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June 1, 2011

Quick Guide to Camera Icons A-F

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Point and shoot cameras have many. SLRs (film or digital) have some. They are the cute little graphic drawings, icons, that each represent a different setting. If you've been stuck in auto mode, using these easy-to-choose-from functions is the next step. Come, I'll show you.

icon_action.gif Action - You hold still while your subject runs, speeds, pitches, jumps, fumbles, hangs ten, etc... Run Forest, run. You move while the subject holds still. It doesn't always work that well but it's fun to try when someone else is driving and you're taking photos out the window.

icon_backlit.gif Backlit - Use when the sun or other form of lighting is behind your subject otherwise they/he/she/it could become a silhouette. The dim light cast two silhouettes on the shade...

icon_beach_snow.gif Beach or Snow - Sand and snow are reflective and can fool your camera into thinking the scenery is brighter than it actually is. With this setting, the camera will make the proper adjustments. Should you find snow on the beach, it'll still work.

icon_closeup.gif Close up aka Macro - Flowers, bugs, jewelry, coins, and other small intricate items call for this setting. Move in as close as the camera will allow and remain focused to grab detail.

icon_dusk_dawn.gif Dusk or Dawn - Set up the tripod or find a flat surface. There's minimal light and a long exposure is necessary.

icon_fireworks.gif Fireworks - Keep the tripod set up. Fireworks also need a long exposure unless you like yours shaken and stirred. Be gentle when depressing the shutter button.


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June 2, 2011

Sunset Club Couture on Sunset Blvd.

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Sunset Club Couture shop on Sunset Blvd. in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Sunset Club Couture shop on Sunset Blvd.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, ISO 1100, EV +0.7, 28mm Focal Length.

As I was waiting in line for Fantasmic! on Sunset Blvd., I noticed the Sunset Club Couture shop's interior all lit up with clothing for the younger set with designs featuring the Disney characters we all know and love. Makes for my Disney Pic of the Week on Storefronts.

June 3, 2011

Geologic Fireplace in Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A guest relaxes in a rocking chair in front of the 82 foot tall stone fireplace in the Wilderness Lodge Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
A guest relaxes in a rocking chair in front of the 82 foot tall stone fireplace in the Wilderness Lodge Resort.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/20s, f/8, ISO 6400, EV -0.3, 16mm focal length.

The Geologic fireplace in the lobby of Disney's Wilderness Lodge is a recreation of the strata of the Grand Canyon. Over 100 colors in hues of green, magenta, buff, red, black and brown are visible, as are fossilized remains of prehistoric plant and animal life. From the Vishnu Schist to Bass Limestone to Tapeats Sandstone to the Redwall and Temple Butte Limestone and finally ending with Kaibab Limestone and Toroweap Formation, the fireplace represents 2 billion years of the time it took for the layers of rock to form.

I selected the Cross Process I preset in Apple Aperture 3 photo editing software to pull out the colors and details of the fireplace. I used a Tokina DX 11-16mm ultrawide angle (UWA) lens on a Nikon D700 FX camera at 16mm to get the entire structure in.

June 4, 2011

World of Disney(land)

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are up to questionable action once again. Here at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, CA, folks can buy up a plethora of Disneyland Resort merchandise. I know I have.

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Hope you enjoyed traveling back to 2007 with me for Disney Pic of the Week - Store Fronts.


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June 5, 2011

Where in the World #180

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Hello, Worlders! A lot of you sent notes to me but they were about last week's contest, so let's get to it!

This was Challenge #179:
 Where in the World #179

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2007 Erin Blackwell

Kungaloosh, fellow Adventurers! It's the Colonel: Colonel Critchlow Suchbench, Club Gleemeister and always on guard duty, of the much lamented, closed Adventurers Club on Pleasure Island in Downtown Disney! Like everyone who wrote, I miss this place so much. Fun fact: long before Disney owned Marvel, Johnny Storm of the Fantastic Four gave the Club Creed in one issue. Say it with me:

We climb the highest mountains,
just to get a better view.
We plumb the deepest oceans,
cause we're daring through and through.
We cross the scorching deserts,
martinis in our hands.
We ski the polar ice caps,
in tuxedos looking grand.
We are reckless, brave, and loyal,
and valiant to the end.
If you come in here a stranger,
you will exit as a friend.

