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May 1, 2015

Adjusting White Balance Inside the American Adventure

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

One of my favorite entertainers is the Voices of Liberty a cappella group at Walt Disney World. They perform shows inside the American Adventure under the rotunda at Epcoot's World Showcase. The area was designed for the acoustics and the talented singers take full advantage of them. But (isn't there always one?), the lighting for ambient light (no flash) photography is very challenging in the rotunda. The color cast is very yellow due to the incandescent lights as seen in the photo below.

Voices of Liberty performing in the American Adventure at Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Voices of Liberty BEFORE White Balance Adjustment.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/80s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm focal length.


There are two ways to fix the color cast to bring it back to what our eyes see. You can take a Custom White Balance before photographing or change the white balance in post processing. Most photo editors allow you to change White Balance by either the use of sliders or by selecting a spot on the photo which should be white or gray with a dropper. Once selected by the dropper, the editor will alter the white balance based on the spot. It works very well and if not exactly correct, you can then adjust it via the sliders to your taste. That is what I did below. The spot I choose was one of the pillars behind the singers.

Voices of Liberty performing in the American Adventure at Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Voices of Liberty AFTER White Balance Adjustment.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/80s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm focal length.

I use JPEG for my image size and quality so white balance works most of the time. If you use the image size and quality of RAW, adjusting white balance in post processing works even better.

May 3, 2015

Where in the World #380

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'm so sorry this is late!

The Yorks: you saw me? Really?

Now for Challenge #379:
Where in the World #379

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

MMMMM, Mickey Ice Cream Bar!

Ed Elder was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ed and to all our winners this week! Diane Tredore, Sands Family, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Ken Maikowski, Kristi Strembicki, Melissa Such , Julie Wickware, Chris Kelly, Andrea Kruszewski, The Tisdale Family, Mary Beth Tarbet, The Strukel Family, Kris Nixon, Theresa Rucando, Daniel Record, Carla C, Kerri Coggins, Bill Mckim, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Ken Savage, Christi Ison, Claire Gregory, Gallagher Family, Carolyn Como, Pollyanna Buff, Maryann Eckenrode, Sarah And Chris, Deborah Wolfe, Sharon Pierce, Kristyn Scibienski, Tricia Petty, Olszak Family, Nan Amor, Patty Carty, Tim Johansen, The Gunnels Gang, Sandie Albrecht, Eric Johnson, Sarah Thomas, Brenda Atkinson , Maureen Handy, Liz Moreau , Meghan Gleason-vollmer, Amber Penske, Kristina Rohrbach, Amy Guerrini, Phyllis, Roger Vollmer, Roger Vollmer, Kristan Bertelmann, Bill Schmid, Smitty, Scott Mcbride, Eddie Bryan, Bethany Angermaier, Kyra C., Stefanie Vandiver, Ruben O'meara, Trisha Johnson, The Dieuliis Family, Karen Ramãshyrez, Karen Adamakis, Olszak Family, The Long Family, Tara Weaver, The Fosbenders, Krista Serpi, Vicki Edwards, Ellie Argaluza, Candice Grimes, The Rider Family, David Freemyer , Jen Eacret , Erin Hammer, Annette Nuenke, Leach Family, Heather Pedulla, Todd Johns, Angela Johns, Megan Krainski, Mary Jo Gallion, Mr. Tom Morrow, Kara Jones, Rebecca Keenan, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Lori Rienhardt, K Beasley, Heidi Goodhue, Donna Frank, Christina Trigiani, Carrie Knepper, Trina Noggle, Josh Weiss, Jessica Gruhlke, Les Stewart, Brenda Strohmeyer, Vincent Lieu, Vanessa Gordon, Mickey Eckert, Diane Curfman, Sylvia Black, Andrew Carrieri, Linda Lundsten, Shannon Murray, Nancy Crossman , Jennifer Mueller, The Double Family, Anne-marie Hamel, Brian Mcwithey, Andrew Pettit, Kirk Hardy, Matt Holley, John Casey, Terry Fleming, Shelly Borella, Jeremy Reichelt, Matthew Frey, Jim Thompson, Jennifer Mercier, Hillary Waldroop, Kay Moss, Vicki Britt, Kelly Smith, The Reichl Family, Dave Carriere, Patrick Broaddus, Mike Cerce, Lindsay Clayton, Team Bonnie Sue, The Modecki's, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Jeff Blank, Caroline Burmester, Jennifer, Arlene Vicek, Filiater Family, Carol Baranowsky, Tommy Montgomery, Matt Cofone, Deb Ragno, Jackie Graebel, Anastasia Macneil, Jane Johnson, Barb Welshhans, Amanda Garrett, Christa Burns, Lorine Landon, Sherri Pell, Patti Mccaffrey, Jean Bussell, Ryan Foley, Timothy Gallant, Wendy Barney, Caitlin Lewis, Amy Fleming, George Mundy Jr, Les Whitten, Les Whitten, Stacy Guarracino, The Yorks, and Theresa Maradei!

