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February 2, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Close Up

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

For the next few weeks, Deb and I will be sharing general photography themes. I am going to add past tips I have written about for each one. Starting with "Close Up".

The best tip I can give a new photographer is to get close and fill the frame. People will see an immediate improvement in their photographs using this advice.

Here are few ways to get close up:

1. Move closer by walking up to your subject.
2. Use a longer focal length.
3. Crop in post-production.

In my Close Up photo below, I used a long lens of 300mm to photograh the dancer in front of The Little Mermaid float in the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade at the Magic Kingdom to get in close and fill the frame. Don't you just love the colorful costumes in this parade?

Dancer in front of The Little Mermaid float in the Disney Festival of Fantasy parade at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Close up of dancer in front of The Little Mermaid float in the Disney Festival of Fantasy parade.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 160, EV 0, 300mm focal length, fill flash.

Note the use of fill flash to add a little sparkle to her eyes.

Deb will be here tomorrow with her Close Up.

February 3, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Close Up

Deb's Digest Blog

I had a fun time finding a photo for this week's topic. One of my absolute favorite things to do is wander around Animal Kingdom with my zoom lens! Here is one of my favorite shots of the ring-tailed lemur.

"Look Ma No Cavities!"
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Click on the photo for a closer dental inspection :)

February 5, 2016

Return of the Fisheye Lens to Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Back in 2013, I wrote about my ideas for using a Fisheye lens. What I did not say was how easy it was to leave the Fisheye lens on the camera. Case in point was this day in Epcot. My family started the day with a FastPass+ at Test Track. I had an idea for the Fisheye lens for ride shots. Why I was not thrilled with the ride photos I got, I did really like using the Fisheye on the cars in the show room area of the attraction.

Chevrolet Corvette on display inside Test Track in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Chevrolet Corvette on display inside Test Track through a Fisheye lens.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm, 1/25s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0.

After Test Track, we walked across the plaza on our way for our lunch dining reservation and I could not resist this photo. It is not often I have gotten such nice clouds in the middle of a Florida day on my visits.

People walk past Pin Central in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
People walk past Pin Central through a Fisheye lens.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm, 1/640s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0.

Call me lazy or creative but I left the Fisheye lens on my camera for our lunch at the Garden Grill in The Land pavilion. I especially liked how the distortion of the lens worked with Pluto's nose.

A couple gets a hug from Pluto in the Garden Grill restaurant in Epcot's The Land pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A couple gets a hug from Pluto in the Garden Grill through a Fisheye lens.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 5600, EV 0.

What's a day at Epcot without a monorail photo? Right, not a good one so here it is. Yep, never did take the Fisheye off as we headed out of the park.

Monorail Green heading into Epcot over the entrance to the park, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Monorail Green heading into Epcot through a Fisheye lens.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm, 1/320s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0.

One of the best exercises a photographer can do is take a prime (non-zoom) lens and use it all day. If the prime lens happens to be a Fisheye lens, then enjoy the day!

February 7, 2016

Where in the World #419

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 starting off with a little announcement:
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February 13th is my fifth anniversary with Where in the World! Thank you, Players for supporting me week after week! I can't believe it's been five years since Barrie passed me the game's baton.

Now for Challenge #418
Where in the World #418

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

A toy soldier in the Magic Kingdom Christmas parade! I have way too many pictures of these guys because I love them so much!

