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January 3, 2016

Where in the World #414

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!

Thank you, Players, for all the wonderful holiday notes you sent!

And THANK YOU for being here in 2015:
Smiley from Millan.Net

Jennifer Rowell and her family are on the Wonder! Have a wonderful cruise!
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Now for Challenge #413
Where in the World #413

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

The Main Street Trolley! The horse very nicely struck a pose for me; makes a perfect picture.

You were right, Chris Kelly: it is one for the performers. :)

Which leads us to you, Matt Holley. You had to sing, didn't you? And look, here's Claire Gregory to encourage you.
C'mon, Players! First sing-a-long of the New Year!
Clang, clang, clang went the trolley!
Ding ding ding went the bell!
Zing zing zing went my heart strings from the moment I saw him I fell!

Hillary Waldroop was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Hillary and to all our winners this week! Linda Ranatza, Tammy Warmouth , Carol Ney, Grumpy's Groupies, The Kertes Family, Theresa Rucando, Team Hill, Ed Suscreba, Mary Beth Tarbet, Jennifer Rowell, Ken Maikowski, Judy Simonsen, Kristi Strembicki, Phyllis, Donna Frank, The Ridef Family, Hunter Armstrong, Vanessa Stjohn, Emily Hudson , Kristi Jack , Krista Serpi, Kimberly Langh, Pat Schwier, Kevin Williams, John Bickers, Melissa Rookard, The Gunnels Gang, Arlene Vicek, Bill Mckim, Meg Dalton, Dave Freemyer , Patricia Harper , Lynne Simpson, Herb Miller, Jen Eacret , Robert Hildebrandt , Kris Nixon, Mark Donahue, Lori Rienhardt, Jack Lynch, Dawn Bach, Belicia, Gloria Martin, Liz & Dave Fullerton, Lilly, Steve Porter, Ken Savage, Sharon Pierce, Melissa Such , Sandie Albrecht, Robert Wescovich, Mike Haeberle, Frances Donahue, Kyra, Ruben O'meara, Cheryl Costello, Liz Moreau , The Fosbenders, Andy Hickey, Jason Skow, Dee Dee Kenney, Susie Howard, Larry Sprenkle, Maureen Handy, Joseph M. Zafia, Janet T Thorn, Kye Layton, Stefan Owens , Brian Grim, Elaine Kleinhenz, The Parker Family, Bonnie Jean, Angela Johns, Jason Hocker, Todd Johns, Suzanne Brown, Carolyn Como, Deb Ragno, Jodi Cook, Tracy Davis, The Strukel Family, Todd Johns, Matt Wildey , Vicki Christensen , Danielle Murgia, Jessica Gruhlke, Jim Finley, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, The Modecki's, Chris Kelly, The Long Family, Dawn Simpson , Paul Dickson, Martha Collins, Terry Fleming, The Tisdale Family, Les Stewart, Jeff Blank, Diane Curfman, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Bethany Angermaier, Jeremy Hardy, Andrew Carrieri, Rick R., April Haddock, Matt Holley, Tricia Noble, Melody Odonnell, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Nan Amor, Eric Johnson, Vicki Britt, Axel Beer, Andreas Beer, Jacki Mabey, Monica Rodgers, Hobbes And Snorky, Margaret Convery, Les Whitten, Teambonniesue, The Filiater Family, Bob Patterson, Carla C, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Claire Gregory, Jeremy Reichelt, Smitty, Stacy Guarracino, Dave Carriere, Barclay Bakkum, Robert P. Flaherty, Sheila Bagg, Jamesd (dzneynut), Jane Johnson, Katie Melfi, Maryann Daly, Mark Hardy, Ron Nufranick, Jillian Lassiter, Christopher Thacker, Don Purney, Vera And Izzy Williams, Christy Schor, Eric Berger, Jodie S., Jo Ann Bailey, Mary And Damian Dieuliis, Jackie Klafeta, Vincent Lieu, Christi Ison, Wendy T Faler, Lee Anastasi, and George Mundy Jr!

NOW! We have a really important moment about to happen: the final monthly winner of 2015! That Player is.... Laurie! Congratulations, Laurie! I will be emailing you about your prize from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #414 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks! It might be tougher.

