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November 1, 2012

Halloween Lighting for the Haunted Mansion

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Haunted Mansion lighting during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Haunted Mansion lighting during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/30s, f/11, ISO 500, EV 0, 16mm focal length.

During Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, many areas of the Magic Kingdom get enhanced atmospheric (aka fog) and lighting. The Haunted Mansion is the perfect attraction for this and is my Disney Pic of the Week for the Haunted Mansion.

November 2, 2012

EPCOT30 Celebration

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Future World from the monorail over Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Future World from the monorail over Epcot.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/125, f/16, ISO 200, EV -0.6, 16mm focal length.

A few things have changed in this view of Epcot's Future World from the monorail since the park opened in 1982. The trees and landscaping have been expanded. There is a water play area and the Phineas and Ferb: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure kiosk along the promenade between Future World and World Showcase now. Oh, and nobody had come up with the idea of a Food & Wine Festival so there was no Ocean Spray Cranberry Bog setup.

Pavilions have come and gone in Future World and a couple of countries were added to World Showcase since Epcot opened. Landscaping has been used to create avenues instead of the wide open terraces around Future World. Horizons and World of Motion have been replaced by Mission: SPACE and Test Track. Morocco opened in 1984 and Norway made its appearance in 1988 to fill out the current eleven countries in World Showcase. (edited after guest comment was received, see comments below).

On October 1, 2012, Walt Disney World celebrated Epcot's 30th Anniversary. It was a beautiful sunny day and unusually hot and humid for early October. Thousands of people lined up at the turnstiles to enter at opening. Cast members passed out special EPCOT30 pins and park maps.

People lined up on either side of the dedication plaque flagpole outside Epcot on October 1, 2012, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
People lined up on either side of the dedication plaque flagpole outside Epcot on October 1, 2012.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 200, EV -0.6, 28mm focal length.

Below is a close up of the dedication plaque which reads:

"To all who come to this place of joy, hope and friendship, welcome.

"Epcot Center is inspired by Walt Disney's creative genius. Here, human achievements are celebrated through imagination, the wonders of enterprise, and concepts of a future that promises new and exciting benefits for all.

"May Epcot Center entertain, inform and inspire. And, above all, may it instill a new sense of belief and pride in man's ability to shape a world that offers hope to people everywhere."
- E. "Card" Walker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Walt Disney Productions, Oct. 24, 1982

Close up of Epcot's dedication plaque outside the front entrance, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Close up of Epcot's dedication plaque outside the front entrance.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/4.8, ISO 200, EV -0.6, 65mm focal length.

Many of the people there were looking to buy limited edition EPCOT30 merchandise. Disney released pins, t-shirts, shirts, hoodies, mobile phone accessories, shot glasses and other things to only be sold on October 1st. Other kinds of merchandise was only available for a few days before and after the 1st. As you can image, the line to buy this merchandise was long. My party waited three hours to get into the special 30th Anniversary section of Mouse Gears.

Epcot30 merchandise on display at Mouse Gear in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Epcot30 merchandise on display at Mouse Gear.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.3, ISO 3600, EV 0, 112mm focal length, polarizer filter.

When photographing through windows either on a monorail or a store, use a Cicrular Polarizing Filter (CPL) to cut down on reflections.

If you were not at Epcot on October 1st, you can enjoy the special events on Deb Wills' blog here: Epcot's 30th Anniversary.

November 4, 2012

Where in the World #253

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Hello from Walt Disney World, Players! Where magic lives!Smiley from millan.net
Actually, this is my last night. I have to pack to leave in the morning. I'm handling it well.
Smiley from millan.net

To Kerry A, Diane Ramos, Pam Tees, and all the Players who were hit by the hurricane this past week, I hope you and yours are safe with no damage to your homes!

One magical second after another; just like you said, Rob And April Vanderpool. Even half-seconds. Not to make anyone jealous, Players, but no, I won't say it. It will sound like bragging. (I got into a new Fantasyland soft opening!) So I won't say it. (It was cool! Still miss Mickey's house, but it was cool! Get the frozen cider thing at Gaston's. It's delicious!) Because it just wouldn't be right to say it.

Jason And Melinda Lenz, I saw you waving to me! Some people in Epcot thought I was waving at them,but it was aimed at you!

I can see you waving too, Claire Gregory! I'm waving back!! Can you see me? I'm the one crying because I wish I was still there!

Agnes Ciotti, sorry about the mix-up. I got you all set in the winners for the AK Camel!

Kerri Coggins, you're Disney countdown project sounds amazing!! Players, Kerri does this: "Our countdown project which is kinda our own Where in the World'. I use pics from last years trip, cropped and enlarged and print out then arrange on a poster board and cover with squares of card stock. Then my son takes off one square a day and guesses where the pic is from. He really enjoys it!"

We should have a "Where in the World" meet next time AllEars has a big celebration. Not sure what we would do, but we definitely need to get us all together, Players.

Here was the challenge last week:
 Where in the World #252

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell

I'm standing underneath the AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport as Jenn Steele said) Walker in front of Star Tours in Disney's Hollywood Studios. My husband rode the new version for the first time on this trip and loved it so much, we rode it two more times right after that! I also had a shoot out - lightsaber duel with someone trying to find the Rebel spy. Good times, Players. Good times (and noodle salad).

We had more good technical jargon this week like Annie Snodgrass using the term "the snow machine thing", but the best I've ever heard for a Walker was a woman on QVC buying something for her husband who called it "the thing that looks like a dog but it shoots people". ;)

Robert Anerson, I take a picture under the foot too! It was even one of the Challenges! I should dress up one time for it. That would be great.

Tricia Noble warns "Careful. You might get shot." Oh, if I had a dime every time that's happened, Tricia....

