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April 1, 2011

Hollywood Studios in Chrome

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

In the past I have told you about how to use selective focus. Further, I have said it is a good way to make busy backgrounds disappear into a soft blur called bokeh. In looking over my past posts, I never showed you an example.

Have you all seen the car on Sunset Boulevard under the canopy in front of the Legends of Hollywood shop? Thanks to Nanette Jamieson from flickr for allowing me to use this photo.

The Golden Era by Nanette Jamieson.
The Golden Era by Nanette Jamieson.
Sony A200, 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 100, EV 0, 11mm focal length.

The car, a gold 1941 Cadillac Series 62, fits the era of Disney's Hollywood Studios and sports a large chrome hood ornament. I set my lens to its largest aperture of f/5.6 at 300mm to completely throw the large Labor Day crowd out of focus and put the ornament in very sharp focus.

Cadillac hood ornament at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Cadillac hood ornament with blurred background.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

That blurred bright background is what a few dozen people look like out of focus. Leaving the hood ornament as the main subject in all its reflective glory of days gone by.

April 2, 2011

Diffusion Filters Soften the Scene

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton



Call me old school if you'd like but as I lean more towards traditional photography, this week's theme was my idea. While nowadays you can use computer software to easily manipulate images there's nothing quite like creating a specific look and feel to an image the moment you hit the shutter button. One way to change the look of a photo is to use filters. Circular filters screw onto the front of SLR lenses.

Taken from across Crescent Lake of Disney's Yacht Club Resort with a diffusion filter to soften the entire image gives reflections and the moon an aetherial sensation.


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Canon EOS 30D, Canon 17-40mm L USM, f4, 1/60, ISO 640

Disney Pic of the Week - Filters

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April 3, 2011

Where in the World #171

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Hi, Cathy Kelly! Hi, Claire Gregory! And to my good friends the Hoekzema Family, the WDW Vacation Club Van billboard is at the intersection of Osceola Pkwy and World Drive.

Now, this week's contest!

This was Challenge #170:
 Where in the World #170

And here's the answer:
Minnie sitting with Roy O. Disney in their statue, Sharing the Magic

Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwell Canon PhotoShot SD890 IS, 7mm, 1/13s shutter, f/3.2, ISO 80 (Auto Mode)

It's Minnie sitting with Roy O. Disney in their statue, “Sharing the Magic”. I love this statue and I'm a big fan of Roy's. If you'd like, you can read the article I wrote on him for the AllEars newsletter. And! Scott Thomas, one of the photographers here on the blog, has a wonderful shot of Roy and Minnie in the AllEars desktop section!

Lee Anastasi 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: John Dupre, Brendan Abel, Caroline Dupre, Brian Yesutis, Bruce Jones, Jennifer Harmon, Dale Knight, Kathy Berry, Kye Layton, James Berry, Sharon Pierce, Paul Dickson, Sharon Blickensderfer, Matt Holley, Larry Gandy, Paul Knott, Curtis Bille, Dawn Bach, Ed Aleszczyk, Karen Schlumpf, Kameo Crea, Bob Hendrix, Karen Dresser-smith, Brian Miller, Mary Beth Tarbet, Kyler Scott, Allison Burgess, Sharon Dale, Shelly Borella, Christopher Barnes, Kathryn Barnes., Wendy Faler, Chris Kelly, Ashley Deitchler, Monica Hatch, Larissa Huda, Bryan Timko, Betsy Silvestri, Danielle Ciotti, Amanda Campbell, Double Family, Kelly Kobiela, Deb Ragno, Sarah Holodick, Clay Anthony, Karrie Duffey, Christopher Hall, Teresa Cole, Mike Venere, Dan Owens, Kelly Zanauskas, Darren Mosher, Hailey Gill, Michelle Kanger, Erin Savoie, Mike Haeberle, Claire Gregory, Millie Tenreiro, Rob Blundin, Greg Strohmeyer, Brenda Strohmeyer, The Perras Family, Christina Cella, Hoekzema Family, Ciarra Bertelmann, Sara, Vicki Edwards, Heidi Goodhue, Patti Mccaffrey, Steven Bowling, Kate Bowling, Nathaniel Clements, and Kristen Mccoy. Each of you are entered in the March winners' drawing.

