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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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

June 28, 2008

Night Scenes - The Future's so Bright

This building in Disneyland formerly housed Carousel of Progress. Personally, I wish it were still there.

Inside Innoventions you'll find video games, trivia contests, a glance into electronics that are coming our way and opening any day now, Dream Home. I haven't seen it but the images I have seen of the previous Home of the Future makes me think of those old cartoons where Goofy carried his house around in a briefcase. I love those cartoons.


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Canon EOS A2, Canon 28-90mm, Fujicolor NPS 160.

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