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May 1, 2011

Where in the World #175

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Hi, guys! Time for a few shout outs!

Barrie and Craig! Whoo hoo! Good to see you! - Lee Anastasi: really?! Now I have to go look at the blog archives. LOL! - Patti McCaffrey: Welcome to AllEars and the Where in the World Photo Fun contest! We're so happy you found us. :-) - Larissa Huda: Enjoy your trip in August! Tell Walt Disney World that I said hi!

Claire Gregory: Mahalo for the note, Cousin! :)

Last but never least: Mike Venere? Where did you go, buddy? I look forward to your note each week. Hope you're enjoying a vacation!

This was Challenge #174:
 Where in the World #174

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwell Canon PhotoShot SD890 IS, 9mm, 1/6s shutter, f/3.5, ISO 320 (Interior Mode)

Tikis in the BouTiki Gift Shop (behind a cash register) in the Polynesian resort playing Hide and Seek! As I said last week, it's one of my favorite fun details in Walt Disney World!

Dawn Bach 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: Betsy Bates, Mary Beth Tarbet, Evanna Huda, Jennifer Horst, Allison Burgess, Don Whiteman, Ed Suscreba, Hannah Couture, Carla C., Larissa Huda, Joy Johnston, Carolyn Como, Chris Kelly, Troy Parker, Jen Cerce, Kris Nixon, Elaine Johnson, Dale Knight, Danielle Ciotti, Agnes Ciotti, Daniel Record, Christine Rotella, Craig, Maureen Handy, Kathy Cordell, Melea Broekers, Sharon Pierce, Patty Carty, Kye Layton, Paul Cooper, Louise Barton, Tom Koval, Erica Sipich, Dylan Weidner, Bryan Timko, Erin Dagney, Christine Dagney, Dawn Burns, The Perras Family, Kyler Scott, The Scott Family, Jordan Scott, Ellie Argaluza, Diane Furtado, Ashley P., Sharon Dale, Ansley &Jen, Allison Palmer, Richard Palmer, Lisa Palmer, Julie Wickware, Lauren Thomas, Shaun Leake, Barbara Lawless, Kimberly Kusser, Kimberly Kusser, Anastasia Macneil, Kristen Mikos, Charles Wright, Chris Linscott, Linda Mac, Rich Kacprowicz, Claire Gregory, Stephanie Hardhouse, Jared Orth, Kelly Kobiela, Jaime Thomson, Hillary Waldroop, Stephanie Newell, John Dupre, Jennifer Toto, Christopher Hall, Brittany Siminitz, Tina Santacroce, Jennifer Tremley, Lee Krueger, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Alison Rosenberger, Kristen Carde, Carri Marotto, Jullie Pudem, Christina Cella, Sarah Holodick, Kelly Smith, Cara Richards, Phil Vickers, Diane Tredore, Marissa D'ambrosio, John Snider, Paula Massarelli, Steven Bowling, Katie Bowling, Elizabeth Scarborough, Jim Logue, Laura Pranaitis, Lee Anastasi, John Sheridan, Matt Degrandis, Heidi Goodhue, Lori Rienhardt, Bruce Hinterleitner, Les Whitten, Wendy Kemp, Tim Johansen, Ed Elder, Karen Aguiar, Patti Mccaffrey, Greg Papa, Leslie Stewart, Elizabeth Goodman, Kristen Mccoy, Patti Deluca, Jodie Schall, Christopher Barnes, Jennifer Bogdan, Gail Sheehan, J Brizzle, Jeannine Reid, Jeffrey Finger, Kim Steiner, Derek Carty, Barrie Brewer, Tricia Noble, and Noreen Rachub. Each of you are entered in the April winners' drawing.

Which leads us to announcing the April winner! This month's big winner is Katie Bray! Congratulations, Katie, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars® swag!
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Challenge #175: Where in the world is this?

This one is tougher. You have to be one of two groups (or both, like me) to have seen this:
 Where in the World #175

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 5th, 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!

May 3, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Characters in Various Outfits

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

I've said it many times before and I'll continue to say it. I'm obsessed with photographing characters in different outfits. Not sure why my addiction is but it's cheap and doesn't harm anyone. Yeah, this week's theme is my idea.

