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January 2, 2015

ESPN Club Stadium Dining Room at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

ESPN Club Stadium dining room at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
ESPN Club Stadium dining room at Walt Disney World.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, ISO 500, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length, tripod.

The ESPN Club Stadium dining room was calm the day Scott photographed it. Yesterday, it was full of college football fans cheering on their favorite teams in New Year's Day Bowl games. Once Scott recovers from all the cheering, snacks and adult beverages, he will be back next week to begin another year of Disney Photo blogging here at All Ears Picture This!.

January 4, 2015

Where in the World #363

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!

Merry Christmas or Three Kings Day!
From Millan.Net

And thank you for all the New Year's wishes!

Now for Challenge #362:
Where in the World #362

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

Mickey Mouse and me on my birthday! I should have said I didn't need a location for this challenge but we did meet him in the Town Square Theater in Exhibition Hall. He not only spoke to me, he sang Happy Birthday to me!

(Wow I lost weight since then!)

Ha, ha, Scott Cullen and Steve Knapp! Mickey's left eye. LOL

The boss is everywhere for me too, Smitty!

Players, you sing on purpose, don't you? So I end up singing it all day! All together now!

Who's the leader of the club
That's made for you and me
M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E
Hey! there, Hi! there, Ho! there
You're as welcome as can be
M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!

And for Patti Mccaffrey:

Oh Mickey, you're so fine
You're so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey, hey Mickey
Oh Mickey, you're so fine
You're so fine, you blow my mind, hey Mickey, hey Mickey!

The Kertes Family was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Kertes Family and to all our winners this week! Theresa Rucando, Carol Bertolo-gamill, Tom Koval, Kerri Coggins, Duskin Henard, The Long Family, Laura Pontier, Aimee, Mike Mondoux , Pollyanna Buff, Matt Wildey, Virginia Pierce, The Parker Family, Nathan Y, Karen Schlumpf, Grumpy's Groupies, Team Hill, Eric Johnson, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Lori Rienhardt, Krista Serpi, Robert Hildebrandt , Sharon Pierce, Carol Ney, Michelle Raimist, Pat Schwier, Ruben O'meara, Christina Trigiani, Mary Beth Tarbet, Deborah Ragno, Gallagher Family, Bill Mckim, Mickey Eckert, Leach Family, Lee Anastasi, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Josh Weiss, Claire Gregory, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Sands Family, Tyler Otts, Anastasia Macneil, The Double Family, Carolyn Como, Andrew Dandrea, Jason Skow, Scott Precise, Team Bonnie Sue, Andrew Carrieri, K Beasley, George Mundy Jr, Hillary Waldroop, Tricia Noble, Karen Spreitzer, Matt Holley, Matthew Frey, Kristi Strembicki, Dave Carriere, Jennifer Peterson, Lorine Landon, Ryan Filiater, Jennifer Harmon, Smitty, Linda Ranatza, Tim Johansen, Teri Michalski, Les Whitten, Arlene Vicek, Kristyn Scibienski, Erin Hammer, Vicki Britt, The Gunnels Family, Diane Curfman, Elaine Kleinhenz, Murr Family, Chris Kelly, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Vera And Izzy Williams, Doug Olson Family, Linda Scrivano, Steve Knapp, Demetrios Makres, Susan Higginbotham, Kye Layton, Patti Mccaffrey, Kris Nixon, and Matthew Jadro!

Now it's time for the big drum roll because Elaine Kleinhenz is our December winner! Elaine, I will be emailing you so you can get your prize!

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Challenge #363 Where in the world is this?

Going outside the parks!
Where in the World #363

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 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 soon, 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 6, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Going to start out 2015 by visiting each Walt Disney World park starting with the Magic Kingdom.

The Fantasyland expansion has brought many new photographic compositions like this mashup of two Disney animated movies, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Ariel's figurehead on the bow of a ship outside the Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction with the Beast's castle in the background which is behind the Enchanted Tales with Belle attraction.

