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March 1, 2012

Not Your Average Maple Leaf

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Once upon a time, a young and witty auburn-haired girl lived near The Happiest Place on Earth for over four years. She spent hundreds of hours strolling and playing in the park, enjoying the California weather. One day during a visit to Snow White's Scary Adventure she stood in line and looked at the railing her hand rested on. To her surprise, the iron fence had an entire row of apples within it, adding to the overall themeing of the ride.

That day she learned that you just never know what you're missing when you don't stop and take a good look around...or under your own hand.

For those of you heading East, check out the fence in Epcot's Canada pavilion.

Disney Pic of the Week - Fences

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Nice maple leaf, eh.
Yeah, it's not as good as Colin Mochrie's impression of Craig T. Nelson.


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March 2, 2012

Canada Waterfall in Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Waterfalls are a favorite subject of photographers everywhere. Ever wonder how they get the water to look so silky even in the middle of the day? First, they use the lowest ISO on their digital camera around 100 to 200 depending on the camera. Second, they select small apertures like f/16 or f/22. This gets them the slowest shutter speed possible. Slow shutter speeds does require the use of a tripod to keep everything sharp.

That is what I did below. The water is still too detailed for the look I wanted. A longer shutter speed would be needed.

Canada's Rocky Mountain waterfall in Epcot without an ND filter, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Canada's Rocky Mountain Waterfall without an ND filter.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

To cut down the amount of light for longer shutter speeds, I used Neutral Density (ND) filters in different strengths. If you recall, ND filters act like sunglasses.

Canada's Rocky Mountain waterfall in Epcot with ND filters, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Canada's Rocky Mountain Waterfall with ND filters.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

Leaving the aperture and ISO the same, you can see above the effects of each Neutral Density filter I used.

  • ND2 (or 0.3) filter cuts 1 stop of light and increased the shutter speed to 1/30s.
  • ND4 (or 0.6) filter cuts 2 stops of light and increased the shutter speed to 1/10s.
  • ND8 (or 0.9) filter cuts 3 stops of light and increased the shutter speed to 1/3s.

Do you see how the water got silkier the slower the shutter speed became? Not bad for a mid-afternoon in central Florida. But...I wanted more.

Canada's Rocky Mountain waterfall in Epcot with stacked ND filters, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Canada's Rocky Mountain Waterfall with stacked 2 & 3 stop ND filters.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 2s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

To get the shutter down to a whole 2 seconds, I stacked my two strongest ND filters, the ND4 and ND8, to create one 5 stop filter. When you stack filters, you may get some vignetting which was the case here. I simply cropped that out.

You can get stronger ND filters or photograph in the early morning, late in the day or when the weather is cloudy and/or rainy.

Click here to learn how to use Neutral Density filters for fireworks and themepark rides.

March 4, 2012

Where in the World #219

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Time for another Where in the World Photo Challenge!

Claire, I can't believe it's been a year since the Troll mission! And as I type this, you're grabbing some extra rest after One More Disney Day! What is it FANTASTIC?!

Yo, Mike! How are you, bragging about your new trip in August! ;)

Mackenzie D., it is never cheating to look through your pictures. After all, I look through my pictures each week. :)

Players, you are the best! So many of you played the seagull challenge. You make me so proud!
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Two people got it right: Steve Jordan with his guess of "above some part of Walt Disney World" and Shannon Thomas with her answer "That seagull is in the sky". It's spooky how you both could get figure that out. I got shivers like the hyena Shenzi when she hears the name Mufasa. Smiley from millan.net

Karen Schlumpf, you think this could be the one that stole your chocolate croissant? Let's take another look... he is looking down like "Hey, you got any croissants down there?" He took Debbie Poole's sister's hot dog too. Tsk tsk, talk about being all "Mine! Mine! Mine!"
With all that food theft, maybe he is waiting for the Food and Wine Festival, Chris Kelly. That is one long wait: six months!

Here was the so called 'regular' Challenge from last week:
 Where in the World #218

And here's the answer:

Copyright © 2011 Erin Blackwell Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS

Pluto's doghouse in Epcot, in the pathway between World Showcase and Future World! In this case, he's decorated for Christmas. :)

Deb Ragno picked up that this is Pluto's Epcot house because his name is on a white board instead of a blue one like it was in the Magic Kingdom. That. Is. Impressive. Major kudos to you, Deb!

Hunter Armstrong, I get my picture in front of the doghouse too!

Jared Orth, gasp! Say it isn't so! You weren't allowed to make topiaries when you were a little boy! So not fair! Didn't your parents see "Karate Kid"? He was allowed to play with a bonsai tree; if only you had a Mr. Miyagi in your life to point out that you NEEDED to make a Pluto topiary. Sigh...

Quite a lot of people wondered if this was Pluto's house from ToonTown Country Fair. And they're like me: missing Mickey's house and his note on the doghouse. Sigh. Right, Doug Olson?

Shirley Garcowski, I never thought about that! Where is Pluto's doghouse from Toontown?! I wonder if it's up for auction somewhere... it wasn't in the archives' display at Disneyland's D23 expo with Mickey's mailbox, but that doesn't mean it's not stored.