Jim & Lorie Sonnen were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and to all our winners this week! Ken Savage, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, The Kertes Family, Melissa Such , Mary Beth Tarbet, The Gunnels Gang, Phyllis, Bruce Hinterleitner, Theresa Rucando, Hillary Waldroop, Bill Mckim, Marsha Waidelich, Olszak Family, Becky Norman, Tammy Warmouth , Carolyn Como, Judy Simonsen, Beth Mcmeekin, Ken Maikowski, Josh Weiss, Katelyn Walker, Kerri Coggins, Linda Scrivano, Cynthia Hitchcock, Sands Family , Bob Patterson, Jill Evangelista, Elaine Kleinhenz, Kathy,brooke And Kennedy, Stuart Savage, Team Hill, Mike O'brien , Carla C, Michaela O'brien , Lori Rienhardt, Gloria Martin, Joseph M. Zafia, Kristi Strembicki, Sandie Albrecht, Kris Nixon, The Parker Family, Julia Wickware, Tricia Petty, Belicia, Vicki Britt, Scott C., Jennifer Bowling, Matthew Jadro, Janet Spiess, Emily Hudson, Amanda Zabor, K Beasley, Hunter Mccallum, Jennifer Isenhoward , Lyn Johnson, Margie-ann Feczko, The Tisdale Family, Michelle Raimist, Leach Family, Sharon Powell, Tim Thompson , Vanessa Stjohn , Tia P Turner, Kyra, Team Bonnie Sue, Andy Hickey, Kara D & Jay R, Laura V, Kyran Smith, Steve Knapp, Mark Donahue, Eric Berger, Julie Wason , Jennifer Snook, Sarah, Rachel Melendez , Chris Horne, Karen Taylor, Mike Rotkiske, Jennifer Rowell, Ruth Woodhouse, Lindsay Arlene Clayton, Rick Webster , Kathy Witt, Sarah And Chris, Wendy Barney, Lynne Simpson, Krista Serpi, Tracie Wickham, Christine Brown, Janet H., Theresa Maradei, Damian Shepard, Pollyanna Buff, Andreas Beer, Christi Ison, Ngallant, Mary And Damian Dieuliis, Paul Dickson, Grumpy's Groupies, Duskin Henard, Diane Tredore, Stefan Owens, Melissa Littman, Jim Finley, Pat Schwier, Ron Harper, Janet T Thorn, Lee Anastasi, Terry Fleming, Hunter Armstrong, Heidi Radway, Teala Van De Ven , Chris Kelly, Claire Gregory, Mary Ann Lamay, Erin Loring, Matt Wildey , Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Margaret Convery, Deb Gallo, Kathie Howley, Cheryl E, Martha Collins, Bonne Jean, Linda College, Karen Costa, Evald Olson, Luis Rodriguez, Mary Coleman, Brenda Atkinson , The Modecki's, Maryann Romagnano, Susan Higginbotham, Mickey Eckert, Nan Amor, Jamie Fahey, Maureen Handy, Andrew Carrieri, Linda Lundsten, Arlene Vicek, Vanessa Gordon, Stephanie Halliday, Chloe Mayhew, The Filiater Family, The Rider Family, The Long Family, Helene Hair, Phil Vickers, Gina Falzone , Kerri, Jen Eacret , Liz Moreau, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Dee Dee Kenney, Julie Defilippo, Charleen Murphy, Double Family, Jason Skow, Ed Suscreba, Jane Johnson, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Jeff Blank, Deb Ragno, Doug Olson Family, Anne H, Frances Donahue, Jeremy Hardy, Eric Enli, Melanie Webb, Amy Flomberg , Stefanie Vandiver, Wayne Chadourne, Vickie Marie Barca, Eric Johnson, The Holmes Family, Cameron Lange, Les Whitten, Vera And Izzy Williams, Paul Ignudo, Chris Bauman, Jillian Lassiter, Matt Holley, Jennifer Pichert, Susie Howard, Teri Michalski, Caroline Burmester, Randy T. , Shelly Borella, Matthew Frey, Tiffany , Patrick Broaddus, Erin Hammer, Jeremy Reichelt, Karrie Duffey, Andrew Pettit, Clay Anthony, Carri Marotto, Mark Hardy, Maryann Eckenrode, Dean , Mark Proper, Tim Johansen, Karen Bellamy, Patti Mccaffrey, Mike Gillardi, Tracy Discher, Margie Larmon, Will Gates, Jared Orth, Smitty, Melody Odonnell, Mike Cerce, Ed Adams, Ashley Collins, Kay Moss, Mike Mondoux , Jamie Poynton, Pamela Anderson, Jim Thompson, The Fosbenders, Brian Miller, Josette Gabel, Lorraine Mazzeo, Diane Curfman, Shirley Garcowski, Nancy Crossman, Tricia Noble, Kelly Smith, Barry Sklenar, Nadine Miltier, The Hutchinson Family, Rebecca Keenan, George Mundy Jr, Barbara, Brian Mcwithey, Ron Nufranick, Jo Ann Bailey, Barclay Bakkum, Les Stewart, Robert P. Flaherty, Tommy Montgomery, Chiara Smith, Kristyn Scibienski, Maryann Daly, John Paul Carnell, Jackie Graebel, Sara Parker, Mike Heberle, Rachel Hoover, Alan Mize, Don Purney, Peggy Saeger, Thmomas Higbee Sr, Lisa Pinder, Kathryn Hughes, Stacy Guarracino, Roxanne Kliebert, and Christina Swisher!