Look at Clay Anthony pointing out the AT-AT was only in Empire Strikes Back! Too true, Clay! The Scout (or Chicken) Walker was also in ROTJ. See? I'm not just another pretty face. :)
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Ed Elder was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ed and to all the readers who got the answer right: Chris Kelly, Bruce Jones, Mike Cerce, The Strukel Family, Belicia Cullen, Agnes Ciotti, Scott Cullen, Brian Gallant, The Kahle Family , Julie Wickware, Jenny Brennan, Mary Beth Tarbet, Kris Nixon, Annie Snodgrass, Deb Ragno, Emma Ramsey, Paul Dickson, Laurie Walker, David And Melissa Lizewski, Mark Benton, Bill Mckim, Kerry A, Clairegregory, Jonathan Thomas, Chris And Alison , Wayne Chadourne, Larissa Huda, Jonah Rigby, Tinkerbell Wells, Chris Masse, Stefanie Vandiver, Dave Wang, Duskin Henard, Daniel Meagher, Alan Mize, Megan Krainski, Ken Maikowski, Team Hill, Angie Young, Maggie Klotz, Tommy Montgomery, Paul Knott, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Kye Layton, Pollyanna Buff, Lauren Thomas, Amanda Campbell, Louise Barton, Nick Bentz, Maryann Eckenrode, Sharon Dale, Mike Haven, Linda Scrivano, Tricia Petty, Allyson &Ben Sodrosky, Annette Nuenke, Jackie Purcell, Morgan M., Linda College, Tracey Mcgann, Erin Hammer, Allison Caputa, Curtis Bille, Danielle Murgia, Matt Holley, Jason And Melinda Lenz, Jeff Blank, Griffin Harpel, Theems, Carolyn Como, Robert Anerson, Betsy Silvestri, Carol Gamill, Double Family, Clay Anthony, The Moore Family, Mickey Mouse , Hobbes And Snorky, Logan Smathers, Kimberly Kusser, Mike Walter, Kerri Coggins, Rob Blundin, Julie And Kody Rider, Frances Phebus, Phil Vickers, Patrick Broaddus, Angela And David Blevins, Josh Carney, Vera Williams, Mickey Eckert, Jeremy Hardy, Karen Smith, Jeff & Cheryl Simmons, The Malesky Family, Maureen Hanlon, Jen Cerce, Melissa Such, Penny Urell, Debra Kuklinski, Derek Carty, Chuck Sands, Tim Johansen, Vicki Edwards, Doug Reichl, Chris Connors, Luis Rodriguez, Scott Bowes, Leach Family, Debbie Connors, Jerry Weldon, John Connors, Karrie Duffey, Tim Jeltes, Pam Tees , Mike Malampy, Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Vicki Vaught, Madison Hovan, Jennifer Townsend, Rob And April - Team Vanderpool, The O'meara Family, Mike Haeberle, Scott Greenbaum, Steve Smith, John Hout, Ronnie Schreyer, Walter N. Clark, Kirsten Miller, Heather Pedulla, Pam Vanaustin, Cathy Connors, Trina Noggle, Blake Schmidt, Cameron Lange, Dallas Hamilton, Wade A. Williams, Andrew Pettit, Christopher Hall, Eric Holmes, Zachary Ott, Elizabeth Scarborough, Elyssa H., Kathryn Hughes, Jessica Folan, Kate Fischer, Ashley Hill, Chris Bauman, Sandra Edwards, Tricia Noble, James Greene, Rebecca Baker, Emily Watson, Anna Keene, Alison Rosenberger, Doug Andrews, Timothy Hutchinson, Olivia D, Chrissy, Al Ganter, The Parker Family, Corinne Corley, Jaclyn Kelch, Hayley Valk, Kelly Smith, Melodye Berry, Sara Holloway, Anastasia Macneil, Jim Finley, Caleb Roland, Maryann Romagnano, Amber Slifer, Andrew Weed, Scott Stubbs, Erin Loring, Francis Lachance, Jennifer Chartier, Karen Schlumpf, Steve Jordan, Jaime Thomson, Susie Howard, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Russ Morgan, Mike Kaczanowski, Steve Benson, Wendy Snelgrove, Mike Pennington, David W., Pecosace, Carri Marotto, Rick Roniger, Rob Jacob, Chris Forner, Janet Matson, Andrew Swiatowicz, John Bickers, Wendy Barney, Wendy Barney, Laura Vaughn, Ashley P., Marshall Stevens, Carol Bolger, Misty Mehelic, Brian Mcwithey, David Forister, Kevin , Kevin Miller, Audra Miller, Koby W. , Aimee Yattaw, Rob Steere, John Arena Jr, Sarah M. Joyner, Melesia Love, Craig, C Baranowsky, Wendy Shust, Hillary Waldroop, Jenn Steele, Marc Lorenzo, Brian Yesutis, Ken Fischler, Jeremy Reichelt, Richard Smith, Jason Ward, Bill Ollio, The Kertes Family, Frank Drobny, Christopher Barnes, Scott Vasko, Jason Comegys, Debbie Hicks, Christina Heckman, Teri Michalski, Jason Geberdt, Shirley Garcowski, Chris Courson, David Todd, Nicole Shuler, Housbin Pharteen, Michael And Kelly Barnes, Les Whitten, Christy Schor, Obioma Ezi, Cynthia Hitchcock, John Menjes, Jeff &Craig Powell, David, Heidi Goodhue, Shelly Sprys, Vickie Scioneaux, Beth Konde, Nancy Angelos, Gallagher Family, Robert Burge Jr, Cecilia Bruce, Mike Leonard, Matt Ciccone, Pamela Donato, Bob Henriksen, Joseph Zafia, Terry Berringer, Jared Meeker, Robin Younger, Mike Gillardi, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Barclay Bakkum, Anne Reed, Jackie Klafeta, Dave Kanigowski, Sandy Kanigowski, John Crocker, Melissa Kirk, Jennifer Mercier, Amy Freeman, Rachel , Andy Schumacher, Trish Babler, Scott Schuyler, Kurt Knappman, James Hammack, Matt, Mike Schultz, Wendy T Faler, Kari Boyle, Wendy Mowery, Jo Ann Bailey, Karen Crabtree, Michael Samarel, Emily Harper, Mary Beth Mclaughlin, Tom Curley, Janet Thorn, Schawn Waldo, John Pasqueralli, Edward Bagnell, Les Stewart, Peter Quinn, Debbie, Kelly Mager, Patti Mccaffrey, Theresa Maradei, Kerry Mccaffrey, Jane Johnson, Tom Koval, Eric Weisser, Elizabeth H, Anita Jodouin, Jullie Pudem, Walter Gover, Jeff Beauchamp, Jason Skow , Evald Olson, Michelle Palazzo, Kelly Zanauskas, Dan D, Morag Lemon , Sara Mussman, Stacy Guarracino, Kristi Strembicki, Dan Mangini, Frankie Hubbard, Diane Ramos, Fran Giovinazzo, Kelly Cummings, Mario Grasso, Kara Cummings, Ronald Delorey, Chris Straw, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Jennifer Aaron, Brian Serowinski, Carolyn Duff, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Agnes Ciotti, Doug Olson Family, Lee Anastasi, Owen Newman, and John Foggo. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

Now it's time to announce the October monthly winner! The winner is Claire Gregory! Congratulations! You'll be receiving a prize from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #253: Where in the world is this?

Ready for the first challenge in November?
 Where in the World #253

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 8th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

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!

November 6, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week: Canada

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Canada pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase is home to the O'Canada CircleVision 360 Theater. The movie got a make over in 2007 and is hosted by Canadian actor Martin Short. He does liven up the movie a lot and most of the imagery from the original movie is still used including a scene were the Royal Canadian Mounted Police encircle the audience during a filmed performance.

A quick trivia question for you. Do you know what the National Sport of Canada is?

Canadian Mounted Police circling the audience in Epcot's Canada pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Canadian Mounted Police circling the audience in Epcot's Canada pavilion.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 6400, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

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

November 7, 2012

Caption Contest Winner

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton



Two weeks ago I posted a photo caption contest. Today, I am happy to announce the winner is Sarah H. for her caption, "Here, Eric, honey. Your cowlick is acting up again."

