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June 2, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Metal

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When it comes to metal, there are tons of it at Walt Disney World. Yet, every year Disney Imagineers find ways to make metal into things which make us smile. Which is what I did when walking in from the Magic Kingdom parking lot and was met by a shiny, smiling Mickey Mouse.

Metallic Mickey Mouse greets guests walking in from the Magic Kingdom parking lot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Metallic Mickey Mouse greets guests walking in from the Magic Kingdom parking lot.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 34mm focal length.

Deb shares with us a special metallic Mickey tomorrow.


June 3, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Metal

Deb's Digest Blog

Wow, finding a metal photo was a tough one for me. I know there are plenty of metal objects at the parks, but I wanted something a little more significant.

Then I remembered one of my favorite photo ops in all of Walt Disney World which is at the Contemporary Resort. If you haven't had your photo with this great metal sculpture put it on your list!

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June 5, 2015

Cheetah on the Kilimanjaro Safari

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

If you enjoy photographing the animals in Disney's Animal Kingdom, you owe it to yourself to plan on riding Kilimanjaro Safari more than once and at different times of the day during your Walt Disney World visit. One can never predict when the perfect photo opportunity will arise.

It was late morning when I last took a ride through the Harambe Reserve. The driver/photography guide had a hard time finding good subjects for everyone's cameras. This sometimes happens and you might only get one good opportunity. This is what happened as we approached the area where the cheetahs were. One of them was walking up to a rock cropping and into the light. Then it posed for us. The driver stopped so we could all get good photos.

Cheetah photographed on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cheetah photographed on the Kilimanjaro Safari.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/500s, f/4, ISO 160, EV +0.3, 120mm (240mm DX Crop) Focal Length.

I have been on safari many times since Disney's Animal Kingdom opened in 1998. This was only the third time I have seen the cheetahs in a photograph-able location. The other two times was when I used a Super Zoom Lens and did the Wild Africa Trek. I know other photographers have had better luck than me or visit more often. Still, because of the limited times I have been able to photograph them, the cheetahs remain one of my favorites in Africa.

June 6, 2015

Where in the World #385

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!

Susie Howard is recovering from hip replacement surgery! She's dreaming of walking down Main Street again and who can blame her? Send her thoughts of pixie dust and magic, Players! Susie, I'm sending you a mental image of me coming out of the Emporium and going to the Bakery for a chocolate chip cookie.... did you get it?

Oh, look! Chloe Mayhew is there now, & Vera And Izzy Williams are going to be there soon! They're sending happy vibes back! Magical sigh.....

Now for Challenge #384:
Where in the World #384

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

It's the Main Street Philharmonic band again!

Here's the reason behind the madness of posting them again so soon: am I the only one who thinks that guy looks like Elton John? I got this photo from Barrie Brewer a few years back and every time I see it, I think the same thing, so now I shared it with you! :)

BTW: I'd love to be on Main Street and see the band go by only to realize, “Hey! That was ELTON JOHN!” LOL

(Seriously. It has to be him. I mean, look at that guy....)

