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August 2, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Nighttime Parades

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Nighttime parades are extra special and there's no doubt about it, Disney does them best. There's just something very exciting and, for lack of a more perfect word, magical about watching a parade after the sun has gone down. Our Pics of the Week will highlight some of our faves from these nighttime spectaculars.

Mickey Mouse in SpectroMagic! Parade
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/125s shutter, f2.8, ISO 3200

Mickey Mouse rides in style as the Grand Marshall of SpectroMagic!

August 3, 2011

Lanterns Around World Showcase

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Come join me and Jack Spence on Saturday, September 3rd for a meet-and-greet before taking on Dinosaur at Disney's Animal Kingdom. We'll be there at 10:30am.

Epcot's World Showcase is a photographer's paradise filled with color, texture, various materials, light, and shadows. When I think of it, I go in with a plan to concentrate on something specific. While the intention is there, it might take me a few trips to get enough of one topic to be content with before posting.

Once I saw that several pavilions had lanterns, I went back and got a few shots. Perhaps on my upcoming trip I'llf find a few more.

In Morocco you'll find colorful glass designs hanging in several rooms and buildings. Just look up. The rich colors glow against gorgeous woods of varying shades.

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By placing the subject to the side and having it closer to the lens, it pops out more from the background.


Over in China, the residential-like area with all of its details usually goes unnoticed as Guests make their way in and out of the gift shop and counter service dining. Stop yourself in your tracks and look around. There's a story surrounding you.

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How you frame the subject makes a big difference. By having items in the foreground that are out of focus and darker, the eye is drawn right into the subject, centered and well lit.


Italy with its open promenade is popular among shoppers and diners and those enjoying the live entertainment. If you pull back from the hot spots, your view will change.

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When various depths are sharp, it helps to place you in the picture and imagine being there much like a postcard does.



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August 4, 2011

Caterpillar in the Main Street Electrical Parade in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Caterpillar in the Main Street Electrical Parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Caterpillar in the Main Street Electrical Parade.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/30s, f/5, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 82mm Focal Length.

The Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland photographed last year when Lisa joined me for the Main Street Electrical Parade in the Magic Kingdom is my Disney Pic of Week on Night Time Parades.

August 5, 2011

Doin' Nothing with Mickey Mouse

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Doin Nothing t-shirt found at Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line.
Doin' Nothing t-shirt found at Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line..

Scott is Doin' Nothing like his buddy, Mickey Mouse, this week but will be back next week for more Disney photographic fun.

August 6, 2011

Farmer Mickey Mouse

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


For those of you who have been reading the Picture This! blogs for a while may have noticed I use lots of Halloween photos. It's my favorite holiday (only because my birthday isn't nationally recognized) and Disney does it up wicked awesome. Then there's the parade with characters in costume which gets me even more excited.

Choosing a photo for our Disney Pic of the Week - Night Time Parades wasn't hard because all I really have are Boo to You Parade shots. Spectromagic wasn't my cup of tea. Those glowing clown things scared the bejeezus outta me!

Let's relive October of 2004 with Mickey Mouse in his farmer costume.

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August 7, 2011

Where in the World #189

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Thank you to Becky Norman, Daniel Record and Jamee Smith for your wonderful notes! I really appreciate them!

Welcome back to Michelle Thompson and Jennifer Harmon! And have a magical time to Amanda Wright!

And, Amanda, to answer your question, I live a thousand miles from Walt Disney World, so I can't go every month. :( But other members of our team do live locally, so they are there very frequently! Someday, I want to be local too!

This was Challenge #188:
 Where in the World #188

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2009 Erin Blackwell Canon Powershot SD890 IS, 7mm, 1/160s shutter, f/9, ISO 80

Peter Pan is soaring with the other flying Disney characters across the Characters in Flight balloon! Or Bruce Hinterleitner as put it, "the big bad balloon ride at Downtown Disney". ;) You can ride the tethered, helium balloon yourself on the West Side of Downtown Disney. If you are afraid of heights, I'd say don't do it. I rode with people who made themselves go and they were so terrified, they couldn't enjoy it. However, I do recommend this for the incredible view! You'll see Epcot, the Contemporary, maybe a peek of the castle and more (I loved that I could see into the old Adventurers Club building.) I rode in the day and now want to do it at night!