Sarah has won an assortment of my photography note cards and postcards. Sarah, send your mailing address to me at lisaberton followed by @ and allears.net

Congratulations! Thank you to everyone to everyone who participated.

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November 8, 2012

Hotel du Canada

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Oh, Canada, I like visiting you in Florida but I'd prefer to visit you in person. Plus, you're much closer to me than Florida is.

Hotel du Canada is the big building you see from afar. Too bad you can't go inside the "hotel". Honestly, I don't even know if the building is used for anything. Perhaps part of it houses the attraction, a Circle-Vision 360° film.

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What good is a hotel without housekeeping carts?! :wink, wink:

Disney Pic of the Week- Canada


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November 9, 2012

Cast Member Magic at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney parks are wonderful.The attractions and rides are second to none in the world. As Lisa would remind us, without the Cast Members, the MAGIC we all associate with a Disney vacation would not exist. On my last trip, I meet three such Cast Members which created magic for my family and other guests.

While eating at Trail's End Buffet, I watched Chef Stephen going over foods on the buffet for a guest who had special dietary needs. Disney chefs are very good at helping guests with health concerns enjoy good meals at Disney restaurants. After he was finished, I talked with him a bit and asked if I could take his photo. He obliged, though a bit surprised. Thanks, Stephen!

Chef Stephen at Trail's End Buffet at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Chef Stephen at Trail's End Buffet.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 500, EV +0.3, 45mm focal length, bounce flash.

After enjoying a performance by the Voices of Liberty in the American Adventure, one of the performers noticed my daughter singing along and sought her out. My daughter was thrilled as she has sung in choirs since grade school.

Voices of Liberty Singer in Epcot's American Adventure, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Voices of Liberty Singer with guest in the American Adventure.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60, f/8, ISO 800, EV +1, 36mm focal length, bounced flash.

If any of you visited Walt Disney World towards the end of September this year, you know how hot and humid it was. So, it was with delight and relief when I entered the Fountainview Cafe in Epcot's Future World to order up a strawberry ice cream cone. The server was a College Program Cast Member who took pride in getting the ice cream correctly in the cone so it would not fall out. I know this as I had been watching her. Look at her concentration.

Fountainview Cafe Server making an ice cream cone in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Fountainview Cafe Server making an ice cream cone for a guest.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/80s, f/4.8, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 62mm focal length.

These cast members helped make my last trip magical and give me and my family three reasons to keep going back.

November 11, 2012

Where in the World #254

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

It's Bon Voyage time again, Players! Everybody crowd around and on 3, we say it together. Ready... 1, 2, 3! Bon Voyage, Mary Beth Tarbet! Have a fantastic trip!  Where in the World #253

Mike Haeberle, I'm glad your power is back on! I hope everyone else is all right after these Northeast storms!

Dan Diehm, you're right. I knew I'd regret saying there's no Walkers in ROTJ, because I knew I saw one somewhere. You've earned the right to be the Rebel Spy on Star Tours!

Here was the challenge last week:
 Where in the World #253

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell

As so many of you teased, yes, I stayed right in the same area as last week. This is one of the Ewok huts outside of Star Tours in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

I made these two up before I left and thought it was fun. Hey, I was up late packing and on cold medicine!

You know, Hobbes And Snorky, I'm not sure cheater is the right word. Perhaps charmingly mischievous! (Yes, I know that's 2 words. Still...) ;)

Hannah Couture was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ed and to all the readers who got the answer right: Kenny, Evanna Huda, Hillary Waldroop, Larissa Huda, Virginia Pierce, Sharon Pierce, Brian Miller, Kye Layton, Matt Holley, Alan Mize, Mickey Eckert, Jen Cerce, Paul Dickson, Stephanie Newell, Karen Drum, Josh Etzweiler, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Ellen Sullivan, Mary Spina, Ken Clark, Team Hill, Callie, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Tj Mahan, Dale Knight, Kerri Coggins, Tom Koval, Mark Benton, Hobbes And Snorky, The Moore Family, Megan Krainski, Mary Brennan, Philip Vickers, Ed Elder, Mary Beth Tarbet, Doug Olson Family, Jeff &Cheryl Simmons, Pam Vanaustin, Mickey Mouse , Claire Gregory, Rob Blundin, Lauren Blundin, James &Maranda Nichols, Clay Anthony, Joanne Woodston, Jackie Purcell , Bob Henriksen, Carolyn Como, Jen Jefferson, Cynthia Hitchcock, Craig, Claire Gregory, Davin Debouchel, Christopher Hall, Alison Rosenberger, Tricia Noble, Robert Anderson, Sara Holloway, Dylan And Noah Schweizer, Maryann Eckenrode, Brian Gallant, Patrick Broaddus, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Marie Phillips, Angel Diven, Debbie Hicks, Jerry Weldon, Jim Finley, Tricia Petty, Bill Cudney , J-f, Tiffany W. , Rob Jacob, Megan W, Kathryn Hughes, Julie Richardson, Leigh Mertz, Vera Williams, Mitchell, David Ballard , Katerina, Jane Johnson, Maggie Klotz, Erin Macdaniel, Kelsi B, Emily Hudson, Jennifer Cravener, Chris Stockton, Chris Kelly, and the Hoekzema Family. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #254: Where in the world is this?

No, we're not at Star Tours. Instead, we have something that is part of the entire Walt Disney World resort!
 Where in the World #254

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 15th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

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!

November 13, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week - Disney Vacation Club Resorts

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Disney Vacation Club is similar to time share in the sense that you own points at your home resort but can trade them to stay elsewhere. DVC, as it is commonly referred to, offers accommodations at Disney theme parks worldwide, hotels and resorts across the USA, and even abroad.

At Walt Disney World you'll find places built specifically for DVC owners but are also available for booking by non-members. These locations include Saratoga Springs, Animal Kingdom Villas, Beach Club Villas, Old Key West, and more.

Bay Lake Tower (BLT) opened in 2009 beside the Contemporary Resort. Only Guests of Bay Lake Tower may use the bridge connecting the two resorts.

The Contemporary Resort is known as the hotel that the monorail drives thru. As you ride along heading into the Contemporary, you can see Bay Lake Tower reflected in its windows.

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Scott will post his DVC photo on Thursday.

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November 14, 2012

Understanding White Balance III

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


It seems that every two years I write a blog about white balance. Each one is different than the next. In the first blog I used outdoor images on an overcast day and a set of hostage-held plush under targeted lighting. My second entry showcased skin tones under mixed lighting. This time around, we'll look at a moving subject kept indoors under bright lights.

Understanding White Balance

Understanding White Balance II

White Balance is a process that a digital camera uses to correct color by measuring heat coming from the light source. In other words, in order to record colors properly given the lighting conditions, the camera looks for white within the image to adjust off of. If there isn't any white then the image can look dull and flat not to mention the wrong color.

