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February 1, 2015

Where in the World #367

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!

Now for Challenge #366:
Where in the World #366

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

It's a tiger tummy from the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom.!

Smitty, I saw a tiger playing the water one time. You should see how many pictures I took! It's like when you get a good look at the lions or the baby elephants.
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Jim & Lorie Sonnen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and to all our winners this week! Ed Suscreba, Linda Ranatza, Ed Elder, Antoinette Leblanc, Bill Mckim, Stuart Savage, Kristi Strembicki, Erin Hammer, Dawn Bach, Patti Gumiela, Angela Fennell, Jennifer Bennett, The Strukel Family, Hillary Waldroop, Karen Ramirez, Carol Becker, Eric Johnson, Mary Ann Lamay, Dave Freemyer, Pollyanna Buff, Paul Dickson, Team Hill, Eric Berger, Jen Tremley, Claire Gregory, Pat Schwier, Timothy Gallant, Carol Ney, Carol Ney, Barclay Bakkum, Kye Layton, The Tisdale Family, Doug Zimmerman, Ellen Sullivan, Judy Simonsen, Kyra C., Amanda Gallagher, Ruben O'meara, The Gunnels Family, The Double Family, Patty Shirley, Caitlin Lewis, Anastasia Macneil, Carla M, Grumpy's Groupies, Jaimie Ridley, The Rider Family, Linda College, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, The Ryan Family, Kris Nixon, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Carla C, Maryann Romagnano, Maryann Eckenrode &Courtney Crowe, Ruth Senecal, Bruce Hinterleitner, Jamesd (dzneynut), Teala Van De Ven , Stefanie Vandiver, Karen Ford, Tom Koval, Lisa Lee, Jim Poplawski, Kerry A, The Yorks, Joe Timko , The Parker Family, Kathryn Hughes, Arlene Vicek, Sharon Powell, Mary Beth Tarbet, Christina Trigiani, Nicole Benoit, Brian Miller, Michelle Wilinski, Vera And Izzy Williams, Maureen Handy, Mickey Eckert, Kathryn Broyles, Nan Amor, Kerri Coggins, Linda Lundsten, Carolyn Como, Bob Ruer, Kim Furnell, Tim Johanen, Team Bonnie Sue, Ken Savage, Eric Enli, Sarah And Chris, Lonnie Donahue , Cathy Connors, Chris Bauman, Cameron Lange, The States Family, Jim Finley, Christopher Hall, Matt Holley, Mark Proper, Luis Rodriguez, Vicki Britt, Matt Earl, Haylee Smolek , Smitty, Matthew Jadro, Helen Ryan, Annie Snodgrass, Jim Thompson, Matthew Frey, Dave Carriere, Christin, Sandie Albrecht, Sandie Albrecht, Wendy Snelgrove, Jeremy Reichelt, Lori Rienhardt, Todd & Angela Johns, Cheryl, Phyllis, Mike Malampy, Joseph M. Zafia, Jason Skow, Latasha Griffin, Jodi Cook, George Mundy Jr, Patti Mccaffrey, Diane Ramos, Les Stewart, Mary Dieuliis, Jane Johnson, Jamie Steiner, Karen Aguiar, and Stefany!

It's time for the monthly drawing! And the winner is: Deborah Wolfe !
Congratulations! You will receive a prize from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #367 Where in the world is this?

Still in the parks!
Where in the World #367

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 5th, 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!

February 3, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Frozen Sing-Along

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney was caught off guard by the popularity of the animated musical, Frozen. It took time to develop something quickly for the parks but still of high quality. Last summer, the stage show For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-along Celebration debuted at Disney's Hollywood Studios as part of Frozen Summer Fun. This was going to be a two month run. Like everything else about Frozen, this show became too popular to shut down. As of this writing, there is no plans to stop the show and after attending one, myself, I have to agree.

Elsa and Anna performing in the For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-along Celebration at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Elsa and Anna performing in the For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-along Celebration.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO 1800, EV 0, 210mm focal length.

Here are a couple of tips for photographing a lighted stage show at Walt Disney World:

1. Take your exposures directly from a performer's face. I use spot metering to do so and adjust the exposure using the Exposure Compensation or EV button.