Where can you find Mickey and pals showing off their vast wardrobe? I'm glad you asked. Here are a few locations at Walt Disney World:

Magic Kingdom - Liberty Square across from Liberty Tree Tavern. Goofy and Donald in Davy Crockett-like apparel.

Disney's Animal Kingdom - Discovery Island in front of the Island Mercantile shop. Lilo and Stitch in Hawai'ian prints.

Disney's Hollywood Studios - Surrounding and across from the Sorcerer Hat/pin station. Pluto, Goofy, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy in old Hollywood fashion.

Epcot - Outside in the shade by the Mexico pavilion. Donald Duck in his "Three Caballeros" movie costume. On rare occasions he is joined by Panchito and Jose Carioca.

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Donald autographs a strangely familiar-looking hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Run on back this Thursday and Saturday to see what couture caught Scott's and Barrie's eyes.

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May 4, 2011

Disney Menu Snapshots & Submissions Guide

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


One way restaurants keep customers coming back for more is to transform their menus from time to time. Chefs enjoy experimenting and coming up with new dishes along with altering old favorites. We here at AllEars.Net love to keep up with the ever-changing offers. When prices increase (or rarely decrease), we want to know so we may pass the news onto you because planning meals for Disney vacations ia part of the fun!

Perhaps you've considered photographing menus for yourself and/or to share with us but aren't quite sure how to do it. Relax, it's easy as pie... or the key lime tart at Olivia's Cafe. I have get back to Old Key West. Grabbing snapshots of menus is pretty easy. C'mon, I'll show you.


Billboard menus found at places like at Aunty Gravity's Galactic Goodies (Tomorrowland, Magic Kingdom) sit perched above order and pick-up windows. They can also be found inside hanging over the serving area in places like Redd Rockett's Pizza Port at Disneyland. Use the camera's zoom lens so that one menu board fills the frame. Often times it's best to break a long menu into multiple photos.

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Check the focus before firing off the shot. Outdoor signage photographed during daylight shouldn't need a flash. Indoor signage does require a flash so be sure it's set to fire. Yes, the flash will probably reflect off the menu board but if you're using Auto on a point and shoot or SLR (digital or film) without a flash, the shutter will slow down to compensate for the lack of light and the words will be blurry.

After taking the photo, go into Review and look at it on the LCD screen. Use the zoom-in feature on your camera to increase the size of the image and check for clarity. Scroll up, down, back, and forth to make sure it all looks good. If you're not familiar with how your camera does this, consult the manual. On my Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, I push the same knob I use to zoom in and out when taking photos.

I took a sample from the full size image to show you it's legible.
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Is part of the menu blown out? Change your angle. It happens to us as well, so it's cool to send in 2 photos of the same menu if needed to see the entire thing.

Paper and heavy stock-printed menus are the ones that servers hand to us at our table or are sometimes available at the podium with the host or hostess. In a few locations like the pathway between Marketplace and Pleasure Island/Hyperion Wharf, they are also locked up in a glass case. Those pesky menus have a habit of running away, I suppose, or maybe"ooh, perhaps they're in a special correctional institute.

Set the paper menu so it's standing up or being held by your lovely assistant. AllEars.Net teamster Laura Gilbreath, uses her husband Lee's awesome skills while she takes the photos all over Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure, Downtown Disney, Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, and Disneyland Hotel. Did I miss anywhere? No? OK. Wow, Laura could certainly use some help. Hint! Hint! Hint!

Disneyland's Carnation Cafe menu is laminated. Taken in daylight, the plastic coating reflects light. The bottom is hard to decipher...
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..so I shot the lower half again and changed the angle slightly. Voila!
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Use your best judgment to determine if a flash is required. You can always try again if the first one doesn't look good. Again, make sure to check the legibility by reviewing the image and enlarging it on the LCD screen otherwise you might develop a reputation.
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Children's paper menus are designed to be taken so feel free to ask for one and mail it in or photograph it at your convenience. Completing the puzzles is optional but if do them, prepare yourself. Deb Koma is a tough judge so stay inside the lines and watch your spelling.

Before submitting your photos, be sure to include the name of the eatery and that you haven't cut off info important info, like pricing. Hmm, hmm, hmm. :looking around innocently:
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On behalf of everyone at AllEars.Net, and especially Erin Blackwell, Queen of Menus, thank you to everyone who has ever sent in photos of menus and/or the menus themselves.

