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November 1, 2015

Where in the World #405

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 is in the World! Enjoy the rest of your trip!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #404
Where in the World Photo Fun

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

The totem pole in Epcot's Canada pavilion.

Yeah, Mary Beth Tabet, this one was easier, but look at what I put you through in the last two weeks. :)

Jim & Lorie Sonnen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and to all our winners this week! The Kertes Family, Kristi Strembicki, Sands Family, Sandie Albrecht, The Gunnels Gang, Jennifer Rowell, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Russ Morgan, Claire Gregory, Kerry A., Mary Beth Tabet, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Dee Dee Kenney, Candice Grimes, Team Hill, Donna Frank, Eric Berger, Laura , Frank Rook, Emily Hudson, Karen Schlumpf, Duskin Henard, Deb Ragno, Ellen Sullivan , Cheryl Costello, Kris Nixon, Tricia Petty, Sarah And Chris, Jim Finley, Michaela O'brien, Deborah Wolfe, Mike O'brien, Ruben O'meara, Vanessa Gordon, Bill Mckim, Marsha Waidelich, Gail Mcdonald, The Tisdale Family, The Parker Family, Rob Blundin, Long Family, Robert Wescovich, Ronnie Alvarado, Hunter Armstrong, Ed Suscreba, Paul Dickson, Angela Johns, Gloria Martin, Todd Johns, The Rider Family, K Beasley, Carla C, Christa, Matt Wildey , Lynn Lofton, Ruth Woodhouse, Maureen Handy, Adam Lucas, Mickey Eckert, Erin Hammer, Hobbes And Snorky, Andrea Kruszewski, Grumpy's Groupies, Pat Schwier, Jim Thompson, Ellie Argaluza, Team Bonnie Sue, Ldp, Phyllis, Linda College, Karen Taylor, Megan Krainski, Patti Mccaffrey, Larry Sprenkle, Blake Schmidt, Dawn Bach, Stephanie Bramwell, Arlene Vicek, Chris Kelly , Tim Johansen, Bonnie Jean, Jodi Cook, Chris, Gretchen, and Katie Barnes, Chloe Mayhew, Josh Weiss, Ashley Collins, Jan Rosato, Kyra, Devon Hornberger, Sharon Pierce, Phil Vickers, Steve Jordan, Les Stewart, Susie Howard, The Filiater Family , Nan Amor, Gabriella & Matthieu, Mike Haeberle, Bethany Angermaier, Mike Haeberle, Tammy Warmouth, Jane Johnson, Ronald Delorey, Andy Hickey, Patrick Broaddus, Teri Michalski, Diane Curfman, Doug Olson Family, Jeff Blank, Kristan Bertelmann, Luis Rodriguez, Andreas Beer, Axel Beer, Andreas Beer, Wayne Chadourne, Wendy T Faler, Brian Gallant, Liz Mckinnell, Tricia Noble, Chris Bauman, The Patterson Family, Renee Hardiman, Jillian Lassiter, Matthew Frey, Annie Snodgrass, Sandra Edwards, Matt Holley, Melody Odonnell, Alison Rosenberger, Scott Sangston, Jennifer Mercier, Rob Jacob , Smitty, Kelly Smith, George Mundy Jr, Miguel Gonzalez, Evald Olson, John Warner, John Pasqueralli, Vickie Barca, Maryann Romagnano, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Joe Armeni, Tommy Montgomery, Kerri Coggins, Andrew Pettit, Shelly Borella, Jamie Poynton, Scott Greenbaum, Jeremy Reichelt, Mike Cerce, Stuart Savage, Mark Hardy, Mark Proper, Jo Ann Bailey, Vicki Britt, Janet T Thorn, Robert P. Flaherty, Tom Koval, Ron Harper, Lisa Cash, Liz Moreau , Jackie Graebel, Elaine Kleinhenz, Don Purney, Jamesd (dzneynut), Theresa Maradei, Robert Burge Jr, Joseph M. Zafia, Shirley Garcowski, Hillary Waldroop, Thomas Higbee, Stacy Guarracino, Trish Babler, Lori Rienhardt, Barclay Bakkum, Collette Beuther, Jackie Klafeta, Shannon Murray, Theresa Rucando, and David Ballard!