"Written" by Merriweather Adam Pleasure
Club Founder 1927

Sharon Pierce was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Club Salute to Robin and all other readers who got the answer right: Ken Gravitt, Ken Jackson, Rob Blundin, Phil Vickers, Mike M., Kelly Mager, Maureen Handy, Elizabeth Scarborough, Kye Layton, Matt Holley, Dale Knight, Kathy Love, Joshua Swainston, Gloria Martin, Denise Cayz , Bruce Hinterleitner, Dana Hinterleitner, Ryan Hinterleitner, Jen Cerce, Norma Mullen, Matthew Jadro, Jennifer Rupert, Linda Mac, Jeremy Hardy, Mike Haeberle, Paul Dickson, Brandi Sandersfeld, Shannon Milair, The Chambers Family, Chloe Williams, Heather Hynes, Joe Calomeni, Brian Miller, Sandra Edwards, Paul Ignudo, Jim Riley, Dan Owens, Nicole Duddy, Sarah Holodick, Jenn Steele, Kelly Zanauskas, Bruce Arnold, Jon , Robin Keller, Amy Miller, Matt Degrandis, Debbie Harker, Marc Lorenzo, Joe Pfrangle, Noreen Rachuba, Mike Timmer, Tim Rachuba, and Jane Johnson. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #180: Where in the world is this?

Let's go back into the parks and to present day for this week's challenge. This can be a toughie!

Where in the World #180

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 9th, 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!

June 7, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week: Tom Sawyer Island

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Tom Sawyer Island is full of childhood fantasies. Tunnels, trails, bridges with surprises, an abandoned mine, frontier fort and a rustic mill. Each of these areas have a sign written by Tom Sawyer like the one below about Harper's Mill which can be seen from the shore of Frontierland. This week Barrie and Lisa will share their views of Tom Sawyer Island as our Disney Pic of Week.

Harper's Mill sign on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Harper's Mill sign on Tom Sawyer Island.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 18mm focal length

For more on Tom Sawyer's Island, check out these AllEars Blogs: The Old Mill and Walk Around Tom Sawyer's Island.

June 8, 2011

Quick Guide to Camera Icons G-P

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


This week we continue sorting through the maze of settings on point and shoot cameras and what each icon represents.

If you missed last week's blog, you can catch up via this link.


icon_landscape.gif Landscape - Mountains, woods, lakes, and general scenic shots come out best under this daylight setting.


icon_museum.gif Museum - No flash allowed? No problem. If possible, find a flat surface to rest the camera on when using Museum setting. Otherwise, lock your elbows against your sides, hold your breath, and click the shutter release button. Most locations do not allow tripods.


icon_night_landscape.gif Night Landscape - Bring out the tripod or find a flat surface to use this mode properly. The exposure is longer than most can hold 100% still.


icon_night_portrait.gif Night Portrait - Yes, again with the tripod and flat surface unless you are going for the blurred look. The focus is on a person or multiple people depending on the camera.


icon_partyindoor.gif Party - Similiar to Auto, use it for snapshots indoors. Be sure to raise the flash if it requires manual assistance.


icon_portrait.gif Portrait - Ideal for head and shoulders images, outdoors. Use a flash if indoors and fill-flash on bright and sunny days.


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June 9, 2011

The Bridges of Smuggler's Cove

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Yo ho! Yo ho! A cave-exploring, tree-climber's life for me. Uhh. What? I don't know but somewhere somehow Tom Sawyer's Island in Disneyland was taken over by pirate's and renamed Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer's Island. I hope the boy is charging rent.

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No, this is not a miniature version. You can sail around the island on the Mark Twain Riverboat or the Sailing Ship Columbia and get great views. Another option is to climb up into the fort and trees for a bird's eye view.

Disney Pic of the Week - Tom Sawyer's Island

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June 10, 2011

Visualizing at the Ticket & Transportation Center

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Visualization is a skill photographers use to see photographs before they take them. I know of many photographers who visit Walt Disney World who plan shots months in advance. I have done that and I have seen a good photo by just walking about the parks. The photo below of the Magic Kingdom Ferryboat entrance sign was one where I saw a photo before I took it. The sign itself is perfect for framing if something or someone would be in the frame. This is were patience comes in. I waited for guests to walk through the sign but it was not until these two Ticket and Transportation (TTC) cast members approached each other did the photo come together.

Cast members pass each other under the Magic Kingdom Ferryboat sign at the Ticket and Transportation Center, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Cast members pass each other under the Magic Kingdom Ferryboat sign at the Ticket and Transportation Center.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 98mm focal length.