Which leads us to announcing the March winner! This month's big winner is Bryan Gibson! Congratulations, Bryan, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars swag!
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Challenge #171: Where in the world is this?

I promised March would go out like a lamb, and I don't think I quite lived up to that promise. So, I'm calling on a personal friend of mine, if I might be so bold to say that; someone who definitely knows all about starting off with the roar of angry lion and developing the sweet, lamb side of their personality. Who am I holding hands with? (By the way, I'm the one wearing the Walt watch. You have to guess who has the other hand.)

 Where in the World #171

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

April 5, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week: Anything Goes!

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This week's Disney Pic of the Week is titled Anything Goes and needs a bit of an introduction. (Queue Tower of Terror host Rod Serling voice). You will be entering a realm of possibilities this week as Barrie, Lisa and myself feature photos of our choosing without the constraints of a creative theme. Enter, if you dare...

The Slayer of Vanity statue seen below is found in the Spirited Beasts from Ancient Stories to Anime Stars exhibit in Epcot's Japan pavilion of a crow-tengu standing ready to defend. These powerful birdlike spirits wear the traditional robes of Shinto priests. They are skilled warriors and often play mischievous tricks on those who are vain and proud.

Slayer of Vanity statue found in the Spirited Beasts from Ancient Stories to Anime Stars exhibit in Epcot's Japan pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Slayer of Vanity statue found in the Spirited Beasts exhibit in Epcot's Japan pavilion.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, ISO 2800, EV 0, 28mm focal length

Tengu are a class of supernatural creatures found in Japanese folklore and are traditionally depicted with both human and avian characteristics. Recently, these mythical creatures have been brought to Japanese children via the popular anime where they continue to teach life values to the young through their stories. (Source: Wikipedia)

April 6, 2011

Taking Minnie's Advice

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


I have some good news to share. After being laid off nearly 2 years ago, I have finally found full-time employment. The funny thing is I began the morning after I was offered the job and just a few days before enjoying a trip I won in a writing contest. With everything going on at once, I just don't have time to write a full-fledged blog right now. Forgive me this week as I take Minnie's advice and get to work on my various lists.

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Taken with my Canon PowerShot SX100 IS at Disney's Animal Kingdom.


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April 7, 2011

UPlifting Family Portrait

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


It's family picture time! Here are some quick tips to capturing an adorable photo.

1. Create multiple levels.
2. Have the taller people kneel down in front. This creates a tighter shot.
3. Make sure everyone's face is completely visible.
4. Use the flash outdoors to alleviate intense shadows and indoors to diffuse tungsten bulbs.
5. Include the family pet(s).


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Take your own family photo at The Magic of Disney Animation inside Disney's Hollywood Studio. Check the entertainment schedule to find out who's appearing that day or plan ahead by visiting Walt Disney World Entertainment, an up-to-date unofficial site.

Disney Pic of the Week - Anything Goes.

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April 8, 2011

Riding the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This week I am taking you on one of my favorite rides, the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith in Disney's Hollywood Studios. I know some people may have never ridden RnRC so here's your chance.

After waiting in the queue (hopefully you used FastPass), you are ushered into a recording studio where Aerosmith is listening to a classic mix of one of their hits.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster pre-show in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Aerosmith gives us backstage passes but we need to get across town.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 5600, EV -1.7, 28mm focal length.

Soon, their manager comes in and tells them to get going or they will be late for the concert across town. However, the band wants their fans (you being one) to have backstage passes. Their manager has to make it happen and calls for a stretch limo. Tells us to move out to alley as she got us a really fast car.

Out in the alley you get in the limo and pull down the safety restraint and off you go around a tight corner as a Disney cast member waves happily. You might wonder why she is smiling.

A cast member waves to guests as they head to the on-ramp of the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
A cast member waves to guests as they head to the on-ramp of the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/5s, f/3.5, ISO 8000, EV -0.3, 28mm focal length.

You get a fun countdown and when the green light turns on, you are launched from 0 to 60mph in less than 3 seconds. Don't forget to smile as this is when your ride photo is taken. Your limo's radio is locked on the special Aerosmith ride mix station.

Guests are given the green light to enter the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
A Super Stretch Limo ride vehicle is launched into the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster..
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/5s, f/3.5, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length.