Where in the World #414

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

January 5, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Favorite Photo from 2015

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I went through all my Disney Pic of the Week entries for 2015 and found my favorite one. It also happens to be my wife's favorite character, too.

It was so nice of Donald Duck to acknowledge me between greeting guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios. I had been patiently waiting for an opportunity for about ten minutes when he got a break between guests. That's when he gave me the thumbs up and I returned the gesture to let him know I got the cherished memory.

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

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Favorite Picture of 2015.

January 6, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Favorite Photo from 2015

Deb's Digest Blog

When Luck is On Your Side:

Like Scott, I went back through my photos of the week posted in 2015 to see what my favorite was. It was a tough choice but I selected this one:

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This is from Winged Encounters at the Animal Kingdom. I caught this military macaw in flight.

However, I must admit, a lot of luck had to do with this photo as I shot with rapid fire. Always a great moment when you download your pics and find one that shouts Pick Me! I was thrilled!.

January 8, 2016

How to Find Posts in the Picture This! Blog

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As of this writing, the AllEars.Net Picture This! blog contains over 2,200 posts. That is a lot of information about photography in Disney themeparks as well as the popular Disney Pic of the Week photos. The posts are authored by Barrie, Lisa, Deb and myself since July of 2007. Many times a year, I will link back to previous posts on topics which are relevant to the topic I am writing about. No sense in repeating something I covered in the past.

Of course, some of the posts do get outdated as time passes. Attractions change or get replaced. Equipment once thought of as State of the Art, gets pushed out be even better equipment. An example were the popular Point and Shoot cameras of the 1990's and early 2000's. Smartphones with cameras and apps have almost completely replaced them.

How do I and you find posts about subjects you are interested in learning about on the Picture This! blog? (Note: these tips work on ALL the blogs found on AllEars.Net). When you visit the Picture This! blog, you see the top 10 posts on the left and list of links on the right. Those right side links are where we are going to start.

Below the list of Recent Posts are a long list of Categories. At the top of the Category list are the Blog Features which are the sub-blogs found inside of the Picture This! blog.

Featured sub-blogs in the AllEars.net Picture This! blog
Featured sub-blogs in the AllEars.net Picture This! blog.

By clicking on a link to one of the Blog Features, you will get ALL the posts of that Blog Feature. This will take time to load into your browser. Once all the posts are loaded, you can use your browser's Find feature to search for terms. This is the number one way I look for a subject in my Photographic Innoventions Blog Feature to find out when was the last time I wrote about it. If I find the post still relevant to the new post, I will add the link for reference for readers to delve more into the subject.

There is a long list of categories below the Blog Features which can narrow down a search. The example I use below is the Photography category where you can find posts which talk about or have an example of each of the sub-categories listed. As an example, the Depth of Field link will bring up a list of posts about how to use your camera's settings to alter the Depth of Field in your photos for creative use. You can do the same for links on each park or part area or attraction.

Photography category snippet from the AllEars.net Picture This! blog
Photography category snippet from the AllEars.net Picture This! blog.

There is one more way you can get a specific list of posts based on a list of Tags found at the bottom of most individual posts. Once you do that and see a list of tagged posts, you will see another list called Other Tags which lists every tag used in Picture This!.

Other Tags snippet from the AllEars.net Picture This! blog
Other Tags snippet from the AllEars.net Picture This! blog.

It is a very long list. Again, use your browser's Search feature to find the tag you are looking for.

Hope this will help you naviagte the Picture This! Blog and alll the blogs found here at AllEars.Net.

January 10, 2016

Where in the World #415

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 #414
Where in the World #414

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

It's a Kilimanjaro Safari truck and bonus: an elephant!

John P., you were a safari driver?! I know a lot of people like me want to thank you so much for making magic! Here, maybe this will bring back some good memories:
Smiley from Millan.Net Smiley from Millan.Net Smiley from Millan.Net Smiley from Millan.Net

Where in the World Photo Fun
Wait, that's the wrong truck. That's me getting something I ordered from eBay.