Sharon Lee was the first to send in the correct answer for the second week in a row! Congratulations to Sharon and to all the readers who got the answer right: Julie Wickware, Lynxy Gurgula, Virginia Pierce, Leach Family, Larissa Huda, Steve Jordan, Emily Hudson, Dee Dee Kenney, Scott Cullen, Belicia Cullen, Al Desimone, Kevin Miller, Debbie Desimone, Audra Miller, Steve Jordan, Mary Beth Tarbet, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Team Hill, Sharon Pierce, Amanda Campbell, Scott Otis, Chris Mase, Deb Ragno, Evanna Huda, Paul Dickson, Misty Mehelic, Brian Yesutis, Hillary Waldroop, Hillary Waldroop, Caryn Schill, Paul Knott, Pam Tees, Kerri Coggins, Lee Anastasi, Brian Miller, Jodi Cook, Megan, Stephanie Hardhous, Erin Loring, Kerry A, Louise Barton, Claire Gregory, Angela Blevins, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Collette Beuther, Sharon Dale, Betsy Silvestri, Millie Tenreiro, Michael Malampy, The Kertes Family, Tina Benco, Jamie Poynton, Ashley Pizzino, Christopher Barnes, Cindy Dore', Tracy Henkel, Mary Virginia Clause, Kelly Zanauskas, Mackenzie D., Katie Bray, Jason &Melinda Lenz, Wayne Chadourne, Robert Anderson , Hunter Armstrong, Kelsi, Nikki Parker, Troy Parker, Christie Condit, Jared Orth, Kelly Smith, Dallas Hamilton, Les Stewart, Heather Hynes, Dan Johnston, Alison Rosenberger, Mark Franklin, April Mcbride, Elyssa H., Vera Williams, Jennifer Mercier, Andrea Kruszewski, Scott Sangston, Patti Mccaffrey, Karen Schlumpf, The O'meara Family, Heidi Goodhue, Lori Netti, Anastasia Macneil, Lauren Thomas, Jeannine , Dave Cole, George Mundy Jr, Melesia Love, Wendy T Faler, Eric Lagerblade, The Patterson Family, Erin Dagney, Christine Dagney, Carol Baranowsky, Patti Deluca, Patti Deluca, Andrea Lott, Debbie Poole, Mike Venere, Barclay Bakkum, Barclay Bakkum, Betsy Dross, Brian Mcwithey, Theres Rucando, Caroline Burmester, Tracy C., Paula B, Linda Allen, Agnes Ciotti, and James And Kathy Berry. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

Speaking of which, guess what time it is! Yes, it is time to announce the monthly winner! That honor goes to: Brian Miller! Congratulations, Brian! Deb Wills will be sending you AllEars swag! She's nice that way. :) I will contact you soon on how you can claim your prize!
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Challenge #219: Where in the world is this?

Now, here is Challenge #219:
 Where in the World #219

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 8th, 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, Players!

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!

March 6, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week: Adventureland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

If you go on an adventure, you are expecting an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity. Disney Adventurelands throughout the world deliver in all aspects except they are not hazardous even if they try to make it fell like they are.

For me, Pirates of the Caribbean at the Magic Kingdom is certainly an unusual and exciting experience. During a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party I attended last fall, I discovered and photographed the enhanced lighting and atmospheric effects surrounding the attraction which brought even more excitement for those attending.

Pirates of the Caribbean lighting during a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Pirates of the Caribbean lighting during a Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/100s, f/1.8, ISO 2500, EV 0.

Lisa will be here on Thursday with her Disney Pic of the Week photo about Adventureland.

March 7, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


I gave myself the gift of taking the day off. See you guys next week.

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Ragtime Mirror on Main Street USA

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Even a veteran of many trips to Walt Disney World can turn a corner and enjoy a new experience. It happened to me in the Magic Kingdom when I came around Casey's Corner and found Jim the Ragtime Pianist just sitting down in front of his piano. The piano mirror allows Jim to play and still interact with guests.

For photographers, a mirror or any other reflective surface opens the door to creative opportunities. Jim was curious about my camera and I answered his questions while I photographed him from different angles.

Jim the Ragtime Pianist at Casey's Corner in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Jim the Ragtime Pianist asking Scott a question while playing at Casey's Corner.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 450, EV +0.3.

Moving to the other side of Jim, colorful balloons, tables and even guests surround him as he tickles the ivories on this piano filling the area with the lively beat of Ragtime tunes.

Jim the Ragtime Pianist at Casey's Corner in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Filling the mirror with colorful colors surrounding Jim the Ragtime Pianist.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 400, EV +0.3.

When walking around be on the lookout for reflective surfaces like mirrors, counters and water in all its forms.

March 8, 2012

An Enchanted Tiki in Disneyland

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


I tinkered with Adobe Photoshop for my Disney Pic of the Week - Adventureland entry. A tiki looks over Guests near Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland.

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March 11, 2012

Where in the World #220

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Time for another Where in the World from AllEars!

Hi to the Hoekzema Family! Thanks for the nice note!

Diane Ramos, I knew you feel all our warmth and magic as we waved Bon Voyage to you!