A large variety of point and shoot cameras allow you the user to adjust the white balance by selecting one of these options: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Tungsten H, Fluorescent, and Custom.

Taken with my Canon PowerShot SX30 IS, these photos come from the Magic of Animation meet and greet at Disney's Hollywood Studios. You can look up character encounter schedules at www.wdwent.com.

I stood back, away from the Guests in line off to the right side of the room for these photos.

Set to Auto, the white balance did all of its own thinking and slightly over-corrected for tungsten lights. We can tell because there's a very slight blue/green tint, the opposite of yellow/red in photo color correcting. The image is slightly soft from the shutterspeed making up for the lack of bright lighting. We see lighting differently than cameras do.
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Here I chose Fluorescent as my white balance setting. It did an okay job but not as good a job as Auto.
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Tungsten corrects for yellow/orange glows but in this case because tungsten overpowers fluorescent (I believe there is mixed lighting in the room), it still shows. The camera felt there wasn't enough bright light as tungsten bulbs are usually "soft", the shutter slowed down to allow more light through the lens causing a blurry Mickey.
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For my last shot, I simply used the flash with white balance set to Auto. Had I been closer, the flash would have illuminated Mickey Mouse better. Seeing as he has an orange glow and the background is a deeper orange/yellow, we know for sure that tungsten bulbs are in place.
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November 15, 2012

Morning at the Beach Club Villa Resort

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

View from a Beach Club Villa DVC room, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Early morning at the Beach Club Villa DVC Resort.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 1400, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

I photographed this early morning view from my room in the Beach Club Villas Disney Vacation Club Resort as I waited for my roommates to get ready to head to the parks. The calm scene is perfect for my Disney Pic of the Week about a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Resort.

November 16, 2012

A Disney Photographer's Christmas List

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Can you believe it will be Thanksgiving next week here in the United States? Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parties have started and the Dream Lights are back on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World. The calendar is giving us an extra week of Christmas shopping and I thought I would give you a few suggestions for the Disney photographer in your family which could be you. Good time to update your online gift lists of your loved ones or maybe yourself. ;-)


Stocking Stuffers

Sanyo Rechargeable AA Batteries with Charger - If you have a camera, flash or other accessory which uses batteries of any size, these Sanyo eneloop brand rechargeable batteries will save you a lot of money and the environment. They even come per-charged.

Universal Pop-Up LCD Shades - these are prefect in bright sunlight to allow you to see your camera's LCD screen. They come in sizes for 2.5-Inch LCD Screens and 3.0-Inch LCD Screens.

Dolica 77mm Neutral Density Filter Kit - For those wanting to capture really long exposures of fireworks shows, waterfalls and other moving objects, this set of three ND filters come with 1-stop, 2-stop and 3-stop filters which can be stacked up to 6 stops. Click here for more information on how to use Neutral Density filters and what kind of results you can get at Walt Disney World and elsewhere.

Joby GorillaPod Flexible Tripods - Sometimes you do not want to travel or carry a large tripod. GorillaPods are small, light weight and extremely handy to use in the parks. They come in models for Large Digital SLR cameras and Small Point & Shoot Digital cameras.


For Under the Tree

OP/TECH Pro Loop Camera Strap - the straps which come with our cameras are not very comfortable and advertise to the whole world what kind of camera we are carrying. This OP-TECH strap is very comfortable and allows the padded strap to be detached for use on tripods or Gorillapods.

Manfrotto Tripod with Ball Head - speaking of tripods, if you want to do any serious low light or night photography, you need one. This light weight Manfrotto is built of quality materials and comes with a ball head which is what us good photographers use.

Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera By Bryan Peterson - still THE best book on learning photography. This edition has been updated for today's digital cameras. Perfect gift for a beginner or long time photographer.

Scott Kelby's Digital Photography Boxed Set - Scott Kelby covers all aspects of photography in this four volume book set in short, concise and easy to follow manner. If you need to know how to do something in photography, these books will have it. Read them straight through and/or for a ready reference.


Gifts for the Special Photographer in Your Life

Nikon D3200 Digital SLR with 18-55mm Lens - time to move up from a mobile phone or Point & Shoot camera? This introductory camera and lens from Nikon is just the ticket. Look for sales at the major electronics and department stores this season for this and other introductory dSLR camera kits.

Nifty Fifties - If you just got (or asked for) a new digital SLR camera, then get or ask for one of the Nifty-Fifties from either Nikon or Canon. Own something else, check for that camera's version.

Super Zooms - for traveling to Disney themeparks or anywhere else in the world, I find quality super zooms to save me space, weight and time. I own Nikon so I can only recommend them. Canon, Sigma, Tokina and other manufacturers also have quality super zooms. Nikon has two for their DX camera line: Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom Nikkor Lens (this is the lens I used for years here on the blog) and the new, longer Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor Lens.

Have a safe Black Friday everyone! Oh, and a Happy Thanksgiving, too!

November 18, 2012

Where in the World #255

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

American Players celebrate Thanksgiving this week; so to everyone who is preparing for that holiday:
Thanksgiving Smiley From Millan.Net

Belated birthday wishes to James Berry! All your fellow Players hope you had a magical birthday! In fact, I know you did because you and Kathy GOT TO EAT AT "BE OUR GUEST" RESTAURANT! So jealous!

Pixie dust to Diane Ramos and everyone else who is still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the Northeaster that came through last week in the US. I hope life gets back to normal soon.

Yes, Patti Mccaffrey, I am still going through Disney withdrawal. I had friends there last week and I so wished I was there with them! Plus, Deb Wills and the AllEars team are making plans for December meets, and for the first time in seven years, I won't be there. From Millan.Net

Here was the challenge last week:
 Where in the World #254

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell

Please stand clear of the doors! Por Favor Mantenganse Alejado De Las Puertas!

How many people have this T-shirt? How many Players have this hat? Now: how many of us have this sound file on our computers, phones etc. and/or can quote perfectly? In addition to Vera Williams, Matt Holley, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Amy Schweizer, Chris Kelly, Jenn Steele, Karen Smith, and the Gallagher Family?

That's what I thought. :)

You made me proud, Players! Not only did so many of you know this is a monorail, but many knew that this is Monorail Teal, set apart from its Blue counterpart by its unique Delta design: the white break/bar in the blue band.

Barrie Brewer originally started Where in the World Photo Fun to point out details in Walt Disney World. That's why I picked this challenge; to point out the unique detail in Monorail Teal because of its special, poignant history: as Deb Ragno pointed out, it is made from Monorails Pink and Purple. Whenever I see it pass by, I always take a second to acknowledge it in respect. So I know how you feel, Dave Fullerton.

I have so many pictures of it, but again, I had a hard drive crash and lost years of photos. My husband took this one quickly from the train as it went by. It's blurry because I suddenly tossed the camera at him (since he was on the end) and yelled, "It's Teal! Get a picture!"
Since a lot of people asked: I was on the Magic Kingdom steam train leaving Tomorrowland and headed for the Main Street station. Monorail Teal was going by as it headed for its Magic Kingdom stop.

