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April 1, 2016

Anchoring Your Photography at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

In landscape photography, the idea of anchoring a photo with an interesting element in the foreground is almost a rule. An anchor creates drama, shows scope, scale and tells a story.

I use anchors a lot at Walt Disney World especially when I have a wide angle lens on my camera. Wide angle lenses allow you to get close to a subject and include a sweeping background. In the photo below of a geyser erupting next to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom, I was able to encompass not only the geyser but the Liberty Belle Riverboat on the Rivers of America and the clouds in the sky overhead. The geyser anchors the photo and gives a viewer a starting location before moving on to the rest of the image.

Geyser near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad erupts as the Liberty Belle cruises by on the Rivers of America in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Geyser near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad erupts as the Liberty Belle cruises by on the Rivers of America.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/400s, f/10, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

Being more of a travel and vacation photographer when at Walt Disney World, I like to add people as the anchor. Specifically, the people I am traveling with. While, it may not be of interest to everyone, it is for my family with me and for those back at home I share the photos with. There are so many places you can do this in all the parks. This one was taken at a favorite location for Disney Photopass photographers. For good reason with the beautiful Cinderella Castle in the background.

Guests pose in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Guests pose in front of Cinderella Castle.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/80s, f/18, ISO 200, EV 0, 34mm Focal Length.

The next time you are out with your camera, look for anchors to use to create beautiful story telling photographs.


April 3, 2016

Where in the World #427

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 #426
Where in the World #426

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

The Bay 1 sign at Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom's Tomorrowland. If you stop by there, tell Sonny Eclipse I said hi! Maybe he could sing that special number and dedicate it to me:

Oh bright little star
though I'm light years away from you now
I can't help but to feel that somehow
we're both wishing on you

I imagine the light in your eyes
As she gazes up into the skies
at this moment does she realize
you are in my eyes too!