Ed & EJ Elder were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ed & EJ and to all our winners this week! Mary Beth Tarbet, Paula Massarelli, The Kertes Family, Phyllis, Melissa Such , Christina Trigiani, Brian Miller, Sarah And Chris, Kris Nixon, Tim Johansen, Pat Schwier, Marsha Waidelich, Janet Spiess, Becky Norman, David Freemyer , Susie Howard, Mary Ann Lamay, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Kristyn Scibienski, Maryann Eckenrode, Vera And Izzy Williams, Eric Berger, Vincent Lieu, Jodi Cook, Kristi Strembicki, Judy Simonsen, Sands Family, Nan Amor, Claire Gregory, Sharon Pierce, Jen Tremley, Ryan Foley, The Modecki's, Kyra, Paul Dickson, Rhonda Guffey, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Bonnie Jean, The Gunnels Gang, Olszak Family, Emily Hudson, Ken Maikowski, Lee Anastasi, Tricia Petty, Erin Loring, Elaine Kleinhenz, Sandie Albrecht, Carla C, Axel Beer, Julia Wickware, Dee Dee Kenney , Jennifer Rowell, Theresa Rucando, Team Hill, Virginia Pierce, Bill Mckim, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Pollyanna Buff, Dawn Miller, The Long Family, Al & Kerry Ganter, Eric Johnson, Sarah Thomas, Angela Johns, Todd Johns, Angela Johns, Michael Haeberle, Deb Ragno, Linda College, Jeff Blank, Karen Ramirez, K Beasley, Jason Hocker, Wendy Barney, Chloe Mayhew, Josh Weiss, Ruben O'meara, Maryann Romagnano, Rebecca Smith, Paul Knott, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Juliana Hart, Smitty, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Maureen Handy, Tom Koval, Roxanne Kliebert, Grumpy's Groupies, Karen Schlumpf, Robert Wescovich, Rob Blundin, Ruth Woodhouse, Jim Thompson, Brian Mcwithey, Les Stewart, Timothy Gallant, Donna Frank, The Fosbenders, Kerry A., Kenny, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Daniel Record, Diane Furtado, Bruce Hinterleitner, Larry Sprenkle, Wendy T Faler, Mickey Eckert, Mike Mondoux, Vicki Edwards, Gloria Martin, John Casey, Trina Noggle, Megan K, Team Bonnie Sue, Carolyn Como, The York, Cheryl Costello, Justin Collins, Doug Olson Family, Kerri Coggins, Theresa Maradei, Josette Gabel, Bob Wagner, Luis Rodriguez, Jason Skow, Rick R., Krista Serpi, Wayne Chadourne, Liz Moreau , George Mundy Jr, Bob Patterson, Chris Bauman, Ed Adams, Caroline Burmester, Alison Rosenberger, Vanessa Sipich, Mark Hardy, Patti Mccaffrey, Christopher Hall, Erin Hammer, Terry Fleming, Matthew Frey, Lori Rienhardt, Andreas Beer, Matt Holley, Ron Harper, Scott Sangston, Heidi Goodhue, Linda Lundsten, Jeremy Reichelt, Dawn Bach, Evald Olson, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Karen Bellamy, Dave Carriere, Vicki Britt , Brenda Atkinson , Susan Higginbotham, Jane Johnson, Jackie Graebel, Robert P. Flaherty, Joseph M. Zafia, Barclay Bakkum, Brandi Cannon, Christy Schor, Don Purney, Tom Higbee, Sr, Margie Larmon, Matthew Jadro, and Eric Enli!

Drumroll please! The May winner of the monthly drawing is: Joseph M. Zafia! You will be getting a prize from Deb Wills!

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Challenge #385 Where in the world is this?

So who are these guys? You just have to tell me who they are, not where they are.

Where in the World #385.

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 11th, 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!

June 9, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Cast Costumes Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

There are thousands of different costumes at Walt Disney World. Each different park, land, attraction, restaurant, resort and transportation type has unique costuming requirements. Deb and I thought it would be fun to share a cast member costume from each Walt Disney World park. Now, you would think that would be easy. I have shared some cast member photos here in the past as Lisa (remember her?) took many photos of CMs. Me, not so much.

In looking through my Disney photo library I did find I liked to photograph the servers at restaurants. At Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in Epcot, the servers from Italy have always been willing to be photographed. Though I am sure wondering why I would want them in a photograph. The brightly colored costume of the server you see below really goes with the restaurant's decor and his wonderful disposition.

Via Napoli server in brightly colored costume serving up a pizza in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Via Napoli server in brightly colored costume serving up a pizza.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/30s, f/3.5, ISO 1400, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

Deb outdid me this week as you will see tomorrow. Though I did get a pizza.


June 10, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Cast Costumes Epcot

Deb's Digest Blog

Scott, I loved your Via Napoli photo yesterday!

As someone who takes thousands of photos at Walt Disney World, I thought it would be easy to find a photo for this week's subject, Cast Costumes Epcot. Turns out I don't take many Cast Member photos and I will work on changing that because the costumes are integral to the themeing and the story!

On October 1, 2012, Epcot celebrated it's 30th Anniversary. There was a ceremony that day at the America Gardens Theatre. At one point, a male and female Cast Member from each country in World Showcase came on stage. This is a photo from that ceremony showing some of the costumes found in the countries.

I hope you enjoy this look at the Cast Members and their costumes from Canada, United Kingdom, France, Morocco, Japan and America.

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June 14, 2015

Where in the World #386

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!