After a couple of inversions and speeding over California highways you arrive at the concert. Your heart will be pumping from the exhilarating ride. There's a red carpet here to take you to the "concert" cleverly disguised as a store where you can pick up your ride photo ( you did remember to smile, right?) and other Rock 'n' Roller Coaster goodies as Aerosmith tunes continue.

Arriving backstage after a ride on the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Arriving backstage after a ride on the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 5600, EV -0.3, 28mm focal length.

Finally, you make your way out the backdoor of the concert as sponsor banners fly overhead. Already ready to get right back on so you can hear a different song on your next cruise to a concert.

Fans exit the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Fans exit the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, ISO 8000, EV -0.3, 28mm focal length.

Notice the ISO settings of these photos. I used a noise reduction program called Noise Ninja to clean up the digital noise such high ISO's create. A few years ago, I never would have imagined using ISO numbers above 3200.

April 9, 2011

Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian Resort

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Golfing at Saratoga Springs
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/160s shutter, f5.6, ISO 200

Afternoon tea awaits Princess Madison. My Pic of the Week comes from the Grand Floridian, where Afternoon Tea is served daily from 2:00pm " 4:30pm. What a special way to wind down and cool off in the heat of the day. Very civilized if you ask me!


April 10, 2011

Where in the World #172

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Thank you to Diane Furtado for her note, and Aloha to you too, Danielle Ciotti! And major CONGRATULATIONS to the Hoekzema Family who just got one newborn larger! (And even sent their entry from the hospital!) Booyah!

Now, this week's contest!

This was Challenge #171:
 Where in the World #171

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwell Canon PhotoShot SD890 IS, 7mm, 1/60s shutter, f/3.2, ISO 200 (Auto Mode)

Stitch and I are celebrating my birthday at 'Ohana at the Polynesian! I was so happy to see him, I leapt to my feet and rushed over so fast, I startled him like I was a stalker. :)

And Laurie Walker, the Mickey waffles were very tasty. ;)

Dale Knight was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Dale and all the other readers who got the answer right: Matt Holley, Jared Orth, Sharon Pierce, Sharon Lee, Kate Bowling, Steven Bowling, Christine Twomey, Amy Young, Cathy Skiba , Laurie Walker, Laura Powell, Teri Jo Fuson, Timmy Saunders, Betsy Silvestri, Christopher Barnes, Ashley Deitchler, Larissa Huda, Chris Masse, Mary Tackett, Tina Santacroce, Brianne, Patty Carty, Karen Schlumpf, Amy Schweizer, Daniel Record, Tommy Montgomery, Michelle Raimist, Michelle Raimist, Lauren, Curtis Bille, Mike Malampy, Sandy, Brenda Mcguire, Karen Nelson, Dawn Bach, Don Whiteman, Ansley Wells, Katerina, Jaime Thomson, Bryan Timko, Rob Blundin, Barbara Sims, Bill Mckim, Erica Courville, Stephanie Visco, Hoekzema Family, Ed Hogan, Danielle Aston, Vicki Yarnell, Scott Flenniken, Brett Baker, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Melissa Ruggieri, Linda Scrivano, Kim Meyer, Diane Furtado, Mackenzie D., Theresa Rucando, Diane Curfman, Amy Miller, Chris And Alison, Paul Dickson, Lee Anastasi, Paul Knott, Caroline Dupre, Christopher Hall, Nicole Ruzinski, Greg Strohmeyer, Brenda Strohmeyer, Shaun Leake, Alicia Curtsinger, Danielle Ciotti, David W. , Jennifer Harmon, Hunter Armstrong, Allison Caputa, Karen Hotchkiss, Morgan Mccalip, Kerry Cormier, Jeremy Hardy, Linda Mac, Katie Bray, Vicki Edwards, Jeremy Reichelt, Wayne Witherspoon, Kelly Kobiela, Steve Toponak, Cara Richards, Elaine Johnson, Paul Ignudo Jr, Alan Mize, Alison Rosenberger, Mike Haeberle, Jennifer Tremley, Carri Marotto, Kerry Finnamore, Melissa Dye, Lily-pierre Couet, Karrie Duffey, Kelly Smith, Sara Trower, Maja Kodani, Dennis Blackburn, Scott Sangston, Nicole Duddy, Lisa Honard, Shelly Borella, Ken Fischler, Michelle Wilinski, Megan E., Anastasia Macneil, Nancy Lam, Christine Dagney, Erin Hammer, Tim Rachuba, Mike Kaczanowski, Ken Rhinehart, Jen Maciok, Jaclyn Frye, Lisa , Nick. P, Darren Mosher, Greg Papa, Joey Price, Heidi Summers, Christine Rigney, Eileen Miller, Drew Deapo, Millie Tenreiro, Clay Anthony, Matt Cofone, Patty Newton, Kameo Crea, Patti Mccaffrey, Danielle Brown, Heather Barilla, Jessica Marcotte, Barclay Bakkum, Rachel Hoover, Karen Dresser-smith, Ed Elder, Kim Steiner, Schuyler Stewart, Roye Ann Morris, Sara Beth Wade, Krista Serpi, Heidi Goodhue, Karen Adamakis, Heather Pedulla, Joseph M. Zafia, Jen Schultz, Leigh Hart, Stacy Lee, Noel Hamrick, Jennifer Mccurry, Josh Weiss, Bobbie Wright, Kate Fanning, Diane Ramos, Karen Trammell, Marcia Mardirosian, Emily, Andrea Kruszewski, Wendy Faler, Laura Pranaitis, Bob Swift, Chris D., Penny, Vickie Scioneaux, Heidi F Goodhue, Liana Imbrogno, Brenda Strohmeyer, and Melisa Costa. Each of you are entered in the April winners' drawing.