Time to announce the winner of the monthly drawing! The winner is: Erin Hammer! Congratulations, Erin! You will be receiving a prize from Deb!
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Challenge #380 Where in the world is this?

These have a couple locations so you can just tell me what it is.

Where in the World #380.

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 7th, 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!

May 6, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Hard to Find Characters

Deb's Digest Blog

My choice of hard to find character is one I don't think you'll be able to find in the United States. You see, she is VERY popular in Tokyo Disney.

Angel is Experiment 624 and she is Stitch's love interest. Like Stitch she can be good or mean. Angel was introduced as a character in Lilo and Stitch: The Series.

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And here's a bit of trivia I found online: "Angel makes a brief cameo appearance in Stitch's Great Escape! at the Magic Kingdom when Gantu showcases the galaxy's criminals to the guests. "


May 7, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Jiminy Cricket

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have always found certain characters are easier to find if you check in with a park's Guest Services. I did that when my children were little as they usually wanted to see a special character or two on our trips. That was before I found AllEars.net who has a handy Character Meet and Greet FAQ to answer all your questions about characters at Walt Disney World including the likest places to find them.

Besides parades, I had never seen Jiminy Cricket at a Meet and Greet until I traveled out to Rafiki's Planet Watch with my niece's young sons. There we found Jiminy in his snazzy suite and cane as well as Pocahontas and Rafiki. It is usually not too busy there with short or non-existent lines to meet them.

Jiminy Cricket greets young guests at Rafiki's Planet Watch in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Jiminy Cricket greets young guests at Rafiki's Planet Watch.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/80s, f/4.2, ISO 200, EV 0, 32mm (48mm DX crop) focal length, bounce flash.

I took this photo back in 2009. I recently found out Jiminy Cricket had taken a short vacation from Rafiki's Planet Watch but he has returned.

May 8, 2015

What's My Aperture

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Going to do something different this week. For those new to the Picture This! blog or to photography, this might be confusing. To those who have been following along, I hope this will be easy for you.

I am going to post two photos and I want you to tell me the aperture used and why. I won't post the comments for a few days.

Nikon Picture Spot near the Sword in the Stone located in front of Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Nikon Picture Spot near the Sword in the Stone.

Nikon has taken over sponsorship of the Picture Spots found in all of Walt Disney World. How many of you have tried to pull out the sword?

Spires of Cinderella Castle behind rock outcroppings in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom., Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spires of Cinderella Castle behind rock outcroppings in Tomorrowland.

Rocks are used between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland as transitional landscaping in the Magic Kingdom. I noticed this composition as I was heading back to the Hub.

Leave your educated guesses in a comment using the link below. (Hint: Select the Depth of Field category link)

May 10, 2015

Where in the World #381

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!

A few weeks ago, I talked about how Carolyn Duff became engaged at Walt Disney World in 2012. Well.... there's a new Disney fan in the world! Carolyn and her husband are taking their 6 month old son for his first trip to WDW! That's good parenting!

Now for Challenge #380:
Where in the World #380

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

The Friendship boats that take guests around the World Showcase Lagoon as well as Epcot's resort area and to Disney's Hollywood Studios. This beautiful photo was taken by Barrie Brewer, Where in the World Photo Fun's creator!

