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October 30, 2015

Halloween at Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney loves holidays and Halloween is one of its favorites. At Disneyland, every year the Haunted Mansion gets transformed into Haunted Mansion Holiday where Jack Skellington and the rest of the Halloweentown gang take over in a very popular ride transformation.

Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland in Anaheim, California
Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV 0, 15mm Focal Length.

Even on the high seas, Disney Cruise Line celebrates with the Pumpkin Tree legend. A nice treat for guests with no tricks.

Elaborately carved pumpkins accompany the Pumpkin Tree on the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line
Elaborately carved pumpkins accompany the Pumpkin Tree on the Disney Dream.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 4000, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Back on dry land, Walt Disney World has Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party allowing people of all ages to enjoy the fun of the holiday.

Sign outside the Magic Kingdom entrance advertising Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sign outside the Magic Kingdom entrance advertising Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 38mm Focal Length.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

August 4, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Red

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Colors is to Disney as air is to breathing. They go hand in hand. For the next few weeks, Deb and I are going to explore colors at Disney.

Starting off with Red, I am traveling to Disney's California Adventure and featuring the Red Car Trolly 717 on Buena Vista Street. Did you know, the number 717 stands for Disneyland's July 17 birthday? Now you do.

Red Car Trolley 717 on Buena Vista Street at Disney's California Adventure in Anaheim, California
Red Car Trolley 717 on Buena Vista Street at Disney's California Adventure.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow with her Red photo.

July 21, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Lights

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I am confident that when it comes to lights and lighting, Disney uses about any kind of light you could think of and probably a lot we never knew about. From the amazing lights used on Cinderella Castle to create the Ice Castle during the holidays to the lights which illuminate the exit paths if a ride stops and guests have to leave their ride vehicles, there are millions of lights used at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Below is one example of a light we see all the time driving around our cities and towns. A simple traffic light which became the center of attention during the Pixar movie, Cars. By it's only flashing yellow during parts of the movie, the light signified loneliness and isolation. When the light was turned on for full use, the town of Radiator Springs came alive with activity and hope.

Traffic light in the center of Carsland at Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
Traffic light in the center of Carsland at Disney's California Adventure.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 400, EV -0.3, 28mm focal length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to quiz you on a light she found in a new, fun location.


September 9, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Paradise Pier

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Paradise Pier in Disney's California Adventure was a most pleasant surprise. I knew California Screamin' was going to be a blast but the overall feel of the place did remind me of the East Coast boardwalks with fun games, popular rides with a Disney twist and good food. Like those boardwalks, when night falls a little extra magic fills the air.

People waiting for the World of Color at Paradise Pier in Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
People waiting for the World of Color at Paradise Pier.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 15s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm focal length, tripod.

Come back on Thursday when Lisa shares her Disney Pic of the Week on Paradise Pier.

August 26, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Toontown

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I did not compare Disneyland to Walt Disney World much when I was in California last year. I preferred to enjoy the differences and the sameness of the parks. But (you knew it was coming) Toontown at Disneyland was far better than the one which was at the Magic Kingdom. Disneyland's Toontown felt like something out of Who Framed Roger Rabbit with the rides, gags, buildings and details. Even the water fountain featuring previously mentioned Roger caught my eye.

Roger Rabbit water fountain in Disneyland's Toontown, Anaheim, California
Roger Rabbit water fountain in Disneyland's Toontown.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 150mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her Disney Pic of the Week about Toontown. I am guessing it will be from Disneyland, too.

August 8, 2014

Great Photography with Mr. Lincoln at Disneyland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

One of the highlights of my visit to Disneyland in Anaheim, California last year was attending the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln show. A few years ago, the audio-animatronic figure of the 16th President of the United States went through a re-imagineering. In a word, it was impressive. The show borrows elements from Walt Disney World attractions: the Magic Kingdom's Hall of Presidents and Epcot's American Adventure. The Lincoln audio-animatronic moves smoothly and the facial expressions are life like.

The lighting is very moody with bright highlights and deep shadows. Like when photographing any Disney show, use spot metering on the brightest portion of the actor or, in this case, the audio-animatronic. You want to wait for the figure to stop so as to get the sharpest image possible. Even at 1/200th of a second, the image below would have been blurred if the arm or head was moving. I did open up the shadows under the eyes.