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Challenge #172: Where in the world is this?

I gotta ask for a little more with this. I don't just need to know who " I hope you'd know who it is " but where this is.

 Where in the World #172

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

See you next week, Worlders!

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!

April 11, 2011

June Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

I'm already feeling nostalgic about Mickey's Toontown Fair at the Magic Kingdom. I'm going to be sorry to see it go, although I am looking forward to the new Fantasyland attractions. Goofy's Barnstormer will be returning, but will be rethemed as part of the expansion, featuring Goofy as The Great Goofini.


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.

June 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


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

June 2011 Jewel Case Calendar

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

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April 12, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Sports

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Sports, it's the title of my favorite Huey Lewis & The News record. Yet somehow Barrie and Scott won't let me post the cover as my Pic of the Week entry. They are walking on a thin line.

For the athletic types whose heart and soul live for sports, you can still get your kicks at Walt Disney World. There's archery, fishing, swimming, stroller dodging, golf, air hockey, and all those activities at ESPN Wide World of Sports that include balls.

Lights, Motor, Action! Extreme Stunt Show is a culmination of motorcross, race car driving, epic falls, and running out of the way. They sound like sports to me so here's a shot I took between the various railings in the stands.

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Canon EOS 30D, Canon 75-300mm USM, f6.3, 1/500, ISO 400.

Skip/paddle/slide on back this Thursday and Saturday to see what Barrie and Scott consider to be sports.

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April 13, 2011

Shutterspeed Variations

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Changing only the shutterspeed makes a difference in how your photos look. They don't need to be action shots either to see the variation. These four examples demonstrate enormous changes in the feel of an image.

Using my Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, I found a nice table to lean on during Epcot's Food and Wine Festival last year. Aiming at the beautiful clay-colored structures of the Morocco pavilion, I set my camera to M for Manual. The constant settings were ISO 800 (film speed) and f8 (aperture).

The first image was taken at 1/400 sec. The sky looks completely white with an aetherial-like haze enveloping the lines of the prayer tower and palm leaves.

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The shutterspeed here was increased slightly to 1/500 sec. While the sky is still pure white, the edges, corners, and darker elements are more pronounced.

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A jump ahead in shutterspeeds to 1/1250 sec. Now you can see what the sky really looked like that day. Gray clouds hung over Epcot prior to an hour-long rain storm. The brighter colors are darkened and almost dreary.

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Finally, one last shot taken at 1/2000 sec draws the structure into the dark side. Those mischievous clouds want attention and that's exactly what they command here.

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Try playing with the manual settings on your point and shoot camera. It's easier than you think and you might just find yourself a new style of shooting.