Russ Morgan was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Louise and to all the readers who got the answer right: Scott Greenbaum, Larissa Huda, Stefanie Vandiver, Tina Santacroce, John C. Lacasse, Theresa Rucando, Mary Beth Tarbet, Ed Elder , Sharon Pierce, Caryn Schill, Annette Nuenke, Becky Norman, Elena, Michael Gainey, Lee Anastasi, Ashley Baker, Kris Nixon, Daniel Record, Dan, Jen Cerce, Patrick Albrecht, Paul Cooper, Brian Miller, Elizabeth Scarborough, Linda Mac, Charles Wright, Mike M., Jamie K, Suzanna Hollis, Kathy Berry, Dale Knight , Dee Dee Kenney, James Berry, Jaime Thomson, Shannon Milair, Diana Fitzgerald, Evanna Huda, Erika Loboda, Katie Bray, Spring Smith, Richelle O'neil, Bruce Hinterleitner, David U, Kirsty Butler, Amy, Pollyanna Buff, Dillon, Stephanie Canales, Debbie Desimone, Belicia Cullen , Stephanie Canales, Al Desimone, Jamee Smith, Colin Buchanan, Kristin Mcquaid, Steve Smith, Bonnie C, Bonnie C, Sharon Dale, Karen Adamakis, Lauretta Abrahamzon, Jeanette Luce, Amanda M Page, Kye Layton, Melea Broekers, Mackenzie D., Mackenzie D., Paula Massarelli, Brendan Abel, Bridgette Gallagher, Kimberly Kusser, John Leach, Karen Ramirez, Kristen Mccoy, Cara Richards, Maureen Handy, Freya Schmidt, Chris Kelly, Lorine Landon, Richard Memmory, Tom Hermes, Louise Barton, Joanna Modica, Jodi Cook, Dylan Weidner, Katie B, Diane Tredore, Angie Young, David &Melissa Lizewski, Julie Wickware, Linda Scrivano, Lily-pierre Couet, Cynthia Harrison, Cynthia Harrison, Gina Boebel, Chris And Alison, R Engel, Scott Otis, Jennifer Bourg, Elaine Johnson, Dawn Bach, Chris Masse, Jeffrey Dunne, Ken Fischler, Kelly Mager, Amanda Campbell, Mary Jo Gallion, Rich M, Michele Lowery, Tracey Mayfield, Ken Maikowski, Amanda Linde, Double Family, Kim Meyer, Virginia Pierce, Bob Hendrix, Kelly Montgomery, Amy Filliben, Jason And Melinda Lenz, Jacquelyn Law, Chris Brackett, Danny And Analisa, Brian Skinner, Heather Young, Kathleen Wolfe, Donna Currier, Tom Koval, Robin Fitts, Robin Fitts, Erica Binder, Dawn Burns, Curtis Bille, Joann Albrecht, Jonathan Thomas, Sarah Holodick, Ronnie Williams, Annette Rigby, Ed Hogan, Christine And Melissa, Misty Mehelic, Vicki Yarnell, Carol Baranowsky, Nick Bentz, Jennifer Horst, Patty Carty, Stuart Hale, Stephen Whitlock, Michael Pyle, Erin Rix, Justin Mejak, Dan Johnston, Danielle Murgia, Matt C., Christine Dagney, Diane Furtado, Chandra Mccall, Deanna Kyre, Shannon Brueggemann, Diane Curfman, Sam Fritz, Susan Higginbotham, Jennifer Tremley, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Mike Hill, The Hicks Family, Kameo Crea, Jane Bradley, Gabriella Rizzo, Bill Daniel, Erica Courville, Mary Virginia Clause, John P, Maryann Eckenrode, Ansley, Krystal Pound, Quincy Delcolletti, Beth Mcmeekin, Christie Condit, Jessica Gruhlke, Nicole Shuler, Michele Mongeon, Hillary Waldroop, Dana Garcia, Victoria Caputo, Vicki Edwards And Kids, Tiffany Gibb, Bonnie Ford, Jay Bradford, Angela Blevins, Antoinete Leblanc, Allison Burgess, Heather Hynes, Joy Johnston, Ashley Deitchler, Christopher Barnes, Paul Knott, Chris Larys, Ed Suscreba, Linda College, Alan Mize, Vickie Barca, Luis Rodriguez, Matt Degrandis, Claire Gregory, Mike Malampy, Austin Oblenis, Sherry Klinefelter, Tracy Weber, Tom Mathews, Stephanie Visco, Cindy Check, Ashley P., Bruce Jones, Lauren Carbone, Michelle Juan Palazzo, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Tim Johansen, Shari Marescalchi, Cheryl Costello, Trina , Kathryn Perkins , Lori Rienhardt, Emma Poprock, Kirk Hardy, Hamahara, Brian Yesutis, Zachary Falcone, Wendy Faler, Karen Hotchkiss, David B, Linda Kasych, Walter N. 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Flaherty, Mary Anne Ceci, Rebecca Smith, Stephanie Hardhouse, Joseph M Zafia, Jill Hauth, Kim Stup, Chip Vermette, Brian Grabowski, Jill Obrien, Mark Schaber, Maryann Daly, Paul Amico, Bill Monahan, Christina Bonica, Karen Pizzuta, Katrina Westervelt, Thomas Higbee, Carri Marotto, Emily Harper, Will Gates, Richard Doucette, Dave Wang, Dan Owens, Sherri Pell, Brandi Francia, Carrie, Robert Youngblood, Phil Thach, Kate Fanning, Edward Haja, Heidi Summers, Ruth Cookson, Emily Robinson, Tammy Kallenbach , Ashley C., Jo Ann Bailey, Amy Jones, Kelly Zanauskas, Tom Buck, Barclay Bakkum, Allison Caputa, Agnes Ciotti, Chris Stockton, Anne-marie Crabtree, Paulnewman, Jamie P, Jennifer Marston, Tracy Cegielski, Angela Fennell, Karen Coto, Lory Blair, and Jennifer Harmon. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #189: Where in the world is this?

