish and shrimp are born/hatched/spawned specifically for human consumption. Even the alligators' fate is predetermined.

If you listen closely you can hear the alligators' conversation.

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1. You guys wanna see a magic trick?
2. Yeah! Pull a dime outta Freddy's ear.
3. Woo hee hee. I love it when you do that. Hee hee hoo.
4. If I end up in the same pair of shoes as those knuckleheads I will shoot someone, so help me.

As we head over to the fish tank, please be advised that when you toss their food, the fish will not jump into the air and perform tricks. They will however create a tidal wave so be sure to wear the ponchos provided to you when you signed up for the tour. Nothing sets the mood for fish feeding like romantic lighting. Sway with me.

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We head back into the greenhouse and take a closer look at what's growing. Fruits and vegetables are gianormous compared to what is available in markets. Not only that but Disney grows an enormous amount of tomatoes and has a prize for doing so. The prize is a FastPass for Heinz ketchup bottling.

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One might look twice to check if it's actually a tomato or a Mickey ornament. You'll have to taste it to know for sure.

Row after row of edible greens are lined up on a huge grid. If you've ever wondered what they look like up close, take a gander. Do it quickly though because plants can't breathe out of water for long and gasping "My roots are showing" is embarassing for everyone.

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Heading into the sandy section you will see orange orchids, more enormous fruits, and Spice Girls spice plants. Take photos documenting the group because when they break up, Nutmeg Spice will get her own fashion line and Cinammon Spice plans to run for governor of California.

These here banana trees are beautiful with large green leaves that provide excellent shade. During summer the rare and tasty chocolate covered frozen banana with nuts tree blooms in air conditioned greenhouses set to high.

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Your tour concludes with the startling reality that pumpkins don't naturally grow in the shape of Mickey heads out in the wild. Enjoy the boat ride if you haven't yet, it's a nail-biting thrill.

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Thank you. Visit again soon. Give me that cucumber! You had a slice earlier.


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March 3, 2011

Boney Pirate Surveys the Magic Kingdom

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean Sign
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/500s shutter, f5.6, ISO 200

Ahoy Matey, it's pirate week! My pirate Pic of the Week is from the Pirates of the Caribbean sign in the Magic Kingdom.

March 4, 2011

The Disney Dream to Scale

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

It is not easy to convey size in a two dimensional photograph. If a person looking at the photo has no idea how big something in the image is, they will not have a reference to gauge from. That is when a photographer should supply a reference.

Everyone has read about how big the Disney Dream, the new ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, is but what does that mean exactly? I can give you the Dream's dimensions: 1,114.8 feet long and 121.5 feet wide. Sure sounds big, doesn't it?

The best way is to show the size or scale of something in a photograph is to include something of known size. Most people have an idea of the average size of a person. Adult or child. They can immediately judge size by seeing other people in a photo. That is how I will show you the size of the Disney Dream starting with Deck 11 and the Funnel Vision screen.

Sam Champion of Good Morning America, crew and guests before going on the air from the Disney Dream.
Sam Champion of Good Morning America, crew and guests before going on the air from the Disney Dream.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 400, EV 0, 28mm focal length

In a previous post, I showed you the Funnel Vision, the giant LED screen. I am sure you can appreciate the size of the screen more after seeing the Good Morning America crew and guests standing below it.

I got up on deck early the morning we were to dock at Castaway Cay in the hopes of photographing a Caribbean sunset. While the weather did not cooperate, I did photograph the Sun peaking through clouds while a crew member cleaned the Disney Dream's bell. Do you seem him?

As the Disney Dream nears the island of Castaway Cay, a crew member cleans the ship's bell.
As the Disney Dream nears the island of Castaway Cay, a crew member cleans the ship's bell.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/80s, f/14, ISO 400, EV 0, 62mm focal length

The bow of the Disney Dream looks deceptively small with a Caribbean Sun and ocean in front of it until a crew member came out to raise the Disney Cruise Line flag and clean the bell before docking at the island of Castaway Cay.

When docked at Castaway Cay, crew and guests disembark from Deck 2 of the Dream. Walking next to the Dream really makes one feel small. I used a wide angle lens to further show the size difference between the ship and the guests walking beside her.

Guests walking past the docked Disney Dream at Castaway Cay.
Guests walking past the docked Disney Dream at Castaway Cay.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16, 1/60s, f/18, ISO 200, EV +0.7, 16mm focal length

For more information about how to show scale in your photography, click on this link: Showing Scale.

March 5, 2011

The Most Popular Pirate of the Caribbean

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

An audio-animatronic Captain Jack Sparrow eyes the key and treasure map of a drunken pirate in a scene from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
An audio-animatronic Captain Jack Sparrow eyes the key and treasure map of a drunken pirate in a scene from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 6400, EV +0.7.

An audio-animatronic Captain Jack Sparrow eyes the key and treasure map of a drunken pirate in a scene from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the Magic Kingdom. I picked Disney's most popular pirate for this week's Disney Pic of the Week on Pirates.

