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January 1, 2014

Morning Light over New Fantasyland

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

It's a rare occasion that we Disney geeks are given the chance to enter a park before 8 am. Unless there's a special event or you've scored an 8:05 am reservation at Cinderella's Royal Table (or another restaurant serving breakfast), you'll just have to live with making rope drop. I made it into Magic Kingdom at 6 am-ish on May 24, 2013 for Monstrous Summer 24-hour celebration.

After getting a few things settles, I slowly made my way to Fantasyland and breathed in the free range dew-filled air. It truly was a fantasy, hardly a human (or monster) was in sight. Knowing how popular new attractions are, I sashayed into New Fantasyland and got in line for Enchanted Tales with Belle. Yes, there was a line already. That's okay, I made small talk with other geeks and told newbies it was a roller coaster. There's a reason the other Lisas I've worked with call me Evil Lisa.

While waiting to enter Maurice's (Belle's dad) cottage, I set myself up for a scenic shot with lens flare. Voila! (As they say in France)

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Canon EOS 30D, Canon 17-40 USM L, ISO 400, f14, Shutter Priority

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January 2, 2014

2013 Vacation Review

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Disney Pic of the Week - Year in Review

As usual, I got my tuchas out of the house in search of new adventure. Beyond Walt Disney World (I'll go back to the topic), I journeyed with friends Karen and Susan to Vermont, Connecticut, and Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts.

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Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield, MA


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At Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT I touched a shark, an alligator, Cownose and Atlantic Rays, and a tiny crab.

I also explored new places in Central Massachusetts with one of best friends, Figgy, and her family. I took a solo road trip with a stop in New York to see my brother and sister-in-law and then went on to New Jersey where I had lunch with Erin, Queen of AllEars.Net menus. Then my fun turned into a nightmare in Atlantic City, where I'll never go back. My first time in New Orleans proved to be awesome with my friend/hostess/tour guide, Terri. We even did a little sightseeing in Alabama and casino drop-ins in Mississippi.

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I fed zebras and yououou didn't!! This place was awesome! Global Wildlife Center in Folsom, LA.


When I'm bored I get in the car and drive. I tend to wind up in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and various parts of Massachusetts. It's good to get out of the house.

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Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA
Only employees are fortunate enough to have a binturong climb on top of their heads.

The most exciting trip of the year as you might recall was to Walt Disney World with my friend Yoli. It was her first time not only at The Most Magical Place on Earth but in Orlando. Our 10 night extravaganza included a day at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. We toured Celebration and checked out a handful of Disney Resorts. Ten years in the making, and we finally pulled it off. Next time, we need to bring a few pals along.

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Showing off our limited edition Newbie and the Geek Take Walt Disney World shirts.


If you missed me going on and on and on about it all, my trip reports are called Newbie and the Geek. Follow the link to the final post where you'll see links to each and every pre and post-trip blog entry.

I made one other flight to Orlando this year to attempt my second all nighter. In May, Disney held another 24 hour event, this time to launch the new movie, Monsters University. I arrived at Magic Kingdom in time to start things off and then proceeded to get sick. What a disaster. Want to relive the disappointment? Start here and then finish here

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I wonder if King Triton has a much younger brother.

My itinerary for 2014 includes Florida (not Orlando), Virginia, Washington, D.C., California (Disneyland +), and Hawai'i. Alooooha!


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January 3, 2014

Best of Walt Disney World in 2013

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

After visiting Disneyland in September, I had two trips to Walt Disney World in October and December. The first was a family vacation where I photographed while touring the parks. The other was a planned couple of days photographing with other Disney fan photographers. Both trips were fun, enjoyable and presented new challenges and experiences in each park. Today, I am sharing with you some of the highlights from those trips.

It is exciting to see something new at Walt Disney World even if it happens every day. In all my visits, I never saw the IllumiNations barges enter Epcot's World Showcase Lagoon. When I noticed the Earth barge coming through the draw bridge, I stopped and took several photos.

IllumiNations Earth barge entering Epcot's World Showcase lagoon, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
IllumiNations Earth barge entering Epcot's World Showcase lagoon.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 150mm focal length.

This was the first time I had the Fisheye lens with me at Walt Disney World. I probably used it way too much but it was a lot fun. While waiting for my ride on Rock'n'Roller Coaster, I photographed fellow guests being launched. The lens' f/2.8 aperture and a high ISO allowed me to photograph inside the dark ride.

Guests are launched at the Rock'n'Roller Coaster in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Guests are launched into the Rock'n'Roller Coaster.
Nikon D700/15mm, 1/30s, f/2.8, ISO 6400, EV 0.