Jen Cerce, kudos on your Simpsons monorail reference! Do you know that I once played that song on the Disney World monorail? It got a lot of grins!

Kudos also to Jason And Melinda Lenz for recognizing the WWI soldier headed to Shades of Green! OK, not really, but great comment! ;)

Billie Jeanalbolino was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Billie and to all the readers who got the answer right: Paul Dickson, Jacquelyn Law, Vera Williams, Josh Dean, Lee Anastasi, Megan Krainski, Larissa Huda, Virginia Pierce, Tim Jeltes, Rob Blundin, Alex Gamill, Mary Thatcher, Mary Thatcher, Jenny Brennan, The Kahle Family, Erin Dagney, Christine Dagney, Staci Plunkett, Scott Cullen, Tinkerbell Wells, Belicia Cullen, Evanna Huda, Ken Maikowski, Mike Haeberle, Kye Layton, Chris Straw, Chris Masse, Chris Malek, Stephanie Newell, Kim Skanes, Josh Carney, Jason And Melinda Lenz, Diane Curfman, Matt Holley, Mike Hampen, Katie Bray, Maryann Eckenrode, Deb Ragno, Emma Poprock, Leach Family, Chris Connors, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Team Hill, Dave Wang, Tracey Turano, Jerry Weldon, Debbie Desimone, Amanda Perkins, Vanessa Stjohn, Julie And Kody Rider, Mary Spina, Courtney Payne, Louise Barton, Jennifer Harmon, K. Beasley, Ruth Woodhouse, Tierney Ray, Luis Rodriguez, Erin Hammer, Kerri Coggins, Curtis Bille, Hunter Armstrong, Michael Mclucas And Jackie Mclucas, Pam Vanaustin, Kris Nixon, Double Family, Kristi Strembicki, Dale Knight, Karen Ramirez, Bill Mckim, Rob & April - Team Vanderpool, Kristin Olmedo, Linda Scrivano, Paul Knott, Craig, Carla C, The Malesky Family, Pollyanna Buff, Gerald Skanes, Nathalie Periard, Arthur Cheatham, Amy Miller, Doug Olson Family, Karen Schlumpf, Derek Carty, Janet Thorn, Kelly Mager, Olivia D, Diane Furtado, Amy Schweizer, Jen Cerce, Ronald Delorey, Andy Hickey, Sandie Albrecht, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Janet Thorn, Kayla Debouchel, Alexis Debouchel, Kameryn Ness, Janet , Andrea Kruszewski, Mike Malampy, Kathryn Perkins , Megan W, Madison Hovan, John Bickers, Maggie Klotz, Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Antoinette Leblanc, Melodye Berry, Melodye Berry, Margie Larmon, Claire Gregory, Lindsey Nozal, Wendy Snelgrove, Pam, Katieart, Maureen Handy, Sara Holloway, Ashley Hill, Chris Kelly, Cynthia Hitchcock, Jeremy Hardy, Tommy Montgomery, Bob Henriksen, Steve Smith, Bill Cudney , Dave Fullerton, Eva Mayhew, Mike M., April Haddock, Wayne Chadourne, Nathalie Periard, Paul Ignudo Jr., Karrie Duffey, Karen Bellamy, Tim Johansen, Emily Watson, Hank Schultz, Morgan M. , Ainsley Poe, Emma Ramsey, Debbie Hicks, Jeremy Reichelt, Eric Holmes, Anastasia Macneil, Karen Pole, Vicki, William Edwards, Thomas Edwards, Mickey Mouse, Caroline Burmester, Kerrie Hogan, Barbara, Jim Finley, Mark Proper, Chris Bauman, Patrick Broaddus, Jenn Steele, Brian Miller, Anita Jodouin, Vakisha Henard, Alan Mize, Chuck Sands, Timothy Hutchinson, James And Kathy Berry, Hobbes And Snorky, Heather Metzler, Cathy Connors, Erin Connell, Heidi Goodhue, Mike Mondoux, David B., Jim Logue, Carolyn Duff, Evald Olson, Patrick Culpepper, Suzanne C Denham, Jessica Iglesias, Agnes Ciotti, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Lynette Michalos, The Hulse Family, Linda College, Rebecca Baker, Wayne Witherspoon, Scott Sangston, Mark Franklin, Angie Cooper, Maureen Tavrell, Jared Meeker, Dan Mangini, Ken Rhinehart, Rebecca Keenan, Kelly Smith, George Mundy Jr, Emily Hudson, Rob Jacob, David Ballard, Christy Schor, Jo Ann Bailey, Ann T, Liz Moreau, Greg Hill , Vickie Scioneaux, Kerry Mccaffrey, Carolyn Como, Stephanie Hardhouse, Tom Koval, Joseph M. Zafia, Walter N. Clark, Jodi Cook, Maryann Daly, Barclay Bakkum, Diane Ramos, Kathryn Hughes, Tom Higbee, Shirley Garcowski, Gallagher Family, Emily Harper, Kelly Cummings, Dave Kanigowski, Sandy Kanigowski, Kelly Mt. Castle, Stacy Guarracino, Karen Smith, Ginny Fazio, Jackie Graebel, Wendy T Faler, Jackie Klafeta, Kelly Barnes, Kyler Scott, Ed Bagnell, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Patti Mccaffrey, Les Stewart, Elaine Kleinhenz, Kathryn Willer, Doug Andrews, Gregory Zalesak, Melissa Kirk, Amy Young, Brian Nale, Greg Cusano, Kara Cummings, and Jason Skow. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #255: Where in the world is this?

Going back into the parks!
 Where in the World #255

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 22nd, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!
Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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November 20, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week: Backlot Tour

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney's Hollywood Studios likes to put guests right into the movies. A part of the Backlot Tour gives people such an opportunity to star in a scene out of the movie, Pearl Harbor. Special effects created in large water filled sets are demonstrated including how water cannons are used to simulate a torpedo hit on a ship. Luckily, volunteers are provided with raincoats but I bet the water is cold!

Water cannons soak guests in Disney's Hollywood Studios' Backlot Tour, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Water cannons soak guests during the Backlot Tour.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 28mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday with her Disney Pic of the Week about the Backlot Tour.

November 21, 2012

Newbie and the Geek Take Walt Disney World: Obsessed

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


First installment of Newbie and the Geek Take Walt Disney World

Chapter two, Newbie and the Geek Take Walt Disney World: Reservations

The two hyperlinks you see above are portals into this epic journey still in the developmental stages or in Disney speak, trip planning. Start at the beginning so you're up to ludicrous speed and can then fully breathe in and experience the scent of luggage airing out from its attic captivity. Sure, we're not leaving for a few months and the luggage will remain upstairs until then but surely it deserves recognition and to know it is loved.