The Strukel Family were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Strukels and to all our winners this week! Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Kris Nixon, Bill Mckim, Ken Savage, Olszak Family, The Gunnels Gang, Sandie Albrecht, Kerry A., Jodi Cook, Sands Family, Grumpy's Groupies, Phyllis, Eric Berger, Andrew Carrieri, Ken Maikowski, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Kye Layton, Pat Morin, Mary Beth Tarbet, The Kertes Family, Tricia Petty, Daniel Record, Team Hill, Susie Howard, John Bickers , The Parker Family, Les Whitten, Ruben O'meara, Janet T Thorm, Claire Gregory, Nan Amor, Jenn C, Melissa Such , Sarah And Chris, Jeff Sidebotham, Bruce Hinterleitner, Tammy Warmouth, Jill Sisk, Jennifer Hess, Claudette Laferriere, Gina Smith, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Andreas Beer, Gloria Martin, Chris Lucca , Ben M, Rachael Nylin, Lyn Johnson, Christina Trigiani, Paula Massarelli, Matt Wildey , Duskin Henard, Robert Hildebrandt, The Otts Family, Jay Rueckel, Paul Greenleaf , Ellen Sullivan, Sandy Reedy, Deb Ragno, Chasady Mirkes, Maryann Eckenrode, Tommy Montgomery, Kathy,brooke And Kennedy, Wendy Fischer , Chris Kelly, Mary And Damian Dieuliis, Tia P Turner, Mendy Iler, The Rider Family, Robert Hewitt, Al Schaefer, K Beasley, Pat Schwier, Jo Shortell, Stefan Owens, Patti Odom, Kristi Strembicki, Phil Vickers, Ruth Senecal, Lori Rienhardt, Robert Graham, Keirsten Sangster, Kyran Smith, Carla C, Brian Grim, Chris Horne, Diane Curfman, Mark Donahue, Sharon Russo, The Tisdale Family , Bonnie Jean, Pollyanna Buff, Evald Olson, Jodi Lupp, Mike Haeberle, Kelly Carl, Angela Johns, Larry Sprenkle, Brittany Jaynes, Leach Family, Lilly Ryall, Melissa Rymer, The Fosbenders, Elizabeth And Dan Johnston, Carol Jones, Sharon Pierce, Kimberly, Dawn Bach, Melissa Rookard, Paul Dickson, Terry Fleming, Margaret Convery, John Stella, Belicia, Scott C., Kyra, Pat Moletszky , Tim Jeltes, Pauline Curry, Michaela O'brien, Mike O'brien , Glenn Chenier, Stemmer Family, Hobbes And Snorky, Karen Fierraro, Jennifer K, Audrey, Lee Anastasi, Ami Jackson, Linda Lundsten, Jennifer , Luis Rodriguez, Wendy Barney, Lisa Dreher, Mickey Eckert, Blake Schmidt, Mary Coleman, Maureen Handy, Mary Jane Gantley, Diane Peters, Jim Finley, Ed Hogan, Chloe Mayhew, Jane Johnson, Mike Fisk, Carolyn Como, Todd Johns, Jessica Polizzotto , Teambonniesue, Jeremy Hardy, Double Family, Martha Collins, Les Stewart, Bob Henriksen, Annie Davies, Sara Parker, Vincent Lieu, Deborah Wolfe, Jeff Blank, Gabriella & Matthieu, The Long Family, Josette Gabel, Curt Benson, Rick R., Jim Disney Keenan, Maryann Pasek, Bob Patterson, Hillary Waldroop, April Haddock, Hunter Armstrong, The Holmes Family, Cathy Connors, Theresa Rucando, Mary Ann Lamay, Matt Holley, Tricia Noble, Jeremy Reichelt, Jillian Lassiter, Gallagher Family, Mark Hardy, Matthew Frey, Mark Proper, Scott Greenbaum, Maja K., Scott Sangston, Christopher Hall, Robert Wescovich, The Modecki's, David Ballard, Dave Carriere, Carri Marotto, Smitty, John Pasqueralli, Vickie Marie Barca, Maylee, Elaine Kleinhenz, Brian Spencer, Doug Olson Family, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Jason Skow, Kevin Jones, Patrick Broaddus, Vicki Britt, Ed Krol, Eric Johnson, Tim Johansen, Kathryn Hughes, Andrea Kruszewski, Vera And Izzy Williams, Erin Hammer, Ed Suscreba, Mike Cerce, Paul Ignudo, Caroline Burmester, Joseph M. Zafia, John Warner, Don Purney, Heidi Goodhue, Barclay Bakkum , Sheila Bagg, Maryann Daly, Jamie Poynton, Brian Yesutis, George Mundy Jr, Jean Bussell, Shirley Garcowski, Walter N. Clark, Brian Mcwithey, Christy Schor, Stacy Guarracino, Bill Cudney, and Robert P. Flaherty!
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Challenge #415 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks! It might be tougher.

