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April 2, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week - New Fantasyland

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Gone is Mickey's summer home and Minnie's airy Florida retreat. In their place is the newly expanded Fantasyland with not one but two Dumbo the Flying Elephant rides, along with Under the Sea - Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Enchanted Tales with Belle, new shops and restaurants.

More attractions will be added and the area should be complete in 2014 until the next refurbishment.

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Meet friends from Beauty and the Beast including Madame Wardrobe at Enchanted Tales with Belle. Flash photography is not permitted during the show so practice what we've taught you about low light.

Scott will share his photo on Thursday.

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April 3, 2013

Newbie and the Geek Take Epcot - The End

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Here they are, the links to each part of the epic trip report including the prequel. If you missed an entry or want to relive my vacation with my friend Yoli, happy reading. Make sure you have sufficient light, we don't want you to hurt your eyes or worse, miss out on funny commentary.

Prequel - Newbie and the Geek Take Walt Disney World posted September 5th

Prequel - Reservations posted October 10th

Prequel - Obsessed posted November 21st

Prequel - Ready posted January 23rd

Disney's Animal Kingdom posted Feb. 13th

Magic Kingdom posted Feb. 20th

Disney's Hollywood Studios posted Feb. 23rd

Downtown Disney and More posted Feb. 27th

Epcot posted March 6th

Islands of Adventure and Universal Orlando posted March 13th

Epcot, Again posted March 20th

Disney Resorts and Celebration posted March 23rd


Magic Kingdom, Again
posted March 27th

Our final full vacation day's activities were up to Yoli, my crazy friend and part of my CA posse. After a few days into the trip she was undecided as to whether Epcot or Magic Kingdom would win out for the coveted 7th park day. It was while we were enjoying our 2nd visit to Magic Kingdom that Yoli declared Epcot as the winner and benefactor of our third visit. I was thrilled because Epcot is my favorite park at Walt Disney World and my pal loved it for all the same reasons.

We set out early in preparation of conquering the must see or must see again attractions, have time to soak in atmosphere, and have plenty of time to pack. Memories are a bit hazy but here's all that we can recall and are willing to confess.

Having tried the "sissy" version of Mission: Space as Yoli called it, she was determined to attempt the regular ride. Off she ran. I followed behind and took some time to enjoy the Jammitors, grab a few photos, and mingle with the children to whom the musicians were handing out stickers. Yeah! You know I got one, too.

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Come on, shake your body baby. Do the conga. I know you can't control yourself any longer.

She came out of the attraction and was fine for the most part. Yoli said I would never be able to handle the original ride That's fine by me. I can also skip the toned down ride and be perfectly content.

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Blast into the stratosphere or the gift shop. They're both exhilarating in their own right.

We headed back to The Land in search of a short wait for Soarin'. The line was still too long for our taste so we grabbed FastPasses, got breakfast at Sunshine Seasons, played with phones, and finally got to ride. We had a good time but prefer the building and themeing found at California Adventure.

Off in the distance stood Club Cool. "Yoli, do you want some sodaaaaa?" She said no. "Are you sure you're not thirsty?," I asked. Nope, she was fine. Torture is fun. We took a Friendship Boat over to World Showcase. Italy is where we spent a good amount of time shopping and watching Sergio (sans name tag) do his schtick.

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Romeo? Romeo! Where are you? I am sick and tired of waiting for you. Ask for directions, already!

Yoli ordered lunch at Liberty Inn. I got my food from Yakitori House and traveled all the way back to America, up hill both ways, on foot, to eat with my friend. It's amazing how many people watched as I carried my tray of teriyaki chicken. Were they hungry? Had they never seen an explorer before? Was there a warrant out for my arrest? No. After lunch we split up for a few minutes. When I returned to American Adventure, Yoli was videotaping Voices of Liberty. I'm glad she got to see them perform, she gets all mushy over anything patriotic. We watched American Adventure the show, co-hosted by Ben Franklin and Mark Twain. Think about it. That's really freaky. Twain wasn't even born until 1835 and Franklin died in 1790 and yet there they are, together. I have just one question, was it the DeLorean or the phone booth (air guitar riff)?

As we were passing through France, we happened to glance inside Chefs de France and saw Remy doing his little dance on the fruit and cheese plate. He was so cute. I can't even begin to tell you how long I've wanted to see Remy and never made a reservation because there's nothing on the menu I think I can eat. Ooh! I was wicked excited. Yoli liked seeing him too. Lucky Newbie.