Time for the monthly drawing! And the January 2016 winner is: Mark Hardy! Congratulations, Mark! I will be contacting you soon about getting your prize from Deb!


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Challenge #419 Where in the world is this?

Since my 5th anniversary is this week, I'm going to do something that I haven't done in a couple years: break our record for number of winners in one week! The current record is 571: let's see if we can beat that! So here's an easy one:

Where in the World #419

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

February 9, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Action

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Action photography is something I do all the time in my role as team photographer for an American Hockey League team. You can either capture action with a fast shutter speed to freeze the action. This lets people see and study the action in ways they can not do by watching the action. Or, you can use a slow shutter speed which blurs the action giving the photo a sense of motion and speed.

I went the slow shutter speed method when I photographed Expedition EVEREST in Disney's Animal Kingdom. I wanted to give the sense of speed and thrill this ride gives riders.

Guests fly down the side of Expedition EVEREST in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Guests fly down the side of Expedition EVEREST.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/15s, f/22, ISO 100, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

I processed this photo with Macphun's Intensify Pro CK using the Soft HDR filter.

Deb will be here tomorrow with some action of her own.

February 10, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Action

Deb's Digest Blog

This was a hard one for me as I don't do very well taking "action" shots. However, recently I happened upon the Meerkats at Animal Kingdom just as their feeding and enrichment was beginning. It was great to watch as the first one timidly emerged from the hole to see is everything was safe. A few more minutes went by before the 2nd one peered out.

After about 10 minutes, they animal keeper had them all running back and forth for their "meatballs". Just image how FAST this little meerkat was jumping up for food! I managed to get him on 2 legs and mouth wide open. If this isn't an action shot, I don't know what is!

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Be sure to click on the photo for a larger image.

February 12, 2016

Illuminations at 28mm

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

On my last trip to Walt Disney World, I went light by only bringing the Nikon AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. At 28mm this lens is not as wide as I would like to photograph Illuminations, I found this pleasing composition back when photographing at last December's All Ears event.

Illuminations Holiday Tag in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Illuminations Holiday Tag at 28mm.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 6s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length, Tripod.

As you can see there are a few fireworks at the top giving a nice framing effect.

Just before the grand finale, I took this "fast" photo. Being in Bulb mode, this was a very quick open and close of the shutter.

Illuminations Holiday Tag in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Illuminations Holiday Tag at 28mm.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 3/5s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length, Tripod.

The next frame was totally blown out as the air was filled with white fireworks.

Even though I did not have the best lens with me, I made the best of it by finding a composition I liked. Hope you did, too. Click here to see a wider view of Illuminations.

February 14, 2016

Where in the World #420

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 for all the anniversary wishes, and thank you again for being here every week!