The Kertes Family were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Kertes Family and to all our winners this week! K Beasley, Kenny, Joann Albrecht, Belicia, Scott C., Martha Collins, Emily Hudson, Steve Knapp, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Grumpy's Groupies, Lee Anastasi, Ron Nufranick, Kristi Strembicki, Pollyanna Buff, Carol Ney, Phyllis, Lindsay Clayton , Vera And Izzy Williams, Team Bonnie Sue, Ken Savage, Bonnie Jean, Ken Daube, Wendy Barney, Laura V., The Otts Family, Sharon Stone, Kyra, Kelsey Sauers, Melissa, Bruce Jones, Candace Baker, Carol Lyons, Candy Baker, Sarah Graddy, Carol Bertolo-gamill, Vanessa Stjohn, Andrew Carrieri, Mark Donahue, David Freemyer, Jim Thompson, Nan Amor, Duskin Henard, Phil Badcock, Vicki Maciag, Margaret Convery, Robert Hildebrandt , Janet Spiess, Melissa Such , Mike Mondoux , Michael Kernodle, Tristan Fonseca, Anne Marberry-johnson, Karen Schlumpf, Julie Hargreaves, Mark Ledet, The Gunnels Gang, Lyn Johnson, The Sands Family, Bob Henriksen, Jennifer Rowell, Lenz Family, Erin Loring, Donna Zachman, Kara D & Jay R, Aimee, Debbie Custer, Nic Butterworth, Christina Trigiani, Sharon Pierce, Marguerite Garofalo, Dwayne Beaudry, Carla C, Mark Culwell, Gloria Martin , Ellen Sullivan, Mary Beth Tarbet, Kye Layton, Todd Johns, Josh Weiss, Lisa Collymore, Scott Tatelman, Maryann Eckenrode, Ruben Omeara, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, J. Greig, Angela Johns, Katie G, Lori Rienhardt, Olszak Family, Mylene Roy, Gallagher Family, Barbara Lucas, Paul Moore, John Warner, Karen Costa, Tracey Mayfield, Cathy, Eric Enli, Christi Ison, Leach Family, Kathy Hill, Michael Amor, Matt Petty, Beth Paczkowski, Sandie Albrecht, Paul Dickson, Adam Lucas, Rex And Maggie Biederman, The Long Family, Ken Jobin, Linda Ranatza, Herb Miller, Nicki T., Melanie Knoll, Chris Horne, Team Hill, Arlene Vicek, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Dee Dee Kenney, Kari Foster, Matt Wildey , Les Whitten, Ed Suscreba, Jennifer K, Jessica Gruhlke, Kyran Smith, Jessica Tait, Robert Wescovich, Brian Richmond, Claire Gregory, Nancy Doty, Janet H., Tracey Horan , Larry Sprenkle, Brian Miller, Deb Ragno, Theresa Maradei, Vicki Britt, Melissa Littman, Lori Smith, Russ Morgan, Doug Olson Family, Vickie Barca, Carolyn Como, Sheree Montgomery , Maureen And Warren Handy, Tommy Montgomery, The Tisdale Family, Mary Ann Lamay, Chris Kelly, Sarah Thomas, Andy Hickey, Rob Blundin, Luis Rodriguez, Kerri Coggins, Eric Johnson, Kim Skanes, Mike Haeberle, Maryann Romagnano, Michelle Palazzo, Beth Mcmeekin, Shelly, Tracy Davis, Ursula Rowland, The Fosbenders, Becky Norman, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Amanda Campbell, Les Stewart, Ken Baker, Brenda Mclean, Adam Goswick , Denise Morris, Tami Howerton, Joseph M. Zafia, The Modecki's, Scott Huerter, Wayne Chadourne, Bob Patterson, Carol Baranowsky, Gina Falzone , Ken Jackson, Tracy, Annie Snegon , Patti Zambuto, Tiffany Gibb , Bonnie Tulenko, Jodi Cook, Chuck Everson, Chuck Everson, Theresa Rucado, William Allhusen, Stefanie Vandiver, Karen Aguiar, Chris Bauman, Tricia Noble, Dave Wang, Tim Johansen, Kathryn Hughes, Janet T Thorn, Matt Holley, Tina Santacroce , Caitlin Lewis, Melody Odonnell, Nathalie Periard, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Mark Hardy, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Cameron Lange, Andrew Pettit, Rebecca Keenan, Matthew Frey, Danielle Williamson, Susie Howard, Jen Tremley, The Holmes Family, Deb Gallo, Jason Hocker, Jeremy Reichelt, Jenn Steele, Scott Sangston, Carri Marotto, Wendy T Faler, Linda College, Dave Carriere, Matt Earl, Mike Walter, Tricia Petty, Smitty, Blayne Rainey, The Patterson Family, Brian Niece, Paul Newbiggin, Susan Higginbotham, Brian Yesutis, Sara Parker, Erin Hammer, Carol Moranski, Cynthia Hitchcock, Ruth Senecal, Cary Burke , Colleen Ringer, Lara Crook, John Pasqueralli, Chloe Mayhew, Matt Cofone, Hunter Armstrong, Jodie S., Amy Freeman , Ronnie Alvarado, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Jennifer Wilder, Tara Wachowski, Mary And Damian Dieuliis, Jeff Blank, The Rider Family, Janet Peirano, Melesia Love, Kevin Jones, Jared Orth, Karrie Duffey, Mark Proper, Patti Mccaffrey, Rachel Hoover, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Ashley Collins, Barclay Bakkum, Lisa Pinder, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Tammy Warmouth , Eric Berger, Jamesd (dzneynut), Don Purney, David Ballard, Robert P. Flaherty, Jean Bussell, Tom Armstrong, Jackie Graebel, Teri Michalski, Tom Higbee,sr, Amber Slifer, Cheryl, Nancy Cole, Kyle Burdo, Mary Collins, Tj, Patrick Broaddus, Karen Ford, Cathy Connors, Jillian Lassiter, Eileen Miller, Will Gates, Jackie Klafeta, George Mundy Jr, Terri Thornton, Doris Harter, Jim Mis, Jane Johnson, and Caroline Burmester!

It's that time, Players! The winner of the March monthly drawing is: Eric Berger! Congratulations! You will be hearing from me soon about getting a prize from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #427 Where in the world is this?

We are still in the parks! This time, you do have to tell me who this is and where he is! It's a pretty new thing, but he's unique enough that I think you'll find it on the site if you haven't seen it for yourself!

Where in the World #427

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

April 6, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Spring

Deb's Digest Blog

When I think of "spring", I immediately go back to my youth growing up in New Jersey. Spring ALWAYS meant Spring Training which meant Baseball! Yankees and Mets baseball.

