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April 1, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Frontierland

Deb's Digest Blog

One of the most overlooked areas in Frontierland is the Railroad Station! You can find it between Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!

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April 3, 2015

Adding Light to the Stars in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios, I look forward to seeing the Citizens of Hollywood entertaining guests along Hollywood or Sunset Blvd. You can find the times to look for them on the park's daily entertainment schedule. While the Citizen's skits do have some structure, the performers play off the people they meet (that's you!) which leads to a lot of fun and laughter.

I found Officer Percival Peabody "undercover" on Hollywood Blvd. inquiring to those who were curious when he poked his head out if they had seen anything suspicious going on and other questions.

Officer Percival Peabody is undercover at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Officer Percival Peabody is undercover on Hollywood Blvd.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 160, EV +0.3, 48mm focal length, fill flash.

The divine Dorma Nesmond may be a fading Hollywood starlet but do not tell her that. She loves the attention she gets from people and will tell them about her many Hollywood exploits and films.

Hollywood Star Dorma Nesmond greets a fan at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Hollywood Star Dorma Nesmond greets a fan on Hollywood Blvd.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/5.6, ISO 100, EV 0, 24mm focal length, fill flash.

Talent Agent Jack Diamond has a questionable occupation as he seems more interested in playing card tricks and running the shell game much to the delight of all who gather around his gaming table.

Talent Agent Jack Diamond performs card tricks at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Talent Agent Jack Diamond performs card tricks on Hollywood Blvd.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/10, ISO 100, EV 0, 50mm focal length, fill flash.

I do not know the story of Miss Betty Shambles. She always seems to be looking for a boyfriend or, in the case below, her Valentine.

Miss Betty Shambles looking for her Valentine at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Miss Betty Shambles looking for her Valentine on Hollywood Blvd.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/4, ISO 100, EV 0, 66mm focal length, fill flash.

All of the photos were taken using Fill Flash to open up the shadows from the bright Florida sunshine. Not all but most of the Citizens wear hats which further adds shadows on their faces. Fill flash adds some pop to colors and skin tones.

If you have never stopped to watch or interact with the Citizens of Hollywood, you are missing out on what I consider the best in live entertainment at Walt Disney World. The talent and comedic quick thinking is a joy to behold.

April 5, 2015

Where in the World #376

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!

I hope everyone who is celebrating Easter and Passover is having a wonderful holiday!

Vera Williams is disappointed in herself for not guessing MouseGears last week. It's okay, Vera. We've all down that. Buck up, little soldier.
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #375:
Where in the World #375

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

I was trying to figure out where something was on the map and this nice man pointed out where I needed to go. :) Seriously, we are obviously at the Partners Statue and the thumbnail was part of its plaque.

Jeff Blank proposed to his wife here. He asked if she "would be my partner". Jeff, what a beautiful way to propose!

Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer!
Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Donna Frank, Kenny, Jim And Lorie Sonnen, Carla C, Linda K Ranatza, Carol Ney, Emily Hudson, Virginia Pierce, Karen Schlumpf, Linda Scrivano, Mary Beth Tarbet, Kerry A., Sharon Powell, Marsha Waidelich, Grumpy's Groupies, Heather Keenan, Olszak Family, Elaine Kleinhenz, Nan Amor, John Stella, Melissa Rymer, Claire Gregory, Bill Mckim, Daniel Record, Evanna Huda, Jennifer Harmon, Beth, Phyllis, Ruben O'meara, Herb Miller, David Freemyer , Deborah Wolfe, Eric Berger, Jamie Fahey, Ed Suscreba, Susan Doucette, Susan Doucette, Sandie Albrecht, Christine Niedzialkoski, Kris Nixon, Vera And Izzy Williams, Trish Roam, Kristina Rohrbach, Sharon Pierce, Sands Family , John Bickers, Team Hill, Matt Wildey , Steve Porter, Eric Johnson, Liz Moreau, Curtis Bille, Ellen Sullivan, The Kertes Family, Bonne, Bruce Hinterleitner, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Russ Morgan, Leslie Schmauder, K Beasley, Jen Tremley, Todd &Angela Johns, Kye Layton, Deb Ragno, Dee Dee Kenney, The Gunnels Gang , The Fosbenders, Andrew Carrieri, Paul Dickson, Morag Lemon, Chris Kelly, Lori Rienhardt, Phil Vickers, Zach Szymko, Belicia Cullen, Nathan, Scott Cullen, Christa, Christa, Ken Maikowski, The Tisdale Family, Maryann Romagnano, The Rider Family, Melissa Such , Paul Knott, Ken Savage, Evald Olson, Dawn Bach, Jeremy Hardy, Matt Petty, Tim Johansen, Sarah And Chris, Andrea Kruszewski, The States Family, Sarah Thomas, Sam Rossman, Carolyn Como, Erin Hammer, Joann Albrecht , Cheryl Chambers, Hunter Armstrong, Hobbes And Snorky, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Theresa Rucando, Stefanie Vandiver, Lindsay Coram, Lee Anastasi, Susan Higginbotham, Maryann Eckenrode, Judy Simonsen, Maureen Handy, Kerri Coggins, Kristyn Scibienski, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Pat Schwier, Larry Sprenkle, Arlene Vicek, Chloe Mayhew, Susie Howard, Josh Weiss, Gallagher Family, Vincent Lieu, Robert Wescovich, Robert Wescovich, Brian Mcwithey, The Double Family, Steve And Ruby Jordan, Doug Olson Family, Karen Ramirez, Mickey Eckert, Sharyn Drasner, Christopher Thacker, Christi Ison, Melanie Beedle, Tricia Petty, Bob Wagner, Linda Lundsten, Team Bonnie Sue, Eric Enli, Jeff Blank, Rick R., Jodi Cook, Kyra C., Shannon Murray, Cathy Connors, Tricia Noble, Kristan Bertelmann, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Matt Holley, The Hutchinson Family, Jennifer Toto, Karrie Duffey, Anne-marie Hamel, Les Stewart, Schuyler Etheridge, Erin Loring, Diane, Andrew Pettit, Dave Carriere, Richard Beverly, The Holmes Family, Hillary Waldroop, Matthew Jadro, Scott Sangston, Rebecca Keenan, Rob Hepler, Smitty, Jeremy Reichelt, Mark Franklin, Danielle Harsley And Agnes Ciotti, Heidi Goodhue, Carrie Knepper, Kimberly And Adolph Timm, James Hammack, Ron Harper, George Mundy Jr, Chris Bauman, Matthew Frey, Mike Cerce, John Casey, Amy Fleming, Kelly Smith, Lisa Pinder, Theresa Maradei, Paul Moore, Thomas Higbee, Barclay Bakkum, Vicki Britt, Shelly Borella, Stacy Guarracino, Jim Thompson, Fred Shakeshaft, Jane Johnson, Luis Rodriguez, Cheryl Costello, Terry Fleming, Patti Mccaffrey, Dieuliis Family, and Jennifer Shoulders!

It's time for the monthly drawing! The March winner is: Arlene Vicek! Congratulations, Arlene! You will be getting a prize from Deb Wills!

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Challenge #376 Where in the world is this?

We are outside the parks, but you can see this in the Magic Kingdom too.
Where in the World #376

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

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
_______________________________________________________________________

Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

April 7, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Liberty Square

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom is home to the Haunted Mansion and its new gift shop called Memento Mori Relics from Regions Beyond. Memento Mori features merchandise of the Haunted Mansion and you can even get a ghostly photo of yourself.

Memento Mori Relics from Regions Beyond gift shop in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Memento Mori Relics from Regions Beyond gift shop in Liberty Square.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 220, EV +0.3, 11mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow with a special moment from Liberty Square.

April 8, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Liberty Square

Deb's Digest Blog

Yesterday, Scott shared a photo of the new Memento Mori Relics from Regions Beyond. If you haven't gone inside yet, you must! It is filled with Haunted Mansion items. Fun to browse even if you don't want to buy.

So now, onto my Disney Pic of the Week......

One of my favorite things about Disney Parks is when the unexpected happens. A couple years ago I was walking around Liberty Square when a Cast Member (Michael) appeared. He began ringing a bell to get folks into the Columbia Harbor House for lunch. Next thing I knew, he was on a knee and singing to a young guest while her friend rang the bell. I'm thinking it was her birthday.

My Disney Pic of the Week for Liberty Square is of this great magic making Cast Member, Michael:

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April 10, 2015

Disney Food Photography

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Have a question for you...do you photograph the food at Walt Disney World restaurants? You do! Then you are going to like this week's topic. Below is a set of photos from various Disney restaurants and how I took them.