Now for Challenge #419
Where in the World #419

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

It's a Small World, the happiest cruise that ever sailed! Like everybody said, you've been hearing that song all week. (Jennifer Pichert, I love it too!) Except for Michelle Palazzo who put Scar's scene, “I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts” in my head!

Well! I've been looking through the answers again, and I see you all singing, so!
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

It's a small world after all
It's a small world after all
It's a small world after all
It's a small, small world!

We didn't break the record, but we had fun trying, didn't we? And look at all the winners!

Jim & Lorie Sonnen were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and to all our winners this week! Torrey Beasley, Ken Jackson, Bruce Jones, Ken Savage, Linda Ranatza, Ed Elder, John Warner, Ed Suscreba, The Kertes Family, The Modecki's, Larissa Huda , Team Hill, Theresa Rucando, The Strukel Family, Julia Wickware, Ron Nufranick, Christi Ison, Team Hill, Emily Hudson , The Parker Family, Sandie Albrecht, Tammy Warmouth , The Gunnels Gang , Eric Berger, Hillary Waldroop, Linda College, Mary Beth Tarbet, Ken Maikowski, David Tarbet, Ed Hogan, Diane Tredore, Sands Famliy, Tricia Petty, Janet T Thorn, Bruce Hinterleitner, Phyllis, John Bickers, Mike O'brien, Andy Hickey, Kris Nixon, Hunter Armstrong, Jill Hauth, Grumpy's Groupies, Beth Mcmeekin, Joe Calomeni, Cynthia Hitchcock, Kathy,brooke And Kennedy, Sam Rossman, Gloria Martin, K Beasley, Bob Patterson, Ronnie Alvarado, Joseph M. Zafia, Hoekzema Family, Tim Johansen, Marsha Waidelich, Karen Adamakis, Diane Curfman, Andrew Carrieri, Chris Kelly, Joann Albrecht , Karen Bellamy, Russ Morgan, Maryann Eckenrode, Kristi Strembicki, Susie Howard, Leach Family, Karen Schlumpf, Deb Ragno, Sharon Pierce, Lori Rienhardt, Les Whitten , Claire Gregory, Mary And Damian Dieuliis, Sarah And Chris, Barbara Ajak, Vicki Britt, Luis Rodriguez, Maureen Handy, Carla C, Dave Wang, Vicki Britt, Scott Mcbride, Erica Zielewski , Michael Mclucas And Jackie Mclucas, Robert Wescovich, Margaret Convery, Gina Falzone, Andrea Kruszewski, Team Bonnie Sue, Andreas Beer, Belicia Cullen, Scott C., Ruben O'meara, Dawn Bach, Adam Lucas, Rachel Purcell, Lee Anastasi, Sam Adams, Jen Baughman, Tracy Doorley, Susan Higginbotham, The Rider Family, Nancy Noble, Smitty, Carol Rennell, Robin Mcconnell, Brenda Mclean, Melissa Such , Jamee Smith, The Tisdale Family, Stefanie Vandiver, Jim Finley, Arlene Vicek, Jennifer Brennan, Timothy Gallant, Ellen Sullivan, Kara & Jay , Vanessa Stjohn, Dave Freemyer, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Ronald Delorey, Donna Frank, Steve