We watched Impressions de France again because the last time we were surrounded by talkers who didn't comprehend our disconcerting glances. It was much better this time around. Oui. We wrapped up our tour and started heading out but I remembered that VISA cardholders can get a free 5x7" with characters, something we kept missing. Into Innoventions, we found the location and only had to wait a couple of minutes while 2 other parties had their fun. Holy crap! Yoli must have jumped sky high when she saw we had Mickey Mouse and Pluto entirely to ourselves. A Character Host and PhotoPass Photographer were on hand to help. They were very friendly and took lots of photos. Honestly, Yoli was on Cloud 9. The same gigantic smile and look of wonder that came over her face the morning we walked into the Magic Kingdom was out in full force. She said it was the perfect ending for our over a decade in the making journey.

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A great time with an incredible friend.

Before we could hit the road, we had to pick up the print. While waiting we rode Spaceship Earth again. Yoli konked out in the back seat. I told you, she can sleep anywhere. The photo was ready when we returned to the store. Yay! We said our goodbyes to Epcot and schlepped back to the car.

Our evening included 3 games of air hockey in the resort arcade. I won the first match, Yoli won the second, and we tied on the third. We had dinner in the food court. Lots of packing was accomplished but we had plenty of time to finish before leaving for the airport so we didn't have to stay up very late.

A quick recap of our 11 night spectacular spectacular.

Animal Kingdom

I am never going anywhere near Expedition Everest again. I no like it. The PhotoPass lady with Russell and Dug was mean to us and said we couldn't take any photos unless we got in line even though we just wanted a quick snapshot of the characters. She's lucky I didn't yell "SQUIRREL!" Oh wait, I did.

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Kilimanjaro Safari vehicles. Buy one get one half off.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

I loved meeting Caleb at The Great Movie Ride because he had actually read this blog series. We had an awesome time at 50's Prime Time Cafe and the food was great, too.

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Dorks.


Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure

Watching Yoli make her way through The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was like seeing the opening scenes from That Girl. She was everywhere. I had a huge problem with guest services and my dietary restrictions prior to arriving at Three Broomsticks. Thankfully, the restaurant's chef and manager sorted things out but the communication gaps and lack of actual assistance up till that point was unacceptable.

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Let us stance as if to dance and take a chance with crepes from France.

Disney Resorts, Celebration, and Downtown Disney

I'm darn proud of hitting so many resorts in one day plus Celebration. Next time we can visit 8 more. Too bad the weather didn't allow us to fly in the hot air balloon. I'd love to see HGTV film an episode in Celebration with Drew and Jonathan Scott.

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As we rode the monorail over a few parking lots, I noticed that most of the cars were silver, black, or red. Write your own joke.


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Forget shouting, when I want Yoli to show up, I sing Menudo songs.

Epcot

I love everything. This was a great park for us to find Cast Members with the same names as ex-Menudos. Ooh, and getting our World Showcase passports stamped was fun. I still need to adhere the rest of the stickers.

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The shirt seen 'round the World.

Magic Kingdom

Between finally seeing The Three Little Pigs and other characters and the Fantasyland expansion, I was super happy.

One of Yoli's most memorable moments was the night my feet hurt so much that I could barely stand. I was in the midst of physical therapy for both achilles. We were in our room and I decided to try and wrap my feet in hot wash cloths because every therapy session started with heat. Well, it got cold quick so my friend, the awesome dependable person that she is, took it upon herself to run back and forth from my bed to the sink with hot wash cloths. She'd wrap my foot then run back, soak a washcloth and wrap the other one. This went on for a good 5 minutes or longer until I said, it was alright, it probably wouldn't work. My therapist later gave me a speech that I should have called him for instructions on what to do. Seriously, how awesome is Yoli for doing all that. (and the crowd goes wild)

I'm going to close this series with 2 things. The first is to let you know that Yoli and I are hoping to take a Disney Cruise or visit Disneyland Paris in 2014. Disney is sailing out of Puerto Rico late next year and it would be the perfect place for a few Menudo fans to go on another shopping spree. We want our other Menudo/Disney fan friends to join us. They know who they are.

Lastly, the video of Yoli first walking into Magic Kingdom. Remember, she's a Californian so comparisons are expected.

Thank you for reading my trip report. Hey Yoli, I had an incredible McTime. Whaaaaa?



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April 4, 2013

Maurice's Table

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Table inside Maurice's Cottage in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Table inside Maurice's Cottage in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/40s, f/3.5, ISO 4000, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

In the new attraction Enchanted Tales with Belle, you walk through Maurice's Cottage. On a table in the kitchen, you will find the book Belle read in the animated feature, Beauty and the Beast, which is open to the page the goat took a bite out of. Next to the book are the plans to Maurice's wood cutting machine. Something to look for when visting our Disney Pic of the Week on the new New Fantasyland.

April 5, 2013

Cropping People from Walt Disney World Photos

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last week I discussed using guests, tourists if you will, as part of photos in a crowded Disney park. I know, many do not like to see other people in their vacation photos. You can take some of those photos and crop out distracting subjects, like people. You could do this while you are photographing by checking your LCD screen and retaking the photo to eliminate any people. Sometimes it is not an option or hard to tell in those small camera screens.