Close up of the audio-animatronic in Great Moments with Mr. Linoln in Disneyland, Anaheim, California.
Close up of the audio-animatronic in Great Moments with Mr. Linoln in Disneyland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 6400, EV 0, 190mm focal length.

Once you have your exposure locked in, you can zoom in and out and compose your photos many ways. The stage lighting will fall where it will which is how you see it in the theater.

Full length view of the audio-animatronic in Great Moments with Mr. Linoln in Disneyland, Anaheim, California.
Full length view of the audio-animatronic in Great Moments with Mr. Linoln in Disneyland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/5, ISO 6400, EV 0, 70mm focal length.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is an uplifting show about a dark time in the history of the United States of America.

March 21, 2014

Disney's California Adventure Animation Building

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Disney Animation Building in Disney's California Adventure is a must for the Disney fan. When I was there last fall, it was not a very busy place especially soon after park opening. I virtually had the place to myself.

Upon entering the building, you are presented with a large room with big screens showing scenes from one of many Disney animated classics. This is the Courtyard Gallery.

The Courtyeard Gallery inside the Disney Animation Building at Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
The Courtyeard Gallery inside the Disney Animation Building.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/60s, f/2.8, ISO 3200, EV +0.3, 15mm focal length.

As you can see, this is were people enter into the Sorcerer's Workshop. Since there was no one waiting in the queue. I decided to explore it first. The first chamber is full of interactive displays in how animation was first done. Lots of spinning things here to delight the animation history buff. As I was having fun enjoying the displays, I heard a familiar voice and turned around to see the Magic Mirror addressing the room.

The Magic Mirror from Snow White inside the Disney Animation Building at Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
The Magic Mirror from Snow White in The Sorcerer's Workshop.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, ISO 4500, EV +0.3, 32mm focal length.

After doing a few voice overs in Ursula's Grotto, we entered the enchanted library of the Beast. In the Beast's Library magical books will tell you which Disney character you are most like and the room changes from the eerie past to the bright future complete with special effects.

The Beast's Library inside the Disney Animation Building at Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
The Beast's Library inside the Disney Animation Building.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/15s, f/2.8, ISO 5600, EV +0.3, 16mm focal length.

Before you leave the Disney Animation Building, seek out the 3-D Toy Story Zoetrope. A zoetrope is a device that produces the illusion of motion from a rapid succession of static pictures. For 3-D, Disney used small statues. When seen in person and at the proper speed, you see Woody and the gang moving in real space. Knowing how static that would look in a still image, I used a slow shutter speed to show you have fast the zoetrope was moving.

3-D Toy Story Zoetrop in motion inside the Disney Animation Building at Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
3-D Toy Story Zoetrop in motion.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, ISO 800, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

This is only one part of the Disney Animation Building experience. A hidden gem found in Hollywoodland.

February 28, 2014

Guest Powered Transportation in Disneyland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Guests paddling a Davy Crockett Explorer Canoe on the Rivers of America at Disneyland in Anaheim, California
Guests paddling a Davy Crockett Explorer Canoe at Disneyland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 50mm focal length.

Here is a scene you will not see in Walt Disney World, the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes are found in Disneyland on the Rivers of America where guests provide the power to take a tour around Tom Sawyer Island and back to Frontierland. Everyone was having a good time and some even waved to me.

February 6, 2014

Tarzan's Treehouse in Disneyland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Broken portrait of Tarzan's human parents found in Adventureland, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Broken portrait of Tarzan's human parents found in Adventureland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 1400, EV 0, 135mm focal length.

Broken glass on a framed portrait remains in a treehouse years after a leopard had attacked Tarzan's parents. The same place where Karla, a gorilla, found him as an infant to be raised by her. The same place Tarzan was shown after he had grown into a man.

This is one of the scenes guests visiting Tarzan's Treehouse in Disneyland's Adventureland come across when climbing up and down through its branches. Other rooms and locations will take you to many of the 1999 movie's famous scenes. You can even trash the camp to music like Terk did.