Knapp, Larry Sprenkle, Colleen Mertens, John Stella, Phil Vickers, Chloe Mayhew, Sharon Russo, Martha Collins, Laura Tarbet, Tom Koval, Paul Dickson, Mark Donahue, James Steele, Matt Petty, Matt Wildey , Evald Olson, Bill Mckim, Jim Thompson, Ellie Argaluza, Mark Proper, The Fosbenders, Tiffany Gibb, Jim Curley, Sarah Williams, Elaine Kleinhenz, Theresa Maradei, Emma Ramsey, Les Stewart, Fran Rendulic, Bonnie Jean, Eric Johnson, Bill Waddell, Blake Schmidt, Patty Carty, Dee Dee Kenney, Linda Scrivano, Wendy Barney, Todd Johns, Angela Johns, Pat Schwier, Mary Tougas, Chris Lucca, Mickey Eckert, Liz Donahue, Kyra, Jessica Gruhlke, Melissa Littman, Mike Malampy, Rita Henderson, Chuck Everson, Jennifer Rowell, The Long Family, Frances Donahue, The Filiater Family , Karen And Amanda Kenney, Kerri Coggins, Gallagher Family, Carolyn Como, Jeremy Hardy, Cathy Connors, Vickie Marie Barca, Jessica Polizzotto , Josh Weiss, Tom Armstrong, Lana Bloomfield, Doug Olson Family, Nadine B Miltier, Herb Miller, Jeff Blank, Martin Greene, Vanessa Gordon, Michaela O'brien , Becky Norman, Rachel Miller, Ashley Collins, Paul Elliott, Kristyn Scibienski, Jodi Cook, Wayne Chadourne, Brian Gallant, Caitlin Lewis, Mike Amor, Karen Costa, Deb Gallo, Cameron Lange, Chris Bauman, Zachary Ott, Katelyn Walker, Matthew Jadro, Melody Odonnell, Melody Odonnell, Alison Rosenberger, Matt Holley, Randy T, Bethany Angermaier, Karrie Duffey, Judy Simonsen, Matthew Frey, Erin Hammer, William Allhusen, Tricia Noble, Scott Sangston, Caroline Burmester, Brian Yesutis, Rachel Hoover, Dean P, Jeremy Reichelt, Karen Aguiar, Jason Skow, Shelly Borella, Melodi Clark, Tracy Discher, Jillian Lassiter, Kathryn Hughes, Matt Earl, Patrick Broaddus, Duskin Henard, Jeff Finger, Andrew Pettit, Carol Ney, Jamie Poynton, Wendy T Faler, Mike Cerce, Pollyanna Buff, Mike Haeberle , Brian Mcwithey, Ron Harper, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Josette Gabel, Gabriella & Matthieu, Cheryl Costello, Jennifer Pichert, Nancy Cole, Mark Hardy, Jim Logue, Vera Williams, Paul Ignudo, Janet Winslow, Cheryl E, Jo Ann Bailey , Lisa Pinder, Tom Higbee Sr., Barclay Bakkum, Liz Moreau, Colleen Ringer, Sheila Bagg, Jane Johnson, Bruce Lawson, Lindsay Morris, Jackie Graebel, Chiara Smith, Kayte Summer, Sherry Trapp, Vickie Scioneaux, Helen Kelly, Barry Sklenar, Peggy Saeger, Shirley Garcowski, Marie Vanacore, Jared Orth, David Ballard, Kim Meyer, Joan Leicher, Don Purney, Melodye Bostick, Robin Meredyk, Will Gates, Rick Ernst, Lisa Cash, Wendy Palmquist, Karen Ford, Michelle Palazzo, Jackie Klafeta, George Mundy Jr, Davida, Nan Amor, Kelly Todd, Margi, Patti Mccaffrey, Renee Hardiman, Laurie Wilkey, Laurie Wilkey, Robert P. Flaherty, Sarah Goulding, and Matt!