Here was last week's Challenge:
 Where in the World #219

And here's the answer:

Copyright © 2011 Erin Blackwell Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS, 14mm, 1/100s shutter, f5, ISO 100

I need the children of Paul Dickson, Doug Olson, and Scott Cullen, plus Deb Ragno's granddaughters, to draw closer. Because you, like Hunter Armstrong, Clint Curfman, David Blevins, Tommy And Kelli Sangston, knew this answer right away! Your parents and grandmother might win the monthly drawing because of you! (Kerry Mccaffrey, thanks for bailing out your sister Patti too. ;)

It's Ducky Momo at the Phineas and Ferb Meet and Play Experience in Disney's Hollywood Studios! Specifically, it's a large recreation of Candace's beloved Ducky Momo plush!

Mackenzie D., the families that love Phineas and Ferb together, rock together!

Tina Santacroce and Chris Stockton, please lead us in the Ducky Momo song since you so nicely sang it in your answers:

Ducky Mo
Ducky Momo (Quack quack quack!)
Ducky Mo
Ducky Momo (Quack quack quack!)
Ducky Mo
Ducky Momo (Quack quack quack!)
He's your very best friend!
Who's the happy-time toy toy
For every girl and boy boy
Who's the fuzzy enjoyment
Make fun with Ducky Momo!
Ducky Mo
Ducky Momo (Quack quack quack!)
He's your very best friend! (Quack quack quack!)

EVERYONE got this right! I think that's a new record!! Good for you, Players!

Kevin Miller was the first to send in the correct answer for the second week in a row! Congratulations to Kevin and to all the readers who got the answer right: Kevin Miller, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Chris Masse, Audra Miller, Brian Yesutis, Paul Dickson, Steve Jordan, Julie Wickware, Millie Tenreiro, The Kahle Family, Mary Beth Tarbet, Scott Greenbaum, Kerry A, Kye Layton, Scott Otis, Vera Williams, Doug Olson, Lee Anastasi, Ronni Selzer, Jonathan Thomas, Lauren Thomas, Isabel Johansen, The Hicks Family, Brian Haas, The O'meara Family, Laurie Walker, Debbie Desimone, Al Desimone, Mackenzie D., Jennifer Harmon, Sharon Pierce, Clint Curfman, Brian Gallant, Paula Massarelli, Bridgette Gallagher , Janet Thorn, Evelyn Wilson, Chris Kelly, Deb Ragno, Elyssa H., Dawn Burns, Peter Strukel, Danny T. Mann, Jennifer Rupert, Mike Haeberle, Emily Hudson, Stephanie Visco, Louise Barton, Adam Mcfarland , Kyle Parker, Troy Parker, Paul Knott, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Sam Fritz, Nicole Shuler, James And Kathy Berry, Stefanie Vandiver, Belicia Cullen, Hoekzema Family, Scott Cullen, Tom Koval, Laurie Malesky, Christopher Linscott, Elizabeth And Vicki Edwards, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Carla Nale, Christopher Barnes, Tina Santacroce, Tom Buck, Nicole, Emily Simpson, Dee Dee Kenney, Kerry Mccaffrey, Julie And Kody Rider, Agnes Ciotti, Mark Diba, Pam Tees, Rob And April - Team Vanderpool, Gabriella And Matthieu, Megan Krainski, Larissa Huda, Jacquelyn Law, Alan Law, Duskin Henard, Jacque Law, Kris Nixon, Patti Mccaffrey, Amanda &Ryan Perkins, Tracey Mayfield, Kenny, Walter N. Clark, Kirsten Stark, Kristyn Scibienski, Linda College, Nicole Duddy, Alison Rosenberger, Hillary Waldroop, Vincent Maltese, Shelly Borella, Andy Schumacher, George Mundy Jr, Rebecca Keenan, Brian Mcwithey, B. Kinner, Leigh Mertz, Nathan Firth, Diane Ramos, Mitchell Holmes, Anastasia Macneil, Abigail Grasso, Kerri Coggins, Luis Rodriguez, Susie Howard, Tommy And Kelli Sangston , Matt Degrandis, Jonah Rigby, The Kertes Family, Brian Miller, Clay Anthony, Jim Ludwig, Matt Maas, Linda Mac, Kelly Smith, Les Stewart, Andrew Bailey, Sarah Holodick, Team Hill, Kristi Strembicki, Anne Campbell, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Michelle Brown , Thomas Auckand, Hunter Armstrong, Barclay Bakkum, Sherri Pell, Melissa Kirk, Noah Batista, Theresa Rucando, Angela And David Blevins, Linda Allen, Andrea Kruszewski, Chris Stockton, The Patterson Family, Margie Larmon, Josh Weiss, Dayna Guay, Mike Cerce, and Mandy. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #220: Where in the world is this?

Now, here is the new challenge:
 Where in the World #220

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 8th, 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, Players!

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!

March 13, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week - Morocco

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Morocco, located on the northwest coast of Africa, is an exotic land that incompasses mountains, valleys, and part of the Sahara. Here they grow citrus fruit, create hand painted tiles, and fish. A Cliff Notes version, if you will, of Morocco can be found at Epcot within Walt Disney World. The pavillion features replicas of Moroccan architecture, imported clothing, textiles, and art. Cast Members who work in the pavilion are native to Morocco and enjoy sharing information on their customs.

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Taken while enjoying a short cruise on a Friendship boat from Future World to World Showcase.

Scott will post his photo of Morocco on Thursday.


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March 14, 2012

Saratoga Springs Leading Lines

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


There are a variety of factors that go into a well-composed photograph. Today we'll look at leading lines in the form of a walkway. A leading line takes the person viewing the photograph from one point to another even if one point is the edge of the frame.