Please send menu images to allearsnet@yahoo.com

You could also mail them to:
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Walt Disney World dining options and menus

Disneyland Resort dining options and menus

By submitting just one restaurant's full menu a month, you can help sponsor our own Laura Gilbreath. She's up to her eyeballs in Disneyland menus, literally.
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May 5, 2011

A Kiss from Space Mickey

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Barrie and Space Mickey
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/80s shutter, f4.2, ISO 800

Here's Space Mickey giving me a little peck on the cheek. Don't tell Minnie! My Pic of the Week for characters in costumes was taken at an AllEars special event in Epcot last December. Following a spectacular Illuminations dessert party, guests were treated to a private late night ride on Spaceship Earth. Afterwards, everyone was surprised with a visit from the Big Cheese himself.

This is a perfect opportunity for me to remind you about "A December to Remember". Join the AllEars Team in Walt Disney World this coming December as we conclude our year long 15th Anniversary celebration. We'll be holding meets in each of the parks December 8-12, 2011 and we're busy planning some extra magic as well! We hope to see you all there.

May 6, 2011

Framing Spaceship Earth in Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last fall I spent a few hours with Disney photographer extraordinaire Bob Desmond at Epcot. Bob has been photographing for Disney for over 20 years. After meeting with Bob near Japan in World Showcase, I asked him what he found to photograph after so many years. He gave me a couple of things right off the bat. The first was looking for details most people when vacationing miss. I know when I see photos in Disney brochures and websites, I often see things I have walked by and missed.

With that in mind, we set off in search of such photos. Bob leading with me, the learner, by his side. We first stopped at a location in front of Japan. Bob was patiently waiting for guests to give him a clear shot at Spaceship Earth across the water. I took a slightly different angle and used a tree to naturally frame Spaceship Earth.

Spaceship Earth from World Showcase in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Naturally framed Spaceship Earth from World Showcase.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 34mm focal length.

Bob liked our first attempts but we continued around World Showcase until we came upon the Venetian canals and bridges on the water across from Italy. Here, Bob explained how he liked to get in close using some brightly colored flowers. Get in close is something I have mentioned here a time or two. After Bob was done, I moved in and immediately liked the composition he had found.

Spaceship Earth from World Showcase in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Flower framed Spaceship Earth from World Showcase.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/640s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV 0, 125mm focal length.

You will notice I decided on a different photographic approach for this photo. I used a long focal length and opened up the aperture to soft focus the foreground flowers as I focused carefully on Spaceship Earth. In both photos I used a circular polarizing filter to enhance the sky.

Next week I will show you the other thing Bob likes to photograph at Epcot.

May 7, 2011

Donald Duck in Mexico

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Sombrero wearing Donald Duck in Mexico's character Meet and Greet location in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sombrero wearing Donald Duck in Mexico's character Meet and Greet location.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 34mm Focal Length.

As Lisa noted earlier this week, you can find a sombrero wearing Donald Duck in Mexico's character Meet and Greet location in Epcot's World Showcase. Donald is looking good with my daughter at this side for my Disney Pic of the Week about Characters in Various Outfits.

May 8, 2011

Where in the World #176

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Hi, guys! I have to start with an apology to Jamie Poynton, Maryann Eckenrode, and Zac Fangman. Somehow, I didn't copy your correct answers to Challenge 174: the tikis at the Polynesian. I entered you into this week since I didn't have you in last week.

On a more positive note: Congratulations to Mike Ventura on his new niece-in-law and to Jennifer Toto on her new dog!

Amanda Wright, we're glad AllEars has helped you plan your trip! Have a magical stay at Walt Disney World!

And Allison Burgess, you have a great week too! :)

This was Challenge #175:
 Where in the World #175

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwell Canon PhotoShot SD890 IS, 9mm, 1/6s shutter, f/3.5, ISO 320 (Interior Mode)

As I said last week, two groups of people have seen this. The first are pet owners who used the Magic Kingdom kennel next door to the Ticket and Transportation Center. Because of the kennel, the entire lobby is decorated with the cast of 101 Dalmatians including this little cutie with his teddy bear. (Which explains the cinder block wall, a common design for kennels in the 70s. I took the picture last December as we dropped our dogs off for the day. The second group of people who see this are the ones going to the Central Lost & Found window, even though the kennel is now closed for the new pet care center. I've been to the Lost & Found too, having lost my camera in Disney's Animal Kingdom and my cell phone in Epcot. (blush) Thank you to the honest folks who turned them in! (I have a very funny story about the camera, but this isn't the place.)