Sometimes you just need spaghetti and meatballs and Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano in Disney's Hollywood Studios filled the need perfectly. To add to the sense of place, I used a menu and ambiant light. The very shallow depth of field put the background out of focus but one still can recognize the location as a restaurant.

Spaghetti and meatballs entree at Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spaghetti and meatballs entree at Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/13s, f/35, ISO 6400, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

I used my elbows to steady the camera and slowly exhaled as I pressed the shutter. I let the image stabilized (vibration reduction in Nikon lingo) lens do its magic. I took several images to get a couple of good ones including the one above.

On the Disney Dream, if your cruise offers a day at sea, you can enjoy the Palo Brunch. Come hungry and eat lightly through each course to save room for the dessert bar. In this case, I did not need a menu to document the location. I did have to take the photo quickly before the location got eaten.

A plate full of desserts at the Palo Brunch on the Disney Dream cruise ship
A plate full of desserts at the Palo Brunch on the Disney Dream.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 100, EV 0, 31mm Focal Length, bounced flash.

With the bright open Caribbean water as a backdrop, the use of bounced flash balanced the light and brought out the luscious colors of the sweets.

Inside the elegant Yachtsman Steakhouse in the Yacht Club Resort the lighting is appropriately warm and low. An assistant helped me by holding up the plate above the table which had lots of stuff upon it.

Prime New York Strip Steak entree at the Yachtsman Steakhouse in the Yacht Club Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Prime New York Strip Steak entree at the Yachtsman Steakhouse.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length, bounced flash.

To get the true colors of the food, I used bounced flash to illuminate the plate evenly.

When you have even lighting via a window or by eating outside on a patio like at the Rose & Crown Pub in Epcot's United Kingdom pavilion, I like to use the Nifty-Fifty on my camera and get eye level with the plate the food rests on.

Scotch Egg appetizer from the Rose & Crown Pub in Epcot's United Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Scotch Egg appetizer from the Rose & Crown Pub.
Nikon D7100/50mm, 1/250s, f/2.8, ISO 100, EV 0.

Shooting with a wide aperture of f/2.8, I selectively focused on the Scotch Egg appetizer throwing the background of napkins and table pieces completely out of focus. I did dodge (make lighter) the egg some to pull out its colors.

At the Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom, my party was sat at a table with warm afternoon light coming through a window. The low angle of the light brought out the food's texture.

Chicken Tikka Masala at the Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Chicken Tikka Masala at the Yak & Yeti Restaurant.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/60s, f/2.8, ISO 2000, EV 0, 12mm Focal Length.

Without the use of flash, a wide open aperture had me select a focus point on the bowl of Chicken Tikka Masala which did cause the front of the plate to be soft focused. I find that is not a problem here. Do you?

I realize most people quickly take photos of their food when served. If you take a little extra time, you can create very nice photos to make your friends and family envious and hungry when looking at your food photos.

April 12, 2015

Where in the World #377

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!

Jennifer Harmon got married this past Saturday! CONGRATULATIONS!!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #376:
Where in the World #376