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April 14, 2011

For the Sport of It at Downtown Disney

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Team Mickey Store at Downtown Disney
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/160s shutter, f4, ISO 640

My Sports Pic of the Week is of the interior of the Team Mickey Athletic Club at Downtown Disney. This is a fun store for athletes. It's loaded with Disney sports merchandise. I do have one complaint though, and I'm not one to complain about much at Walt Disney World. Why is it that the only clothing I can ever find in there for girls has to do with cheerleading? And none of the girl characters that decorate the store are wearing sports uniforms " only cheerleading outfits. What kind of message does this send to our little girls? Cheerleading is great but it's not the only athletic thing girls participate in. I'd like to see girls represented more equally at this store. {Stepping down off my soapbox now…}


April 15, 2011

Aging Space Mountain Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Recently, I came across one of my favorite photos of Space Mountain taken way back in December of 2006. One of the reasons for my fondness is the hint of autumn colors in the trees. Something not often seen in Florida.

Space Mountain photo taken from the monorail, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Space Mountain from the monorail.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV +0.7, 50mm focal length

I thought it would be fun to see if I could age this photograph. Make it look like an old weathered photo which would make people do a double-take as the futuristic design of Space Mountain certainly does not look old.

I loaded the photo in Picnik.com, my favorite online photo editor. I first used the 1960's effect to give it the faded colors I remember so well from seeing old color photos my parents had taken during the late 1960's. Next I applied a texture to give it a roughed up look. Like the photo had been folded and mishandled over the years. Lastly, I applied a dark vignette around the edges.

Digitally aged Space Mountain photo taken from the monorail, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Digitally aged Space Mountain photo taken from the monorail
via Picnik.com online photo editor.

Many editors allow you to manipulate photos in this manner. Some with more advanced ways than I used. I've seen some with frames which make the prints look frayed or cut.

April 16, 2011

ESPN Mountain Biking

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A boy takes a mountain bike for a spin during ESPN: The Weekend in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A boy takes a mountain bike for a spin during ESPN: The Weekend.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/320s, f/14, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 90mm focal length, flash

When Disney's Hollywood Studies hosts ESPN: The Weekend, they set up an interactive sports area between the Rock'n Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror. Here, a boy takes one of the mountain bikes for a spin on a dirt track of hills and banked turns to see if he can beat the best time for his age group. Makes for a fun photo for my Disney Pic of Week on Sports.

April 17, 2011

Where in the World #173

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Hello to my friend Ed Elder: hi, Ed! And you're welcome, Brian Grabowski. :)

Now, this week's contest!

This was Challenge #172:
 Where in the World #172

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwell Canon PhotoShot SD890 IS, 15mm, 1/30s shutter, f/4.5, ISO 200 (Auto Mode)

This is from “One Man's Dream” in Disney's Hollywood Studios, from the display of an animator's desk with a video representing Walt first drawing Mickey Mouse. Bonus kudos to Danielle, Agnes, and Matt for the fun point of, in that moment in history, it's actually a drawing of Mortimer Mouse since Lillian hadn't named him Mickey yet, plus a Booyah to Kyler who called him the “beloved Mickey Mouse”. :-)

Craig was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Craig and all the other readers who got the answer right: Bridgette Gallagher, Daniel Record, Lori Rienhardt, Lee Anastasi, Belicia Cullen, Amanda Campbell, Christine Dagney, Jen Cerce, Danielle Aston, Erin Hammer, Gretchen Barnes, Steven Bowling, Kate Bowling, Sharon Dale, Clay Anthony, Ken Jackson, Carolyn Como, Danielle Ciotti, Agnes Ciotti, Becky , Ken Fischler, Vicki Edwards, William Edwards, Cara Richards, Anastasia Macneil, Bonnie Bradford, Jay Bradford, Kim Steiner, Dan Owens, Christopher Hall, Matthew Tremley, Courtney Crowe, Mike Cerce, Jared Orth, Kelly Smith, Jullie Pudem, Marc Lorenzo, Erin Rix, William Edwards, Joseph M Zafia, Julie Wickware, Karen Nelson, Karen Davis, Brian Grabowski, Kelly Henry, James Berry, Kathy Berry, and Kyler Scott. Each of you are entered in the April winners' drawing.

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Challenge #173: Where in the world is this?

Why, look who you can partially who you can partially see in the picture! So, where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #173

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

See you next week, Worlders!

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!