A memorable scene for the Disney Pic of the Week in Adventureland.

January 24, 2014

Photographing Carsland Details in Disney's California Adventure

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I had a lot of fun searching out details when I visited Carsland in Disney's California Adventure. I used a couple of techniques I have not mentioned in awhile and thought it would be a good reminder for everyone.

Selective Focus is my go to way of separating a subject from a busy background. Using a large aperture, I carefully focus on my subject which throws the background out of focus. In the photo below, the other flowers, window and the reflection in the window are softly out of focus while the subject of the photo, the closest Taillight Flowers, are in sharp focus.

Taillight Flowers found in Carsland, Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California.
Taillight Flowers found in Carsland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 220, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

In contrast, the photo of the funny signs as you walk out of Carsland's Ornament Valley are all in focus as I wanted people to be able to read all of them. To do this, I selected a small aperture which gives a large depth of field from the front of the image all the way to its back. This is called the Hyperfocal Distance Setting or Hyperfocus.

Signs leaving Ornament Valley in Carsland, Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California.
Signs leaving Ornament Valley in Carsland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/22, ISO 1400, EV 0, 48mm focal length.

I know this photo is a little small to see all the signs. They read in order:

MIND YOUR SPEED
AS YOU GO
SHERIFF'S OLD
BUT HE'S
NOT SLOW

Remember that when you are speeding out of any town, especially Radiator Springs.

December 31, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: 2013 Review

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Another year is about to close. At this time, Lisa and I would like to share with you our highlights from this year's Disney vacations. Today, I am going to share with you two photographs from my trip to Disney's California Adventure and Disneyland. I will share my Walt Disney World ones on Friday.

Many people told me Carsland would blow me away and they were right. It was like being on the movie set during the day. When night came, Radiator Springs' neon lights transported me from the movie set into the actual movie. If the Cozy Cone had rooms instead of a series of snack cones, I would have wanted to stay in one.

Cozy Cone Motel neon sign at Carsland in California Adventure, Anaheim, California
Neon Sign for the Cozy Cone Motel.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 2s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 14mm focal length, tripod.

Disneyland was nostalgic for me. Many of the attractions I remember seeing on TV with Walt Disney introducing them and explaining how he expected me..I mean, Disneyland guests to experience them. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln was one such attraction and is located on Main Street USA. The show is amazing in its details of how the 16th President of the United States looked, moved and sounded.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln on Main Street USA in Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln on Main Street USA.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/5, ISO 6400, EV 0, 36mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her Disney Pic of the Week with her 2013 Review containing highlights and maybe even some lowlights, too.

December 12, 2013

It's a Small World Drive By in Disneyland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Elephant and giraffe topiaries watch over It's a Small World boats filled with guests pass by at Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Elephant and giraffe topiaries watch over It's a Small World boats filled with guests pass by.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV 0, 45mm focal length.

Elephant and giraffe topiaries watch over It's a Small World boats filled with guests pass by at Disneyland. One of the things much different in Disneyland than Walt Disney World is the many outdoor ride loading and unloading areas.

A photo from the Disneyland train for Disney Pic of the Week about It's a Small World.

December 3, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Disneyland Hotel

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last time I visited Disneyland back in 1987, the Disneyland Hotel only had one tower and it was across the street and a parking lot from Disneyland. Today, the Disneyland Hotel consists of three towers and is integrated into the Disneyland Resort. You can walk from the hotel through Downtown Disney to the entrances of both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure parks without leaving the property.

During my visit, I found the stroll through Downtown Disney enjoyable. As well as the nightly stops at the Earl of Sandwich restaurant to refuel after a long day enjoying the parks.

Guests walking from the Disneyland Hotel towards Downtown Disney, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California
Guests walking from the Disneyland Hotel towards Downtown Disney.
Nikon D700/24-85G, 1/250s, f/16, ISO 400, EV 0, 24mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her Disney Pic of the Week about the Disneyland Hotel.

November 28, 2013

Dining in Disneyland's Blue Bayou Restaurant

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A table inside the Blue Bayou restaurant in New Orleans Square, Disneyland, Anheim, California
A table inside Disneyland's Blue Bayou Restaurant.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/15s, f/2.8, ISO 640, EV 0, 16mm focal length.