Eric Berger was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Eric and to all our winners this week! The Parker Family, Sands Family, The Kertes Family, Grumpy's Groupies, Stefanie Vandiver, Phyllis, Claire Gregory, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Vera And Izzy Williams, Kristi Strembicki, Bonnie Jean , Carolyn Como, Ruben O'meara, Susan Doucette, Sandie Albrecht, Bill Mckim, Mary Beth Tarbet, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Theresa Rucando, Les Whitten, Kyra C., Linda College, Melissa Such , Team Hill, Emily Hudson, Sharon Pierce, Christina, Smitty, Judy Simonsen, Vanessa Stjohn, Herb Miller, Dave Freemyer, Krista Speer, Hillary Neibert, Don Leblanc, Nan Amor, Maureen Handy, Olszak Family, Gina Falzone, Brenda Strohmeyer, Heather Keenan, Todd Phillippi, Lyn Johnson, Chris Horne, Brenda Atkinson , Bruce Jones, Carrie Knepper, Melissa Rymer, Christy Ross, Tina G., Ken Daube, Tracey Horan, Liz Moreau , Linda Grau, Kenny, Krista Serpi, Jennifer Hess, Roger Vollmer, The Tisdale Family, Daniel Record, Tim Johansen, Jen Eacret , Sarah Korodi, The Dieuliis Family, Sharon Williams , Sharon Williams , Anne Marie Cronin , Scott Cullen, Belicia Cullen, Justin Collins, Todd Johns, Carla C, Angela Johns, Lori Rienhardt, Mr. Tom Morrow, Chris Canfield, Arlene Vicek, Team Bonnie Sue, The Fosbenders, Mike Mondoux , Karen Adamakis, Linda Wilham, Russ Morgan, Kathy Dockham, Chris Kelly, Theresa Maradei, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Gloria Martin, Bob Wagner, Jim Finley, Timothy Gallant, Vicki Edwards, Jeff Blank, Sarah And Chris, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Sara Newbury, Hunter Armstrong, Jason Skow, Jeremy Hardy, Steve Porter, Robert Hildebrandt, Dennis O'reilly, Liz &Dave Fullerton, Axel Beer, Ed Elder, Duskin Henard, Wayne Chadourne, Bob Patterson, The Holmes Family, Steve Knapp, The Long Family, Joshua Wood, Wayne Witherspoon, John Dupre, Jennifer Harmon, Patrick Broaddus, Chris Bauman, Matt Holley, Elaine Kleinhenz, Alison Rosenberger, John Casey, Joe Pfrangle, Kay Moss, Heidi Cole, Matthew Frey, Ken Savage, Andrew Pettit, Rob Blundin, Erin Loring, Dave Carriere, Maryann Romagnano, Tricia Petty, Karen Taylor, Maryann Eckenrode, Karrie Duffey, Andy Schumacher, Vicki Britt, The Gunnels Gang, Andy Shaw, Kirk Hardy, Ed Suscreba, Patti Mccaffrey, Mark Hardy, Eric Johnson, Mark Proper, Leslie Stewart, Patty Greenberg, Terry Fleming, John Warner, Robert Wescovich, Lenz Family, Kris Nixon, Maryann Gerhart, Elise Mccaffrey, Heidi Goodhue, Betsy, Ken Maikowski, Jessica Gruhlke, Christina Trigiani, Jon Hickman, Rebecca Smith, Andreas Beer, Pollyanna Buff, Caitlin Lewis, Ryan Foley, Paul Ignudo, Jennifer Mercier, John Paul Carnell, George Mundy Jr, Lauren Thomas, M Martel, Matthew Jadro, Carolyn Duff, Shelly Borella, Matt Cofone, Jan Rosato, Davy Waldman, Barnes Family, Don Purney, Sheila Bagg, Jo Ann Bailey, Paige Angermaier, Deb Ragno, Brian Mcwithey, Karen Ramirez , Jennifer Bogdan, James Hickey, Joseph M. Zafia, Jackie Graebel, Barclay Bakkum, Barbara Cordero, Ron Harper, Linda Scrivano, Kristan Bertelmann, Paul Dickson, Walter N. Clark, Tom Higbee Sr, Jane Johnson, Andrew Carrieri, Tommy Montgomery, Cheryl Costello, Pamela Polster, Mike Cerce, Kerry A., Heather Pedulla, and Kelly Smith!

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Challenge #381 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks!

Where in the World #381.

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 14th, 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!

May 12, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Wood

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

For the next four weeks, Deb and I will be doing some abstract subjects. I did not go photographing specifically for these subjects but found them in my archives when they were proposed. That is the lesson I taught about adding Captions and Metadata to your photo databases and libraries.

We start off with Wood. Not surprisingly there is a lot of wood to be found at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort at Walt Disney World. The entire lobby from the floor to the ceiling is made of wood (as much as our eyes can see anyway). Here are a couple of Big Horn Sheep located on one of the pillars of the lobby. You will find other wildlife wood carvings on the other pillars.

Hand carved Big Horn Sheep in the lobby of Disney's Wilderness Lodge resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Hand carved wooden Big Horn Sheep in the lobby of Disney's Wilderness Lodge resort.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/25s, f/5.6, ISO 6400, EV 0, 135mm focal length.