2. Wait for the performers to stop on stage to photograph them. This can happen at the end of songs or an act.

Click this link for a blog post I wrote about photographing stage shows at Disney themeparks: Photographing a Live Stage Show at Disney


February 4, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Frozen Sing-Along

Deb's Digest Blog

Yesterday Scott shared his Frozen Sing-Along photo and here is mine. I went for something a little different. This is one of the Arendelle Historians.

I though this show was very well written, well produced and a great cast. Kudos to all involved!


frozen-sing-along.jpg

February 6, 2015

Polarizing Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This is the third 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.

The previous two posts in this series talked about focusing issues. This week we turn towards changing the light entering our camera's lens with a polarizing filter. Specifically, a Circular Polarizing Filter. Being circular means the filter moves once it is mounted on your lens in a circular motion. This gives various amounts of polarization as the filter is turned in either a clockwise or anticlockwise direction. Polarizing filters main claim to fame is how it darkens and enhances a sky. Let me demonstrate using a typical Florida sky above Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom.

Cinderella Castle without a polarizing filter in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle without a Polarizing Filter.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV 0, 42mm focal length.

The sky is blue but not the deep blue people like to see. This is when a circular polarizing filter comes in handy. After one attaches it to a lens and looks through the viewfinder, a slow turn of the filter will show its effect from none at all to fully polarized. The photographer determines how much. The next photo of Cinderella Castle is with a polarizer filter set to maximum.

Cinderella Castle with a polarizing filter in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle with a Polarizing Filter.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV 0, 42mm focal length, polarizing filter.

Not only is the sky a deeper blue, the colors of the castle become enhanced. Yes, you can create the same effect in software but it only takes a quick turn of a filter to get it done in camera.

The other advantage of using a polarizing filter is to cut down on reflections. To see how that is done, check these two blogs:

Disney Pic of the Week - Filters

Case for Using a Polarizer Filter

If I still have not convinced you a polarizing filter is a must for the digital SLR camera owner, check this article out from the Digital Photography School: Why You MUST Have a Polarizer.

I was not convinced myself until I got a circular polarizer filter to try out once. I now have one for every different sized lens I own.

February 8, 2015

Where in the World #368

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!

Christi Ison and Deborah Wolfe: thank you so much for your wonderful notes!

Now for Challenge #367:
Where in the World #367

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

I know this one was tough! It's the engine room in the patrol boat from Harbor Attack, Disney Hollywood Studios' Backlot Tour. As many of you know, this attraction is closing.

I have a funny story to tell you about this. One of the times I saw this, a husband and wife were picked to work the ship where a plane strafes bullets until the hit the desk of the ship. The man immediately dropped to the deck in a small jump. The wife tried to save herself but her husband was blocking the deck. When it was over, the host said to the man, "Good job on saving yourself and making your wife to take the bullet! I don't know if you're going to have a Disney day after that!"
From Millan.Net

Carla C was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Carla and to all our winners this week! Carla C, Matt Wildey, The Long Family, Andrew Swiatowicz, Megan Krainski, Kye Layton, Jim Finley, The Yorks, Stefanie Vandiver, Ruben O'meara, Rick R., Doug Zimmerman, Josh Weiss, Jeremy Reichelt, Patrick Broaddus, Andrea Kruszewski, Jordan Kennedy, Chris, Gretchen, and Katie Barnes, Jo Ann Bailey, Theresa Maradei, Jane Johnson, Emily Hudson, Dawn Bach, and Kristan Bertelmann!
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Challenge #368 Where in the world is this?

Who is this? Because (s)he appears all over Walt Disney World, you have to tell me who but not where.
Where in the World #368

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 12th, 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!

February 10, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Festival of the Lion King

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The inside of the new home of the Festival of the Lion King live stage show in the Harambe Theatre is an exact replica of the old one. The lighting and staging are pretty much the same. In other words, why change a good thing.

A stilt walker performer in the Festival of the Lion King show in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A colorful stilt walker performing in the Festival of the Lion King show.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, f/5.6, ISO 6400, EV +1.0, 190mm focal length.

Did you know, Flash Photography is allowed during the Festival of the Lion King performance? I talked about it in his blog: Flash Monkey


February 11, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Festival of the Lion King

Deb's Digest Blog

I was one of the many upset when Camp Minnie Mickey closed in Animal Kingdom. I still miss parts of that area.

Yet, change can be good and in this instance I think it certainly was. The expanded Harambe Village gives the Festival of the Lion King theater area a new look and feel. It really is part of the village now! I especially love the view from the bridge as you slowly approach Harambe.