It's time for the monthly drawing! The October winner is Michaela O'brien! Congratulations! Deb Wills be sending you a prize!
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Challenge #405 Where in the world is this?

Night time now! What is this pretty thing all lit up?

Where in the World #405

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 5th, by clicking on the blue box below.

Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you soon, Players!

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

November 3, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Tree of Life

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Tree of Life continues to dominate people's attention as they emerge from the Oasis and travel over Discovery River bridge into Disney's Animal Kingdom park. Imagineers over time have added new viewing locations, waterfalls and animal carvings. While I like the new ones, my favorite view of the Tree of Life is this waterfall you pass after leaving the It's Tough To Be a Bug show. Look for it on your next visit.

Waterfall at the base of the Tree of Life in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Waterfall at the base of the Tree of Life.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, f/8, ISO 1600, EV 0, 25mm Focal Length, HDR Image.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her view on the Tree of Life icon.


November 4, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Tree of Life

Deb's Digest Blog

I vividly remember the first time I saw the Tree of Life. It was mid-April during a Cast Member preview. I stood in awe - overwhelmed by its magnitude and all the carvings.

The photo below is from a Disney Media Relations "newspaper" that was sent to journalists during the construction phase of the park. It shows the framework for the Tree of Life.

It was described as follows: "Towering 14 stories above Safari Village is the Tree of Life, 170 feet in diameter at its root base and surrounded by shimmering pools and greenery filled with a host of birds and small mammals. The trunk of the tree is intricately carved with a swirling tapestry of animal forms that symbolize the richness and diversity of animal life on Earth."

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What were YOUR thoughts the first time you saw the Tree of Life?


November 6, 2015

Reflective Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

If there is one thing most photographers can not pass up, it is a good reflection photo. Add Disney architecture in the reflection and I can not pass it up. Like the time I walked across the bridge from Discovery Island to Africa on a still morning to see the Harambe Theatre reflected in the water at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Harambe Theatre reflected in the Discovery River at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Harambe Theatre reflected in the Discovery River.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/16, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 72mm focal length, Polarizer filter.

The reflection does not have to be perfect to make an interesting photo. On another morning while I was snacking on a pastry from the Boardwalk Bakery, the light on Disney's Yacht Club Resort was beautiful and the wavy reflection added to the photo.

Disney's Yacht Club Resort in morning light at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Disney's Yacht Club Resort in morning light.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/16, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 40mm focal length.

Keep your eyes open for reflection possibilites as you photograph either at home or on holiday.

November 8, 2015

Where in the World #406

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 belated birthday to Linda Ranatza! I hope it was extra special being in Walt Disney World!

Claire Gregory is in the World!! She's the one who has taken on secret missions for us in the past. Like finding out if the Norway troll has a name (he doesn't) . Now I have to think of a good mission for this trip!

Now for Challenge #405
Where in the World #405

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

The reverse fountains at Imagination! in Epcot.

The Gunnels, when you saw the jumping water for the first time: did you stand between the two points and have it jump over you? I did. Of course, I'm short. That might help. :)

Jeff Blank, I absolutely know Allan Sherman. I am proud to say I know all the lyrics to Hello Muddah, Hello Fuddah. :)

Speaking of songs, Lenz Family, Jeff Blank, and more sang “Imagination”, so you know what that means! One Player sings, we all sing!
Matt Holley, kick it off! And follow the bouncing Figment!
Where in the World Photo Fun
Imaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagination! Imaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagination!
A dream can be a dream come true,
With just that spark in me and you!