Where in the World #415

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

January 12, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Art of Animation

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Value resorts at Walt Disney World have many things in common including larger than life icons based on the themes found at each resort section. At the Art of Animation Resort, the Lion King section is overlooked by the King himself, Simba.

Statue of Simba overlooks The Lion King section of the Art of Animation Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Simba overlooks The Lion King section of the Art of Animation Resort.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 120mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow with her photo from the Art of Animation.

January 13, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Art of Animation

Deb's Digest Blog

The Art of Animation Resort officially opened on May 31, 2012. There are many things to love about this resort so it was hard to decide on just one photo!

Here is a photo from the grand opening featuring Meg Crofton and Disney characters.

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January 15, 2016

Framing the Gates of Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Unlike framing a picture to hang on a wall, using a "frame" in your photographs is very different. By doing so you give the image added depth, leads the viewer to the main subject and gives the photo context and sense of place. This is especially true with architectural subjects like arches or gates. Epcot's World Showcase has two excellent ways of using a frame in a photo to do all of the above.

In the waters of World Showcase Lagoon at the Japan pavilion, Spaceship Earth can be seen and framed through a red Torii Gate. To keep everything in focus I used an aperture of f/16 and set my distance so the Torii Gate was about one third into the frame. I underexposed it slightly by setting my exposure compensation or EV to -0.3. This brought out the colors in the scene.

Does anyone know what type of focus this is called? First person to answer correctly in the comments will win an 8x10 print of the Red Torii Gate photo below. Hint: I have wrote about it A LOT! [We have a winner of the Torii Gate print! No more comments will be accepted. Thank you all for participating!]

Spaceship Earth framed by the Red torii gate in the Japan pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spaceship Earth framed by the Red torii gate in the Japan pavilion.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 360, EV -0.3, 28mm focal length.

In the China pavilion, the very ornate Paifang Gate in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is another place you can use framing in a photo. Here I waited until night and long after Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was over. This gave me a scene without other guests around. Using a tripod, I set up in front of the gate and waited for a few guests to move before using a long shutter speed of 30 seconds to pull in all the light and detail of the scene.

To continue the fun, the first person to post a comment telling me why the number "12" is of significance in the China pavilion wins an 8x10 print of the Paifang Gate below. [We have a winner of the Paifang Gate print! No more comments will be accepted. Thank you all for participating!]

Paifang Gate in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest at night in the China pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Paifang Gate in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest at night in the China pavilion.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 30s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 28mm focal length, tripod.

Both of these locations are Nikon Picture Spots and for all the reasons I have talked about here. Next time you are out photographing, look for opportunities to use a "frame" in your composition.

January 17, 2016

Where in the World #416

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!

Angela Johns, I love the Agent Perry adventures! I loved when it was Kim Possible too. :) Great way to see details of the pavilions.

Bruce Hinterleitner, are you asking if I posted the picture twice? Or it looked cut off? I don't see anything wrong, but maybe it's my computer. Did anyone else see a problem with the answer photo last week?

Now for Challenge #415
Where in the World #415

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

It's the Sportsman Shoppe in Epcot's UK Pavilion!

Wendy Barney sent in her answer while on the Kilimanjaro Safari! I guess if you're a 3 week trip, you need to fill in the downtime. Seriously, that is amazing!

Claire Gregory, you and me both! There's not a Disney World store that I miss!

Patrick Broaddus, I'm the same way with my husband. I'm dashing into the store and he's going, “Why?”