April 21, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Fountains

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This week we'll be taking a look at just a few of the fountains at Walt Disney World. There's really no way to do this subject justice in just one week. Walt Disney World is loaded with fountains and each one can be interpreted in so many different ways. I think we're going to have to revisit this topic.

Asia Fountain in Disney's Animal Kingdom
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/80s shutter, f8, ISO 400

I had a hard time choosing my Pic of the Week this week. This fountain is a favorite of just about everyone, especially on a hot afternoon. You'll find it outside of the restrooms near Kali River Rapids in Disney's Animal Kingdom.


Swan Resort Fountain

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Fountain in the Swan Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Guess which resort this fountain is in?
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal Length.

In a hallway off of the main lobby of the (you guessed it) the Swan Resort at Walt Disney World is this lovely fountain and seating area guests walk past from the elevator bank. A very fitting Disney Pic of the Week on Fountains.

Recommended Reading

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

A hearty welcome to those of you who are new(er) readers and a giant thank you to my regulars. As with anything technical we learn, being hands-on and putting that knowledge to work is the best way to improve one's skills.

I've pulled a few of my previous Light Meter blogs that I think you will find very helpful.

Night Landscapes for Beginners
Visit the Grand Floridian when the sun goes down for insight on capturing low light.

Encased Displays
Learn how to shoot displays through glass.

Jump, Jack! Flash!
Detailed examples show you just how far the camera's flash will reach.

Keep up with my freelance writing and photography via my Facebook page.


April 22, 2011

Vertical Monorails at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Many people when photographing the monorail will keep their camera level or in the landscape orientation. I, too, mostly photograph monorails this way. When I was spending some time at the Ticket and Transportation Center at Walt Disney World last fall, I was watching the monorails enter and leave the station. I took photos in landscape and then decided to find a composition which would allow me to use the vertical or portrait orientation.

Monorail leaves the Ticket and Transportation Center station, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Monorail leaves the Ticket and Transportation Center station.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/100s, f/16, ISO 640, EV -0.3, 28mm focal length.

I like how this photo came out so much, I am going to look for more opportunities to photograph the monorails this way.

April 23, 2011

Animal like Water

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Need a little something to calm your sunburned nerves? Plop down on a chair by a water fountain and watch the H2O flow. Looking at water fall, waves lap or nearly motionless bodies of water is very soothing.

My favorite fountain can be found at Disney's Hollywood Studios across from Muppet Vision 3D.

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Disney Pic of the Week - Fountains

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April 24, 2011

Where in the World #174

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Hi, guys! Welcome to this week's contest!

This was Challenge #173:
 Where in the World #173

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2006 Erin Blackwell Canon ZR65 MC

Walt Disney's private plane! As some of you pointed out to me, it is a Grumman G-159 Gulfstream 1, serial number 121. As they tell you on the Backlot Tour: “That Gulfstream 1 was known in airports across the country as November Two Three Four Mickey Mouse. But we just call it The Mouse.” You can also see it as you walk to your seats for Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.