Are you ready for this week's challenge?
 Where in the World #189

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 11th, 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!

August 9, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week: Lucky Shot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I do not consider lucky shots to be "lucky". They are more like opportunities which one is prepared to take advantage of. What do I mean? The photo below of the male African Lion standing while I rode the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom is considered by many to be not only lucky but nearly impossible to get. In fact, I have not seen him standing since I took this back in December of 2008. Yet, I did increase my chances of seeing the lions active by taking one of the first safaris on a cool December morning.

What photos have you taken that you consider lucky?

Male African Lion on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
I still consider this photo of the male African Lion as my luckiest shot at Walt Disney World.
Nikon D70/80-200G, 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 800, EV 0, 200mm Focal Length.

Barrie and Lisa will be here on Thursday and Saturday to share their Disney Pic of Week Lucky Shots.

August 10, 2011

Cropping Photos with Character

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton



You've been home a whole 17 minutes since returning from vacation and your legion of online community pals are already requesting, nay, demanding to see your photos. Geesh! Once you've settled in and started loading up the 101 million images you shot while skipping around Frontierland singing, "...and blood all around and a great big puddle of blood on the ground," you select pictures to share. Uh oh! This photo need some serious cropping because you were super excited and forgot proper framing

Look at all that space around Gloria (adorable human on the right) and Dale (XL chipmunk on the left). No need to waste tears, it's an easy fix.

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Open up whatever photo editing software you have. Pull up the photo that needs attention. For instance, I have Adobe Photoshop CS3, it's software designed for professionals, students, and advanced hobbyists. All photo editing programs (free or for sale) offer cropping capability so don't fret,

The cropping tool, circled in purple on the left, is what you'll be using. The standard icon for cropping is the box-like shape with lines coming out. When dragging the crop tool over the image, the area that will be cut out is darker than what will remain of the original image. With that said, your software may reverse it, making the portion that goes lighter than that which stays.

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After choosing carefully, I approve the crop. Voila! A full body shot perfect for posting and/or printing.

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Should you decide to crop the photo differently, say for framing, make sure you go back to the original image. Always start at the beginning because that's the highest quality.

Adobe Photoshop allows users to choose how they want to view images. In this instance, it was best to go with Fit on Screen. The original photo is on the right and that red box indicates which part of the photo is showing center-screen. Once I select Fit on Screen, those 2 faces shrink back down. Too much cuteness causes cavities.*

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If you've got a horizontal frame, picture-less, patiently waiting on the bookshelf for some love, crop the image to fit. Leave some extra room because most frame designs will cover up a small portion of any photo.

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Going vertical? Crop the image accordingly and again, leave some extra room.

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*I'm not a dentist but I did just have an examination, cleaning, and x-rays. No cavities!

Today's model is Gloria "Glo" Konsler of Ears to Ears moderator fame. Yep, Glo's an AllEars.Net teamster.

Come join me and Jack Spence on Saturday, September 3rd for a meet-and-greet before taking on Dinosaur at Disney's Animal Kingdom. We'll be there at 10:30am.


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August 11, 2011

Captain Hook is on the Run

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton



During a solo trip several years back, I came upon some knowledge. Characters currently performing in front of the castle would run out from the side, around the corner (in Fantasyland) and then through Cinderella Castle back out onstage.

I found myself a good spot out of anyone's way that gave me a great angle and opportunity. I set up, selected my f-stop and shutterspeed, pointed my Canon EOS A2 (that's a 35mm film camera) and waited.

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August 12, 2011

Working with Large Disney Photo Libraries

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Working with photos in Apple Aperture 3 software.
Working with photos in Apple Aperture 3 software.

When I return from a trip to Walt Disney World, I can have hundreds of photos to edit, process and finish. Here is how I go about handling these large amount of photos. The process is called a workflow and I am posting it to help my fellow Disney photographers who find themselves overwhelmed with the task of managing large digital photography libraries.

I use Apple's Aperture 3 photo editing and management software on a MacBook Pro laptop. Adobe's Lightroom is a similar package for Windows and OS/X systems.

1. It all starts with my Nikon D700 camera's Picture Control settings. I use settings to allow me to shoot in JPEG for my Disney trips.

2. When I ingest or import the photos on my computer using Aperture 3 into a new Project, I have an Import Pre-Set specifically for the Picture Control I used which adds color vibrancy, a bit of contrast, auto-levels and sharpening. This gets the photos very close to being processed and saves me oodles of time. The pre-set adds generic captions, keywords, location, ownership and copyright to each photo's metadata. Import Pre-sets are immensely useful and time saving.

3. After importing, I immediately backup the photos onto an external hard drive. Later, I will upload to a Smugmug.com gallery under my Backup category. I usually do that overnight.

4. For these Walt Disney World trips, I then break out each day into a separate album within the overall folder for the trip and, using Aperture 3's batch processing, add more keywords which are specific to the park, resort, restaurant, etc. in the photos. This further describes the photos making it easier for me to find specific photos in the future.