Have you ever planned or visualized a photo before your trips to a Disney resort?

June 11, 2011

Alligator Swamp

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Alligator Swamp on Tom Sawyer's Island
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D350, 18-200mm VR, 1/250s shutter, f5.3, ISO 2500

Take a ride on the Liberty Belle in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom and you'll see all kinds of interesting things as you circle Tom Sawyer Island - like this old guy at Alligator Swamp. He's got nothing better to do than to sit back and watch what's going on over on the island. Ah, life on the bayou - I bet he could tell you a thing or two.

June 12, 2011

Where in the World #181

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Well, lookee, lookee! My friend Carol Jayne has joined us and so has my big sister Terry! No, you can't ask her for embarrassing stories about me. ;)

Thank you, Ashley Macilquham, for your great note! I'm glad you're enjoying Where in the World each week. And Jen & Ansley? I love Walt Disney World too. :)

This was Challenge #180:
 Where in the World #180

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwell Canon SD890 IS, 28mm, 1/60s shutter, f/5.6, 320 ISO, 180 dpi

This sweet dog watches fish jump out of the water next to Beacon Joe on the Rivers of America. You can see him from a couple of spots in the Magic Kingdom, but I took the picture from the Liberty Belle Riverboat. This pup holds a special spot in my heart. You used to hear the riverboat captain talk about Beacon Joe "and his dog, Rufus". That was the name of my childhood dog, so from the time I was a little kid to today, I take a picture of this cutie in honor of my own Rufus. You can read Jack Spense's blog post titled Liberty Belle Riverboat - Part 2 for more information and pictures!

FYI: Fun fact: Beacon Joe and "Rufus" are in a number of Disney parks including Tokyo Disney!

Pollyanna Buff was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Pollyanna Buff and all other readers who got the answer right: Scott Otis, Daniel Record, Denise Cayz , Brian Skinner, Jennifer Tremley, Mary Beth Tarbet, Sharon Pierce, Jared Orth, Craig, Ed Hogan, Erin Hammer, Dee Dee Kenney, Larissa Huda, Deb Ragno, Anastasia Macneil, Robin Fitts, Jacquelyn Law, Alan Law, Misty Mehelic, Todd Ritter, Kirsty Butler, Kim Meyer, Kevin Hayman, Gretchen Barnes, Evanna Huda, Kerrie Hogan, Karen Schlumpf, Tim Johansen, Blake Schmidt, Nathalie Doiron, Jon Cohen, Brian Yesutis, Matt Degrandis, Susie Howard, Darlene Harmon, Vanessa Gordon, Maureen Handy, Vicki Edwards, Bonnie Smith, Mike M., Ken Fischler, Heather Hynes, Anthony Lipinski, Scott Lau, Karen Hotchkiss, Leslie Stewart, Elaine Johnson, Mike Venere, Kelly Smith, Dale Knight, Jamie K, Jennifer Romano, Carol Jayne, Lori Netti, Megan Krainski, Maryann Eckenrode, Matt Cofone, Mark Cullison, Brian Gallant, Patti Deluca, Jen & Ansley, Harry Wilson, Tom & Susan Linder, Debbie Poole, Thomas Higbee, Tracey Mayfield, Kristine Gallatin, Clay Anthony, Becky Durst, Carrie Kenney, Dan Diehm, Kerry Mccaffrey, Paula From Il, Danielle Ciotti, and Linda Mac. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #181: Where in the world is this?

Now then, where is Donald in this picture?

 Where in the World #181

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 9th, 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
_______________________________________________________________________

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!

June 13, 2011

August Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

In August we're going to Disney's Animal Kingdom, where we'll jump aboard a Kilimanjaro Safari jeep for an exciting ride out on the Harambe Reserve.

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.

August 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


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

August 2011 Jewel Case Calendar

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

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1024 x 768
1280 x 800
1280 x 1024
1440 x 900
1600 x 1200

June 14, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - TTA PeopleMover

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Create your own thrills on the currently named Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover (try fitting that on a t-shirt). Located in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World, this family attraction rides above Tomorrowland and through buildings hosting other attractions. The TTA for short, is fun for everyone who isn't afraid of heights although my mom loves it. You look out more than down so that could be why. Also, when your ride is over and the line isn't long, which it rarely is, you can ask to go for another spin. The Cast Member will sometimes let you stay put and go around again.