Back in 1981, my then future wife and I visited Disneyland and rode on Pirates of the Caribbean. We noticed the sit down restaurant in the ride's beginning as our boat slowly floated past. We promised ourselves we would eat there someday. The day finally arrived 32 years later. We enjoyed a fabulous lunch at the Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland's New Orleans Square. It was just as special as we imagined it would be. From our entrées of Le Special de Monte Cristo Sandwiches to the desserts. Hope you enjoyed a personal Disney Pic of the Week about Dining in Disneyland.

November 19, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Frontierland Entertainment

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

While wandering around Disneyland's Frontierland, I heard music and laughter coming from the Golden Horseshoe Saloon. Upon entering, I saw the place full of guests and a troop calling themselves the Laughing Stock Co. doing a show. Well, I strapped on my fisheye lens and headed to the balcony. I wanted to capture the Golden Horseshoe Saloon in all its glory.

The Laughing Stock Co. performing in the Golden Horseshow in Frontierland, Disneyland, Anaheim, California
The Laughing Stock Co. performing in the Golden Horseshow in Frontierland.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 10000, EV -0.7.

The Golden Horseshoe Saloon opened in 1955 with several other original attractions at Disneyland. It was where Walt Disney and his wife, Lillian, celebrated their 30th anniversary with the debut performance of the original Golden Horseshoe Revue. Walt kept a private box (now public) upstairs to the right of the stage so he could watch the show whenever he felt like it (Source Wikipedia).

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her favorite Disney Pic of the Week about Frontierland Entertainment.

November 14, 2013

Bootstrappers in New Orleans Square

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Bootstrappers performing in New Orleans Square, Disneyland, Anheim, California
Bootstrappers performing in New Orleans Square.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV 0, 16mm focal length.

I found The Bootstrappers, a band of scurvy pirate musicians performing sea chanteys, Disney favorites, and even a song about Captain Jack Sparrow, roaming the streets of New Orleans Square in Disneyland. Blending the music and theme of the land.

A musical Disney Pic of the Week in New Orleans Square.

November 5, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Paradise Pier

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Paradise Pier area of Disney's California Adventure reminded me of the New Jersey Shore boardwalks. Which is exactly what Disney wants you to think of Paradise Pier. The attractions, however, are most definitely Disney. Disney even added a little gem and gave the water fountains for World of Color something to do during the day. Goofy comes out in Black Tux and proceeds to conduct an Instant Concert with the fountains.

Look for Goofy's Instant Concert on the daily entertainment schedule.

The big finish of Goody's Instant Concert at Paradise Pier, Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
The Big Finish of Goody's Instant Concert at Paradise Pier.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 720, EV +0.3, 82mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her Disney Pic of the Week about Paradise Pier.

November 1, 2013

Halloween at Disneyland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Partners Statue decorated for Halloween in Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Partners Statue decorated for Halloween in Disneyland.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0.

Disneyland for Halloween was just as much fun as its Florida counterpart. Decorations were found up and down Main Street USA and throughout the Lands. Even the Partners Statue in the Hub area in front of Show White's Castle was in the Halloween spirit with pumpkins and autumn flowers surrounding the base of the statue.

Over in Frontierland, Mexico's Day of the Dead is honored with colorful decorations, skeletons and a plaque explaining the holiday to those unfamiliar with it.

Day of the Dead decoration in Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Day of the Dead decoration in Disneyland.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV 0, 16mm focal length.

Then there is the Haunted Manison which for the last 13 years has gotten transformed into the Haunted Mansion Holiday featuring characters from the movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Guests get an idea of the changes as they enter through the Haunted Mansion's gate.

Haunted Mansion Holiday gate in Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Guests entering the Haunted Mansion Holiday.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV 0, 16mm focal length.

I do not want to spoil anyone's experience inside the Haunted Mansion Holiday but you will see transformations and additions to the classic attraction. Like these singing pumpkins which might remind you of some Grim, Grinning Ghosts.

Grim, Grinning Pumpkins inside the Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Grim, Grinning Pumpkins perform inside the Haunted Mansion Holiday.