5. Editing each photo is done in two passes. In the first pass I look for focus issues and composition. I look around the edges, backgrounds, people's expressions, closed eyes, under or over exposure and other technical flaws. All those photos I mark rejected and later delete. On the second pass, I give a rating of 1 Star for the photos I feel are good enough to do final processing on.

6. Processing or finishing. I go through each 1 Star photo and really look at each one. If I still like it, I crop the photo (if needed) and do final adjustments. If I do not, I mark it rejected. You crop before adjustments so you only adjust what the final photo will look like. Adjustments I normally do is straightening, pulling back highlights, opening up shadows, add contrast and/or brightness. Each finished photo gets a 2 Star rating.

7. Once I finish up a day, I upload them to a gallery on Smugmug.com for viewing by friends, family and sharing with other Disney fans here and on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and Disney forums.

Whew, that is a lot of work but the results are worth it.

August 13, 2011

Cinderella Castle Shines

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Cinderella Castle Shines
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/250s shutter, f5.6, ISO 400

I dug all the way back to 2008 for this "Lucky Shot". I can't believe it's been that long ago. I still remember the exact moment that I snapped this one. I was walking from Adventureland over the bridge by Crystal Palace and noticed that the stage show was happening in front of Cinderella Castle. Just then I realized that it was very close to the time the fireworks were going to go off. I quickly lifted my camera and turned towards the castle, just in time to catch the sparkle of the fireworks. I didn't have time to change any of my settings or even frame the shot - I just lifted and snapped... pretty lucky!

Now, I'd love to say that this is the exact picture that resulted from that moment, but I did feel like I wanted to spruce it up a bit. The straight out of the camera shot was pretty cool, but with a little post-processing, I am able to show you just what I saw in that moment.

August 14, 2011

Where in the World #190

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

I am leaving for Disneyland on Tuesday! YAY!! So if you are there for the AllEars® meets next week, I hope you will say hello!

Hi, Barrie! Wait until you see the answer to last week's challenge!

Michelle Thomspon, I am so jealous! What a fantastic experience that had to be, the family for the opening ceremony at the Magic Kingdom! That must be a wonderful picture!

Mike Venere, have a wonderful time! And Caroline Burmester, your track record just improved! ;)

This was Challenge #189:
 Where in the World #189

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2006 Erin Blackwell Canon Powershot SD890 IS, 63mm, 1/350s shutter, f/5, ISO 350

Walt Disney's first window at the Main Street Train Station in the Magic Kingdom, facing the lagoon, the only window to face outside the park. It's at this location for a few reasons: for his love of trains, to reflect how his spirit is still keeping the dreams on track, and so Walt's spirit can see his guests coming into the park. I get a happy little sigh inside whenever I think of that.

Greg Papa, this means you get an "I told you so". ;)

Michael Gainey was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Louise and to all the readers who got the answer right: Ed Suscreba, Belicia Cullen, Scot Cullen, Linda Mac, Todd, Mary Beth Tarbet, Sharon Pierce, Mike Haeberle, Chris Masse, Kris Nixon, Lee Anastasi, Megan, Michele Mongeon, Ed Elder, Tracy Henkel, Debbie Desimone, Al Desimone, Rich Esker, Diana Fitzgerald, Brendan Abel, Evanna Huda, Matt Holley, Larissa Huda, Scott Otis, Jennifer Tremley, Colin Buchanan, Michelle Thomspon, Dale Knight , Kye Layton, Maureen Handy, Steve Dolan, Dave Wang, Linda Scrivano, Angie Young, The Moore Family, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Louise Barton, Christopher Barnes, Beth Mcmeekin, Rob Blundin, Mark D, Julie Wickware, Jen Cerce, Deb Ragno, Sharon Dale, Antoinette Leblanc, Evelyn Wilson, Anastasia Macneil, Betsy Silvestri, Pam Tees, Christine And Melissa, Stephanie Visco, Derek Carty, Jamie K, Sam Fritz, Sarah Holodick, Jason And Melinda Lenz, Linda Kasych, Amy, Stephanie Newell, Jeff Rigby, Ed Hogan, Carla C., Carla C., Patti Mccaffrey, Amanda Perkins, Kierry Mccaffrey, Ashley Pizzino, Emma Poprock, Nick Bentz, Dawn Bach, Abigail Grasso, Luis Rodriguez, Nicole Alley, Theresa Maradei, Michael Pyle, Jonathan Ward, Kristen Mccoy, Brian Skinner, Mike M., Isabelle Boivin, Jodi Cook, Wade A. Williams, Emma Marrow, Brian Grabowski, Wendy Faler, Jeremy Reichelt, Brian Miller, Bruce Jones, Dan Mangini, Michael Mclucas, Gina Boebel, Chris Bauman, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Diane Ramos, Alison Rosenberger, Leslie Stewart, Karrie Duffey, Deedee Kenney, Bill Mckim, Kyler S., Mark Cullison, Wayne Chadourne, Nicole Dudy, Heidi Summers, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Amanda Campbell, Elizabeth Scarborough, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Cara Richards, Jeannine Reid, Jim Thompson, Josh Mckinnon, Herb Miller, Steve Knapp, Rebecca Keenan, Kelly Zanauskas, Danielle F., Caroline Williams, Jarett Rutsky, Caroline Burmester, Captain Marissa "sparrow" D'ambrosio, Mike Hill, Greg Papa, Nina Pietrobono, Heidi Goodhue, Craig, Wendy Snelgrove, Brenda Strohmeyer, Greg Strohmeyer, Cathy Schill, Jamie Difatt, Ken Fischler, Paula B, Nathaniel Clements, Chris Kelly, Patti Deluca, Heather Pedulla, Tom & Susan Linder, Rebecca Smith, Ruth Cookson, Annette Nuenke, Russ Morgan, Shirley Garcowski, Amy Miller, Dawn Buras, Jerry Weldon, George Mundy Jr, Amber Slifer, Steven And Kate Bowling, Barclay Bakkum, Lin Siddon , Robert Anderson, Vicki And Elizabeth Edwards, Tracy Borde, and Susan Higginbotham. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #190: Where in the world is this?