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Challenge #420 Where in the world is this?

We are leaving the parks!

Where in the World #420

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 18th, 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!

February 16, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Portraits

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The definition of a portrait is a painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person, especially one depicting only the face or head and shoulders. In our case, photography is our medium of choice. While the dictionary uses "person", I would substitute "subject" as portraits do not necessarily have to be human.

Take for instance my portrait of an Asian Tiger (Panthera tigris) on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom. The tiger was posing perfectly for me in between short cat naps.

Asian Tiger (Panthera tigris) on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Portrait of an Asian Tiger on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/4, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 160mm (240mm DX) focal length.

For more on taking portraits at Walt Disney World, visit these links: Animal Portraits and More on Portraits (of the human kind)

Deb will share her portraiture skills tomorrow.

February 17, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Portraits

Deb's Digest Blog

Scott saved me this week with his definition of portrait~! Here is Suzy (from Cinderella) in the 2014 Magic Kingdom parade "Celebrate a Dream Come True". She walked right to where I was standing!

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February 19, 2016

Great Movie Ride HDR at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Today is my birthday and I am going to indudge myself with photographic candy.

Late afternon at Disney's Hollywood Studios means the Sun is behind The Great Movie Ride or GMR, for short. Especially, in early December when I was there last. I sure was not going to let the cloud filled sky go to waste. No sir! Instead, I took a series of five photos in a bracketed set covering the -2EV to +2EV range of exposures. My camera (Nikon D750) can be set up to bracket from 3 to 9 images at a time in any interval I want. Saves me a lot of time as I do not have to adjust my camera after each shot. I do have to remember to take it out of bracketing mode once I am done.

I then brought the five photos into Photomatix Pro. Photomatix Pro merges the photos into one image before creating a set of images to choose from processed in various ways. I selected the one you see below as I liked how it emphasized the clouds in the sky and popped the colors of the GMR building.

HDR image of The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
High Dynamic Range (HDR) image of The Great Movie Ride.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 1100, 28mm focal length.

I cropped the image into a 16x9 HD crop, sat back and enjoyed the candy.

February 21, 2016

Where in the World #421

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Did everyone have a nice Valentine’s Day?

Chris Kelly, it’s -12 where you live?! Where is that?!

Now for Challenge #420
Where in the World #420

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

A photo stop in front of the Design-a-tee store at Disney Springs!

For the people living in weather like Chris K, you need the Design-A-Parka store. Brrr!

Hillary Waldroop were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Hillary and to all our winners this week! Jennifer Pichert, Julia Wickware, Ed Elder, Linda Ranatza, Smitty, Mary Beth Tarbet, Danielle Suscreba, Michael Mclucas And Jackie Mclucas, Carla C, Kerri Coggins, Kathy B., Jim & Lorie Sonnen, The Kertes Family, Bill Mckim, Mike Rotkiske, Joe Calomeni, Cynthia Hitchcock, Margaret Convery, Luis Rodriguez, Jay R. & Kara D., The Gunnels Gang, Evanna Huda, Team Hill, Mike O'brien, Michaela O'brien, Elaine Kleinhenz, Ron Nufranick, Laurie Walker, Tara Weaver, Christi Ison, Tricia Petty, Gloria Martin, Gina Falzone, Robin C. Hood, Joseph M. Zafia, Kris Nixon, Chris Kelly, Sarah And Chris, Ruth Woodhouse, Deb Ragno, Phyllis, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Leach Family, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Herb Miller, Kenny, Linda Scrivano, Tracey Mayfield, Grumpy's Groupies, The Rider Family, The Parker Family, Jim Thompson, Ken Savage, Sharon Pierce, Hunter Armstrong, Erin Hammer, Bonnie Jean, Claire Gregory, The Tisdale Family, Carolyn Como, Kyra, Sands Family, Les Whitten, The Harper Family, Angela Curley, Larry Sprenkle, Erin Loring, Karen Adamakis, Belicia, Scott C., Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Les Stewart, Team Bonnie Sue, Pollyanna Buff, Jeremy Hardy, Vera And Izzy Williams, Paul Perrin, Jillian Lassiter, Patti Mccaffrey, Karrie Duffey, Matthew Frey, Dave Carriere, Tricia Noble, Matthew Jadro, Chloe Mayhew, Beth Russell, Melody O'donnell, Dee Dee Kenney, Mark Hardy, Jeff Blank, Ruben O'meara, Shelly Borella, The Modecki's, Jamie Poynton, Stefanie Vandiver, Michelle Palazzo, Carol Baranowsky, Dave Freemyer, Eric Berger, Jo Ann Bailey, Kristyn Scibienski, Chip Vermette, Jennifer Smith, Emily Hudson, Dave Lewis, Don Purney, Tom Koval, Hobbes And Snorky, Stacy Guarracino, Vicki Britt, Sheri Tennis, Jennifer Rowell, Megan Krainski, Jane Johnson, and John Warner!