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell
Cinderella's carriage at the Grand Floridian, just waiting for the bride. Or as Bruce Hinterleitner puts it: "Cindy's ride on the grounds of the Floridian Resort". Cindy's ride!!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Bruce Hinterleitner, Linda Ranatza, Donna Frank, The Modecki's, Carol Ney, Team Hill, Andrew Carrieri, Sharon Pierce, Karen Schlumpf, Diane Tredore, Les Stewart, Mary Beth Tarbet, Eric Berger, The Kertes Family, Becky Norman, Sandie Albrecht, Carla C, Andrea Kruszewski, Leigh, Dawn Bach, Tommy Montgomery, The Gunnels Family, Bonnie, Linda College, Paul Dickson, The Parker Family, Megan K, Kris Nixon, Jen Cerce, Bill Mckim, The Tisdale Family, Julie Signor, Liz Moreau , Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Janet Spiess, Thomas Mangano, Audrey Wolfe, Ellen Sullivan, Jon Landis, Jason Leibert , Matthew Landis, Kristina Rohrbach, Jennifer Harmon, John Baker, Claire Gregory, Anne Marie Cronin , Paul Knott, Axel Beer, Robert Hildebrandt, Gloria Martin, The Fosbenders, Rc Hines, Ed Suscreba, Tina Gottron, Sands Family, Michael Mclucas And Jackie Mclucas, Debc, Nick, Todd Johns, Patty Greenberg, Lorine Landon, Eric Johnson, Dee Dee Kenney, Theresa Maradei, Stefanie Vandiver, Joyce, Matt Petty, Jen Tremley, Olszak Family, Nan Amor, Matt Wildey , Pat Schwier, Jan Rosato, The Rider Family, Ruth Senecalr, Shirley Lombo, K Beasley, Sandy Zeringue, Phyllis, Mike Mondoux, Emily Hudson, Emily Hudson, The Long Family, Evald Olson, Timothy Gallant, Erin Hammer, Robert Wescovich, Kenny, Mary Larson, Bob Ruer, Steve Porter, David Freemyer , Susan Doucette, Rebecca Keenan, Vanessa Stjohn, Tracy Davis, Gina Cavalli, James Roberts, Tom Koval, Becky, Tricia Petty, Linda Scrivano, Susie Howard, Judy Simonsen, Christa Burns, Steve Knapp, Smitty, Hunter Armstrong, Hobbes And Snorky, Kerry A., Ken Maikowski, Aimee, Dusty Cheatham, Ellie Argaluza, Christina Trigiani, Justin Collins, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Jeremy Hardy, Maureen Handy, Mary Ann Lamay, Susana Dominguez, Ruben O'meara, Melissa Such , Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Josh Weiss, The Double Family, Arlene Vicek, Scott Cerino, Nathan York, Sherry Trapp, Sherry Trapp, Erin Loring, Lori Rienhardt, Larry Sprenkle, Brian Grabowski, Kimberly And Adolph Timm, Christi Ison, Rob Blundin, Andy Hickey, Sarah Thomas, Vicki Britt, Carolyn Como, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Otts Family, Kyra C., Eric Enli, Russ Morgan, Mary Sanderson, Pollyanna Buff, Bob Wagner, Tracey Horan, Tracey Horan, Jeff Blank, Team Bonnie Sue, Jeff Blank, Ashley Collins, Andreas Beer, Rick R., Wayne Chadourne, Kevin Jones, Leslie Schmauder , Al Sandal, Cathy Connors, Daniel Record, Kelly Smith, Vera And Izzy Williams, Robert Wescovich, Matt Holley, Theresa Rucando, Elaine Kleinhenz, Karen Costa, Tricia Noble, Maureen Tavrell, Jason Hocker, Sarah And Chris, Mike Jakubowski, Mel Odonnell, Carrie Knepper, Tim Johansen, Mark Proper, Matthew Frey, Andrew Pettit, Terry Fleming, Jeremy Reichelt, Mark Franklin, Scott Sangston, Chris Watson, Chris Watson, V Shearman, Paul Moore, Matt Earl, Matthew Jadro, Jennifer Mercier, Dave Carriere, Ron Harper, Scott Greenbaum, Pat Morin, Franknsharon, Josette Gabel, Grumpy's Groupies, John Moeder, Deborah Wolfe, Eric Miller, Mark Hardy, Karen Adamakis, Heidi Goodhue, Melodye Bostick, Susan Higginbotham, Anastasia Macneil, Maryann Romagnano, Kameo Crea, Luis Rodriguez, Joe Pfrangle, Caroline Burmester, Karrie Duffey, John Casey, Jim Thompson, Clay Anthony, Elaine Leviner, Linda Grau, Nicole Benoit, Anne-marie Hamel, Chris Kelly, Schuyler Etheridge, Kathy , Brooke And Kennedy, Jessica Gruhlke, Patti Deluca, Lisa Cash, Sheila Bagg, Jane Johnson, Jackie Graebel, Jennifer Bogdan, Joseph M. Zafia, Cheryl Costello, Elizabeth Meeks, Deb Ragno, John Warner, Thomas R. Higbee, Ken Rhinehart, Hillary Waldroop, Hillary Waldroop, Maryann Daly, George Mundy Jr, Don Purney, Jamesd (dzneynut), Ruth Cookson, Matt Cofone, Barclay Bakkum, Cheryl, Stacy Guarracino, Ken Savage, Cynthia Hitchcock, Gallagher Family, and Mickey Eckert!

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Challenge #377 Where in the world is this?

We need to head into the parks again for this one
Where in the World #377

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, April 16th, 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
_______________________________________________________________________

Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

April 14, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Donald Duck

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Donald Duck is lucky. He blows his top and everyone laughs. Yet, he has a warm heart and is beloved by many. He even took some time out from meeting guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios to give me the thumbs up.