Are you ready for this week's challenge?
 Where in the World #190

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 18th, 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!

August 15, 2011

October Walt Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This photo from the Italy pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase has come to be one of my favorite photos. I know it's a little unusual but for some reason, the more I look at it, the more I like it. Maybe there will be some of you who like it as well.

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.

October 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


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

October 2011 Jewel Case Calendar

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

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August 16, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - River Rapids

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Pack your ponchos*, we're going river rafting! Feel the rush of adrenaline surge through your body as you and your mates spin, bounce, and drop in a Disneyfied rubber raft.

Here at Disney's California Adventure, Grizzly River Run sends Guests hurling through waterfalls and over eruptions. This thrill ride will leave you soaked to the bone or at least down to your Underoos.

Borrow a free locker for a limited time to keep your belongings dry.

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Rush on back Thursday and Saturday for more photos by Barrie and Scott as we continue our H2O themed Disney Pic of the Week - River Rapids.

*Ponchos are optional yet highly recommended.


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August 17, 2011

Bad Fireworks Turned Psychedelic

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Coming up on the end of a long day in the Magic Kingdom, I knew Wishes was about to begin. With me was a tiny lightweight tripod with bendable legs designed for holding small point and shoot cameras. The attempt to wrap its short bubbled legs around a metal fence didn't hold.

As I was alone, I was able to find a spot on the ground a few rows deep. Standing a whopping 8 or 9 inches off the ground and bending sideways as to grab vertical shots and not tip over, my Nikon Coolpix 7600 was ready to try its best.

Sadly, it wasn't stable and the photos all came out blurry. No surprise and not a disappointment as I figured this would happen.

Sometimes with a bit of creativity, photo editing software, and a fib, one can take advantage of the not-so-great results.

The original shot includes the back of a Guest who sat in front of me. Additional distractions are portions of the stage and arches used for a show.

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First, I cropped out the girl and the stage followed by sharpening. Then I increased the density of red, magenta, yellow, and blue. Next, posterization at a very low level was implemented. With the paint bucket, I turned the 2nd outer band of reds and magentas into a dark purple. Lastly, I brightened the highlights, darkened the shadows, and ever so slightly deepened the midtones. All of these tools are in Adobe Photoshop CS3.

My final result.

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Oh yeah, I meant to do that. :wink, wink:

What do you think?

Next week Barrie, Scott, and I will be posting more images that were changed by creative post-processing.


Come join me and Jack Spence on Saturday, September 3rd for a meet-and-greet before taking on Dinosaur at Disney's Animal Kingdom. We'll be there at 10:30am.


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August 19, 2011

Characters of the Disney Dream

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney characters are a joy to see at the Disney resorts. Seeing them on the Disney Dream cruise ship last January was even more joyous. The ship, while big, is still small compared to a park. Many meet and greets are scheduled so families can find, meet and be photographed with all their Disney favorites.

Here are a few places you will find them if you take a cruise with Disney. Jessie, Woody and the gang from Toy Story on stage during The Golden Mickey's in the Walt Disney Theatre, Captain Mickey Mouse dancing during the Sail Away party, Crush talks with guests in Animator's Palate restaurant and Princess Cinderella charms during the production of Believe.

Disney characters found on the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line.
Disney characters, Jessie and Woody from Toy Story, Mickey Mouse, Crush from Finding Nemo and Princess Cinderella found on the Disney Dream cruise ship.

Since my cruise was the Christening Cruise, it featured some additional characters onboard including the Cruise Director Rachel on stage before a show, Lou Mongello of WDWRadio.com fittingly in the Oceaneer's Club with the kids, Dave Marx of Passporter.com marveling at the size of the Walt Disney Theater before a show and Sam Champion did the weather from the Pool Deck for ABC's Good Morning America. There were others like Deb Wills and Deb Koma of AllEars.net, Disney CEO Robert Iger, Whoopie Gooldberg, John Stamos and it was rumored Robin Williams was around. Maybe he played the Genie in Believe?