Tomorrow, Deb takes you back in time to the Vikings for her wooden post.


May 13, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Wood

Deb's Digest Blog

Wood -- what would you have selected for your Pic of the Week for this category? I remember years ago, perhaps late 90s, seeing a wood carver in Canada making one of the totem poles that later became part of the area. Unfortunately, I can't find any photos of that.

But what I did find in my search was this photo of the Viking Ship Play Area that once existed in Norway! It was a great spot for kids to run around and let off steam. Slowly the boat was first closed off, then partially removed, now just about fully removed.

Scott actually had a blog showing a portion of the ship in 2009.

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May 15, 2015

What's My Aperture - Solved!

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last week I showed you the two photos below and asked for your educated guesses as to what Aperture was used for each.

All of the responses were very close and along the lines which Steve answered:

First one would be 2.8 (zoom) or 1.8 (nifty fifty) as the depth of field is small leaving only the sign in focus.

The second picture is probably an 11 (zoom) or 22 (nifty fifty) as both the rocks in the foreground and the castle are in focus.

Like Steve, most went to the extreme ends of the Aperture scale. I added the shooting data this week (and approved all the Comments so you may read them by clicking the post link above) so you can see the results.

Nikon Picture Spot near the Sword in the Stone located in front of Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Nikon Picture Spot near the Sword in the Stone.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/1600s, f/4.5, ISO 200, EV 0, 58mm Focal Length

As you can see, the lens I was using could only open up to f/4 and still created lots of out of focus background or Bokeh as us photographers refer to it.

Spires of Cinderella Castle behind rock outcroppings in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom., Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spires of Cinderella Castle behind rock outcroppings in Tomorrowland.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/160s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 116mm Focal Length

I normally find an aperture of f/16 sufficient for my Hyperfocused landscape photos.

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to comment on this little photography tip. You all answered correctly and followed the Aperture Mantra:

Big number, big focus area, little number, little focus area.

May 17, 2015

Where in the World #382

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 missed a couple holidays: you got to be proud to know me.

I hope all the moms had a wonderful Mother's Day!
Smiley from Millan.Net

I also missed Cinco de Mayo. I hope you had a wonderful day!
Smiley from Millan.Net

We celebrated Armed Forces Day this past Saturday in America:
Smiley from Millan.Net

And this Monday marks Victoria's Day in Canada!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #381:
Where in the World #381

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

The Darkroom store in Disney's Hollywood Studios! Plenty of people ask: what does this store do now that film is a thing of the pass (mostly anyway)? The Darkroom provides a variety of services, including downloading your digital photos to a CD (so you have room to take more pictures and/or so you don't lose them if your camera has a problem); print your pictures with the Kodak Picture Maker kiosks; camera sales; camera and digital camera accessories; and minor camera repair (I had to use that on one trip). It does still have film if you need it, and, of course, batteries, and also the Photopass photos.