Special announcement: I won't be posting a new challenge or the winners of this one the week of June 21st. I'm going to be out of commission that week, but I'll be back the week after that! On the plus side, you get two weeks to get the answer to this week's challenge! Thank you for your understanding and patience!

Since I won't be back until after it's over:
Happy Birthday to me! (June 20th)

Bonnie Jean, thank you to you and your sister for such a wonderful note!

Steve Knapp said that Elton John [the look-a-like] is still performing with the band! Mary Beth Tarbet is going to look for him on her next trip for me. Hmmmm... so if I went up to him and asked if he was Elton, would he have a good sense of humor about it? Claire Gregory, you try it first. :) I'd love a photo with him, seriously. What a fun picture that would be! My husband would roll his eyes, but he'd take it – actually, he loves Elton John; he might get in the photo with me.

Meghan Gleason-vollmer is in Walt Disney World right now! Let's us be very jealo--- I mean, let's all wish her a magical trip!

Sandie Albrecht, I will be in Walt Disney World in late December, including CHRISTMAS DAY!! Yay, baby!

Now for Challenge #385:
Where in the World #385

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

It's Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, and Tigger! I said you didn't have to put the location; locations can be really tough to narrow down for a character meet-and-greet, and this one was extra difficult. This was the temporary location while they built Christopher Robbins' room in the UK pavilion. This spot was just inside the Epcot's International Gateway.

Some people brought up the Winnie the Pooh and Friends breakfast at the Crystal Palace. If anyone is going to book it, you might already know this but just in case: make your reservation BEFORE the Magic Kingdom opens. They do let you in! You will have an empty Main Street, Partners Statue, and Castle for photos!

Sharon Powell, did you recognize the location? You might have with that Winnie the Pooh dedication – right down to the email address!

I'd sing one of their songs, but there's so many good ones! Plenty of great quotes too, like Stuart Savage saying “T I double g errrr!”

Jeff Blank, what DID you do on Sunday night since you sent in your WitW answer in so early? :)