Hillary Waldroop was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Hillary and to all our winners this week! Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Bruce Jones, Chris Kelly , Grumpy's Groupies, The Gunnels Gang, Kerry A., Ruben O'meara, The Kertes Family, Ruben O'meara, Sandie Albrecht, Kristi Strembicki, Scott Cullen, Belicia Cullen, Mary Beth Tarbet, Dee Dee Kenney, Robert Wescovich, Ed Elder, Sharon Pierce, Ruth Woodhouse, Ken Jackson, Maryann Eckenrode, The Strukel Family, Emily Hudson , Lori Rienhardt, Rob Blundin, Erin Hammer, Karen Adamakis, Andy Hickey, Andrea Kruszewski, Stuart Savage, Pat Morin, Kris Nixon, Ken Savage, Bob Patterson, Elaine Kleinhenz, Team Hill, Tim Johansen, Cheryl Costello, Andrew Carrieri, Jim Finley, Jason Hocker, Sharon Powell, Laurie Walker, The Long Family, Deb Ragno, Matt Wildey, Kristin Mattias, Bill Mearns, Todd Johns, Pollyanna Buff, Arlene Vicek, Angela Johns, Julia Wickware, Tricia Petty, Nan Amor, Team Bonnie Sue, Matthew Jadro, Kevin Jones, Mike Haeberle, Sarah And Chris, Duskin Henard, The Rider Family, Andrea Flanders , Bonnie Jean, Kyra, Jennifer Rowell, Herb Miller, Vanessa Stjohn, The Parker Family, James Steele , Vanessa Gordon, Mike O'brien, Karen Schlumpf, Double Family, John Bickers, Candice Grimes, Evald Olson, Mary Ann Lamay, Wayne Chadourne, The Filiater Family , Jim Thompson, Jim Thompson, Paul Dickson, Carla C, Reilly Kenney, Maryann Romagnano, Melissa Rymer, Jennifer Pichert, Megan Krainski, Jennifer K, Annette Nuenke, Ron Nufranick, Tammy Warmouth , Michaela O'brien , Phyllis, Cindy And Collin, Liz Moreau, Robert Wescovich, Clare S, Brian Gallant, Larry Sprenklel, Theresa Maradei, Les Stewart, Lenz Family, Donna Brandt, Vicki Britt, Tom Koval, Gabriella & Matthieu, Wendy Barney, Janet T Thorn, Luis Rodriguez, Suzanne Brown , Mark Donahue, Martha Collins, Claire Gregory, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Doug Olson Family, Mickey Eckert, Jeff Blank, The Fosbenders, Renee Hardiman, Kristan Bertelmann, Jeremy Hardy, Gail Mcdonald, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), The Holmes Family, Carol Gamill, Chris Bauman, Dan Binder, Joyce Tofflemire, Melody Odonnell, Russ Morgan, George Mundy Jr, Patrick Broaddus, Dawn Gordon, Matt Holley, Jillian Lassiter, Jeremy Reichelt, Teri Michalski, Dave Carriere, Caroline Burmester, Matthew Frey, Terry Watt, Christopher Hall, John Warner, William Allhusen, Matt Earl, Karen Ramirez, Cheryl, Scott Greenbaum, Brian Yesutis, Jennifer Mercier, Teresa Cole, Hobbes And Snorky, Les Whitten, Alison Rosenberger, Bethany Angermaier, Clay Anthony, Steve Jordan, Diane Curfman, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Terry Fleming, Gloria Martin, Dayna Guay, Margie Larmon, Karen Bellamy, Ken Maikowski, Stephanie B, Mark Proper, Wendy Palmquist, Steve & Danielle Pocopanni, Ronald Delorey, Mike & Jackie Mclucas, Mike Cerce, Vera And Izzy Williams, Donna Frank, Jo Ann Bailey, Carrie Knepper, Jackie Graebel, Jane Johnson, Sheila Bagg, Jamesd (dzneynut), Ann Tavares , Barclay Bakkum, Jean Bussell, Mary Kay Samluk, Shirley Garcowski, Kristian Allen, Annie Snodgrass, Don Purney, Terri Thornton, Lisa Cash, Ashley Collins, The Modecki's, Rhonda Brand, Robert P. Flaherty, Ken Rhinehart, Bob Hendrix, Stacy Guarracinp, John Pasqueralli, Gallagher Family, Jackie Klafeta, The Dieuliis Family, and Smitty!
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Challenge #406 Where in the world is this?