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Did you know that the impressive floats that serve as set pieces are actually recycled from The Lion King Celebration parade that ran at Disneyland from 1994-1997? The parade featured six floats but only four were utilized for "The Festival of the Lion King". You can read more about this in a Jim Korkis Blog!

February 13, 2015

Boardwalk Bakery Birthday Cake

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Princess Birthday Cake on display in the Boardwalk Bakery, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Princess Birthday Cake on display in the Boardwalk Bakery.

Scott, as you may know, is vacationing at Walt Disney World this week. In fact, he is celebrating his first daughter's birthday today so we thought it appropriate to feature a cake with her favorite princess from the Boardwalk Bakery.


February 15, 2015

Where in the World #369

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!

To everyone celebrating:
Smiley from Millan.Net

Annette Nuenke is heading for Walt Disney World! Have a great time! Think of us!

Sandie Albrecht, I do remember when you rode the bug on the Backstage Tour! Remember when "Thunder in Paradise" with Hulk Hogan filmed everywhere in the resort and had a tank for the boat on the Tour? We used to watch that to play "guess where in the World did they film this scene!" Like going from the Grand Floridan's beach to the Moroccan Pavilion's shops and then the Adventurers Club's Treasure Room! The only good thing about the TV show (IMO). In fact, after typing this, we had to go to YouTube and watch an episode. So funny!

Oh sure, Liz & Dave Fullerton: just rub it in that you're in Fort Wilderness.

The Gunnels Gang! Thank you for the AMAZING note!

Now for Challenge #368:
Where in the World #368

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

It's Stitch! He having fun at the Tomorrowland Arcade! I adore Stitch, he's one of my favorites! And I laugh whenever I think of my friends who saw the preview at the Animation Studios and swore no one would like the movie. :)

Kudos to The States Family for getting the location too!