March 6, 2011

Where in the World #167

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

I have a few more shout outs this week: Thank you for the warm welcome from Carol and Gary Gamill; a big kudos to Lisa Berton for the most thorough answer imaginable. And David W.? You won. ;)

Now, this week's contest!

This was Challenge #166:
 Where in the World #166

And here's the answer:

Donald in Mickey's Philharmagic gift shop

Copyright © 2007 Erin Blackwell

Donald Duck in the overhead centerpiece at the gift shop for Mickey's Philharmagic in the Magic Kingdom!

Jennifer Harmon was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! But booyah! We had 300 winners all together! And here they are: Congratulations to Jennifer and all the other readers who got the answer right: Ansley, Caryn Schill, Julie Wickware, Larissa Huda, Ashley Deitchler, Dale Knight, Kathy Berry, Kathryn Perkins, Kris Nixon, Vicki Edwards, Mary Beth Tarbet, James Berry, Theresa Rucando, Josh Weiss, Bruce Jones, Chris Masse, Paul Dickson, Brenda Strohmeyer, Greg Strohmeyer, Paula Massarelli, Katie Wolfe, Diana Fitzgerald, Evelyn Wilson, Michelle Raimist, Rob Blundin, Lauren Proutt, Anna Mae Trievel, Sharon Pierce, Ronnie Mehelic, Judy Koslowski, Russ Morgan, Romie Brown, Rob Anderson, Christine, Karen Dresser-smith, Maureen Handy, Sherry Klinefelter, Linda Mac, The Perras Family, Cynthia Harrison, Brian Yesutis, Evanna Huda, Dave Wang, Mary Virginia Clause, Ronnie Lane, Beth Mcmeekin, Christine Dagney, Pollyanna Buff, Emily Dagney, Dillon, Kyle, Lee Anastasi, Donnie, Rich Esker, K.l. Beasley, Lori Rienhardt, Emma Poprock, Jennifer Tremley, Emily Currier, Kristen Mccoy, Carol Gamill, Steve Toponak, Peggy Saeger, Tiffany Gibb, Annette Nuenke, Bryan Timko, Christine Twomey, Cathy Skiba, Bruce Hinterleitner, Diane Furtado, Lisa Jones, Ronni Selzer, Phil Vickers, Joshua Swainston, Lindsay Coram, Angela Fennell, The Hicks Family, Jenny Wells, The Moore Family, Elaine Tomko-deluca, The Kahle Family, Nicole Ruzinski, John Agnew, Blake Schmidt, Brittany Siminitz, Kameo Crea, Tim Wingfield, Louise Barton, Laurie Walker, Barbie Lawless, Hannah Couture, Jane Bradley, Double Family, Kirby , Andrea Kruszewski, Amy Lucas, Chris Kelly, Donna Currier, Jim Thompson, Erica Sipich, Tom Koval, Gabriella Rizzo, Katherine Gast, Jessica Cutler, Megan K, Anastasia Macneil, Stephanie Newell, Betsy Silvestri, Bill Mckim, Kerry A., Luis Rodriguez, Marie Phillips, Daniel Record, Seth Walker, Paulnewman, Elaine Johnson, Spencer Hart, Angie Young, Hillary Waldroop, Diane Curfman, Natalie Baron, Joy Johnston, Marlene Hastings, Carla C, Danielle And Matt Murgia, Shaun Leake, Allison Burgess, Suzanne, Jennifer Mccurry, Doug Reichl, Tyler Worley, Amanda Woods, Christopher Barnes, Kevin Scott, Rich Kacprowicz, Angela Blevins, Jamie K, Brianne, Mike Malampy, Jason, A'lis, Hoekzema Family, Matthew Herman, Madi M., Joyce Tofflemire, Amanda Perkins, Sharon Dale, Erin Rix, Jennifer Horst, Elizabeth Akerley, Danielle Ciotti, Agnes Ciotti, Ashley Hill, Paul Knott, Clay Anthony, Walter N. Clark, Kelsi B., Tom Hermes, Leigh Mertz, Jeremy Hardy, Kevin, Millie Tenreiro, Carrie Kenney, Carrie Henderson, Bill Billy, Cara Richards, Emma Ford, Brian Gallant, Kelly Kobiela, Melesia Love, Alan Mize, Teri Jo Fuson, Heather, Anne Hainsworth, Doug Brigger, Rex Brigger, Elizabeth Scarborough, Tiffany W., Jennifer , Paul Ignudo Jr, Joanne Duddy, Wendy Faler, Ian Falk, Dawn Burns, Sandra Edwards, Karrie Duffey, Kim Steiner, Nicole Duddy, Steve Pocopanni, Dave Cole, Michelle Sunde, Tim Johansen, Dolores, Terry Garvey, Amy Kleinfieldt, Matt Holley, Jenn Steele, Sarah Smee, Kelly, Karen Desantis, Kevin Weidenweber, Erin Savoie, Wendy Snelgrove, Sarah Holodick, Diane Werwinski, Mike Haeberle, Chad Ryan, Caroline Dupre, Michael Hitzel, Denise Cayz , Dan Owens, Mike Venere, Meghan Parham, Kelly Smith, Barrie Brewer, Mike Pennington, Carolyn Como, Claire N, Douglas Dipiero, Les Whitten, Derek Carty, Eileen Miller, Joanne O'brien, Katie Murphy, Katerina Purdy, Cody Marschalk, Chad Rea, Lisa Pennie, Kristin Frascelli, Kelly Mager, David W., Millie Tenreiro, Chloe Albucker, Jared, Allison Caputa, Ken Fischler, Patty Carty, Kevin Miller, Eric Bouchet, Trina Lowry, Kristen Carde, Lisa Zitek, Heather Stevens, Hailey Gill, Laura Pranaitis, Daniel Diehm, Tom Carty, Jim Riley, Mark Kotarba, Robert Ross, Sharon Lee, Ed Suscreba, Danielle Quatrella, Amanda Gagnon, Patti Deluca, Heather Pedulla, Roye Ann Morris, Melissa Littman, Stacy Lee, Melissa Dye, Meredith Mumpower, Mary Connolly, Bill Gallagher, Robert P. Flaherty, Cameron Lange, Kristine Gallatin, Maureen Ohare, Michelle Bates, Dianne Gerth, Kate Fischer, Shannon Wright, Katie Bray, Bethany Mattiuz-king, Debbie Bolen, Emily Hailey, Kelly M, Bonnie Ford, Jay Bradford, Jeff Blank, Catherine Moore, Kerry Cormier, Chris Connors, C.j. Connors, Nancy Ahlsen, Kelly Zanauskas, Kirk Hardy, Heidi Summers, Lori Netti, Heather Meadows, Joseph M Zafia, Jody E, Edward Haja, Cheryl Buchanan, Colin Buchanan, Sirianna Dambrosio, Drew Deapo, Leslie Dameron, and Nancy Lam. Each of you are entered in the March winners' drawing.
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Challenge #167: Where in the world is this?