Let's leave Epcot now and go into another park.

Where in the World #406

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 12th, by clicking on the blue box below.

Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you soon, Players!

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

November 10, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: The Great Movie Ride

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Back in February of this year (2015), the Sorcerer's Hat was about 80 percent removed from Disney's Hollywood Studies. I knew the next time I would visit, the view down Hollywood Blvd. would be very different. Or would it? For Star Wars Weekends and Frozen Summer Fun, Disney placed a large stage in front of the Chinese Theatre.

My next visit was just after Labor Day and the conclusion of the Frozen special events. The stage was only partially removed. By the time I returned later in the week, it had been fully removed. This allowed me to finally get a clean view down Hollywood Blvd. for the first time since 2001 of The Great Movie Ride now sponsored by Turner Classic Movies.

It is nice to see the return of Disney's Hollywood Studios "castle" to it's rightful place.

The Great Movie Ride at the end of Hollywood Blvd. in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Great Movie Ride at the end of Hollywood Blvd.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 30s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 25mm Focal Length, Tripod.

Deb will be here tomorrow to show us something interesting about the Great Movie Ride.

November 11, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: The Great Movie Ride

Deb's Digest Blog

I love the fact that the Sorcerer Mickey hat is gone and the view down Hollywood Blvd is once again like it was when the park opened.

Here is a photo I recently took.

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Now compare it to this photo from the 1980s! It looks like the trees haven't grown at all, doesn't it?

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November 13, 2015

Photographing the American Adventure in Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Photographing the American Adventure audio-animatronics show in Epcot's World Showcase is just like photographing one with live performers. Disney lights their shows the same regardless of the kind of performers. Very moody with bright areas used to focus the audience's attention where the show's producers want them to.

I set my camera up to use Spot Metering and put the spot right on the brightest part of a scene. That is usually one of the performers. In the case of the American Adventure, they are audio-animatronic performers. The rest of the stage may go very dark. This is fine though are cameras are not as good as our eyes. I opened up the background in the photo below of Thomas Jefferson reading the opening sentences of the Declaration of Independence to Benjamin Franklin to show the words behind them better.

Thomas Jefferson reads to Benjamin Franklin during the American Adventure audio-animatronics show in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Thomas Jefferson reads the opening sentences to the Declaration to Benjamin Franklin during the American Adventure audio-animatronics show.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/80s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm focal length.

Check your camera's LCD early, you may have to adjust your shutter speed if there are too many "hot spots" or "blinkys" occuring. If changing the shutter speed results in ISOs which are too high, adjust the Exposure Compensation (EV) button to dial in the correct exposure.

In the scene inside the Great Hall in Philadelphia at the Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 with Mark Twain and Alexander Graham Bell, there is better lighting on Mr. Bell than Mr. Twain but spot metering worked perfectly to capture them.

Mark Twain and Alexander Graham Bell in the American Adventure audio-animatronics show in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mark Twain and Alexander Graham Bell in the Great Hall in Philadelphia at the Centennial International Exhibition of 1876 during the American Adventure audio-animatronics show in Epcot's World Showcase.

With President Franklin Delanor Roosevelt in full spotlight, the area behind and in front of him goes to black. This is very inpactful and told the audience this was a very important part of the show. Meanwhile, the 1939 gas station was lighted evenly with yellow-ish light simulating the electric lighting of the day and setting a mood of depression. Both fitting for the story about the Great Depression.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gives a speech while people listen to him on a radio at a gas station in 1939 during the American Adventure audio-animatronics show in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gives a speech while people listen to him on a radio at a gas station in 1939 during the American Adventure audio-animatronics show.

In the closing scene of the American Adventure show, Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain shake hands on the Statue of Liberty's torch overlooking New York Harbor. This was a scene I wanted to get as this was the first time Disney Imagineers had their audio-animatronics directly interact with each other. Though, as you can see, it is all in the angle. Zooming in to fill the frame, the camera had no trouble getting a good exposure.

Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain shake hands in the closing scene of the American Adventure audio-animatronics show in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain shake hands in the closing scene of the American Adventure audio-animatronics show.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 3600, EV 0, 120mm focal length.

Stage lighting is very tricky. Watch your exposures, wait for the performers to stop and keep the shutter speeds up and you will get great photos of any stage show. Just remember, do not use flash! There is enough light on the performers in most scenes so it is not needed anyway.

November 15, 2015

Where in the World #407

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 #406
Where in the World #406

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

It's waiting area for Muppet Vision 3D! I mean, I think it is; I checked with friends, but, as Rizzo says: “They're tourists, what do THEY know?”

Well, John Bickersm you know! Because, yes, Barrie Brewer used this photo years ago in the game. :)

Mike Walter was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Mike and to all our winners this week! The Strukel Family, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Eric Berger, Ken Savage, Cheryl Costello, Sharon Pierce, The Parker Family, Maryann Eckenrode, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Grumpy's Groupies, Emily Hudson , Sandie Albrecht, Melissa Such , Olszak Family, Daniel Record, John Bickers, Sands Family, The Gunnels Gang, Joe Calomeni, Tammy Warmouth , Team Hill, Jennifer Rowell, Sharon Powell, Bill Mckim, Nan Amor, Mary Beth Tarbet, Deb Ragno, Jodi Cook, Kyra, Bill Mearns, Dee Dee Kenney, The Kertes Family, Pat Schwier, Tim Johansen, Bob Patterson, Ruben O'meara, Herb Miller, Ruth Woodhouse, Ruth Woodhouse, The Fosbenders, Andy Hickey, The Rider Family, Sarah And Chris, Lee Anastasi, Todd Johns, Angela Johns, Arlene Vicek, Mark Donahue, Mary Ann Lamay, Tricia Petty, K Beasley, Elaine Tomko-deluca , Claire Gregory, Chloe Mayhew, Phyllis, Mike O'brien , Ed Suscreba, Joann Albrecht , Jim Finley, Hobbes And Snorky, Les Stewart, Paul Dickson, Jeremy Hardy, Kristi Strembicki, Liz Moreau, Jim Thompson, Andrea Kruszewski, Susie Howard, James Steele, Scott Cullen, Karen Schlumpf, Belicia Cullen, Pollyanna Buff, Team Bonnie Sue, Bonnie Jean, Joseph M. Zafia, Michaela O'brien, Carolyn Como, Luis Rodriguez, Jim Curley, Maureen Handy, Leach Family, Candice Grimes, Jennifer Pichert, Kristan Bertelmann, Linda Scrivano, The Filiater Family, Wendy Barney, Josh Weiss, Melissa Littman, Martha Collins, Karen Ramirez, Vanessa Gordon, Brian Yesutis, Emma Ramsey, The Modecki's, Jamesd (dzneynut), Kerri Coggins, Gabriella & Matthieu, Doug Olson, Jeff Blank, Diane Curfman, Mike Malampy (Malampy Benco Family), Amanda Campbell, Eric Johnson, John Dupre, Linda College, Rob Blundin, Karen Costa, Tricia Noble, George Mundy Jr, Jillian Lasssiter, Hillary Waldropp, Wayne Chadourne, Patrick Broaddus, Christopher Hall, The Patterson Family, Kelly Smith, Scott Sangston, Terry Fleming, Theresa Maradei, Vicki Britt, Karen Bellamy, Janet T Thorn, Jay Tillis, John Pasqueralli, Maryann Romagnano, Kimberly And Adolph Timm, Shelly Borella, Matthew Frey, Smitty, Dave Carriere, Lisa Cash, Barclay Bakkum, Gloria Martin, Jane Johnson, Vera And Izzy Williams, Mickey Eckert, Shirley Garcowski, Jackie Graebel, Jeremy Reichelt, Tom Higbee Sr., Don Purney, Annie Snodgrass, Melody Odonnell, Theresa Rucando, Hunter Armstrong, Steve Knapp, Stacy Guarracino, Mike Cerce, Donna Frank, and Stacia Borysewicz!
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Challenge #407 Where in the world is this?

