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May 12, 2017

Observing the Extraordinary at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.Photographer Elliott Erwitt

While we can all agree Walt Disney World is not an "ordinary place", it is a great place to find something interesting if you are observant. It is hard not to be distracted while visiting the resort. There are so many things to see and do and so many people doing them. You are traveling with other people and there are reservations and Fast Pass times to adhere to.

But...if a few times during your stay you can take a step back and look around. Allow yourself to observe where you are and let the creative part of you out. You will be surprised what you may capture in front of you.

The Discovery Island Carnivale in Disney's Animal Kingdom perform a very energentic act which gets guests involved and dancing. I so enjoy others enjoying themselves and capturing their exuberance in the moment.

Discovery Island Carnivale performing and getting guests to dance with them in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Discovery Island Carnivale performing and getting guests to dance with them..
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5, ISO 140, EV +0.3, 72mm focal length.

It can be something so simple and ordinary as a daughter helping her mother with menu choices at Homecoming: Florida Kitchen restaurant in Disney Springs.

Daughter helping her mother with menu choices at Homecoming restaurant in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Daughter helping her mother with menu choices at Homecoming restaurant.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 2000, EV +0.3, 27mm focal length.

Let your knowledge of your camera, lens, exposure, composition guide your creative side to look and see. Walt Disney said, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” In our case, put the books down, get away from the computer and go out and shoot. Learn from mistakes and never stop observing the life around us.

Walt Disney statue in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Walt Disney statue in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/9, ISO 100, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

A good exercise in observing is finding a place to sit down or lean against an object. Do as Obi Wan Kenobi would do and let yourself go and stretch out with your mind to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. You can do this anywhere even in a busy Disney themepark.

May 5, 2017

Watch Your Edges at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Many new photographers make a common mistake of concentrating on their subject and not looking around the subject. Especially the edges of the frame. It is very easy to overlook objects and people creeping in from the sides, top and bottom of a camera's viewfinder edges.

Below is a photo of Spaceship Earth on a beautiful Flordia day. I turned around and focused on the big geodesic sphere and got the photo you see below.

Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spaceship Earth with Edge Distractions.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 125, EV 0, 16mm focal length.

Well, I looked at my camera's LCD to review the photo and saw all the edge distractions of palm tree fronds, tree branches and people walking past. Not what I remember shooting. To get the photo I really wanted, I moved out from underneath the trees and raised my camera's angle upward.

Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spaceship Earth without Edge Distractions.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm focal length.

This was the photo I wanted to capture at the time.

Let us review, I noticed all the edge distractions in the camera's LCD. I moved and changed the angle to Spaceship Earth and before pressing the shutter button, I checked all around the viewfinder to make sure I had elminated any distractions. This is good practise to do whenever you are photographing.

April 21, 2017

Eliminating Distracting Backgrounds at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Here are a few ideas on how to separate your subject from its background which are often busy at Walt Disney World. I have previously gone into detail on how to use Aperture mode on a dSLR camera to blur out the background while keeping the subject sharp and clear. For compact cameras and on some smart phones you can look for Portrait mode to get the same effect.

The background behind this Meerkat sentinel on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail at Disney's Animal Kingdom was extremely busy. I used Aperture priority mode and set the aperture to the widest available for the 300mm focal length I used. Doing so threw the background out of focus while keeping the meerkat in sharp focus.

Meerkat (Suricata suricatta) sentinel on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Meerkat sentinel on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/5.6, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 300mm Focal Length.

Using Fill Flash is another great way to pull your subject out from a busy background. While Miss Betty Shambles was pining for a Valentine on Hollywood Blvd. in Disney's Hollywood Studios, I used fill flash to highlight her over the background.

Citizens of Hollywood Miss Betty Shambles looking for her Valentine on Hollywood Blvd. in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Citizens of Hollywood Miss Betty Shambles looking for her Valentine on Hollywood Blvd.
Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/4, ISO 100, EV 0, 66mm Focal Length.

Lighting or Color is another way to highlight your subjects. Below I happened to use both. The light on the ancient idol along one of the world's rivers on the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise naturally outlined it. The green vegetation also framed the idol. Both the light and colors pop the idol out of its background.

An ancient idol on the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise as the boat enters the Mekong River in Cambodia, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
An ancient idol on the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise as the boat enters the Mekong River in Cambodia.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 900, EV 0, 150mm Focal Length.

Remember these tips when you are confronted by busy backgrounds which can distract from your photo's main subject or subjects.

April 14, 2017

Photographic Patience at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I covered this week's theme on Patience before in a blog post entitled, "Play the Waiting Game at Walt Disney World" back in 2013. In it, I talked about waiting until I got a people free photo opportunity.

This week I talk about another kind of patience. The kind we all face being a photographer with a group of people or traveling with family at Walt Disney World.

The first is time waiting for someone to shop in the many stores, shops and kiosks found in and around the resort. I fill up the time by wandering around and looking for interesting merchandise to photograph. In the photo below I found these colorful hats on display in the Disney Outfitters Shop at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Hats on display inside Disney Outfitters shop in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Hats on display inside Disney Outfitters shop in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D750/18-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.8, ISO 5600, EV +0.3, 34mm Focal Length.

A ride queue, especially for the most popular rides, can be very time consuming. Thankfully, Disney Imagineers put in as much work into the queues as they do the rides. As older rides have been refurbished and new rides open, the queues have become more interactive and photographically pleasing. For example, Frozen Ever After's queue is a pleasing wait in a Norwegian village ending in Oaken Token's with a fun sauna inside.

Frozen Ever After queue in the Norway pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Waiting in the Frozen Ever After queue in Epcot's Norway pavilion.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/50s, f/2.8, ISO 12800, EV +1.0.

I like to photograph firework shows with a tripod. This means staking out a location long before show time. I use the time to experiment with different exposures like this very long exposure looking down Main Street USA.

Waiting Main Street USA for Holiday Wishes to start in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Waiting Main Street USA for Holiday Wishes to start in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 30s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length, Tripod.

This is the hardest subject to be patient with to photograph. Your food order when it gets set before you and you are hungry. I am not talking about your everyday hunger, I mean Walt Disney World hunger. You know what I mean. Below is a photo of Art's Fabulous Fried Chicken entree at the Homecoming Restaurant in Disney Springs. I had heard all kinds of postive things about his dish, I almost started eating before I took a couple of photos. I mean, look at it. Hungry, yet? Yes, it is as good as people say.

Art's Fabulous Fried Chicken entree at Homecoming restaurant in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Art's Fabulous Fried Chicken entree at Homecoming restaurant in Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/40s, f/10, ISO 3200, EV +0.3, 48mm Focal Length.

When you are waiting for family or friends, look around for a photo op. At Walt Disney World, they are everywhere.

October 7, 2016

Partners and the Crane at the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I got on the ferry to travel from the Ticket and Transportation Center on my last visit to the Magic Kingdom. I walked up the ferry's stairs and made my way to the front railings. I looked over the Seven Seas Lagoon to see the beautiful sights as the ferry sailed closer. I first notice the Main Street USA Train Station and, off to the side, the brilliantly white Space Mountain thrill ride. Then I look back for a glimpse of Cinderella Castle and frown. I picked a day Disney was doing work on the exterior of the castle using a big -- no, huge -- construction crane.

Partners statue in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Partners statue in front of Cinderella Castle.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/13, ISO 100, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

I could use software to remove the crane. Still, it would never look as good if the crane was not there. It was time to think, as I wanted a good, recent photo of the Partners statue featuring Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse for my photo library. I started to walk around the statue while avoiding everyone else who was photographing the statue and/or guests in front of the statue. I found a composition I liked and got a little lower in my stance for a good angle.

Partners statue in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Partners statue in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/13, ISO 100, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

The next time you go to photograph in a location and things are not what you thought they would be -- think, move and let your creativity find a solution.

August 26, 2016

My Walt Disney World Photography Kit

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Back in 2008, I showed and explained what photography equipment I bring and why to Walt Disney World. While the principles remain the same, my equipment has changed and for the better. Unlike most visitors, I take my photography in the resort very seriously. It is fun and challenging and brings an extra dimension to my trips.

Photographer in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Fully prepared photographer in Epcot.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length.

I still follow one rule: keep it light. My daily park kit consists of a Nikon D750 dSLR camera and Nikon 28-300VR super zoom lens using an Optech Sling Strap for comfort. I use a not-so-cool "fanny" pack to carry an extra camera battery, lens cleaning cloths, speedlight flash unit. a small prime lens (either a Nifty-Fifty or Fisheye). Sometimes I might switch out the prime for the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR wide angle zoom lens and a CPF or Circular Polarizing Filter. On days I plan to shoot a fireworks show or long exposure shots, I will bring my tripod and rent a locker to put it in until needed. Keeping the kit small helps to speed things up through Disney Security checks, too.

Other photographers I have been with have a slightly different view. They may bring a photographer's backpack with more lenses and and extra camera body. This allows them to pull out a big zoom lens for the safari and animal trails in Disney's Animal Kingdom or for use on stage shows at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

There are some photographers who are switching to the smaller camera kits like the 4/3 bodies and lenses which are even smaller and lighter then dSLR equipment and just as good.

Many are taking iPhones and other smartphone photography to new heights as the cameras get better and better each year and more powerful photography apps become available.

Just remember to have fun and enjoy your trip and let the photography enhance it.

July 29, 2016

Be Prepared for Disney Photography

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The old motto of Be Prepared is especially appropriate for us Disney park vacationers. You never know when you will walk around a corner and see a great photo opportunity. For walking around the parks, I try to keep my camera at the ready with a good starting setup. I call it Zeroing Out My Camera.

Another aspect of being prepared is bringing equipment with you for the day or night appporpiate for what you may be planning to photograph. For instance, if I am headed out to the Magic Kingdom for the day only. I like to go with a simple setup of just a camera with a super zoom lens. For cropped sensor cameras, I would use an 18-200mm range or for full frame cameras a 28-300mm works great. These type of lenses give me the flexibility to capture everything up close to far away.

It is always good to have the following with you as well: extra battery or batteries, flash unit, lens cloth, extra memory cards and, if you have room, a small extra lens like a 50mm or Fisheye.

Another part of being prepared is to research your destination. Even if you have been to Walt Disney World dozens of times, the parks are always changing. New rides, new shows, new characters, new parades, new shops, new restaurants...you get the drift. When it comes to rides, parades and shows, you can find full versions of them on youTube. That is what I did when I planned on being at the Magic Kingdom's opening ceremony. This show is preformed daily. I watched a video of it a few times so I knew when things would happen. Like the blast of fireworks towards the end.

Fireworks go off at the end of the Magic Kingdom's daily opening ceremony show on the Main Street USA Train Station platform, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Fireworks go off at the end of the Magic Kingdom's daily opening ceremony show.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/9, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

With just a little forethought, research and planning (we are Disney people after all, we love to plan!), you can be prepared to take amazing photographs of your next trip to Walt Disney World or anywhere else.

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.

May 8, 2015

What's My Aperture

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Going to do something different this week. For those new to the Picture This! blog or to photography, this might be confusing. To those who have been following along, I hope this will be easy for you.

I am going to post two photos and I want you to tell me the aperture used and why. I won't post the comments for a few days.

Nikon Picture Spot near the Sword in the Stone located in front of Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Nikon Picture Spot near the Sword in the Stone.

Nikon has taken over sponsorship of the Picture Spots found in all of Walt Disney World. How many of you have tried to pull out the sword?

Spires of Cinderella Castle behind rock outcroppings in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom., Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spires of Cinderella Castle behind rock outcroppings in Tomorrowland.

Rocks are used between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland as transitional landscaping in the Magic Kingdom. I noticed this composition as I was heading back to the Hub.

Leave your educated guesses in a comment using the link below. (Hint: Select the Depth of Field category link)

August 2, 2013

New Fantasyland, New Photo Opportunities

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

With the new additions to Fantasyland, came new photo opportunities. I have been enjoying all the new views from fellow Walt Disney World fans since the expansion opened to the public last November. I have not been back yet to see all the new attractions and beautifully Imagineered landscaping and structures. I did get a sneak peek of one of the attractions about a month before the "official" soft openings.

The queue for Enchanted Tales with Belle winds along a treed path into the house Belle and her father lived. I found this view of the Beast's castle off in the distance which may get blocked once the trees grow to their full height in the future. Of course, the castle is not very far away in reality. Caulk it up to Disney's famous use of forced perspective.

View of the Beast's castle from the Enchanted Tales with Belle queue in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
View of the Beast's castle from the Enchanted Tales with Belle queue.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/80s, f/16, ISO 250, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

Notice the use of the small aperture of f/16 to get maximum depth of field called hyperfocus.

July 26, 2013

Photographing Patterns at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Patterns can be boring to look at for most people. Not to us photographers. Patterns are facinating to photograph. They are all around us once we train our brains to see them. Lots of times, we will ignore patterns and fail to see their photographic potential.

Take for instance when we browse the shops at Walt Disney World. Do you notice the photographic opportunities of the displays? Look below at the display of Disney character coffee cups. Do you see the patterns?

Disney character coffee cups on display in Beverly Sunset shop at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Disney character coffee cups pattern.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/3.8, ISO 1800, EV +0.3, 32mm focal length.

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June 21, 2013

Photographing a Star in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Whenever the Citizens of Hollywood set up shop in Disney's Hollywood Studios there will soon be a gathering of park guests around them. To make sure to separate the lovely and talented Evie Starlight from the people behind her, I made sure to shoot my lens wide open at f/5.6. Shooting wide open means using the largest aperture setting of a lens.

Evie Starlight is a bubbly and beautiful starlet and one of the Citizens of Hollywood performing on Sunset Blvd. in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Evie Starlight is a bubbly and beautiful starlet performing on Sunset Blvd.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length,.

The result is a sharply focused starlet with the crowd befitting her status softly focused in the background.

February 15, 2013

Travel Photography at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Really, Scott? Isn't the title redundant? We all take travel photos at Walt Disney World, don't we?

Well, yes and no. While photos taken at any Disney property can be considered travel photographs, do they tell a story? Do they give someone looking at the photo a sense of place? Travel photography should do both.

Last fall, Ocean Spray and Disney combined to create the Cranberry Bog Exhibit. My photo below shows the location of the exhibit in Epcot during the Food and Wine Festival. I used a small aperture of f/16 to keep everything in focus from the flowers all the way back to Spaceship Earth including the guests surrounding the exhibit. This is called using hyperfocus.

Ocean Spray's Cranberry Bog Exhibit at Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Ocean Spray's Cranberry Bog Exhibit at Epcot.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 320, EV 0, 28mm focal length.
To show you this technique works with a telephoto setting, I again used a small aperture photographing a Motor Cruiser on the Seven Seas Lagoon as it was leaving the Magic Kingdom. The Grand Floridian Resort in the background adds to the story.
Mermaid I Motor Cruiser leaving the Magic Kingdom on the Seven Seas Lagoon, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Mermaid I Motor Cruiser on the Seven Seas Lagoon.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 170mm focal length.

Most good travel photographs include people or imply people. Such is the case of the photo below. The seating area behind the Flame Tree Barbecue restaurant is a quiet, peaceful location. While there are not people in the photo, the empty tables and chairs in the background tell you this is a place for them.

Waterfall in the seating area behind the Flame Tree BBQ in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Waterfall in the seating area behind the Flame Tree BBQ.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/5s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

For this photo, the small aperture of f/22 not only gave me a large depth of field but slowed down my shutter enough to give the smooth look to the waterfalls.

Next time you are out photographing at a Disney park or in your own backyard, look for story telling travel scenes.

August 10, 2012

Prime Epcot

Prime Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When I am in a photography funk and want to challenge myself, I take my favorite zoom lens off my camera and put on my Nikon 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. What I call the Nifty-Fifty. I did this for a day at Epcot and came away with some of the best photos I have taken there.

Prime lenses are fixed focal length, tend to be sharper than zoom lenses and have a larger aperture range. The aperture range allows for extreme selective focus by using it wide open like on this lovely flower I found near Spaceship Earth.

Blue flower near Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Blue flower near Spaceship Earth.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/640s, f/1.8, ISO 200, EV +0.3.

Without the ability to zoom in with the lens, I had to "zoom" with my feet. During a performance of the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps in front of the American Adventure, I walked up and photographed the Fife player from three feet away. I did this quickly as I knew others were photographing the performance with their zoom lenses.

Fife player in front of the American Adventure in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Fife player in front of the American Adventure.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/250s, f/11, ISO 200, EV +0.3.

Another place I had to move in close was at Germany's Karamell-Küche shop where I found these scrumptious chocolate covered strawberries with Werther's Original Caramel wrapped around them.

Chocolate Strawberries in Germany's Karamell-Küche shop in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Chocolate Strawberries in Germany's Karamell-Küche shop.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/2.8, ISO 200, EV +0.3.

Prime lenses are your best bet when it comes to dark rides like the Gran Fiesta Tour inside Epcot's Mexico pavilion. Here I photographed Donald Duck photographing me during the relaxing boat ride.