For my pic of the week, here is the Home Run Hotel located at the All Star Sports resort:

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April 8, 2016

More Food Compositions at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I am back with another edition about Disney Food Photography. It has been a year since a wrote that last article about phtographing the foods at Walt Disney World and beyond. This time I want to talk about how I include little extras which add interest or help to tell a story.

First, it is always a good thing to get close to your main subject. At Teppan Edo in Epcot's Japan pavilion, the food is prepared right in front of guests. Using a short zoom lens, I was able to get in close to one of the wonders of any meal there, the Onion Volcano as it was erupting. The softly focused guests in the background add a fun element.

Onion volcano erupting at Teppan Edo restaurant in Epcot's Japan pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Onion volcano erupting at Teppan Edo restaurant in Epcot's Japan pavilion.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/100s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV 0, 52mm Focal Length.

Restaurants at Disney can have cluttered backgrounds with guests dining and tables waiting to be bussed. Using bounce flash, you can pull your subject out of the background. When I dine at Kona Cafe in the Polynesian Village Resort, I get Tonga Toast. My Son-In-Law prefers the Big Kahuna Breakfast. Using a person traveling with you adds interest and delights your family and friends.

Big Kahuna breakfast entree at the Kona Cafe in the Polynesian Village Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Big Kahuna breakfast entree at the Kona Cafe.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 900, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length, Bounced Flash.

Not every time do I take a photo of food inside the location I purchased it from. Especially if it is a beautiful morning in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland. There, I got one of Gaston's Tavern's warm cinnomon rolls and a cold milk to wash it down with. I placed the food on an outside table and used a wide focal length to include the entrance to the quick service restaurant in the background.

Warm cinnamon roll and cold milk from Gaston's Tavern in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Warm cinnamon roll and cold milk from Gaston's Tavern.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 180, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

I have a lot of fun photographing the food and restaurants at all Disney venues. For one thing, people do not mind you doing it in Disney restaurants as most people are doing the same thing with their cameras and smart phones. Secondly, I enjoy people telling me how my photos help them consider eating at a particular restaurant on their trips to Disney parks and resorts. I hope you do to.


April 10, 2016

Where in the World #428

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 your notes, your stories and memories, even pictures, and videos. And always, always, always for being here, playing the game!
Smiley from Millan.Net


Now for Challenge #427
Where in the World #427

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

Hello, Baymax! He and I met at the Character Spot in Epcot! I love him, he’s a sweetheart! He’s still there, so if you haven’t seen him yet, you still have a chance! Be prepared, though: it is FREEZING in there!

Jeff Blank, ooooo! Putting ideas in my head! And I will start looking for the movie. :)

Speaking of videos, I loved it, Mickey Eckert! That was amazing!

Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Donna Frank, Carol Ney, Theresa Rucando, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Linda Ranatza, Evanna Huda, The Kertes Family, Mary Beth Tarbet, Eric Berger, Grumpy's Groupies, Carol Baranowsky, Al & Kerry Ganter, Kyra, Luis Rodriguez, Margaret Convery, Belicia, Scott C., The Parker Family, The Modecki's, Paula Massarelli, Josh Weiss, Team Hill, Joseph M. Zafia, Arlene Vicek, Joseph M. Zafia, Jennifer Pichert, Doug Olson Family, Claire Gregory, Diane Curfman, Sharon Pierce, Kris Nixon, Sharon Pierce, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Jennifer Bowling, Sharon Powell, Samantha Salvo, Ken Savage, K Beasley , Dee Dee Kenney, Janet Spiess, Ken Jobin, The Gunnels Gang, Lyn Johnson , Tara Weaver, Duskin Henard, Olszak Family, Maureen And Warren Handy, Joann Albrecht, Gloria Martin , Hunter Armstrong, Sands Family, Rhonda Dishong, Mike Malampy (Malampy Benco Family), Melissa Such , Erin Loring, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Andrew Carrieri, Ron Nufranick, The Long Family, Tricia Petty, Jennifer Rowell, Jen Tremley, Lori Rienhardt, Deb Gallo, Carla C, Lisa Liu, Jennifer Crumley, Chris, Gretchen And Katie Barnes, Mike O'brien , Karen Ramirez, Krista Serpi, Bruce Hinterleitner, Vera And Izzy Williams, Matt Wildey, Judy Simonsen, Hobbes And Snorky, Steve Knapp, Deb Ragno, Carol Schierbaum, Paul Scimeca, Linda College, Paul Dickson, Bill Schmid, Frances Donahue, Kara D & Jay R, Lee Anastasi, Smitty, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Tommy Montgomery, Evald Olson, Ed Adams, Tammy Warmouth, Mark Donahue, Les Whitten, Janet T Thorn, Julie And Carol Wickware, Ed Suscreba, Stefanie Vandiver, Kenny, Stefan Owens, Jodi Cook, Tom Koval, The Tisdale Family, Beth Mcmeekin, Vickie Barca, Vicki Britt, Mike Haeberle, Nan Amor, Mike Amor, Ruben O'meara, Bonnie Jean, Herb Miller, Team Bonnie Sye, Susie Howard, Les Stewart, Kathy, Brooke And Kennedy, Todd Johns, Laurie Walker, Todd Johns, Angela Johns, John Warner, Phyllis, Matt Cofone, Toni, Mark Hardy, Jeff Blank, Kerri Coggins, Carolyn Como, Jeremy Hardy, Colleen Ringer, The Holmes Family, Karen Costa, Tricia Noble, Tricia Noble, Karrie Duffey, Matt Holley, Jenn Steele, Brian Richmond, Matthew Frey, Melody Odonnell, Josette Gabel, Jared Orth, Scott Greenbaum, Jason Steinmetz, Erin Hammer, Scott Sangston, Jim Mis, Tim Johansen, Jason Skow, Emma Ramsey, The Rider Family , Melissa Littman, Michelle Palazzo, George Mundy Jr, Mark Proper, Jamie Poynton, Vanessa Gordon, Caroline Burmester, Melesia Love, April Haddock, Jeremy Reichelt, Mickey Eckert, Barclay Bakkum, Janet Peirano, Antoinette Leblanc, Rebecca Keenan, Tracy Discher, Don Purney, Jackie Graebel, Sue, Annie Snodgrass, Jane Johnson, Gallagher Family, Chris Kelly, and Caitlin Lewis!
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Challenge #428 Where in the world is this?

We are outside the parks! This is relatively new, meaning it’s a little over a year old. So if you haven’t seen it for yourself, you can find our pictures on the site!

Where in the World #428

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


April 12, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Topiaries

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Each year during the annual Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot, Disney brings out many topiaries to decorate both Future World and World Showcase.

The topiaries come in many sizes from very small to extremely large like the Dragon I photographed in Epcot's China pavilion in front of the scaled replica of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest.

Dragon topiary in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in the China pavilion at Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Dragon topiary in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in the China pavilion.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 25mm Focal Length, Intensify CK.

Last week's theme was Spring and I missed posting it so I have added it for this week. So you get a Two-fer from me today.

When I think of Spring at Walt Disney World, the first thing that comes to mind are the floating flowers in the ponds between Epcot's Future World and World Showcase. Thought I would throw in a monorail in Spring yellow, too.

Monorail Yellow moves over floating flowers in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Monorail Yellow moves over floating flowers in Epcot.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/250s, f/16, ISO 160, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length.

Deb will travel back in time for her topiary photo tomorrow.

April 13, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Topiaries

Deb's Digest Blog

It is fun to look back on the transformation of the Topiary since the Flower and Garden Festival began.

Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs weren't always in Germany. Here is a photo of them in Future World from 2002. They all look really different now don't they?

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April 15, 2016

More Topiaries from Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This week's Disney Pic of the Week theme was Topiaries. A topiary is a shrubs or trees clipped into ornamental shapes. Disney landscape artists have been using topiaries since the early 1960's at Disneyland. The annual Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot gives these artists a larger venue to show, astound and thrill Walt Disney World guests with topiaries both big and small.

Earlier this week, I shared with you one of the biggest topiaries: Dragon in China. Today, I am going to show you others I found as I walked around World Showcase during the 2016 edition of the Flower and Garden Festival.

As you approach Canada from Future World, topiaries of Bambi (deer), Thumper (rabbit) and Flower (skunk) from the animated feature, Bambi, greet you. It is a delightful scene of youth and merriment as Bambi watches his friends in a field of flowers. To include the Canada pavilion's Hotel du Canada in the background to tell the viewer where the photo was taken, I used a small aperture of f/16 and focused on the closest topiaries of Thumper and Flower about a third into the frame. This creates a hyperfocal photo where everything is in focus from the front (bottom) to the back (top) of the scene (click the link for more information on Hyperfocus).