Different park!

Where in the World #407

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 19th, by clicking on the blue box below.

Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you soon, Players!

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

November 17, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Cinderella Castle

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When it comes to icons, Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom is hard to beat. I know photographers all over the Internet who try and capture Cinderella Castle in unique and new ways. Not sure it can be done. I am not immune to the quest. I even think this photo might be unique. Though I doubt it.

Spires and towers of Cinderella Castle poke above trees in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spires and towers of Cinderella Castle poke above trees in the Magic Kindom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/800s, f/5.6, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 210mm Focal Length, Tripod.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share another Cinderella Castle photo I am very proud of for the good it did for her.

November 18, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Cinderella Castle

Deb's Digest Blog

It didn't take me long to decide what photo to share for this week's Disney Pic of the Week.

Back in 2009, Scott took this amazing photo of the Cinderella Castle as a Rainbow Ice Castle. He was kind enough to donate several copies to me for a breast cancer fundraiser. Because of both the beauty of the photo and Scott's kindness...this is my choice for photo of the week!

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November 20, 2015

Camera Buying Tips

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Cameras of all types were used on an All Ears Photo Walk around Cresent Lake, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cameras of all types were used on an All Ears Photo Walk around Cresent Lake.

Are you looking for a camera to give this Christmas? Maybe even to yourself? Here are a few websites I use when researching a photographic purchase of any kind.

The first has been around for as long as I can remember: Digital Photography Review or DPReview for short. Not only do they review the lastest and greatest cameras, lenses and other equipment, they have a database that goes back years with thousands of models from all the camera manufacturers available with full specs, first looks, full reviews and photo samples to go with them. This is the place where I go to help other people who ask me about a particular cameras or lenses first. It is owned by Amazon.com now but I do not see a biased in their reporting. Links to Amazon do come up first.

Speaking of Amazon, you can find solid photography books and equipment at the All Ears Photography Listings.

Besides Amazon, the online (and if you are lucky enough to live near or can visit New York City) and brick and mortar superstore for photographers is B&H Photo. I have heard stories of people getting lost inside their store for days. The online store is excellent for both browsing and quick searches. Much safer, too.

Remember I talked about getting information about older cameras, lenses and equipment. I highly recommend people looking to get into photography beyond pointing and clicking to find a good used camera and some lenses to start with. You can find such well maintained and bargain priced photography equipment at KEH.com. KEH specializes in buying and selling quality products and back it up with a 6 month warranty.

Online photography rental websites always have an inventory of used equipment for sale.

For the more adventurous, eBay is an excellent source of used equipment. You must be cautious and research, not only what you are buying, but who you are buying it from. Same goes for any For Sale forums found on the thousands of online photography message boards. I have gotten some good deals this way.

Do not forget your local photography store if you are lucky enough to have one in your area. They also deal in used equipment as well as new and can give you personal service. Something a website can not do.

If you have a favorite photography website or store, let us know about it in the Comments below.

November 22, 2015

Where in the World #408

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 Canada celebrating Thanksgiving; I'm really sorry. This week marks the US celebrating it. So to both countries:
Smiley from Millan.Net

I don't know if this is a place to bring up something this serious, so I will simply post this:
to the people of France, and those in Epcot's France pavilion who are so far from home right now, you are in our hearts.

I am respectfully moving on to the game:

Now for Challenge #407
Where in the World #407

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

The Queen's table window display at the UK Pavilion in Epcot. That guy all the way on the left is really trying hard, isn't he? I don't think he's impressed the Queen though. :)

(PSST, Gabriella & Matthieu; did you mean you didn't want to get THIS song stuck in your head? Chris Kelly, sing with me.
It's a world of laughter, a world of tears
It's a world of hopes and a world of fears
There's so much that we share that it's time we're aware
It's a small world after all.