As usual, I have some examples for you of what doesn't work and what does.

In this first photo we see a small part of the walkway that one could virtually step onto but it's not an easy step. It simply does not work.

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Next, the walkway is clear at the beginning and guides along. Sure, that lampost feels like it just cut us off but we can see the continuing path. This image is alright.

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Now, having seen these 2 images, what do you think the 3rd photograph would look like and why? Feedback is great in helping me determine what level you folks are at in your photography and gives me ideas for future blogs.


Yep, I'm on Facebook.

I'm delighted that so many of you responded! Thank you. I'm even happier to know you have learned about leading lines and composition form all of our blogs (but mostly mine).

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By moving right, the lamp post jumps out of the walkway so your eyes can visually wander down the path. You can also follow the curve of the shrubs on the left that wind out and in to the walkway.

March 15, 2012

Morocco Belly Dancer

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Dancer entertaining guests inside Restaurant Marrakesh in the Morocco pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dancer entertaining guests inside Restaurant Marrakesh.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5, ISO 6400, EV 0, 48mm Focal Length, bounce flash.

A few times a day, traditional Moroccan music is played and a belly dancer invites children and adults to join her on the floor inside Restaurant Marrakesh in the Morocco pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase. Sometimes she even comes to your table which made for this exciting Disney Pic of the Week on Morocco.

March 16, 2012

Rockin' Around Epcot's World Showcase

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Epcot's World Showcase features live musical entertainment daily and seasonally. Canada, Japan, Morocco and the United Kingdom have permanent stages while Mexico and the American Adventure have roving musicians. Today I am showing you the Rockin' part of World Showcase.

First up is the Celtic Rock band in Canada, Off Kilter. Lead by singer and bagpipe player, Jamie Holton (upper right below), Off Kilter's unmistakable sound pulls people in and their fun on stage presence keeps them there. Along with Jamie, (from top left) bass guitarist Mark Weldon, master guitarist Randy Holbrook and keyboardist Tony Escapa. Not pictured is drummer Scott Zymowski. Click the Photo for a Larger Version.

Off Kilter on stage in the Canada pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Off Kilter on stage in the Canada pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase.

Morocco is our next stop where Mo'Rockin take Arabic rhythms into a contemporary flair. I must admit while the music is good and lively. When the dancer appears, the interest of those around increase and she enjoys teaching little ones to dance, too. Click the Photo for a Larger Version.

Mo'Rockin entertaining in Morocco in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mo'Rockin entertaining in Morocco in Epcot's World Showcase.

Twice a year, Epcot hosts festivals with special musical acts at the America Gardens Theatre in front of the American Adventure. In the Spring, there's the Flower and Garden Festival with a series of concerts called Flower Power. The Fall festival called Food and Wine has the Eat to the Beat concerts. These concerts feature bands from the 1970's and 1980's.

Last Fall, I enjoyed seeing one of my favorite bands from my college days. The Orchestra has former members of the popular band Electric Light Orchestra also known as ELO. If you are at Walt Disney World this May from 4th to the 6th, stop by and enjoy their unique rock sound featuring violinist Mike Kaminski (see below). Click the Photo for a Larger Version.

Former members of ELO make up The Orchestera performing during an Eat to the Beat concert at the America Gardens Theatre, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Former members of ELO make up The Orchestera performing during an Eat to the Beat concert at the America Gardens Theatre.

To make sure you catch all the entertainment found around Epcot, pick up an entertainment guide as you enter the park or in any shops or kiosks.

March 18, 2012

Where in the World #221

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Where in the World time is here again. Your weekly photo game challenge is to determine where the picture is from!

Thank you to Sophia Clifton, Sarah Gallagher, Diane Furtado, Lauree Little, Bonnie Tulenko, Lily-pierre Couet, Chris Kelly, Pizazz, and Rob & April of Team Vanderpool for your wonderful notes! You made my day. :)

Kelly Mager, brain not functioning due to lack of caffeine? I hear you. I'm feeling one of those afternoon drops in energy, and I feel like I'm going to fall asleep on the keyboardzzzzzzzzz dkjflefjfeajfjka........................................... ;)

Steve Jordan, enjoy that Spring Break! Make sure you send at least one of your pictures to picture of the week and tell them you learned tips from the AllEars photographers!

Donnie is also headed for Spring Break as Head Chaperone of 151 High School seniors! Good luck, Donnie! You'll need it. ;-)

Jared Orth, you can see the Giant peeking inside Sir Mickey's! Look up around the ceiling and you will see him looking at you!

Here was last week's Challenge:
 Where in the World #220

And here's the answer:

Copyright © 2011 Erin Blackwell Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS, 12mm, 1/500s shutter, f.5, ISO 500

It's Mickey above the Mickey's Philharmagic marquee! I took this picture to align the crown with Mickey's head, like Cinderella at the fountain. Vicki And Elizabeth Edwards said it was very peaceful at midnight of One More Disney Day. ;)

Let's hear it for Jeremy Mccaffrey, Noah Schweizer, Doug Olson's child, Shelly Borella's daughter, Allyson Sodrosky's daughter, and Pam Tees' twins who gave their families the answer!