Kristi Strembicki were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Theresa Rucando, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Ruben O'meara, Sands Family, Sharon Pierce, The Kertes Family, Susie Howard, Olszak Family, Megan Krainski, Mary Beth Tarbet, Diane Tredore, The Strukel Family, Hunter Armstrong, Kerry A., Kathy,brooke And Kennedy, Dee Dee Kenney, Melissa Such , Joann Albrecht , Bonnie Jean, Teambonniesue, Bill Mckim, Michael Amor, Dawn Bach, Phyllis, Mike O'brien , Tommy Montgomery, Kris Nixon, The Gunnels Gang, Karen Schlumpf, Ken Maikowski, Andrew Carrieri, Phil Vickers, Claire Gregory, Grumpy's Groupies, Vera And Izzy Williams, Bob, Carla C, Leach Family, Chris Kelly, Sandie Albrecht, Nan Amor, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Eric Berger, Kathryn Broyles , Luis Rodriguez, The Fosbenders, Stuart Savage, Brian Yesutis, Team Hill, The Tisdale Family, Josh Weiss, Kathy Barr, Karen Ramirez, Belicia Cullen, Deb Ragno, The Paternosters, Paul Newbiggin, Scott C., Kye Layton, Wendy Barney, Ellen Sullivan, Michelle Boewe , Jennifer Rowell, Lynn Mcdonald, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Adam Lucas, Jeanie Carpenter, Gloria Martin, Mickey Eckert, Tara Weaver, Al & Kerry Ganter, Russ Morgan, Dennis O'reilly, Julia Wickware, Pat Morin, Jenn C, Annette Nuenke, Antoinette Leblanc, Cheryl E, The Parker Family, Mark Donahue, Mary Ann Lamay, Jack Meindl, Jan Rosato, Steve Knapp, Chris Horne, Joseph M. Zafia, Kevin Jones, Beth Mcmeekin, Kyra, Deborah Wolfe, Jim Thompson, The Rider Family, Maureen Handy, Ken Savage, Brian Miller, Ronnie Alvarado, Ruth Woodhouse, Doug Olson Familey, Wendy Faler, Lee Anastasi, Theresa Maradei, Janet T Thorn, Larry Sprenkle, Ed Suscreba, Melody Odonnell, Hillary Waldroop, Lisa Nordstrom, Les Stewart, Hobbes And Snorky, Duskin Henard, Ron Harper, Sharon Powell, Les Whitten, Kristyn Scibienski, Stefan Owens, Tammy Warmouth , Gina Falzone, Lori Rienhardt, Ashley Collins, The Walker Family, Elaine Kleinhenz, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Herb Miller, Diane Curfman, Vanessa Stjohn, Karen Taylor, Wendy Faler, Tracy Discher, Cheryl Costello, Eric Enli, Paul Dickson, Bruce Hinterleitner, Brian Richmond, Evald Olson, Matt Wildey , Andy Hickey, Todd Johns, Angela Johns, Pollyanna Buff, Arlene Vicek, Chloe Mayhew, Martha Collins, The Filiater Family, Emily Hudson, Kerri Coggins, Peter Aponick, Josette Gabel, Jodi Cook, Robert Hildebrandt, Deb Gallo, Joe Pfrangle, Dallas Hamilton, Robert Wescovich, Karen Costa, Patrick Broaddus, Tricia Noble, Karen Bellamy, Jeremy Reichelt, The Hutchinson Family, Mark Proper, Caroline Burmester, Tim Johansen, Karrie Duffey, Matthew Frey, Andrew Pettit, Scott Sangston, Jillian Lassiter, Carri Marotto, Erin Loring, Tricia Petty, Andrea Kruszewski, Melesia Love, Jane Johnson, Chris Bauman, Maja K., The States Family , Rachel Hoover, Vickie Marie Barca, Wayne Rogers, Scott Greenbaum, Matthew Jadro, Matt Earl, Vicki Britt, Dave Carriere, Smitty, Terry Fleming, Jason Skow, Mark Hardy, Mildred Popp, Mike Gillardi, Sarah And Chris, Pam Lorenz, Jamesd (dzneynut), George Mundy Jr, Peggy Saeger, Mike Cerce, Marti Leader, Jessica Gruhlke, April Haddock, Carolyn Como, Mike Haeberle, Chad Gates, Jodie S., Jeff Blank, Melissa Littman, Maryann Romagnano, Paul Elliott, Andreas Beer, Brian Mcwithey, The Holmes Family, Leigh Mertz, Pat Schwier, Rebecca Keenan, Kelly Smith, Annie Davies, Mike M., Alan Mize, Mary And Damian Dieuliis, Ben M, Jamie Poynton, Ron Nufranick, Tom Higbee Sr, Lisa Pinder, Karen Ford, Don Purney, Barclay Bakkum, Sheila Bagg, Jennifer Bogdan, Karen Adamakis, David Ballard, Whitney M, Jackie Klafeta, John Warner, Brian Gallant, Brendan Abel, John Bickers , Patti Mccaffrey, Margie Larmon, Margaret Convery, Gallagher Family, Barry Sklenar, and Emma Ramsey!
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Challenge #416 Where in the world is this?