Ariel figurehead outside Journey of the Little Mermaid in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Ariel figurehead outside Journey of the Little Mermaid.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 450, EV 0, 82mm Focal Length.

Deb is going to travel back in time and space tomorrow for her Magic Kingdom photo.


January 7, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Magic Kingdom

Deb's Digest Blog

Scott showed you the Magic Kingdom as it is today in his Pic of the Week. I'm going to go back in time to a place that no longer exists.

My Pic of the Week Magic Kingdom is Minnie Mouse's House from Mickey's Toontown Fair in 2003.

Minnie Mouse House in Toon Town

January 9, 2015

Walt Disney World 2014 Photo Review

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Wishes fireworks behind Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Wishes fireworks behind Cinderella Castle.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 15s, f/11, ISO 200, EV 0, 35mm focal length, tripod.

Hope your New Year's celebration was fun last week. I spent it reviewing photographs I took during my two trips to Walt Disney World during 2014. It certainly has been and will continue to be a time of change at Walt Disney World. Construction is happening in all the parks and many resorts. Attractions and entertainment have seen both additions and subtractions. As the wise baboon Rafiki said in The Lion King, "Change is good." Walt Disney often reminded people the parks would always change over time. Let us explore some of them...

Magic Kingdom

New Picture Spots, Fantasyland attractions and a Parade debuted in the Magic Kingdom during 2014, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
New Picture Spots, Fantasyland attractions and a Parade debuted in the Magic Kingdom.

The Magic Kingdom saw significant changes from late 2013 through 2014. Nikon took over sponsorship of the Picture Spots found throughout the Walt Disney World resort. The new Fantasyland expansion was completed with the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride joining Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid and several others which had opened at the end of 2013. The new Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade was a huge hit in more ways than one with floats so tall, the Christmas wreaths on Main Street USA are no longer strung across the street. Changes to the Magic Kingdom will continue into 2015 as the Central Plaza or Hub area expansion gets completed. As a photographer, I am looking forward to having those construction walls down and new locations to enjoy the castle shows from.


Epcot

In Epcot, Off Kilter performed their last show in Canada while the flags flew in Italy, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
In Epcot, Off Kilter performed their last show in Canada while the flags flew in Italy.

By far the most controversial changes occurred in Epcot as long time entertainment shows were "retired" and new shows announced. I did not know it at the time but I photographed my last Off Kilter show on their stage in Canada during my May trip featuring the guitar playing talents of Randy Holbrook. When I returned to Epcot in October, Disney was soft opening a couple of the new shows including the Flag Wavers of Sansepolcro in Italy. Time will tell if the new shows will become as popular as the ones they replaced.


Disney's Hollywood Studios

American Idol bowed out while For the First Time in Forever - A Frozen Sing-Along took over at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
American Idol bowed out while For the First Time in Forever - A Frozen Sing-Along took over at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The characters from the animated movie, Frozen, arrived at Walt Disney World in 2014. Disney's Hollywood Studios started it off with a Summer long celebration which snowballed to new, mostly permanent attractions, For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-along Celebration and Wandering Oaken's Trading Post (which now includes a Meet and Greet area for Olaf). As Frozen moved in, the American Idol Experience moved out and soon the 122 feet tall Sorcerer Mickey Hat will be gone early in 2015.


Disney's Animal Kingdom

Over at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Winged Encounters opened and new life was found on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Over at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Winged Encounters opened and new life was found on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.

If you have visited Disney's Animal Kingdom lately, you know there are construction walls up everywhere as the park prepares for its new night time show, Rivers of Light, work on Avatar commences and a new shopping and entertainment area in Harambe gets set to open in 2015. The Festival of the Lion King show moved into their new venue in Africa. I was fortunate enough to watch beautiful Macaws fly freely around Discovery Island in the Winged Encounters - The Kingdom Takes Flight which will or should be taking place throughout each day. Still need to work on capturing the fast moving birds in flight. The baby gorilla was out in the viewing area on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail as Disney continues their successful breeding program.