Dayna Guay were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Dayna and to all our winners this week! Wendy Bedard, Stacey Kelsall, Maureen Handy, Wendy Bedard, Tina G, Lyn Johnson, Aaron Sakovich , Margaret Convery, Vera And Izzy Williams , Susan Vojtik, Kyra C., Lindsey Nozal, Duskin Henard , Pat Schwier, Patty Norman, Lisa Bohannon , Cheryl Chambers, Ruth Woodhouse, Christine Roberts, Jennifer Snook, Melissa Such , Chris Horne, Jennifer Rowell, Leslie Krysinel, The Long Family, Pat Blakey, Tina Himaya, Rhonda Guffey, The Fosbenders, Olszak Family, Vanessa Sipich, Karen Ramirez , Carol Lyons, Angela Fennell, Pat Morin, Stuart Savage, Kris Nixon , Matt Petty, K Beasley, Beth Mcmeekin, Christine Brown, Dawn Miller, Mary Ann Lamay, Mark Katona, Carolyn Como, Brittany Jaynes, Brittany Jaynes, Ellen Sullivan, Mildred Popp, Dawn And Len Fiorilli , Maryann Eckenrode, Sharon Powell, Shawn Dilts, Marguerite Garofalo, Ed Adams, Robert Hildebrandt, Ruben O'meara, The States Family, Carrie Leicht, John Warner, Ken Maikowski, Phyllis, Tracey Horan, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Tena Anderson, Trina Noggle, Vincent Lieu, Mary Beth Tarbet, Sarah And Chris, Deb Gallo, Kay Moss, Louise Barton, Heidi Goodhue, Brian Mcwithey, Gloria Martin, Antoinette Leblanc, Andrew Carrieri, Justin Collins, Krista Serpi, The Tisdale Family, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Jeff Blank, Ken Jackson, Nancy Crossman, Wayne Chadourne, Bob Patterson, Laurie Walker, Laurie Walker, Cheryl, Joyce Tofflemire, Vicki Britt, Angela Johns, Todd Johns, Claire Gregory, Liz Moreau, Hillary Waldroop, Sands Family, Shannon Murray, Jodi Cook, Karen Schlumpf, The Parker Family, Linda Ranatza, Meghan Gleason-vollmer, Carol Ney, Roxanne Kliebert, Herb Miller, Ken Jobin, Vicki Edwards, Janet T Thorn, Wendy T Faler, Dawn Bach, Tricia Petty, Nan Amor, Diane Tredore, Emily Hudson, Vanessa Stjohn, Dee Dee Kenney, Sam Rossman, Christi Ison, Bonnie Jean, Kristi Strembicki, Timothy Gallant, Ed Elder, Christi Ison, Shannon Kane, Sarah Thomas, Sharon Pierce, Elaine Kleinhenz, Paul Dickson, Carla C, Ed Suscreba, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Linda College, Linda College, Theresa Rucando, Team Hill, Kerry A., The Gunnels Gang, Grumpy's Groupies, Susan Linck , Lee Anastasi, Les Whitten, Brian Gallant, Pam Lorenz, Pam Lorenz, Bill Mckim, Barbara Ajak, Al & Kerry Ganter, Sandie Albrecht, Deb Ragno, The Modecki's, Susan Higginbotham, Pollyanna Buff, Lori Rienhardt, Josh Weiss, Ken Savage, Daniel Record, Erin Loring, Stefanie Vandiver, Leach Family, Brenda Atkinson , Doug Olson Family, Maryann Romagnano, Bruce Hinterleitner, Rob Blundin, Joann Albrecht , Judy Simonsen, Hobbes And Snorky, Dina Grasso, Eric Johnson, Evald Olson, Erin Hammer, Paul Knott, Kathryn Hughes, Les Stewart, Smitty, Andrea Kruszewsi, Deborah Wolfe, Julia Wickware, Robert Wescovich, Larry Sprenkle, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Luis Rodriguez, Donna Frank, Michael Mclucas And Jackie Mclucas, Jessica Gruhlke, Matt Wildey, Jim Finley, Kerri Coggins, Dave Freemyer, Rebecca Keenan, The Kertes Family, Bill Cudney , Diane Morris, The Curley Family, Michael Haeberle, Jill Merten, Kyran Smith, Tim Johansen, Hunter Armstrong, Susie Howard , Eric Enli, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Bob Henriksen, Bob Henriksen, Diane Curfman, Kristyn Scibienski, Cathy Connors, Kelly Smith, Matt Holley, George Mundy Jr, Paul Ignudo, Chris Bauman, Chuck Everson, Joe Pfrangle, Andrew Pettit, Tricia Noble, Chuck Everson, Karrie Duffey, John Casey, Terry Fleming, Matthew Frey, Scott Sangston, Chris Kelly, Lorine Landon, Karen Costa, Maureen Tavrell, Mark Proper, Karen Bellamy, Dave Carriere, Davida, Wendy Barney, Patti Mccaffrey, Alison Rosenberger, Christopher Hall, Susan Doucette, Emma Ramsey, Emma Ramsey, Rachel Hoover, Laskowski Family, Carol Baranowsky, Ryan Foley, Mickey Eckert, Tommy Montgomery, Jason Skow, Steve Knapp, The Dieuliis Family, Jeremy Reichelt, Jennifer Mercier, Matt Earl, Christopher Thacker, Megan Krainski, Mark Franklin, Ronald Delorey, Brandi Cannon, Jo Ann Bailey, Lisa Cash, Karen Gleason, The Filiater Family, Renee Worsnop, Renee Worsnop, Jackie Graebel, Belicia Dawson, Scott Cullen, Eric Berger, Jane Johnson, Jennifer Bogdan, Joseph M. Zafia, Christy Schor, Tom Higbee Sr, Jean Bussell, John Bickers, Margie Larmon, David Ballard, Don Purney, Barclay Bakkum, Robert P. Flaherty, Jim Harrington, Reilly E. Kenney, Wendy Palmquist, Walter N. Clark, Theresa Maradei, Cheryl Costello, Barry Sklenar, Katie B, Bob Hendrix, Jan Rosato, Stacy Guarracino, Pbender, Jolynn Digiallonardo, Fred Shakeshaft, Lori Cundiff, and Krystle Dinicola!


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Challenge #386 Where in the world is this?

Ooooo! Some of you “complained” that last week's challenge was too easy! You know the rules of the game: if you say that, it means –

DOUBLE CHALLENGE! You get a TOUGH challenge and a tough challenge!