So, Maryann Eckenrode, you were right! I'll leave it to you to tell your grandson. ;)

Katie Bowling was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Katie and all other readers who got the answer right: Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Maryann Eckenrode, Ed Elder, Julie Wickware, Amanda Wright, Steven Bowling, Caroline Dupre, Bruce Hinterleitner, Heather , Dave Cole, Jennifer Toto, Andrew Loft, Janice Johnson, Greg Strohmeyer, Vicki Edwards, and Dee Dee Kenney. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #176: Where in the world is this?

Let's go back into the parks, shall we? Hint: I did NOT flip this picture. This is exactly how this object looks in Walt Disney World. Mary Beth Tarbet, I hope this lives up to your expectations for this Sunday. :)

 Where in the World #176

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 12th, 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!

May 9, 2011

July Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This float is from the SpectroMagic Parade in the Magic Kingdom. I photographed this parade just in time, right before it was replaced with the Main Street Electrical Parade.

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.

July 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


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

July 2011 Jewel Case Calendar

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

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May 10, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Bicycles

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This week's Pic of the Week subject is bicycles. I've always loved bikes. My favorite thing to do as a kid was to ride as far and fast as I could, whenever I got the chance. Now that I am grown, I don't ride as often as I used to but I still love bikes. Now I photograph them.

Bikes are big at Walt Disney World. For a leisurely activity you can rent bikes at many of the resorts. There are bikes for kids and adults, as well as surrey bikes that the whole family can ride together. There are also many bikes used as props around the parks and resorts. Once I started noticing them, I was surprised by just how many there are. Next time you're there see how many you can count.

Asian Bike
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/50s shutter, f2.8, ISO 400

This weighed-down three-wheeler can be seen when walking through the queue for Kali River Rapids. Disney's Animal Kingdom has a lot of bikes in the Asia and Africa areas of the park. Come back on Thursday and Saturday to see what bikes Scott and Lisa have found.

May 11, 2011

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Depending on how old the kids traveling with you are, this oversized playground might not even appear on your radar of things to see at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure (it's full given name) features many larger-than-life props used for the 1989 family film starring Rick Moranis and Marcia Strassman. If you've never been because the kids are "too old" or none are with you, a quick walk through will only take 2 or 3 minutes of your time. Need to find a place to cool off and let the kiddos run wild? This is the place.

There's something else you can do here with or without children and that's to use the props for photos. The play area has a clear cover which diffuses the sun and those pesky dark shadows. Water squirts about in a few places which can add to your family photos. The ground is spungy rubber making kneeling a bit easier for people in the front row.

For those with kids, let 'em loose and have your camera ready. Give them room to play and you're guaranteed cherished photos for years to come.


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Drinking from the Super Soaker could be dangerous so this smart gal used the water fountain instead.


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Baby Spidey? Not to worry, he'll grow into his web.


I have to tell you, photographing kids I don't know for this blog felt weird but once I saw a familiar face, I was put at ease. And such an adorable face at that.

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All photos taken with the Canon PowerShot SX100 IS and set to Auto.


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May 12, 2011

Surrey Biking at Port Orleans-Riverside Resort

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A family taking a Surrey Bike for a spin at the Port Orleans-Riverside resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A family taking a Surrey Bike for a spin at the Port Orleans-Riverside resort.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/22, ISO 900, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

A family taking a Surrey Bike for a spin at the Port Orleans-Riverside resort boardwalk past the Riverside Mill & Market food court. Makes for a nice postcard for my Disney Pic of the Week on Bicycles.

May 13, 2011

Scenes of Epcot's World Showcase

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last week I showed you how my friend and Disney photographer Bob Desmond approached finding details at Epcot. He further explained he likes to "build" a photo showing elements of a park. These photos say "Epcot" or "Magic Kingdom" or other Disney park or resort to someone viewing it.