Wendy T Faler was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Wendy and to all our winners this week! Melissa Such , Kristan Bertelmann, Phyllis, Hunter Armstrong, Jen Tremley, Eric Berger, Emily Hudson, Mildred Popp, Mary Beth Tarbet, Betsy, Paul Dickson, Linda Ranatza, Paula Massarelli, Chris Kelly, The Modecki's, Dave Cole, Kristina Rohrbach, David Freemyer , Lindsey Nozal , Kenny, Darrin Mann , James T Hickey, Jennifer Pichert, Ruben O'meara, Sandra Wisnewski , Joe Partsch, The Kertes Family, Michael O'brien, Michaela O'brien , Andrea Kruszewski, Theresa Rucando, Janet Spiess, K Beasley, Helene Hair, River Hildebrandt, James Steele, Margo Lott, Lori Rienhardt, Team Hill, Kevin Jones , Sarah And Chris, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Becky Norman, Tom Koval, Bill Schmid , Tricia Petty, Olszak Family, Carol Ney, Kris Nixon, Stefan Owens, Sharon Pierce, Abigail Grasso, John Warner, Sands Family, Bob Patterson, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Luis Rodriguez, Krista Serpi, Mike Walter, Andy Hickey, Curtis Bille, Tinkerbell Wells, The Tisdale Family, Robert Wescovich, Evanna Huda, Al &Kerry Ganter, Scott Greenbaum, Joann Albrecht , Carla C, Sandie Albrecht, Carol Lyons, Leach Family, Mike Mondoux , Cheryl Popoutsis, Carolyn Como, Dennis O'reilly , Smitty, Axel Beer, Eric Johnson, The Otts Family , Sharon Powell, Kristi Strembicki, Susan Doucette, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Gloria Martin, Dawn Fiorilli , Phil Bickers, Karen Schlumpf, Grumpy's Groupies, Paul Knott, Pam Lorenz, Maryann Eckenrode, Pam Lorenz, Jennifer Hess, Lea Whitten , Ken Savage, Vera And Izzy Williams, Claire Gregory, Liz Moreau, Linda College, Herb Miller, Bob Wagner, Debra Lang, Matt Petty, John Bickers, Maureen Handy, Kerry A., Laurie Walker, Gina Falzone , Kara Jones, Stefanie Vandiver, Bonnie Jean , Evald Olson, Steve Porter, The Gunnels Gang, Lee Anastasi, Chris Horne, Ellie Argaluza, The Strukel Family, Robin Mcconnell, Dawn Bach, Eric Enli, Ruth Woodhouse, Jeremy Hardy, Brenda Atkinson , Team Bonnie Sue, The Fosbenders, Heidi Burke, Vicki Britt, Rick R., Sharon Gilbert, Jamie Fahey, Elaine Kleinhenz, Donna Frank, Larry Sprenkle, Josh Weiss, Carrie Knepper, Gary Drake , Andrew Carrieri, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Kerri Coggins, Judy Simonsen, Arlene Vicek, Matt Wildey , Daniel Record, Heather Pedulla, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), John Casey, Debbie Lamb, Dee Dee Kenney , Les Stewart, Michael Haeberle, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Todd Johns, Angela Johns, Jim Finley, Karen Ramirez , Jeff Blank, Bruce Hinterleitner, Maryann Romagnano, Chloe Mayhew, Kellie Fox, Pollyanna Buff, Andreas Beer, Cheryl Costello, Matt Holley, Wayne Chadourne, Ryan Foley, Wayne Witherspoon, Dawn Miller, Chris Bauman, The Holmes Family, Karen Costa, Sarah Thomas, Karen Bellamy, George Mundy Jr, Maureen Tavrell, Christopher Hall, Rob Blundin, Davida, Jeremy Reichelt, Karrie Duffey, Ken Rhinehart, Doug Olson Family, Alison Rosenberger, Terry Fleming, Ellen Roy, Scott Sangston, Caitlin Lewis, Cheryl, Steve Knapp, Jason Hocker, Karen Spreitzer, Kay Moss, Hillary Waldroop, Tim Johansen, Janet T Thorn, Beth Josuweit, Dave Carriere, John Pasqueralli, Victoria Finnegan, Ronald Nufranick, Barry Sklenar, Mel O'donnell, Ron Harper, Jonathan Ward, Rebecca Keenan, Tracey Horan, Tracey Horan, Kulia Wickware, Brian Richmond, Justin Collins, Tommy Montgomery, Olivier Sanguy, Cathy Connors, John Dupre, Chuck Everson, Mark Hardy, Kelly Smith, Tricia Noble, Melissa Rymer, Shelly Borella, Andy Shaw, Melissa Littman, Patrick Broaddus, Ed Adams, Alan Mize, Eileen Miller, Robert Bostic, Karen Ford, Timothy Gallant, Susan Higginbotham, Matt Cofone, Jane Johnson, Theresa Maradei, Sheila Bagg, Vanessa Gordon, Erin Rix, Robert P. Flaherty, Jennifer Bogdan, Paul Newman, Joseph M. Zafia, The States Family, Duskin Henard, Thomas Higbee Sr., Jackie Graebel, Barclay Bakkum, Don Purney, Jamesd (dzneynut), Linda Grau, Sherri Pell, Walter N. Clark, Nan Amor, Wendy Palmquist, Peggy Saeger, Nicole Benoit, Lisa Pinder, Kathleen Page, Stacy Guarracino, The Dieuliis Family, Jami Kliethermes, Patti Mccaffrey, and Anastasia Macneil!

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Challenge #382 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks! Or are we? MuwahahaHaHA!

Where in the World #382.

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 21st, 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!

May 19, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Glass

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Have you ever thought how much glass is at Walt Disney World? From the windows of the monorail to the gifts made of glass found on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, there are millions of things made of glass. As I was waiting for my time at the Be Our Guest restaurant in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, I saw this magnificient stained glass window right out of the movie, Beauty and the Beast.