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Emerging from riding around in the dark and into the glorious Florida sun. I squinted as I typed the previous sentence. How's that for dedication to you, my readers.

Loop back around this Thursday & Sunday for more pics by Barrie and Scott.


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June 15, 2011

Quick Guide to Camera Icons Q-Z

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

It's the third and final round of this series. If you need a refresher or missed the two previous entries, fear not, for they can be found here (A-F) and here (G-P).

icon-stitchassist.jpg Stitch Assist - Create one long panormic image by lining up and shooting an average of 3 photos in a row.


icon_sunset.gif Sunset - You got it, a tripod or flat surface is needed so the camera can absorb those gorgeous colors with a long exposure and the proper f-stop.

icon-timer.jpg Timer - Put the camera down, focus on the group, hit the shutter and run! Get in the photo.


icon-movie.jpg Video aka Movie Mode - Record short clips for fun. These are internet quality videos and are not intended to preserve momentous occasions.

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June 16, 2011

Tomorrowland Transit Authority at Night

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Tomorrowland Transit Authority
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-55mm VR, 6s shutter, f9, ISO 200

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority, from below, was one of my first night time shots at Walt Disney World. I was hooked right away. There's nothing better than photographing Tommorowland at night.

June 17, 2011

On the Boardwalk

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney's Boardwalk Resort at night, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Disney's Boardwalk Resort at night.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 8s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 56mm focal length.

I am on the boardwalk this week taking an early summer vacation. While I am not at Disney's Boardwalk Resort, I am on one of the boardwalks the resort is fashioned after on the New Jersey shore. I will be back next week!

June 18, 2011

Rainbow TTA PeopleMover

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Riding the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover at night in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Riding the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover at night.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1.6s, f/4, ISO 400, EV +0.7, 60mm Focal Length.

Riding the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover at night is a colorful Disney Pic of the Week on TTA PeopleMover especially if you set up a tripod in one of the ride vehicles and use a long exposure.

June 19, 2011

Where in the World #182

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Dawn Bach, thank you for such a wonderful note! Have a wonderful trip; I know you and your daughter will have a ball!

And I did mean the 16th, Tom Higbee. LOL!

Quick note: I will be at the AllEars' New York events this weekend and I'm hoping I'll meet some of you! It's my birthday weekend and what a great way to celebrate it: special times with friends. :)

This was Challenge #181:
 Where in the World #181

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwelli

You can see this is the entrance arch to the Gran Fiesta Tour ride, starring Donald Duck, Panchito Pistoles, and José Carioca of The Three Caballeros. It's my favorite ride in Epcot in my favorite World Showcase pavilion, Mexico!

Here's a couple fun details to look for in the ride, if you don't about them already. In the scene where Donald is taking pictures while wearing a few sombreros, the Aracuan Bird briefly pops up inside the hats! The Aracuan Bird is his nemesis from "The Three Caballeros" and "Disney's House of Mouse" when Panchito and Jose would appear on the show. (Coincidentally, I first fell in love with Panchito and Jose on the House of Mouse!) Also look around the rocks in the scene where Donald is diving with the baby octopus: you'll see his sailor's jacket and drink on the rocks where he left them to go swimming!

A number of Worlders said this same picture is in the queue in Mickey's Philharmagic. I can see where they would be there, and I sort of remember it myself. I'll double check it and add everyone's name to the monthly winners list if it's true, so you will be in the monthly drawing too. I'll let you know next week.