As this will be Yoli's very first trip to Walt Disney World, let alone Florida, I've gone crazy with ideas, things, and plans to make it even more memorable. I'm pretty sure I'm acting like a parent taking their child, based on the various trip reports I've read and posts on AllEars' Facebook page. Now if you think about it, it's funny because Yoli is 9 years older than me. Yeah, she's like wicked old and can nap anywhere, any time. She'd give my dad a run for his money in The Great Nap Off, IndiaNAPolis, So You Think You Can Nap.

I have been stockpiling Pixie Dust like a maniac and even had a co-worker bring something back from Epcot for our vacation. Yeah, I could buy it when I get there but I don't want to. :big cheesy grin: Guess what? Two more of my co-workers are heading to Walt Disney World before me and I am going to task them both. A ha ha ha ha haaaaa!!! :throws arms into the air: Hey, Macarena!
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While putting together all of this awesomeness, I was unable to attain a special surprise dining reservation. After failing miserably, I told John Ames from MouseFanTravel, my beloved pal and travel agent, about the travesty. Wouldn't you know it, he secured the reservation for me and on the day I most wanted. Yet, he did this on Halloween so I wondered, is this a classic John (Juan to me) trick? Nope, it turned out to be a treat. In the words of my former co-worker Crystal, wackatcha! I have no idea what it means but it sounds exciting. Wackatcha!

This month I've begun posting short video clips found on YouTube on Yoli's Facebook page. Each one is roughly 2 minutes or less so as to offer a glimpse into a specific feature. The first video was of Mariachi Cobre playing outside of the Mexico pavilion. Yoli loves all kinds of music and embraces her family's Mexican heritage so I knew that would be a winner. Also, in the video, they're playing Cielito Lindo, a song Menudo covered in 1982 and if you're a regular reader, you recall I'm a huge Menudo fan and so is mi amiga.

Her second video gift was a clip from The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. In it, Indy fights the huge German mechanic and rescues Marion from the plane. I aided the suspenseful build-up by typing out "Da da da daaaa da da daaa. Da da da daaa, da da da daaa." The third video called upon Yoli's lifelong dream of becoming a ballerina. Taken from Festival of the Lion King, the video clip features the aerial bird dancer. The fourth and final park video for November was filmed from one of Aladdin's magic carpets in Adventureland. We both love Aladdin but Yoli has to remember that he's my boyfriend and to keep her mitts off my man.
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I received some Mickey Mail, a booklet with photos and info on our resort, the theme parks, and shopping options. After flipping through it and happily exclaiming, "Duh! I already know all of this!," I sent it to Yoli.

It is a very rare occurrence that my flight's departure time is altered by the airline but not only has 1 of my flights changed but so have Yoli's. They're not anything to call and complain about, they're just a matter of minutes, no more than 30, but I find it interesting. I imagine they could alter yet again in the next 2+ months. Don't worry, I'll let you know.

Another strange moment came when 2 months after booking one of my flights, I looked to see if I could catch an earlier one for the same cost. The result was a not surprising no, but my flight had come down by $30.00 so I called JetBlue. In a matter of minutes, I was issued a credit towards a future flight. Not too shabby. I thought, let's see if I have the same luck with Yoli's flights on US Airways. Alas, the price of her roundtrip itinerary went up by $120.00. At least we know she got a good deal.

Let's discuss rental cars. Sales come out roughly 30 days or less before their start date. In researching rentals this early, I find that "name-brand" agencies think people are frivolous millionaires, and are asking for $500 - 700 for a 10-day rental of a compact car. Dude. It's not going to happen. On a feeling (ESP kicking in), I checked Dollar and booked a compact for $177 before fees and taxes. Mind you, it is now back up with the ridiculous prices. I will try to beat that as we get closer to takeoff.

Last but not least in this fascinating installment is yet another schedule change. Being the diligent planner that I am, I check the posted park hours for our trip every few weeks. Well, wouldn't you know it, there's already been an alteration, a good one, although now I have to make some executive decisions. Animal Kingdom was set to close at 5 PM DST (Disney Standard Time) during each day of our trip. Now, they will remain open until 7 PM DST for a couple of nights. Alrighty, I've gotta flip some park days around and reconfigure my strategy for non-park activities. It's cool, I can handle it. I'm not the "geek" in Newbie and the Geek for nothing.


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I wish all of my fellow Americans a happy Thanksgiving with their loved ones. And to everyone who is planning their high school reunion like I am for this weekend, do something nice for yourselves, you deserve it.


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November 22, 2012

Tuckered Out on the Studio Backlot Tour

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

The Studio Backlot Tour over at Disney's Hollywood Studios is a sore spot with folks like who miss the way it was. When I went along for the ride, I found that the guy sitting behind me wasn't too excited either although his reasons may have been different than my own.

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Disney Pic of the Week - Backlot Tour

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November 23, 2012

Color Composition at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

There are many rules of composition in photography, like the Rule of Thirds, symmetry, golden triangle and others. One thing that is often overlooked is using color in composition. Color can be used to lead the viewer's eye to the subject, create a response in the viewer or even frame an image. When studying this subject, I found I relied mostly on my subjects position or their relationship to other elements in the viewfinder. The following photos I did take with color being the primary photographic element.

Besides his humor, Cool Hand Luke stood out in front of Disney's Boardwalk Resort with his brightly colored costume which contrasted with the natural tones of the resort's buildings and wooded boardwalk. To further enhance his appearance, I placed him in the right third of the frame where your eyes are lead to first before exploring the rest of the scene.

Cool Hand Luke Juggling Show entertaining guests on The Boardwalk, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Cool Hand Luke Juggling Show entertaining guests on The Boardwalk.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/11, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length, fill flash.

The blue twilight sky makes for a beautiful backdrop for the brightly lighted and colorful Characters in Flight tethered balloon ride at Downtown Disney. Here I balance the balloon with the horizon in the lower third of the frame.

Characters in Flight tethered balloon ride at Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Characters in Flight tethered balloon ride at Downtown Disney.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/30s, f/3.5, ISO 3200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

A yellow Taveta Golden Weaver (Ploceus castaneiceps) bird on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom posed nicely for me against the natural background. The contrast of the yellow bird pops right out at you.

Taveta Golden Weaver bird on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Taveta Golden Weaver bird on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/80s, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EV +0.3, 300mm focal length.

Going to finish up with a couple holiday photos now that Thanksgiving here in the United States has passed and the shopping season is in full swing today.

The slivery-blue Cinderella Castle in holiday Dream Lights from the Ticket and Transportation Center near the Ferry dock reflects in the Seven Seas Lagoon on a December evening. Reflections in water and other surfaces help to draw one's eyes to the main subject.

Cinderella Castle in holiday Dream Lights from the Ticket and Transportation Center, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Cinderella Castle in holiday Dream Lights from the Ticket and Transportation Center.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 3s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length, tripod.