Elyssa H., that's a good thought! Even if it's not intentional, this Mickey is a nice homage to the conductor Mickey in the original Mickey Mouse Revue.

Chloe Mayhew, I wish I was in Walt Disney World rather than working too. :(

Cara Richards was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Cara and to all the readers who got the answer right: Emily Hudson, Nicole Amidon, Lee Anastasi, Peter Strukel, Julie Wickware, The Kahel Family, Tim Johansen, Virginia Pierce, Sharon Pierce, Mary Beth Tarbet, Larissa Huda, Brenda, Audra Miller, Kerry A., Kevin Miller, Pasquale Crea, Angela And David Blevins, Kris Nixon, Jessica Folan, Maureen Handy, Daniel Record, Kerri Coggins, Annette Nuenke, Tricia Petty, Bob Dalman, Kathryn, Axel Beer, Erin Dagney, Mary Hogue, Christine Dagney, Katie Murphy , Kari Ann, Kelly, Mitchell Skelton , Greg Gallo, Barbara Ajak , Chris Horne, Claressa Nisley, Kelly Mager, Chris Masse, Shannon Milair, Jonathan Ward, Jolynn Digiallonardo, Debbie Desimone, Amanda Campbell, Jamie K, Al Desimone, Michelle Raimist, Jennifer Campos, Clint Curfman, Teala Van De Ven, Laurie Nicholson, Dolly Rettig, Steve Jordan, Dana Karas, Shannon Pettipas, Romie Brown, Jason And Melinda Lenz, Kim Mobley, Carla Nale, Krystal Pound, Dawn Bach, Jessica Price, Stephanie Canales, Louise Barton, Kati Sliter, Kelly Montgomery, Sophia Clifton, Tami H., Jennifer Harmon, Kathy Seaboldt, Shannon Holden, Spring Smith, Clare S, Jacqueline Murphy, Ansley, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Jacqueline Murphy, Patti Mccaffrey, Leach Family, Renee E, Kerry Mccaffrey, Brian Miller, Sara Colwell, Matthew Herman, Bill Mckim, The Perras Family, Janet Chocky, Janine Caputo, James And Kathy Berry, Shaun Leake, Dawn Burns, Laurie Walker, Chloe Mayhew, Heather Young, Craig, Linda College, Cathy Skiba, Lorine Landon, Sharon Lee, Mike Venere, Adam Mcfarland, Belicia Cullen, Mckenzie Donald, Scott Cullen, Maryann Eckenrode, Phinon Woodside, Diane Tredore, Carolynn Gamill, Pollyanna Buff, Team Hill, Eva Mayhew, Jeff Schoeling, Kye Layton, Paul Dickson, Hannah Couture, Jen Cerce, Betsy Silvestri, Hunter Armstrong, Sara Campbell, Donnie, Paula Massarelli, Ken Maikowski, Katie Schafer, Dave Wang, Linda Scrivano, Cindy Dore, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Bruce Hinterleitner, Melissa Roberts, Deb Ragno, Tiffany Gibb, K.l. Beasley, Katie Bray, Kyle Mennig, Evanna Huda, Rob Blundin, Steve Knapp, Courtney Payne, Morgan M. , Troy Parker, Nikki Parker, Chris Pierce, Evelyn Wilson, Mike Haeberle, Jennifer Larosa, Susan Higginbotham, Chrissie Smith, Brendan Abel, Jayson Conroy , Karen Hotchkiss, Curtis Bille, Tom Koval, Elizabeth Howarth, Melissa Nute, Kyler Scott , Rich Esker, Becky Norman, Pat Morin, Susie Howard, Bruce Jones, Paula Terrill, Bob Hendrix, Dale Knight , Laurie Malesky, Melina Anne Hillis, Duskin Henard, Janet Thorn, Karen Ramirez, Paul Newman, Ken, Vicki And Elizabeth Edwards, Julie And Kody Rider, Mary Virginia Clause, Scott Stubbs, Claire Gregory, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Jodi Cook, John P, Christine Holzman, Jennifer Rupert, Doug Buchheit, Megan Krainski, Mike O'brien, Dusty Cheatham, Brian And Ali Yesutis, Paul Knott, Antoinette Leblanc, Nick Bentz, Michelle Thompson, Chris B, Amber Slifer , Blake Schmidt, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Josh Weiss, The O'meara Family, Vera Williams, Michael Malampy, E. C. Weesy, Kelsi B., Brian Gallant, Kenny, Elizabeth Macgregor, Anna, Robert Anderson, Sarah Gallagher, Erica Lacey, Ronni Selzer, Walter N. Clark, Les Stewart, John Hout, Jennifer Mccurry, Jodi Bello, Andrew Loft, Nina Pietrobono, Debbie Poole, Diane Furtado, Kelli Sangston , Christopher Barnes, Karen Schlumpf, Sam Fritz, Caryn Schill, Dee Dee Kenney, Peg F, Kelly Zanauskas, Michael Mclucas And Jackie Mclucas, Mario Grasso Iii, Tyler Brown , Jonah Rigby, Steve Smith, Miranda W, Herb Miller, Jenny Haas, Lauren Thomas, The Kertes Family, Ed Elder, Mackenzie D., Linda Kasych, Jennifer Lalli, Angie Young, Christie Condit, Amy Filliben , Doug Olson, Jennifer Townsend, Carla C, Sandra Shaw, David B, Misty Mehelic, Russ Morgan, Heather Pedulla, Jerry Weldon, Chris Kelly, Amanda Perkins, Tom Hermes, Tracy Henkel, Emma Ramsey, Ashley Hill, Kimberly Kusser, Jeff Blank, Jeremy Hardy, Leigh Mertz, Scott Otis, Derek Carty, Lauree Little, Andrea Lott, Kristyn Scibienski, Phil Vickers, Wayne Chadourne, Tracy, April Haddock, Sharri, Bob Patterson, Brian Grabowski, Brian Haas, Mike M., Melesia Love, Pam Tees, Andrea Kruszewski, Kerrie Hogan, Becky Fields, Sarah Holodick, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Fran Skall, Ken Rhinehart, Brian Mcwithey, Kristen Carde, Elizabeth Scarborough, Chris Bauman, Heather Hynes, Threresa Rucando, Chuck Everson, Noah Schweizer (8 Yrs Old), Victoria Finnegan, Les Whitten, Bonnie Tulenko, Samantha French, Michelle, Margie Larmon, Mike Gillardi, Jim Finley, Kellie Harpel, Jacquelyn Law, Andrew Pettit, Alan Law, Jacque Law, Lily-pierre Couet, Jeremy Reichelt, Wanda M., Shelly Borella, Dan Johnston, Karrie Duffey, Lisa Zitek, The Hicks Family, Kelly Taylor, Gennaro Rosato, Matt Holley, Kathryn Hughes, Carri Marotto, The Patterson Family, Timothy Hutchinson, Sandi B, Kimberly, Dan Mangini, Kelly Smith, Mike Pennington, Tara W., James Steele, Jennifer Tremley, Rob &April - Team Vanderpool, PS. Rob and I have such a great time each week looking and figuring out each picture. , The Linscott Family, Hillary Waldroop, Michelle Wilinski, Michael Olszak, Davida, Maryann Romagnano, Mickey Eckert, Mark, Chuck Sands, Michelle Palazzo, Scott Greenbaum, Anastasia Macneil, Alan Mize, Kathy Curtis, Erica Sipich, Regina Allen, Diane Ramos, Elyssa H., Jeff Finger, Jullie Pudem, Cathy Connors, Troy Vandeschraaf, Sandra Edwards, Suzanne Denham, Lori Rienhardt, Vincent Maltese, Jennifer Merier, Sarah Francis, John Foggo, Matt Ciccone, Teri Michalski, Earl Wilcher, Brian Sheets, Jenn Steele, Mike Haven, Allyson Sodrosky, Mitchell Holmes, Amy Park, Tracy Discher, Heidi Goodhue, Freya Schmidt, Brianr, Carolyn Como, Vicki Vaught, Ron Harper, Ed Suscreba, Matt Degrandis, Stephanie M., Luis Rodriguez, Stacy Lee, Randi Balch, Jeannine Reid, Stephanie Hardhouse, Joy Johnston, Jason Skow, Sue Stanley, Ken, Nadine Anderson, Rebecca Keenan, Kate, Julie Duffy, Nathan Firth, Patty Carty, Jodi Johnson, George Mundy Jr, Stefanie Vandiver, Phil Thach, Christopher Bourassa, Tom Buck, Alyssa, Patrick Albrecht, Ashley Pizzino, Mary Tackett, Bob Henriksen, Harry Wilson, Marcia Mardirosian, Gregg Mcglasson, Patti Deluca, Vickie Scioneaux, David Ballard, Elaine Kleinhenz, Michael Seigworth, Millie Tenreiro, Jennifer Bogdan, Patty Newton, Lisa Forsythe-kane, Robert Eckerson, Sharon Dale, Donna Hood, Jane Johnson, Joseph M Zafia, Julie Johnson, Ronnie Schreyer, Emily Harper, Chuck Warfel, Barclay Bakkum, Tom Higbee, Chip Vermette, Melissa Littman, Carol Donoghue, Trish Babler, Kristen Mccoy, Missy Jordan, Gary Bracknell, Matthew Jadro, Susie Roberts, Shirley Garcowski, Karen Smith, Jennifer Chartier, Caroline Burmester, Jo Ann Bailey, Jo Ann Bailey, Becky Hosinger, Shannon Thomas, Pizazz, Agnes Ciotti, Christopher Hall, Chris Stockton, Carolyn R. Conway, Michelle Fern, John And Tracey Roerty, Lucinda, Stuart Hale, Jean Martowlis, and Caitlin Rush. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #221: Where in the world is this?