Joshua Swainston was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Joshua and all the other readers who got the answer right: Bharon Martinez, Sharon Lucia, Jeanette, Matt Holley, Ed Elder, Sharon Pierce, Bruce Hinterleitner, Julie Wickware, Ed Aleszczyk, Angie Young, Don Whiteman, Tiffany Gibb, The Perras Family, Carol Baranowsky, Maryann Eckenrode , Betsy Silvestri, Monica Hatch, Steven Bowling, Brian Gallant, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Jane Bradley, Kate Bowling, Jennifer Toto, Ronnie Lane, Tom Buck , Elizabeth Howarth, Deirdre Lewis, Joy Johnston, Blake Schmidt, Ken Jackson, Stephanie Visco, Mary Beth Tarbet, A Leblanc, Sue Thompson, Christine Twomey, Jodi Cook, Megan K, Jennifer Harmon, Kelly Mager, Linda Scrivano, Bridgette Gallagher, Brenda Mcguire, Amy Schweizer, Kris Nixon, Jennifer Tremley, Chris Masse, Shannon Milair, Tom Koval, Allison Burgess, Lauren Carbone, Larissa Huda, James Greene, Evanna Huda, Adrienne A., Angela Fennell, Paula Munson, Kye Layton, Theresa Rucando, Evelyn Wilson, Jen Cerce, Debbie & Al Desimone, Elaine Johnson, Diane Curfman, Mary, Austin O'blenis, Mike Walter, Tiago De Oliveira, Katie Bray, Erin Dagney, Christine Dagney, Sharon Dale, Jared Orth, Diane Furtado, Cheryl Costello, Jacquelyn Law, Alan Law, Christina Rotella, Amy Wenzel, Sharon Lee, Sammi Jo, Danielle Aston, Paul Knott, Bill Gallagher, Ben Smith, Jessica Gruhlke, Debi Hampton, Hailey Gill, Susan Thompson, Jen P., David, Susan Deewaard, Nathan Cripe, Josh Weiss, Walter N. Clark, Double Family, Kirsty Butler, Paul Dickson, Chris Bauman , Jackie Purcell, Patti Mccaffrey, Doug Reichl, Bobbie Grantham, Shaun Leake, Chris Kelly, Jennifer Horst, John Leach, Jennifer Bourg, Shane Quimby, Amanda Perkins, Lynne Anderson, Lisa, Karen Ramirez, Danielle Ciotti, Agnes Ciotti, Luis Rodriguez, Scott Otis, Gail Sheehan, Melesia Love, Kelly Smith, Cara Richards, Sarah Smee, Nick P., Christopher Hall, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Jullie Pudem, Dale Knight, Allie Reckendorf, Karen Schlumpf, Lee Krueger, Karrie Duffey, Mark Cullison, Jenn Steele, Brian Haas, Carri Marotto, Clay Anthony, Andrea Kruszewski, Maja Kodani, Richard Palmer, Dan Owens, Jeannine Reid, Alison Rosenberger, Heidi Summers, Kameo Crea, Erin Hammer, Karen Dresser-smith, Michael Boglarski, Mike Venere, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Scott, Gennaro Rosato, Brittany Siminitz, Jessica Schneider, Dwayne Fontenot, Brian Miller, Lily-pierre Couet, Miranda W, Shelly Borella, Lisa Palmer, Jamie Poynton, Mandy F., Heidi Goodhue, Susie Howard, The Hicks Family, Peter Strukel, Kerry Fox, Jen Schultz, Bryan Timko, Jodi H., Thomas&william Edwards, Jennifer Mills, John Boulos, Jamie Difatta, Vicki Edwards, Mike Haeberle, Chip Vermette, Gail Hirsch, Karen Aguiar, David Meuleman, J-f, Troy, Daniel Diehm, John Pasqueralli, Jenny Leek, Kyler Scott, The Scott Family, April Echevarria, Scott Olsen, Scott Lau, Brendan Abel, Cathy Schill, Mike Pennington, Steve Jordan, Nicole Shuler, Ethan Manchester, Laney, Katerina And Patti, Andrew Weed, Pollyanna Buff, Kerrie Hogan, Nathaniel Clements, Paula Massarelli, Theresa Maradei, Christopher Barnes, Regina Byers, Tim Rachuba, Bill Mckim, Kristin Dormuth, Michele Lowery, Emily Dagney, Leigh Mertz, Kevin Geiger, Eric Streebel, Dawn Buras, Sara, Jason Basedow, Kirk Hardy, Vanessa Gordon, Ashley P., and Bob Patterson. Each of you are entered in the April winners' drawing.
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Challenge #174: Where in the world is this?

One of my favorite fun details in Walt Disney World!
 Where in the World #174

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See you next week, Worlders!

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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!

April 26, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week: Resort Rooms

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

If the Walt Disney World theme parks were not so great, the Disney resorts could easily satisfy many a vacationing family. They are all themed like the parks and have the ability to take you away from the mundane hotel rooms of other popular travel destinations. Some rooms can transport you to world of Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean if you stay at a Caribbean Beach Resort Pirate Room as I did.

A Pirate Room at the Caribbean Beach Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Pirate Room beds at the Caribbean Beach Resort will have you yelling "Fire" in the morning.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16, 1/40s, f/5, ISO 200, EV -1.0, 16mm focal length, flash

Lisa and Barrie will be here on Thursday and Saturday with their Disney Pic of Week on Resort Rooms.

April 27, 2011

Tower of Terror Glows at Night

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


You can take something that is slightly unsettling and make it even moreso just by changing the angle and waiting for the right moment. Disney's Hollywood Studios plays home to Tower of Terror, an elevator ride you will never forget and I will never attempt again. Anyhoo, there's a creepy glowing sign outside on your left before you visit the gift shop.