Each December, Disney fan photographers always watch for Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Animal Kingdom. This allows for photographing in the park after sunset. Something that is a rarity. The bare light bulbs hanging over the path to Expedition EVEREST made for good foreground interest to the Forbidden Mountain. By using a small aperture of f/22, the small light sources became small starbursts. I waited for Blue Hour, the time between sunset and full night, to give it a magical light.

Blue hour at Expedition EVEREST in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Blue hour at Expedition EVEREST.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 2.5s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 92mm focal length, tripod.

After Blue Hour in Disney's Animal Kingdom, I traveled to the Magic Kingdom to take advantage of its late night closing. Putting the Fisheye lens back on my camera, I photographed the lights and movement of the park. Fantasyland's Mad Tea Party is colorful and full of motion when using a long exposure and tripod to photograph it.

Mad Tea Party tea cups whiz around at night in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mad Tea Party tea cups whiz around at night.
Nikon D700/15mm, 10s, f/5, ISO 200, EV 0, tripod.

These are my favorites from this year's trips to Walt Disney World. Here's to even more in 2014. Do you have any favorites from the past year?

January 5, 2014

Where in the World #313

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!

Patti McCaffrey, don't you leave for Walt Disney World this week?

Cheri Palmisano, I'm sorry about the mix up. I'm guessing your post came in after I got the list of answers. I'm sorry I didn't have you in the winners list last week. To help make up for it, let me announce to the Players right here that you got the answer right!

From last week: Challenge #312:
 Where in the World #312

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

It's Cinderella Castle during Wishes in the Magic Kingdom!

I love that some of you thought I was trying to pull a trick because this was so easy. But I just thought it was a good photo for New Year's. :)
From Millan.Net

Craig was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Craig and all our winners this week! The Tisdale Family, Tim Johansen, Trina Noggle, Kris Nixon, The Kahle Family , Paul Dickson, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Mary Beth Tarbet, Jason And Melinda Lenz, Kerri Coggins, John Bickers, Chuck Sands, Erin Hammer, Bruce Jones, Dee Dee Kenney, Hoekzema , Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Donna, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Sharon Pierce, Andrew Carrieri, Agnes Ciotti, Phil Vickers, Vanessa Stjohn, Nan Amor, Ken Maikowski, Tami H., Jason L, Amanda Campbell, Dave Freemyer, Jeremy Nixon, Toni Paul, Josh Freilich, Jeany Sanchez, Karen Adamakis, Linda Scrivano, Doug Olson Family, Tinkerbell Wells, Annie Snodgrass, Mark Schmidt, Tami Neilson, Michelle Raimist, Kelly Lathrop, Jennifer Rowell, Carly And Colin, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Angie Blair, Matt Wildey, Melissa, Heather Keenan, Vicki Britt, Vera And Izzy Williams, Michelle Darabaris, Elisa Steccato , Kate Case, Diane Curfman, Rob Hepler, Jodi Cook, Daniel Record, Sisk Family, Scherry Yates, Melissa Such, Holly Titone, Taylor K, Hayley Valk, Heather Long, Rebekah Schultz, Colette Stanton , Terri Pope, Brittany Englert, Elaine Kleinhenz, Chad Citro, Tricia Petty , Phyllis, The Gunnels Family, Lindsey Nozal, Crystal King, Team Hill, Kye Layton, Terry Lambert, Maryann Eckenrode, Jamie Robertson , Melissa Rookard, Barbara Bonner, Mike Haeberle, Jennifer Cerce, Theresa Rucando, Double Family, Virginia Pierce, Pollyanna Buff, Chris Nichols, Dawn Bach, Robert Vadovic , Bill Schmid, Deb Ragno, Kathy Morris, Steve And Ruby Jordan, Lynette Michalos, Nathan York, Linda Bowles, Kara Cummings , Heather Pedulla, Megan Krainski, Timberly Aymond, Mike Mondoux, Leach Family, Dawn Miller, Jason Hocker, Lorine Landon, Andrea Kruszewski, Scott Greenbaum, Elizabeth And Vicki Edwards, Ken Clark, Patty Carty, Rhonda Tomlinson, K Beasley, Jason Curtis, Renata Aragao, Hallie Gleave, Karen Ramirez, Susie Howard, Susan Higginbotham, Ruth Senecal, Duskin Henard, The Parker Family, Jeremy Hardy, The Kertes Family, Maureen Handy, Ashley P. , Chris Kelly, Hobbes And Snorky, Cheryl Chambers, Kenny, Jackie Drexler, Jim Finley, Claire Gregory, Pam Vanaustin, John P, Chloe Mayhew, Stefanie Vandiver, Brian Miller, Robert Wescovich, Hunter Armstrong, Jonathan Ward, Debbie Desimone, Andy Hickey, Mary Ann Lamay, Amy Filliben, Judy Simonsen, Sharynne Smith, Elizabeth Johnston, Rob Blundin, Mickey Eckert, Murr Family, Gallagher Family, Larry Sprenkle, Janet T Thorn, Stefan Owens, Tom Koval, Jennifer Harmon, Billie Jean Albolino, Bryant O'meara, Les Stewart, Carolyn Como, Josette Gabel, Christina Page, Eric Enli, Jeff Blank, Bob Patterson, Robert Hildebrandt, Linda College, Chris Bauman, Jeremy Reichelt, Josh Carney, Kathy Huckabee, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Popek Family, The Patterson Family, Barclay Bakkum, Sara Holloway, Alan Mize, Cheri Palmisano, Anastasia Macneil, Carri Marotto, Kameo Crea, Carla C, Steve Townsend, Melesia Love, Jeff Swearingen, George Mundy Jr, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Morgan M., Josh Weiss, Wendy Palmquist, Carol Gamill, L. Dean, Patti Mccaffrey, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Karen Schlumpf, Grumpy's Groupies, Mike Hulse, Maja Kodani, Melody Odonnell, Sandie Albrecht, Smitty, Sharon , Maryann Romagnano, Thomas Higbee, Jackie Graebel, Maggie Klotz, Jo Ann Bailey, Robert P. Flaherty , Pat Schwier, Cheryl Costello, Les Whitten, Bill Mckim, Kerry Mccaffrey, Karen, Wendy Barney, Matt Holley, Randi Balch, Jane Johnson, Gallagher Family, Wayne Witherspoon, Erin Loring, Derek Carty, and Terry Fleming. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