Now, here is the new challenge:
 Where in the World #221

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 22nd, 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, Players!

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!


March 20, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week: On the Beach

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

There are lots of places at Walt Disney World to enjoy a beach but you can not go for a swim at any of them. If you go on a Disney Cruise to the Caribbean, you will stop at Castaway Cay where you can swim at one of two beaches. Castaway Beach is for families while Serenity Bay is for adults only.

Serenity Bay beach on Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line, Bahamas.
Serenity Bay Beach on Castaway Cay.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/13, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 150mm Focal Length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share an On the Beach photo for her Disney Pic of Week.

March 21, 2012

Photographing Hogwarts Through Trees

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Witches and wizards, grab your cameras and take aim. Put down the wands. No magic is required for this assignment, only creativity. I want you to choose a large subject and look at it from a distance. Are there trees between you and what you're aiming at? Good. I want you to use the branches to your advantage. Use them to add dimension to the shot.

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These branches add a touch of mystery to the shot because they keep us from getting a clear view of Hogwarts. Be certain not to block so much of the subject that the average person can't make it out.

More drama can be created with a few simple adjustments. A slight change in angle includes the top of a fence at the bottom of the frame. This tells the viewer to stay back. Mother Nature adds some quick moving clouds for pops of white in the sky. A quickie post production darkening of midtones and a new photo emerges.

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Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry can be found at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, FL.

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March 22, 2012

Hammock Time by Lago Dorado

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


When you're too pooped to party and still want to feel the warm sun and cool breeze, head on over to Coronado Springs and plop down in a hammock. Lago Dorado sits in the center of the resort and is surrounded by 3 themed "residential" areas; Ranchos, Casitas, and Cabanas.

Ahhh, I can hear the music playing now. Ay, ay, ay, ay. Canta y no llores porque cantando se alegran cielito lindo los corazones.

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Disfruta mi foto para Disney Pic of the Week - On the Beach/En la Playa

March 23, 2012

Illuminations over Imagination in Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I follow many photographers who enjoy perfecting their craft in Disney parks all over the world. These men and women come up with many photo ideas I often make note of these photos to try an attempt myself. These help to push my photographic skills as I try to master new techniques and see things differently.

Once a person has photographed the many Disney fireworks shows from the traditional viewpoints, one looks for different angles and perspectives. I had seen versions of the photo below. To photograph it, I found this position across from the Journey into Imagination pavilion's famous reverse waterfall a few minutes before Illuminations started. I setup a tripod and put a three-stop neutral density filter on a wide angle lens. Unlike when I can hear the show music, I had to wait for the bursts to emerge high enough to open the shutter.

Illuminations firework bursts behind the Imagination pavilion in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Illuminations firework bursts behind the Imagination pavilion.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 8.6s, f/9, ISO 400, EV 0, 16mm focal length, 3-stop ND filter, tripod.

If you are looking for alternative places to photograph firework shows at any of the Disney parks, websites like flickr have thousands of images for you to get inspiration from.

March 25, 2012

Where in the World #222

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Welcome to all the new and veteran players of AllEars.Net's Where in the World: the weekly photo game challenge where you figure out where the picture is from! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see the details Disney Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Thank you, Lauree Little, for such a wonderful note! I'm so thrilled you enjoy it here each week!
Diane Ramos, I am blown away by how many people follow Where in the World each week. We had around 500 correct answers last week! FIVE HUNDRED! Isn't that incredible?
People even stop Deb Wills or me to say how much they enjoy this every Sunday. On top of that, so many people like you drop me a note in their answers. Wow.... I never would have imagined this would happen. It's a piece of Disney magic right here. Tinkerbell

Chris Kelly, don't let the Challenges drive you nuts. Let that go, dearheart. We would all miss you. Smiley from millan.net LOL!

Pssst, Kelly Smith, we're about to do last week's Challenge, so I need to whisper something to you first: you were right. :-) And, Christi Ison, you made it in plenty of time!

Here was last week's Challenge:
 Where in the World #221

And here's the answer:

Copyright © 2011 Erin Blackwell Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS, 4mm, 1/400s shutter, f2.7, ISO 125

The Rainforest Cafe sign in Disney's Animal Kingdom! This was a tough one and I am surprised, as always, at how many people got the right answer. Players, you are amazing! I would never get half of these challenges right, but I do find myself noticing more and more details in the parks after being a part of this game for a year. Maybe I will get good enough to guess the right answer 50% of the time. :)

I took this picture last December when two of the AllEars photographers, Scott and Barrie, started their Photo Meet. What a great time that was!

Belicia Cullen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Belicia and to all the readers who got the answer right: Scott Cullen, The O'meara Family, The Strukel Family, Daniel Record, Kelly Mager, Julie and Dave Wickware, Dale Knight, Audra Miller, Kevin Miller, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Elizabeth Edwards And Vicki, Craig, Rob Blundin, Claire Gregory, Paul Dickson, Angie Young, Matt Degrandis, Jennifer Tremley, Millie Tenreiro, Carri Marotto, Scott Otis, Kelly Smith, Sarah Holodick, Tom Buck, Kelli Sangstom, Walter N. Clark, Christi Ison, Agnes Ciotti, Brian Mcwithey, Brian Grabowski, Ashley Elizabeth, Emily Hudson, Halo Barker, Chris Kelly, Ashley Pizzino, Patti Mccaffrey, Mike Cerce, Freya Schmidt, Gabriella & Matthieu, and Margie Larmon. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #222: Where in the world is this?

We had an easy one 2 weeks ago and a tough one last week (Claire Gregory, I'm glad you liked the challenge, and Patti Mccaffrey, girl, it was a teeth grinder, wasn't it!). I'm trying to do a medium level for this week. I hope you agree!

We're staying in the parks, walking around, and we see this:

 Where in the World #222

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 29th, 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, Players!

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!