Normally I only write blogs about using point and shoot cameras but in this case, I used my Canon EOS 30D and Canon 28-135mm IS USM lens. That's a D-SLR and lens with image stabilization.

These photos were all taken with the settings of ISO 500, f3.5, 1/20 and handheld. I braced myself and rested my elbows on the ledge in front of the sign and held my breath when depressing the shutter button.

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Here you can see the text that shows during the day and the night version as it starts to fill in.


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The same straight-on shot with the neon filled in. The sign has a whole new...life...at night.


Take a gander at how the mood intensifies with a change of composition.
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By getting closer to the sign and having the bottom of the "R" touch the edge of the frame it feels like it's either reaching out or trying to pull you in.

If you're not one to ride, now you've got a new photo to try while waiting for your friends and family.


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April 28, 2011

The Lion Sleeps at Kidani Village

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


During a visit to Saratoga Springs to learn about DVC, Disney Vacation Club, I was shown model rooms for Kidani Village before it opened. Alas, I did not buy in due to a lack of cash flow. Nonetheless, I was rather impressed with what I saw. Perhaps someday when my prince shows up.

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Kidani Village, the Disney Vacation Club portion of Animal Kingdom Lodge features very detailed and dark rich colors.

Disney Pic of the Week - Resort Rooms

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April 29, 2011

The Bird Sanctuary on the Maharajah Jungle Trek

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

One of my favorite areas in Disney's Animal Kingdom is on the Maharajah Jungle Trek. The Asian tigers are a crowd favorite on the trail but do not overlook the bird sanctuary. Grab a large bird identification chart as you enter to enhance your enjoyment. You will also see some very ornate bird houses just as a real Maharajah may have had in a royal bird sanctuary which was popular in Asia. Today, many of those sanctuaries still exist as national parks and refuges.

A royal bird palace in the sanctuary of the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Royal bird palace in the sanctuary of the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5, ISO 200, EV 0, 65mm focal length

Let's meet some of the exotic bird species in the Maharajah Jungle Trek bird sanctuary. It helps to have a lens with a focal length of 200mm or better. If you have a P&S with a 10x zoom or better that will work great to.

The male Mandarin Duck is Asia's version of the North American Wood Duck. Brightly colored and sometimes hard to tell it is a living waterfowl as they are as ornate as the bird house palaces in the sanctuary.

Mandarin Duck in the bird sanctuary of the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Mandarin Duck in the bird sanctuary of the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Nikon D70/70-200VR, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 1000, EV +0.3, 155mm focal length

The Emerald Dove is the state bird of the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. With 'emerald' in the name, you can see why these pigeons were popular with the royal casts.

Emerald Dove in the bird sanctuary of the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Emerald Dove in the bird sanctuary of the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 5600, EV 0, 300mm focal length

As their name implies, Jambu Fruit Doves eat fruit directly from trees or from items dropped by hornbills or monkeys. Like other doves but, unlike most birds, it can drink by sucking.

Jambu Fruit Dove in the bird sanctuary of the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Jambu Fruit Dove in the bird sanctuary of the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 320, EV 0, 300mm focal length

Masked Plovers or Lapwings spend most of their time on the ground searching for food such as insects and worms and has several distinctive calls. Their bright and distinctive 'masked' face is easy to spot in the Maharajah Jungle Trek bird sanctuary.

Masked Plover in the bird sanctuary of the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Masked Plover in the bird sanctuary of the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Nikon D70/70-200VR, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 250, EV -0.3, 200mm focal length

April 30, 2011

Bay Lake Tower Grand Villa

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Grand Villa at Disney's Bay Lake Tower
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/1000s shutter, f3.2, ISO 800

Last May I took a tour of Bay Lake Tower, including a look at one of the Grand Villas, which is the subject of my Pic of the Week for resort rooms. Here you can see the living room and dining area with a bit of the kitchen showing in the back. The loft above is a seating area situated between the two upstairs bedrooms. Notice the length of the curtain on the right. It is so long because that entire wall, floor to ceiling, is a window overlooking the Magic Kingdom! Bay Lake Tower is a Disney Vacation Club Resort located next to the Contemporary Resort.



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