Here it is! The final winner for 2013! And that player is Terry Lambert! Congratulations, Terry! You will be receiving a prize from Deb Wills herself!
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Challenge #313 Where in the world is this?

We are going outside of the parks, Players:
 Where in the World #313

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

January 7, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week - Magic Kingdom

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


Scott and I begin the new year by concentrating on Walt Disney World parks. It's a big place, that's for certain, and we could probably fill 52 weeks with photos of just Florida parks but we won't. So...there! Put on some mouse ears and get ready for the wildest ride in the wilderness.

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Snow White, The Prince (not be confused with Prince formerly of The Revolution, or Prince Charming, or Prince "Charming" David), and Dopey wave to small woodland creatures.

It's the back side of parade viewing. Visitors watch Celebrate A Dream Come True Parade which travels along Main Street, U.S.A. thru Liberty Square, into Frontierland and then through a humungous gate into a 4th dimension.

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January 8, 2014

Stop, Look, Focus, and then Take the Photo

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

The plane took me to New Orleans, Louisiana where my friend Terri picked me up and went on to play tour guide for several days. That's right, kids, I'm going to expose you to non-Disney images. Don't freak out on me. All lessons can be applied to Disney Parks or Disney Cruise Line and even The Disney Store, should you need a fix in between trips. Not all of my blogs will have Disney photos this year as my earliest Disney escape won't be until the end of 2014. We'll have fun though, I promise.

As we walked the streets of the French Quarter, a certain statue caught my eye. Sometimes I take photos of things I might want to buy at a later time. As I raised my loving Canon EOS 30D and Canon 17-40mm USM to my eye, it dawned on me that this would be a great subject to cover for my blog which you are enjoying right now.

Let's say you're window shopping at Disney's Hollywood Studios (aka MGM Studios) and you like what you see. You might quickly turn, hit the shutter release button and keep on strolling. Here's the photo you took.
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Come on now, you can do better. Go on, try it again.

You're looking at window displays and you want to take a picture to remind you to come back later when you have time to shop. You know, like when the teenagers are riding Rock ' Roller Coaster and your husband is across the park hoping to fool Cast Members into casting him as a Padawan for The Jedi Training Academy. Exactly. For now, take the photo.
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Alright well, that's better. At least now the subject's in focus and centered. You stopped moving and glanced at the LCD screen. I know you can do even better. Third time's a charm.
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Atta girl. You took the time to compose the shot, focus, and the end result is excellent. Now, if you had only written down the name of the store.

By the way, if you thought I was looking at the nutcracker then you haven't been listening to me. Men!


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January 9, 2014

Hall of Presidents Lobby in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Hall of Presidents' lobby in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Fisheye view of the lobby inside the Hall of Presidents.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/6s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0.

The above photo took two years to get it right. The first time I attempted this photo, I did not notice the release cable was in the corner of the frame. The railing surrounding The Great Seal of the United States confounded any skill I had in removing the cable without ruining the image. Last December, when I again visited the Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom, I had my new Fisheye lens which captured even more of the lobby than the wide angle lens I used previously. As luck with have it, the last show of the night was about to start. I waited for everyone to exit the lobby and took this photo.

A patriotic scene for the Disney Pic of the Week for the Magic Kingdom.