The Toy Soldier statues around the Main Street USA Christmas Tree in the Magic Kingdom can be made the colorful subject by using a wide open aperture to create the dreamy bokeh (out of focus background) of the lights on the tree behind them.

Toy Soldier figure in front of the Main Street USA Christmas tree at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Toy Soldier figure in front of the Main Street USA Christmas Tree.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/40s, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EV -0.6, 116mm focal length, polarizer filter.

This month on my personal photo blog, I ran an assignment about Color Composition where you can find more reference articles and links to people who participated.

November 25, 2012

Where in the World #256

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

We've had so many Players on Disney trips lately, so that means we have a lot going through the post-vacation blues. Like Claire Gregory, right? So I brought this Disney bear for anyone who needs a hug.

From Millan.Net

We will give each person their privacy for those who need to keep up their tough gritty exteriors, but whose inner child needs a Disney bear hug.

While we're going through the blues, I hope you get to go to Walt Disney World someday, Judy Simonsen, and everyone else who has never had the chance. Every person should get to be surrounded by magic!

Here was the challenge last week:
 Where in the World #255

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Barrie Brewer

For the first time, everyone got this right! It's a horse on Prince Charming Regal Carrousel in the Magic Kingdom. This particular horse is Cinderella's favorite according to Cinderella herself during meet and greets at the castle, publicity photos taken and posted by Disney, and original guides. Lately, some are now denying it to which I maturely say From Millan.Net.

The carousel has another special meaning for me. When Walt Disney looked for a location for Disney World, my home state of New Jersey was one of his first choices. Our cold winters made him decide against building here, but he did find something that would come to his new Magic Kingdom: this carousel!

Of course, Walt's people extensively renovated it, completely redoing some of the horses and replacing some with new ones so they had the Cinderella scenes and details such as this gold ribbon. But its heart is still the carousel Walt discovered here at my home as he envisioned creating Disney World.

Patti Mccaffrey, I hope you don't mind that I reworded your correct answer. :)

Staci Plunkett was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Billie and to all the readers who got the answer right: Mike Haeberle, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Larissa Huda, The Strukel Family, Bruce Jones, Carol Gamill, Ed Elder, Tim Johansen, Sharon Pierce, Tinkerbell Wells, Lee Anastasi, Jessica Gruhlke, Jennifer Rowell, The Kahlefamily, Hoekzema Family, Dee Dee Kenney, Rob Blundin, Erin Dagney, Christine Dagney, The O'meara Family, Chris Kelly, Jason &Melinda Lenz, Maggie Klotz, Sharon Dale, Evanna Huda, Clare S, Chris Masse, Maryann Eckenrode, Deb Ragno, Craig Livingston, Scott Cullen, Julie And Kody Rider, Hillary Waldroop, Matt Holley, Kathryn Perkins, Erin Hammer, Kye Layton, Claire Gregory, Julie Wickware, Mickey Eckert, Judy Koslowski, Chris And Alison, Nathalie Periard, The Moore Family, Rob &April - Team Vanderpool, Lorine Landon, Jen Cerce, Nicole Amidon, Hunter Armstrong, Kellie Harpel, Vicki Edwards, Kim Mobley, Carla Nale, Josh Weiss, Janet Thorn, Jessica Iglesias, Katie Bray, Kara Cummings, Tommy Montgomery, Kris Nixon, Vera Williams, Luis Rodriguez, Jacquelyn Law, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Annette Nuenke, Ed Suscreba, Curtis Bille, Becky Norman, Brian Gallant, Elizabeth Edwards, Carla C, Lindsey Nozal, Megan Krainski, Emily Watson, Trina Noggle, Danielle Murgia, Double Family, in Magic Kindom, Maureen Handy, Michael Joel Gainey, Marie Seilus, Les Stewart, Lori Rienhardt, Paul Knott, Paul Knott, Betsy Silvestri, Andrew Swiatowicz , Sandy Kanigowski, Team Hill, Mary Thatcher, Billie Jean Albolino, Sandie Albrecht, Dave Kanigowski, Tom Koval, Paul Dickson, Laura, Collette Beuther, Stefanie Vandiver, Colette S, Chris Malek, Tiffany Gibb, Steve Smith, Susan Higginbotham, Deborah Hulsey, Phil Vickers, Kerrie Hogan, Hobbes And Snorky, Emma Poprock, Amy Schweizer, Stephanie Newell, Adam Mcfarland, Erin Loring, Kerri Coggins, Suzanne C Denham, Patti Mccaffrey, Linda Scrivano, Theresa Rucando, Wendy Barney, Christina, Tracie Harris, Ronnie Schreyer, Pollyanna Buff, Amanda Campbell, Cathy Connors, Catherine Crawford, Vanessa Gordon, Amanda Perkins, Vicki Vaught, Dawn Bach, Brian Sheets, Lucille Baro, Megan W, Kelly Cummings, Madison Hovan, Penny Urell, Kerry Mccaffrey, Gallagher Family, Julia Miranda, Rich Esker, Brenda, Kathie Goldberg, Debra Kuklinski, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Karen Schlumpf, Monica Hatch, The Emich Family, Caryn Schill, Mackenzie D., William Edwards, Jennifer Rupert, Nan Lewis, Kyler Scott, Courtney Payne, Laurie W, Emily Hudson, Carolyn Como, Russ Morgan, Josh Carney, Jenny Brennan, Diane Curfman, Emma Ramsey, Jeff And Cheryl Simmons, Karen Drum, Andy Hickey, Doug Olson Family, Brian Sherwin, Kelsi B, Clay Anthony, Agnes Ciotti, Rebecca Smith, Rob Jacob, James &Maranda Nichols, Hulse Family, Melodye Berry, Nigel Mcquire (wales Uk)., Heather Young, Jodi Cook, Angie Young, Vickie Smialkowski, A Gray, Wendy Crober, Cheryl Costello, Michele Mongeon, Melesia Love, Louise Barton, Cameron Lange, Erika Loboda, Andrea Kruszewski, Clinton Dickinson, Mike Haven, Ken Rhinehart, Chloe Mayhew, Sherry Trapp, Andrew Pettit, Anne Hainsworth, Elizabeth Scarborough, Rebecca Keenan, Chris Bauman, Morgan M. , Kelly Smith, Ashley Hill, Jeremy Reichelt, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Alison Rosenberger, Tricia Noble, Kate Fischer, Heather Hynes, Karrie Duffey, Terry Fleming, Derek Carty, Debbie Hicis, The Michalski Girls, Patrick Broaddus, Stephanie Linares, Melissa Littman, Andy Schumacher, Maryann Romagnano, Mary Jo Gallion, Sara Holloway, Wendy T Faler, Jullie Pudem, Diane Ramos, Kelly Zanauskas, Anastasia Macneil, Jeffrey Beauchamp, Steve Knapp, Margie Larmon, Alan Mize, Ashley Wilson, Dale Knight, Angela And David Blevins, Gerald Skanes, Kameo Crea, Eric Holmes, John Pasqueralli, Linda Mac, Jim Thompson, Nathaniel Clements, Carri Marotto, Virginia Pierce, Scrooge Mcduck, Matt Ciccone, Teresa Plunkett, George Mundy Jr, Annie Snodgrass, Chuck Sands, Mike Pennington, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Ainsley Poe, Ronald Delorey, Antoinette Leblanc, Shannon Murray, Heidi Goodhue, Lisa Zitek, Jan Rosato , Nicole Shuler, Greg Gallo, David B., Olivia D, Tiffany W. , The Kertes Family, Kristen Gordon, Heather Pedulla, Cynthia Hitchcock, Erin Connell, Karen Ramirez, Mike M., Michelle Boewe, Mark Proper, Mark Franklin, The Parker Family, Ashley P., Wayne Witherspoon, Shannon Benton, Kristi Strembicki, Regina Allen, Dan Mangini, Nancy Ahlsen, Nancy Ahlsen, Jared Meeker, Josh Dean, Karen Smith, Elizabeth Johnston, Karen Hotchkiss, Vickie Scioneaux, Linda Grau, Jackie Graebel, Gregory Zalesak , Stefan Owens , Mitchell Holmes, Laney, Margaret West, Jo Ann Bailey, David Ballard, Ruth Cookson, Jim Finley, Jane Johnson, Tom Higbee, Robert P. Flaherty, Sheri, Joseph M. Zafia, Terry Berringer, Laura Labadie, Angela Sommer, Les Whitten, Maryann Daly, Nichole Weller, Nancy, Eva Mayhew, Barclay Bakkum, Monica Owens, Sandra Shaw, Tom Mathews, Shirley Garcowski, Emily Harper, Judy Simonsen, Peggy Saeger, Janet Mcclain, Stacy Guarracino, Wendy Snelgrove, Wendy Mowery, Jeff Finger, Melissa Kirk, Nancy Tatro, Walter N. Clark, Pamela Baker, Matt Cofone, Chris Barnes, Tracey Mcgann, Brian Miller, Lynn Lofton, Jeremy Hardy, Christy Schor, Roye Ann Morris, Bob Burge, Cindy Jett, Barb Welshhans, Shannon Wright, and Patti Deluca. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #256: Where in the world is this?