This one is tougher, peeps:

 Where in the World #167

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 10th, 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!

March 8, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Monorail

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

The Monorail is such a favorite mode of transportation that some would even call it an attraction! In fact, I'd go as far to say that it's a symbol for the Disney Parks in the U.S. Its "elevated" status has led us to declare it the topic for this week's Pic of the Week. Come back on Thursday and Saturday to see Lisa and Scott's images of this iconic Highway in the Sky.

Monorail Circling Epcot's Future World
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/2500s shutter, f4.2, ISO 200

If you've been collecting AllEars® Trading Cards, then you'll recognize my Pic of the Week, the blue Mark VI Monorail train. Here it circles around Future World in Epcot.

March 9, 2011

Stabilizing Catastrophe Canyon

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

If someone was sitting in a shaking tram while flames burst out of an oil truck and a massive flash flood rushed towards them, what camera setting would you use? The answer is image stabilization or IS for short. Believe or not, millions of folks just like you have found themselves in this exact predicament. How? Why? What? Parlez vous francais? The how of it is, they climbed aboard the Backlot Tour tram at Disney's Hollywood Studios. It's not for certain why other than the tour promised a behind-the-scenes look at how movies are made. What it turned out to be...well...unsteady is a good word. Oui. Boulangerie Paitisserie. Serveur Amusant. Remy.

To better prepare you for such a situation I put myself in the previously mentioned position of riding the Backlot Tour tram. My camera of choice was a Canon PowerShot SX100 IS. Under the Menu's various image stabilizing options I went back and forth from Shoot Only and Continuous, The difference being that Continuous is always locking down on the focus and Shoot Only steps in when you depress the shutter release button. More often than not, Shoot Only produces a sharper image. Aside from these setttings, the camera was dialed to Auto.

Once the tram rolled into place, I aimed the lens and locked my elbows for better physical control. The sun was coming from just behind the wall of fake rock walls in just the right position to create lens flare. While it does look cool, the camera's sensor is fooled and sets the wrong exposure.

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I shifted in my seat and avoided most of the sunlight aimed directly into the camera lens by zooming in a tad. Compared to the photo above, the exposure is better by far. Things were starting to move, pop, and catch on fire. At this point the camera was set to Continuous stabilization.

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Switching over to Shoot Only for image stabilization created a sharper image. Lifting the license plate from the truck, you can see what an excellent job my point and shoot camera did.

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Sitting in a rear car gives you an excellent perspective of the entire scene. Knowing what's to come, once again I braced myself and focused, keeping the stabilizer set to Shoot Only. The image is pretty clear and once the water comes charging, all I'll need to do is hit the shutter button.

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Here it is.

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One last setup. Just like the images used in advertising, I was going for a reaction of those unaware tourists sitting in front of me. Having people in photos makes a big difference. It would have made a bigger difference had this gentleman reacted somehow. Asi es la vida.

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For sure, the devastatingly powerful thurst of water would cause great reaction from Guests.

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Alas, I was wrong. One other thing I should have thought of ahead of time was to use the fill flash for this shot. It's actually a smidge underexposed because the camera saw blue sky and white water. thinking it was brightly lit.

Consider yourselves warned. If you dare to take the tour, have your cameras ready and sit on the left side. For better reaction shots, have your family and friends sit in the row ahead of you. Oh, and keep your fingers out of the water. There may be sharks.