January 10, 2014

Looking Above the Trees at Walt Disney World

Prime Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As veterans of many trips to Walt Disney World, Lisa and I have often said to always look up and down when visiting the resort. Most of the time you will find wonderful details and even a Hidden Mickey. You may discover a composition you never noticed before. In reviewing photos from my last couple of trips, I came upon these photos which were taken in different parks and at different times but have similar properties.

The first was taken as I walked from Japan to Morocco late in the day. I noticed the low Sun angle was giving the Hotel du Canada of the Canadian pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase a nice golden glow. I decided to crop the photo leaving out any indication of the people and lamps at the bottom of the original photo. I wanted people to see the beauty of the Hotel du Canada framed between green trees and a cloudy sky.

Hotel du Canada in the Canadian pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Late afternoon sunshine illuminates the Hotel du Canada.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 1100, EV +0.3, 300mm focal length.

While walking the bridge between the entrance to Adventureland and Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom late at night, I looked up at the spires of Cinderella Castle illuminated above the trees. Not seeing the entire castle created a new composition for me.

The spires of Cinderella Castle illuminated at night in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
The Spires of Cinderella Castle illuminated at night.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/13s, f/5.6, ISO 5600, EV 0, 200mm focal length.

While I often do not mind including people and other elements in my Walt Disney World photographs, I liked how I cropped or composed these two photos to eliminate any distracting elements.

January 12, 2014

Where in the World #314

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!

Happy Birthday, Marsha Waidelich! She turns 5 Disney years old!
From Millan.Net

AND! Annie Snodgrass also turns 5 Disney years old!
From Millan.Net

From last week: Challenge #313:
 Where in the World #313

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

You meet the nicest people at Disney! Like this sweetheart at the entrance of 'Ohanas at the Polynesian resort.

Daniel Record was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Daniel and all our winners this week! Kris Nixon, Kristi Strembicki, Jennifer Rowell, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Donna Frank, The Gunnels Family, Debbie Desimone, Mike Cerce, Sharon Pierce, Jen Cerce, Betsy Silvestri, Colette Stanton , Toni Florentino, Lisa Mccarthy, Dave Leleux, Kim Riley, Phyllis, Dave Freemyer, Kye Layton, Carol Ney, Amber Slifer, Linda Ranatza, Kristi Jack, Yvonne Marchione, Christie, Terry Croteau, Murr Family, Tim Keeanan, Heather Bradley, Paula Massarelli, Lindsay Coram, Barrie, Christy Lord, Al Desimone, Christina Trigiani, Jen Stevens, Deb Ragno, Bob Ruer, Melissa Such, Denise Morris, Shelly Bordley, Robert Hildebrandt , Emma Ramsey, Julie Gilliard, Dawn Miller, Kevin Orner, Denise Morris, Rex Biederman, Lee Anastasi, Pam Vanaustin, Lynette Michalos, Elaine Kleinhenz, Ruben O'meara, Kim Gray, Pat Schwier, Matt Wildey, Timberly Aymond, Joseph Rutigliano, Jim Vandenberghe, Lori Rienhardt, Maryann & Courtney Crowe, Diane Tredore, Jodi Lupp, Helen Amer, Maureen Handy, Heather Long, Jeremy Hardy, Erin Hammer, Gallagher Family, Michelle Darabaris, Hobbes And Snorky, Teala Van De Ven, Judy Simonsen, John Dickson, Emily Hudson, Vicki Edwards, Ruth Senecal, Trina Noggle, Jeff Powers, Heidi Goodhue, Rob Hepler, Cari Hoffman, Annie Niece, Vanessa Gordon, Jen Eacret, Kim Sancranti, Susie Howard, Randi Balch, Chuck Sands, Craig, Nan Amor, Chris Clayton, Robert Wescovich, The Parker Family, Grumpy's Groupies, Scott Cullen, Belicia Cullen, Katie Beth M, Josette Gabel, Brian Gallant, Tricia Noble, Gail States, Jeremy Reichelt, Josh Carney, Karrie Duffey, Claire Gregory, Ashley P., Mike Kaczanowski, Janet T Thorn, Jenn Steele, Lori Bennett, Erin Loring, Scott, Chloe Mayhew, Vicki Shearman, Annie Snodgrass, Ron Harper, Curtis Bille, Nicole Benoit, The Emich Family, Shannon Babin, Chris Nichols, Jorge, John Bickers, Patti Mccaffrey, Louise Barton, Ansley, Kevin Miller, Audra Miller, Jackie Graebel, Sharon, Vera And Izzy Williams, Joseph M. Zafia, Chris Hills, Amy Fleming, Jessica Iglesias, Jacquelyn Law, Les Stewart, Hillary Waldroop, Matt Petty, Jeff Brashear, Stacy Guarracino, Vicki Britt, Mary Kuhn, and Rob Blundin. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

I just noticed one team calls themselves Grumpy's Groupies: that's awesome!
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Challenge #314 Where in the world is this?
We're back into the parks! This was put in early in 2013. But! If you know who this is looking at you, then you know where he is!