Here is an example from a photo I took of Spaceship Earth in Epcot. I decided I would like to see this photo without the people you see underneath the attraction. The Leave A Legacy granite structures are a bit overwhelming, too.

Guests are framed between Leave A Legacy structures near Spaceship Earth in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Guests are framed between Leave A Legacy structures near Spaceship Earth.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/80s, f/9, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

A little cropping of the photo and, using the Rule of Thirds, I came up with this version. I like how Spaceship Earth is now the dominate subject and it is set off by the blue sky and clouds above with the Leave A Legacy tops below.

Cropped version without the guests of Spaceship Earth in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cropped version without the guests of Spaceship Earth.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/80s, f/9, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

I do like how the people are framed between the Leave A Legacy "monoliths" and Spaceship Earth in the first photo. Both photos are winners in my book. What do you think?

It is best to "crop" in camera as you get the best quality image, if possible, cropping in post-production is still a very useful tool to create your vision.

April 7, 2013

Where in the World #275

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!

Welcome back, Players! Here's hoping we are finally entering Spring!
From Millan.Net

Here's last week's Challenge:
 Where in the World #274

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

Hidden Mickey display stand in MouseGear in Epcot!

I'll be right back. Claire Gregory, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, and Mary Bethtarbet have to do some browsing in this store. :)

Chris Kelly, I'd be thrilled if Steve Barrett was proud of me. Like Claire said, his Hidden Mickey is amazing (and I'm thrilled his apps are now available); if you ever get a chance to meet him, you'll see what a wonderful man he is who will be equally happy to meet you!

Shannon Savoia was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Shannon and all our winners this week! The Kertes Family, Fred Shakeshaft, Wtmontgomery, Paul Moore, Craig, Amanda Campbell, Cheryl Costello, James Steele, Zach Szymko, Paul Dickson, Tinkerbell Wells, Doug Olson Family, Dee Dee Kenney, Sharon Pierce, Melissa Thomas, Ed Elder, Palmer Family, Rob & April - Team Vanderpool, Nancy Johansen, Deme Grabert, Deb Ragno, Tricia Petty, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, John & Rhonda Nottell, Steve And Ruby Jordan, Bill Mckim, Caryn Schill, Bob Patterson, Team Hill, Les Stewart, Tom Koval, Chris Dagney, Emily Dagney, Lauren Thomas, Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Louise Barton, Olivia, Mickey Eckert, Zachary Falcone, Hobbes And Snorky, John P, Marguerite Garofalo, Christina Rotella, Pinder Family, Anne Marie Cronin, Daniel Record, John Bickers, Emily Hudson, Claire Gregory, Maureen Handy, David Tarbet, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Agnes Ciotti, Paul Knott, Mary Bethtarbet, John Dupre, Jeremy Reichelt, Bonnie Cummings, Robert Wescovich, Josh Carney, Brian Nale, Anastasia Macneil, Elizabeth And Vicki Edwards, Kameo Crea, Stephanie Linares, Carla Leger, Leigh Mertz, Cheri Palmisano, Noreen Rachuba, Betsy Silvestri, Nathalie Periard, Patti Mccaffrey, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Heidi Goodhue, Tracy Discher, Kat Sievers, Hoekzema Family, Dave Kanigowski, Sandy Kanigowski, Jim Finley, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, The Patterson Family, Karen Smith, Marcia Aulenback, Jennifer Bogdan, John Arena Jr, Sue Anne Kennedy, George Mundy Jr, Chris Kelly, Jennifer Shaw, Lisa Zitek, Kelsi, and Chris & Maranda Nichols. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

It's time to announce the monthly winner! And the March 2013 winner is: Jeremy Mccaffrey! Congratulations, Jeremy! Deb Wills will be sending you your prize in the mail!
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Challenge #275: Where in the world is this?

Players, we are leaving the parks!
 Where in the World #275

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

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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!

April 9, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Norway

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Norway is a mysterious country and its pavilion in Epcot brings that out. You meet trolls in the shops and attractions. Roofs are made of grass and flowers. The exhibits inside the Stave Church tell the story of Norway's Vikings.

One night as I was waiting for Illuminations to start, I turned around and noticed people walking by behind me. I set my camera to shutter priority and created ghosts with a long exposure. Will have to try this again with a tripod. For now, envision the ghosts wearing Viking helmets.

Guests look like Ghosts as they pass the Stave Church in Epcot's Norway pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
People look like Ghosts as they pass the Stave Church at night.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/3s, f/5.6, ISO 1250, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length.

Lisa be here on Thursday to share her Disney Pic of the Week about Norway.