You're welcome. :) )

Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Mary Beth Tarbet, Stuart Savage, Ed Suscreba, Gloria Martin, The Rider Family, Herb Miller, Phyllis, K Beasley, Larissa Huda, Ldp, Deb Ragno, Ruben O'meara, Luis Rodriguez, Vera And Izzy Williams, Beth Mcmeekin, Carolyn Como, Erin Hammer, Karen Schlumpf, Maryann Eckenrode, Hobbes And Snorky, Melissa Rymer, Karen Adamakis, Grumpy's Groupies, Ronnie Alvarado, Tim Johansen, Team Bonnie Sue, Bonnet Jean , Maureen Handy, Robin C Hood, Elisabeth S., Shannon Savoia, Chris, Gretchen, and Katie Barnes, Jeremy Hardy, Sarah And Chris, Janet T Thorn, Team Hill, Linda Ranatza, Kelly Sroka, Nan Amor, Dave Cole, Melissa Such , Stefan Owens, Melissa Littman, Claire Gregory, Stephanie B, Kyra, Mary Ann Lamay, Liz Moreau, Steve Knapp, Sharon Pierce, Diane Curfman, Karolyn Ottmer, Josette Gabel, Brian Gallant, Tricia Noble, Dave Carriere, Jeremy Reichelt, Rob Blundin, Stephanie Linares, Wendy T Faler , Hillary Waldroop, Maureen Tavrell, Theresa Rucando, The Hutchinson Family, Karen Bellamy, Smitty, Mike Cerce, Axel Beer, Jamesd (dzneynut), Robin Meredyk, Kristine Gallatin, Vicki Britt, Bob Patterson, Mark, Jane Johnson, Wendy Palmquist, and Emily Hudson!
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Challenge #408 Where in the world is this?

We are leaving the parks! And we're doing it at night. OOO, pretty!

Where in the World #408

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 26th, by clicking on the blue box below.

Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you soon, Players!

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

November 24, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Holiday Shopping

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This week starts the official beginning of the holiday shopping season with Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving Day in the United States). Though it seems each year, it is more like as soon as Halloween is finished, Christmas shopping commences. Well, no sense complaining as we jump into Holiday Shopping at Walt Disney World.

The Celebrity 5 & 10 shop on Hollywood Boulevard in Disney's Hollywood Studios has a place where you can get several kinds of gifts personalized by Cast Members.

Disney's Hollywood Studios cast member personalizes a Christmas tree ornament for a guest, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Disney's Hollywood Studios cast member personalizes a Christmas tree ornament for a guest.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 1600, EV +1.0, 38mm Focal Length.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping this week!


November 25, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Disney Thanksgiving!

Deb's Digest Blog

I had to go back into my archives to find a unique "Thanksgiving" photo to share with you.

America on Parade, which ran from June 6, 1975 - September 6, 1976, featured a section on America's discovery with Christopher Columbus and the pilgrims. As part of that section there was also a giant 18' tall turkey. I've got two photos of the turkey to share with you

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

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If you have any photos of thanksgiving at Disney OR America on Parade you are willing to share, please let me know!

November 29, 2015

Where in the World #409

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!

Can I share something, Players? Feel free to scroll past this. I mentioned I still carry my Pal Mickey and I've made costumes for him. One of them is based on the “Happiest Hipster on Earth” art. I posted photos of my Mickey wearing it online. I still can't believe it: the artist himself, Jerrod Maruyama of Wonderground Gallery, found the photos and favorited them for his Flickr Gallery! He favorited my Pal Mickey dressed like his Hipster Mickey! I'm just so excited! What a great Christmas present! I'm bouncing like Tigger!

The Gunnels Gang is at the World! You just know they're thinking of us right now. See, they're looking at us! Wave!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Look, I probably shouldn't post this "Christmas song" smiley (my sister hates it), but I'm going to and just skim by it if you'd like:
Smiley from Millan.Net

That shouldn't crack me up, but it does. (Do you ever look at the insanity I post and think, “I actually log in each week for this.”)

Moving on! Here's what you came to see!