Wow, we haven't done this in awhile!

So first, the TOUGH challenge: where is this tree?
Where in the World #386-tough.

And second, the tough challenge -- we're leaving the parks!
Where in the World #386.

Get them both right and I will enter your name for the drawing twice!

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 25th, 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!

June 16, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Cast Costumes Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Not sure if I am supposed to use entertainment Cast Members but I am. Main Street USA is my second favorite place to find, interact and photograph Streetmosphere cast members. You have characters like the Mayor, Town Councilors and, if you are lucky, you can meet a Suffragette (think Mrs. Banks from Mary Poppins).

Each one of them are in costumes fitting the time period of Main Street USA. Including this Town Councilor who was looking to get my vote for his upcoming election.

Town councilor greeting people on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Town councilor greeting people on Main Street USA.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 32mm focal length, Fill Flash.

Deb will be here tomorrow no doubt showing you a real Cast Member at the Magic Kingdom.

June 17, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Cast Costumes Magic Kingdom

Deb's Digest Blog

So this week we are all about Cast Costumes in the Magic Kingdom. I know I have lots of these, but can I find any? No, well, none that I like.

However, I'm going to fudge a bit this week. I was looking around the D23.com website and found this cool photo from Tomorrowland (at Disneyland) in the 1960s. Hope you like this blast from the past (groan)

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June 19, 2015

Get Close with Princess Minnie "Leia" Mouse at Star Wars Weekend

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I often get asked how a person can immediately improve their photography. My answer is always the same, Get Closer and Fill the Frame. Doing so will immediately give your photos more interest and more impact. Case in point, last year during Star Wars Weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios, my wife wanted her picture taken with one of the Disney characters in Star Wars costume.

After waiting an hour on a very hot Orlando day, I did not want to screw it up. Using a zoom lens, I made sure to capture a few photos using different focal lengths starting from wide angle to full zoom.

First photo was the full length portrait look showing the environment around my subjects. In this case, it looks like part of the original Death Star.

Disney fan meeting Princess Leia Minnie Mouse during Star Wars Weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Meeting Princess Leia Minnie Mouse during Star Wars Weekend.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/18, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 56mm Focal Length, Fill Flash

The next photo, I zoomed in closer and you can see both Minnie and my wife better.

Disney fan meeting Princess Leia Minnie Mouse during Star Wars Weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Meeting Princess Leia Minnie Mouse during Star Wars Weekend.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/14, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 82mm Focal Length, Fill Flash

Notice in the first two photos, I turned my camera to photograph them in a portrait orientation. Since people are taller than they are wide, for groups up to three, going with portrait is good. But, if you get in real close, like I did in the next photo, photographing them in Landscape worked really well.

Disney fan meeting Princess Leia Minnie Mouse during Star Wars Weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Meeting Princess Leia Minnie Mouse during Star Wars Weekend.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/13, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 250mm Focal Length, Fill Flash

When it comes to showing these photos to friends and family, the last photo is the one that gets the most interest. You can see my wife's expression better and even Minnie holds more interest as you can see the details in her costume.

June 23, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Cast Costumes in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Cast Costumes Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

If you have never ridden the Wildlife Express out to Rafiki's Planet Watch (formerly Conservation Station), I encourage you to do so. It is usually not as crowded as the rest of the park, the train ride gets you off your feet for a few minutes and the displays, petting zoo, characters, peak behind the scenes and cast members are delightful. A few times each day, a Cast Member comes out dressed in his/her Naturalists attire to share a show and tell about one of the creatures being cared for. I have seen a lizard, a bird of prey, a spider and, in the photo below, a snake. It is of particular interest to kids as they enjoy seeing and learning about such creatures.

Cast member sharing information about a snake at Rafiki's Planet Watch in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cast member sharing information about a snake at Rafiki's Planet Watch.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/20s, f/3.5, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length.

Tomorrow, Deb will share a very happy CM at someplace new in Disney's Animal Kingdom.


June 24, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Cast Costumes at Animal Kingdom

Deb's Digest Blog

There are so many beautiful Cast Member costumes at Animal Kingdom I had a hard time deciding what to post. This one, is perhaps the newest... it is for Cast Members at the Harambe Market which opened in late May, 2015. This is an open air location in Africa serving African streetfoods and a nice selection of South African wines.