April 10, 2013

Fish-eye Muppet Fun

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Grab your point and shoot camera manuals and see if your camera can do this, fish-eye effect. Fish what? Fish-eye lenses are especially designed for SLR cameras and some high end point and shoots. Nowadays with computer programs in digital point and shoot cameras, the effect can be replicated. Just keep in mind it's not exactly the same as an actual fish-eye lens.

A fish-eye effect creates an ultra wide-angle image and distorts it so that the image looks like it's arced forward in the center. The illusion makes the photo look like it can wrap around.

Sample pics will better explain the results. A cut out of Sweetums holding a 3D paddle ball greets Guests at the entrance to Muppet Vision 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

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As seen normally by human eyes.

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I dialed into Fish-eye Effect on my Canon SX30 IS and retook the photo. See how Sweetums' body had changed.

The 3D paddle is going to serve (Get it? Serve. Ha ha) as a wicked awesome demonstration of the special effect.

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Again, here's a normal view.

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Fish-eye Effect in action. It's cool but what if I were to slightly shift my stance which will change the angle.

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Yeah, now that's cool! Mind you, if I were taller my point of view would probably be even better.

Give it a try the next time you're at the park or try Fish-eye Effect on something at home like your kids or that nosy neighbor.

To locate Fish-eye Effect on the Canon SX30 IS, turn the dial to SCN (Scene Mode) and then press FUNC SET (Function Settings). Scroll right until you find Fish-eye Effect and then depress FUNC SET again. That's it!

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April 11, 2013

Norwegian Fashion

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Looking to shop your way through Walt Disney World? Stop at the Norway pavilion in Epcot, and enter The Puffin's Roost. Here you'll find plenty of tempting Norwegian merchandise to take home. There are warm hats for those cold winter nights, viking toys for playing make believe, and snacks to keep you full.

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Disney Pic of the Week - Norway

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April 12, 2013

Play the Waiting Game at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Returning to Epcot for another tip on photographing in busy tourist attractions using Walt Disney World examples. This one can be tough if you are traveling with children but not impossible. Even as busy as a Disney themepark can be, if you wait a bit, an opportunity will present itself.

The first photo of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in the China pavilion, I took at 6:27PM. People were still going in and out and walking about the area.

People are seen entering the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in the China pavilion at Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
People are seen entering the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in the China pavilion.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 18mm focal length, tripod.

I really wanted a people free photo so I waited. It only took 20 minutes and the Cast Members had closed the doors to the attraction. People would still walk up to the building but not very often. I was able to capture the scene a few times without anyone entering or leaving the frame.

A quiet Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in the China pavilion at Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A quiet Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in the China pavilion at Epcot.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 30s, f/18, ISO 200, EV 0, 18mm focal length, tripod.

The added benefit of waiting was the start of Blue Hour which added color to the sky. Next time, take a few added minutes to see if where you are photographing clears of people, even at Walt Disney World.

April 16, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week - Resort Dining

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Whether you are a chocoholic, a pizza aficionado or content with a tender filet minion accompanied by garlic and olive oil sauteed red bliss potatoes, and broccoflower baked with parmesan, you'll find something to eat at Disney Resorts.

At the very least, each resort at Walt Disney World has a food court. Most of the locations also have sit down restaurants. At Disneyland, each resort hotel offers at least one restaurant and a coffee and pastry spot, if not more.

At the Contemporary Resort in Florida, Contempo Cafe offers quick service meals and snacks from morning until night. Cupcakes are all the rage and Disney is ready to satisfy your cravings.

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They're so delicious that even Mickey can't resist!

Scott will post his Resort Dining photo on Thursday.

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April 17, 2013

Pirates of the Caribbean Pinball

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


It lurks in the well-lit shadows of the Tomorrowland Arcade, awaiting players brave enough to tempt fate with a few schillings and fast-action thumbs. Don't be chicken. Commandeer the pinball machine and beat the high score. However, if gold isn't what you're after but rather some "Tada!" worthy photographs, look no further.

Here she sits. Here he sits. Here it sits, the Pirates of the Caribbean pinball machine.

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There are quite a number of shiny objects inside the reflective covering. Be on the ready as you out-maneuver reflections by ducking and leaning, hovering and stretching over and around the machine. First mate, ISO 800, f5.6 at 1/60 with flash.

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Rise up the ranks with macro mode, ISO 800, f6.3, 1/60 with flash. Now there's a better view. Open the treasure chest, love.

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Pirates! Every last one of 'em. Shoot! Wait, the camera is still set to macro and they're too big for the setting..

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Return to normal. Excellent, excellent. Even their skin looks better. Naturally handsome, eh savvy? Good angle, good shot.

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Now, where were we headed?

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April 18, 2013

Plate of Goodies from the Cape May Cafe

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Seafood goodies from the Beach Club's Cape May Clam Bake Buffet, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Plate full of seafood goodies from the Cape May Clam Bake Dinner Buffet.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 2000, EV 0, 44mm focal length, bounced flash.