The fun in this for me was finding those elements in the viewfinder. My first photo was a direct result of Bob mentioning he likes to add elements which are non-static. In this case, I waited for a Friendship boat to enter into the mid-ground between the lamp with flowers in the foreground and the China and Norway pavilions in the background.

Hanging flowers on a lamp post in Epcot's Italy pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Hanging flowers on a lamp post in Epcot's Italy pavilion.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/100s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

While taking the photo from Italy, I noticed how the China and Norway pavilions worked together in the contrasts between them. As Bob and I continued to walk towards them I kept my eye out for a composition.

Scene from Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Africa, China and Norway in a scene from World Showcase.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/16, ISO 560, EV +0,.3 135mm focal length.

In the photo above, I compressed the elements with my zoom lens of the Africa outpost, golden roofs of China and Norway's castle as the landscaping of plants, trees and rocks add color balance.

Do you think I found elements which say "World Showcase"?

May 14, 2011

Goofy's Candy Company

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade is fantastical fun filled with dancing gravediggers, skeleton musicians, trick-or-treating characters, and rockin 'n rollin' villains. Let us not forget that catchy song that stays with you until February.

The final parade float is :cough: manually powered :cough: by Goofy in a candy ribbon colored suit and hat. His employees hand out foil wrapped chocolates to Guests.

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Disney Pic of the Week - Bicycles

Boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boo to you! Happy Halloween.
(you're welcome)

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May 15, 2011

Where in the World #177

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Brian Grabowski, thanks for the great note!

This was Challenge #176:
 Where in the World #176

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2009 Erin Blackwell Canon PhotoShot SD890 IS, 9mm, 1/40s shutter, f/3.5, ISO 3200 (ISO 3200 Mode)

It's Figment's Open House sign in Journey Into Imagination With Figment in Epcot. I enjoyed seeing how many people put "I love Figment" or "I love Figgy!" in your answers and listed this as a favorite ride.

And here's to David who "sang" the right verse for this part of the ride! So let's all sing it together now!

With just one spark of inspiration,
I've made my house an innovation!
Imagination really clowns around,
Makes downside up and upside down!

Bruce Jones was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Katie and all other readers who got the answer right: Chris Mase, Denise Cayz , Jaime Thomson, Hillary Waldroop, Lee Anastasi, Erin Dagney, Cindy Jensen, Christine Dagney, Leslie Curol, Adam Milks, Marjorie Gvist, Mary Beth Tarbet, Larissa Huda, Maryann Eckenrode, Stephanie Visco, Amy Young, K.l. Beasley, Sharon Pierce, David, Patti Mccaffrey, Elaine Johnson, Mike Haeberle, Evanna Huda, Kelly Mager, Scott Otis, Barbie Lawless, Sammi Jo Albucker, Tina Albucker, Caroline Duprãcopy, Ken Jackson, Joshua Weiss, Beth Mcmeekin, Herb Miller, Ed Aleszczyk, Cara Richards, Melody Salemi, Sharon Dale, Lori Rienhardt, Vicki And Elizabeth Edwards, Clare C, Kelsi B., Sharon Lee, Stephanie Canales, Patty Newton, Patrick Reagan, Ken Fischler, Jeremy Reichelt, Leslie Stewart, Jim Finley, Nicole Duddy, Erica Sipich, Karrie Duffey, Melesia Love, James Greene, Victoria Finnegan, Marissa D'ambrosio, Mickey Eckert, Kelly M, The Perras Family, Linda College, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Katie Simmons, Kelly Kobiela, Katie Bray, John Arena, Jr, Jullie Pudem, Brian Grabowski, Margot Garofalo, Chloe Williams, Timmy Saunders, Harrison Grasso, Jamie Difatta, Theresa Rucando, Chuck Sands, Chris Stockton, Caroline Burmester, and Katie Bowling. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #177: Where in the world is this?

We're staying in the parks, Worlders!

 Where in the World #177

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 19th, 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!

May 17, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week: Cast Members

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Since joining AllEars.net to contribute to the Picture This! blog, I have taken more notice of the wonderful Cast Members at Walt Disney World thanks, in part, to Lisa. She has always encouraged Barrie and I to get to know the cast members and to interact and photograph them when they are "on stage". This week, Lisa, Barrie and myself introduce you to some of the people who create the magic for us when we are visiting a Disney themepark or property for our Disney Pic of Week featuring Cast Members.