Kirsty Butler was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Kirsty and all other readers who got the answer right: Sharon Pierce, Lee Anastasi, Daniel Record, Theresa Rucando, Susie Howard, Tina Santacroce, Christine, Austin Oblenis, Ed Suscreba, Kye Layton, Cathy Skiba, Cathy Skiba, Christine Dagney, Erin Dagney, Mary Beth Tarbet, Kris Nixon, Misty Mehelic, Jen Cerce, Dee Dee Kenney, Millie Tenreiro, Michael Gainey, Cara Richards, Brian Skinner, Robert Anderson, Amy Schweizer, Erica Sipich, Matt Holley, Evanna Huda, Jennifer Harmon, Brett, Danielle Ciotti, Dawn Bach, Agnes Ciotti, Belicia Cullen, Sharon Dale, Scott Cullen, Larissa Huda, Annette Nuenke, Tammy Kallenbach , Phyllis Masse, Dale Knight, Cynthia Hitchcock, Brendan Abel, Jennifer Rupert, Brian Gallant, Maureen Handy, Linda, Mia W., Don Whiteman, Craig, Ed Hogan, Karen Schlumpf, Ruth Woodhouse, Richard Memmory, Beth Mcmeekin, Shannon Milair, Caryn Schill, Karen Adamakis, Bryan Timko, Bruce Hinterleitner, Jessica Gruhlke, Alex Karr, Jennifer Kaufman, Tim Johansen, Jacquelyn Law, Derek Carty, Gloria Martin, Linda College, Matt Cofone, Pollyanna Buff, Maryann Eckenrode, Heather Young, Leigh Mertz, Ashley Hill, Ken Jackson, Becky Terjung, Louise Barton, Madi M., Jeremy Hardy, James Berry, Kathy Berry, David, Bruce Jones, Katie Bray, Jared Orth, The Perras Family, Elizabeth Howarth, Lauren Thomas, Christopher Barnes, Karen Nelson, Carol Baranowsky, Ashley P., Chris Kelly, Kelly Mager, Laurie , Rob Blundin, Anastasia Macneil, Doug Reichl, Mackenzie D, Vicki Edwards, Jen, Andrea Kruszewski, Elizabeth Macgregor, Debra Kuklinski, Michelle Wilinski, Danielle Aston, Mary Virginia Clause, Mike O'brien, Walter N. Clark, Tim Jeltes, Paul Dickson, Tracey Mayfield, Betsy Silvestri, Jeannine Reid, Amy Filliben, Michelle Thompson, Megan Krainski, Kelly Zanauskas, Jeanette Luce, The Moore Family, Linda Mac, Tracy Discher, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Jim Finley, Steven Bowling, Jenny Leek, Luis Rodriguez, Barrie Brewer, Ed Aleszczyk, Becky H, Gareth Richards, Bob Patterson, Leslie Stewart, Nathalie Periard, Jennifer Tremley, Brittany and Jesse Siminitz, Scott Junkin, Kelly Smith, Nicole Duddy, Jeremy Reichelt, Lori Rienhardt, John Dupre, Kerry Mccaffrey, Wendy Faler, Chris Connors, Karrie Duffey, Sherry Trapp, Kristen Mccoy, Carri Marotto, Patty Newton, Michael Kaczanowski, Chris Bauman, John And Tracey Roerty, Diane Ramos, Christopher Hall, Jullie Pudem, Ken Fischler, Mike Gillardi, Ashley M, Regina Allen, Darrell Shortt, Kameo Crea, Chris And Alison, Anthony Lipinski, Erin Hammer, Brian Yesutis, Caroline Burmester, Chuck Sands, Melanie Dunlap, Elaine Johnson, Alan Mize, Carla Nale, David Gould, Kyler S., The Hicks Family, Sarah Holodick, Chloe Brooke, Jennifer Bourg, Mitch Buska, Sandra Edwards, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Brian Grabowski, Michelle Roth-smoot, Jim Logue, Katie Bowling, Katrina Westervelt, Josh Weiss, Caroline Williams, Jennifer Mccurry, Sheila Saey, Patti Deluca, Jamie K, Elaine Kleinhenz, Margot Garofalo, Liz Moreau, Joseph M Zafia, Thomas Auckland, Jason Skow, Ronnie Schreyer, Sarah Smee, Barclay Bakkum, Shirley Garcowski, Maryann Daly, Jason Lenz, Ruth Cookson, Dan Diehm, Roye Ann Morris, John Foggo, Scott Sangston, Pizazz, Eleanor Karwowski, Denise Mudrey, Robert Burge Jr, Shaun Leake, Caitlin Rush, Hillary Waldroop, Carol J, Paula Massarelli, Claire Gregory, and Veronica Monteiro. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #182: Where in the world is this?

Let's stay in the parks for another week:
 Where in the World #182

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 23rd, 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!

June 21, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Gift Shops

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

A few weeks back, our Pic of the Week subject was storefronts. We're still in a shopping mood, so this week we'll be taking a look inside some of the gift shops around the Disney property.

Writer's Stop
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, .25s shutter, f8, ISO 6400

The Writer's Stop in Disney's Hollywood Studios is a real hidden gem. Tucked away on the Streets of America, this little shop is the perfect place to take a break from the heat of the day. You can grab a snack and a beverage, pick up a book from the shelves and sit and enjoy a little peace and quiet on a comfy piece of furniture. It's amazing how refreshing twenty minutes of shopping in this gift shop can be. Did I mention that it's air conditioned?