The Sands Family was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Sands Family and to all our winners this week! Jim & Lorie Sonnen, The Kertes Family, Jennifer Rowell, Mary Beth Tarbet, Diane Tredore, Bruce Jones, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Sharon Powell, Johansen Family, Annette Nuenke, Pat Morin, Virginia Pierce, The Modecki's, Team Hill, Lorine Landon, Claire Gregory, Betsy , Sandie Albrecht, Starr Cookson, Theresa Shenefiel, Kathy Legg, Lori Rienhardt, Kelsi, Deborah Hileman, Susan Doucette, Sam Wooster, Cindy Pink, Janet Spiess, Cheryl Mcgovern , Greg Clark, Niki , Vanessa Stjohn, Matthew Jadro, Lyn Johnson, Julia Wickware, The Otts Family, Lori Lofgren, Terri Vicknair, Candice Grimes, Carol Lyons, Murr Family, Krista Serpi, Tinkerbell Wells, James Price, Linda Scrivano, Kevin Williams, Brittany, Chris Horne, Deb Ragno, Steve Porter, Leigh Robillard, Pat Schwier, Amy Frank, Judy Simonsen, Jean Marie Marten, Pollyanna Buff, Sandy Weiss, Erica, Ruth Senecal, Elaine Kleinhenz, Ellen Sullivan, Daniel Record, The Rider Family, Kye Layton, Karen Schlumpf, Ken Savage, Eric Johnson, Carol Palmer , Amanda Sage , John Bickers, Anastasia Macneil, Melissa Gundrum, Jodi Cook, Dee Dee Kenney, Ed Suscreba, Andrea Sanders, Tracy Ludwig, The Gunnels Gang, Jennifer Harmon, Bob Ruer, Karen Spreitzer, Kristen, Maryann Eckenrode, Vera And Izzy Williams, K Beasley, Nan Amor, Kyra C., Sharynne Smith, Eric Enli, Olszak Family, Monica, Linda College, Paul Dickson, Jen Bueno, Joseph Biancaniello, Robert Hildebrandt , The Tisdale Family, The Double Family, Barbara Ajak, Todd & Angela Johns, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Liz & Dave Fullerton, Melissa , Rich Esker, Kris Nixon, Carla C, The Parker Family, Kelly Labrecque, Jim Poplawski, Renee Hardiman, Jeff Schoeling, Lee Anastasi, Jeremy Hardy, Kim Pidermann , Antoinette Leblanc, Laura Pontier, Mike O'brien, Shannon Murray, Kathy And Brooke And Kennedy, Janet T Thorn, Jessica Clark, Linda Dezern, Evald Olson, Michael Mclucas And Jackie Mclucas, Allison P., Kara Jones, Ruben O'meara, Mary Dieuliis, Maureen Handy, The States Family, Kerri Coggins, Dusty, The Yorks!, Tom Koval, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Michelle Stanciu, Susan Higginbotham, Amy Hayes, Phyllis, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Chris Watson, Dave Freemyer, Kristyn Scibienski, Bill Mckim, Chris Kelly, Christin Shirazi, The Long Family, Larry Sprenkle, Sarah Thomas , Josh Weiss, Mike Malampy, Duskin Henard, Maryann Romagnano, Annie Snodgrass, Rob Blundin, Walter Luberto , Mickey Eckert, Carolyn Como, Jessica Gruhlke, Andrew Carrieri, Pam Lorenz, Deborah Wolfe, Hunter Armstrong, Gloria Martin, Lauren Thomas, Mailin, Ben, Joseph M. Zafia, Diane Curfman, Les Stewart, Doug Olson Family, Regina Bosca, Kathy Davies, Jeff Blank, Shannon, Jacy Golden, Debbie Hewitt, Cheryl Costello, John, Marie Brown, Matt Holley, Angel, Sarah And Chris, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Kim Hamilton , Alison Rosenberger, The Foley Family, Jason Hocker, Jeremy Reichelt, Jennifer Toto , Mel Odonnell, Clay Anthony, Tricia Noble, Will Gates, Karen Aguiar, Ken Rhinehart, Tricia Petty, Karrie Duffey, V Shearman, Karen Bellamy, Bruce Hinterleitner, Shannon , Vicki Britt, Team Meeker, Leach Family, Erin Hammer, Brian Richmond, Dave Carriere, Brian Mcwithey, Megan Krainski, Sandra Edwards, Mary Virginia Clause, Donna Frank, Katherine Blowsky, Matt Ciccone, Lizanne Fisk, Patti Mccaffrey, Alan Mize, Kristi Strembicki, Ken Maikowski, Heidi Goodhue, Sherry Everett, Caroline Burmester, Smitty, Wendy Barney, Kathryn Broyles, Nancy J., Theresa Maradei, Matt Pettt, Russ Morgan, Vicki Edwards, Shelly Borella, Gallagher Family, Darrell Shortt, Rebecca Keenan, Julia Marsh, John Foggo, Ruth Cookson, Jackie Graebel, Matt Cofone, David Ballard, Aleen Eller, Barclay Bakkum, Karen Taylor, Jennifer Bogdan, Eileen Miller, George Mundy Jr, Thomas Higbee, The Holmes Family, Ron Harper, Jean Bussell, Sam Moyer, Diane Ramos, Denise Finkle, Mark Franklin, Kristan Bertelmann, John Warner, Ronald Delorey , Ryan Filiater, Jane Johnson, Pam Gallagher, Pam Gallagher, Olga Vorontsova, Nancy Edwards, Mike Haeberle, Kelly Smith, Carri Marotto, Sheila And Kelly Barnes, Matt Earl, Schuyler Etheridge, Doug Zimmerman, Arlene Vicek, and Melissa Littman!
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Challenge #369 Where in the world is this?

You see these all over the Walt Disney World resort, so just tell me what it is. You don't have to say where it is.
Where in the World #369

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 19th, 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!

February 17, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Beauty and the Beast, Live On Stage is presented several times a day in the 1,500-seat Theater of the Stars on Sunset Boulevard in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Like the movie, this live stage show mini-version is still my favorite at Walt Disney World.

Belle with the magic rose in Beauty and the Beast, Live On Stage in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Belle with the magic rose in Beauty and the Beast, Live On Stage.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, f/5.6, ISO 1800, EV +0.3, 300mm focal length.

I have a tough photographic history with this show. I talk about my battle with White Balance and how I solved it here: The Red Beast. For those wondering, yes, I used an Expodisc to set my white balance for the photo above.


February 18, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage

Deb's Digest Blog

Beauty and the Beast, Live on Stage is one of my favorite shows at Disney's Hollywood Studios. However, it wasn't until I went to look for this week's Photo of the Week, that I realized I have not seen the show in quite some time.