 Where in the World #314

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

January 14, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Epcot was the first park I visited at Walt Disney World some 30 years ago. While attractions have come and gone, new countries have sprung up around World Showcase and the trees have gotten taller, Spaceship Earth has endured to become the iconic symbol of Epcot.

Spaceship Earth as seen from Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spaceship Earth as seen from Epcot's World Showcase.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 280, EV 0, 150mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her Disney Pic of the Week from Epcot.

January 15, 2014

Easy Enhancements for Digital Photos

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton


There are plenty of reasons as to why photographers do post-production work on digital images. For instance, a shadow may have been so dark that detail was lost or someone's arm crept into the frame and needed to be cropped out. Simple adjustments like these were made in the darkroom by dodging the print or moving the enlarger head. Nowadays, folks make changes with computer programs. Personally, I miss working in a darkroom and embalming myself with fixer. Anyway...let's take a gander at my examples for you of easy enhancements to do at home.

You'll need a photograph and a photo editing program. I used Adobe Photoshop CS3.

No cropping. No editing other than adding my copyright. This is the original image. Please hold your applause until the end of the blog.

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By adjusting specific colors (yellow, blue, red, magenta, and cyan), I make the bricks or make believe bricks stand out more. The colors pop.

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Next, I adjusted highlights, mid-tones, and shadows. Doing so creates contrast and dimension.

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One more tweak with the colors puts yellow over the edge, the blue and cyan start looking fake, and the red and magenta are screaming for attention. Remember to keep pictures realistic-looking, unless your goal is to hurt eyeballs or re-create freaky movies from the 60's and 70's.

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Now you may clap.

No Canada pavilion bridge was harmed in the making of these magical pictures.

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January 16, 2014

Lumiere's Doppelgänger

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Belle? No. Bella. This is Italy, the Epcot pavilion where amore sings and pizza digests. Look around and you'll see, everything is lovely, including the Cast Members. Cool to the touch architecture surrounds the square. Go on, breathe in Italy.

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Mon ami!

Disney Pic of the Week - Epcot

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January 17, 2014

Highway in the Sky over Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Keeping with this week's photo theme, here is another iconic symbol of not only Epcot but all of Walt Disney World: the WDW Monorail System known as the Highway in the Sky. Each day, monorails transport thousands of resort guests around the Seven Seas Lagoon on either the Express or Resort track back and forth to the Magic Kingdom. You can also transfer to the Epcot track at the Ticket & Transportation Center (TTC) for further service to Epcot.

Monorail Pink in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Monorail Pink passing by the Imagination Pavilion.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/11, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 180mm focal length.

I took this from the walkway between the Odyssey restaurant and World Showcase. I waited for a few minutes for a monorail to pass by. This is one of those reference photos I take to remind me to revisit this location in the future when the Sun is close to setting.

Monorails give a very relaxing, smooth and air conditioned ride even if you have to stand. Remember...Por favor mantenerse al lado de las puertas! at each stop.

January 19, 2014

Where in the World #315

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 looks like we had a liiiiittttttlllle glitch last week. The post was published last Sunday but didn't show up on the site for a couple days at least. (I also forgot to update the answer's deadline date like a ninny.) Many of you wrote in asking if I was okay. Thank you! I am so touched that you would think of me.

Bruce Nash, my maiden name is Nash! We could be related! Hey, where are you going?

Grumpy's Groupies, thanks for sharing your story! A few years ago, different Disney fan sites competed in a scavenger hunt. Whenever AllEars started getting a little ahead, someone on the other teams would shout, "Look over here! It's Deb Wills of AllEars and her team!" Deb's fans would come running over and the team would fall to dead last. LOL! Totally worth it though to meet so many people who enjoy AllEars!

From last week: Challenge #314:
 Where in the World #314

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

It's one of Pascal's friends who hide around the Rapunzel rest area, down the path from her Meet N Greet in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland! I had no idea he had more than one friend in this area; now I know to look for all of them the next time I go back!

Look at the cutie! Do you think he's giving us "the smolder"?

I know, this area is amazing and all for rest rooms! But it is gorgeous; I have so many pictures of this area and I always take a ton more. On my last trip, a woman asked a cast member in Liberty Square where the closest bathrooms were. I had to chirp in: "You HAVE to go to the Rapunzel rest rooms!" The cast member eagerly agreed and off wen the guest. She returned saying: "Best restrooms ever!" Sarah And Chris agree, right?