Donald Duck is one of the Three Caballeros of the Gran Fiesta Tour in Epcot's Mexico pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Donald Duck is one of the stars of the Gran Fiesta Tour.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 640, EV +0.3.

I switched to Shutter Priority mode while watching the Matsuriza, the Taiko Drummers, in Japan to show the motion of the entertainer's arms and drum sticks. I could not get as close as I did for the Fife player so I used leading lines to draw viewers to the drum and drummers.

Taiko Drummers performing at Japan in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Taiko Drummers performing at Japan.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/20s, f/14, ISO 200, EV +0.3.

As you can see, prime lenses will challenge you and make you think before pressing the shutter. If you have used a prime lens at a Disney themepark, let me know your thoughts.

November 25, 2011

Zooming down the Yacht Club Dock

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

While waiting for a Friendship boat to take me to Disney's Hollywood Studios from the Yacht Club dock, I walked around and photographed the scene below. Technically this photo is fine. Good focus, depth of field and color. When I was using film, I would have taken the photo and moved on. With a digital camera, I was able to view the photo on the camera's LCD screen and noticed the large shadowed area in the lower left. I knew I could do better.

Yacht Club dock with shadow, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Yacht Club dock with shadow.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/14, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

While I did have a zoom lens on my camera, there was nothing to stop me from walking a few feet forward thereby putting the shadow behind me and giving me a far more pleasing photo. Remember, when possible, there is nothing wrong with zooming with your feet.

Yacht Club dock with no shadow, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Yacht Club dock with no shadow.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/14, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

November 18, 2011

An Aperture Mantra in the All American Rose Garden

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Aperture is a strange concept when learning photography. Aperture is defined as the size of the opening in the lens that light passes through before it hits the photographic medium which, these days, is an electronic sensor at the back of the camera. Aperture is also measured in some strange language called f-stops. F-stop numbers look to defy logic as the larger they are, the smaller the size of the aperture and the larger the focus area. Consequently, the smaller the f-stop number, the larger the size of the aperture and the smaller the focus area. Confused?

A fellow blogger, Karen of Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog, came up with what she calls a mantra about aperture so she can remember what the f-stop numbers mean. I found the mantra brilliantly simple. You know, one of those "I could have had a V-8?" slap to the forehead brilliant. Here it is:

Big number, big focus area, little number, little focus area.

To demonstrate, I photographed a pink rose in the popular All American Rose Garden located outside Cinderella Castle (between the Castle and Tomorrowland), down near the old Swan Boat dock. I used a big and little aperture (see photo below) to show you the difference. With a big aperture number of f/29, the range of focused objects is big and goes from the rose to the castle. The little number aperture of f/4 had a little focus area with the rose being the only object in focus.

Aperture examples in the All American Rose Garden in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Aperture Mantra comparison in the All American Rose Garden.

When you are out doing photography, practice this mantra by using both big and little aperture numbers. Then, when faced with a scene, you can ask if you want a big or little focus area and know how to set your camera's aperture to achieve it.

July 22, 2011

Trim Around the Edges at the Barber Shop in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

In the past I have talked about watching your backgrounds. This week is about looking at the edges of the frame that you see looking through your viewfinder.

Before and after comparison of the Main Street USA Barber Shop, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Before and after comparison of the Main Street USA Barber Shop.

The photo on the left has two distractions along the edges. Arrows #1 are pointing out shadows on the right side and Arrow #2 shows a partial door on the left which I find distracting. The best way to "fix" this photo is before the shutter is pressed by moving in closer. In this case, I cropped them out using photo editing software producing the photo on the right. That photo features the real subjects; the barber's pole and entrance to the barber shop.

Become aware of the edges and you will be happier with your photos.

April 21, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Fountains

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This week we'll be taking a look at just a few of the fountains at Walt Disney World. There's really no way to do this subject justice in just one week. Walt Disney World is loaded with fountains and each one can be interpreted in so many different ways. I think we're going to have to revisit this topic.

Asia Fountain in Disney's Animal Kingdom
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/80s shutter, f8, ISO 400

I had a hard time choosing my Pic of the Week this week. This fountain is a favorite of just about everyone, especially on a hot afternoon. You'll find it outside of the restrooms near Kali River Rapids in Disney's Animal Kingdom.


April 14, 2011

For the Sport of It at Downtown Disney

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Team Mickey Store at Downtown Disney
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/160s shutter, f4, ISO 640

My Sports Pic of the Week is of the interior of the Team Mickey Athletic Club at Downtown Disney. This is a fun store for athletes. It's loaded with Disney sports merchandise. I do have one complaint though, and I'm not one to complain about much at Walt Disney World. Why is it that the only clothing I can ever find in there for girls has to do with cheerleading? And none of the girl characters that decorate the store are wearing sports uniforms - only cheerleading outfits. What kind of message does this send to our little girls? Cheerleading is great but it's not the only athletic thing girls participate in. I'd like to see girls represented more equally at this store. {Stepping down off my soapbox now"}


April 11, 2011

June Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

I'm already feeling nostalgic about Mickey's Toontown Fair at the Magic Kingdom. I'm going to be sorry to see it go, although I am looking forward to the new Fantasyland attractions. Goofy's Barnstormer will be returning, but will be rethemed as part of the expansion, featuring Goofy as The Great Goofini.


You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want. When printing CD Jewel Case size, make sure "Page Scaling" in your print dialogue box is set to "None" to ensure that the calendar prints out at the correct size.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

June 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

June 2011 Jewel Case Calendar

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April 9, 2011

Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian Resort

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Golfing at Saratoga Springs
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/160s shutter, f5.6, ISO 200

Afternoon tea awaits Princess Madison. My Pic of the Week comes from the Grand Floridian, where Afternoon Tea is served daily from 2:00pm - 4:30pm. What a special way to wind down and cool off in the heat of the day. Very civilized if you ask me!


March 29, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Filters

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This week Lisa, Scott and I are sharing pictures we've taken using filters on our cameras. There are many kinds of filters that affect your image in different ways. Ultra Violet (UV) filters reduce haze and help to protect your lens. Polarizing filters reduce glare and increase saturation. Neutral Density filters make it possible to extend your exposure time. These are just a few examples of the many different filter choices a photographer has. For a great introduction to these and a few other common filters, check out this article at Cambridge in Colour.

Japan Koi Pond with No Filter
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/125s shutter, f20, ISO 200

This first photo of the Japan koi pond in Epcot's World Showcase was taken without a filter. Notice how the reflections on the water make it hard to see the fish and the rocks on the bottom of the pond. In the second shot, below, taken about 30 seconds later, I used my circular polarizer to cut the glare on the water's surface.


Japan Koi Pond with Polarizer Filter
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/125s shutter, f16, ISO 200


March 24, 2011

"Don't Pull the Rope" Gag in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Indiana Jones Well in Disney's Hollywood Studios
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/400s shutter, f5.6, ISO 200

Oh no, don't pull the rope! If you haven't given it a try, do pull the rope on this well near the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Better yet, get one of your unsuspecting travel mates to do it. Don't worry; it's nothing scary - just a little Disney fun!

March 19, 2011

Pixar Stars from the Movie "Cars"

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Luigi and Guido
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/250s shutter, f8, ISO 200

My Pic of the Week is Luigi and Guido from the Disney/Pixar movie "Cars". Here they are minding the shop in Disneyland Paris.

March 14, 2011

May Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Here's one for all you Star Wars Weekends fans. This stormtrooper was standing guard over the entrance to Disney's Hollywood Studios when I snapped his picture. Now he can guard whatever you want him to!

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May 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


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May 2011 Jewel Case Calendar

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March 8, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Monorail

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

The Monorail is such a favorite mode of transportation that some would even call it an attraction! In fact, I'd go as far to say that it's a symbol for the Disney Parks in the U.S. Its "elevated" status has led us to declare it the topic for this week's Pic of the Week. Come back on Thursday and Saturday to see Lisa and Scott's images of this iconic Highway in the Sky.

Monorail Circling Epcot's Future World
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/2500s shutter, f4.2, ISO 200

If you've been collecting AllEars® Trading Cards, then you'll recognize my Pic of the Week, the blue Mark VI Monorail train. Here it circles around Future World in Epcot.

March 3, 2011

Boney Pirate Surveys the Magic Kingdom

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean Sign
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/500s shutter, f5.6, ISO 200

Ahoy Matey, it's pirate week! My pirate Pic of the Week is from the Pirates of the Caribbean sign in the Magic Kingdom.

February 26, 2011

Cleverly Disguised Trash Can at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Animal Kingdom Lodge Trash Can
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/5s shutter, f5.6, ISO 800

I had to do a double-take when I saw this trash can at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. As I walked past, I saw the bellhop put his clipboard on what I thought was a footlocker. I thought to myself, "Wow, someone actually travelled with a footlocker. You don't see that anymore." At first, it didn't seem that odd to me because I always used a footlocker to go to camp when I was a kid. Then it clicked in that I was at Disney. I actually stopped and turned around to take another look and then I realized it was really a trash can. Now, that's good theming... and a perfect shot for Pic of the Week!


February 15, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Universe of Energy

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Universe of Energy
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/500s shutter, f11, ISO 200

The Universe of Energy is one of Epcot's opening day attractions and our choice for Pic of the Week. Today it houses Ellen's Energy Adventure, whose ride vehicles are partially powered by the solar panels that sit on the roof of the building. Be sure to check out Jack Spence's great in-depth blog about this pavilion and then come back here on Thursday for Scott's interpretations. Lisa is playing hooky this week.

February 13, 2011

Where in the World #164

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

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Before we get into this week's contest, I'd like to take a minute to introduce you to Erin Blackwell. Erin is my friend and a member of the AllEars® Team. She handles the Fort Wilderness section of the site as well as other areas, but her biggest job (so far) is the Menu section. As if that isn't enough, Erin is adding yet another job to her AllEars® profile. She is going to be your new host for the Where in the World photo contest!

I've been running the contest for about 2 ½ years and it's been a blast! It's time to let someone else have some fun though. I'll still be posting Monthly Disney Calendars, Pics of the week, and occasional photo tips. But it's Erin who will be challenging you every Sunday with a new Where in the World photo. In fact, Challenge #163 came from Erin. So, without further ado, may I present your new contest host, Erin Blackwell!

Woohoo! Streamers and confetti and wild applause ensue!


Where in the World by Erin Blackwell


This was Challenge #163:
 Where in the World #163

And here's the answer:
Electric 694 Gift Cart at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwell, Canon PhotoShot SD890 IS, 6.6mm VR, f/9.0 , ISO 3200 (ISO 3200 SCN Mode)

You will find the answer at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Sunset Boulevard. It's a gift cart that looks a trolley and is marked with Pacific Electric, car number 694. The 694 represents the month and year that the Studios opened!

Larissa Huda was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Larissa and all the other readers who got the answer right: Julie Wickware, Bill Mckim, Evanna Huda, Betsy Silvestri, Sharon Pierce, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Kevin, Irene Kleintop, Paul Dickson, Tim Rachuba, Patti Deluca, Sharon Dale, and Kristin Dormuth! Additional kudos goes out to Irene Kleintop and Patti Deluca for knowing what the 694 represented! Each of winner will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #164: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #164

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 17, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

February 10, 2011

African Muziki Stand at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Muziki Stand in Disney's Animal Kingdom
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/125s shutter, f5.6, ISO 320

It's not very often that I see this stand with no one beating away on the drums. It's a great place for anyone to join in on an impromptu music session, often led by one of the performers from Tam Tams of Congo. Do your kids need a place to expend some energy? Go no further than this African musical spot in Disney's Animal Kingdom and let 'em have at it.

February 7, 2011

April Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

April seems like a good month to spend with a few cheetahs. These beauties can usually be seen lounging around on the Harambe Reserve. Hop on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom to catch a glimpse of these magnificent cats.


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This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

April 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

April 2011 Jewel Case Calendar

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February 6, 2011

Where in the World #163

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #162:
 Where in the World #162

And here's the answer:
Hidden Mickey at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/125s shutter, f/4.8, ISO 400

At Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa you'll find this clever Hidden Mickey tucked away on the side of one of the buildings. It's in the Springs section (Villas 4101 - 4436), across from the check-in parking lot.

Chris Masse was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Chris and all the other readers who got the answer right: Susan Kuster, Bridgette Gallagher, Lee Anastasi, Sharon Dale, Double Family, Julie Wickware, Kelly Mager, Jennifer Toto, Paul Knott, Michael Malampy, Ken Jackson, Lorne Harris, Paul Moody, Avery Zanauskas, Matthew Herman, Daniel Record, Michael Flaherty, Colin Buchanan, Cheryl Buchanan, Carolyn Como, Kirk Hardy, Brian Haas, Rob Blundin, Patti Deluca, Evanna Huda, Mae Cavalcanto, Paul Dickson, and Theresa Maradei! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #163: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #163

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 10, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

February 5, 2011

Night Lights of Fulton's Crab House

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Fulton's Crab House at Night
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 4/10s shutter, f4, ISO 200

I chose Fulton's Crab House for my Pic of the Week also, but unlike Scott's picture, mine was taken at night. It just goes to show, day or night, Fulton's makes a great subject. You can't go wrong either way.

January 30, 2011

Where in the World #162

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #161:
 Where in the World #161

And here's the answer:
Streetmosphere Performer at  Disney's Hollywood Studios
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/200s shutter, f/3, ISO 200

Vladimir Pooey, the renowned Romanian film director, at work in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Vladimir is one of the Citizens of Hollywood, or Streetmosphere characters, who entertain guests on Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards.

David Tarbet was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to David and all the other readers who got the answer right: John Leach, Maureen Handy, Larissa Huda, Julie Wickware, Dave Wang, Evanna Huda, Jennifer Tremley, Marissa D'ambrosio, Lee Anastasi, Cathy Skiba, Lilli Blake, Amanda Campbell, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Betsy Silvestri, Jerry Weldon, Sharon Pierce, Nathan Cripe, Bruce Hinterleitner, Jodi Cook, Kelly Kobiela, Christine Yesutis, Ken Jackson, Michael Campe, Jim Riley, Sharon Dale, Diane Furtado, Paul Dickson, Colin Buchanan, Cheryl Buchanan, Kathleen, Sarah Holodick, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Patti Deluca, Karen Schlumpf, Kristin Mazur, Ethan Manchester , Mike Timmer, and Marcia Mardirosian! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #162: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #162

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 3, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

January 25, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - Topiaries

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

The topiaries around Walt Disney World and all the Disney parks are amazing, living works of art. Many of them can only be seen at special times of the year like during the Winter Holidays or Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival in the spring. Others are there for guests to enjoy year round. This week Scott, Lisa and I will once again share some of our favorite topiary images for our Disney Pics of the Week. Enjoy!

Holiday Topiary at Epcot
Copyright © 2011 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 15s shutter, f8, ISO 100

These Mickey and Minnie topiaries were part of the Epcot holiday decorations this year. Lucky for me, they were still out when I was there for Marathon Weekend earlier this month.

January 23, 2011

Where in the World #161

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #160:
 Where in the World #160

And here's the answer:
Finding Nemo - The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 70-200mm VR, 1/100s shutter, f/2.8, ISO 1000

Lots of winners this week! More than 200 of you recognized Crush from Finding Nemo. This picture was taken at Finding Nemo - The Musical in Disney's Animal Kingdom. The other place Crush can be found is in Epcot, at Turtle Talk with Crush. Either of those answers got you on the winner's list this week. Way to go everyone!