Character topiaries from the movie, Bambi, near the Canada pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Bambi, Thumper and Flower topiaries near the Canada pavilion.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 280, EV 0, 18mm focal length.

The topiaries in the United Kingdom featuring Peter Pan overlooking Captain Hook from the top of a building got me to thinking how to best capture the scene. If I moved way back, I would get both of the characters in and probably a lot of my fellow guests as well. As much as I adore all of you, I decided to get in close with a wide angle lens, get on my knees in front of Captain Hook and angle my camera upwards. The result you see below. Again, using the hyperfocal technique, the composition has a nice anchor with Captain Hook standing in a bed of flowers and Peter Pan high above on the roof with a beautiful blue sky behind him.

Character topiaries from the movie, Peter Pan, in the United Kingdom pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Topiaries of Peter Pan and Captain Hook in the United Kingdom pavilion.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 220, EV 0, 22mm focal length.

As a "rule", photographers are told NOT to photograph into the Sun (or any bright light source). Like all good rules, however, this one was made to be broken. While I photographed both the Cogsworth and Lumiere topiaries in the France pavilion various ways, it was the photo you see below which I found the most interesting. The large Sun with the star effect shining down did put the topiaries into dark shadows.

I used photo enhancing software from Macphun called Intensify CK for Mac computers to pull out the details and colors of the topiaries and balance out the bright sunlight. I got in low in front of good old Cogsworth to get most of the people enjoying the area out of the frame. There are several kinds of photo enhancement software products on the market for both Macs and PCs which can do similar effects.

Character topiaries from the movie, Beauty and the Beast, in the France pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cogsworth and Lumiere topiaries in the France pavilion.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 220, EV 0, 16mm focal length, Intensify CK.

Earlier this week, Deb showed you the Snow White and the Dwarfs topiary in a different location from 12 years ago. This year, Snow White and her band of merry Dwarfs are found in between Germany and France near the World Showcase Lagoon. Comparing the two photos, you can see how Disney landscape artist have given the faces on the topiaries a far more animated look including eyes, noses, mouths, lips and hair in the case of Snow White in today's versions.

Character topiaries from the movie, Snow White, near the Germany pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Snow White and the Dwarfs topiaries near the Germany pavilion.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/250s, f/9, ISO 100, EV 0, 23mm focal length.

If you want to learn more about the history of Disney topiaries, click here for an article by Disney historian Jim Korkis.

April 17, 2016

Where in the World #429

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 #428
Where in the World #428

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

The new lobby of the Polynesian resort!

The Gunnels Gang, you can make Tonga Toast? Are you doing anything for brunch next Sunday? :)

Jim & Lorie Sonnen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and to all our winners this week! Diane Tredore, Mary Beth Tarbet, Jennifer Rowell, Melissa Such , Bob & Kathy Mckim, Mike Haeberle, The Gunnels Gang, Smitty, Smitty, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, The Modecki's, Carol Ney, Chris Kelly, Joseph M. Zafia, Jen Tremley, Nancy Amero, Eric Berger, Paula Massarelli, Susie Howard, Andy Hickey, Nan Amor, Julie Signor, The Kertes Family, Arlene Vicek, Suzanne Denham, Vera And Izzy Williams, Christina Trigiani, Mary Ann Lamay, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Christina Ison, Kris Nixon, Team Hill, Carla C, Deb Ragno, Donna Frank, Lori Rienhardt, The Fosbender Family, Ken Savage, The Rider Family , Mike O'brien, Michaela O'brien, Sandie Albrecht, Andrew Carrieri, Kerri Coggins, Sarah And Chris, Gloria Martin , Ruben O'meara, The Parker Family, Lee Anastasi, Ken Jackson, Mark Donahue, Tracie, Fiona Knight, Les Whitten, Jim Mis, Jim Mis, Evanna Huda, Kara D & Jay R, Paul Dickson, Kye Layton, Brenda Mclean, Andrea Kruszewski, Vicki Britt, Axel Beer, Andreas Beer, Phyllis, Kristi Strembicki, Kyra, Tricia Petty, Luis Rodriguez, Grumpy's Groupies, Grumpy's Groupies, Maureen And Warren Handy, Grumpy's Groupies, Paul Newman, Patti Gumiela, Chris Springer, Dan Kershetsky , Eric Johnson, Claire Gregory, Scott C., Belicia, Chuck Everson, Jennifer Pichert, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Margaret Convery, Angermaier Family, Leach Family, Team Bonnie Sue, Karen Adamakis, Carolyn Como, Tim Johansen, Erin Loring, Eric Enli, Jeff Blank, Dallas Hamilton, Duskin Henard, Tammy Kennedy, Tricia Noble, Mark Hardy, Matthew Frey, Kelly Smith, Melody Odonnell, Patrick Broaddus, Tracy Discher, Rob Blundin, Susan Doucette, Dave Carriere, Chris K, Mickey Eckert, Bonnie Jean, Jim Finley, George Mundy Jr, Matt Holley, Rebecca Keenan, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Tj, Lisa Pinder, Nancy Doty, Barclay Bakkum, Buffalo Barnes Family, Jamesd (dzneynut), Cheryl Costello, Shirley Garcowski, Stacy Guarracino, Don Purney, Mike Cerce, Jairo Caso, Jamie Poynton, Colleen O'brien, Theresa Rucando, Linda Hoffman, Jodie S., Christopher Thacker, Gallagher Family, Lisa Cash, Ed Suscreba, Kristin Keck, Jane Johnson, Trina, and John Warner!
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Challenge #429 Where in the world is this?