March 27, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week - Downtown Disney

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Walt Disney World's main shopping and dining district is comprised of three sections that make up Downtown Disney. West Side is the home of Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba show, video and virtual game destination DisneyQuest, hot air balloon ride Characters in Flight, and celebrity-owned restaurants. In the center sits Pleasure Island which is currently awaiting its makeover. Shops include Harley-Davidson, Curl, and Design-A-Tee. The most popular place to eat is Raglan Road, an Irish pub. Lastly, Marketplace is a Disney fans shopping fantasy with small stores specializing in everything from paintings to pins and board games to bath towels. A vast array of dining options include Fulton's Crab House, Portobello, and Earl of Sandwich.

Team Mickey Athletic Club carries exactly what you'd expect, given it's name. Located in the Marketplace, those hoping to go pro (and the rest of us) can gear up in MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL shirts, hats, and accessories. Don't worry, Mickey and his pals also get into the act.

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Peg Leg Pete is ready to bat for his team of up-to-no-good scoundrels. Look out!

Scott's take on Downtown Disney will be available on Thursday.

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March 28, 2012

Disney Vacations: Color vs Black and White Challenge

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


I was (and still am) a brat while studying photography. My photojournalism teacher and I used to go head to head over her assignments and what I wanted to do. One such item was my determination to only shoot in black and white. To me, photojournailm means documenting history as it occurs and for some reason in my 19 year old brain, that meant it had to be in black and white. It came as a relief to my Boston Globe longtime staff photographer teacher and probably to my classmates as well, when on a vacation to California I began shooting in color. I was told that my images showed that I loved the state and came alive out on the west coast. They were right because less than a year later I made my first attempt to live out there. Sure, I only lasted 2 months but we won't get into that now.

The reason I bring all of this to light is because I want you to step outside of your norm. My guess is that 99.9% of you always shoot your family vacations in color. That's how digital cameras are set up unless you manually change the settings. The other option, if you're worried you won't like the results, is to shoot in color and then when you come home, convert the photos to black and white with photo editing software. It is a rare possibility that your camera will record an image in color and in black and white at the same time. To find out, consult your camera's manual.

Consider this your assignment. The next time you take a Disney vacation or go on any outing, shoot in black and white. Send me 1 or 2 of your favorite photos and I'll post them throughout the year. If you shoot in color, send me (lisaberton followed by @ and the name of this website) the image in color as well as a black and white version so folks can compare the two. Everyone who takes part will receive some AllEars.Net trading cards from me. How's that for some incentive!

I will follow thru on my upcoming trip in May. Until then, here's an example to get you going

The entrance to El Centro, the main building of Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, is vibrant and with hanging flower basket and cool to the touch tiles. Sunlight shines down through skylights when the sun is overhead.
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Part of what makes a color image work in black in white is tones. Black and white photography is comprised of the Zone System which gives us 10 steps of range from white to black. Varying shades in a black and white image give it depth and contrast.
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Keep up with my freelance writing and photography via my Facebook page.


March 29, 2012

Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Original 1762 roast beef sandwich at the Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Original 1762 roast beef sandwich at the Earl of Sandwich.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5, ISO 720, EV +0.7, 28mm focal length.

Any trip to Downtown Disney leads us to either a lunch or dinner at the Earl of Sandwich restaurant. My favorite sandwich there is The Original 1762 and is a mouth watering roast beef sandwich on the Earl's freshly made Artesian Baked Loaf. I add some chips and my favorite British drink, a Strongbow cider. Cheers from my Disney Pic of the Week on Downtown Disney.

March 30, 2012

Shopping in Downtown Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

My family and I make deals these days when spending time at Walt Disney World. They give me time to photograph and I give them time to shop. They also know to feed me just to be safe. Like at the Earl of Sandwich when the day calls for a shopping safari at Downtown Disney's Marketplace. Else, I might start to look like Donald Duck does in Disney's Pin Traders.

Donald Duck looks grumpy in the Disney's Pin Traders shop at Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
A grumpy Donald Duck in the Disney's Pin Traders Shop at Downtown Disney.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/4, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length.

Just beware that even if you are going to Downtown Disney to dine. A few of the restaurants have shops inside of them like the T-Rex Cafe where the popular Mall favorite, Build-A-Bear, has morphed into Build-A-Dino.

Build A Dino shop inside the T-Rex Cafe in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Build A Dino shop inside the T-Rex Cafe.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length.

Then there's the World of Disney store. It is approximately 51,000 square feet housing every imaginable kind of Walt Disney World souvenir, clothing and merchandise. The entrance below is guarded by Stitch and is the reason why you should always look up when on Disney property.

World of Disney shop entrance guarded by Stitch in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
World of Disney shop entrance guarded by Stitch.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.3, ISO 320, EV -0.3, 98mm focal length.

I do find many ways to entertain myself while my family shops. The stores are filled with wonderful details, colors and Disney magic. However, after a while, I do feel like time is just tick-tocking away and we should be getting back to a park for more fun and photography.

Time ticks and tocks away inside the World of Disney shop in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Time ticks and tocks away inside the World of Disney.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/30s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length, rear-sync, bounced flash.

Remember, give others in your traveling party time to enjoy what their passions are. Even if it means spending time doing things you would rather not be.

I will be off next week for a family vacation. Not to Disney this time though I have a feeling I might find some Disney magic along the way. If you would like, you can follow my non-Disney twitter account here: Scott Thomas.

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