Nicole Ruzinski was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Nicole and all the other readers who got the answer right: Tina Santacroce, Lee Anastasi, Annette Nuenke, Linda Mac, Paula Munson, Julie Wickware, Megan K, Ken Jackson, Kim Meyer, Jennifer Harmon, Jessica Gruhlke, Sandra Shaw, Madi M., Paul Cooper, Cathy Skiba, Rich Kacprowicz, John Hout, Stephanie Newell, Kye Layton, Evanna Huda, The Kahle Family, Chad Ryan, Michelle Raimist, Susie Howard, David & Melissa Lizewski, Brendan Abel, Sandi B, Ed Suscreba, Chris Masse, Larissa Huda, Pollyanna Buff, Dillon, Kyle, Sammi Jo, Ronnie Lane, Lilli Blake, Beth Mcmeekin, Louise Barton, Erica Sipich, Judy Koslowski, Donna Currier, Robin Fitts, Tracy Discher, Karen Nelson, Angie Young, Laura Tarbet, Courtney Crowe, Nicole Amidon, Laurie Walker, Mike Kaczanowski, Maureen Handy, Double Family, Clay Anthony, Karen Ramirez, Rob Blundin, Elaine Johnson, Linda Scrivano, Stephanie Caskey, Teri Jo Fuson, Tiago De Oliveira, Ansley, Stephanie Canales, Tom Koval, Kelli Balewski, Bridgette Gallagher, Karen Hotchkiss, Matthew Herman, Wendy Snelgrove, Elizabeth Macgregor, Heather Young, Jamie K, Abby Grasso, Morgen Vanmeter, Austin O'blenis, Becky Terjung, Jane Bradley, Colin Buchanan, Christine Dagney, Jennifer Bourg, Leigh Mertz, Diane Ramos, Carol Baranowsky, Greg Strohmeyer, Brenda Strohmeyer, Cheryl Buchanan, Diane Curfman, The Perras Family, Kyler, Mary Virginia Clause, Kim Coons, Michelle Thompson, Kelsi B., Timmy Saunders, Nicole Shuler, Erin Loring, Christopher Barnes, Jonathan Ward, Paul Dickson, Ed Hogan, Teresa Cole, Betsy Dross, Jim Riley, Michael Pyle, Amy Miller, Liana Imbrogno, Millie Tenreiro, Mike O'brien, Bruce Jones , Caitlin Rush, Kameo Crea, Joyce Tofflemire, Laura, Noreen Rachuba, Shaun Leake, Trish Babler, Spencer Hart, Katerina, Diana Fitzgerald, Jeremy Reichelt, Matt Holley, Kelly Kobiela, Tiffany W., Barbara Sims, Randy Heintzelman, Chambers Family, Karrie Duffey, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Kathleen, William Edwards, Jim Finley, Scott Lau, Brian Yesutis, Mary, Mike Cerce, Dennis Blackburn, Eric Shinn, Andrew Medlock, Alan Mize, Kelly Zanauskas, Joshua Swainston, Melinda Lenz, Shelly Borella, Sara Roswell, Mike Timmer, Jodi Cook, Claire Gregory, Tim Johansen, Lisa Graham, Maureen Hanlon, Jennifer Tremley, Heidi Goodhue, Jennifer Mills, Daniel Mills, Angela Fennell, Nicole Duddy, Theresa Rucando, Betsy Silvestri, Sarah Holodick, Andrew Weed, Tim Rachuba, Carri Marotto, Nathalie Periard, Kathleen, Sandra Edwards, Francis Lachance, Kristen Carde, Kristen Mccoy, Brian Booth, Mickey Eckert, Jamie Poynton, Kerry Cormier, Walter N. Clark, Vickie Scioneaux, Robert P. Flaherty, Annjeanette Smith, Jennifer Bogdan, Gabby Stapp, Robert Hawley, Barclay Bakkum, Nancy Daniele, Jeff Stetson, Kristin Dormuth, Ken Rhinehart, Brandon Carlson, Sandra Ednie, Cara Richards, Wendy Kemp, Rick Hauser, Robert D Bostic, Marcia Mardirosian, Michael Malampy, Luis Rodriguez, Vicki Edwards, Mike Haeberle, Linda College, Corrie Haemmerle, Paula B, Laura Pranaitis, Jessica Gardner, Derek Carty, and Shane Stack! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #161: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #161

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 27, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

January 20, 2011

Ursula the Sea Witch in the Magic Kingdom

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Ursula the Sea Witch
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/1000s shutter, f5.3, ISO 280

Ursula the Sea Witch takes a break from plotting against Ariel to ride on the villains float in the Disney Dreams Come True Parade at the Magic Kingdom.

January 16, 2011

Where in the World #160

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #159:
 Where in the World #159

And here's the answer:
Rivers of America in Magic Kingdom
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/120s shutter, f/5.3, ISO 2500

When you take a ride down the Rivers of America on the Liberty Belle, you'll pass this little shack across from Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom.

Bill Mckim was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Bill and all the other readers who got the answer right: Diane Ramos, Bruce Jones, Sharon Dale, Sharon Pierce, Craig, Christie Condit, Julie Wickware, Evanna Huda, Dave Wang, Larissa Huda, Sharon Lee, Luis Rodriguez, Bridgette Gallagher, Katie Bray, Lee Anastasi, C. Dore', Brent Cook, Michael Mclucas, Sammi Jo, Dale Knight, Deb Ragno, Pollyanna Buff, Dillon, Kyle, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Linda Abbate, Linda Abbate, Kristen Mccoy, Betsy Silvestri, Patty Cartry, Tom Carty, Derek Carty, David & Melissa Lizewski, Chambers Family, Paul Cooper, Ronnie Lane, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Annette Nuenke, Tanya Hinnes, Lori Rienhardt, Nicole Alley, Jennifer Tremley, Lisa And Richard Palmer, Angie Young, Jim Thompson, Randy Heintzelman, Gabriella Rizzo, Mike Thomson, Jeremy Reichelt, Irene Kleintop, Dave Fullerton, Ken Jackson, Rob Blundin, Karrie Duffey, Jerry Weldon, Mickey Eckert, Sarah Holodick, Clay Anthony, Jason Skow, B Sherwin, Elizabeth Edwards And Vicki, Nathalie Doiron, Chris Kelly, Dennis Blackburn, Jim Riley, Leigh Mertz, Jim, Linda College, Jamie Poynton, Walter N. Clark, Vickie Scioneaux, Jacqui Ruxton, Michael Decicco, Amanda Campbell, Barclay Bakkum, Josh, Gabby Stapp, Jennifer Mercier, C.j. Connors and Mario Grasso Iii! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.


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Challenge #160: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #160

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 20, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

January 12, 2011

Disney Dinosaur Mugs for the Camera

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Dinosaur at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 70-200mm VR, 1/3200s shutter, f2.8, ISO 640

This dinosaur lurks above the sign on the outside of the Dinosaur building in Disney's Animal Kingdom. He seems very happy to see all the snacks, I mean guests, coming in!

January 10, 2011

March Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

World Showcase isn't the only place to see Illuminations. For March's calendar, I took a picture of Illuminations from Futureworld, near the Imagination Pavilion.

You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want. When printing CD Jewel Case size, make sure "Page Scaling" in your print dialogue box is set to "None" to ensure that the calendar prints out at the correct size.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

March 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

March 2011 Jewel Case Calendar

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January 9, 2011

Where in the World #159

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #158:
 Where in the World #158

And here's the answer:
Cruella De Vil
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/1250s shutter, f/5.3

This is, of course, Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians. If you guessed it was her, it doesn't matter where you thought she was, you still got it right. In this picture she happens to be riding on the villains float in the Disney Dreams Come True Parade at the Magic Kingdom.

Daniel Record was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Daniel and all the other readers who got the answer right: The Kahle Family, Dylan Weidner, Julie Wickware, Rhonda Dunn, Beth Mcmeekin, Dale Knight, Sandra Shaw, Sharon Pierce, Mary, Barbie Lawless, Jane Bradley, Evanna Huda, Larissa Huda, Tom Koval, Elizabeth Macgregor, Brian Sheets, Denise Cayz , Cindy Dore', Jennifer Harmon, Bridgette Gallagher, Caryn Schill, Elaine Johnson, Christopher Barnes, Debra Kuklinski, Pollyanna Buff, Dillon, Kyle, Colin Buchanan, Caroline Dupre, Nancy Cox, Mia W., Annette Nuenke, Holly Anderson, Rob Blundin, Walter N. Clark, Cheryl Buchanan, Donnie, Christie Condit, Allison Burgess, Nicole Alley, Emily Currier, Judy Koslowski, Irene Kleintop, Nicole Duddy, Michelle Thompson, Jen P., Sharon Dale, Paul Cooper, Terry Fleming, Anastasia Macneil, Christopher Hall, Steve Knapp, Scott Lau, Vicki And Elizabeth Edwards, Mickey Eckert, Debby Webber, Diana Fitzgerald, Matt Degrandis, Linda College, Lisa Palmer, Richard Palmer, Sammi Jo , Kameo Crea, Drew Deapo, Todd Tavender, Jeanne Cohem, Heather Young, Sarah Smee, Andrea Kruszewski, Karen Dresser-smith, Gareth Molyneux, Kristen Mccoy, Carri Marotto, Kelly Zanauskas, Shane Stack, Matt Holley, Lin Fales, Wendy Kemp, Jimmy Heffner, Jamie Poynton, Kellie Carter, Alan Mize, Victoria Jurkowski, Caitlin Rush, Brenda Strohmeyer, Greg Strohmeyer, Jennifer Bogdan, Thomas & william Edwards, Joseph M Zafia, Jim Riley, Lauren Bogan, Cynthia Glasper, Sarah Holodick, Mike Thomson, Suzanne, Sammi Jo Albucker, Vickie Scioneaux, Nicole Shuler, Tiffany Keenan, Kelly Mager, Mike Kaczanowski, Kelly, Heather Coursen, Catherine, Kathie Goldberg, Leslie Guy, Paula B, Ed Hogan, Courtney Rader, Kirsten Stark, Jeff Blank, Jill Martin, Mike Cerce, and Betsy Silvestri! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.


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Challenge #159: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #159

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 13, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

January 7, 2011

Scott's Photography Tips

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Lisa asked me to post three of my favorite photography tips to start out the new year with. Great idea, Lisa!

Tip Number One

Fill the Frame
Whether by feet, telephoto/zoom lens or crop, the one tip I can give you to improve your photography immediately is to get close and fill the frame. This is what I did for this portrait of one of the male gorillas on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Male gorilla portrait on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Male gorilla on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 3600, EV 0, 300mm Focal Length

Tip Number Two

Rule of Thirds
This simple rule of composition is easy to learn and will take your photography from simple snapshots to impact photographs. Below is a photo of Off Kilter's Bassist, Mark Weldon, I used to demonstrate the rule of thirds back in 2007.

A photo of Off Kilter's Bassist, Mark Weldon, used to demonstrate the rule of thirds in Epcot's Canada pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A photo of Off Kilter's Bassist, Mark Weldon, used to demostate the rule of thirds in Epcot's Canada pavilion.

Tip Number Three

Read the Manual
This is something many of us fail to do once we get a new digital camera or gadget. We dive right in and start using it. That works for awhile and then we start getting frustrated with the results. I suggest you take the time to read the manual. Learn what all the buttons, switches, dials and menu options do. The more you learn about your digital camera or gadget, the more satisfied you will be with your results.

A young woman reads the manual to her new digital camera.
A young woman reads the manual to her new digital camera..
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/50s, f/5.6, ISO 2800, EV 0, 38mm focal length, rear-sync flash at -0.7 power, bounced off ceiling.

Using these tips and those of Lisa's and Barrie's, will help you to improve taking photos with and using your digital cameras at the Disney themeparks in 2011.

January 4, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week - The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

In the Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion you can easily spend hours watching all the sea creatures in the large and small aquariums, talking with Crush and eating at the Coral Reef restaurant. If you're lucky you'll get a chance to watch Cast Members learning about communication with the dolphins. Take one of the special tours and you can even snorkel or scuba dive in the 5.7 million gallon salt-water tank, home to sea turtles, angelfish, dolphins, rays, and sharks. Our Pics of the Week will give you a very small taste of what you'll see in this aquatic pavilion.

Aquarium Fish in Epcot
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/20s shutter, f2.8, ISO 640

The phrase "he's so ugly he's cute" comes to mind when I look at this little guy. Don't you just want to give him a big smooch? Ok, maybe I wouldn't go that far, but he sure is adorable.

January 2, 2011

Where in the World #158

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #157:
 Where in the World #157

And here's the answer:
Big Thunder Mountain Trail Marker
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/50s shutter, f/8, ISO 400

There were many guesses this week but I was really surprised that no one knew where this is. As you leave Big Thunder Mountain in the Magic Kingdom, you see this trail marker at the end of the path.

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Challenge #158: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #158

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 6, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

December 30, 2010

Epcot's Test Track Assembly Line

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Test Track Abstract in Epcot
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/20s shutter, f2.8, ISO 800

This is the scene just after stepping off Test Track in Epcot. I spent a l-o-n-g time there on the day I took this picture. The assembly line is a great place to get some abstract photos, especially with a wide angle lens.

December 26, 2010

Where in the World #157

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #156:
 Where in the World #156

And here's the answer:
Canadian Fence in Epcot's World Showcase
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/800s shutter, f/5.6, ISO 160

This maple leaf fence is located in front of the Canada pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase.

Jim Finley was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Jim and all the other readers who got the answer right: Russ Morgan, Dennis Blackburn, Karrie Duffey, Lily-pierre Couet, Deirdre Lewis, Robert Anderson, Shane Stack, Carri Marotto, Matt Holley, Debbie Hicks, Becky Terjung, Paul Ignudo Jr., Ken Rhinehart, Timmy Saunders, Patrick L, Vicki Edwards, Linda Abbate, Mary Greger, Caryn Schill, Paula Munson, Luis Rodriguez, Laura Vaughn, Jennifer Mills, Heidi Goodhue, Nikki Powell, Lisa Jones, Randy Heintzelman, Brian Gallant, Jeff Stetson, Kevin Miller, Christopher Hall, Steve Pocopanni, Betsy Dross, Nancy Lam, Karen Aguiar, Amanda Linde, Rusty Podbelski, Andrea Huda, Marc Lorenzo, Laura Pranaitis, Bill Mckim, Jackie, Jon Cohen, Lynn Hart, Tom & Susan Linder, Tim Johansen, Roye Ann Morris, Joseph M Zafia, Kelly Zanauskas, Monica Hatch, and Andrew Webber! Each of you were entered in this month's winners' drawing.

It's time for our monthly drawing. Drumroll, please! This month's big winner is Diane Ramos! Congratulations Diane, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!


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Challenge #157: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #157

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 30, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

December 25, 2010

Epcot's International Gateway

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Epcot's International Gateway
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200 VR, 0.0015s shutter, f8, ISO 200

Sometimes Epcot's International Gateway feels like my own private entrance to the World Showcase. Located between the United Kingdom and France, Epcot's "back door" is accessible by foot or boat from the Epcot resort area and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

December 19, 2010

Where in the World #156, Second Time Around

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Due to an unexpected computer glitch, I'm sorry to say that the entries from last week's challenge were lost. Either that or not one single person even had a guess, which I find hard to believe. No worries though, we'll just have a do-over. Good luck everyone...
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Challenge #156: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #156

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 23, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

December 14, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Parades

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Walt Disney loved a parade! From day one in Disneyland parades have been a staple in the Disney parks and are nothing short of spectacular. With the exception of Epcot, all of the parks have at least one parade, as do both Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. SpectroMagic and the Electric Light Parade light up the night with amazing effects. There is a parade of boats that makes its way around the Seven Seas Lagoon in the evenings. In fact, I've even seen a parade of Cast Members from housekeeping at Disney's Saratoga Springs resort. This week, Scott, Lisa and I will be sharing photos from some of the exciting parades throughout the parks.

Disney Dreams Come True Parade
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200 VR, 1/400s shutter, f10, ISO 400

Mickey Mouse leads the Disney Dreams Come True Parade in the Magic Kingdom.

December 13, 2010

February Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

In February we'll be taking a trip to Japan. This torii gate stands in front of the Japan pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, framing Spaceship Earth across the Seven Seas Lagoon.

You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want. When printing CD Jewel Case size, make sure "Page Scaling" in your print dialogue box is set to "None" to ensure that the calendar prints out at the correct size.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

February 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

February 2011 Jewel Case Calendar

And finally, this desktop wallpaper is for your monitor screen.

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December 12, 2010

Where in the World #156

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #155:
 Where in the World #155

And here's the answer:
Haunted Mansion Gate
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/320s shutter, f/9, ISO 200

This bat is part of the scrollwork on the gate to the Haunted Mansion in the Magic Kingdom.