I have ALWAYS loved Lumiere and so my pic this week is of him on stage, from 2002!

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Who is your favorite character from Beauty and the Beast?

February 20, 2015

New Views of the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As reported by Deb Wills on the AllEars.net Twitter account last week, a few of the walls came down at Disney's Animal Kingdom as people enter the park from the Oasis. A new open area with a spectacular view of the Tree of Life was revealed. The lower viewing area has been replaced with this area featuring new carvings on roots from the tree.

New view of the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
New view of the Tree of Life.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 450, EV 0, 11mm Focal Length.

Here are new carvings of a deer and an African elephant which are on the right side.

New Tree of Life carvings of a deer and African elephant at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
New Tree of Life carvings of a deer and African elephant.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 1800, EV +0.3, 11mm Focal Length.

On the left side, is a carving of a Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep. This carving is proving to be very popular with guests.

New Tree of Life carvings of a Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
New Tree of Life carvings of a Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 1100, EV +0.3, 11mm Focal Length.

The new viewing area is beautiful but the opening to the tree between the new carvings is about 20 feet wide. That is not a lot of room for guests, especially big groups, to gather to get photographs. One must be patient to get the photos I have taken here and even more patient to get your party set up for a photo as guests will come in and out of your frame.

The day I was there no Disney PhotoPass photographers were working the area. I would imagine that will not always be the case.

February 22, 2015

Where in the World #370

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!

Some of us are dealing with a lot of cold and snow. Be safe and stay warm!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #369:
Where in the World #369

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Barrie Brewer
Mmmm, popcorn! This particular popcorn cart is located on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom!

I don't buy the popcorn regularly, but I do when they have a great holder like the Mickey Snowman and Dumbo. :)

Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Phil Vickers, Andrea Kruszewski, Donna Frank, Mildred Popp, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Virginia Pierce, Kerri Coggins, Bruce Jones, The Kertes Family, Team Hill, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Melissa Such, Ed Suscreba, Tinkerbell Wells, Lisa Lee, Masloski Family, Gina Smith, Leslie Schmauder , Patti Gumiela, Deborah Ragno, Kyra C., Steve Porter, Kathy B., Chris Horne, The Long Family, John Bickers, Jennifer Harmon, Ed Elder, Jeffrey Howell , Krista Serpi, Kristi Jack, Betsy, Andreas Beer , Mary Ann Lamay, Cindy Pink, Jason Hocker, Vanessa Stjohn, Mary Beth Tarbet, Kristina Rohrbach, Vera Dercole, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Ellen Sullivan, Carol Lyons, Liz Moreau, Starr Cookson, Theresa Rucando, Candice Grimes, Andy Hickey, Pat Morin, Daniel Record, Kyle Powell, Elaine Kleinhenz, Susan Doucette, Pat Schwier, Ken Maikowski, Dawn Bach, Susan Higginbotham, Ken Jobin, The Sanders Family, Mike Mondoux , Richard Beverly, Jennifer Walker, Paul Dickson, Emily Hudson, Robert Hildebrandt , Robert Hildebrandt , Erin Loring, Diane Dukes, Curtis Bille, Weaselomouse, The Otts Family, Cheryl Gattuso, Sharon Powell, Melissa Schaffer , Olszak Family, Debra Lang, Christine Brown, Mary Dieuliis, Judith Mack, Marguerite Garofalo, Hunter Armstrong, The Yorks, Vera And Izzy Williams, Sandie Albrecht, Vincent Lieu, Linda Scrivano, Rob Blundin, Ed Adams, Matt Wildey , Dee Dee Kenney, Nan Amor, Stefanie Vandiver, Evanna Huda, Kim Pidermann, Matt Petty, Andrew Carrieri, Rob Hepler, Arlene Vicek, Ruth Senecal, Ruben O'meara, Carolyn Como, Adriane Arnold, Cathy Connors, Sharynne Smith, Allison Peters, Rebecca Smith, Leeanne Switzer, Gundoggie@sbcglobal.net, Melissa Gundrum, Eric Johnson, Fiona Knight, Lori Rienhardt, Ed Hogan, Karen Adamakis, Pollyanna Buff, Bruce Hinterleitner, Bruce Hinterleitner, Claire Gregory, Gloria Martin, Maryann Eckenrode, Lorine Landon, Doug Zimmerman, Tami , Sarah Orman, Deb Gallo, Evelyn Cahoon, Tricia Petty, Judy Simonsen, Aimee, Melissa Rymer, Andrew Eckert, Joann Albrecht , Anne Heffentreyer, Bob Patterson, Kristyn Scibienski, Steve Knapp, The Rider Family, Sarah Thomas , Eric Berger, Adam Lucas, Chris Kelly, Maryann Romagnano, Duskin Henard, Sandy Vicoli, The Parker Family, Hobbes And Snorky, Lindsay Coram, Carla C, Jen Cerce, Lisa Bohannon , Julia Wickware, K Beasley, Maureen Handy, Kara Jones, The States Family, Stefan Owens, Eric Enli, Dusty Cheatham, Mark Hundt, Mandy Clarke, Lee Anastasi, Evald Olson, Brian Mcwithey, Janet T Thorn, Karen Schlumpf, Chris Watson, Kathryn Hughes, Kris Nixon, Larry Sprenkle, Karen Taylor, Cynthia Hitchcock, Theresa Maradei, Kay Moss, Angel, Paul Knott, Robert Wescovich, Susie Howard, Kelly Labrecque, Sandy Weiss, Sands Family, Tim Johansen, The Tisdale Family, Michael Mclucas And Jackie Mclucas, Josh Weiss, Mickey Eckert, Pam Lorenz, Pam Lorenz, Lauren Thomas, Mike Malampy, Jim Finley, Deborah Wolfe, Anastasia Macneil, Bill Mckim, Dave Freemyer, Karen Ramirez, Demetrios Makres, Phyllis, Becky Norman, Kye Layton, James Price, Jeff Blank, Shannon Derkachenko, Debbie Hewitt , Jackie Sharkey, Wayne Chadourne, Linda College, Blake Schmidt, Kelly Smith, Murr Family, The Double Family, Christopher Thacker, Chris Bauman, Andrew Pettit, Linda Wilham, Matt Holley, Les Whitten, Patrick Broaddus, Mike M., Margie Larmon, Jeremy Reichelt, Christopher Hall, Maureen Tavarell, Karrie Duffey, Alison Rosenberger, Kathy Deboer, The Fosbender's, Karen Spreitzer, Stephanie Linares, Tracy Discher, Al Sandal, Doug Olson Family, Kristan Bertelmann, Diane Curfman, Megan Krainski, Team Meeker, Karen Aguiar, Vicki Edwards, Vicki Britt, Matthew Jadro, Ron Harper, Erin Hammer, The Patterson Family, Matthew Frey, Karen Bellamy, Timothy Gallant, Grumpy& Groupies, Terry Fleming, Mark Proper, Teri Michalski, Amy Knox, Michael Haeberle, Rebecca Keenan, Scott Greenbaum, Leach Family, Gina Falzone, Kirk Hardy, Heidi Goodhue, Karen Costa, Amy Guerrini, Jessica Gruhlke, Kameo Crea, Todd &Angela Johns, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Jason Skow, Luis Rodriguez, Jodi Cook, Tricia Noble, George Mundy Jr, Julia Marsh, Hillary Waldroop, Dave Carriere, Paul Moore, Smitty, Wendy Barney, Scott Sangston, Mike Venere, Diane Ramos, Jennifer Rowell, Filiater Family, Lisa Pinder, Ashley Collins, Harrison Grasso, Karen Ford, Jo Ann Bailey, Sheila &Kelly Barnes, David Ballard, Jane Johnson, Kyle Burdo , Sheila Bagg, Joseph M. Zafia, Team Bonnie Sue, Jennifer Bogdan, Kathryn Broyles, Barb Welshhans, Amanda Garrett, Cheryl Costello, Barclay Bakkum, Tom Higbee, Robin Meredyk, Jean Bussell, Mark Franklin, Jackie Graebel, Matt Earl, Les Stewart, Beth Josuweit, Maryann Daly, Schuyler Etheridge, Eileen Miller, Darrell Shortt, Caitlin Lewis, Caroline Burmester, Stacy Guarracino, Patti Mccaffrey, Kim Walker, and Jeremy Hardy!
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Challenge #370 Where in the world is this?

Going outside the parks!
Where in the World #370

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 26th, 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!