We're switching parks! Or are we? Be careful; it's easy to mistake the location if you go by the band alone.
Hint: this is a new act.

Where in the World #416

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

January 19, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: POP Century

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Every Value Resort at Walt Disney World has huge letters spelling out the resort's name in the bus transportation area. The Pop Century Resort has fun giant POP signs which are impossible to miss as you get off your bus after a day in the parks. As I waited for a bus to get to a park one morning, there was very good light and some clouds to set off a mighty POP.

Huge Pop Century Resort logo sign, Orlando, Florida
Huge Pop Century Resort logo sign in the Bus Transportation area.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 28mm focal length.

Deb will be here tomorrow with a POP quiz.

January 20, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: POP Century

Deb's Digest Blog

Congratulations Connie Brush! Your answer was chosen at random as the winner of an AllEars Prize Pack!!!!! Thanks to everyone who played along!!!

The Answer is : This is on the side of a small building in the 50's section of Pop. It is a bed for Lady. Just across from her larger than life Icon!

I'm adding a twist to this week's Disney Pic of the Week. I've got a quiz for you! Let's see how well you know POP Century!

Below is indeed a photo taken recently at POP Century.

What is this and where at the resort can you find it?

Leave your answer in the comments below.

I'll pick a winner at random from all the correct answers to receive an AllEars prize pack. Remember you must answer both questions! You must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Comments must be received by Sunday, January 24th at midnight eastern time.

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January 22, 2016

Photographing While Riding at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

One of the hot topics I get asked about a lot is photographing while on a ride at Disney themeparks. There is an easy way and a harder way which I will be talking about and giving examples.

First, let me stress the importance of securing your camera while on rides. Whether you are taking pictures or not. You do not want your camera to bang up against anything during the ride or, worse, dropping it. I always use my camera strap around my person and then around the wrist which holds the camera.

Once secured, the next thing I worry about is how I want the photo to come out. If I am taking photos of people on the ride, I will use a fast shutter speed to get a nice and sharp image of them. That is what I did with the photo of my daughter on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom. I put my camera in Shutter Priority and set it to 1/800th of a second. This happened to open up the aperture to f/4.5 which gave the background a pleasing out of focus area or bokeh.

The type of lens is important, too. Wide angle lenses are best or a zoom set to its widest focal length. Believe me when I say it is not easy aiming the camera as a ride is in motion. A wide angle lens gives the best chance for a successful photo.

Riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad using a fast shutter speed.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/800s, f/4.5, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm focal length.

The harder way is slowing your shutter speed down to keep the ride vehicle(s) in sharp focus but the background becomes a blur. That is what I did when I rode Tomorrowland's Astro Orbitor in the Magic Kingdom. I again used Shutter Priority and set my camera to 1/10th of a second. I took several photos during the ride and this photo was the only one which came out the way I wanted it to.

Long exposure photo of the Astro Orbiter from the Pilot Seat in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Long exposure photo of the Astro Orbiter from the Pilot Seat.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/10s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm focal length.

Another ride for cool slow shutter speed photos is the Mad Tea Party or Tea Cups in Fantasyland. Here you need to get the cup spinning fast. Start out with a shutter speed of 1/125 and decrease to 1/60, 1/30 and even as low as 1/15th of a second. I would love to show you a photo I took but I can not stomach the Tea Cups. My friend, Joe Penniston, an accomplished Disney photographer, can and captured this wonderful photo.

Slow shutter on the Mad Tea Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Slow shutter on the Mad Tea Party or Tea Cups.
Nikon D3S/14-24mm, 1/15s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV 0, 20mm focal length.

Do not forget one very important ride photo...the end of the line photo showing everyone survived!

Riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
End of the ride photo on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/250s, f/2.8, ISO 320, EV +0.3, 16mm focal length.