Donald Duck greeting guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Donald Duck greeting guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV 0, 135mm Focal Length.

Thank you, Donald, for being you.


April 15, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Donald

Deb's Digest Blog

Donald, our subject for this week, is such a great character to photograph! He's really fun at a meet and greet!

Here is my Donald Pic of the Week taken in May 2008 on the Disney Panama Canal Cruise (east to west). As we got into the Mexican Riviera, Donald's costume became themed to our ports of call.

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April 17, 2015

Cinderella Castle Archway

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

There is always something new to discover at Walt Disney World. While I had seen in the past the beautiful mosaic murals in the Cinderella Castle archway in the Magic Kingdom, I had never taken the time to photograph them. In doing so I was reminded of a series of blog posts I did back in 2013 on how to photograph at a busy and crowded Disney themepark.

I know a lot of Disney photographers who feel people in the photo is not a good thing. I, on the other hand, do not mind including people. They help to tell the story and add scale to whatever surrounds them. Below a family member is pointing out the dramatic scene when Cinderella has to leave the Ball at midnight leaving one of her glass slippers behind.

A family stops to view a mural in Cinderella Castle archway at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A family stops to view a mural in the Cinderella Castle archway.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 6400, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

I do realize it is nice to have a clean view, too. A couple of ways to do that at Walt Disney World is to either wait until late at night around park closing or wait for an opportunity when people vacate the scene as I did below.

A mural in Cinderella Castle archway at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A mural in the Cinderella Castle archway.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 4500, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

You can also look for details and get in close either by foot or using a zoom lens. In the Cinderella Castle archway, there are carvings at the top of the pillars on either side of the murals. The one I chose here shows the birds and mice who helped Cinderella make her dress.

Top of a pillar in Cinderella Castle archway at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mice and birds at the top of a pillar in the Cinderella Castle archway.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/4.5, ISO 3200, EV 0, 52mm Focal Length.

While it is a challenge photographing at busy Walt Disney World parks, you can still get wonderful photos by being flexible, creative and patient.

April 19, 2015

Where in the World #378

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!

Did you see Deb's announcement? She is holding an AllEars 20th anniversary WDW celebration on the first weekend of December to thank all of you for your support. That's right! AllEars will be 20 years old in January 2016 !If you can make it, please remember to also thank Deb herself for all the years she's dedicated herself and grown her Disney site. To think: it all started with "Deb's Disney Digest" in the rec.arts.disney.parks (RADP) newsgroup. Read about our history here.

A friend of mine and her family are taking their first trip to Walt Disney World this October. She asked me, "I know you go a lot, so do you know anything you might want to tell us? Tips or something?"

Ya think? LOL! Who doesn't once they've gone even once! And yes, Players, I did give the link to AllEars. ;)

Now for Challenge #377:
Where in the World #377

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

Funnel Cake Stand in Epcot's American Pavilion! It's one of those places that smells amazing when you walk by, whether you're going to get one or not!

Hey, while we're in Epcot, tell me what "alternative" names you've heard for the park's acronym. Like "Every Person Comes Out Tired". :)

The DH of the Gunnels Gang wins the Disney nerd "taped horn rimmed glasses" award in his family for answering this one!
Smiley from Millan.Net

No, Vicki Britt, you weren't the only one! I got other, "What IS that?!" answers. :)

Erin Hammer, you're right. Barrie Brewer did this one on February 18, 2010. That happens; I don't know all the ones Barrie did during her years of starting/running the game. Good for you! You not only have played the game this long, but you remember the photos!
I sometimes swear that I'm repeating a photo of mine. I do look it up and will post at least a different angle of the same thing. This week is a good example of that.

And we at AllEars always - always - appreciate all of you supporting us!