If you like seafood, you owe it to yourself to head to the Beach Club's Cape May Cafe for their nightly All-You-Can-Eat Clam Bake Dinner Buffet. There you can have your fill of steamed clams, mussels, crab legs, fish and clam chowder. Don't worry, there is plenty for people who like landlubber food and a kid's buffet with all their favorites. Oh, and, if you can, leave room for the dessert portion of the buffet. A perfect way to end our Disney Pic of the Week on Resort Dining.

April 19, 2013

Being Creative with Crowds at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Here's a fun way to approach photographing in busy tourist attractions like Walt Disney World. Be creative! Easier said than done I can hear you saying. Really, when confronted with people everywhere, start looking from different angles, get low, get high or just tilt your camera.

A couple of weeks ago, I showed you how I used guests watching a show in front of Cinderella Castle to create a good travel photograph. The photo today was taken a little before that one. I tilted my camera to eliminate most of the people and included the Partners Statue with the castle as a backdrop.

A creative view of the Partners Statue in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A creative view of the Partners Statue.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/400s, f/10, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

There is almost no such thing as an unique photo taken at Walt Disney World anymore. Many people told me this was until I told them I had seen this idea done by another photographer. I got down on my stomach in front of Spaceship Earth and, using Aperture Priority mode, dialed in an f/18 aperture to get lots of depth of field. I know those are people's legs and feet in the photo. Can you recognize any of them?

A low view of people walking towards Spaceship Earth in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A low view of people walking towards Spaceship Earth.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/80s, f/18, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length, tripod.

Disney park fans have a saying, "Look up, look down". I have an addition for Disney park photographers, get LOW, get HIGH and look ALL around. Let your creativity go and enjoy the magic!

I will conclude this series next week with something Disney has always been famous for. Can you guess?

April 21, 2013

Where in the World #276

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!

So sorry about the glitch last week! But we are back in business!

April 16th was a special day here because Amanda Garrett's mother celebrates her birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day!
From Millan.Net

But we have to make a sad transition. Because... now it's time to say goodbye to one of our company:

The Disney community lost someone very special. Annette Funicello, one of the original Mouseketeers who made her debut with them at Disneyland's opening. When she was offered the movies with Frankie Avalon, one of the people she consulted was Walt Disney; she and Walt always held each other in high regard and as Annette and Uncle Walt.

Thank you, Annette, for being everything Disney spirit and magic was meant to be.


Here's last week's Challenge:
 Where in the World #275

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

The Trails End restaurant at my Disney home, the Fort Wilderness resort! I love the buffet here, like the baked potato bar. And buzzing over here to get breakfast to go and treat the hubby to breakfast in bed. Plus, big thanks to Trails End for making us feel special when they found out our wedding anniversary was the next day.

This resort holds a special place in Walt Disney World: it was designed personally by Walt Disney, he named it after his fort in Disneyland and items from the California park where shipped here & are still in use. It is now the only one of Walt's Fort Wilderness places to be open and always flourishing with unique events no other resort holds like 4th of July parades where cast members and resort guests march together. Or as people said during December to Remember: "I thought you people were camping!" and "This is amazing!".

Like the Patterson Family said: Love the Fort!

Mike and Susan Hill, instead of walking from the Wilderness Lodge, you might want to take the bus. It's a lovely walk, but it might be a bit long; depends on your POV. If I was there, I'd buzz over in the electric cart. :)

Paul Dickson, I have been to the Lawnmower tree. :) And I really, really miss the peacocks. :(

Rob & April Vanderpool, you know I will be ready to go when you pick me up for a Disney trip!
Judy Simonsen, let me know when you're going to stay at Fort Wilderness! I'll hook you up with all the ins and outs. :)