Remember, secure your camera first. Then enjoy photographing the ride.

January 24, 2016

Where in the World #417

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 #416
Where in the World #416

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

It's Jimi Hendrix, alive and well! Okay, it's not. It's the new band, Ribab Fusion, in Epcot's Morocco pavilion.

Jeff Blank, you went George of the Jungle on me! That was awesome!
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Thomas Higbee Sr, I can only try. ;)

Lee Anastasi were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Lee and to all our winners this week! The Kertes Family, Mary Beth Tarbet, The Gunnels Gang, Team Hill, Phyllis, Ron Nufranick, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Belicia, Scott C. , Ken Savage, Melissa Such , Nan Amor, Maureen Handy, Jim Thompson, Bruce Hinterleitner, Claire Gregory, Grumpy's Groupies, Eric Berger, Tammy Warmouth, The Rider Family, Dennis O'reilly, Theresa Maradei, Kris Nixon, Adriana Diaz, Adriana Diaz, Lyn Johnson, Trisha Johnson , Stacie Doughty , Hillary Waldroop, Pat Schwier, Cecelia Solomon, Luis Rodriguez, Karen Nablo, Deb Gallo, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Carol Ney, Margaret Convery, Elaine Kleinhenz, Mark Donahue, Vera And Izzy Williams, Frank And Sharon, Claribel, Maryann Romagnano, Megan, Andy Hickey, Mary And Damian Dieuliis, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Kathy,brooke And Kennedy, Frances Donahue, Melissa Roberts, Les Stewart, Gloria Martin, Tricia Petty, Deb Ragno, Todd Johns, Angela Johns, Bill Mckim, Kyra, Sandie Albrecht, Cheryl Costello, Jeremy Hardy, Joseph M. Zafia, Karla Callen, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Kristie Cantley, The States Family, Karrie Duffey, Janet T Thorn, Jillian Lassiter, Jeremy Reichelt, Lori Rienhardt, Steve Knapp, Les Whitten, Dave Carriere, Brian Richmond, Patti Mccaffrey, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Betsey Whitehead, Paul Dickson, Jane Johnson, Jeff Blank, Ben M, Bob, Alan Mize, Robert Wescovich, Vicki Britt, Smitty, Jamie Poynton, Al & Kerry Ganter, Jodie S., Barclay Bakkum, Thomas Higbee Sr, John Dupre, Jackie Graebel, Mark Hardy, Don Purney, Kevin Jones, Theresa Rucando, and Gallagher Family!
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Challenge #417 Where in the world is this?

We are leaving the parks!

Where in the World #417

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January 26, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: All Star Resort

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The All Star Resorts were the first Value Resorts built at Walt Disney World. The three complexes were called Movies, Music and Sports. I remember the excitement when I realized I could afford to take my young family to WDW and stay on property. If I had a say (and I often did not) in which All Star resort we would stay at, I choose Sports. I mean, how cool is it to see your city's college pennant on the side of a resort wing? For me it was very cool. Go Syracuse University Orange!

Guest wing at the All-Star Sports Resort with college pennants, Orlando, Florida
Guest wing at the All-Star Sports Resort with college pennants.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

Deb will be here tomorrow with for take on the All Star Resorts.

January 27, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: All Star Resorts

Deb's Digest Blog

Our Disney Pic of the Week topic is the All Star resorts and I just have to post my favorite photo found in the All Star Sports food court. My dear friend Steve Barrett, Mr. Hidden Mickey, has a place of honor in the artwork.

"It's me holding a yellow Hidden Mickeys book with a magnifying glass on the cover, and a tiny classic Mickey is on my shirt! "
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Next time you are in All Star Sports, see if you can spot Steve's image!

January 29, 2016

New Animals at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Things are always changing at Walt Disney World. At Disney's Animal Kingdom, I photographed new residents on my last trip in December of 2015.

The entrance to Discovery Island Trails before the bridge over to Africa is the home of the Cotton-top Tamarins (Saguinus oedipus). Cotton-top Tamarins are new world monkeys from Central and South America.

Cotton-top Tamarin at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cotton-top Tamarin at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 4500, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

On the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Asia, I spotted the Sarus Crane (Grus antigone) walking through tall grass. Turns out Sarus Cranes are the tallest cranes in the world reaching a height of nearly six feet (1.8m). They are found in India, Southeast Asia and Australia.