Cast Member in the Disney College Program answers questions from a young guest in Epcot's Seas with Nemo and Friends, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cast Member in the Disney College Program answers questions from a young guest at the Seas with Nemo and Friends.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 1600, EV 0, 40mm focal length, flash

As this cast member, a member of the Disney College Program, was feeding the stingrays in Mr. Ray's Lagoon inside the Seas with Nemo and Friends, she answered questions from the young guests waiting to see Turtle Talk with Crush.

May 18, 2011

Photo Album - Disney Horticulture

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival ended on May 15th but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the fantastic hard work that horticulturists do all year long at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. It's funny how one notices things like topiaries that are year-round once the show closes. I hope you enjoy this segment of my photo album.

A simple, small garden area backed by a cool stone wall with a view of window that overlooks Epcot's France Pavilion.

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Hop aboard the Disneyland Railroad and travel behind the it's a small world facade.

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Off to the left of Haunted Mansion's entrance are the FastPass machines. Don't miss this area for adding to your Disneyland photograph collection.

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The Mickey ears topiary isn't necessarily the tallest but stands off the ground more than any other. Find it on the Backlot Tour in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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Pixar Place, also in Disney's Hollywood Studios, boasts a topiary Woody in conjunction with the release of "Toy Story 3."

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May 19, 2011

Time to Bake the Bread

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Disney's California Adventure features a walk thru self-guided tour of Boudin Bakery down on Pacific Wharf. Soon as you enter, samples of sourdough bread await consumption. Several TV monitors play a humorous explanation by Rosie O'Donnell and Colin Mochrie (Whose Line is it Anyway?) of the history of Boudin and sourdough.

I caught this cutie wheeling trays of bread. Since I couldn't get his name, I will refer to him as Bob Baker. Remember to have your bread toasted or grilled.

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Disney Pic of the Week - Cast Members

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May 20, 2011

Photographing Tigers on the Maharajah Jungle Trek

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Over the years I have given you tips on how to photograph on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom. However, the stars on this animal trail are the Asian Tigers. Being cats, the tigers sleep most of the day. In fact, up to 15 hours of a tiger's day is spent sleeping. In Disney's Animal Kingdom, the best time of day I have found to photograph the tigers is in the afternoons after 2:00pm. The series of photos below was taken around 3:00pm last October. It helps to ask a cast member on duty when they have seen the tigers and other animals on the trail active.

Besides sleeping, another popular activity of the Asian tigers is the daily cleanings.

Tiger keeping clean at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
An Asian Tiger keeping clean.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

Soon after I took this photo, the tiger got up and started prancing across the compound.

Tiger prancing at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
An Asian Tiger prancing.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

The tiger had a goal in mind and flushed out a fellow tiger. They raced each other down to the windowed viewing area.

Tiger chases another at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
An Asian Tiger chases another.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

They soon settled down and enjoyed a quiet moment together.

Tigers on the Maharajah Jungle Trek at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Tigers on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/400s, f/10, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

Have you found other times during the day when the tigers or other animals are active when visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom? Leave me a comment.

May 21, 2011

Dining with a Disney Imagineer

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Dining with an Imagineer
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/50s shutter, f2.2, ISO 1000

My Pic of the Week Cast Member is Dan Flynn, a Show Program Manager and Imagineer for Disney. About a year ago, Michelle Scribner-MacLean and I had the pleasure of meeting Dan when we dined with an Imagineer at the Flying Fish Café. Dan was a pleasure. You can read Michelle's full review of our experience here.

May 22, 2011

Where in the World #178

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Congratulations to Danielle Ciotti on getting married! Hi to Linda Mac and thank you to Greg Papa for the wonderful note!

For Maryann and Courtney Crowe, I have this quote: "There's a great big beautiful tomorrow, Shining at the end of every day. There's a great big beautiful tomorrow, And tomorrow is just a dream away." Did that help? LOL!

And to Amanda Wright: I want to be an Imagineer when I grow up too. Now I just have to grow up. If you do so before me, let me know because I want to do "Dine with an Imagineer" with you. (And if you could pass on my resume to WDI, that would be great too.) :)

This was Challenge #177:
 Where in the World #177

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2009 Erin Blackwell Canon PhotoShot A720 IS, 6mm, 1/60s shutter, f/2.8, ISO 320 (Auto Mode)

It's the Magic Kingdom Casting Agency door on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. I love that it has this great Walt Disney quote on it, honoring the people who bring us the magic: the Cast Members.