The Sands Family was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Sands Family and to all our winners this week! Kristi Strembicki, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Melissa Such , Ken Maikowski, The Strukel Family, Karen Schlumpf, Mary Beth Tarbet, Olszak Family, Moore Family, Lorine Landon, Daniel Record, Kyra C., Zach Szymko, Sandie Albrecht, Timothy Gallant, Carla C, Kastin, Bridgette Gallagher, Kye Layton, Matthew Jadro, Christine Brown, Michelle Darabaris, Tricia Petty, Sharon Powell, Natalie , Michelle Darabaris, Andrew Carrieri, Jen Tremley, Rex Biederman, Melissa Rymer, Theresa Lucotti, Gunnels Gang, Duskin Henard, Allison Costa , Anastasia Macneil, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Aimee, Eric Enli, The Rider Family, The Tisdale Family, K Beasley, Carolyn Como, Jeremy Hardy, Susan Doucette, Ellen Sullivan, Deb Ragno, Eric Berger, Bill Schmid, Tricia Noble, Robert Hildebrandt, Krista Serpi, Brian Grabowski, Janet Hodge, Jessica Townsend, Todd Johns, Angela Johns, Karen Adamakis, Kimbery And Adolph Timm, Ed Adams, Maureen Handy, Jennifer Harmon , The Kertes Family, Nate, Rebeccca Smith, Sarah And Chris, Vera And Izzy Williams, Mickey Eckert, Lee Deroia , Paul Knott, Lauren Sandercock, Phyllis, Maryann Romagnano, David Freemyer , Beth Mcmeekin, Virginia Pierce, Megan Krainski, Hunter Armstrong, Stefanie Vandiver, Arlene Vicek, Claire Gregory, Jennifer Rowell, Judy Simonsen, Steve Porter, Jen Eacret , Dennis O'reilly, Dolores Conroy, Lindsay Coram, Linda Scrivano, Lyn Sommers, Dana Strassburger, Mary Ann Lamay, Chris B, Smitty, Chris Kelly, Theresa Rucando, Betsy, Amanda Clarke, Pollyanna Buff, Leach Family, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Robert Wescovich, Allison Bili, Liam Miller, Paul Dickson, Josh Weiss, Carolyn Duff, Erin Hammer, Kerri Coggins, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Kerry A, Bruce Hinterleitner, Jim Finley, Courtney S, Genia Crawford, Rob Blundin, Gloria Martin, Kristan Bertelmann, Tommy Montgomery, Art Hutchinson, Andreas Beer, Les Whitten, Marie Brown, Mark Proper, Bonnie Tulenko, Randy Collins, Jeremy Reichelt, Christopher Hall, Karrie Duffey, Maryann Eckenrode, Patti Mccaffrey, Dave Carriere, Lea Scroggs, Team Bonnie Sue, Erin Yanuskevich , Terry Fleming, Glenda Lane, Stuart Hale, Ron Harper, Les Stewart, Linda College, Grumpy's Groupies, Heidi Goodhue, The Dieuliis Family, Kris Nixon, Bethany Angermaier, Dawn Bach, Sharon Pierce, Nicole Benoit, Scott Sangston, The States Family, Bob Wagner, Lisa Pinder, Jane Johnson, Filiater Family, Jennifer Bogdan, Jamesd (dzneynut), Peggy Saeger, Emily Hudson, Joseph M. Zafia, Jon Landis, Vicki Britt, Tom Higbee,sr, Jeff Finger, Ruth Cookson, Ken Savage, and Wayne Witherspoon!
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Challenge #378 Where in the world is this?

We're switching parks! But you can take the monorail for this one. So you know I HAVE to say this: "Please stand clear of the doors. Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas."
Monorail smiley

Where in the World #378
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, April 16th, 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
_______________________________________________________________________

Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

April 21, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Goofy

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Of the Fab Five, I think Goofy gets some of the best outfits and he tends to show up where you least expect him to. As I was walking out of the Pirates of the Caribbean, I spotted Goofy in pirate garb near The Pirates League where young and old can get made into a pirate.

Pirate Goofy hanging out near the Pirates League in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Pirate Goofy hanging out near the Pirates League.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.3, ISO 2500, EV 0, 105mm focal length.

Tomorrow, Deb finds Goofy in what I consider his best outfit ever. Of course, that is my opinion.


April 22, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Goofy

Deb's Digest Blog

This week's Disney Pic is all about Goofy. I enjoy seeing the characters in different attire. Star Wars Goofy is one of my favorites.

Since he is Goofy after all, sometimes he can still be gentle, even as Darth Goofy!

After the photograph, scroll down a bit to see folks singing him happy birthday.

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April 24, 2015

Editing a Dinosaur in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

You walk up to the Dinosaur attraction in Disney's Animal Kingdom with your camera and carefully compose a photo by getting in close to the statue of Aladar. You move around until Aladar is looking into the frame adding interest. It is a bright, sunny day but your eyes see all the details and colors. You press the shutter to record the image. It looks good on the camera's LCD and you move on to catch up with your party entering the attraction.