June 22, 2011

Zooming in on the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton



I am on a boat. OK, a ferry to be precise and I'm heading to the Magic Kingdom from the Ticket and Transportation Center or the TTC for you Disney acronym enthusiasts (coughScottcough). Before setting sail, I fired off these six photos aimed at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, to demonstrate the all mighty and powerful zoom lens. Within my half dozen shots are 2 images taken while using the digital zoom. We'll explore the pros and cons of digital zoom lenses as well.

All photos were taken with my Canon PowerShot SX100 IS point and shoot camera which has a 10x optical zoom.

For reference, the mm or milimeter of a lens refers to the distance between the front of the lens barrel (the glass) and it's distance from the film plane or sensor.

All pictures were taken at ISO 80, f4 and at 1/320, 1/400 or 1/500. We call this shooting wide open and as fast as possible.

This first image was taken without using the zoom lens at all. The initial lens length is 6.0mm.

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Image number two was taken at 11.5mm to get just a bit closer.

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Pushing the zoom out to 34.9mm here makes a major difference. The photo is clean and in focus and you can enjoy the architecture and landscaping.

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The final shot taken with the optical zoom at 60mm pulls you in closer and zeroes in on the main building.

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Now, once you've zoomed the camera lens out as far it will go, you can switch over to the digital zoom. First off, I will tell you that I am not a fan of digital zoom. That is because when you use the digital zoom it literally increases the pixels thus distorting the image. It does not get you closer but rather enlarges or "blows up" what you see at the max optical zoom.

The CanonPowerShot SX100 IS has several digital zoom options: 1.6x, 2x, and standard.

Here I used the 1.6x digital zoom. The image has lost some clarity.

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This last picture was taken with the digital zoom set to 2x. Any closer and I'd be intruding on Guests. There's a haze coming off the building or something of a ghosting effect. I can also see the megapixels.

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So, why do camera manufacturers offer digital zooms if they're not all that hot. It goes back to when digital cameras first came out and man only offered digital zooms or a minimal optical zoom. For a while, the actual type of zoom lens on a camera wasn't always clear. Packages read 4x zoom but the fine print would say 2x optical and 2x digital. All of that has changed.

The good news is if you have to, absolutely, positively get closer to your subject and cannot physically do so, you can use the digital zoom. However! You knew there was going to be a "however", didn't you?! However, you are much better of shooting with just the optical lens (as nature intended) and then cropping and enlarging the image later before printing it or posting it online.

If you're out shopping for a new camera, be sure you know what the optical zoom is and not the combined. A few sneaky sales people still remain out there as well.


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June 23, 2011

Disney & Co. Main Street USA Gift Shop

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Designer purses in the Disney & Co. Gift Shop on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Designer purses in the Disney & Co. Gift Shop on Main Street USA.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 2800, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

My daughters love designer purses. When I saw these purses by Donney and Bourke on display in the Disney & Co. gift shop on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, I had to take a photo. They also make for a colorful Disney Pic of the Week on Gifts Shops.

June 24, 2011

Artist Point Restaurant in Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The last time I enjoyed a meal at the Artist Point Restaurant in the Wilderness Lodge Resort, it was a character breakfast with Pocahontas and Friends. Quite a few years ago. On my trip to Walt Disney World last January I stayed at the Wilderness Lodge and decided to enjoy a quiet and elegant meal in one of the best restaurants on property.

Artist Point restaurant dining room waiting for Wilderness Lodge Resort guests to arrive, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Artist Point restaurant dining room waiting for dinner guests to arrive.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 5600, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length

I ordered Artist Point's Signature Entreé, Cedar Plank Roasted Wild King Salmon. You may wonder what a Signature Entreé is. It is a meal linked to a specific restaurant. In the case of Walt Disney World restaurants, they are meals they have been served since the opening of a restaurant and never have left the menu. I thoroughly enjoyed this meal and highly recommend it to all.

Cedar Plank Roasted Wild King Salmon signature entree at the Artist Point restaurant in the Wilderness Lodge Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cedar Plank Roasted Wild King Salmon signature entreé in the Artist Point restaurant.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5, ISO 720, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length, rear-sync flash

You might be a bit more adventuresome in your dining. Then, may I suggest a Buffalo entreé. While the Grilled Buffalo Striploin with Artisan Cheese and Macaroni may or may not be on the menu when you dine at Artist Point, they will most certainly have a meal featuring Buffalo. I would describe Buffalo as a very tasty, tender and lean meat.