As you can see, a lot happened in Walt Disney World in 2014. More will be in 2015. I do have upcoming plans for visiting WDW. If you have any questions or would like me to cover any particular attraction or show, drop me a comment here. I am always looking for ideas or to answer any photography questions you may have.

January 11, 2015

Where in the World #364

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!

Carla C and Elaine Kleinhenz, thank you for the lovely comments!

Susie Howard, I totally understand what you're saying about the cold and damp. I dream of being down In Walt Disney World too! So does Patti Mccaffrey!

In fact, Sarah is living our dream. She is down in Disney for the marathon weekend!

Now for Challenge #363:
Where in the World #363

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

The carriage ride at Fort Wilderness, my Disney home! I left part of the trees to identify which resort it is. They even have "sleigh" rides, the only resort to do so.

Dave Carriere, you could have been right about the Haunted Hayride since the Headless Horseman's horse lives at Fort Wilderness along with all the other Walt Disney World's horses. Disney horses even have a tribute at the Tri-Circle-D Ranch! But I took this picture in the summer.

Smitty, don't you LOVE Trails End?! It used to be this place no one knew about, now try to get in! Good food at good prices! And the cast members are just wonderful.

Megan Hayes was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Megan and to all our winners this week! Susie Howard, Maureen Handy, Phyllis, The Yorks, Jamesd (dzneynut), Janet T Thorn, Ken Savage, Smitty, Chris, Gretchen and Katie Barnes, Paul Knott , Vanessa Gordon, Tommy Montgomery, Kyra C., Team Bonnie Sue, Jeff Blank, Robert Hildebrandt, Karen Costa, Les Stewart, Terry Fleming, Ron Harper, Sarah, Annie Snodgrass, Fonda Nass, Matthew Jadro, Gallagher Family, Andrew Julow, George Mundy Jr, Hillary Waldroop, Donna Frank, Patti Mccaffrey, Jane Johnson, Kerri Coggins, Antoinette Leblanc, Jackie Graebel, Tom Higbee, Terry Runyon, Mel Odonnell, Kristan Bertelmann, Vicki Edwards, Darrell Shortt, Smitty, and Dave Carriere
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Challenge #364 Where in the world is this?

Back into the parks!
Where in the World #364

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 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 soon, 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 13, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

CONGRATS TO Nicole N. ! You are the lucky winner of an AllEars.net Prize package! Your comment was selected by random number generator! Please go to the Contact Us page (http://allears.net/forms/feedback.htm) and send your shipping address! We must hear from you no later than January 26, 2015, to claim your prize. Thank you!!


Spaceship Earth looms over Epcot at 180 feet (55 meters) in height. The geodesic sphere has a total of 11,520 full and partial silver isosceles triangles on its surface forming 3,840 points. Disney uses light at night to create a multicolored sphere using those triangles and points which is just too hard NOT to photograph. I have photographed this very composition several times over the years. On my last trip, I noticed the orange color for the first time.

Spaceship Earth at dusk in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spaceship Earth at dusk in Future World.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 6400, EV -0.7, 28mm focal length.

What is your favorite structure to photograph at Epcot?

What would YOU like to see in our Disney Pic of the Week for 2015?! We welcome your ideas as we develop our schedule for the upcoming year. Leave your comments below. On January 19, 2015 we will select on person at random who left a comment to receive an AllEars Prize Package! We must hear from you no later than January 26, 2015, to claim your prize.

January 14, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Epcot

Deb's Digest Blog

CONGRATS TO Nicole N. ! You are the lucky winner of an AllEars.net Prize package! Your comment was selected by random number generator! Please go to the Contact Us page (http://allears.net/forms/feedback.htm) and send your shipping address! We must hear from you no later than January 26, 2015, to claim your prize. Thank you!!

By now you may have gathered that I enjoy stepping back in time and finding unique photos of Walt Disney World, or at least photos of attractions that are no longer around.

This is perhaps my favorite photograph of Epcot. It was taken in March 2003. Back then, it wasn't unusual to see something unique or special around Innoventions Fountain. I fondly recall the orchestra conductor dressed in purple that would come out when Yanni's song played and he would direct the fountains. This was back in the late 1990s. Alas, I have no photos of him. If you do, please let me know!