Other characters encountered during the Disney Dream Christening Cruise, Disney Cruise Line.
Other characters, Cruise Directer Rachel, Lou Mongello of WDWradio.com, Dave Marx of Passporter.com and Sam Champion of ABC's Good Morning America encountered during the Disney Dream Christening Cruise.

One of the nuttiest characters could be seen on a hammock at Serenity Bay when the Dream visited Castaway Cay. This was taken before the hammock took him for a spin.

A Castaway Cay character at Serenity Bay, Disney Cruise Line.
A Castaway Cay character you may encounter at Serenity Bay.

You might not have as many characters about as I did, you will never be far from your favorite Disney characters while on the seas with the Disney Cruise Line.

August 20, 2011

Soaked and Happy on Kali River Rapids

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Soaked riders wave to the photographer towards the end of the Kali River Rapids in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Soaked riders wave to the photographer towards the end of the Kali River Rapids.

This photo was taken back in 2002 during a trip for my eldest daughter's Senior year. Each of my daughters brought a friend which allowed me to stay dry as I waited for them at the end of the Kali River Rapids in Disney's Animal Kingdom. As they had no control on how they would be oriented in the raft, I was hoping for the best and got it. They were soaked and happy as they waved to me from the raft. Makes for a very wet Disney Pic of Week about River Rapids.

Note: I do not have any data for this photo as it was taken with a Nikon 8008s film SLR camera on ISO 100 film. I was probably using an 80-200mm lens.

August 21, 2011

Where in the World Challenge 191

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Hello from Disneyland! I am on my way to the start of the D23 Expo!

This was Challenge #190:
 Where in the World #190

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwell Canon Powershot SD890 IS, 7mm, 1/15s shutter, f/3.2, ISO 350

Jeremy Mccaffrey, it's a good thing your aunt has you! Especially since the ride made her dizzy, because you got the answer right!

The guy on the right in the picture is Booster (full name Booster Sinclair Munchapper), a Space Ranger, a member of Team Lightyear, and one of the stars of the "Buzz Lightyear of Star Command" tv show; he greets you after you exit the Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin attraction in the Magic Kingdom! The guy on the left is my husband, having a laugh and enjoying his Disney vacation. :)

Tom Koval was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Louise and to all the readers who got the answer right: Ed Elder, Dylan Weidner, Dale Knight, Tracy Bradfute, Freya Schmidt, Bill Daniel, Brittany & Jesse Siminitz, Clay Anthony, Emma Marrow, Carrie Henderson, Heather Hynes, Nicole Duddy, Bruce Arnold, Dayna Guay, Lisa Holmes, Jared Orth, Jamie K, Karen Maimone, Patti Mccaffrey, and Jeremy Mccaffrey. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #191: Where in the world is this?

Are you ready for this week's challenge?

 Where in the World #191

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 25th, 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!

August 23, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Creative Processing

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Photography is a very creative endeavor, and the fun doesn't stop at taking the picture. With a little time on your hands and some photo processing software you can turn a basic photograph into a piece of art. For Pic of the Week this week Lisa, Scott and I will be sharing some of our own creations with you.

Blue and Yellow Macaws
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 ED AF VR, 1/60s shutter, f5.3, ISO 400

Here are two Blue and Yellow Macaws that I photographed at Disney's Animal Kingdom. I used a combination of Photoshop and Topaz software to manipulate the photo. If I could remember exactly what I did, I'd share the process with you. Truth is, I just keep clicking on buttons til I end up with something I like. It's easy and fun - just be sure to make a copy of your photo before you start messing with it.

If you click on the picture you'll see a larger version, which shows the detail of the design a little better. You can also click on that larger photo if you'd like to see a few of my other creations that started out as photographs. There are several from Walt Disney World and from an Adventures by Disney trip that I took in Europe. I always like looking at photo-art from other people so send me a link if you have some of your own to share!

August 24, 2011

Trip Prequel: Decisions, Decisions

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


What are you doing on Saturday, September 3rd around 10:30am? Jack Spence and I are co-hosting a meet-and-greet at Disney's Animal Kingdom in front of Dinosaur (the attraction). Help us bring back an Iguanadon and act nonchalant to Phylicia Rashad's warning. Free AllEars.Net trading cards to those who attend.


Adults, as measured by age, aren't required to give reason or explanation for repeatedly soaking up the sun, tasting worldly treats, and galavanting from attraction to attraction. Yet, in some instances, honest-to-goodness rationale exists, albeit from the high-pitched cartoony voices in one's head. I didn't say MY head, I said one's head. I only hear my own voice and it is undeniably correct and extraordinarily funny. My dad, who has known me my entire life (funny how that works), dared to inquire, "Why are you going again?" "I ran out of photos for my blogs." was and still is my response...this time.

Once I established that I was indeedally doo going back, I set my dates around Labor Day weekend. The office will be closed on Labor Day, giving me (along with my co-workers, bosses, and stapler) a 3-day weekend. Flying out on Friday evening would fascilitate an early departure from work, so I booked my flights.