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Challenge #421 Where in the world is this?

We are back in the parks! Let’s face it, this is easy. You don’t have to where this is, but you know who it is.

I’m laughing because I can just imagine how many players are going to be saying, “Thanks for putting that song in my head all week!”

Where in the World #420

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

February 23, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Panorama

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have written about how to create a proper panorama photo in the past and how NOT to create them. I did fail to mention the easiest way to create what I call pseudo-panoramics.

A pseudo-panoramic is done by cropping an image taken with a wide angle lens in a panoramic aspect ratio like 16x9 or 18x6. While you could use any lens to do this, a wide angle image works out better. The photo below of Epcot's Spaceship Earth at night was done in the 16x9 ratio or sometimes referred to as the HD (High Definition) ratio as that is the ratio used for High Definition televisions.

Spaceship Earth at night in Ecpot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spaceship Earth at night in Ecpot's Future World.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 10s, f/16, ISO 200, EV -1.0, 16mm focal length, cropped.

Many smartphones and cameras today have panoramic modes. Look to see if your's does.

Deb will share her panorama tomorrow.

February 24, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Panorama

Deb's Digest Blog

In 2013 I was fortunate enough to go on an Adventures by Disney to Scotland: A Brave Adventure. As we traveled through this beautiful country we went to many of the places the Pixar*Disney team visited as they researched the movie.

One of the places we visited was located in the Isle of Lewis called the Callanish Standing Stones, which were erected around 3000 BC. It was an amazing place.

You can actually see these stones in the movie Brave. Here is a concept artwork image for Brave in which the stones are featured.

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I took this panoramic photo with my Iphone. Be sure to click on it for the larger image.

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Hope you enjoyed my choice for Pic of the Week: Panorama

February 26, 2016

Festival of the Lion King Finale in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Harambe Theatre is the new home of the Festival of the Lion King. It looks like the old theater. Maybe they dismantled it and re-constructed it? It could be a little bigger seating wise. No doubt all the cool upgrades went into the production end of things. This is a simple click as I let the camera do all the work using Shutter Priority Mode at 1/320th of a second.

Festival of the Lion King finale in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Festival of the Lion King finale on stage in the Harambe Theatre.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/3.5, ISO 1600, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

Sometimes, I just marvel at what today's cameras can do. I only had to open up the shadows and add a little sharpening to finish it off in post-production.

February 28, 2016

Where in the World #422

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!

Chris Kelly, that's a beautiful area where you live. I almost moved up there years ago. Here's hoping for the end of the cold weather!

Now for Challenge #421
Where in the World #421

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

Queen Elsa in one of her two locations: the finale for the “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Little story: My husband and I sat up by the front and when I saw the snowflakes are cloth or something like it, I had an idea: I scooped up big handfuls of them. I then went towards the back to the kids where the snowflakes don't fall, and asked them if they would like one of Elsa's snowflakes. The castmembers nicely gave us a little more time so kids could get them. Thankfully, my husband noticed a little girl following me everywhere who was too shy to say anything. She was the last child there; she got two. :)

It happened to be Christmas day, so double magical experience. Thank you, kids. You made it a great Christmas night! (I kept a snowflake for me, by the way. Hey, I'm in touch with my inner child.)

Mickey Eckert! That video was the best! I almost didn't go see it, because I thought you were just sending a clip from the movie or this show. I really did laugh out loud through the whole thing, and then, “Give up! Give up!” I ROARED! My husband ran in, so I showed it to him. Same reaction. Thank you! That was brilliant!

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Challenge #422 Where in the world is this?

Wow, it's time for the last Challenge in February already.

Where in the World #422

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