Anyone in a mood for a toughie next week?

Meanwhile, for this week: We are going back in the parks!

Where in the World #429

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


April 19, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Flower and Garden Festival

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Each year's Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot features a different display in front of Spaceship Earth. in 2016, Daisy Duck was part of the display with her own vegetable stand.

Daisy Duck's vegetable stand in front of Spaceship Earth at Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Daisy Duck's vegetable stand in front of Spaceship Earth.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 280, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Intensify CK.

Deb will show you patriotic Flower and Garden pics tomorrow.

April 20, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Flower and Garden

Deb's Digest Blog

I must have hundreds of photos of Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival. The American Adventure had a great patriotic display in 2002. It featured American Flags, Stars, and Mickey and Minnie. This is one of my favorite Flower and Garden Displays. Enjoy this look back.

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April 22, 2016

Fireworks Primer for Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As the calendar heads towards summer, can Fireworks Season be far behind?

Wishes fireworks show over Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Wishes fireworks show over Cinderella Castle.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 15s, f/11, ISO 280, EV 0, 35mm focal length, tripod.

At Walt Disney World, every day is in Fireworks Season with shows in three parks almost nightly:

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, debuting in 2016, at Disney's Hollywood Studios
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth in Epcot
Wishes in the Magic Kingdom

Below are links to blogs I refer people to when I am asked how to photograph fireworks specifically at Walt Disney World. They pertain to any fireworks show you want to photograph:

Photographing Fireworks - Part 1

Photographing Fireworks - Part 2

Of course, this blog might just be an excuse for me to share a photo of Wishes. Still my favorite fireworks show.

April 24, 2016

Where in the World #430

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 #429
Where in the World #429

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

Drive-in entrance for Epcot! After all, I said last week that we were *going back in* the parks. And we are; see us driving into one? ;)