The next step was to find some friends to join me. I asked around and got one lame excuse after the other. "I don't have any extra money and I'll be back in school" lamented Tracy who is studying to be a nurse. Erin (Queen of Menus) is saving her Disney Dollars for A December to Remember, AllEars.Net's 15th Anniversay festivities. (I'll be home shoveling snow no doubt) Thankfully my GOOD friend Terri signed on to join me, so quickly in fact that she nearly ran straight to the airport. lkb-Terri-KermieEars.jpg
Last year at Stage 1, the Muppet shop in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Immediately, we started tossing around ideas. No, we started asking monumental questions and answered them with other questions. Should we rent a car? How much are they now? Where will we stay? Will we get upgraded to the Polynesian? How about the Disney Dining Plan? Is it worth the cost? How many suitcases will we need? Will we hit the outlet store? You get the idea.

Terri said, "I have had such Disneyitis that I fear that upon arrival I may collapse on a bench on Main Street, U.S.A in a catatonic state!"

Within minutes we started actual planning. Seriously. We simultaneously read menus. I checked park hours and Extra Magic Hours then cross-referenced them against projected crowd levels on www.touringplans.com. Terri put together a plan of action and an altenate plan of action. We're just that...good?

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Yes, of course we'd love an upgrade to the Polynesian Resort. Does the room comes with a Hawai'ian hunk...uhhh...I mean...a...host?

I said, "My Studios To Do List: Beauty & the Beast, Streetmosphere, Little Mermaid, Star Tours, American Idol, Toy Story, Phineas & Ferb, and the Muppet store.

Four days later we were booked into a value resort (annual pass discount) with the Disney Dining Plan (full price) by Margaret Johnson of Mouse Fan Travel. I rebooked one leg of the trip for an earlier departure. Guess which one! Correct. Now I'd be leaving work after a long and tedious 3 hours. Rough, I know.

Terri said, "So how many times are we gonna ride Dumbo to try and get a glimpse behind the construction walls to the new Fantasyland expansion? I wonder if we will be able to see any of it from TTA and if the Toon Town train station will be closed. All very important things to worry about for the next 47 days."

Renting a car became more and more of a deep desire. The average rate I found was $54/day for a compact. Uh, that's absurd. I tried bidding on a rental and was denied. Several days later the same company, pitched by Captain Kirk's alter ego, sent me an offer. If I bid on a standard size car, they would tack on $4/day out of their pockets. With little to no hope, I "spun the wheel" with $14.00 which was upped to $18.00/day with their promotion. It was accepted. I couldn't believe it. Can you say, such a steal?! Dude.

Things were going well until I decided to check Southwest again (the next day) and found the cost of the earliest flight south was on sale for $2.00 more than I had initially paid for the afternoon flight. I had to do it! You understand. With my friend Terri on the phone (rooting me on), I switched once more and grabbed a seat just in case I could get the entire day off. Luckily for me, my boss likes me and approved it, ya know, after I looked like a sad puppy and he tormented me by turning calendar pages in slow motion.

I said, "Good news! That outlet mall is having a Labor Day weekend sale. Hopefully Disney's Character Premiere will participate and since we'll be there the day it starts - more selections for us! Yippy!"

We moved quickly and strategized some more including Advanced Dining Reservations, ADRs to most of you and YMCAs to me. Why? Eh, why not. Even counter service locations were discussed especially around World Showcase. Terri wants Mexican food. I like Mexicanos pero voy a comer en Japon. Where will we stuff ourselves the day of our arrival given that now we plan to shop and pick up groceries? I'm still not sure. Everything from the hotel food court to Planet Hollywood to Sweet Tomatoes has been suggested.

Our table service (Oh, garcon!) meals consist of me re-trying a restaurant I haven't been to in so long that I can't remember the last time I was there. A character meal neither of us has tried before, and a very popular location I have never ever been to cuz no one's ever suggested it to me. Cryptic I know but my mom has spies. Everywhere I go..."Hi. I know your mother." "Oh, you're Sheryl's daughter." Yep and they don't even use Kimmunicators.

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Hoy me voy para Mexico.

Two weeks ago my brain kicked into planning gear again. Closer examination, a calculator, and non-stop e-mails later, I realized that Terri and I have to renew our annual passes upon arrival. The Making Memories Package includes Magic Your Way base tickets that are upgradable. For very little additional funds, we could upgrade to a higher class resort (no Daisy Dukes permitted) and get a free photo album filled with pics taken of my friend and I (but mostly me and Aladdin(s)) by PhotoPass shooters. A little persuasion and Terri fell for it. That is, she concurred with my findings. Got the word out to our travel (top secret) agent Margaret Johnson (that's M-a-r-g-a-r-e-t space J-o-h-n-s-o-n) and voila! Disney took more of our money. That was easy.


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August 25, 2011

TRON Mickey

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Before and After of TRON Mickey outside the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Before and After of TRON Mickey outside the Magic Kingdom.

The TRON Mickey was one of the 75 InspEARations statues created to celebrate Mickey's 75th Birthday and where displayed in front of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World back in 2003 and 2004. Using the online photo editor, Picnik.com, I gave Mickey appropriate graphics, selective color saturation on the data disk in Mickey's hand and outfit and TRON movie colored heavy vignetting around the edges for my Disney Pic of Week on Creative Processing.