Grilled Buffalo Striploin at the Artist Point restaurant in the Wilderness Lodge Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Grilled Buffalo Striploin with Artisan Cheese and Macaroni in the Artist Point restaurant.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5, ISO 2000, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length, rear-sync flash

While you are in the Artist Point restaurant, look around at all the large wilderness paintings on display. They enhance the decor and with the view out to the Wilderness Lodge Resort's woods or creek, you'll almost feel like you are in Yellowstone National Park.

Wilderness painting in the Artist Point restaurant at the Wilderness Lodge Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Wilderness painting in the Artist Point restaurant.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5, ISO 2000, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length, rear-sync flash

I used all the tips I wrote about when photographing Disney food in a previous article when I photographed the salmon and buffalo plates.

June 25, 2011

Blizzard Beach Booty

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


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What in tarnation were YOU thinking? :shakes head in disbelief: Tsk, tsk, tsk.

Forgot your swimsuit? Run out of sunblock? Lost the flop to your flip? No worries. Everything you need for an afternoon of Blizzard Beach water park fun can be found at Beach Haus. Well...everything except for postcards. Just sayin'.

This gift shop is located within Blizzard Beach water park. Check your resort's gift shop or World of Disney if you just need swimwear or basic essentials for the pool.

Disney Pic of the Week - Gift Shops


Yes, I'm on Facebook.


June 26, 2011

Where in the World #183

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Happy Belated Birthday to my birthday twin, Evanna Huda!

Thanks to Deb Koma, AllEars' Senior Editor, for helping me with "technical issues" this weekend!

This was Challenge #182:
 Where in the World #182

And here's the answer:
Pumbaa float in Lion King show

Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwell Canon SD890 IS, 20mm, 1/50s shutter, f/5, 3200 ISO, 180 dpi

It's Pumbaa on his float in the Festival of the Lion King in Disney's Animal Kingdom. The last time I saw the show, I saw how much he still interacts with everyone, like these dancers, as the show goes on. For a treat, watch Timon standing by Pumbaa during the birds' flight!

Heather Hynes was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Heather and all other readers who got the answer right: Ken Jackson, Theresa Rucando, Jennifer Harmon, Jennifer Tremley, Brett Landry, Dale Knight, Clay Anthony, Jamie K, Kathryn Perkins, Anastasia Macneil, Karen Hotchkiss, Alanna, Wendy Faler, Larissa Huda, Carri Marotto, Evanna Huda, Rob Blundin, Kelly Zanauskas, Michelle Raimist, Ed Elder, Karrie Duffey, Karen Schlumpf, Mary Virginia Clause, Brian Yesutis, Jim Finley, Stephanie Canales, Nick Bentz, Spencer Hart, Vicki Edwards And Kids, Tim Johansen, Erica Sipich, Tina Mezquita, Schuyler Stewart, Matthew Herman, Charles Wright, Melody O'donnell, Katherine Fallon, Diane Ramos, Jason Skow, Daniel Record, Susie Roberts, Erin Loring, Erin Hammer, Katie Bowling, Dan Owens, Mouse Junkie Adam, Caroline Burmester, Jullie Pudem, Kelly Kobiela, Bruce Hinterleitner, Sharon Dale, Elaine Johnson, Marc Lorenzo, Megan Turcotte, Mickey Eckert, Jodi Johnson, Jamie Poynton, Mike Haeberle, Jared Orth, Chuck Sands, Shaun Leake, Deb Ragno, Stacey Van Dyke, Emma Poprock, Blake Schmidt, Kevin Miller, Heidi Goodhue, Angela Fennell, Lee Anastasi, Chris Masse, Matt Degrandis, The Hicks Family, Paul Dickson, Josh Weiss, John Leach, Ed Wirth, Mary Beth Tarbet, Dee Dee Kenney, Kelly Mager, Kim Steiner, Jen Cerce, Tracey Mayfield, Matt Holley, Spring Smith, Elizabeth Howarth, Stuart Hale, Kye Layton, Nicole Alley, Diane Curfman, Karen Ramirez, Jacki Honig, Heather Young, Katie Simmons, Wade A. Williams, Bob Patterson, Brittany &Jesse Siminitz, Christopher Hall, Becky Terjung, John P, Nathalie Periard, Stephanie Visco, Kyler S., Wayne Witherspoon, Brian Grabowski, Amy Bloyd, Nicole Duddy, Jeremy Reichelt, Chris Bauman, David And Melissa Lizewski, Laura Pranaitis, James Greene, Hillary Waldroop, Jenn Steele, Russ Morgan, Danny And Analisa, Dani Deritis, Evelyn Wilson, Christopher Barnes, Miranda W, Edward Haja, Patti Deluca, Ronni, Laney, Len Scott, Vickie Scioneaux, Robert P. Flaherty, Millie Tenreiro, Jennifer Bogdan, Joseph M Zafia, Jennifer Mills, Paul Silagyi, Katie Bray, Carol Donoghue, Emily Harper, Thomas Higbee, Aimee Hewitt, Kristen Mccoy, Kristen Mccoy, Melody Salemi, Mary Tackett, Mike Kaczanowski, Kristin Dormuth, Chris Kelly, Lily-pierre Couãlaquot, Derek Carty, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Katerina Purdy, Joanne O'brien, Heather Pedulla, Luis Rodriguez, Mackenzie D, Brian Skinner, Al Desimone, Barclay Bakkum, Chris Iacobucci, Lori Rienhardt, Kathleen, Nathaniel Clements, Marcia Mardirosian, Dan Johnston, Greg Papa, Mike O"brien, Denise Cayz, Jonathan Thomas, Kristin Williams, Amanda Wright, and Lauren Thomas. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #183: Where in the world is this?