Caryn Schill was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Caryn and all the other readers who got the answer right: Linda Mac, Larissa Huda, Phil Vickers, Paul Cooper, Bruce Jones, Cara Richards, Judy Koslowski, Jen Tremley, Chris Masse, Matt Holley, Julie Wickware, Tracey Mayfield, Theresa Rucando, Brendan Abel, Ken Maikowski, Ashley Deitchler, Irene Kleintop, Bruce Hinterleitner, Chloe, Betsy Bates, Natalie Baron, Spring Smith, The Kahle Family, Aaron Harpel, Carol Baranowsky, Kristin Battaliou, Jodi Cook, Ed Aleszczyk, Michelle Raimist, Michael Timmer, Steve Dolan, Vicki Vaught, Deb Ragno, Jerry Weldon, Timmy Saunders, Doublefamily, Robin Fitts, Christopher Bourassa, Andrea Kruszewski, Angie Young, Ali S., Brian S, Wade A. Williams, Maureen Handy, Karen Ramirez, Katie Bowling, Donnie W, Paul Dickson, Tyra Trueblood, Louise Barton, Linda Kasych, Jared Orth, Bryan Timko, Ronnie Lane, Melody, Morgan Mccalip, Walter Fletcher, Cameron Lange, Karen Nelson, Emily Currier, Evanna Huda, Nicole Amidon, Carla C, Sharon Lee, John Leach, Kris Nixon, Sammi Jo , Stephanie Servaites, Katie Bray, Beth Mcmeekin, Jeremy Hardy, Paul Knott, Jennifer Mers, Ed Suscreba, Jen P., Christine Dagney, Deb And Lee, Daniel Record, Denise Cayz , Alan Mize, Joyce Tofflemire, Mike M., K.l. Beasley, Sharon Pierce, Betsy Silvestri, Steve Knapp, Seth Walker, Sharon Blickensderfer, Baines Family, Jennifer Bourg, Emily Robinson, The Perras Family, Spencer Hart, Joyanne M Johnston, Izzy Johansen, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Lisa Graham, Suzanne, Peter Lowles, Michael Malampy, Christopher Barnes, Brian Gallant, Debra Kuklinski, Heidi Summers, Laura Whitten, Mike Walter, Tom Koval, John Hout, Linda Scrivano, Jennifer Harmon, Kye Layton, Kathryn Perkins, Caroline Dupre, John Dupre, Kelsi B., Daniel Mills, Jennifer Lalli, Jenn Steele, Cindy Dore', Dwayne Fontenot, Sharon Dale, Creese Family, Joshua Swainston, Colin Buchanan, Cheryl Buchanan, Evan Gentile, Jeffrey Dunne, Victoria Finnegan, Lisa Jones, Wendy Crober, Ron Renz, Bob Patterson, Randy Heintzelman, Shyla Pontius, Stephanie Newell, Vicki Edwards, Kelly Kobiela, Donald Mccloskey, April Haddock, Robin K., Tom Hermes, Diana Fitzgerald, Doug Brigger, Quincy Delcolletti, Rex Brigger, Jeremy Reichelt, Trista Newell, Elizabeth Scarborough, Diane Ramos, Andrew Weed, Gennaro Rosato, Schweizer Family, Carri Marotto, Kristen Carde, Dale Knight, Cathy Skiba, Blake Schmidt, Maryann Eckenrode, Kristen Mccoy, Sandra Edwards, Russ Morgan, Jim Finley, Karrie Duffey, Rob Blundin, Erin Hammer, Anastasia Macneil, Melanie Dunlap, Paul Ignudo Jr, Leah Broussard, J Brizzle, Carol Gamill, Kali Murry, Kerry Cormier, Alison Rosenberger, Pam Lorenz, Christopher Tweedle, Allison Caputa, Mike Venere, Steve Pocopanni, Ray Stephenson, Shirley Garcowski, Les Whitten, Caitlin Rush, Ashley Ryan , Teresa Cole, Mike Kaczanowski, Linda College, Moore Family, Mike Berryhill, Jeff Stetson, Jim Riley, Maureen Hanlon, Elaine Johnson, Mary Greger, Shane Stack, Christopher Hall, Mickey Eckert, Richard Palmer, Lisa Palmer, Allison Palmer, Peggy Saeger, Carrie Kenney, Ansley, Steve Bieniek, Kelly Mager, Webber Family, Bekah, Penny, Pollyanna Buff, Heidi Goodhue, Karen Schlumpf, Betsey Whitehead, Sarah Holodick, Deirdre Lewis, Diane Coerper, Amanda Campbell, Abby Earl, Becky H, Ken Fischler, Bruce Lawson, Josh Weiss, Hillary Waldroop, Jamie K, Steve Toponak, Marcia Mardirosian, Dennis Blackburn, Vanessa Gordon, Debbie Hicks, Julie Ellis, Gregg Mcglasson, Chris Kelly, Tim Rachuba, Jessica Marcotte, Dan Owens, Andrea Weedmark, Mike Cerce, Michelle Mcspadden, Jeff Finger, Holly Anderson, Susan Higginbotham, Mike Gillardi, Jennifer Horst, Derek Carty, Karen Dresser-smith, Madi M., Vickie Scioneaux, Nancy Bennett, Robert P. Flaherty, Kerry, Brenda Strohmeyer, Nicole Des Groseillers, Walter N. Clark, Christy Schor, Jennifer Bogdan, Courtney Sloane, Jillian Domings, Stacy Lee, Tom Higbee, Lynn Nicotero, Kate Fanning, Ken Rhinehart, Carol Donoghue, Nick P, Gary Bracknell, Scott, Sarai Nobrega, Eileen Miller, Barclay Bakkum, Nikki Brooks, Clay Anthony, Heather Pedulla, Madi Meyer, Joseh M Zafia, Liana Imbrogno, Nicole Duddy, Luis Rodriguez, Clarissa K, Kevin Toomey, Mark Franklin, Jill Fogg, Chris Hills, Wendy Snelgrove, Lily-pierre Couet, Tom & Susan Linder , Allison Daubert, Matt Maas, Roxanne Kliebert, Ilene, Jennifer Mills, Nicole Alley, Kevin Geiger, and Jon Cohen! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #156: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #156

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 16, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

December 5, 2010

Where in the World #155

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #154:
 Where in the World #154

And here's the answer:
Yeti from Expedition Everest
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/6s shutter, f/2.8, ISO 3200

This handsome dude can be found hanging out on Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom. He is an Audio-Animatronic Yeti but unfortunately has only been operating in "B mode" for most of his life.

Jennifer Lalli was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Jennifer and all the other readers who got the answer right: Hillary Waldroop, Linda Scrivano, Donnie, Karen Nelson, Daniel Record, Caryn Schill, Kelli Olthoff, Emma Poprock, Jen Cerce, Kyle Buff, Sharon Pierce, Ken Maikowski, Bruce Hinterleitner, Alfred Whiting, Rich Kacprowicz, Timmy Saunders, Doug, Roxanne Kliebert, Mia W., David, Phil Vickers, Sandra Shaw, Cindy Dore', Leigh Mertz, Kris Nixon, Double Family, Sharon Lee, Mark Hoban, Bryan Timko, Paul Dickson, Derek Carty, Lee, Dillon Buff, Candace Dadswell, Mary Beth Tarbet, Dave Wang, Marcia Mardirosian, Emily Currier, The Perras Family, Amanda Campbell, Kristen Mccoy, Debra Kuklinski, Tim Johansen, Chloe, Linda Mac, Louise Barton, Tim Jeltes, Kellie Harpel, Creese Family, Jennifer Horst, Kelly Mager, Betsy Silvestri, The Kahle Family, Lauren Thomas, Nicole R., Jim Thompson, Brian Gallant, Kelly, Tom Koval, Mary Virginia Clause, Kim Meyer, Kim Steiner, Aiden And Camryn Mcmeekin, Kelsi B., Terri Uchtman, Mike Walter, Steve Pocopanni, Boris Beckert, Deb Mangini, Dale Knight, Carla C, Misty Mehelic, Christopher Tweedle, Joshua Swainston, Collette Beuther, Angie Young, Belicia Dawson, Scot Cullen, Jodi Cook, Amy Schweizer, Erika Loboda, Jackie, James Greene, Diana Fitzgerald, Joyce Tofflemire, Seth Walker, Karen Hotchkiss, Deirdre Lewis, Jillian Smith, Christopher Barnes, Jeremy Coto, Suzanne, Brenda Hawk, Les Whitten, Laura Whitten, Clarissa K, Chris Connors, Stephanie Caskey, Daniel Mills, Linda Kasych, Spencer Hart, Rob Blundin, Karen Genda, Becky Terjung, Jim Finley, Danielle Aston, Clay Anthony, Tom Hermes, Gabby Stapp, Colin Buchanan, Scott Stubbs, Brian Haas, Kevin, Mike M., Cara Richards, Maureen Hanlon, Reagan Herman, Ken Fischler, Wendy Crober, Marina Crober, Susan Doucette, Vicki Edwards, Cameron Lange, Andrea Weedmark, Gennaro Rosato, Bruce Jones, Anne Hainsworth, Kelly Kobiela, Elizabeth Scarborough, Ken Jackson, Jamie K, Evan Gentile, Jason Wright, Erin Hammer, Andrew Weed, Allison Caputa, Kristen Carde, Wendy Snelgrove, Scott Greenbaum, J Brizzle, Wade A. Williams, Valerie Rodgers, Linda College, Jenn Steele, Terr Fleming, Brian Yesutis, Blake Schmidt, Michelle Wilinski, Diane Ramos, Michelle Kanger, Sarah Holodick, Tiffany W., Matthew Jadro, Jessica Cutler, Christine And Erin Claeys, Hannah M., Mike Cerce, Russ Morgan, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Sara M., Jennifer Mers, Bob Hendrix, Beth Finn, Colin Christenson, Angela Fennell, Victoria, Tina Krueger, Patrick Culpepper, Michael Timmer, Lisa Graham, Nathalie Doironw, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Susie Howard, Chris Kelly, Steve Benson, Webber Family, Megan K, Elaine Johnson, Linda Abbate, Stephanie Canales, Drew Deapo, Carrie Kenney, Stephanie Newell, John Dupre, Carri Marotto, Jen Schultz, Jen Norris, Mike Berryhill, Tena Keys, Bruce Lawson, Dan Owens, Lisa Jones, Kimberly Moore, Jamie Poynton, Tammy Kallenbach, Shirley Garcowski, Dennis Blackburn, Lisa Laskowski, Ray Stephenson, Peggy Saeger, Laney Wood, Walter N. Clark, Brenda Strohmeyer, Greg Stevenson, Heather Pedulla, Kevin Geiger, Morgan Mccalip, Joseph M Zafia, Jackie Brown, Zac & nathan, Chris Hills, Caitlin Rush, Kim Degroat, Christopher Bourassa, Mickey Eckert, Gregg Mcglasson, Kelly Zanauskas, Roye Ann Morris, Mary Tackett, Kate Fanning, Christine Dagney, Madi M., Jean Ehlert, Ansley, Kerry, Mckenzie Donald, Sandy, Jerry Weldon, Christy Schor, Leah Nan Broussard, Liz Patterson, Chuck Sands, Melissa Demonbreun, Jason Skow, Victoria Finnegan, Michelle Bates, Tiago De Oliveira, Katerina Purdy, Paula Massarelli and Dan! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #155: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #155

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 9, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

December 4, 2010

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

La Nouba
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200 VR, 1/800s shutter, f7.1, ISO 200

The morning sun shines on the Cirque du Soleil La Nouba "tent" at Downtown Disney West Side.

November 28, 2010

Where in the World #154

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #153:
 Where in the World #153

And here's the answer:
Dolphin Resort
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/640s shutter, f/4.5, ISO 400


This is the Dolphin Resort as seen from across Crescent Lake. Wow, there sure were a lot of correct answers this week - 423! A few of you were asking for an easy one so I guess this was it. One or two of you said this was the Swan, but I know you meant to say Dolphin so you got it right too. You can thank me by buying a calendar - I'm kidding - well, sort of.


Speaking of calendars, has everyone ordered theirs? If not, here's another discount code for 40% off. With this code you get a nice Walt Disney World calendar and contribute to a great cause - Deb Will's Avon Walk for Breast Cancer - for only $10.05. Code: CALENDARVIP305


Lee Anastasi was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Linda and all the other readers who got the answer right: The Kahle Family , Linda Mac, Judy Koslowski, Sharon Pierce, Chris Connors, Julia Woods, Christine & melissa, Mary Beth Tarbet, Elaine Johnson, Kelly Mager, Pollyanna Buff, Theresa Rucando, Caryn Schill, Paula Munson, Candace Dymond, Seth Walker, Craig Livingston, Robert, Paula Massarelli, Jen Snapp, Brendan Abel, Jennifer S., Jeff Carson, Chris And Alison, Colin Buchanan, Monica Hatch, Larissa Huda, Boris Beckert, Sandi B, Sandra Shaw, Hoekzema Family, Hoekzema Family, Timmy Saunders, Kye Layton, Kristen Mccoy, Amy, Maureen Handy, Karen Hotchkiss, Patrick Albrecht, Double Family, Holly Anderson, Mary Virginia Clause, Tom Armstrong, Emma Poprock, Robin Fitts, Carol Gamill, Misty Mehelic, Chris Masse, Jeremy Coto, Jonathan Ward, Courtney Fortenberry, Karen Nelson, Chloe Albucker, Lilli Blake, Sammi Jo , Keith, Diane Ramos, Christine Dagney, Bryan Timko, Annette Nuenke, Phil Vickers, John Dupre, Megan, Julie Ellis, Gabriella Rizzo, Chris B, Jennifer Bourg, Paul Dickson, Katie Bray, Sue Thompson, Angie Young, Stephen Hafke, Jorge R. Caso, Erika Loboda, Paul Knott, Jacquelyn Law, Allison Caputa, Michelle Raimist, John Agnew, Cindy Duprey, Kristen Baustert, Kelly Seymore, Ed Suscreba, Kris Nixon, Kathryn Perkins, K.l. Beasley, Deb Ragno, Nicole Amidon, Evanna Huda, Susan Higginbotham, Jen Cerce, Allison Jason, Gloria Martin, Belicia Dawson, Stefanie Vandiver, Dave Wang, Jennifer Lalli, Cindy Jensen, Duane Shaver, Tom Koval, Morgan Mccalip, Rachael Shaw, Amy Perras, Stuart Hale, Amanda Linington, Kellie Harpel, Scott Cullen, Emily Currier, Karen Desantis, Brian Yesutis, Spencer Hart, Lynn Lofton, Bridgette Gallagher, Tom Hermes, Maryann Eckenrode, Joshua Swainston, Don Whiteman, Jennifer Harmon, Sharon Lee, David Uchtman, Tim Jeltes, Mary Haggarty, Dylan Weidner, Sarah Aebersold, Joann Albrecht, Daniel Record, Christine Twomey, Shannon Milair, Sarah Smee, Ed Aleszczyk, Karen Ram & shyrez , Laurie Walker, Anna Mae Trievel, Shannon Brueggemann, Tracey Mayfield, Jennifer Townsend, Linda Scrivano, Diane Furtado, Tara M., James Berry, Kathy Berry, Heather Young, Michael Pyle, Beth Mcmeekin , Dan Mangini, Lindsay Coram, Mike Haven, Travis Grim, Kerry Cormier, Cindy Dore', Kimberly Kusser, Steve Landers, Tim Wingfield , Andrea Kruszewski, Sarah Biesterfeld, Michael Malampy, Jodi Cook, Jared Orth, Betsy Silvestri, Drew Deapo, David, Maureen Hanlon, Vicki Yarnell, Jessica Deans, Tracy, Julie Wickware, Linda Abbate, Jay Bradford, Kelsi B., Alissa Ammons-coxsey, Craig, Bruce Hinterleitner, Debra Kuklinski, Joyanne M Johnston, Tom & Susan Linder, Webber Family, Christopher Barnes, Isabelle Boivin, Reagan Herman, Irene Kleintop, Steven Bowling, Leah Broussard, John Leach, Samantha French, Jen Schultz, Melissa Benson, Elizabeth Macgregor, Leslie Dameron, Randy Heintzelman, Clarissa K, Katie, Hannah M., Christopher Hall, Jennifer Mccurry, Erica Sipich, Harry Wilson, Cheryl Costello, Marcia Mardirosian, Roxanne Kliebert, Wendy Snelgrove, Alan P, Jeffrey Dunne, Connie Covatta, Kirsten Stark, Jonathan Thomas, Zac Goodwin, Chloe, Gabby Stapp, Kevin, Mike M., Justin Collins, Ken Jackson, Cara Richards, Bob Destephano, Brian Gallant, Kathy Lowe, Baines Family, Carol Baranowsky, Kathy Lowe, Patty Cartry, Ken Fischler, Amy Schweizer, Susan Doucette, Jennifer T, Shawn Simmons, Kelly Kobiela, Diana Fitzgerald, Sandra Edwards, Alan Mize, Stephanie Newell, Mike Gillardi, Blake Schmidt, Michael Mclucas, Michael Mclucas, Hayden Pronto-hussey, Anne Hainsworth, Brittany Siminitz, Angela Fennell, Anastasia Macneil, Jason Wright, Virginia Mackenzie, Alison Rosenberger, Kristen Carde, Tiffany W., Barbara Meegan, Erin Loring, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Gennaro Rosato, Steve Pocopanni, Nicole Duddy, Joyce Tofflemire, Les Whitten, Scott Lau, Michelle Sunde, Mark Franklin, Rob Blundin, Louise Barton, Linda Kasych, Mike Haeberle, Cathy Skiba, Jennifer Tremley, Claire, Brian Haas, J Brizzle, Andrea Weedmark, Sarah Holodick, Erin Hammer, Mary Greger, Sara M., Leigh Mertz, Jennifer Mercier, Karrie Duffey, Sherry Trapp, Mary Tackett, Russ Morgan, Cameron Lange, Steve Bieniek, Bruce Lawson, Carla C, Gregg Mcglasson, Ken Maikowski, Jessica Marcotte, Kathleen Kennedy, Tim Johansen, Cindy Bunch, Kathy Love, Melanie Dunlap, Cari Steward, Jackie Purcell, Susie Roberts, Kerry Finnamore, Clay Anthony, Melinda Lenz, Matt Holley, Mike Venere, Tracy Borden, Tyra Trueblood, Melinda Lenz, Chris Kelly, Mickey, Shelly Borella, Karen Bellamy, Les Whitten, Jennifer Horst, Wayne Witherspoon, Steve Smith, Diana Mathis, Jim Riley, Carrie Henderson, Ellie Argaluza, Deb And Lee, Lee Krueger, Todd Moore, Rick Ernst, Sharon Dale, Laura Pranaitis, Jessica Folan, Linda Kasych, Jessica Cutler, Melody O'donnell, Melanie Dunlap, Dominic P., John Foggo, Deirdre Lewis, Patty Newton, Laura Maskousky, Madi M., Tiago De Oliveira, Lori Rienhardt, Marikay Piazza, Tara Weaver, Heidi F Goodhue, Noreen Rachuba, Tina Santacroce, Peggy Saeger, Vicki Edwards, Jill Fogg, Bryan Herrmann, Mike Kaczanowski, Chris B, Kameo Crea, Susan Stanley, Natalie Baron, Michelle Thompson, Dolphin hotel walt disney world, Teri Jo Fuson, Doug Reichl, Mickey Eckert, Brian Miller, David W, Carri Marotto, Dale Knight, Marjorie Schmitt, Karen Schlumpf, Debbie Desimone, Melissa K, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Matthew Jadro, Ruth Woodhouse, Chris Hills, Tracy Discher, Jodi Robertson, Amy W, Wendy Palmquist, Dick Smth, John Sheridan, Matt Degrandis, Dale Goralczyk, Margot Garofalo, Kristy Holland, Kerry, Lori Locke, Vickie Scioneaux, Susie Howard, Heather Pedulla, Shaun Leake, Stephanie Caskey, Joseph M Zafia, Christy Schor, Jennifer Bogdan, Andrea Mayo, Robert P. Flaherty, Carrie Kenney, Lisa Jones, Nancy Stephens, Linda College, Chip Vermette, Stephanie Canales, Barclay Bakkum, Allison Dibiase, Hillary Waldroop, Nicole Shuler, Shirley Garcowski, Bill Macbride, Derek Carty, Dan Owens, Nicole Ruzinski, Michelle Wilinski, Thomas Higbee, Walter N. Clark, Valerie, Ken Lohrman, Bethany Mattiuz-king, Al Ganter, Perry Peltier, Brenda Strohmeyer, Kelly Zanauskas, Scott, Mukta, Debbie Bolen, Nicole Alley, Roye Ann Morris, Corrie, Wendy Crober, Marina Crober, Debbie Boivin, Sheila Saey, Robin Mcconnell, Tery Voss, Betsey Whitehead, Katerina Purdy and Dave Wang! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #154: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #154