Leigh Mertz was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Leigh and all our winners this week! Theresa Rucando, Debbie Desimone, Al Desimone, Chris Masse, Mary Beth Tarbet, Julie And Kody Rider, The O'meara Family, Andrew Carrieri, Torrey Beasley, Team Hill, Les Whitten, Emma Poprock, Laura Zale, Eileen Wiederspan, Jennifer Walker, Kristi Strembicki, Mary Ann Lamay, Susan Tadlock, Denise Nilsen, Bob Gasper, Scott Pyle, Virginia Pierce, Lorie Liptak, Zach Szymko, Jenny Brennan, Paul Sankey, Ken Maikowski, Agnes Ciotti, Laura V, Dawn Miller, Cindy Smith, Pam Vanaustin, Melissa Such, Kye Layton, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Joyce Shipman, Chris Kelly, Mike Mondoux, Tami Howerton, Kellie Harpel, Liz Moreau, Vera Williams, Tricia Petty, Jim Riddle, Carla C. , Deb Ragno, The Parker Family, James Sturniolo, Paul Moore, Jennifer Rowell, Billy Tingerthal, Nathalie Periard, Belicia Cullen, Kris Nixon, Scott Cullen, Kevin Miller, Paul Dickson, Cynthia Hitchcock, Louise Barton, David Blevins, Colette Stanton, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Jen Cerce, Hillary Waldroop, Zachary Falcone, Erin Gomyo, Tommy Montgomery, Pam Gallagher, Angie Young, Sharon Pierce, Patti Gumiela, Robert Wescovich, Denise Neighbors, Johnny, Kristen Funk, Paul Knott, Brian Miller, The Fosbender's, Scott Precise, Jessica Iglesias , Kori Atchley, Kathy Murphy, Antoinette Leblanc, Veronica Upwood, John Bickers, Craig, Marguerite Garofalo, Marie Rogowski, Anne Beebe, Hobbes And Snorky, Caryn Schill, Jeremy Hardy, Maureen Handy, Renee, Kathleen Rosenwinkel, Wendy Snelgrove, Kris Blamphin, Stuart Hale, Claire Gregory, Regina Allen, Kathy Morris, Betsy Silvestri, Jackie Klafeta, Jason &Melinda Lenz, Linda Scrivano, Marcia Aulenback, James Hickey, Curtis Bille, Wendy Williams, Donna Currier, Dan Mangini, Sylvie Miller, Amy Scott, Lisa Zitek, Jennifer Snapp, Phil Badcock, Kelly Fitzgerald, Paul Moody, Lisa Edens, Theresa Lucotti, Tom Koval, Jen Cox, Brian Gallant, Steve And Ruby Jordan, Paul Vose, Cheryl Costello, Lisa Bohannon, Kevin Scott, William Cudney, Jeffrey Dunne, Linda College, Melissa K. , Pat Morin, Dawn Simpson, Kenny, Madison Hovan, Rob &April - Team Vanderpool, Hulse Family, Judy Simonsen, Jennifer Rupert, Patti Mccaffrey, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Christina Rotella, Pinder Family, Pam Manseau, Jim Dewalt, Jenn Crosby, John Menjes, Jennifer Snook, Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Crystal Gelinas, Mike Malampy, Alan Mize, Heather Pedulla, Amanda Campbell, Suzanne C. Denham, Andy Hickey, Heather Slaven, Melissa Roberts, Randi Balch, Daniel Schweizer , Mike Walter, Meredith Rule, Emily Hudson, Scott Greenbaum, Sara Holloway, Sara Holloway, Walter N. Clark, Jonathan Ward, The sign for Trail's End at Fort Wilderness., Clay Anthony, B Zawadzki, Colin Sawyer, Daniel Record, Josh Carney, The Moore Family, Jeff Blank, Jessica Folan, April Haddock, Les Stewart, Kerrie Hogan, Russ Morgan, Trina Noggle, Melesia Love, Andrew Pettit, Madeline Davis, Nancy Crossman, Tim Johansen, Jerry Weldon, Hayley Valk, Paul Ignudo Jr, Kristen Mccoy, Rebecca Keenan, John &Rhonda Nottell, Heather Hynes, Rob Blundin, Barclay Bakkum, Tracy Boylan, Karrie Duffey, Alison Rosenberger, Wayne Chadourne, Whitney M, Anita Jodouin, Anastasia Macneil, Maryann Romagnano, Carri Marotto, Jennfier Shaw, Doug Andrews, Team Meeker, Matthew Jadro, Ainsley Poe, Karen Costa, Ken Rhinehart, Stephanie Linares, Annie Snodgrass, Peter Boguszewski, Matt Holley, Jaron Goldberg, Nicole Shuler, Gallagher Family, Ron, Chuck Sands, Larry Sprenkle, Kelly Mager, Hoekzema Family, Sue Anne Kennedy, Clinton Dickinson, Tracy Discher, Bonnie Cummings, Betsy Dross, Teri Michalski, Jeremy Reichelt, Andrew Weed, Gail States, Karen Smith, Sandie Albrecht, Timothy Hutchinson, Stephanie Dollar, Elaine Kleinhenz, Holmes Family, Patti Deluca, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Evald Olson, Debbie Poole, Andrew G., Joseph M. Zafia, Marcia Mardirosian, Jessica Gruhlke, Jackie Cohen, George Mundy Jr, Kyle Burdo, Cathy, Barb Welshhans, Christy Schor, Margaret West, Lynn Torre, Melissa Littman, Liam Monahan, Scott Sangston, Fred Shakeshaft, Ron Harper, Kyle Rogier, Tom Higbee, Emily Harper, Ladonna Tisdale, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Amanda Garrett, Mike Haeberle, Terry Blair, Nancy Cole, Matthew Earl, Kate Harris, Gary Bracknell, Mike Standerski, Anne Marie Cronin, Chris & Maranda Nichols, Cheri Palmisano, Lynn Lofton, Jon, Laura Labadie, Heidi S. Kulesh, Michelle Cronin, Robert Hildebrandt, Dee Dee Kenney, Teresa Cole, Margie Larmon, Brent Richardson, Betsey, Shannon Wright, Julie Weigand, Dave Carriere, The Patterson Family, Diane Ramos, and Ryan Smith. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #276: Where in the world is this?