I loved Disney's way of celebrating Halloween at Disneyland.

October 31, 2013

Haunted Mansion Holiday

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland, Anaheim, California
13 years of Haunted Mansion Holiday.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV 0, 16mm focal length.

The Haunted Manison in Disneyland, California is celebrating 13 years of delightfully frightful fun of the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay for the Halloween season with new effects to enchant fans of the attraction and movie. For the Disney Pic of the Week on Halloween Time.

October 25, 2013

Buena Vista Street in Disney's California Adventure

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Buena Vista Street lamppost sign in Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
Buena Vista Street lamppost sign.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 360, EV 0, 210mm focal length.

Disney parks are known for their Main Streets. In Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom, I have walked up Main Street USA. In Disney's Hollywood Studios, it's Hollywood Boulevard. For California Adventure, Buena Vista Street is where you enter the park and takes you back to the time when Walt Disney first came to Los Angeles in 1923. Complete with buildings, characters and music from the era. There is even a Red Car Trolley to transport you up the street, around Carthay Circle and off to Hollywoodland.

Red Car Trolley on Buena Vista Street in Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
Red Car Trolley on Buena Vista Street.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/400s, f/10, ISO 200, EV 0, 50mm focal length.

Like its other themepark Main Streets, Buena Vista Street is full of stores where you can buy all manner of souvenirs, clothing, gadgets, toys, candy, coffee, baked goods, fresh fruit and accessories for your digital lifestyle. You will find helpful Cast Members ready to answer your questions about the park, assist you with a problem and trade the ever popular Disney pins.

Cast Member ready to trade pins on Buena Vista Street in Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
Cast Member ready to trade pins on Buena Vista Street.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5, ISO 200, EV 0, 34mm focal length.

At the end of Buena Vista Street is Carthay Circle. Carthay Circle is the "hub" of Disney's California Adventure. Throughout the day you will find entertainment in the way of Five & Dime (the gal is named Dime) and the Red Car News Boys with a very Walt Disney like costumed Mickey Mouse reliving the days when anything seemed possible in California.

Entertainers performing around Carthay Circle in Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
Entertainers performing around Carthay Circle.

I always smile when I find a reference to Walt Disney in the parks. In one of the display windows of Elias And Company, I found this publicity photograph of Walt Disney nicely matted.

Photo of Walt Disney in the Elias & Co. store window on Buena Vista Street in Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
Photo of Walt Disney in the Elias & Co. store window.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 250, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

Buena Vista Street is full of great details to find and photograph, wonderful atmosphere and the famous Disney Magic. Fits right into my definition of a Disney Main Street.

October 11, 2013

Postcard from Carsland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Scott is still on vacation. We did receive this Postcard from Radiator Springs and thought we would share it with you.

Hi, to all my All Ears friends and family!

I am having a wonderful time out here in Radiator Springs. While seeing it in the movies was extraordinary, visiting the actual location where Lightning McQueen and Mater met and became friends is even better.

Radiator Springs Metal Sign in Radiator Springs Curios, Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
Radiator Springs Metal Sign.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 3600, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

Watching visiting Cars take tourists on rides through Ornament Valley by cruising past Firewall Falls and flying around Willy's Butte on the high banks is breathtaking.

Cars race around Willy's Butte in Carsland, Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
Cars race around Willy's Butte in Carsland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/4.5, ISO 280, EV 0, 56mm focal length.

I got a few panning photos to give you an idea of the speed of these finely tuned racers. Each car either gets a new set of tires from Lugi's or a sweet paint job from Ramone and tips from Doc Hudson before starting the race.

Radiator Springs Racers, Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
Radiator Springs Racers.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/30s, f/22, ISO 200, EV -1.3, 28mm focal length.

I was lucky as I got to meet Mater. He was going out to do some Tractor Tipping out past Ornament Valley.

Mater from the movie, Cars, Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
Mater from the movie, Cars.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

If meeting Mater wasn't enough, I came upon Lightning McQueen cruising past Flo's V8 Café. He gave me his best Ka-chow before checking in at the Cozy Cone.

Lightning McQueen from the movie, Cars, Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
Lightning McQueen from the movie, Cars.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/13, ISO 200, EV 0, 50mm focal length.