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 2, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

November 23, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Mickey Ears

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

What can I say about Mickey Ears that you don't already know? Nothing. Even if you've never been to a Disney park, or seen a Disney movie, or played a Disney game, or sang a Disney song, in fact, even if you've never heard of Walt Disney - you already know what Mickey Ears are. I'd be willing to bet, if you're reading this blog, you have at least one pair yourself. Our Disney Pics of the Week this week are showcasing Mickey Ears. Here are a few to get us started. Later in the week Scott and Lisa will show you some more.

I met Caitlin at an AllEars® meet in Epcot last spring. She agreed to model her very special Princess Mickey Ears for this blog. I'm sure she must have thought I'd forgotten all about her by now, but I knew we had this topic coming up and I've been saving her picture all this time. Hi Caitlin!

Caitlin
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200 VR, 1/200s shutter, f8, ISO 400

These are my friends Cathy and John. Don't they look adorable in their scratch and sniff Mickey Ears? It just goes to show that Mickey Ears are not just for kids. Of course, maybe they should be" I'm just sayin'. Love you two!

Cathy and John
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200 VR, 1/640s shutter, f3.8, ISO 200


November 21, 2010

Where in the World #153

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #152:
 Where in the World #152

And here's the answer:
Peter Pan
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/1000s shutter, f/5.3, ISO 200

Peter Pan waves to the crowd from a float in the Disney Dreams Come True Parade at the Magic Kingdom.

Linda Mac was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Linda and all the other readers who got the answer right: Sandra Shaw, Double Family, Sharon Pierce, Kye Layton, Katerina Purdy, Annette Nuenke, Ken Fischler, Lee, Emily Currier, Judy Koslowski, Karen Nelson, Elaine Johnson, Kelly Mager, Diane Curfman, Caryn Schill, Sharon Dale, Mary Beth Tarbet, Maryann Eckenrode, Robin Fitts, Dave Wang, Katie Bray, Patty Cartry, Deb Ragno, Craig, Michelle Thompson, Chloe Albucker, Derek Carty, Lilli Blake, Bryan Timko, Tracey Mayfield, Michelle Raimist, Nicole Amidon, Chloe, Hillary Waldroop, Matt Holley, Sarah Aebersold, Stacey Van Dyke, Seth Walker, Linda Scrivano, Laurie Walker, Bill Mckim, Hannah M., Lisa Laskowski, Russ Morgan, Chris Connors, Tiago De Oliveira, Kirk Hardy, Jennifer Harmon, Mickey Eckert, Wendy Snelgrove, Elizabeth Macgregor, Irene Kleintop, Jennifer Mccurry, Kelsi B., Clarissa K, Drew Deapo, Clay Anthony, Kameo Crea, Tom Hermes, Brian Miller, Debra Kuklinski, Jennifer T, Christopher Hall, Wayne Witherspoon, Tim Johansen, Diane Ramos, Karrie Duffey, Suzanne, Steve Pocopanni, Erica Sipich, Terry Fleming, David W, Rob Blundin, Sarah Holodick, Mike Gillardi, Jim Finley, Paul Ignudo, Jr, Erika, Mary Tackett, Chris Kelly, Karen Dresser-smith, Alan Mize, Erin H, Josh, Kevin Miller, Roxanne Kliebert, Diane Furtado, Ed Suscreba, Heidi F Goodhue, Kandise Belisle, Tammy Kallenbach, Melody O'donnell, Maureen Hanlon, Christine Dagney, Samantha French, Jim Thompson, Caitlin, Dave Carriere, John Foggo, Matt Cofone, Christopher Barnes, Robert P. Flaherty, Joseph M Zafia, John Leach, Allison Dibiase, Roye Ann Morris, Andrew & Debby Webber, Thomas Auckland, Heather Pedulla, James T. Hickey, Chris Hills, Timmy Saunders, Vicki Edwards and Stacy Lee! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

It's time for our monthly drawing. Drumroll, please! This month's big winner is Brenda Mcguire! Congratulations Brenda, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!


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Challenge #153: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #153

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 25, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

November 18, 2010

Sheena Easton

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Sheena Easton
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200 VR, 1/60s shutter, f5.6, ISO 1600

Sheena Easton performs during one of the Eat to the Beat concerts at Epcot.

November 15, 2010

January Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This is an old photo that you may have already seen. Hopefully it is one that you like. I thought it would be nice to start out the year with a picture of Cinderella Castle and this is one of my favorites. Happy New Year!

You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want. When printing CD Jewel Case size, make sure "Page Scaling" in your print dialogue box is set to "None" to ensure that the calendar prints out at the correct size.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

January 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

January 2011 Jewel Case Calendar

And finally, this desktop wallpaper is for your monitor screen.

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November 14, 2010

Where in the World #152

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #151:
 Where in the World #151

And here's the answer:
Kali River Rapids Queue
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/13s shutter, f/5, ISO 200

This sculpture can be found in the queue for Kali River Rapids at Disney's Animal Kingdom. As long as you were in the neighborhood - in Asia, that is - I included you in this week's winners' list.

Kris Nixon was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Kris and all the other readers who got the answer right: Dale Knight, Larissa Huda, David Tarbet, Kelsi, Daniel Record, Katie Bray, Tim Johansen, Heidi Summers, Tracy Discher, John Hout, Mike Haven, Betsy Silvestri, Hillary Waldroop, Lisa Palmer, Tracey Mayfield, Louise Barton, Clarissa K, Anne Hainsworth, Nicole Duddy, Kim Degroat, Mike Thomson, Jason Brooks, Sammi Jo Albucker, Marissa "briar Rose" D'ambrosio, Sarah Holodick, James Greene, Matt Holley, Jeremy Reichelt, Sharon Dale, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Steven Bowling, Lily-pierre Couet, Karyn Christenson, Noreen Rachuba, Timmy Saunders, Evanna Huda, Suzanne, Rob Blundin, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Lisa Cash, Thomas Auckland, Brenda Mcguire, Kristin Dormuth, Jamie Poynton, Vicki, Elizabeth And William Edwards and Diane Arsenault! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #152: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #152

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 18, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

November 8, 2010

2011 Disney Calendar to Benefit Deb's Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

2011 Focus on Disney World Calendar

Normally I would be posting the January calendar today. But instead of giving you a freebie, I want to encourage you all to buy this new 2011 Focus on Disney World Calendar. I am on Team AllEars and I made this calendar as my fundraiser. I'm donating the proceeds to Deb's Avon Walk for Breast Cancer fund, so the more I sell the better. I raised $1531.00 with my 2010 calendar. I'm sure I can top that this year with your help.

Buy them for all your friends and family (they make great holiday gifts), tell everyone you know to buy one (they'll listen to you), shout it from the rooftops (be careful though - don't fall)! Seriously, I'd love for you to pass the word wherever you can - forums, blogs, facebook, twitter, emails, etc. The Disney Community is huge and if everyone bought just one, we'd raise thousands! You can also help by rating and reviewing the calendar - calendars with good ratings get seen by more people.

If you order them soon you can even save some money and still help out a great cause. Use coupon code PHOTOGIFT355 at checkout and receive 30% off your calendar order. Maximum savings with this promotion is $50 - so why not buy 10 calendars to get the most savings! You can only use the code once per account, and you cannot use this coupon in combination with other coupon codes. This great offer ends on November 30, 2010 at 11:59 PM so try not to procrastinate.

Oh, and don't worry, I'll still post the free calendars each month. Come back next Monday for January's calendar and wallpaper.

November 7, 2010

Where in the World #151

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #150:
 Where in the World #150

And here's the answer:
Imagination Pavilion Fountain
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/2s shutter, f/5, ISO 200

Oh geez, I feel terrible. I thought this one was going to be easy! I know you are all kicking yourselves now that you see the full image. This fountain is in Epcot, outside of the Imagination Pavilion in Futureworld.

Kristen Mcciy was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Kristen and Matt Holley, the only other reader who got the answer right! Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #151: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #151

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 11, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

November 2, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Balloons

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Isn't it funny how the simplest thing can just mean the world to a child? No matter how much technology seems to change what kinds of toys our little ones are attracted to, balloons never seem to lose their charm - especially a balloon from Walt Disney World. Those are extra special for sure! This week Scott, Lisa and I have some balloon pictures to share with you for our Disney Pic of the Week.

Balloons
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200 VR, 1/500s shutter, f11, ISO 200

Mickey and Minnie are the stars of the show on these balloons in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

November 1, 2010

December Disney Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Toy soldiers in Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom. Happy Holidays everyone!

You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want. When printing CD Jewel Case size, make sure "Page Scaling" in your print dialogue box is set to "None" to ensure that the calendar prints out at the correct size.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

December 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

December 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

And finally, this desktop wallpaper is for your monitor screen.

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October 31, 2010

Where in the World #150

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #149:
 Where in the World #149

And here's the answer:
 Restaurantasaurus Airstream
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/160s shutter, f/6.3, ISO 200

I love AllEars readers - I learn something new from you all every week! I had no idea that "I ARE SMART" was an anagram for "AIRSTREAM". How cool is that?! This particular Airstream is located in Disney's Animal Kingdom, in Dinoland outside of Restaurantasaurus.

Christine was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Christine and all the other readers who got the answer right: Kelsi B., Lee Anastasi, Mary Beth Tarbet, Betsy Silvestri, Julie Wickware, Dave Wang, Belicia Dawson, Scott Cullen, Jerry Weldon, David And Melissa Lizewski, Evelyn Wilson, Elizabeth Macgregor, Chloe, Ed Aleszczyk, Maureen Handy, Colin Buchanan, Cheryl Buchanan, Christie Condit, Derek Carty, Kevin, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Michael Mclucas, Jeremy Reichelt, Trista Newell, Christopher Hall, Andrea Weedmark, Maureen Hanlon, Jennifer Lalli, Jason, Mike Kaczanowski, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Sarah Holodick, Paul Dickson, Chris Connors, Debbie Connors, C.j. Connors, Clay Anthony, Kristen Mccoy, Sara Beth Wade, Chris Hills, Sharon Dale, Marissa 'captain Jack' D'ambrosio and Rob Blundin. Each of you will be entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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We're going abstract this week! Challenge #150: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #150

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 4, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

October 28, 2010

Timothy Mouse

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Timothy Mouse
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200 VR, 1/3200s shutter, f7.1, ISO 800

Timothy Mouse sits way up high on the Dumbo ride in the Magic Kingdom, ready to lead the parade of flying elephants.

October 24, 2010

Where in the World #149

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #148:
 Where in the World #148

And here's the answer:
Props from Backlot Express Seating Area
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/40s shutter, f/8, ISO 400

Ooh, that one was tricky. Most everyone guessed either the China or Japan pavilion in Epcot. That's why I included some of the other things on the wall as a hint. Only three people knew exactly where this is - in the seating area of the Backlot Express restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Way to go Sarah, Tim Rachuba and Colin Buchanan. Other winners this week guessed that it was part of the Backlot tour. I thought that was close enough to be entered in the drawing.

Sarah was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Sarah and all the other readers who got the answer right: Daniel Record, Susan Thompson, Claire Gregory, Dawn Bach, Tim Rachuba, Jeffrey Dunne, Timmy Saunders and Colin Buchanan. Each of you were entered in this month's winners' drawing.

It's time for our monthly drawing. Drumroll, please! This month's big winner is Patrick! Congratulations Patrick, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

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Challenge #149: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #149

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 28, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

October 23, 2010

Slow - Curve Ahead!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Test Track
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/5000s shutter, f2.8, ISO 400

Test Track in Epcot's Futureworld will get your blood pumping! The climax of this attraction is a high-speed test that sends guests screaming into a 50-degree banked curve at 65 MPH.

October 17, 2010

Where in the World #148

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #147:
 Where in the World #147

And here's the answer:
Germany Pavilion Detail
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/100s shutter, f/8, ISO 200

I always wonder what this guy is thinking about. Any ideas? Emperor Ferdinand I, of the Hapsburg Emperors, sits atop one of the shops of the Germany pavilion at Epcot.

Jennifer T was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Jennifer and all the other readers who got the answer right: Tracey Mayfield, Elaine Johnson, Evanna Huda, Hillary Waldroop, Paul Knott, Clay Anthony, Larissa Huda, Nancy Lam, Sarah, Suzanne, Rick And Michele Shea, Lee Anastasi, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Tina Albucker, Samantha Jo , Kelly Scott and Heather Pedulla. Each of you will be entered in the October winners' drawing.

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Challenge #148: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #148

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 21, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

October 12, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This week we'll be bringing you pictures of the wildly popular Fantasyland attraction, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, where kids of all ages get to experience the joy of this delightful young pachyderm's first flight above the Magic Kingdom. If you want to experience the magic of Disney, just check out the face of any pre-schooler on their first Dumbo ride!

Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/1000s shutter, f8, ISO 200

Dumbo takes off into the big blue sky. I think if he wasn't tethered he might never land. Be sure to check out Jack Spense's blog about Dumbo, including concept art for the new expansion of the attraction and then come back on Thursday and Saturday to see Lisa and Scott's take on this adorable baby elephant.

October 10, 2010

Where in the World #147

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #146:
 Where in the World #146

And here's the answer:
Window Sticker at Animal Kingdom Lodge
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/60s shutter, f/5.3, ISO 200

I was so glad to see this window sticker at the beginning of my stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge, rather than at the end when it might have been too late!

Frances Phebus was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Frances and all the other readers who got the answer right: Craig, Deb Ragno, Maryann Eckenrode, Dawn Bach, Hoekzema Family, Betsy Silvestri, Colin Buchanan, Ken Jackson, James Steele, Allison Caputa, Anthony Oneto, Barbara Marshall, Lee Anastasi, Dusty Cheatham, Jessica Folan, Wendy Crober, Marina Crober, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Bruce Jones, Judy Koslowski, Karen Nelson, Kathy Love, Laura Tarbet, David P Tarbet, Brian Gallant, James Greene, Dennis Loring, Erin Loring, Karen Stanley, Debbie Desimone, Debbie Desimone, Jennifer Lalli, Krista Penno, Barbara Meegan, Maureen Handy, Jennifer S., Jerry Weldon, Stuart Hale, Daniel Record, Pollyanna Buff, Mary Tackett, Laura Laws, Paul Knott, Austin O'blenis, Renee Miranda, Theresa Rucando, Derek Carty, Bill Mckim, Denise Cayz, Joanne Duddy, Chloe Albucker, Loretta Reed, Seth Walker, Joan Peacock, Chris Connors, Lauri Phillips, Cindy Dore', Diane Furtado, Melissa Littman, Gaylene Gray, Jennifer, Elizabeth Macgregor, Dave Cole, Chambers Family, Cameron Lange, Wayne Witherspoon, Bob Destephano, Tiffany W., Alison Rosenberger, Stephanie Canales, Mary Greger, Marissa "princess Aurora" D'ambrosio, Jerry Marceau, Leigh Mertz, Nicole Duddy, Wendy Snelgrove, Andy Shaw, Rick Ernst, Scott Prewitt, Tom Hermes, Peg Jones, Jeremy Reichelt, Quincy Delcolletti, Matt Degrandis, Timmy Saunders, Linda Mac, Mike Kaczanowski, Jim Riley, Jamie Poynton, Brenda Glover, Marcia Mardirosian, Jacquelyn Law, Jillian Domings, Sue Mcdonald, Jennifer Mercier, Karen Schlumpf, Tim Johansen, Sarah Holodick, Angela Horan, Muffy Monnier, Ruth Cookson, Hillary Waldroop, Kevin Miller, Luis Rodriguez, Heather Coursen, Barclay Bakkum, Michael Nanney, Les Whitten, Renee Miranda, Tom Cartry, Nancy, Robert Bostic, Robert Bostic, Deanna Bump, Jim and Suzanne. Each of you will be entered in the October winners' drawing.