February 24, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Finding Nemo - The Musical

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

It was just last June when Finding Nemo - The Musical was featured as the Picture This! Disney Pic of the Week. It is such a fun show, we are going it again. That okay with you, Dude?

Dory sings to Marlin in Finding Nemo - The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dory sings to Marlin in Finding Nemo - The Musical.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/4, ISO 2500, EV -1.0, 120mm focal length, cropped.

Here is my other photo from the show: Finding Nemo Singing in Disney's Animal Kingdom.


February 25, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Finding Nemo the Musical

Deb's Digest Blog

Finding Nemo: The Musical, is one of my favorite shows at Walt Disney World. I love the music, the puppertry, the costumes, the songs.... all of it. It was hard to find just one photo for this Disney Pic of the Week, but I managed.....

Here are Nemo, Dory, Gil, Peach in one of the aquarium scenes:

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February 27, 2015

A Day in the Life at the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

We all have our own perspectives. Each day we spend in our world which might include family, friends, work or play. When visiting Walt Disney World, it seems the rest of the "real world" disappears for a few days. It is tremendously refreshing to me and I am guessing it is to you, too. After returning from a trip to Walt Disney World we bring something back. Souvenirs, clothing, life experiences and, of course, photographs.

Back in the day of film, we would have to wait a few days after returning to get the finished prints back from the lab. Sort through them and visit people or have them stop by to share our vacation photos. Things have certainly changed over the last twenty years. Today, we can share our experiences instantly via our smart phones and using services such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Family and friends see our photos as we experience them. When I sit back and think about it, a person back in the 1980's would look upon what we do today with photographs as magic.

With that in mind, let me share with you the magic of a day in the Magic Kingdom. The day was February 11, 2015. It started out cool which had me in long jeans and a light sweatshirt. Cloudless blue skies with plenty of Florida sunshine promised good times ahead as I walked on Main Street USA towards Cinderella Castle. I heard the familiar sounds of the Main Street Trolley Parade. I had just missed the performance but I saw an opportunity to catch the trolley pulled by a white horse in motion.

Horse drawn trolley goes by on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Horse drawn trolley goes by on Main Street USA.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0, 11mm focal length.

To add drama to our vacation photos, photograph at a low angle which is what I did here.

My party had a FastPass+ to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad next and after getting off, we decided to take a short trip on the Walt Disney World Railroad to relax after being on the wildest ride in the wilderness!. We got on at the Frontierland station and got off at Fantasyland. Most people go directly into Fantasyland from the station but there is a quiet little path which goes over to Tomorrowland. I always stop on the path and wait for a train to go by. The engineers love to put on a show for anyone with a camera.

WDW Railroad train putting on a show in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
WDW Railroad train putting on a show.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO 100, EV 0, 11mm focal length.

This location is really the only good place to get a photo of the trains.

Doubling back to Fantasyland, I enjoyed a performance of the Main Street Philharmonic, a 12-piece brass and percussion ensemble, right outside the Dumbo entrance.

Main Street Philharmonic performing in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Main Street Philharmonic performing in Fantasyland.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/640s, f/6.3, ISO 100, EV 0, 92mm focal length.

Don't you love their uniforms?

After a late lunch it was time to head back down Main Street USA and find a spot for the Festival of Fantasy Parade which we all know starts at 3 o'clock. I photographed from the Main Street Train Station and got my spot about 90 minutes before the start of the parade. Remember the parade starts in Frontierland and takes about 20 to 25 minutes before the first float comes around Town Square. For this parade, I wanted to get close ups of the characters on top of the floats.

Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Festival of Fantasy parade (see text for caption).

From top left: Maleficent Dragon from Sleeping Beauty; Ariel from The Little Mermaid; Princess Merida from Brave and Belle from Beauty and the Beast.

After the parade, I took a leisurely walk back up Main Street USA, getting an ice cream at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor along the way and watched a Dream Along with Mickey show on the Cinderella Castle stage.

Dream Along with Mickey stage show in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dream Along with Mickey stage show in front of Cinderella Castle.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/6.3, ISO 100, EV 0, 110mm focal length.

The challenge I find with Mickey and the gang in this show are the moving eyelids. I take more photos of this show to make sure I get photos like this with all their eyes open.

With plans for dinner in Epcot later that night, it was time to end the day at the Magic Kingdom. Hope you enjoyed it and maybe you picked up a tip or two along the way.

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