Warren Handy, it's going to be fun at your house when you two read the answer! lol

Paul Silagyi was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Paul and all our winners this week! Paul Silagyi, Bud Luskus, Jennifer Harmon, Sarah, Leah, And Sophie Orman, Nancy Johansen, Jen Arabian, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Pamela Vanaustin, Stacey Kelsall, Orlando Larosa, Mary Ann Lamay, Matthew Jadro, Donna Begley, Ed Elder, Jennifer Page, Mike Haven, Michelle Norris, Tricia Petty, Yvonne Marchione, Samantha Watson, Sara Alaimo, Jason L, Fiona Knight, Brian Mickle, Chris Bauman, Sara Holloway, Karrie Duffey, Jim Finley, Will Gates, Carolyn Como, Mary Greger, Beth Landis, Erin Hammer, Carla Nale, Theresa, James Steele, Theresa Rucando, Mary Beth Tarbet, Warren Handy, Jennifer Walker, Jack Lynch, Stefanie Vandiver, Leigh Mertz, Craig, Vicki Edwards, Jennifer Rowell, Lindsey Nozal, Jeremy Reichelt, Rob Hepler, Wayne Chadourne, Maryann Eckenrode, Debbie Desimone, Chris Scott, Al Desimone, K Beasley, Carla C, Karen Costa, Ashley P. , Jason Gravette, Betsy Silvestri, Claire Gregory, Dave Carriere, Hillary Waldroop, Kathy Morris, Teala Van De Ven, Nan Amor, Matt Petty, Bruce Nash, Ken Clark, Belicia Cullen, Vicki Britt, Scott Cullen, Kate Nejman, Rebecca Keenan, Team Meeker, Helen Amer, Shelly Borella, Melody O'donnell, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Phyllis, Mike Gillardi, Les Stewart, Rob Blundin, Desiree Soppick, Kathryn Perkins, The Gunnels Family, Ken Maikowski, The Patterson Family, Jodi Lupp, Patti Mccaffrey, Peg Readinger, Scott Greenbaum, Maggie Klotz, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Heather Pedulla, Elaine Kleinhenz, Mary Thatcher, Fran Rendulic, Ashley Collins, Jen Cerce, John P, Daniel Record, Sharon Pierce, Chloe Mayhew, Eva Mayhew, Ansley, Pollyanna Buff, The Tisdale Family, Kathy Huckabee, Team Hill, Kelly Sroka, Scott Precise, Murr Family, Joseph M. Zafia, Melissa Such, John Bickers, Trina Noggle, Chris Kelly, Jackie Graebel, Cynthia Stinson, The Kertes Family, Rebecca Smith, Judy Simonsen, Jessie L Regan, Linda Overfield, Michael Frisbee, Susie Howard, Mike Malampy, Theresa Lucotti, Laurie Walker, Jane Johnson, Diane Curfman, Michelle Darabaris, Craig Livingston, Dwayne Fontenot, Bob Ruer, Josette Gabel, Tom Koval, Jeremy Hardy, Vanessa Gordon, The O'meara Family, Sarah And Chris, Robert Wescovich, Tricia Noble, Vicki Vaught, Barclay Bakkum, Scott Sangston, Melissa Littman, David Ballard, Kristi Strembicki, Becky Norman, Gail States, Peggy Saeger, Katey Davis, The Olszak Family, Duskin Henard, Stacy Guarracino, Steve And Ruby Jordan, Annie Snodgrass, Hobbes And Snorky, Mickey Eckert, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Deb Ragno, Jessica Iglesias, Emily Hudson, Matt Holley, Mike Haeberle, Alex Gamill, Jenn Steele, Alan Mize, Randy Thomas, George Mundy Jr, Cheri Palmisano, Grumpy's Groupies, Danielle Harsley, Agnes Ciotti, Doug Olson Family, Josh Carney, Lauren Thomas, and Paul Silagyi. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #315 Where in the world is this?

Still in the parks. This might be tougher since it's so new or you might immediately recognize a landmark in the Hidden Mickeys!
 Where in the World #315

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

January 21, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week - Hollywood Studios

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Disney's Hollywood Studios wants you to live the Hollywood life by surrounding you with stunt shows, singers and dancers, endless jay walking opportunities, waiters who are really comedians, and over priced food and drink. At least the streets are cleaner.

The Great Movie Ride is a great ride about great movies and movies perceived as great by riders perceived as great by the Walt Disney accounting department, depending on how great their spending habits are on property.

Here you'll come across audio animatronics designed to look like famous actors in great acting roles. Do you like horror flicks? Me neither but every single Cast Member who has lead me through this attraction is a great big fan of them. Creepy. Other genres on this slow-moving journey are action and adventure, musicals, sci-fi, and westerns.

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Little known fact, this isn't a replica of Bob Hope, it's actually a model of John Wayne. I'm never going to look at him the same way again. Thanks for the memories...