We are still outside the parks, Players!
 Where in the World #276

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

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April 23, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Mouse Ears

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Walt Disney World may no longer celebrate special anniversary years but they do like to sell special anniversary merchandise. Such was the case for Epcot's 30th Anniversary last year. Back in 2011, you could find lots of merchandise for the Magic Kingdom's 40th Anniversary which is where I found these Mickey Mouse Ears.

40th Anniversary Mouse Ears for sale in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
40th Anniversary Mouse Ears for sale in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.8, ISO 2200, EV 0, 34mm focal length.

Lisa be here on Thursday to share her Disney Pic of the Week on Mouse Ears.

April 24, 2013

Kilimanjaro Safaris Bonus Gorilla

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

A gorilla on the safari? Surely you must be joking. You're such a jokester, Lisa. There is one, not along the drive itself but read on to learn more, and stop calling me Shirley.

Picture this (the jokes never end), you're bouncing along in the safari vehicle, cursing yourself for finishing off the bottle of ice tea while waiting in line. You're trying your very best to take photos of the hippos wiggling their ears and blowing bubbles. The driver doesn't slow down during the entire ride. The journey ends and when you exit the vehicle, you naturally follow the crowd left and head out. But wait! There's more! What? I said there's more.

Walk forward and to the right. There's a waist high wall, I think it's clay colored. Go up to it and look down, left and right. A single silverback gorilla lives down there. Actually, I have no idea if he's single, I didn't check his Facebook status. He is alone though. I have seen him sitting on rocks in the middle of the waterfall stream, napping in the semi-cave, and in between.

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All he needs is a telephone and he could re-enact The Telephone Hour song from Bye Bye Birdie.


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I turned this photo around 180 degrees so you wouldn't have to turn your head upside down. I'm a nice kid, I know.

Newbies, the Kilimanjaro Safari is an attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom. You'll love it, just visit the potty ahead of time.

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April 25, 2013

Germany, Mouse Ears, and a Tourist

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


If you love hats, you'll have a ball buying or trying on what seems like an endless assortment of mouse ears in various styles at every Walt Disney World park. You too can look like Mickey or Minnie with slight variation.

Epcot offers mouse ears themed to a few of the World Showcase pavilions. They make great souvenirs or photo props.

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High Energy Cat Napping Yoli. Pins, backpack, phone, camera, lanyard, and mouse ears sold separately.

Disney Pic of the Week - Mouse Ears


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April 26, 2013

Photographing Details at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney parks are known for many things. Attention to detail and incorporating detail is one of them. Focusing on the little details at a busy tourist attraction like Walt Disney World is one way to get photos which do not include people.

Taking a stroll down Sunset Blvd. in Disney's Hollywood Studios, I came upon probably the only Ford vehicle on property. It is a yellow taxi in front of the Disney Vacation Club location. I got down low and opened up my aperture wide open to selectively focus on the car's grill where the manufacturer's logo was found.

The chrome grill of a yellow texi parked on Sunset Blvd. in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The chrome grill of a yellow texi in Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/3200s, f/5, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 32mm focal length.

Another detail Disney is famous for are Hidden Mickeys which Disney Imagineers design into attractions, restaurants, resorts and just about anything. This address plaque, found in the Streets of America in Disney's Hollywood Studios, was pointed out to me by a Hidden Mickey fan.

Hidden Mickey on the Dalmation dog address plaque in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Hidden Mickey on the Dalmation dog address plaque in Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

Disney parks and resorts and most any tourist destination will have details to photograph which will add unique and interesting stories to your travel photography.

April 28, 2013

Where in the World #277

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!

Claire Gregory, Mary Beth Tarbet, Rob & April Vanderpool, and Jason And Melinda Lenz: thank you for your concern and wonderful messages! You guys are the best!
From Millan.Net

The Pinder Family and CJ, thank you too for your fantastic notes! From Millan.Net

Guess what, Players? Remember I said we weren't going to Walt Disney World this year? Well, my husband surprised me with a trip: we'll be there in 5 weeks! Star Wars weekends, here we come!
From Millan.Net

Here's last week's Challenge:
 Where in the World #276

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

Minnie Mouse in marble! You can find her and many other Disney characters in the Grand Floridian lobby.