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March 10, 2011

Monorail Black

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Monorail Black entering the Magic Kingdom station, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Monorail Black entering the Magic Kingdom station.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, f/3.5, ISO 720, EV -0.7, 28mm focal length, HDR image.

An HDR image of Monorail Black entering the Magic Kingdom station in late afternoon is my Disney Pic of the Week on Monorails.

March 11, 2011

Waiting to Ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

It is late in the day at the Magic Kingdom and the family wants to go on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The standby line is 45 minutes and you agree it is worth the time. Because, you know you will be around the back of the queue which overlooks the ride just as the Sun lights up the mountain like it does in the real American Southwest.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad thrill ride at sunset in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Fire on the Mountain as the setting Sun lights up the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/100s, f/5, ISO 200, EV 0, 50mm focal length.

You still have time as the line is moving slowly to notice something you have not seen before. The train popping up over a ridge where for a split second, you only see the engine.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad engine appearing over a ridge in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad engine pops over a ridge.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 500, EV 0, 190mm focal length.

As you move deeper in the queue and away from the overlook, you hear a couple of young guests excitingly talking as they watch screaming guests riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Everything lined up including framing the train between iron rods.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad being watched from the queue in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Watching Big Thunder Mountain Railroad from the queue.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 1100, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

Long queue times can be very fruitful at a Disney themepark if you keep your eyes open for photo opportunities. Go back and notice the ISO settings for each photo. As the light got dimmer, the camera automatically adjusted the ISO to compensate.

March 12, 2011

High Above the Monorail

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton



Getting a bird's eye view of a monorail at Walt Disney World only happens in two locations that I'm aware of. The first is from high level floors at the Contemporary Resort across the way from the entrance and exit to the monorail. The other is out a few windows at the Grand Floridian. My photo was taken via the latter.


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Disney Pic of the Week - Monorails
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March 13, 2011

Where in the World #168

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

First a wave hi to Mary Beth Tarbet. HI! Thanks for the nice note!

Now, this week's contest!

This was Challenge #167:
 Where in the World #167

And here's the answer:
Art work behind a cash register in the Zawadi Marketplace (Gift Shop) at the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Copyright © 2009 Erin Blackwell Canon PhotoShot SD890 IS, 7mm, 1/125s shutter, f/3.2 , ISO 80 (Interior SCN Mode)

You guys surprised me! I thought you would find this one too difficult and barrage the Debs with an angry mob ruling to bring Barrie back. Instead, I got a lot of responses and winners! Mike Venere even said he liked the hard ones. As we say here at All Ears, Where in the World readers ROCK!

This art work is behind a cash register in the Zawadi Marketplace (Gift Shop) at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. (I'm thinking of putting this in the AllEars® desktops section.) I picked it because of the expression "March comes in like a lion..." and it was our first entry for March.

Jennifer Snapp 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: Mary Beth Tarbet, Bill Mckim, Kye Layton, Hoekzema Family, Seth Walker, Anastasia Macneil, Evanna Huda, Deb Ragno, Daniel Record, Paul Newman, Caryn Schil, Paul Dickson, Paul Knott, Colin Buchanan, Cheryl Buchanan, Elizabeth Macgregor, Brian Miller, Kelly M, Dale Knight, Emma Poprock, Julie Wickware, Danielle Ciotti, Bonnie Smith, Jennifer Toto, Sarah Holodick, Amy B., Tim Johansen, Kristen Mccoy, Bev Rematt, The Hicks Family, Jennifer Tremley, Sharon Pierce, Joanne Duddy, Mary Tackett, Tim Rachuba, Elaine Johnson, Barrie Brewer, Agnes Ciotti, Cara Richards, Luis Rodriguez, Bryan Gibson, Nancy Ahlsen, Jamie Poynton, Marcia Mardirosian, Noreen Rachuba, Nicole Duddy, Kelly Smith, Kyler Scott, Dan Meese, Michelle Roth-smoot, and The Scott Family. Each of you are entered in the March winners' drawing.
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Challenge #168: Where in the world is this?

I go to Walt Disney World with my dogs (we stay at Fort Wilderness), so here's Pluto! But where in the World is he? (Like I got the contest name in there? ;)

 Where in the World #168

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 17th, 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!

March 14, 2011

May Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Here's one for all you Star Wars Weekends fans. This stormtrooper was standing guard over the entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios when I snapped his picture. Now he can guard whatever you want him to!

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.

May 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


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

May 2011 Jewel Case Calendar

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

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March 15, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week: Pixar

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney did one thing right when they teamed up, and later bought, Pixar Studios. Disney knew computer generated imagery (CGI) was the future of animated movie making. Pixar was not only ahead of every other studio in CGI but had the talent and creativity to produce good stories to go with the technology.

With the acquisition of Pixar, Disney has brought Pixar's characters to its themeparks. Toy Story Mania in Disney's Hollywood Studios has been a huge success with FastPasses gone only two to three hours after the park opens. This was my family's plight on the day we wanted to go on the ride. We decided to take the time and go through the stand-by line. We weaved through bigger than life sized toys and games from the Toy Story movies before coming to the highlight of the queue: an interactive, audio-animatronic of Mr. Potato Head. Featuring the voice of Don Rickles, the actor who voiced Mr. Potato Head in the movies. He even called me a Hockey Puck! He must have guessed about my ice hockey playing days back in high school, eh?