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Challenge #147: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #147

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 14, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

October 7, 2010

Sailor's Weathervane

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Liberty Square Weathervane
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/400s shutter, f8, ISO 200

An afternoon storm was the perfect backdrop for this weathervane atop the boarding dock for the Liberty Belle in the Magic Kingdom. Can't you just imagine a worried sailor's wife on the widow's walk, gazing out to sea as the wind kicks up?

October 3, 2010

Where in the World #146

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #145:
 Where in the World #145

And here's the answer:
Richard F. Irvine Ferryboat
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/400s shutter, f/10, ISO 200

Have you seen the new AllEars.net Trading Cards? If so, you probably got this week's challenge correct. The Richard F. Irvine, one of the ferryboats that travel between the Magic Kingdom and the Transportation and Ticket Center, is the subject of card #8. Follow the link to see all the new trading cards and find out how you can begin collecting them.

Cleary, many of you also read Jack Spense's blog on the Liberty Belle Riverboat and learned that early on, the Liberty Belle started out as the Richard F. Irvine. Good job!

Linda Mac was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Linda and all the other readers who got the answer right: Paula Massarelli, Theresa Rucando, Michele Delorenzo, Erica Sipich, Dawn Bach, Paul Cooper, Sharon Pierce, Betsy Bates, Maureen Handy, Mary Beth Tarbet, Belicia Dawson, Audra Miller, Julie Wickware, Debby & Andrew Webber, David Manning, Ed Hogan, Chris Masse, Judy Koslowski, Kirsty Butler, Ed Suscreba, Amy Rupp, Dave Wang, Larissa Huda, Walter Fletcher, Patty Cartry, Deb Ragno, Derek Carty, Kevin Toomey, Rick Ivnik, David, Carla C, Ed Aleszczyke, Tim Wingfield, Carla C, Colin Buchanan, Cathy Schill, Chris Connors, Jennifer S., Cheryl Costello, Katie Bray, Betsy Silvestri, Jamee Smith, Angie Young, Paul Knott, Jodi Cook, Amanda Linde, Pollyanna Buff, Michelle Mcspadden, Brian Haas, Parente Family, James Berry, Katny Berry, Emily Currier, Lee Anastasi, Bryan Timko, Kristen Marshall-gainey, Brian Yesutis, Jaclyn Koller, Tim Jeltes, Michael Malampy, Michael Pyle, Daniel Record, Sharon Lee, Kris Nixon, Michael Manzer, Amanda Campbell, Caryn Schill, Jennifer Townsend, Linda Scrivano, Donna Currier, Jennifer Lalli, Joyanne M Johnston, John Carne, David And Melissa Lizewski, Rich Kacprowicz, Ashley P., Vicki Edwards, Sherry Klinefelter, Kerry Aldrich, Claire Gregory, Jeremy Hardy, Jim Riley, Emma Poprock, Emma Poprock, Barbie Lawless, Paula Munson, Christopher Barnes, William And Elizabeth Edwards, Christine Twomey, Karen Ramirez, Kathy Lowe, Kerry Cormier, Steve Smith, Danielle And Matt Murgia, Allison Caputa, Chloe, Bruce Hinterleitner, Cindy Dore', Liana Imbrogno, Bob Lanks, Karen Hotchkiss, Evanna Huda, Jennifer Harmon, Tommy Montgomery, Kathryn Perkins, Susan Stanley, Jennifer S., Phil Vickers, Bonnie Smith, Craig, Jorge R. Caso, James Greene, Patrick, Emma Ford, Bob Patterson, Diana F., Wayne Witherspoon, Anne Hainsworth, Bruce Lawson, Brian Gallant, Anastasia Macneil, Russ Morgan, Elizabeth Scarborough, Matthew Herman, Diane Ramos, Ken Fischler, Michael Mclucas, Nicole Duddy, Joanne Duddy, Marc Lorenzo, Leigh Mertz, Tim Johansen, Christopher Hall, Kristen Mccoy, Jennifer Tremley, Sharon Dale, Jim Finley, Julie Ellis, Jenifer Moyer, Rob Blundin, Heather Hynes, Jared Orth, Jeremy Reichelt, Mickey Eckert, Mary Greger, Jaron Goldberg, Beatriz Gurruchaga, Erin Loring, Dan Owens, Blake Schmidt, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Andrew Weed, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Claire Natsis, Brendan Abel, Diane Furtado, Elaine Johnson, Colin , Heidi F Goodhue, Joyce Tofflemire, Suzanne, Hannah M., Nicole Amidon, Harry Parker, Cheryl Costello, Cheryl Buchanan, Lisa Beth Leary, Kelly Kobiela, Gloria Martin, Susie Howard, Christine Dagney, Walter Clark, Madden Wright, Nancy, Jamie Poynton, Drew Deapo, Phil Thach, Paula B, Nicole Alley, Lauren Thomas, Tomtom55, Timmy Saunders, Amber Keen, Louise Barton, Heather Pedulla, Robert Flaherty, Luis Rodriguez, Liz Moreau, Felice Ciccione, Kristine Kraeuter, Adam Kent, John Arena Jr, Kathy Bolding, Phil Thach, Roye Ann Morris, Lilli Albucker, Marissa D'ambrosio, Barclay Bakkum, Dennis Blackburn, Ruth Cookson, Joyce Eastman, Shelly Borella, Margaret Selph, Nancy Daniele, Audra Miller, Kye Layton, Cara Richards, Kathleen Kennedy, Scott Junkin, Doug, David W, Ana And Lucas Marlett, Debbie Connors, C.j. Connors and Vanessa Gordon. Each of you will be entered in the October winners' drawing.

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Challenge #146: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #146

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 7, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

October 2, 2010

Winter Camping with Mickey and Friends

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Ft. Wilderness Holiday Decorations
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/80s shutter, f4.5, ISO 3200

The best time of year to visit Ft. Wilderness is around the December holidays. Even if you aren't staying there, it's worth the trip just to see the elaborate decorations. I'm not talking about Disney's decorations either, I'm talking about the campsites of the guests! They are really quite amazing. It's especially fun to wander around with a group of friends or take a carriage ride.

September 26, 2010

Where in the World #145

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #144:
 Where in the World #144

And here's the answer:
Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/500s shutter, f/4.8, ISO 720

The answer to this week's challenge is the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, located in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Caryn Schill was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Caryn and all the other readers who got the answer right: The Kahle Family, Tom Hermes, Cara Richards, Michelle Raimist, Katie Bray, Amanda Linde, Linda Mac, Kye Layton, Tyler Worley, Ed Suscreba, Jennifer S., Keith Sharp, Matt Cofone, Brian Haas, Emily Currier, Julie Wickware, Stephen Hafke, Craig, Daniel Record, Dawn Bach, Paul Newman, Bruce Hinterleitner, Misty Mehelic, Carol Baranowsky, Steve Smith, Bill Daniel, Chris B, James Berry, Linda Abbate, Jonathan Thomas, Tom Koval, Julie Houser, Kameo Crea, Raffy, Larissa Huda, Mike Kaczanowski, Bruce Lawson, Michelle Mcspadden, Jeremy Reichelt, Brian Gallant, Elizabeth Scarborough, Jared Orth, Dennis Blackburn, Jocelyn Carpenter, Terry Fleming, Chris Connors, Matthew Jadro, Jim Finley, K Schlumpf, Karen Dresser-smith, Donna Currier, James Berry, Nancy Daniele, Kathy Berry, Ken, Jenny Schell, Matt Degrandis, Kevin Miller, Jessica Deans, Erin And Christine Claeys, Thomas Auckland, Walter Clark , Paula, Nicole Duddy, Joyce Eastman, Lauri Phillips, Jennifer Mercier, Donna Hood, Garry Willis, Vicki Edwards, Rob Blundin, Kristen Mccoy and Louise Barton. Each of you will be entered in the October winners' drawing.

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Challenge #145: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #145

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 30, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

September 21, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Land and Lobbies!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

I'm playing catch up a little bit here. I completely missed my Pic of the Week day last week. So this week I'll be sharing two pictures. This first one is a behind the scenes glimpse of Living with the Land. I snapped this photo of the tomato tree while on the Nature-Inspired Design Segway Tour. Amazing that this is just one tomato plant!

Tomato Tree
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Canon PowerShot SD780 IS, 1/125s shutter, f3.2, ISO 80

Now onto the current Pic of the Week, hotel lobbies. The parks are not the only place to get great pictures in Walt Disney World. Every one of the resorts is teaming with amazing photo opportunities. From the fun and colorfully decorated value resorts to jaw-dropping, spectacular deluxe resorts, there is an endless supply of photographic material in the lobbies of Disney's hotels. Here's one from the Grand Floridian to get us started. Watch for Scott and Lisa's lobby pics later this week.

Grand Floridian lobby
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/80s shutter, f4.5, ISO 400

September 20, 2010

November Disney Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

The Beach Club Resort is our scene for this month. Hopefully this nice sunny view will brighten your November days.

You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want. When printing CD Jewel Case size, make sure "Page Scaling" in your print dialogue box is set to "None" to ensure that the calendar prints out at the correct size.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

November 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

November 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

And finally, this desktop wallpaper is for your monitor screen.

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September 19, 2010

Where in the World #144

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #143:
 Where in the World #143

And here's the answer:
Flame Tree Barbeque steps
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/25s shutter, f/5, ISO 640

These steps lead to the seating area of Flame Tree Barbeque in Disney's Animal Kingdom, near the water garden. There are several different sculptures embedded in the rockwork of the staircase. Next time you are there, see if you can count how many different animal faces there are.

Theresa Rucando was the first, and only, person to send in the correct answer for this week's challenge! Congratulations Theresa - you rock! Your name was entered twice in the September winners' drawing.

It's time for our monthly drawing. Drumroll, please! This month's big winner is Sarah Holodick! Congratulations Sarah, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!


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Challenge #144: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #144

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 23, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

September 12, 2010

Where in the World #143

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #142:
 Where in the World #142

And here's the answer:
Clock on Cinderella Castle
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/2000s shutter, f/8, ISO 200

This is a close-up of the clock on the tower of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. I took this in October. If you look closely, you can see the dream lights. (Click on the picture to see it larger.) They were installing them that day.

Jennifer Tremley was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Jennifer and all the other readers who got the answer right: Kristen Marshall-gainey, Michael Joel Gainey, Larissa Huda, Mary Beth Tarbet, Paul Cooper, Maureen Handy, Evanna Huda, Bill Mckim, Bruce Hinterleitner, Linda Mac, Paul Knott, Carolyn Como, Jerry Weldon, Michelle Mcspadden, Elizabeth Macgregor, Betsy Silvestri, Marina Crober, Wendy Crober, Vicki Edwards, Bonnie Smith, Craig, Sharon Pierce, Christopher Tweedle, Nancy Daniele, Julie Wickware, Matt Degrandis, Ashley P., Double Family, Colleen Gaudette, Heather Pedulla, Sarah Holodick, Kristen Mccoy, Chris B, Jamie Poynton, Tim Rachuba, Allison Hanlon, Anastasia Macneil, Suzanne and Lee Anastasi. Each of you will be entered in the September winners' drawing.

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Challenge #143: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #143

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 16, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

September 11, 2010

Smile Pretty!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Kali River Rapids Queue
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/4s shutter, f8, ISO 2000

I think some of the most interesting queues in Walt Disney World are in the Asia area of Disney's Animal Kingdom. I have been known to spend hours in the queues of the attractions there, even when there is no line. This handsome gentleman watches over guests as they make their way to Kali River Rapids.

September 5, 2010

Where in the World #142

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #141:
 Where in the World #141

And here's the answer:
The Wave Lounge
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 0.7692s shutter, f/3.5, ISO 200

This ultra cool lounge can be found at The Wave restaurant in the Contemporary Resort.

David Tarbet was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to David and all the other readers who got the answer right: Sharon Pierce, Kye Layton, Craig, Paul Cooper, Amy Rupp, Larissa Huda, Evanna Huda, Maureen Handy, Maryann Eckenrode, Kristine Mcdonald, Robin Fitts, Steven R. Long, Anastasia Macneil, Barbara Meegan, Dawn Bach, Jared Orth, Jane Bradley, Bruce Hinterleitner, Sarah Holodick, Joann Albrecht, Derek Carty, Matthew Herman, Carol Gamill, Gaylin, Christopher Barnes, Sarah Monnier, Tina Santacroce, Kristen Marshall-gainey, Michael Joel Gainey, Nancy Lam, Christine Twomey, Christopher Hall, Mary Greger, Christi Ison, Kristen Carde, Kristen Mccoy, Maureen Tavrell, Tiffany W., Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Paula Massarelli, Mary Dannahey, Margot Garofalo, Peggy Saeger, Jacquelyn Law, Jennifer Mercier, Michelle Wilinski, Tim Rachuba, Denise Decker and Aaron Williams. Each of you will be entered in the September winners' drawing.

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Challenge #142: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #142

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 9, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

August 31, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Sorcerer Mickey Hat

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

For this week's Pic of the Week we'll be sharing photos of the Sorcerer Mickey Hat. I think we first saw Sorcerer Mickey in Fantasia as the Sorcerer's Apprentice. Now you can find depictions of Sorcerer Mickey with his bright blue hat throughout the Disney parks.

Sorcerer's Hat
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 4.1s shutter, f8, ISO 800

I chose to go with the hat in its most conspicuous form, the park icon for Disney's Hollywood Studios. This giant, 122 feet tall, Sorcerer Mickey Hat has been standing at the end of Hollywood Boulevard since September 28, 2001, when Walt Disney World kicked off its 100 Years of Magic Celebration.

August 29, 2010

Where in the World #141

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #140:
 Where in the World #140

And here's the answer:
Yacht Club Globe
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/15s shutter, f/2.8, ISO 400

The gorgeous globe lives in the lobby of the Yacht and Beach Club.

Maura Simon was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Maura and all the other readers who got the answer right: Paul Cooper, Mary Beth Tarbet, Lee Anastasi, Tom Koval, Donnie, David Manning, Sharon Lee, Jared Orth, Sharon Pierce, Amanda Linde, Kellie Harpel, Kris Nixo, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Baines Family, Dylan Weidner, Maureen Handy, Maryann Eckenrode, Sherry Klinefelter, Robin Fitts, James Berry, Kathy Berry, K. Beasley, Kathy Lowe, Elizabeth Scarborough, Jen Cox, Rick Hemsley, Jennifer Tremley, Michelle Mcspadden, Elizabeth Macgregor, Michael Campe, Sharon Dale, Carrie Kenney, Julie Wickware, Bill Mckim, Karen Adamakis, Dawn Bach, Kristen Marshall-gainey, Paul Knott, Scott Lau, Dale Knight, Jessica Gruhlke, Patty Cartry, Paula Massarelli, Seth Walker, Amy Schweizer, Matt Degrandis, Jennifer Harmon, Vanessa Gordon, Rob Blundin, Christopher Barnes, Ellen Petillo, Teri Jo Fuson, Sarah, Jen, Karen Hotchkiss, Ed Aleszczyk, Claire Gregory, Walter Fletcher, Pam Lorenz, Heather Young, Bonnie Smith, Tina Cole, Craig, John Dupre, Christopher Hall, Karen Desantis, Leslie Dameron, Brian Yesutis, Kristen Mccoy, Kristen Carde, Jocelyn Carpenter, Terry Fleming, Steve Pocopanni, Jennifer S., Larissa Huda, Evanna Huda, Suzanne, Jen Schultz, Michael Mann, Allie Reckendorf, Neil Taylor, Mike Kaczanowski, Justin , Jill Davoll, Carri Marotto, Ken Fischler, Bryan Fencl, Shiraz Biggie, Cheryl Costello, Deanna Simmons, Hillary Waldroop, Donna Brandt, Emily Chronas, Mike Flaherty, Elizabeth Hardy, Julia W., Michael Malampy, Maryann Eckenrode, Ryan Benco, Susan Stanley, Wendy Crober, Marina Crober, Emma Ford, Paul Pica, Bob Hicks, Melissa Weiland, Michael Malampy, Clay Anthony, Tim Johansen, Debbie Desimone, Dan Mangini, Nancy Lam, Bryan Gibson, Paul Latella, Laura Pranaitis, Tim Sanchez, Margot Garofalo, Jennifer Bogdan, Kate Fanning, Brian Haas, Jim Couzzourt, Sharon Jones, Douglas Florey, Tim Rachuba, Emily Robinson, Angela Johnson, Sam Pogers, Blake Schmidt, Andrew Baillie, Linda Mac, Vicki Edwards and Laurie Walker. Each of you will be entered in the September winners' drawing.