Now for Challenge #408
Where in the World #408

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

Bongo's Cafe with the AMC Movies sign in the background, at the newly named Disney Springs!

By the way, thanks, Players. The Grumpy's Groupies putting "Rhythm of the Night" in my head, Jeff Blank bringing up King Julien so I'm hearing "I like to move it, move it", Claire Gregory has me mapping out parking, Vanessa Gordon and John Bickers making me hungry to eat at Bongo's, AND Candace Dadswell & Chris Kelly putting Spongebob's theme in there too. Like my head isn't already a bag of cats. :)

Isn't it amazing when you show people a pineapple? And who says we're limited to Disney? We are Renaissance people here at Where in the World!

Jim & Lorie Sonnen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and to all our winners this week! Ed Suscreba, Bruce Jones, Donna Frank, Melissa Such , John Bickers, Phil Vickers, Evanna Huda, Mary Beth Tarbet, Bill Mckim, Linda College, Pat Morin, Paul Dickson, Kris Nixon, Emily Hudson , Maryann Eckenrode, Sharon Pierce, Carol Ney, Lee Anastasi, Vera And Izzy Williams, Team Hill, Nan Amor, Andrea Kruszewski, Joann Albrecht , Andrew Carrieri, Linda Ranatza, Kerry A., Kristi Strembicki, K Beasley, Tricia Petty, Scott Greenbaum, Gabriella & Matthieu, Shannon Savoia, Margaret Convery, Dee Dee Kenney, Paul Moore, Brenda Mclean, Deb Ragno, Kevin Jones, Vicki Britt, Sarah And Chris, Sandie Albrecht, Kim And Kelly Sroka, Carolyn Como, Jan Rosato, Jamesd (dzneynut), Team Bonnie Sue, Luis Rodriguez, Phyllis, Sands Family, Daniel Record, Jim Finley, Mary Ann Lamay, Maureen Handy, Tim Johansen, Evald Olson, Mark Donahue, Herb Miller, Hobbes And Snorky, Ken Jackson, Hunter Armstrong, Eric Berger, Les Whitten , Claire Gregory, Susie Howard, Nicole Simpson, Chris Kelly, Ken Savage, Martha Collins, Patty Carty, Bonnie Jean, Candace Dadswell, Karen Schlumpf, Megan Krainski, The Long Family, Gloria Martin, The Parker Family, Vanessa Gordon, Tammy Warmouth , Ashley Collins, The Gunnels Gang, Bethany Angermaier, Belicia C., Scott C., Kyra, Mickey Eckert, Wendy Barney, Arlene Vicek, Kenny, Mike Malampy (Malampy Benco Family), Jeff Blank, Kathy Love, Lynn Lamunyon, The Tisdale Family, Rob Blundin, Linda Wilham, Ellen Roy, Tricia Noble, John Warner, Jillian Lassiter, Paul Ignudo,jr., Lynn Smith, Fran Rendulic, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Jeremy Reichelt, Matthew Frey, Annie Snodgrass, Karrie Duffey, Kelly Smith, Christopher Hall, Kate Giansante, Josette Gabel, Todd Johns, William Allhusen, Jamie Poynton, Smitty, Angela Johns, John Pasqueralli, Carla C, Mary C., Heidi Goodhue, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Brian Skinner, Melissa Littman, Grumpy's Groupies, Mark Hardy, Axel Beer, An, Kathryn Hughes, Jane Johnson, The Kertes Family, Kristan Bertelmann, Thomas Higbee Sr., Theresa Rucando, Hillary Waldroop, Sarah Thomas, Elaine Kleinhenz, Christopher Thacker, Don Purney, Barclay Bakkum, John Paul Carnell, Mike O'brien, and Jennifer Mercier!
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Challenge #409 Where in the world is this?

We're doing a blast from the past! This show no longer exists at Walt Disney World. Hint: it used an existing attraction as its “stage” and that attraction still runs. Does that make sense?

So what's the show? If you'd like, you can name the attraction too.

Where in the World #409

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