August 26, 2011

FX Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

In keeping with our theme of creative processing this week, I want to share with you an app I was made aware of a few weeks ago. If you own an Apple computer, iPhone, iTouch or iPad/2. You might enjoy getting FX Photo Studio to quickly add one or more special effects to your photos.

The interface is very easy. Once you import your photo, you can select, preview and adjust one of almost two hundred special effect filters to apply to your photo. Here are a few of my favorite Walt Disney World photos after selecting a FX (movie shorthand for special effects) filter from the app.

I keep going back to this photo of Space Mountain. As much as I like the original, it is fun to see it differently using creative filters and textures.

Neon Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida.
Neon FX filtered Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom.

Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World is based on our planet but what if it was something from another galaxy?

Alien Skin Spaceship Earth in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida.
Alien Skinned FX Spaceship Earth in Epcot.

Using FX Photo Studio is very easy. After launching the application on a MacIntosh computer, you can import photos from iPhoto, Aperture 3 or LightRoom libraries. On an iPhone, iTouch or iPad, it can import from any photo album. I imported this photo of the Tree of Life in Disney's Animal Kingdom from my Aperture 3 album of what I consider my best photos.

Tree of Life in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Tree of Life in Disney's Animal Kingdom before adding an FX filter.

Here is the Tree of Life photo being compared with the special effect called Lindale (selected below in the strip of effects). Once you select an effect, you are given one or more sliders to adjust the effect to your liking.

Screen shot of FX Photo Studio.
Screen shot of FX Photo Studio with the Tree of Life photo.

After I adjusted the effect from 100% to 80% I saved the image back to my computer.

Tree of Life after the Lindale special effect filter added.
Tree of Life after the Lindale special effect filter was added.

See how easy that was to do? FX Photo Studio costs $9.99 from the Mac App store. The iPhone and iTouch versions cost $1.99 and the iPad version costs $2.99 from iTunes.

August 27, 2011

Musician Makeover with PhotoScape

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Disney Pic of the Week - Creative Processing

Photo editing software can be purchased at stores that specialize in electronics, office supplies, photography, and everything inbetween. Free programs can be found online with a quick search. I located such a complimentary service called PhotoScape which offers standards like cropping, brightness & contrast adjustments, and converting to black and white. In addition you can add vignettes, play with an assortment of filters, and even animated images.

I began with this photograph taken at Disneyland.

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Then I began playing around with the software. Within a time frame of 7 minutes I took these steps to get the end result.

1. Backlight +75 (brightens up the the background and matching shades of subject)
2. Bloom - High (adds a soft glow)
3. Lens Flare: Number 9, Length 37, Thickness 4, Opacity 100 (burst coming off the trumpet)
4. Colorize: 0, 7, and 67 (reduced overall color & contrast to look aged while hanging onto the primary colors)

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Tadaaaaa!

This program is very easy to use while offering plenty of fun ways to edit photos.


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August 28, 2011

Where in the World #192

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

I really enjoyed meeting some of you in Disneyland! Thanks for your wonderful comments on the contest! I even got to talk about Where in the World with a Nash bartender from the Adventurers Club who now works at Trader Sam's! Hi, Jennifer!

Speaking of thanks, Thank you to the team of Patti, Jeremy, and Bailey for the note in this week's contest and your Disney spirit!

And to Tom Koval, I'm so glad you enjoy Where in the World!

I also have to apologize to Chris Kelly who got the answer correct, but I missed putting in Chris' name with the winners. Chris, I have you with the winners for the monthly drawing and I'm sorry for the mistake!

This was Challenge #191:
 Where in the World #191

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwell Canon Powershot SD890 IS, 9mm, 1/250s shutter, f/3.2, ISO 64

The sign for Sunset Market Ranch guy on Sunset Boulevard in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Ed Aleszczyk was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Ed and to all the readers who got the answer right: Virginia Pierce, Dale Knight, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Carla C., Clay Anthony, Linda Mac, Craig, Karen Smith, Rob Blundin, Sharon Pierce, and Paul Dickson. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.I
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Challenge #192: Where in the world is this?

We're going to a different park for another tough one - finishing the difficult ones for this month!
 Where in the World #192

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 1st, 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!

August 30, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week: Stage Shows

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Walt Disney took what he knew of making movies into Disneyland including musical entertainment based on those movies. Since then the Walt Disney Company has expanded on that concept by creating Broadway musicals in New York City, mini-musicals in the themeparks and theaters of their cruise ships. When I took a cruise on the Disney Dream earlier this year, I enjoyed a production of The Golden Mickeys in the Walt Disney Theatre. The show included Rapunzel singing When Will My Life Begin from Tangled.

Rapunzel singing from the balcony in The Golden Mickeys in the Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Dream cruise ship.
Rapunzel singing from the balcony during The Golden Mickeys in the Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Dream cruise ship.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EV -1.0, 300mm Focal Length.

Barrie and Lisa will be here on Thursday and Saturday to share their Disney Pic of Week on Stage Shows.

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