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June 26, 2015

macPhun with Spaceship Earth at Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Today, photo editing software comes in three flavors: Expensive, Cloud based subscriptions and bits and pieces (aka apps). The exception would be Adobe Elements. An excellent choice as it has most of the photo editing capabilities of Photoshop. I am still considering my next move in photo management software. Apple's Aperture 3.x software is no longer being supported by Apple and it will be interesting to see for how long Aperture will continue to run as OS X continues to evolve. Currently, the new Photo App does not meet my needs (though it may yours).

Thankfully, there are companies who thrive on creating add-ons to programs like Aperture, Lightroom and Photoshop. Macphun is one such company which I highly recommend if you are a Mac user. Over the last few years they have put together a very impressive list of photo applications. If they ever come out with the missing photo management piece, that could be my solution going forward. For right now, I use Macphun's applications as external tools to Aperture.

Today I want to show you how I used two of them, Intensify Pro and Noiseless Pro, to edit a photo. I use the Pro versions as they support running directly out of Aperture (or Lightroom or Photoshop). The do create a different version of the image so as not to destroy the original and then put it nicely back into your editor's library. In the case of Aperture, it creates a Stack or Set with the original photo.

As I was walking towards Spaceship Earth in Epcot after sunset one evening, I noticed this composition. I did not have a tripod with me so I did the best I could hand held. The original photos lacks punch and is very dull.

Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Original (unedited) version of Spaceship Earth.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 2800, EV -0.6, 28mm Focal Length

Of of the main reasons I use Macphun's products is they save me a lot of time. When I open an image for editing in Intensify Pro, I get a series of Pre-Sets or Filters which I can select and see how each affects the image. Once I find one I like, I can change the pre-set's effects between 0 (no affect) to 100 (full effect). I found myself using some pre-sets more than others so I can select them as Favorites and quickly get to them in a separate selection tab. Favorites is something found in each of Macphun's products. For the Spacehip Earth photo I went with one of my Favorites, HDR Soft. I backed it up to 80.

After saving it back into Aperture, I found the noise or grain got enhanced by Intensify Pro. Never fear as Macphun recently came out with a superb noise reduction product called Noiseless. I really like how you can easily select between the different noise reduction settings. The before and after split screen view quickly shows you the effects of the selected setting on the image. For this image, I used the Medium setting at 90.

Back in Aperture, I finalized the image by opening up the shadows and reducing any hot spots (blown out highlights) before adding a final sharpening.

Here is the result.

Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Edited version of Spaceship Earth.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 2800, EV -0.6, 28mm Focal Length

Macphun currently only has applications for Macs and iOS products. They are easy to use, save a lot of time and are not expensive.

June 28, 2015

Where in the World #387

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 back! Thank you again for being patient, Players!

To all the Dads, a belated:
Smiley from Millan.Nett

We have a couple holidays coming up next week!

First:
Smiley from Millan.Net

And:
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #386. First the TOUGH one:
Where in the World #386-tough.

And second, the tough challenge:
Where in the World #386

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

The tree is at the Rapunzel themed restrooms at the Magic Kingdom!

Some people got the right park, but not the right place in the Magic Kingdom. I still give you big kudos for it! My answer would have been, “Who the heck knows?”

But since all you Players were so patient with me being gone a week and sent me all the great birthday wishes, I put everyone's name in for the monthly drawing. :)

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

The Hess gas station on World Drive.

Pollyanna Buff, Mary Beth Tarbet, and Jim & Lorie Sonnen, I like your answers that it's your GPS system going home. As well as Bruce Hinterleitner saying both photos were located on his computer. LOL!

The Sands Family were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Sands and to all our winners this week! Hillary Waldroop, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, and Vicki, William & Thomas Edwards!
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Challenge #387 Where in the world is this?

In the parks! And hopefully not as difficult!

Where in the World #387.

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 2nd, 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!

June 30, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Cast Costumes in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Three years ago (how time flies!), I hosted an All Ears Photowalk which included a backstage tour of the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show. Our hosts for the tour was two of the stunt drivers we had been photographing at the last show. As you can imagine, their costumes were very different and fire proof.

Backstage at the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Meeting a Stunt Driver backstage at the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share a CM from Disney's Hollywood Studios.


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