Upon opening up the photo on your computer, you are disappointed in how it looks (see below). This is when you put your favorite photo editor to work. Mine is Apple Aperture but most editors can improve on a digital image.

Statue of Aladar outside Dinosaur ride in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Unedited photo of the statue of Aladar outside Dinosaur ride.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/4.5, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 82mm (123mm DX) Focal Length.

For me, I set about opening up the shadows and pulling in the highlights using the sliders of the same name. I then added general edits over the entire image for Definition (Clarity), Vibrance and a touch of Saturation. This gave me a much better photo but Aladar was still a bit dark and washed out.

If your editor allows the use of Brushes to "brush" in adjustments on selected areas, you should become familiar with how to use them. Here I dodged (lightened) the dark areas under the eye and around the muzzle. After, I brushed in saturation to pull out the colors in Aladar's eye and skin. Lastly, I brushed in a good dose of Definition to pull out the textures of the skin.

The result you can see below.

AStatue of Aladar outside Dinosaur ride in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Edited photo of the statue of Aladar outside Dinosaur ride.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/4.5, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 82mm (123mm DX) Focal Length.

Quite a deference and a much better image than what I started with. It pays to take the time in learning how to improve your photos using an editor.

April 26, 2015

Where in the World #379

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!

Sandie Albrecht, I won't be at Deb's Celebration, but I'm really happy for you that you can! You are going to have so much fun! Bring me back something!

YES! You Players rock! We got great responses about the Epcot acronym. I only knew the toddler one. :)
Every Picture Comes Out Terrific
Every Parent Carries One Toddler
Every Paycheck Comes On Thursday
Every Purse Comes Out Thinner
Every Pocketbook Comes Out Trashed

Vera and Izzy Williams, thank you for such a lovely note!

Lenz Family, wait... some monorail systems DON'T say, "Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas?" Not even on a t-shirt? I think that violates a law somewhere.

Now for Challenge #378:
Where in the World #378

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

It's Splash Mountain with another log plunging down the drop on Chick-A-Pin Hill --- uh, what happened to the people in that log?

Matthew Jadro is in Walt Disney World this week, and his daughter will be riding Splash Mountain - and so many other magical things - for the first time!

John Bickers, here's a piece of Disneyland Splash Mountain trivia for your daughter. The figures will look different to her; it's because the characters moved from a popular attractions called "America Sings". So she is seeing figures from Walt's original park's history. :)

Claire Gregory, you need to get your cousin back to Splash Mountain so he can recreate his (terrified) childhood photo. LOL

Matt Holley, you KNOW if you start the song, I have it in my head the rest of the day! So everyone sing!
Everybody's got a laughin' place,
A laughin' place, to go ho-ho!
Take a frown, turn it upside-down
And you'll find yours I know ho-ho!

And thanks to Ryan Foley, Jennifer Rowell, Brian Mcwithey, Jonathan Ward, Karen Ramirez, Duskin Henard, Steve Knapp, and Patti Mccaffrey for putting THIS one in my head too!
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
Zip-A-Dee-A

My oh my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine heading my way
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
Zip-A-Dee-A!

Do any Players remember the "Zip A Dee Doo Dah Tip of the Day!" on Walt Disney World resort TV? I loved that. I have it in video and a ringtone. :)

Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Emily Hudson, Donna Frank, Andrea Kruszewski, Bruce Jones, Theresa Rucando, Linda K. 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Challenge #379 Where in the world is this?

Where in the World #379.

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April 28, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Daisy Duck

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Looking through my Disney photo archive, it turns out I do not have very many photos of Donald's favorite gal, Daisy Duck. I did find one with Minnie and Daisy from the Christening Cruise of the Disney Dream.

Daisy Duck and Minnie Mouse on the Christening Cruise for the Disney Dream cruise ship
Daisy Duck and Minnie Mouse on the Christening Cruise for the Disney Dream cruise ship.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 400, EV 0, 250mm Focal Length.

Don't they look great together?


April 29, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Daisy

Deb's Digest Blog

As Scott mentioned yesterday, my photo archive is also short on photos of Daisy! How can that be?

Here is a colorful photo of Daisy that I took last year in Tokyo. Here she is in Tokyo Disney Sea in the Arabian Coast.


daisy.jpg

The folks in Asia LOVE their characters!!!!

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