Giddy up. Scott will be here on Thursday with his Disney Pic of the Week.


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January 22, 2014

Make Room for Minnie

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

I have a new strategy when it comes to shopping. Should I find something that I want and know that I truly don't need, I take a photograph of it. My savings thank me because it's far more important to purchase a new mattress than a bag full of pins or a dresser filled with new t-shirts.

All year long I buy gifts to put away for birthdays and holidays. I tend to forget what is waiting to be mailed and so when I find souvenirs that are adorable, I also have to stop and ask myself if I really need to buy what's in my hand. At least half the time I walk away, you know, after I put it back on the shelf.

Sorry many Mickeys and a few Minnies, someone else will have to take you home.

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January 23, 2014

Roping Cowboy in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Beau Rangler roping up some young'uns on Sunset Blvd. in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Beau Rangler roping up some young'uns on Sunset Blvd.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 720, EV 0.

Photographed a new to me Citizens of Hollywood character going by the name of Beau Rangler doing some fancy roping tricks on Sunset Blvd. in Disney's Hollywood Studios. The kids did not seem to mind. Anyone know this guy's story? I had to skedaddle to a galaxy far, far away before I could talk to him.

A sunny scene for the Disney Pic of the Week on Disney's Hollywood Studios.

January 24, 2014

Photographing Carsland Details in Disney's California Adventure

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I had a lot of fun searching out details when I visited Carsland in Disney's California Adventure. I used a couple of techniques I have not mentioned in awhile and thought it would be a good reminder for everyone.

Selective Focus is my go to way of separating a subject from a busy background. Using a large aperture, I carefully focus on my subject which throws the background out of focus. In the photo below, the other flowers, window and the reflection in the window are softly out of focus while the subject of the photo, the closest Taillight Flowers, are in sharp focus.

Taillight Flowers found in Carsland, Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California.
Taillight Flowers found in Carsland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 220, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

In contrast, the photo of the funny signs as you walk out of Carsland's Ornament Valley are all in focus as I wanted people to be able to read all of them. To do this, I selected a small aperture which gives a large depth of field from the front of the image all the way to its back. This is called the Hyperfocal Distance Setting or Hyperfocus.

Signs leaving Ornament Valley in Carsland, Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California.
Signs leaving Ornament Valley in Carsland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/22, ISO 1400, EV 0, 48mm focal length.

I know this photo is a little small to see all the signs. They read in order:

MIND YOUR SPEED
AS YOU GO
SHERIFF'S OLD
BUT HE'S
NOT SLOW

Remember that when you are speeding out of any town, especially Radiator Springs.

January 26, 2014

Where in the World #316

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!

Cindy Pink wanted to make sure we knew she was at Disney's Aulani, sitting in the hot tub and watching the dolphins swim by. Gee, thanks for rubbing that in, Cindy. (Bring me a t-shirt!)
Patti Mccaffrey, meanwhile, is at Walt Disney World! Wishes for safe travels and magical vacations to you both!

Warren Handy! You totally waited for your wife to leave the room after submitting a wrong answer, and then submitted the right one?! Hey, Maureen's laughing it off or else I'd warn you to watch your back! LOL

From last week: Challenge #315:
 Where in the World #315

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

The clue here was that it's a landmark in Hidden Mickey (and other characters). Because this is the very first Hidden Oswald! He is located in the pavement outside of the entrance to Enchanted Tales with Belle. Halfway in the path between her place and the construction wall for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. If I haven't mentioned it before, I'm a big Oswald fan and so glad he's back in the Disney family. When I heard this was here, I had to go find it! Now I'm just waiting for the Meet and Greet!

Let me have a second to squeal: Look at my Mickey and Oswald! (And my Pal Mickey's Pal Mickey, and then his little Pal Mickey.) They're celebrating Mickey's big brother getting his own Hidden character in one of their dad's parks.

Phyllis was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Phyllis and all our winners this week! Robert Wescovich, Kristi Strembicki, Daniel Record, Donna Frank, Theresa Rucando, Kim Riley, Dawn Miller, Beth Mcmeekin, Jennifer Harmon, Pollyanna Buff, Nancy Ahlsen, Sharon Pierce, Hillary Waldroop, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Bill Mckim, The Gunnels Family, Team Hill, Michelle Darabaris, Lynette Michalos, Jodi Lupp, Debbie Desimone, Al Desimone, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Jessica Curley, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Robin Fitts, Deb Ragno, Grumpy's Groupies, Kelly Sroka, Marilyn C, Chloe C, Pam Vanaustin, Elizabeth And Vicki Edwards, Chad Citro, Maryann Romagnano, Matt Wildey, Melissa Littman, Bryankruse, Juanita Cowan, Jeremy Reichelt, Karen Bellamy, The Patterson Family, Nan Amor, Les Stewart, Patti Mccaffrey, Judy Simonsen, Virginia Pierce, Maureen Handy, Theresa Maradei, Sara Holloway, Michael Frisbee, Alan Mize, Jim Finley, Matt Holley, Karen Schlumpf, Emily Hudson, Jackie Graebel, Ashley P. , George Mundy Jr, Nathan York, Joseph M. Zafia, Jackie Klafeta, Jane Johnson, and Claire Gregory. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #316 Where in the world is this?