Mr. Potato Head greets guests in the Toy Story Mania queue in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mr. Potato Head banters with guests in the Toy Story Mania queue.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/50s, f/3.5, ISO 200, EV -2.0, 16mm focal length

Barrie and Lisa will be here on Thursday and Saturday with their favorite Disney Pic of the Week photos of Pixar characters, rides, parades or movies.

March 16, 2011

Avoid Wasted Space in Portraits

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

This is your captain, Captain Hook and I instruct you to take better photos or you'll walk the plank. Ha! Now pay attention. Mr. Smee, kindly pose for a photograph.

Notice that Mr. Smee is centered, perfectly focused with sunlight coming in from the right giving separation between him and the background as well as highlights. All wonderfully marvelous things, however, far too much space above Mr. Smee's head detracts from the portrait. We call this excess headroom. You don't want such wasted space in your photographs, do you? No, you do not.

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The photograph you should take is just like the previous one but properly framed. Mr. Smee is the subject and should be treated with respect. When you approach or zoom into the person to eliminate excess headroom you'll also take away empty space on the sides.

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These easy to remember tools make an enormous difference in the family album. Set out on your next adventure and remember what I said because Captain Hook never breaks a promise.


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March 17, 2011

Lightning McQueen for Teeth Whitening

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Kapow! Lightning McQueen is waiting to meet you at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's California Adventure. He's so fast, he'll get there before you do. Motors are running in anticipation of the sequel to "Cars" which drives into theatres on June 24, 2011. In preparation for the role, Lightning not only got a shiny paint job, he also added sparkle to his smile.

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Canon EOS 30D with Canon 17-40mm L USM, f5.6, 1/125, ISO 400, with flash.

Disney Pic of the Week - Pixar

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March 18, 2011

Making Pizzas at Via Napoli

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last fall, I stopped for lunch in Italy's new Via Napoli restaurant which specializes in pizza. They even import water from Italy in the making of the crust. The atmosphere of the restaurant is lively and bright.

Each cast member expertly performed their tasks as I photographed each step in the pizza making process. The pizza crust gets carefully prepared before being passed over for the sauce and fresh toppings to be added per order. Then the pizza gets placed in one of the wood burning stoves named after an Italian volcano. For this pizza, it was Mount Vesuvius.

Making a pizza at Via Napoli restaurant in Epcot's Italy pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Making a Pizza at Via Napoli Restaurant.

After the pizza is cooked to perfection, young and energetic servers from Italy deliver it to a guest's table like these three men you see below.

Servers posing with a creation from the Via Napoli chefs in Epcot's Italy pavillion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Young Italian servers who brought a pizza to a guest's table in Italy's Via Napoli restaurant.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 900, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

Each server was in a different stage of their time at Epcot. The one on the left was working his last day after spending two years at Walt Disney World. He was looking forward to returning home and celebrating his brother's birthday. The one in the middle had just started his adventure at Epcot and was being trained to replace the one leaving. I felt he would do well as he was outgoing and very attentive to the guests. The one on the right is in the middle of his time at Epcot but was the most important member of the trio. It was he who brought the large mushroom pizza pie before you. Yes, it was as good as it looks if not better.

Cast members in Epcot's World Showcase countries have fascinating stories about themselves and their homes. Next time you are enjoying a meal at one of the excellent restaurants in World Showcase, ask for more than what is on the menu and get to know a true Disney ambassador.

March 19, 2011

Pixar Stars from the Movie "Cars"

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Luigi and Guido
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/250s shutter, f8, ISO 200

My Pic of the Week is Luigi and Guido from the Disney/Pixar movie "Cars". Here they are minding the shop in Disneyland Paris.

March 20, 2011

Where in the World #169

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

First, the shout outs to Claire Gregory for a classic note on Goofy's driving, and to Jacquelyn Law, kudos for having this as your screensaver!

And Barrie? Thanks for the note. :)

Now, this week's contest!

This was Challenge #168:

 Where in the World #168

And here's the answer:

The DVC sign featuring the Fab 5

Copyright © 2009 Erin Blackwell Canon PhotoShot SD890 IS, 20mm, 1/200s shutter, f/5, ISO 80 (Interior SCN Mode)

The DVC sign featuring the Fab 5! I love Disney signs; I have a screensaver that I call "The Signs of Disney" that just has a ton of them from all over the Disney parks. (I also have one for Disney buses, but that's another story.) Friends of mine met an Imagineer who did nothing but signs; oh, I should have been there!

Apparently, I'm not the only one who likes this sign, because plenty of you knew what it was. High Five!