Hunter Armstrong was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Hunter and to all our winners this week! Kate Nejman, Eric Berger, Olszak Family, Susan Mcgrath, Mandy Clarke, Will Gates, Robert P. Flaherty, Sarah And Chris, Brenda Atkinson , Jen Tremley, Mark Proper, Linda Tremley, Nancy Doty, Dawn Bach, Jillian Lassiter, Patricia Harper , Andrea Kruszewski, Patricia Segermeister, James Amezcua, Jo Ann Bailey , Kara D & Jay R, Mike Malampy (Malampy Benco Family), Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Linda Ranatza, Vera And Izzy Williams, Brian Yesutis, Phyllis, Linda Scrivano, Lisa Dalrymple, Rob Blundin, Michaela O'brien , Mike O'brien , Lisa Pinder, Barclay Bakkum, Nan Amor, John Pasqueralli, Tommy Montgomery, Paula Massarelli, Gina Falzone , Carla C, Jamy Thomas, Dave Cole, Ken Jobin , Ryan, Kye Layton, Josette Gabel, Les Whitten , Donna Frank, Paul Dickson, Megan Gorton, Carol Ney, Stacy Guarracino, Rebecca Keenan, Grumpy's Groupies, Sands Family, Erin Loring, Virginia Pierce, Paul Ignudo, Jennifer K, Dennis O'reilly, Jennifer Rowell, Lily-pierre Couet, Jeff Blank, Chris Kelly, Smitty, Maureen And Warren Handy, Josh Weiss, Mary Beth Tarbet, Kameo Crea, Tina G., Karen Schlumpf, Stuart Savage, Andy Hickey, Jim Finley, Hobbes And Snorky, Tonia Dennis, Christopher Thacker, Vicki Britt, Scott C., Hillary Waldroop, Axel Beer, Yvette Cubero-gonzalez, Don Purney, Christina Lutes, Andreas Beer, Carrie D Kenney, Marsha Waidelich, Team Hill, Adolph And Kimberly Timm & Titus, Ed Suscreba, Matt Holley, Claire Gregory, Cheryl Costello, Mark Hardy, Luis Rodriguez, Ken Savage, Gallagher Family, K Beasley, Trisha Johnson , Kristi Strembicki, Caroline Burmester, Carly Cundiff, Christi Ison, Chloe Mayhew, Kyra, Robin Constantine, Matt Wildey, Mark Plante, Patrick Broaddus, Melissa Such , Evanna Huda, Chris Mcnamara, Brian Richmond, The Fosbenders, The Kertes Family, The Long Family, The Parker Family, Carri Marotto, Matthew Frey, Leslie Schmauder, Jamie Poynton, Erin Hammer, Lyn Johnson, Belicia, Evald Olson, Duskin Henard, Chris Bauman, Tracey Horan, Linda Lundsten, Jeremy Reichelt, Jim Riddle, Wendy T Faler, Demerley Werkheiser, Jackie Klafeta, Kyran Smith, Joseph M. Zafia, Sherri Pokrzywinski, Ken Maikowski, Sheila Bagg, Linda College, Al & Kerry Ganter, Walter N. Clark, Andrew Carrieri, Sandie Albrecht, Kim, Tricia Noble, The Rider Family , Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Laurie Walker, Ben M, Alan Mize, and Eric Enli!
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Challenge #430 Where in the world is this?

We are inside a park. This isn’t the toughie I mentioned last week, but we’ll see what you think.

Where in the World #430

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, April 28th, by clicking on the blue box below.

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See you soon, Players!

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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!


April 26, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Trees

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

What is not to like about Castaway Cay? Disney Cruise Line's private island in the Bahamas is the prefect place to enjoy this week's theme: Trees.

Below is a simple click of palm trees with the tops of colorful umbrellas found near the beach on Castaway Cay. Enjoy!

Palm trees and beach umbrellas on Castaway Cay during a cruise on the Disney Magic ship, Disney Cruise Line, Bahamas
alm trees and beach umbrellas on Castaway Cay.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 100, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length, Intensify CK.

Deb will show you a different kind of orange tree tomorrow.

April 27, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Trees

Deb's Digest Blog

Who remembers this Orange Tree that used to appear during the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival in World Showcase??

Here is what the placard explained: "Sun and Citrus: From 1643-1715, France was ruled by King Louis XIV. Known as the Sun King, he is also recognized for building the infamous Palace of Versailles, which houses one of the most magnificent orangeries in Europe>"

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April 29, 2016

Chinese Dragon at the Great Movie Ride

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios has gotten a nice face-lift with the new sponsorship from Turner Classic Movies. The Chinese Dragon Foo Dog statues out front make for a nice detail photo of the type of architectural elements found at Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

My first attempt was technically correct. Good focus and depth of field. What do you thing of it? Background a bit distracting perhaps?

Chinese dragon statue in front of the Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Wide view of the Chinese dragon foo dog statue in front of the Great Movie Ride.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-35mm, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 140, EV +0.3, 16mm Focal Length.

By adjusting my position to get closer and zooming in a bit, I made the statue the main subject and used the Rules of Thirds for a more pleasing composition.

Chinese dragon statue in front of the Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Tighter view of the Chinese dragon foo dog statue in front of the Great Movie Ride.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-35mm, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 160, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

Any ideas how you would improve this photo or do it differently?

NOTE: It was pointed out that the statue is of a foo dog and not a dragon. I have made appropriate changes. -- Scott


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