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Challenge #141: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #141

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 2, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

August 26, 2010

On the Course at Saratoga Springs

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Golfing at Saratoga Springs
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 1/640s shutter, f6.3,

The golf course at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa really adds to the country estate look of the resort.

August 22, 2010

Where in the World #140

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Hi everyone - I'm back! Challenge #139 was a tough one. It had four parts, one for each week that I was on vacation. In order to make it into the prize drawing, you had to get all four parts correct. Anyone who did so was rewarded with two entries in the drawing this week.

A.)  Where in the World #139a

B.)  Where in the World #139b

C.)  Where in the World #139c

D.)  Where in the World #139d

And here are the answers:

A.)
Coronado Springs Pool
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/160s shutter, f/8, ISO 200

The pool at Coronado Springs is beautiful, especially when the water is falling down the side of the pyramid.

B.)
Where's the Fire?
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/60s shutter, f/2.8, ISO 800

Innoventions West at Epcot is where you'll find this fire engine. It's part of the "Where's the Fire?" fire prevention exhibit.

C.)
Mickey's Remodel Plans
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/10s shutter, f/2.8, ISO 200

I'll be sad to see Toontown in the Magic Kingdom go. These are Mickey's plans for remodeling his kitchen.

D.)
Advertising Kiosk in France
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/320s shutter, f/8, ISO 200

You see advertising kiosks like this all over Paris. This one can be found in France in Epcot's World Showcase.

Lee Anastasi was the first to send in all four correct answers for the challenge! Congratulations Lee! Your name was entered three times. Only two other readers got all the answers right: James Berry and Kathy Berry. I'm betting there was some teamwork happening there! Each of you were entered twice in the August winners' drawing. Speaking of that drawing, this is the week when a reader is randomly selected for the prize package. This month's big winner is Paul Cooper! Congratulations Paul, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

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Challenge #140: Where in the world is this?
 Where in the World #140

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 26, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

August 21, 2010

Mountain Reflection

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Expedition Everest Reflection
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200mm VR, 9.1s shutter, f9,

During winter Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest looks beautiful reflecting in the water of the river.


August 10, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Blue

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Photography is all about the way in which we see things. One way to force your eye to see differently is to narrow your focus and concentrate on capturing one particular thing, like a certain shape or color. Try spending a week photographing curves. At first they will be hard to spot but then by the end of the week you'll be seeing curves in everything. And you'll end up with some interesting images that you may never have captured if you hadn't forced yourself to see differently. Scott, Lisa and I focused on the color blue for Pic of the Week.

Bike
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/13s shutter, f5, ISO 640

This blue on blue image is one of my all-time favorite photographs. I took it near Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom.


August 5, 2010

Cinderella Castle

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Cinderella Castle from Below
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/15s shutter, f2.8, ISO 640

Cinderella Castle awash in light, from below. I took this with a wide-angle lens, trying to be sure to get something of interest (the streetlamp) in the foreground.


July 31, 2010

Yard Art

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Sculpture
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/250s shutter, f8, ISO 360

During the Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot, I always look for the display of garden art. This is a close-up of one of the pieces that I liked.


July 26, 2010

October Disney World Calender

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Halloween is this month. That means it's time for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, where you'll find Cinderella's carriage all decked out for the festivities.

You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want. When printing CD Jewel Case size, make sure "Page Scaling" in your print dialogue box is set to "None" to ensure that the calendar prints out at the correct size.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

October 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

October 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

And finally, this desktop wallpaper is for your monitor screen.

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July 20, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Star Tours

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Why I scheduled myself to be the one to introduce this week's Pic of the Week, Star Tours, I'll never know. I usually try to match the topics with the interests of Scott and Lisa and myself. For example, Lisa got to introduce Princes - that totally makes sense, right? Unfortunately, I know very little about Star Wars, and therefore Star Tours. They're kind of related I think. I do know I like the ride - it's WAY fun! But if I tried to share any tidbits of trivia with you, I'm afraid I would probably just end up offending someone. So I'll just get on to the photo"

Tatooine Traders
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/1000 sec, f/8, ISO 200

This is the outside of Tatooine Traders, the merchandise shop that you end up in at the end of your Star Tours journey. It was remodeled sometime ago to resemble the Mos Espa village in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Pretty impressive that I knew that, eh?

I copied it from the Star Tours page.

July 18, 2010

Where in the World #139

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #138:
 Where in the World #138

And here's the answer:
Turtle Talk with Crush
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/15s shutter, f/4.5, ISO 2500

Good job everyone! You're right, this is the microphone in the tank with Crush at Turtle Talk with Crush in Epcot.

Rich Kacprowicz was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Rich and all the other readers who got the answer right: Tom Koval, Larissa Huda, Kye Layton, Evanna Huda, Laura Tarbet, Shannon Murray, Kathy Love, Emily Currier, Colin G Buchanan, Chris Masse, Tim Weston, Dylan Weidner, Deborah Jezioro, Millie Tenreiro, Jodi Cook, Donna Currier, Julie Wickware, Megan, Leigh Mertz, Brianne, Melody Salemi, Lee Anastasi, James Steele, Sharon Pierce, Linda Scrivano, Christine, Craig, Howard Schreiber, Andrew Weed, Deborah J. Ragno, Shane Kropp, Chloe, Jamie K, Joshua Swainston, Melissa Ruggieri, Michael Joel Gainey, Jennifer Harmon, Cheryl Buchanan, Shaun Leake, John C. Lacasse, Scott Stubbs, Joseph Zafia, Laurie Nicholson, Brenda Mcguire, Clay Anthony, Cynthia Harrison, Joe Marrella, Dan Murell, Angie Young, Ronnie Lane, Walter Fletcher, Double Family, Jessica Folan, Mark D, Theresa Rucando, Liz Howarth, Wendy Crober, Bridgette Gallagher, Denise Cayz, Seth Walker, Stephen Hafke, Kelly Mager, Claire Gregory, Joyce Tofflemire, Sandi B, Diane Ramos, Kathryn Barnes, Brian Yesutis, Rochelle, Robert Anderson , Bob Lanks, Wendy Ip, Scott Prewitt, Christopher Tweedle, Kathleen, Baines Family, Chris Connors, Mike Timmer, Ansley And Jen, Bryan Timko, Tim Johansen, Sarah, Ken Calden, Maggie Bruski, Jamie C., Marc Stumbo, Kristen Gainey, Jen Cerce, David Boyarsky, Walter Clark, Lainee Guffey, Mike O'brien, Stacey Hutchinson, Krystal Pound, Katie Bamford, Anjanette Tournillon, Maryjane Keeble, Joyanne Johnston, Romie Brown, Nicole Brown, R Engel, Amy Sapp, Kelsi Bruno, Melissa Littman, Gretchen Shively, Tim Wingfield, Daniel, Carrie Kenney, Ruth Woodhouse, Allison Collins, Bonnie Smith, Carrie Henderson, Ron Renz, Colleen Murphy, April Haddock, The Kahle Family, Ken Fischler, Chandra Mccall, Jamie Kerr, Sarah Smee, Emma Ford, Teri Jo Fuson, Kevin Bass, Kendall Huffman, Mike Kaczanowski, Andrea Kruszewski, Marina Crober, Diana F., Bruce Jones, Cameron Lange, Cara Richards, Joann Albrecht, Paul Dickson, Jennifer Tremley, Sarah Connors, Kim Carroll, Tiffany W., Morag Leon, Shannon Milair, Bob Hendrix, Karen Schlumpf, Kim Steiner, Trista Newell, Ron Kaczmarek, Danusia Rogacki, Steve Pocopanni, Casie Crowder, Scott Lau, Jennifer Schwing, Douglas Mcknight, Karen Desantis, Danielle Fitzgerald, Tricia Noble, Nicole Lassiter, Evan Gentile, Jaclyn Kelch, Karrie Duffey, Samantha French, Kristen Mccoy, Timothy Hutchinson, Liz Weiter, April Ramey, Deanna Simmons, Jennifer Mercier, Mary Tackett, Carol Baranowsky, Melissa, Hillary Waldroop, Bruce Lawson, Michelle Roth-smoot, Nathalie Doiron, Gary Genteman, Jennifer , Carri Marotto, Kristin Mazur, Margaret I. Vattes, Aubrey Cooper, Rob Barnhardt, Bruce Arnold, Kelsi Bruno, Bryan Fencl, Debbie Hicks, Mel O'donnell, John Arena Jr, Erin Savoie, Andrew Baillie, Ian Falk, John Foggo, Doug Olson, Tina Cole, Matt Degrandis, Jeff Schoeling, Alicia Littleton, Jill Davoll, Madi M., Jeffrey Finger, Rob Blundin, James Berry, Jim Kayer, Kathy Berry, Rebecca, Carinne Kight, Jill, Dennis Bratnik, Amy Miller, Jason Wright, Robin, Scott Kinzel, Bob Regan, Lee Krueger, Sara Elliott, Bill Mckim, Karen Hughes, Ed Hogan, Samuel Shotick, Evelyn Wilson, Allie Laguardia, Patti Purdy, Rozi, Amanda Smith, Ashley Mayer, Mike M., John Hout, Lori Rienhardt, Jennie Pirkl, Elaine Johnson, Brendan Abel, Anastasia Macneil, Jackie Purcell, Amanda Sawasky, Susie Roberts, Lori Bohner, Karen Genda, Elisa Dillon, Gene Jacobi, Alan P, Amanda(:, Corrie Haemmerle, Beth Hood, Valerie Rodgers, David Williams, Allison Caputa, Andrea Weedmark, Nicole Ruzinski, , Paul Pica, Wendy Snelgrove, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Kelly Scott, Tim Rachuba, Jenny Shenold, Jennifer Mccurry, Charity Maas, Kevin Weidenweber, Kayla Anulies, Robin Mckiel, Nancy Lam, Paul Ignudo, Jr., April Heicken, Michael Mesarch, Nettie Duffy, Nettie Duffy, Jerry Marceau, Len Beebe, Lisa Laskowski, Carol Donoghue, Dan Potts, Mike Venere, Jamie Dawson, Amy Whitmire, Erin Dagney, Christine Dagney, Jim Finley, Amy Terrell, Mike Haeberle, Christa P, Rebekah Ferry, Allie Reckendorf, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Tammy Kallenbach, Lisa Cash, Dana Karas, Jennifer Bogdan, Liz Moreau, Thomas Auckland, Keith Rawlinson, Margot Garofalo, Carolyn, Heather Pedulla, Dana Hall, Kelly Hoffmann, Gay Bachmann, Alicia Henderson, Amanda Gagnon, Ginny P, Melissa Boyle, Tiago And Rocco De Oliveira, Crystal Lee, Kristin Dormuth, Jim Riley, Douglas Florey, Tracy Cegielski, Dave Carriere, Brent Barrilleaux, Paul Newman, Beth Crossland, Annette Basile, Jordan, Sandy, Jane Johnson, Maja Kodani, Linda Abbate, Katie Simmons, Kerry Aldrich, and Tom & Susan Linder. Each of you will be entered in the July winners' drawing.

A couple of you missed the answer to #136 so here's a link.

Sundays just won't be the same for awhile! I am going to be taking a break for the summer, so the next time you will see Where in the World will be on August 22. That means you have lots of time to figure out the answer to challenge #139. I better make it a little tougher than usual!

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Challenge #139: Where in the world are these?

Ok, I said it would be harder this week. In order to make it into the winners' drawing for this challenge, you must know where ALL FOUR of these photos are from. Everyone who gets all four correct will have their name entered twice in the next drawing. Good luck everyone - see you on August 22!

A.)  Where in the World #139a

B.)  Where in the World #139b

C.)  Where in the World #139c

D.)  Where in the World #139d

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 19, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

July 15, 2010

Tick-Tock

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Tick Tock
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1600

This clock looks a little worse for wear. But I suppose if I were being swallowed by a crocodile I wouldn't look so good either! Tick-Tock, the crocodile from Peter Pan, can be found in the World of Disney at Downtown Disney.

July 11, 2010

Where in the World #138

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #137:
 Where in the World #137

And here's the answer:
All Star Resort
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/640s shutter, f/8, ISO 200

We have a little red, white and blue action going on this week. This was shot at Disney's All Star Music Resort.

Paul Cooper was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Paul and all the other readers who got the answer right: James Berry, Kathy Berry, The Kahle Family, Michael Joel Gainey, Lsrissa And Evanna Huda, Lee, Kimberly Kusser, Colin G Buchanan, Emily Currier, Maryann Eckenrode, Pollyanna Buff, Frances Phebus, Katarina Whitmarsh, Craig, Scott Stubbs, Gabriella Rizzo, Donna Currier, Jennifer Harmon, Julianne Williams, Donna J, Kelsi Bruno, Jane Bradley, Bruce Hinterleitner, Christopher Barnes, Diane Furtado, Wendy Crober, Marina Crober, Shannon Murray, Brian Miller, Howard Schreiber, Steve Cummings, Brian Yesutis, Amy Schweizer, Mike Walter, Dale Knight, Chambers Family , Seth Walker, Jill, Cara Richards, Ed Suscreba, Karrie Duffey, Julie Wickware, Cheryl Buchanan, Chris J, Betsy Silvestri, Rob Blundin, Misty Lyons, Lisa Laskowski, Mike Cerce, Christine Dagney, Kelly Dagney, Erin Dagney, Dana Hinterleitner, Ruth Cookson, Mike Zendler, Mia W., Jim Riley, Carinne Kight, Sharon Pierce, Bill Daniel, Jacqui Ruxton, Ashley Elizabeth, Sarah Showers, Millie Tenreiro, Tom & Susan Linder and Dawn Bach. Each of you will be entered in the July winners' drawing.

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Challenge #138: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #138

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 15, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
_______________________________________________________________________

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 and a cool Disney book!

July 10, 2010

Tiny Train

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Germany Train
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer

Ok, I admit, this is a little bit of a cheat. But it is a train, so technically, I can use it for my Pic of the Week. No one said it couldn't be a miniature train. This one can be found next to the Germany pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase.

July 9, 2010

Animal Portraits

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

In the past I have shown you a portrait of a Wood Stork but I never went into details as to how to make a good animal portrait. The principles are the same as a good human portrait. Good lighting, good background, sharp focus, fill the frame (or crop after) and good exposure. In most zoos, animal parks and in the wild, backgrounds are the toughest to control. The best way is to use the widest aperture your lens can go so as to create an out-of-focus, or bokeh, blur in the background. I found this Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis) along one of the Discovery Island Trails which surround the Tree of Life. He was close enough to fill the frame with the lens I was using with a little crop for a 4x5 (8x10) ratio.

Yellow-billed Stork portrait in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Yellow-billed Stork portrait in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/25s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 200mm focal length

This portrait has the bokeh background, soft light coming from behind and to the right, exposure so as to keep detail in the white feathers, focus (like humans, the eye must be sharply focused for animals) and a nice pose.

Something I also try to get is an environmental portrait of the animal. Today's zoos and animal parks try to recreate as much as possible the actual living environment of the species they care for. In this case, a marsh-like setting along a river was created for many of the birds who live near or on Discovery Island and made for a suitable environmental portrait for this Yellow-billed Stork.

Yellow-billed Stork environment in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Yellow-billed Stork environmental portrait.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/11, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 200mm focal length

Here are previous Disney's Animal Kingdom photography guides:

Kilimanjaro Safari Photo Tips

Maharajah Jungle Trek Photo Tips

June 29, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Bars and Lounges

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Given that I often travel solo to Walt Disney World and my tolerance for counter service meals is pretty low, I often find myself bellying up to the bars of some of the sit down restaurants for my meals. You can make a very nice meal from a couple of appetizers and many of the bars offer the full menu as well if you are especially hungry. Of course, I do like a good martini too, but that's beside the point! If you usually enjoy a family vacation, you may be surprised to know that Disney has some pretty great bars and lounges. Scott and Lisa will be chiming in with their photo pics later this week. (I'm guessing I might have a few more to choose from than either of them!)

Rix Lounge
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/6 sec, f/3.2, ISO 640

Although it has that feel, this isn't a Las Vegas lounge. Rix Lounge was a new discovery for me on my last trip to the World. It's a huge, 300-seat lounge at Coronado Springs Resort, offering specialty drinks and appetizers. I had plans to meet a friend for dinner at Maya Grill so I didn't sample the food at Rix, but I'll definitely be checking it out on my next trip.