Steven Bowling was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Steve and all other readers who got the answer right: Katie Bowling, Ed Elder, Mary Beth Tarbet, Sharon Pierce, Julie Wickware, Jaime Thomson, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Bill Mckim, Dee Dee Kenney, Sharon Dale, Deb Ragno, Lee Anastasi, Dylan Weidner, Chloe Brooke, Sammi Jo , Chloe Albucker, Derek Carty, Mario Grasso, Bridgette Gallagher, Irene Kleintop, Paul Dickson, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Double Family, Gretchen Barnes, Jim Thompaon, Maureen Handy, Theresa Rucando, Elizabeth Macgregor, Danielle Ciotti, Agnes Ciotti, Patti Mccaffrey, Chris Kelly, Amy Kleinfieldt, Amanda Perkins, Carrie Kenney, Linda Mac, Jon Cohen, Brian Miller, Emily Wingerter, Christie Condit, Ken, Betsy Silvestri, Leslie Stewart, Rob Blundin, Bonnie Smith, Caroline Dupre, Greg Papa, Dan Owens, Patti Deluca, Brandy Bocchino, Larissa Huda, Harry Wilson, Robert P. Flaherty, Nathaniel Clements, Jon Solomonson, Teresa Mcclain, Kyler Scott, Theresa Maradei, Marcie Soderlund, Ansley, and Dawn Bach. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #178: Where in the world is this?

OOO, here's one of my favorite details:
 Where in the World #178

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 26th, 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!

May 24, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Heroes

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Tarzan. Hercules. Aladdin. Husband. Fiance. Boyfriend. I'm a lucky girl. But uh, back in the real world, so to speak, Disney knows that every damsel in distress annnnd daydreamer wishes for her own hero. I could go on and on about the boys but I'll save you the agony.

Enjoy this week's theme, eye candy, I mean heroes.

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If I've previously posted this photo, I don't apologize.

Scott and Barrie will post their hunks for me on Thursday and Saturday. You can look at 'em too, if ya want.

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May 25, 2011

Color Contrast

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Taking a step forward and improving your photography skills, we look at adjustments one can make on a point and shoot camera. In this scenario I used my Canon PowerShot SX100 IS and its My Colors function. It's possible that your camera has the same or similiar capability but will be called something else. Peruse your manual for these key words, color and/or contrast.

At Epcot in the Morocco Pavilion on a partly sunny day, I sat in one spot and changed settings for each photo. To use these advanced settings, your camera must be dialed to P, Av, TV, or M. Press the Function button and scroll down to My Colors and then move right to Custom Color and press the DISP (display) button. The arrows on the left let you go up and down between Contrast, Sharpness, and Saturation. The integer bar on the right lets you guide the arrow from left to right, increasing and decreasing each setting one by one. We will explore sharpness and saturation at a later time.

The integer bar has 5 options. From left to right they are minus 2, minus 1, zero, plus 1, and plus 2. Provided are three examples of how using in-camera contrast makes a difference in your photos.

Photo One - Set to minus 2, this image is very full and flat. Nothing stands out.
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Photo Two - Taken at zero or in the middle, the yellow pop out the most with greens in a close second. The separation is alright but nothing spectacular.
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Photo Three - Set to plus 2, the contrast in this photo is obvious as all colors are bright and the whites are clean and crisp. his photo is sure to grab far more attention than the others.
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Increasing color contrast works best on things such as flowers, landscapes, and architecture versus on people and pets. It's also handy on very overcast days when lighting is soft and flat.

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May 26, 2011

Luke Skywalker at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Luke Skywalker
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D350, 18-200mm VR, 1/500s shutter, f25, ISO 200

In honor of Star Wars Weekends, my Pic of the Week hero is Luke Skywalker from the Stars and Motor Cars parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

May 27, 2011

Disney Dream Favorites

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As I look forward to next year's AllEars.net Group Cruise on the Disney Cruise Lines next ship, the Fantasy, thought I would share with you a few of my favorite photos from my cruise on the Disney Dream.