Sarus Crane on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sarus Crane on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 180, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

Staying on the Maharajah Jungle Trek and in the same exhibit area were Asian Antelopes. A whole heard had come up and over a hill to start grazing on the hillside. This lovely male was nice enough to pose for me.

Asian Antelope on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Asian Antelope on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 450, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

While Western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) are not new to the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, these two baby boys are. They were entertaining a large audience of guests with their antics.

Baby Western Lowland Gorillas playing on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Baby Western Lowland Gorillas playing on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/5.6, ISO 4500, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

I always make it a point to walk all the trails in Disney's Animal Kingdom as new animals go on display or replace other species all the time.

January 31, 2016

Where in the World #418

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!

Vicki Britt, I will absolutely announce when you're in Walt Disney World and with great gusto! You just let me know!

Jim & Lorie Sonnen, we may not be that far apart. I'm digging out from the snow too.

Now for Challenge #417
Where in the World #417

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

I said we were going outside the parks and here's where we ended up: it's the Disney Princess section, right by the the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, of the World of Disney store in Disney Springs.i

Bruce Hinterleitner, you joined us after all! I'm so glad! Now, I promise, we'll go back to the parks.

Claire Gregory, you clearly married a wonderful man, taking the kids so you can go blissfully through World of Disney by yourself!

Linda Ranatza were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Linda and to all our winners this week! Evanna Huda, Kristi Strembicki, Donna Frank, Eric Berger, Carol Ney, Deb Gallo, The Kertes Family, Theresa Rucando, Luis Rodriguez, Christi Ison, Dave Cole, Mary Beth Tarbet, The Gunnels Gang, Gloria Martin, The Modecki's, Bruce Hinterleitner, Les Whitten, Belicia, Chris Kelly, Scott C., Kris Nixon, Tracey Mayfield, Team Hill, The Parker Family, Mary Kay Samluk, Laurie Walker, The Tisdale Family, Andrew Carrieri, Deb Ragno, K Beasley, The Strukel Family, Bill Mckim, Kerry A., Joseph M. Zafia , Danielle Murgia, Kevin Jones, Arlene Vicek, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Kathy Witt, Axel Beer, Joe Calomeni, Tricia Petty, Robert Hildebrandt , Ken Savage, Maureen Handy, Bonnie Jean, Carla C, Paul Dickson, Team Bonnie Sue, Eric Johnson, Jay R & Kara D, Margaret Convery, The Rider Family, Andy Hickey, Nan Amor, Mary And Damian Dieuliis, Mike O'brien , Michaela O'brien , Linda Scrivano, Gina Falzone , Kyra, Jeremy Hardy, Pamela Anderson, Tammy Warmouth , The Otts Family, Smitty, Chris, Gretchen, and Katie Barnes, Claire Gregory, Grumpy's Groupies, Adolph and Kimberly Timm, Les Stewart, Jamie Fahey, Ron Harper, Mark Donahue, Frances Donahue, Phyllis, Jillian Lassiter, Cheryl E, Patrick Broaddus, Jeremy Reichelt, Karrie Duffey, Melody Odonnell, Theresa Maradei, Vicki Britt, Matt Holley, Patti Mccaffrey, Alison Rosenberger , Kathryn Hughes, Bob Henriksen, Jared Orth, Ron Nufranick, Dave Carriere, Emily Hudson, Mickey Eckert, Jeff Blank, Sarah and Chris, Carri Marotto, Shelly Borella, Rob Blundin, Barclay Bakkum, John Pasqueralli, Maryann Romagnano, Martha Collins, Jane Johnson, Vera And Izzy Williams, Shirley Garcowski, George Mundy Jr, Mark Hardy, David Ballard, Don Purney, Don Purney, The Patterson Family, Jackie Klafeta, Nancy C., Jackie Graebel, Toni, and Kathy, Brooke and Kennedy!
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Challenge #418 Where in the world is this?

We are back in the parks. This “character” is only for the parks; he and his friends aren't famous for a movie or a TV show, and you only see them one season a year.

I stand corrected; he and his buddies do appear on a Disney television program that is on once a year. And they are a popular part of it.

Where in the World #418

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 4th, by clicking on the blue box below.

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See you soon, Players!

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