But one I do have is this man who I only saw the one time. I almost missed him as he was initially turned toward Spaceship Earth. He was moving his head side to side as if trying to figure out what he was looking at.

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A few moments later he turned around - A Cave Man!!!! It was really a special moment. Glad I had my camera out!

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What is your favorite structure to photograph at Epcot?

What would YOU like to see in our Disney Pic of the Week for 2015?! We welcome your ideas as we develop our schedule for the upcoming year. Leave your comments below. On January 19, 2015 we will select on person at random who left a comment to receive an AllEars Prize Package! We must hear from you no later than January 26, 2015, to claim your prize.


January 16, 2015

Focus on Epcot Photowalk

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Focus on Epcot Photowalk, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Focus on Epcot Photowalk

As I mentioned awhile back, I will be traveling to Walt Disney World a couple of times this year. My first trip is next month and I have planned an All Ears Photowalk around Epcot's Future World. The focus (pun intended) will be on these three photographic items:

  • Hyperfocal Distance or Hyperfocus (Landscape Mode)
  • Selective Focus (Portait Mode)
  • Using a Polarizing Filter

The Photowalk will be held on Monday, February 9, 2015, from 9:30AM to 11:30AM. Meeting location will be outside the Nikon Camera Center. The location is across from Spaceship Earth on the right side as you walk in from the Future World entrance. While you may attend by just showing up, if you think you will be at the photowalk, add a comment to this post. I will not be publishing the comments but will use the emails to correspond with everyone interested.

Click here for Focus on Epcot Facebook Event Sign Up

Before the Photowalk, I will be posting blogs about each of the items to be covered. Note, you do not need a polarizing filter but one will be demonstrated along with a special tip.

January 18, 2015

Where in the World #365

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!

For some reason, some people's entries didn't go through last week. I'm so sorry! :( But I've added your names o the list of winners for anyone who told me this week that it was missing.

Did I miss anyone else?

Now for Challenge #364:
Where in the World #364

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

The entrance sign for Maurice's Cottage/Enchanted Tales With Belle in the Magic Kingdom. Notice Lumiere at the top!