I think this week is tougher, but only you can judge for yourselves, Players, as we stay in the parks for this:
 Where in the World #256

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 29th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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November 27, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week - Pins

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Pins are hugely popular amongst Disney fans, so much so that the Walt Disney Company hosts special pin trading events and exclusive releases. They make a huge profit off of pin sales alone so why not create special occasions for buyers to spend even more money.

I have what I consider to be a moderate collection but I'm sure serious collectors would think it small. In order to curb my growing desire to own more than I should, I permit myself to buy just one per trip...unless I find some on sale or they're really cool or I just have to have it. Yeah, so much for self-restraint.

If you love specific attractions, you can buy pins featuring them. If Tinker Bell is your role model, you could cover cork board walls with her metal likeness. Heck, you could just buy pins featuring ice cream and fill a book. There's a pin for everything, so this week that's our focus. Scott will share his photo on Thursday.

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You can buy Christmas pins year round in places like It's a Wonderful Shop at Disney's Hollywood Studios. They even have special lanyards.

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November 28, 2012

Mirrors, Water, and Shiny Surfaces

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


It's time to break out of your comfort zone again and get creative with your travel photography. We'll look at images having to do with reflections on different surfaces. Are you ready for some fun? Yippy!

The Evil Queen said, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, how do I get a nice clear photo without my flash bouncing off the glass?" I'm glad you asked, Queenie. Here are a few pointers:

When using a removable flash, bounce the light off a wall or the ceiling.

Try shooting from an angle instead of straight on.

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This Mickey Mouse mirror can be found at Writer's Stop in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

No matter how hard I try, I can never get John Travolta's handsome face to appear in my kiddie pool like Olivia Newton-John did in Grease. But if I did I would know to...

Take a few photos showing not only the reflected image but also part of the landscape around it. You can choose which you like best when you get home.

Still water is easier to focus on than rippling water.

It's okay to be artsy.

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With the right lighting and time of day, you can see the side/back of the Castle Couture shop rolling in the water surrounding Cinderella Castle.

You'll encounter cool possibilities when you don't look for them. For instance, I didn't approach the band in search of a tuba player who's instrument reflected the crowd but there they were!

Focus on what matters most and when you have optimal light, use an aperture like 11 or 16 to keep everything sharp.

Move slightly left, right, up, and down when possible to see what works best.

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I love Disneyland hence I love the Disneyland Band. Dappers Dans aren't too shabby either.



I have a Facebook page. Na na na na na naaaa.


November 29, 2012

EPCOT30 Pins

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Cast Member showing guests the Limited Edition Epcot 30th Anniversary Pins outside of Mouse Gear in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
ast Member showing guests the Limited Edition Epcot 30th Anniversary Pins.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/4.5, ISO 200, EV 0, 40mm focal length.

While waiting in line for EPCOT30 merchandise, Cast Members were showing guests waiting in line for Mouse Gear these photos of the Limited Edition Epcot 30th Anniversary Pins which were worth the three plus hour wait to buy. I mean, they must have been to make it my Disney Pic of the Week about Pins. Right?

November 30, 2012

Tips on Photographing the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Here are some tips for photographing the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios. There are three major scenes of the production: Golden Idol, Cairo Fight and Exploding Plane which were all taken from the first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The Golden Idol scene is the darkest scene with spot lighting on the Indiana Jones stunt double as he replaces the Idol with a bag of dirt. To get proper exposure, switch to Spot Metering and meter off Jones' skin. The Idol will have some highlights but that is how it is seen so that is okay.

Golden Idol scene of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Golden Idol scene of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 2800, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

The Cairo Fight scene is full of color and motion. There are two ways to approach photographing the fighting and tumbling. First, you can use a fast shutter to freeze the action. This will give you fun photos to study all the expressions of the stunt men and woman and the extras. You should switch to Matrix (Nikon) or Evaluative (Canon) Metering for this scene.

Cairo Fight scene of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Cairo Fight scene of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (fast shutter).
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 5000, EV +0.3, 135mm focal length.

To capture some of the excitement of the stunts, slow down your shutter speed and allow for the motion of the stunt people to blur.

Cairo Fight scene of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Cairo Fight scene of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (show shutter).
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 450, EV -0.3, 135mm focal length.

The last scene ends with large explosions as Indy and Marion run from the plane. Many Disney fan photographers consider this the money shot of the show. The trick here is to again use a fast shutter speed and burst mode to take a series of photos to catch the explosion as it expands behind the stunt actors.

Explosive finale of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Explosive finale of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV 0, 82mm focal length.

It helps to know the show which I have attended numerous times over the years. If you have not seen the show or do not remember it, search youTube for videos to study.

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