Your first view of the inside of the Disney Dream is when your group is announced and you walk into the ship's atrium. High above is the art deco chandelier which was custom designed for the Disney Dream and measures twenty-two feet (seven meters) in diameter. Decorated with Swarovski crystals, it's covered with 24-karat gold plating and cascades thirteen feet (four meters) down from the atrium ceiling.

Disney Dream's art deco chandelier, Disney Cruise Line.
Disney Dream's art deco chandelier in the ship's atrium.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 720, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

In preparation of the Disney Dream's Sail Away party, bartenders at Currents, an outdoor lounge on Deck 13, start to fill thousands of "one-of-a-kind" champagne glasses with the date of the Christening Cruise. I processed this photo to highlight the glasses in the light against the dark background.

One of a kind Disney Dream Christening Cruise champagne glasses, Disney Cruise Line.
One of a kind Disney Dream Christening Cruise champagne glasses.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 42mm focal length.

In The District, an adult-only nightclub area of the Disney Dream, guests enjoy a sports bar called 687. 687 features many big screen HDTVs, a warm and cozy decor, comfortable sitting areas and a selection of beers and spirits. It is a nice place for the sports minded to hang out and enjoy the games while cruising between ports of call.

Sports bar 687 is located in The District of the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line.
Sports bar 687 is located in The District of the Disney Dream.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

From what I hear and read about the Fantasy, Disney Cruise Line is going to have another huge hit on its hands. Book now!

May 28, 2011

Mr. Incredible in the Move it, Shake It, Celebrate It Street Party

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Mr. Incredible in the Move it, Shake It, Celebrate It Street Party parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mr. Incredible in the Move it, Shake It, Celebrate It Street Party parade.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV +0.7, 135mm Focal Length.

I grew up reading comic books and my favorites were the super heros Superman, Batman and the Fantastic Four. When Disney/Pixar released the animated feature, The Incredibles, I was in the theater the day it opened. So, naturally, for this Disney Pic of the Week on Heros, I selected Mr. Incredible as mine.

May 29, 2011

Where in the World #179

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Thank you to Heather Young and Kelly Zanauskas for your wonderful notes to me about the Where in the World contest. I really appreciate it!

Mike Venere, I'm in New Jersey too! You know, "It's a small world", isn't it? I think there's a song like that. :)

This was Challenge #178:
 Where in the World #178

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2006 Erin Blackwell Canon ZRDC MC, 6mm, 1/30s shutter, f/2.2, (Night Mode)

This is the Hidden Yeti face that you can see from certain angles on Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom. My friend, Barrie Brewer, one of the AllEars photographers, has a wonderful picture where you can see the Hidden Yeti face on the mountain. I find it MUCH easier to see the face at night although I did find it during the day (once. LOL!)

Robin Fitts was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Robin and all other readers who got the answer right: Robin Fitts, Lee Anastasi, Heather Young, Maryann Eckenrode , Steven Bowling, Cathy Skiba, Angie Young, Debbie Desimone, Susan Doucette, Bill Mckim, A Leblanc, Kristine Gallatin, Dan Owens, Kimberly Woodruff, Kelly Zanauskas, Chris Lomonaco, Kurt, Luis Rodriguez, Roye Ann Morris, Ed Suscreba, and Amanda Linington. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

It's time for our monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Roye Ann Morris! Congratulations, Roye, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars® swag!
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Challenge #179: Where in the world is this?

Who wants to do a little time traveling? Then come with me to a little ways into the past for this week's photo:

 Where in the World #179

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 2nd, 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!

May 31, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Storefronts

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

If you were to say to me "Let's go shopping!" you'd likely get an answer something like, "Um, gee, sorry, I'd rather clean my gutters." That is of course, unless we were at Walt Disney World - especially if I had my camera with me. I may not be big on shopping but I love all the creative details that make all of the shops unique. Even before you enter the store, the Disney Imagineers have already begun to create the story with the design of the storefront, and that is the topic of this week's Pic of the Week - Storefronts.

The Darkroom Store at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1.6s shutter, f11, ISO 400

Here's a picture of The Darkroom from Disney's Hollywood Studios. It is definitely not "straight out of the camera". I decided to get creative with the processing on this one. After experimenting with the exposure and applying some various filters, this is where I landed.


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