Jim & Lorie Sonnen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and to all our winners this week! Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Andrea Kruszewski, Ed Suscreba, The Kertes Family, Victoria Caputo, Hillary Waldroop, Andrew Carrieri, Mary Beth Tarbet, Antoinette Leblanc, Daniel Record, Betsy S, Sharon Pierce, Christopher Thacker, Ed Elder, Lyn Johnson, Emily Hudson , Sandie Albrecht, Kris Nixon, Nicole Hensley, Claire Gregory, Grumpy's Groupies, Elaine Kleinhenz, Richard Beverly, Sands Family, Karin Gossett, The Otts Family, Judy Simonsen, Janet Spiess, Robert Hildebrandt , Debbi M, Susie Howard, Pat Schwier, Angela Fennell, Trish Roam, Matt, The Strukel Family, Team Hill, Krista Serpi, Trish Roam, Karen Schlumpf, Lorine Landon, Ruben O'meara, Nicolle Clement, The Pearsall Family, Matt Wildey, Gunnels Family, The Parker Family, Nan Amor, Robert Wescovich, Melissa Such, Emily Esker, Andrew Eckert, Kye Layton, Linda Scrivano, Gina Falzone , Deb Ragno, Eric Johnson, Cathy Derecola, K Beasley, Gina Smith, The Rider Family, Lori Rienhardt, Stefan Owens, Phyllis, Erin Loring, Jeremy Hardy, Anastasia Macneil, Erin Hammer, Lee Anastasi, Maureen Handy, John Stella, Beth Mcmeekin, The Yorks, Ellie Argaluza, Ellen Sullivan, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Dawn Bach, Kristan Bertelmann, Chris Joyce, Megan Hayes, Evald Olson, Pollyanna Buff, Nicki , Tom Koval, Herb Miller, Eric Berger, The States Family, Paul Dickson, Mickey Eckert, Jen Cerce, Bill Mckim, Chris , Olszak Family, Matt Holley, Josh Weiss, Alex Gamill, Laurie Walker, Jen Eacret, Heather Pedulla, Kerry A., Russ Morgan, Doug Olson Familey, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Arlene Vicek, Megan K, Josette Gabel, Kyra C., Ashley Collins, Vicki Christensen , Deb Gallo, Virginia Pierce, Sarah And Chris, The Foley Family, Joann Albrecht, Wayne Witherspoon, Ron Harper, Andrew Pettit, Tricia Petty, Christopher Hall, Kate Fischer, Kristen Mccoy, V Shearman, Carrie R, Andy Schumacher, Mark Proper, Scott Greenbaum, Diana Grady, Cheryl Edwards, Vicki Britt, Katey And Melodye Bostick, Ed Adams, Matthew Jadro, The Patterson Family, Vera And Izzy Williams, Jeremy Reichelt, Chris Kelly, Robert Baker, Scott Sangston, Smitty, Patti Mccaffrey, Les Stewart, Cathy Connors, The Tisdale Family, Angela Robinson, Maryann Romagnano, Jeff Blank, Todd And Angela Johns, Tricia Noble, Les Whitten, Darrell Shortt, Jim Thompson, Sheila Bagg, Larry Sprenkle, Kara Jones, Jamesd (dzneynut), Joseph M. Zafia, Jane Johnson, Erin Gallant, Eileen Miller, Theresa Rucando, Kristi Strembicki, Lynn Torre, Barclay Bakkum, Tom Higbee, David Ballard, Joyce Eimer, Mel Odonnell, Melissa Littman, Kyle Burdo, Craig Mack, Eric Enli, Rebecca Keenan, Vicki Edwards, Dave Carriere, and Kelli Conte!
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Challenge #365 Where in the world is this?

This challenge is something you see now everywhere in Walt Disney World. Hint: I even took this picture at home!
Where in the World #365

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 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 soon, 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 20, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As I outlined in my 2014 Walt Disney World Photo Review, Disney's Hollywood Studios is going through some changes. The biggest one people who have visited the parks within the last thriteen years will notice is the removal of the large Sorcerer Mickey Hat at the end of Hollywood Blvd. As of last week, the process of removing it from in front of The Great Movie Ride had begun. I would like to bid it a fond farewell as my Disney Pic of the Week.

Sorcerer Mickey Hat in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sorcerer Mickey Hat in Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/6s, f/3.8, ISO 1600, EV +1.0, 20mm focal length.

Seems the search lights are no longer used at the Studios so this photo, taken in 2009, is how I want to remember the Sorcerer Mickey Hat.

January 21, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Disney's Hollywood Studios

Deb's Digest Blog

As Scott mentioned yesterday, there are so many changes happening right now at Disney's Hollywood Studios! Wouldn't it be nice to know what we can get excited about? Yea, I know, but it is being kept very quiet!

For my pic of the week, I go back to one of my favorite Disney Parks shows of all times, the Hunchback of Notre Dame. I loved this show and made a point to see it on every visit (which at the time wasn't very often).

Fifteenth century France is brought to life before your eyes on the Backlot Theater stage, with colorful sets and brightly costumed performers in a magical musical staging of The Hunchback of Notre Dame -- A Musical Adventure. The show closed on September 28, 2002.

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Now close your eyes and hear the bells.................


RELATED LINKS:

Hunchback of Notre Dame Archive

The Final Bell Tolls

January 23, 2015

Using Hyperfocus at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This is the first of three blogs about subjects being taught at the Focus on Epcot Photowalk held on Monday, February 9, 2015. Click the link for more information.

If you look at any travel magazines or websites, you will notice many of the photos showing such exotic places as tropical beaches, snowy mountain peaks or colorful cities are in focus over the entire image. I refer to it as getting everything in focus from the front (bottom) to the back (top). To get such photos, photographers employ the technique of Hyperfocal Distance or Hyperfocus. I tend to use the latter name as I think it is cooler.