Mike Haeberle was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Mike and all the other readers who got the answer right: Chris Masse, Sharon Pierce, Daniel Record, Barbara Marshall, Caryn Schill, Barbie Tupua, David U, Allison, Ken Jackson, Kim Meyer, Erica Sipich, Jeff Schoeling , Don Whiteman, Phil Hatton, Craig, Betsy Silvestri, Paul Dickson, Bruce Hinterleitner, Matthew Waga, Linda Mac, Mary Virginia Clause, Diane Tredore, Sandi B, Quincy Delcolletti, Emily Currier, Madi M., Sharon Blickensderfer, Belicia Cullen, Mike Malampy, Kate Bowling, Lori Netti, Bill Mckim, Mary Beth Tarbet, Larissa Huda, Evanna Huda, Michelle Thompson, Laurie Walker, Joy Johnston, Jennifer Rupert, Nicole Shuler, Emma Poprock, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Tom Koval, Erika Loboda, Paul Knott, Kameo Crea, Jim Thompson, Elaine Johnson, Jen P., Kelly Mager, Patty Carty, Mackenzie D., Megan, Double Family, Pollyanna Buff, Danielle Ciotti, Claire Gregory, Dee Dee Kenney, Wendy Faler, Colin Lundy, Mary Tackett, Chris Connors, Kris Nixon, John Leach, Christopher Barnes, Rich Kacprowicz, Anastasia Macneil, Ashley Deitchler, Brian Miller, Brendan Abel, Carrie Kenney, Matt Degrandis, Theresa Maradei, Sarah Holodick, Jodi Cook, Jeremy Hardy, Ed Aleszczyk, Hayden Pronto-hussey, Kristen Mccoy, Karen Dresser-smith, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Ian Falk, Christopher Hall, Rob Blundin, Bruce Lawson, Hillary Waldroop, Carri Marotto, Nathalie Periard, April Pangburn, Wendy Snelgrove, Heather Hynes, Jim Finley, Jullie Pudem, Mark Franklin, Dan Mangini, Kristen Carde, Jacquelyn Law, Alan Law, Emma Ford, Bonnie Ford, Jay Bradford, Jim Riley, Dan Owens, Maryann Eckenrode, Alison Rosenberger, Amanda Linington, Patrick L, Matt Holley, Barrie Brewer, Donna Currier, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Les Whitten, Danielle Aston, Brenda Strohmeyer, Greg Strohmeyer, Lisa Graham, Tommy Montgomery, Jeremy Coto, Millie Tenreiro, Tracey Mayfield, Jeannine Reid, Jamie K, Amy Reed, Andrew Weed, Eric Streebel, Wade A. Williams, Andrea Kruszewski, Debbie Desimone, Scott Lau, Emma Fici, Steve Benson, Lauren Proutt, Noreen Rachuba, Tim Rachuba, Jennifer Tremley, Patti Deluca, Vicki Edwards, Jackie Purcell, Sheila Saey, Joseph M Zafia, Derek Carty, Renato Meneghello, Tom Higbee, Jon Solomonson, Victoria Finnegan, Sonja Burford, Elizabeth Goodman, Betsy Dross, Ansley, Darlene Harmon, Theresa Rucando, Erin Rix, Kirk Hardy, and Erin Dagney. Each of you are entered in the March winners' drawing.
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Challenge #169: Where in the world is this?

Want something a little harder? No? Then come back next week. :) I promise March will go out like a lamb.

 Where in the World #169

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 24th, 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!

March 22, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Indiana Jones

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton



Women love him, men admire him, and kids want to buy his whip. He's Indiana Jones and you can find him performing every day at Disney's Hollywood Studios in the aptly titled, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. Indy, to those of us who know him well, also has an attraction at Disneyland. The Indiana Jones Adventure is a journey by jeep through the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. No matter where you go to fulfill your Indiana Jones needs, you'll have a thrilling time.

My contribution to our theme can be found outside the theater and across from the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost (aka the gift shop) in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Look up and amidst the greenery you'll find two director's chairs and what looks like a spotting scope. A clearer shot is preferred but standing at 5'4" limits my view.

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Journey back on Thursday and Saturday for Scott and Barrie's archaelogical finds.


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March 23, 2011

Master Metering Modes

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton



Pick up your camera manuals (or download and print it from the internet) and shout (use your inside voice) from the rooftops (figuratively), "I am in control of recording my family's cherished memories. I am a believer. I am not your stepping stone. I will do my very best to take incredibly super duper groovy wicked awesome sweet radical photos of my loved ones and of strangers who hand me their cameras and ask nicely if I'll take a photo of their family and/or friends while on vacation even if they are not wearing matching T-shirts identifying themselves as one cohesive group and not expect to be tipped even after pointing out the nearest restrooms and explaining what happened to Mickey's Toontown Fair and the future expansion of Fantasyland." You may now step down from the chair. Do not put the manual away, you're gonna need it.

Point and shoot cameras are sophisticated creatures but they're not nearly as difficult to operate as some might think. One of many features that originate from film cameras is exposure metering. Metering is how the camera determines what aperture, shutterspeed, and sometimes film speed to use based on available light. Chances are that your camera, along with my Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, offers 3 metering modes to choose from when shooting in Program (P), Aperture Priority (Av), Shutterspeed Prioity (Tv), and Manual (M).