We're in the parks again! Does this look familiar?
 Where in the World #316

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 30th, 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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January 28, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have often heard the story about Walt Disney wanting to use real animals for the Jungle Cruise until someone told him the animals would not be where he wanted them. He quickly switched to Audio-Animatronic animals and the rest, as they say, is history.

Still, I think Walt would have approved of the Kilimanjaro Safari adventure in Disney's Animal Kingdom. It can be true the animals are sometimes hard to see or photograph, but each ride is unique. Last time I rode, this cheetah was in perfect position with the light at the time and nice foreground and background elements to frame it nicely. Something I have rarely seen in all the times on the ride.

Cheetah photographed during a Disney's Kilimanjaro Safari ride in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cheetah photographed during a Disney's Kilimanjaro Safari ride.
Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 560, EV +0.3, 400mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her Disney Pic of the Week from Disney's Animal Kingdom.

January 29, 2014

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

This time around (Get it? Around? Carrousel?), I'm going to show you what my loving Canon EOS 30D, Canon 17-40mm USM L, and I shot at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World.

It was an early morning and I staggered my way through Cinderella Castle into Fantasyland. Cartoon birds hovered around me, chirping classic Disney tunes Everybody Wants to be a Cat and Go the Distance but the Spanish version, No Importa la Distancia. Half awake, I delighted in seeing Prince Charming Regal Carrousel up and running (Get it? Horses? Running?). At least I thought it was running. Maybe I made it move in my mind or with my mind. I have telepathetic powers.

Standing still, I affirmed that it was the carrousel moving and not me. Taking into account the wicked awesome light and the moving subject, I went with shutter speed priority. I set the camera at 1/200 to freeze the action and ISO 400 to handle the light. Records show the camera chose f14 as the aperture.

Ready. Aim. Depress shutter button.

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Alright, the lighting looks good here. I'm going to keep those settings and zoom in.

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I like it. C'mon horsies, work it, work it.

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Yeah, even better. Happy with the results, I moved on in search of Prince Charming. In fact, I'm still looking.

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January 30, 2014

Tourist in the Wild at Animal Kingdom

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

Animal Kingdom has animals and the king of the jungle, who doesn't reside on the Maharajah Jungle Trek. Wait, who rules this kingdom? I think too much. Yeah, we'll just move on to the Disney Pic of the Week - Animal Kingdom.

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Here he is, a specimen of tourists who come from far and wide (or Tampa) to behold all that is, The Tree of Life. They capture the unique arbor with still and video cameras and record it for future generations, also to remember what they will forget the next day.

What will you remember to photograph before you forget what you saw?

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January 31, 2014

Photographing Inside the Be Our Guest Restaurant

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Be Our Guest Restaurant located in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom is indeed magical. It is like stepping onto real world movie sets for a live version of Beauty and the Beast. Complete with the grey stuff and it is delicious.

For a photographer, the dining rooms are not the best lighted. They are dark in keeping with the ambiance of a restaurant. Our eyes see fine but our cameras need a little help. For me, that meant using a high ISO to increase the sensitivity of my camera's sensor to pick up the dim light and the use of Rear-sync flash (sometimes called second curtain) where the flash is fired at the end of the exposure. This helps to gather background details which using regular flash would make almost completely dark.

Ballroom diningroom inside the Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Ballroom dining room inside the Be Our Guest restaurant.
Nikon D700/24-85G, 1/50s, f/8, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm focal length, rear sync flash.

This is where rear-sync flash comes in particularly handy. Photographing people in a darkened environment like the Be Our Guest dining rooms, it properly exposes them while still showing the beautiful Ballroom dining room in the background.

Guests inside the Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Guests inside the Be Our Guest restaurant.
Nikon D700/24-85G, 1/50s, f/8, ISO 5600, EV 0, 24mm focal length, rear sync flash.

No flash needed here as there was enough light on a rainy day to give nice moody and naturally vignetted light on the stained glass window in the foyer of the Be Our Guest restaurant.

Stained glass window outside of the Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Stained glass window outside of the Be Our Guest restaurant.
Nikon D700/24-85G, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 3200, EV 0, 24mm focal length.

If you have not given Rear Sync a try, look it up in your camera's manual. You will be surprised at the results you can get especially when it comes to events such as weddings and parties or vacations with darkened rooms for dining where a Beast may be lurking.

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