You have not really seen Radiator Springs until after the Sun goes down and the proprietors turn on their neon lighting. Flo's V8 Café took on a magical look which brought in a lot of customers.

Flo's V8 Café at night in Carsland, Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
Flo's V8 Café at night in Carsland.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 5s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 14mm focal length, tripod.

Time to go. Mater promised me a night run out to Ornament Valley. Wish you were here!

Ka-chow,

Scott

September 26, 2013

Disneyland T-Shirts

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Mickey Mouse t-shirts on display in the World of Disney Store in Downtown Disney, Anaheim, California.
Mickey Mouse t-shirts on display in the World of Disney Store near Disneyland, California.

You know you are not in Florida anymore when you see Disneyland Mickey Mouse t-shirts arranged Andy Warhol style in the California version of the World of Disney story in Downtown Disney for my Disney Pic of the Week about T-Shirts.

I bought the one in the top right.


September 20, 2013

All Aboard the Red Car at Disney's California Adventure

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Red Car Trolley on Buena Vista Street by Michael Greening, Anaheim, California
Red Car Trolley on Buena Vista Street by Michael Greening.

I had a thought I would post from Disneyland this week. I quickly decided to call in a friend, Michael Greening (aka Ring of Fire Hot Sauce 1 on flickr), to pitch hit for me as I wanted to feature something from Disney's California Adventure. Finding time on the road for photo processing can be tough. Besides, didn't Michael do a wonderful job on his photo?

The Red Car Trolleys of Buena Vista Street are perfect. Not only do they bring back memories of Who Framed Roger Rabbit but also of the time Walt Disney first came to Los Angeles. This is where I will be tomorrow for the AllEars.net Picture This! Disney's California Adventure Photowalk. Will you be there?

While I am here, you can follow @Scottwdw on Twitter for my photos and comments about Disneyland.

September 13, 2013

Off to Disneyland!

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disneyland sign circa 1987, Anaheim, California
Disneyland sign circa 1987.

The photo you see here is a scanned image from an old 4x6 inch photo I took the last time I visited Disneyland in 1987. I hear it has changed a bit since then.

Next week, I will be going back to California and rediscovering Disneyland as well as discovering Disney's California Adventure. Is there any attraction, restaurant, hotel, show or area you would like to request for me to take a photo of? Anything you have tried to photograph there in the past but was never satisfied with your results? Leave me a note in the Comments (see link at bottom of this post) and I will do my best to get if for you. If you do not want the comment posted, let me know and I will take your suggestion with me.

While I am traveling, you can follow @Scottwdw on Twitter for my photos and comments about Disneyland.

Hey, and if you are visiting or live close by to Anaheim, try and get to the AllEars.net Picture This! Disney's California Adventure Photowalk. Click the link for all the details.

August 23, 2013

Picture This! California Adventure Photowalk

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Storyteller statue at Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, California
Storyteller statue at Disney's California Adventure and meetup location for the Picture This! Photowalk.

Hey, look who is coming to California? That's right, I am and would like to meet you for an AllEars.net Picture This! Photowalk at Disney's California Adventure. It will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013, from 10am to 12noon. Meet up location will be near the Walt Disney "Storyteller" statue between 9:30am and 10am. I have never been to DCA so do not have any specific plans. All are invited whether you use a camera phone or a digital SLR.

If interested, leave a comment here so I can get an idea how many people are coming.

I would like to thank All Ears teammate Laura Gilbreath for the use of her photo.

September 2, 2011

Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure by Alan Rappaport, Disneyland, Anaheim, California.
Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure by Alan Rappaport.
Canon 7D/Sigma 10mm Fisheye, 3.2s, f/16, ISO 400, 10mm focal length, tripod, cropped.

Scott is out this week enjoying the New York State Fair. No doubt eating too many fried foods and taking lots and lots of photographs for his photoblog.

In keeping with State Fair time, Scott wanted to share with you a photo by flickr photographer Alan Rappaport featuring Disney's version of a fair. Alan has lots of photos of Disney themeparks in this photostream. He took a vacation to Australia this past summer and has photos and travel information for anyone planning a trip Down Under.

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