Provided for you are samples, one of each type of metering mode, taken at Disney's Animal Kingdom of a distant Expedition Everest because I am never getting on that thing. :clears throat: Sample photographs are of a lovely man made river, foliage, and a snowcapped mountain in the distant background.

Icons-Evaluative.jpg Evaluative measures the image by dividing it into sections and taking readings for an overall correct exposure. Evaluative metering can handle backlighting, shadows, multiple subjects, and other complex scenarious.

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This photo has excellent exposure.* No detail is lost in Expedition Everest's "snow" nor are the shadows too dark to see exactly what's there. It's very well balanced.


Icons-CenterWeighted.jpg Center weighted metering concentrates it's reading off the middle of the image.

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While the darker portions of the photograph have been lightened up significantly, the highlights are blown out and the sky is awash. In this case, center weightred metering was the wrong choice.


Icons-Spot.jpg Spot metering uses pre-selected points to read the image.

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Compared to the two other pictures, this one is the middle child. Shadowed areas are just on the verge of being too dark, the sky isn't washed out, and Expedition Everest kept most of it's details.


The safest bet is evaluative metering but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try the other modes. Photography is all about trying new things, pushing yourself, and learning.

*Using evaluative metering does not guarantee ducks in your photographs.


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March 24, 2011

"Don't Pull the Rope" Gag in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Indiana Jones Well in Disney's Hollywood Studios
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/400s shutter, f5.6, ISO 200

Oh no, don't pull the rope! If you haven't given it a try, do pull the rope on this well near the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Better yet, get one of your unsuspecting travel mates to do it. Don't worry; it's nothing scary - just a little Disney fun!

March 25, 2011

Disney in Negative Space

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I never studied art so the concept of negative space has eluded me. I would get comments on my photos saying they had made good use of negative space. Turns out every photo has negative space which is defined as the space around an object of attention. Photos can have little or a lot of negative space. To me, negative space was kind of wasted space. However, negative space generates attention as it puts a stronger emphasis on the subject.

The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest found in China around Epcot's World Showcase only takes up about a third of the frame yet the contrast of the very ornate structure is easily the main subject of the photo. The blue sky and clouds do work to draw attention to the structure.

Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in Epcot's China pavillion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Negative Space using sky and clouds.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV _0.3, 58mm focal length.

To be honest, I do not think much about negative space and concentrate on the subject. As I compose a photograph with a lot of negative space, I fall back on the Rule of Thirds. This is what I did when I took this photo of the spires and towers of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom.

Spires and towers of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Spires and towers of Cinderella Castle.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/11, ISO 320, EV 0, 100mm focal length.

Another use for photos with a lot of negative space is for title photos in photo galleries, slideshows and videos. Using the Cinderella Castle spires and towers photo above I made a title photo for a gallery or slideshow to share with friends and family.

Cinderella Castle title photo.
Cinderella Castle title photo.

I read a lot about negative space this week and I will return to this subject later this year after I return to Walt Disney World with the added knowledge. There is more to negative space than empty space. I know this because Disney uses it in their adviertising.

Toy Story Mania billboard outside the entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Toy Story Mania billboard outside the entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/125s, f/22, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 24mm focal length.

March 26, 2011

Indiana Jones' Hat

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A young women modeling the Indiana Jones hat in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Scott's daughter modeling the Indiana Jones hat in the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost shop.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 27mm focal length, flash

For my Disney Pic of Week on Indiana Jones I had my daughter model the famous Indiana Jones hat in the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost shop next to the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios. There was no way I was going to give her a whip. Having her stand next to the t-shirt mannequin was much safer!

March 27, 2011

Where in the World #170

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Start off with the shout outs. This week, I have to break them up in two places. First, the shout outs to Mary Tackett: I absolutely give second chances or whatever anyone needs, because it's about the fun! Second, Mike Venere? Love your messages, especially that you're excited over the difficult ones, even if you don't get it right!

Now, this week's contest!

This was Challenge #169:
 Where in the World #169

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwell Canon PhotoShot SD890 IS, 33mm, 1/250s shutter, f/5.7, ISO 80 (Auto Mode)

The clue was part of the sign that makes up the Magic Kingdom Main Gate! This is the toll plaza too for parking. Big round of Kudos to the "Where in the World" crowd because I didn't think I'd get a dozen answers and I had 52 correct entries.

Shout outs to Larissa Huda for her enthusiasm for the magic, and to Jeremy Coto for his humor.

So High Five to our winners! But with Mickey gloves on so High Four!

Theresa Rucando was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Theresa and all the other readers who got the answer right: CKate Bowling, Steven Bowling, Julie Wickware, Paul Dickson, Debbie Desimone, Jennifer Harmon, Kelly Mager, Kathryn Record, David Tarbet, Matt Holley, Bridgette Gallagher, Dawn Bach, Maryann Eckenrode, Rob Blundin, Jeremy Coto, Paul Knott, Kyler Scott, Ed Aleszczyk, Jennifer Rupert, Ashley P., Christopher Barnes, Aj Perras, Kathy Berry, James Berry, Ansley Wells, Heather Hynes, Betsy Silvestri, Danielle Ciotti, Diane Curfman, Cara Richards, Hillary Waldroop, Cathy Skiba, Noreen Rachuba, Sarah Holodick, Dan Owens, Elaine Johnson, Mary Tackett, Kelly Zanauskas, Jacquelyn Law, Millie Tenreiro, Dee Dee Kenney, Evanna Huda, Alan Mize, Larissa Huda, Jennifer Tremley, Hailey Gill, Gareth Richards, Heidi Summers, Chris Kelly, Tim Rachuba, and Christine Twomey. Each of you are entered in the March winners' drawing.
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Challenge #170: Where in the world is this?