If you read up on Hyperfocus, you will come across charts full of numbers and diagrams. If you are into Landscape Photography, I encourage you to learn how to use those tools. For the purpose of photographing while visiting a Disney themepark, I much prefer a simpler way.

A Friendship boat leaves the Swan/Dolphin Resorts dock, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Friendship boat leaves the Swan/Dolphin Resorts dock.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

By setting the aperture to f/16 or smaller, focusing on an object about one-third (1/3) into the lower part of the frame when looking through the camera's viewfinder, you will get everything in front of the object AND behind it in focus. It many not look like it through the viewfinder but will once you review the photo on the camera's LCD screen. That is what I did in the photo above of the Friendship boat leaving the dock in front of the Dolphin Resort at Walt Disney World. I focused on the front windshield of the boat which is approximately one third into the frame.

Besides landscapes, another good use of hyperfocus at a Disney themepark or any tourist location, is photographing people in front of an interesting background. I know until I learned how to use hyperfocus, I had many photos of people in focus posing in front of Cinderella Castle or Spaceship Earth while the park icons behind them were not.

People in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Guests in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/80s, f/18, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm focal length.

By placing the people's faces about one third into the frame and setting the aperture to f/18, I have them and Cinderella Castle in sharp focus. When I am looking to use Hyperfocus, I switch my camera to Aperture Priority Mode and select a small aperture. The camera will then select the shutter speed and ISO to use. Be careful of the shutter speed, if it gets to slow, you may need to use a tripod or Da Grip to hold your camera steady.

Here are more blog posts about Hyperfocus:

How to Create Travel Magazine Photos at Walt Disney World

Hyper-Hollywood

You can practice using hyperfocus at home by placing objects in the foreground with an interesting background. Review the photos on a computer screen to check the results.

January 25, 2015

Where in the World #366

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!

Judy Simonsen, Lee Anastasi, Vera And Izzy Williams, I added you to the list of winners!

Now for Challenge #365:
Where in the World #365

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

It's a Magic Band! It's the one on our last trip in June 2014 for my birthday hence the name on mine saying Bday Girl. I have one in blue as well. My husband has a red and a yellow. I took this photo at my house when they arrived.

I adore Magic Bands! I wish we had them in our regular life; it makes everything so much easier.

Daniel Record, Claire Gregory and Beth Mcmeekin, my sisters wish they had purple too! I think - just something I noticed - that the colors represent the Fab Five which is why you don't see other colors. Doesn't mean they can't, but it's just my guest.

Sarah And Chris, I get Ghost Magic Band syndrome when I get home too. The first couple of times I go to spend money or something else like that, I go to tap my band to the green Mickey spot and have to remember I can't do that anymore. Then I grumble that I have to carry ID, keys, and cash again. :)

Ruth Woodhouse, my husband and I have some of the accessories like Mouse Ears. I always think of getting a slider and I have seen people wear them. Mary Jo Gallion said she has a shadowbox of it now with Tinkerbell!