Stained glass window at the Be Our Guest restaurant in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Stained glass window at the Be Our Guest restaurant in Fantasyland.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 2100, EV 0, 24mm focal length.

Deb will show us how something of glass is made tomorrow.

May 20, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Glass

Deb's Digest Blog

One of my favorite stops during Holidays Around the World in Epcot is in Germany! Glassblower Reinhard Herzog has an outdoor area where he makes hand blown ornaments for purchase, you pick the colors! It is fascinating to watch him!

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May 22, 2015

Foreground Objects at Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

More on Aperture this week with a pinch of composition.

I am going to guess most of the time the subject you are photographing is in front of something. Have you ever tried putting something in front of the subject?

During last year's Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, a temporary entertainment location was put in next to the Morocco pavilion. When I looked over at Morocco's Katoubia Minaret Prayer Tower from the location, I saw it through the flags which were strung overhead. I liked the composition of a repeating element (the flags) in front of the tower.

Katoubia Minaret prayer tower behind flags in Morocco's World Showcase pavilion in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Katoubia Minaret Prayer Tower behind flags in Morocco.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 250, EV 0, 40mm Focal Length

To keep the close flags and the far away tower in focus, I used a large Aperture number (f/16) to give me a large focus area or depth of field.

I was a little late setting up to photograph Illuminations at Epcot and had to settle for an obstructed view. I decided to take advantage and used a fellow photographer's camera in the foreground.

A photographer's camera sits on a tripod during Illuminations fireworks at Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A photographer's camera sits on a tripod during Illuminations fireworks.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 17s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length, Tripod.

In this case, because I was so close to the foreground object and using a smaller Aperture number (f/9) thus a smaller focus area, the camera on the tripod is not in focus as the subject is the fireworks. I still feel this works because you can tell it is a camera and the fireworks over the long exposure time of 17 seconds gives it interest.

May 24, 2015

Where in the World #383

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!

Kerri Coggins, you're sending me a Darth Vader peanut butter-chocolate cupcake? YOU ANGEL!!! MMMMMM, Vader cupcake....
Smiley from Millan.Net Eat chocolate Smiley from Millan.Net

Fair is fair. Here's the Disney bear to help with your Disney blues.
Smiley from Millan.Net

When I have the Disney blues, I look at the Live webcam in the Magic Kingdom. Disney Parks blog runs it, so it's official. If anyone is interested, Google "Disney Parks Live Cam". Select the first link. Then you can choose WDW's Magic Kingdom cam or one of the Disneyland cams.

How does everyone else deal with the Disney blues?

Stuart Savage doesn't have to deal with this - yet - because he's at Walt Disney World, showing it to 9 people for the first time. Hopefully, we'll have 9 new Disney park lovers by the end of the trip!

Now for Challenge #382:
Where in the World #382

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

Pre-show area for MuppetVision 3D! I've seen it so many times and love it every time! I know some people say this show should be redone, that it's dated, and I understand that. But I would miss it and it's one of Jim Henson's last performances, so I like holding on to it.

Josh Carney, that quote -- Sam: "Would you stop this foolishness?" Gonzo: "What foolishness would you like to see?" -- is one of my favorites! I also like "The 3Ds: Dorothy, Dina, and Max. 'I'm Max, Debbie was sick, so the Union sent me'" and Rizzo as Mickey. "Hello, welcome to my park!"

The Gunnel Family put the song in my head, so if you don't want me singing, blame them. If you like singing theme songs, thank them! :)
Sing Smiley from Millan.Net
It's time to play the music
It's time to light the lights
It's time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight!

It's time put on makeup
It's time to dress up right
It's time to raise the curtain on the Muppet Show tonight!

Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Eric Berger, Sands Family, Ryan Foley, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Melissa Such, Mike Walter, Melissa Rymer, Josh Weiss, Phil Vickers, Carol Ney, Sharon Pierce, Mary Beth Tarbet, Linda Ranatza, Kris Nixon, Hillary Waldroop, Emily Hudson, Gina Smith, Mike Pinkosky, Joseph Wysluzaly, Stacey Diamond, Beth Mcmeekin, Team Hill, The Gunnels Gang , Scott Cullen, Belicia Cullen , Robin Robinson, Sharon Powell, Vanessa Stjohn, Tim Johansen, Jennifer Beringer, Trish Roam, Trish Roam, Todd Johns, Margaret Convery, Angela Johns, John Bickers, Nan Amor, Ryan Mcglashen, Cheryl Costello, Bev F, Jen Tremley, Phyllis, Erin Hammer, Matt Wildey, Clint Gustavich, Jennifer Rowell, Carrie Knepper, Sandie Albrecht, Tinkerbell Wells, Gina Falzone , Bill Schmid , Janet Spiess, Marsha Waidelich, Debra Lang, Linda College, Sarah And Chris, Dawn Bach , Dee Dee Kenney, Vincent Lieu, Roger Vollmer, Al &Kerry Ganter, Nick Cristea, Pat Schwier, Olszak Family, Laura V., Daniel Record, Leach Family, Helene Hair, Ed Suscreba, Madison Reynolds, The Tisdale Family, Claire Gregory, Tricia Petty, Bruce Hinterleitner, Mark Plante, Stacey Kelsall , Ryan Mccorristin, Kenny, Andrew Eckert, Carla C, Lyn Johnson, Andrew Carrieri, K Beasley, Sharon Gilbert, Deb Ragno, Brian Miller, Christine Brown, Megan K, Janet Hodge, Tracey Horan, Pj Popsuj, Duskin Henard, Steve Porter, Chris Gambrell, Deborah Wolfe, Maryann Eckenrode, The Dieuliis Family, Lynn Lofton, Kris Higgins, The Strukel Family, Herb Miller, Doug Olson Family, Robin Mcconnell, Grumpy's Groupies, Ken Savage, Maureen Handy, Karen Schlumpf, Joann Albrecht, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Wendy Barney, Smitty, Karen Ramirez, Jim Finley, Janet T Thorn, Carla Pitsko, Jeremy Hardy, Ronald Nufranick, Luis Rodriguez, Bonnie Cummings, Dusty Cheatham, Tom Koval, Karen Adamakis, Stefan Owens, Ruben O'meara, Lori Rienhardt, Vera And Izzy Williams, Pollyanna Buff, Arlene Vicek, Lindsey Nozal, Robert Wescovich, The Parker Family, Mike Mondoux , Ken Daube, Kim Walker, Allison Caputa, Timothy Gallant, Gloria Martin, The Fosbenders, The Curley Family, Kristan Bertelmann, Team Bonnie Sue, Michael Haeberle, Diane Curfman, Tena Anderson, Kara Jones, Krista Serpi, Eric Johnson, Caryn Schill, Brian Gallant, The Kertes Family, Karen Costa, Justin Collins, Larry Sprenkle, Heather Pedulla, Jen Cerce, Kellie White, Carolyn Como, Jonathan Ward, Eric Enli, Bob Wagner, Lori Reinhardt, Jamesd (dzneynut), Jeff Blank, Jason Skow, Josette Gabel, Axel Beer, Kelly Komorowski , Wayne Chadourne, Vincent Maltese, Bruce Nash, Brad Morgan, Rick R., Cathy Connors, Melodi Clark, The Modecki's, John Dupre, Chris Bauman, Tricia Noble, Dawn Miller, Mel Odonnell, Karrie Duffey, Josh Carney, Rhonda Guffey, Andy Schumacher, Matthew Frey, Angie Cann, Jenn Steele, Chris Kelly, Andrea Kruszewski, Terry Fleming, Karen Spreitzer, Paul Newbiggin, Elaine Kleinhenz, Ron Harper, Becky Norman, Steve Knapp, Becky Wheeler, Brian Seelye, Ken Maikowski, Bill Cudney , Ashley Collins, Karen Bellamy, Patrick Broaddus, Mary Virginia Clause, Vicki Britt, Kerri Coggins, Heidi Goodhue, Chloe Mayhew, The States Family, Jo Ann Bailey, Greg Clark, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Brian Richmond, Theresa Maradei, Kim Nieckula, Mike Nieckula, Vinnie Degasperis, Melissa Littman, Les Stewart, Stuart Savage, Vicki Edwards, Christopher Hall, Alan Mize, Cheryl Chambers, Davida, Shannon Murray, Patty Shirley, Patty Shirley, George Mundy Jr, John Pasqueralli, Kristina Rohrbach, Caitlin Lewis, Karen Taylor, Linda Grau, Robert P. Flaherty, Joseph M. Zafia, David Ballard, Brian Hatton , Barclay Bakkum, John Casey, Tom Higbee, Brandi Cannon, Kevin Jones, Curtis Bille, Jackie Graebel, Peggy Saeger, Andrew Pettit, Don Purney, Dave Carriere, Roye Ann Morris, Filiater Family, Les Whitten, Carrie Kenney, Paul Dickson, Andrew Guichelaar, Jami Kliethermes, Patti Mccaffrey, Fred Shakeshaft, Alison Rosenberger, Scott Sangston, Theresa Rucando, Maryann Romagnano, and Jane Johnson!