I promised March would go out like a lamb. So here we go:

 Where in the World #170

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 31st, 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!

March 29, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Filters

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This week Lisa, Scott and I are sharing pictures we've taken using filters on our cameras. There are many kinds of filters that affect your image in different ways. Ultra Violet (UV) filters reduce haze and help to protect your lens. Polarizing filters reduce glare and increase saturation. Neutral Density filters make it possible to extend your exposure time. These are just a few examples of the many different filter choices a photographer has. For a great introduction to these and a few other common filters, check out this article at Cambridge in Colour.

Japan Koi Pond with No Filter
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/125s shutter, f20, ISO 200

This first photo of the Japan koi pond in Epcot's World Showcase was taken without a filter. Notice how the reflections on the water make it hard to see the fish and the rocks on the bottom of the pond. In the second shot, below, taken about 30 seconds later, I used my circular polarizer to cut the glare on the water's surface.


Japan Koi Pond with Polarizer Filter
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/125s shutter, f16, ISO 200


March 30, 2011

Unexpected Findings in Disney Parks

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


The ground is paved with cement, the sun is beating down, and the humidity is taking it's toll From out the corner of your eye you spot a Guest walking around in a dress, high heels, and carrying a clutch as if she's at a party no one else was invited to. For whatever reason this scene is something my friends and I often saw at Disneyland and not on Saturday nights when dancers flocked to big band performances.

Over the years regardless of which coast I was on, I have seen more than just head-scratching attire. Folks who frequent Disneyland and/or Walt Disney World, usually the women, will play a game of sorts where they look for people wearing questionable theme park outfits. Yeah, you know what I'm talking about. I can hear you snickering.

While most surprises aren't a big deal every so often...well, I just don't get it. The unexpected finds go far beyond clothing.

One of my biggest pet peeves is litter and when I find it in the parks I feel like someone just trashed my home. Sure, things like wrappers and napkins blow away and you have to choose between chasing those or your escape artist toddler. That's completely understandable. Trash cans are abundant at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World so can anyone explain why this water bottle was perched on a beam? It's exact location was high above Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom.

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Funny moments whether designed or not are far better memories. On my first and thus far, only visit to Blizzard Beach I stopped on a bridge thinking I'd see my friend float by on an inner tube. She didn't but I did catch this silly setup. What you can't see is he's holding a smartphone in his left hand trying to photograph or video tape his child. Thanks for the laughs, mister. You bring new meaning to the rule, shirts and shoes must be worn.

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Last fall my friend Karen and I went to see Boys II Men play in Epcot. As we passed The America Gardens Theater we stopped for a moment in disbelief. I turned to Karen and asked, "When did we get to Fenway Park?" There he was, a Cast Member hawking bottled beer and wine.

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Standing on the balcony of Main Street Station in the sunshine state offers an awesome view of Town Square. It's a great spot to grab photos and people watch but on one particular day, the best view was behind me. As the Walt Disney World Railroad Cast Members got ready to assist with the Flag Retreat ceremony, a certain University of Tennessee student by the name of Stephen was in an upbeat and get down and boogy mood. His buddies pointed out that I got photos of him doin' his thang and all he could do was laugh. Hey, I told you this would eventually go on the internet. Rock on!

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Annnd back to clothing.

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Last but by no means least is my friend Gary and the scooter our mischievous friend John decorated. Here's the story. Gary's gone weak in the knees (presumably for his wife Carol) and needed a scooter to get around most of the parks. John and another friend whose codename is Moley did some graphic design work and conspired a plan before John left home. While Gary and our travel party were dropping floors on Tower of Terror, Juan taped the graphics to the front and back of the scooter, blew up about 10 pink balloons and attached those and crepe paper. With friends like these, Gary might want enemies.

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The "bumper stickers" read: I'm not handicapped, I'm Canadian. G-D save the Queen, Caution! Baby stroller wrecker onboard, and on the front, Princess Poopy Knees.


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March 31, 2011

Norway Polarized

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Polarizer filter creates deep blue sky in Epcto's Norway pavillion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Polarizer filter was used to deepen the blue in the sky above Epcot's Norway pavillion.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/13, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 56mm Focal Length, polarizer filter.

A circular polarizer filter is a favorite of mine. It does two things very well. Removes the haze of a blue sky and create a deep blue color and cuts through reflections in glass and water. No need to adjust later in software either.

It was a the polarizer filter which created the beautiful, deep blue of the sky above the Norway pavillion featured here between the sign for Kringla Bakeri og Kafe and the spire of Restaurant Akershus as my Disney Pic of the Week on Filters.

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