Sam Rossman was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Sam and to all our winners this week! The Kertes Family, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Ed Elder, Theresa Rucando, Bruce Jones, Linda Ranatza, Kristi Strembicki, Carol Ney, Sharon Pierce, Linda Scrivano, The Double Family, Mike Malampy, Eric Berger, Mary Beth Tarbet, Jerry Felder, Kye Layton, Al & Kerry Ganter, Emily Hudson, Jim Finley, Bruce Hinterleitner, Doug Olson Family, The Strukel Family, James Steele, Adam Modecki, Grumpy's Groupies, Carla C, Annette Nuenke, Becky Nirman, Virginia Pierce, Bill Mckim, Chris, Lyn Johnson, Anne Marie Cronin, Dee Dee Kenney, Tommy Fennell, Vanessa Stjohn , Amy, Ken Daube, Kathy B., Patty Shirley, Diane Tredore, Stacy Lindsey, Eric Johnson, Starr Cookson, Eric Johnson, Dawn Simpson, Gina Sardo , Michele Smith, Christy, Kelly Labrecque, The Reichl Family, Julie, Bob Ruer, Maureen Paone, Thomas Mangano, Elaine Kleinhenz, Mildred Popp, Nicole Hensley, Fiona Knight, Gina Shaw, Matt Dembinsky, Lisa Vecellio, The Gunnels Family, Jennifer Hess, Ellen Sullivan, Trish, Suzanne Denham, Patrick, Erin Loring, Scott Precise, Trish Roam, Mike Walter, Carolyn Como, Vera And Izzy Williams, Brian Koonts, Karen Shyers, Ruben O'meara, Denise Mcculley, Pat Schwier, Barbara Ajak, Tinkerbell Wells, Jessica, Candice Grimes, Crystal King, Nick Cristea , Jamie Fahey, Team Hill, Denise Barry, Duskin Henard, Sands Family, Dave Freemyer, Denise Barry, Christie Corcoran, Sarah Thomas , Mary Dieuliis, Robert Montgomery, Pollyanna Buff, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Kerri, Tracy Davis, Kristin Merkle, Liz Moreau, Jenn, Terry Weiss, Michelle Raimist, Deb Ragno, Les Stewart, Andrew Carrieri, Mike M., Krista Serpi, Deb Ragno, Hunter Armstrong, Hunter Armstrong, Les Whitten, Kristen Funk, Lee Anastasi, Doug Zimmerman, Linda College, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Ashley P., Gina Falzone , The Fosbenders, Chris Horne, Aimee, Joann Albrecht , Leach Family, Chandra Mccall, Beth Mcmeekin, Liz Moreau, Lori Rienhardt, Joe Timko, Christi Ison, Julie Han, Ed Adams, Olszak Family, Heather Pedulla, The Parker Family, The 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January 27, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Changes are in the air over at Disney's Animal Kingdom, too, as Disney prepares the park of a new night time entertainment experience. Even the Tree of Life is having every one of its leaves replaced. That is like 103,000 of them! The image below was taken in October of 2014 before the leaf changeover had begun.

The Tree of Life on Discovery Island in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Tree of Life on Discovery Island in HDR.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length, HDR Image.

I took this photo a little after noon and the Sun angle was not very flattering on the tree. I knew a single photo would not capture the tree's carvings which were in deep shade. Instead, I took a series of five photos from two stops underexposed to two stops overexposed and combined them into a High Dynamic Range image. Much better.

January 28, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Animal Kingdom

Deb's Digest Blog

In 1998, when Animal Kingdom was in its infancy, there were walk around "characters" called Artimals. If I recall correctly, they walked around the Discovery Island area. The costumes were intricate and so brightly colored. They only appeared for a short time.

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Did you ever see these Artimals? Do you have photos to share? If you know more about these Artimals, please leave a comment below.

January 30, 2015

Selective Focusing at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This is the second of three blogs about subjects being taught at the Focus on Epcot Photowalk held on Monday, February 9, 2015. Click the link for more information.

Last week, I talked about Hyperfocus where everything in an image is in focus. This week is all about picking out an object and selectively focusing on it leaving everything else out of focus. Selective Focus separates the sharply focused part of an image from a busy background.

Donald Duck statuette on the Hub in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Donald Duck statuette on the Hub in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/1600s, f/4, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 58mm Focal Length.

It is very easy to accomplish this effect. Put the camera in Aperture Priority Mode and open it up to the lens' widest aperture. In the lens I used on the Donald Duck statue, f/4 is its widest aperture. Notice how the busy background has been completely blurred out and Donald seems to jump right out at you.

This technique is used almost exclusively by wildlife photographers. For us Disney photographers, we can go on the Maharajah Jungle Trek and get photos of the birds in the royal aviary.

Jambu Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus jambu) in the aviary on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Jambu Fruit Dove in the aviary on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 320, EV 0, 300mm Focal Length.

For more about Selective Focus, visit these links:

Photographing a Star in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Animal Portraits

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