That's the Grand Floridian or, as Vicki Edwards' daughter put it, "the place that smells expensive". :)

Brian Miller was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Brian and all our winners this week! Chris Masse, Kris Nixon, Julie Wickware, Claire Gregory, Ed Elder, Virginia Pierce, Hoekzema Family, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Paula Massarelli, Agnes Ciotti, Debbie Desimone, Al Desimone, Louise Barton, Agnes Ciotti, Rob & April - Team Vanderpool, Theresa Rucando, Mary Beth Tarbet, Ellie Argaluza, Laura V., Steve And Ruby Jordan, Team Hill, Carla C, Dan & Deb Mangini, Double Family, Johansen Family, Dave Wang, Noah Schweizer (9 Yrs Old), Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Kye Layton, Jennifer Rowell, The Kahle Family , Lynette Michalos, Pam Gallagher, Scott Encke, Mailin Pares, Darlene Harmon, Melodye Berry, Linda Andrews, Ken Clark, Scott Cullen, Belicia Cullen, Hillary Waldroop, Paul Moore, John & Rhonda Nottell, Tricia Petty, Laura Zale, Betsy Silvestri, Sharon Pierce, Annette Nuenke, Duskin Henard, Colette Stanton, Josh Carney, Julie Bozeman, The Parker Family, Craig Livingston, Evanna Huda, Paul Knott, Megan Collins, Zach Szymko, Missy Tillman, Cindy, Emily Hudson, Jason And Melinda Lenz, Mike Walter, Kara Jones, Kori Hockett, Shannon Savoia, Craig, Mickey Eckert, Amy Marte, Hobbes And Snorky, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Patti Gumiela, Jenny Stoneburner, Carrie Rampy, Paul Dickson, Sharon Dale, Jen Cerce, Morgan M., Marcia Mardirosian, Victoria W., James And Kathy Berry, Darcy Mchale, Kerri Coggins, Scott Precise, Mary Jo Gallion, Lisa Collymore, Daniel Record, Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Annie Snodgrass, Leach Family, Cynthia Hitchcock, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Madison Hovan, Chloe Mayhew, Karen Adamakis, Becky Norman, Judy Simonsen, Julie And Kody Rider, Rob Jacob, Audra And Kevin Miller, Randi Balch, Heather Hynes, Tim Jeltes, Andy Hickey, Dale Knight, Vanessa Gordon, Denise Cayz, Maggie Klotz, Hayley Valk, Deedee Kenney, Jennifer Harmon, Jackie Purcell, Chris & Maranda Nichols, Todd Ritter, Andrew Gonzalez, Robert Hildebrandt, Mary Virginia Clause, Jennifer Forsythe, Tricia Noble, Carolyn Como, Amy Park, Kelly Smith, Nancy Cole, Mary Greger, Kristen Mccoy, Andy Schumacher, Anastasia Macneil, Wayne Witherspoon, Sara Alaimo, Scott Sangston, Alan Mize, Matt Holley, Stephanie Linares, Jaron Goldberg, Pinder Family, Matt Ciccone, Peter Boguszewski, Melody O'donnell, Heather Pedulla, Francis Lachance, Michele Mongeon, Scott Greenbaum, Dawn Bach, Walter N. Clark, Chris Kelly, Sara Holloway, Anita Jodouin, Larissa Huda, Diane C., Tracy Discher, Melesia Love, George Mundy Jr, Russell Hamlin, Ainsley Poe, Chris Horne, Stephanie Dollar, Dave Carriere, Heidi Goodhue, Patti Deluca, Elaine Kleinhenz, Patty Newton, Stacy Lee, Jane Johnson, Cheryl Costello, Barb Welshhans, Amanda Garrett, Rachel Taylor, Tom Higbee, Nathalie Periard, Christina Rotella, Pat, Jon Solomonson, Amber Slifer, Bonnie Cummings, Peggy Saeger, Amy Filliben, Vicki And Elizabeth Edwards, Vincent Maltese , Christopher Hall, Nathaniel Clements, Shirley Garcowski, Carol Ney, Julie Weigand, Bob Eldridge, Evald Olson, Pam Vanaustin, and Vera Williams. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #277: Where in the world is this?

STILL outside the parks, Players! Some of you are gnashing your teeth. I promise we'll go back inside the Big Four next week.
 Where in the World #277

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

April 30, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week - Pixar

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


The Seas with Nemo and Friends gives us a chance to learn about and identify marine life. In addition you can talk with a totally rad turtle, ride a clam shell, and shout, "I see the dolphin!"

If that's not enough, you can also go face-to-face uhhh, rather that's face-in-face with a shark named Bruce. Bring your camera and have some fun in the indoor play area, Bruce's Sub House.

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The happiest person to have ever been swallowed by a fake shark. Yeah, it's Yoli.


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