We're going slightly back in time for this photo:

 Where in the World #183

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 30th, 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!

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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!

June 28, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week: Buses

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I am a long time user of the Disney Bus system. Even before Disney started Magical Express whisking guests who stay at a Disney World resort from and to the Orlando airport, I rarely drove anywhere on property. I have waited for long periods for a bus to get from a resort to a park but not very often. I would rather relax on a bus on the way to a park and let someone else do the driving after a long day. Then there are the buses which take you on a dream cruise.

Disney Cruise Line bus at the Wilderness Lodge waiting for guests to board for Port Canaveral, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Disney Cruise Line bus at the Wilderness Lodge waiting for guests to board for Port Canaveral.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 800, EV 0, 28mm focal length

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

June 29, 2011

Show Us Your Photos

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Unbeknownst to my Picture This! partners in crime but knownst to all of you, well soon-to-be-knowst, I'm calling upon you all to submit your photos to us and tell us what you've learned from our blogs over the years.

Submit an image or two, in JPG format, that you shot. Tell us what you learned that lead you to take that photo. Include where the photos was taken, your camera make and model and any technical information you have such as the setting used (Auto, P, M, Portrait, etc...), ISO, shutterspeed, aperture, and so forth. If you don't have or don't recall any specifics it's fine. We just want to know your vacation (and otherwise) photos are improving.

For instance, if someone submitted this picture below he/she (a she cuz I shot this, of course) would sayest to thou something such as...

I took this picture in the France pavilion at Epcot. We had just met Princess Aurora (aka Briar Rose aka Sleeping Beauty aka pick a name) and as I was heading between perfume shops I noticed this sign. It reminded me of the blogs about leading lines. I used a Canon PowerShot SX100 IS and set it to Auto. I also remembered to fill the frame!

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See, it's quite simple. To submit your photo(s) email them in JPG format, if you can shrink them down to a 4x6 with a 72 resolution, that'd be great. If not, I'll do it for you. Be sure to include your name, where the photo was taken, and the camera model. Send them to lisaberton@allears.net The cut off is midnight EST on Saturday, July 2nd. A few folks will be picked to win prizes just for playing along.

This is not a photography contest.

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June 30, 2011

Rare Hidden Mickey Head Bus Synchronization

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

It took me hours, no, days, no, make that years of waiting for the perfect formation and capturing it for historic purposes. Yeaaah. That's it. Yeaah. In no way did I just take 2 quick shots and not realize how the buses lined up until I was writing this blog. Nah uh. Pft. I sought out this elusive moment.

What's a hidden Mickey head? Follow the link to find out. The books will keep you busy for hours in the parks. Hey, I bet my pal Steven M. Barrett doesn't have a photo like mine. What do I win, Steve? Hello? Vickie? Anyone?


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Disney Pic of the Week - Buses

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