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Challenge #383 Where in the world is this?

Now we ARE switching parks. Seriously. No lie. We are.

Where in the World #383.

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

May 26, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Sand

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

While you can not swim at the beach on Cresent Lake in front of Disney's Beach Club Resort, you can still play beach volleyball in the sand. These guests were having a ball, literally, the day I walked by.

Guests playing beach volleyball at Disney's Beach Club Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Guests playing volleyball in sand at Disney's Beach Club Resort.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 720, EV +0.3, 58mm focal length.

Deb is taking us to a tropical destination with lots of sand tomorrow.


May 27, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Sand

Deb's Digest Blog

It didn't take much thought to decide where to look for my Disney Pic of the Week: Sand. I immediately went to my Disney Cruise Line Photos.

Here is a picture from Disney's private island, Castaway Cay of this great sand sculpture. In the background is the Disney Wonder.

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See if you can spot the different candies and also a few Hidden Mickeys!

May 31, 2015

Where in the World #384

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 #383:
Where in the World #383

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

The Fjording store – home of the big troll! - in Epcot's Norway pavilion.

For everyone who said they miss Maelstrom, a little trip down memory lane. Or actually, a trip:
“BACK! BACK! OVER THE FALLS!”

Jennifer Rowell was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! The Sands Family, The Kertes Family, Linda Ranatza, Kristi Strembicki, Carol Ney, Sharon Pierce, Melissa Such , The Gunnels Gang, Bruce Hinterleitner, Kye Layton, Phyllis, Gloria Martin, Elaine Kleinhenz, Amber P, Team Hill, Jen Tremley, Nan Amor, Mary Beth Tarbet, Claire Gregory, Smitty, The Tisdale Family, Judy Simonsen, Ken Maikowski, Sarah Sloniker , Pat Schwier, Bill Schmid , Al & Kerry Ganter, K Beasley, Dee Dee Kenney , Sarah And Chris, Grumpy's Groupies, Lynne Simpson, Paul Knott, Beth Mcmeekin, Axel Beer, Andreas Beer, David Freemyer , Annemarie Cronin, Carla C, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Pat Morin, Maureen Handy, Juliana Hart, Kathy , Brooke And Kennedy, The Curley Family, Les Stewart, Trish Roam, Rick R., Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Maryann Eckenrode, Todd Johns, Carolyn Como, Angela Johns, Pollyanna Buff, Doug Olson Family, Timothy Gallant, Trina Noggle, Tim Johansen, Andy Hickey, Bill Mckim, Kristan Bertelmann, Eric Johnson, Jim Finley, Emma Ramsey, Vera And Izzy Williams, Theresa Maradei, Tom Mcgrew, Vanessa Stjohn, Chris Kelly, Belicia Dawson, Scott Cullen, Dave Cole, Eric Enli, Jamesd (dzneynut), Margaret Convery, Cheryl Costello, The Filiater Family, Terry Fleming, Shannon Murray, Sandie Albrecht, Dawn Bach, Patti Mccaffrey, Daniel Record, Eric Berger, The Modecki's, Cheryl Chambers, Evald Olson, Brendan Abel, Bryant And Ruben O'meara, The States Family, Olszak Family, Jeff Blank, Jeff Blank, Andrew Julow, Jeremy Reichelt, Dave Beedle, Patrick Broaddus, Chris Bauman, Scott Sangston, Matt Holley, Karrie Duffey, Duskin Henard, Rob Blundin, Alison Rosenberger, Hillary Waldroop, Lizanne Fisk, John Casey, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Caitlin, Kyra C., Paul Dickson, Don Purney, Melissa Littman, Liz Moreau , Bob Wagner, John, Barclay Bakkum, Karen Kushner, Ron Harper, Vicki Britt, Emily Hudson, Walter N. Clark, Thomas Higbee, Ruth Cookson, Lisa Cash, Karen Ramirez, Jane Johnson, Theresa Rucando, Vinnie Degasperis, Carrie Kenney, and Reilly Kenney!

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Challenge #384 Where in the world is this?

Park hopping! I know we did this a few weeks ago, but there's a method to my madness. You'll see next week.

Plus it gives everyone an easy one to end May. :)

Where in the World #384.

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 4th, 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!

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