June 28, 2010

September Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

I thought I'd share a picture of the Space Shuttle launching over Mission Space in Epcot for the September calendar. This was taken when I was there this past May. I felt like Mission Space was the perfect place to catch one of the last launches that we may see, at least for awhile.

You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want. When printing CD Jewel Case size, make sure "Page Scaling" in your print dialogue box is set to "None" to ensure that the calendar prints out at the correct size.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

September 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

September 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

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June 27, 2010

Where in the World #136

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #135:
 Where in the World #135

And here's the answer:
St. Theodore in Italy
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/160s shutter, f/16, ISO 640

St. Theodore adorns the top of this column in Epcot - specifically, in the World Showcase Italy pavilion. St. Theodore was the first Patron Saint of Venice. The other column has the Lion of St. Mark on top of it. In the real Venice, the inspiration for Epcot's Italy, you'll find both of these columns in the Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square). Originally, three columns were meant to grace the square but the third fell into the sea and sank to the bottom of the lagoon when it was being unloaded.

Katie Bray was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Katie and all the other readers who got the answer right: Craig, Sharon Dale, James Greene, Sharon Pierce, Jodi Cook, Dawn Bach, Shannon Murray, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Carol Baranowsky, Ed Suscreba, John Dupre, Linda Scrivano, Kris Nixon, Chuck Sands, The Kahle Family, Lee Anastasi, Heather Pedulla, Mary Beth Tarbet, Theresa Rucando, Tim Johansen, Jacquelyn Law, Amanda Campbell, Jennifer Tremley, Kye Layton, Dave Wang, Karen Ramirez, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Pollyanna Buff, Chris Masse, Elizabeth, John Agnew, Christopher Tweedle, Chris and Alison, Tom Koval, Gabby Stapp, Jennifer Townsend, Mia W., Julie Wickware, Sandi B, Chloe, Karrie Duffey, Elizabeth Macgregor, Mike Malampy, Ryan Benco, Tina Benco , Colin Buchanan, April Haddock, Dan Mangini, Gabriella Rizzo, Cheryl Costello, Tiffany W., Rob Blundin, Jim Riley, Jim Finley, Gennaro Rosato, Mike Venere, Jen , Diane Ramos, Kimberly Watson, Mark Todd Watson, Maja Kodani, Cynthia Barry, Deanna Simmons, Dave Carriere, Tim Rachuba, Jennifer Schwing, Beth Mccauley, Cheryl Buchanan, Allison Romstadt, Heidi F Goodhue, Maureen Handy, Scott, Jessica Ripley, Larissa Huda, David W, Dick Martin , Matthew Waga, Paul Newman, Theresa Swanson, Margot Garofalo, Paul Newman, Barclay Bakkum, Douglas Florey, Shirley Garcowski, Kristin Dormuth, Debra Moscara, Maryann Romagnano, Ruth Cookson, Brenda, Sharon Dale, Richard Palmer, Allison Caputa, Christine Dagney and Matt and Danielle Murgia. Each of you were entered in the June winners' drawing.

It's time for our monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Heather Coursen! Congratulations Heather, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

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Challenge #136: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #136

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 1, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

June 24, 2010

Jungle Cruise Joy

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Jungle Cruise Elephants
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/13 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500

I think these baby elephants playing in the water are so cute. They remind me of a picture in a Disneyland book that I had as a child. In fact, I don't remember any other specific pictures from the book, just the Jungle Cruise elephants. So I guess in a way, this photo really says "Disney" to me. That's probably why it makes me smile when I look at it.

June 20, 2010

Where in the World #135

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #134:
 Where in the World #134

And here's the answer:
Shark Reef at Typhoon Lagoon
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/200s shutter, f/8, ISO 200

Ooh, it's been awhile since I stumped so many of you. This overturned vessel is in the Shark Reef at Typhoon Lagoon. I finally went there for the first time last month and had a great time. I could spend the whole day in that lazy river.

Andrew Weed was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Andrew and all the other readers who got the answer right: Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Brendan Abel, Tim Johansen, Ed Aleszczyk, Heather Young, Dawn Bach, Jennifer Tremley, Sharon Pierce, John Agnew, Bathan Newman, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Tom Hermes, Gabby Stapp, Rob Blundin, Lisa Mccormack, Russ Morgan, Tim Rachuba, Nathalie Doiron, Sandi B, Allison Caputa, Craig, Jim Riley, Kristin Dormuth and Robert Dean Bostic. Each of you will be entered in the June winners' drawing.

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Challenge #135: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #135

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 24, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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June 19, 2010

Mariachi Cobre

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Mariachi Cobre
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/13 sec, f/2.8, ISO 2500

My Pic of the Week is Mariachi Cobre, a 12-piece band that plays Mexican folk music. The group began playing at Walt Disney World in 1973 at the Contemporary Resort and the Magic Kingdom, while on summer break from the University of Arizona. Today you can catch them at the Mexico pavilion in Epcot.


June 13, 2010

Where in the World #134

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #133:
 Where in the World #133

And here's the answer:
Test Track Exit
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 11-16mm, 1/25s shutter, f/2.8, ISO 800

When I exited Test Track in Epcot, I was totally enthralled by the colors and lines of the assembly line that you pass through at the end of the ride. I had a new lens to play with, a wide angle lens, and I was having just as much fun taking pictures as I did on the ride just moments before. Good thing I was with friends or I might have gotten sidetracked in there for hours. I know, I'm easily amused!

FYI, if you guessed Star Tours was the answer, you weren't alone. That was the second most guessed answer this week.

John Leach was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to John and all the other readers who got the answer right: Sharon Lee, Megan Krainski, Dawn Bach, Chris Masse, Paul Cooper, Fred Shakeshaft, Jen Schultz, Teri Jo Fuson, Bryan Timko, Christi Ison, Wendy Crober, Marina Crober, Jen Cerce, Mary Jane Keeble, James Greene, Mia W., Shane Kropp, Tim Johansnen, Lee Anastasi, Brendan Abel, Shawna Richards, Marshal K., Mike Walter, Tracy Discher, Michael Joel Gainey, Margaret Vattes, Elizabeth Scarborough, Sherry Klinefelter, Theresa Rucando, Kelli Olthoff, John Agnew, Karen Nelson, Chris Lomonaco, Gretchen Shively, Erin Loring, Brenda Mcguire, Emily Currier, Caryn Schill, Becca Brooks, Ed Aleszczyk, Laurie Walker, Ashley Ryan, Ken Maikowski, Linda Scrivano, Angie Young, Maryann Eckenrode, Mike Kaczanowski, Craig, Penny Urell, Brian S., Bill Daniel, Michael Malampy, Ryan Benco, Tina Benco , Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Pollyanna Buff, Tom Koval, Brian Yesutis, Double Family, Steve Pocopanni, Kye Layton, Joshua Swainston, John Dupre, Charity Maas, Tom & Susan Linder, Paul Newman, Dale Knight, Jen Snapp, David, Diane Curfman, Linda Kasych, Karen Schlumpf, Jennifer, Louise Barton, Katie Bray, Cindy Dore', Belicia Dawson, Debbie Connors, Denise Cayz, Chris And Alison, Ashley Hill, Pasquale Crea, Steve Toponak, Diane Furtado, Sue Thompson, Cameron Love, Jennifer Parajon, Nicole Henisse, Sandi B, Hillary Waldroop, Shannon Murray, Kelly Zanauskas, Lisa Mccormack, Amy Sapp, Kelsi Bruno, Jennifer Townsend, Tiffany W. , Kim Meyer, James Berry, Chris J, Tom Hermes, Jeremy Hardy, Susan Stanley, Steve Bieniek, Andrea Weedmark, Misty Mehelic, Ken Fischler, Dan Mangini, Cameron Lange, Bruce Lawson, Jessica Folan, Rob Blundin, Christopher Hall, Dana Schirnhofer, Alison Rosenberger, Dennis Blackburn, Kristen Mccoy, Mark Franklin, Ed Suscreba, Jim Finley, Carla C, Erin, Greg Strohmeyer, The Kahle Family, Cathy Skiba, Megan Evans, Karrie Duffey, Dave Carriere, Cait Rush, Rachel Hoover, Jeremy Reichelt, Nicole Lauzon, Wendy Snelgrove, Tim Rachuba, Nicole Ruzinski, Mike Gillardi, Dennis, Debbie Desimone, Wade A. Williams, Matthew Jadro, Becky Terjung, Stacey Van Dyke, Sandra Edwards, Claire Natsis, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Jennifer Hoffman, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Chloe, Nate, Mickey Eckert, Becky Norman, Sharon Pierce, Sandy B., Jay Reagan, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Carol Baranowsky, Kelly Scott, Julie Wickware, Emily Cummings, Stacie Gatzemeyer, Linda College, Hale Mcsharry, Jason Skow, Derek Carty, Kristin Mazur, Christopher Bourassa, Gabriella Rizzo, Teresa, Chris Connors, Jacquelyn Law, Deanna Simmons, Amy Lucas, Karon Colwell, Maja Kodani, Noreen Rachuba, Kurt Knappman, Louise Maxwell, Stephanie Pcolinsky, Maryann Eckenrode, Liz Zaczek, Karen Donald, Jim, Patty Cartry, Katerina Purdy, Madi M., Mark Swayze, Nicole Alley, Richard Capri, Kathryn Barnes, Suzanne, Vickie Scioneaux, Ana And Lucas Marlett, Stacey Barboza, Matt Cofone, Luis Rodriguez, Clarissa K, Matt & Allison, Ellen Feldman, Thomas Auckland, Marylynn Miles, Joseph Zafia, David Williams, Walter Clark, Sharon Jones, Diane Miske, Nancy Bennett, Bill Monahan, Kristin Dormuth, Heather Coursen, Kelly Mager, Liz Weiter, Robin Mcconnell, Ray Vinciguerro, Debra Moscara, Sabrina Bogart, Roye Ann Morris, Mike Venere, April Haddock, Christine And Erin Claeys, Michelle Bates, Daniel Mills and Chuck Sands. Each of you will be entered in the June winners' drawing.

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Challenge #134: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #134

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 17, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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June 11, 2010

Balloon Bust SOLVED!

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last week I showed you a photo of a Mickey Mouse balloon hanging out in the Magic Kingdom: Balloon Bust. I told you there was a flaw with the photo. I asked you to find it and tell me how I could avoid it in the future. I had 12 comments. Thank you! Only two of you told me it was the blue Mickey Mouse balloon which was not sharp and even blurred. That is the flaw.

How to fix it? One did not offer up a way and the other person's advice was incorrect. What is needed is a faster shutter speed to freeze the balloon as it was moving in the afternoon breeze that day. If you look at the Exif data, you'll see I am already shooting at the lens' largest aperture of f/5.6 for the focal length of 200mm giving me the fastest shutter speed of 1/60th of a second for the correct exposure. What am I to do? In the exposure triangle, you have three variables to make a photographic exposure: shutter speed, aperture and ISO. By increasing the ISO and leaving the aperture the same, the shutter speed will increase.

In this case, if I changed the ISO to 400, the shutter speed would double from 1/60 to 1/125. That would be help but I think a faster shutter speed is needed here. Increasing to ISO 800 doubles the shutter speed again to 1/250 which should be enough to remove the blur and get a sharp photo.

Blurring of Mickey Mouse balloon in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Blurring of Mickey Mouse balloon in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.7, 200mm focal length

I know what you are thinking, by increasing the ISO, it increases the digital noise in the image. Most digital SLR cameras of today can handle ISO 800 rather easily with little to no noise at all.


June 7, 2010

August Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This month I'm sharing a photo from Wishes in the Magic Kingdom. This was one of my first successful fireworks photos. I've always liked how the wind made the streaks of light look like feathers. I hope you like it too.

You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want. When printing CD Jewel Case size, make sure "Page Scaling" in your print dialogue box is set to "None" to ensure that the calendar prints out at the correct size.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

August 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

August 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

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June 6, 2010

Where in the World #133

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #132:
 Where in the World #132

And here's the answer:
Baby Gorilla
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/80s shutter, f/8, ISO 800

I recently returned from a trip to Walt Disney World and one of my favorite moments was getting a chance to see this little baby gorilla. It was her 3 month birthday and her mama was just starting to put her down on the ground. Up til then, she had been carrying the baby all the time. You can see the gorillas on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom. If you'd like to see some of the other photos I took of her, just click on this link.

John Agnew was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to John and all the other readers who got the answer right: Maryann Eckenrode, Randy Heintzelman, Bonnie Smith, Katie Bray, Jodi Cook, Sharon Pierce, Kris Nixon, Deb Ragno, Melody Salemi, Steve Knapp, Stephanie Servaites, Austin Oblenis, Brian Miller, Chris Masse, Christi Ison, Dawn Bach, Dale Knight, Pollyanna Buff, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Steve Toponak, Bruce Hinterleitner, Craig, Louise Barton, Kerry Cormier, Wendy Crober, Baines Family, Tracey Mayfield, Edith Kahle & Doug, Mary Beth Tarbet, Robin Fitts, Amy Schweizer, Daniel Schweizer, Chris Connors, Shannon Murray, Sandra Shaw, Heather Young, Tim Johansen, James Greene, Mary Paolazzi, Sherry Klinefelter, Jen Cerce, Judy Koslowski, Millie Tenreiro, Mia W., Erica Sipich, Brenda Mcguire, Jen Bruno, Cathy Schill, Michael Joel Gainey, Linda Scrivano, John C. Lacasse, Debra Kuklinski, Cathy Skiba, Linda Mac, Shannon Milair, Kameo Crea, Claire Gregory, Paul Cooper, Jennifer Horst, Paul Cooper, Roxanne, Cheryl Buchanan, Colin Buchanan, Jerry Weldon, Ashley Ryan, Paula Munson, Christopher Barnes, Heather Pedulla, Ken Maikowski, Michael Malampy, Tina Benco , Ryan Benco, Hillary Waldroop, Amy Martel, Jeremy Hardy, Paul Newman, Daniel Record, Claressa Nisley, Alison And Chris, Ed Suscreba, Tom Koval, Deb Staples, Wendy Snelgrove, Melody O'donnell, Elizabeth Scarborough, Kye Layton, Hayden Pronto-hussey, Amanda Campbell, Tom & Susan Linder, Double Family, Jennifer Tremley, Aly Nichting, Kelly Mager, Brenda Strohmeyer, Steve Dolan, Kelli Olthoff, Debby Webber, Katarina Whitmarsh, Mickey Eckert, Kelly Zanauskas, Becky Terjung, Ruth Woodhouse, Theresa Rucando, Jim Finley, Rob Blundin, Diane Ramos, Karrie Duffey, Shirley Garcowski, Lee Krueger, Dave Carriere, Bob Sertic, Cara Richards, Jacque Schmidt, Jeremy Reichelt, Dennis Blackburn, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Chris Miller, Jennifer Schwing, Rachel Hoover, William Vangroll, Andrea D., Samantha Jo Albucker, Diana Fitzgerald, Bev Carson, Dana Robinson Hall, Laney Ood, Maggie W, Luis Rodriguez, Brendan Abel, Liz Moreau, Lee Anastasi, Sharon Dale, Bob Burge Jr , Joseph Zafia, Abby Earl, Walter Clark, Elaine Leviner, Matt Cofone, Janet Theriault, Barclay Bakkum, Heather Coursen, Denise Cavallaro, Kelley H, Tom Hermes, Shane Stack, Suzanne, Mike Venere and Ken Rhinehart. Each of you will be entered in the June winners' drawing.

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Challenge #133: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #133

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 10, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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June 4, 2010

Balloon Bust

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Here's a simple composition of a blue Mickey Mouse balloon I took in the Magic Kingdom. Doesn't it look nice? However, there is a major flaw to this photo. Hard to see at this size but if you click the photo, you'll see a larger version. Can you tell me what is wrong and how I might avoid it next time? I would greatly appreciate it.

A blue Mickey Mouse balloon in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A blue Mickey Mouse balloon in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.7, 200mm focal length

I will be holding off publishing comments for a day or so to see how many of you Disney photographers can find the problem. Have fun! Oh, and if you are on Twitter or Facebook use the Share button below to share this post. Thank you!

May 30, 2010

Where in the World #132

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #131:
 Where in the World #131

And here's the answer:
Steam Train
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 50mm, 1/320s shutter, f/9, ISO 3200

This is the Roy O. Disney steam train, part of the Walt Disney World Railroad in the Magic Kingdom. You might notice that the settings I used on the camera were a little unusual for this kind of photo. That is because I was riding the TTA at the time and had my camera all set up to try to get some photos from the dark parts of the ride. The train let off a big puff of steam just as we rode by and I couldn't resist taking a quick snapshot. Because of the super high ISO, there was a lot of noise (graininess) in the original photo. I used Topaz, a Photoshop plug-in, to remove the noise. I thought it turned out pretty good, considering.

Paul Cooper was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Paul and all the other readers who got the answer right: Evelyn Wilson, Chris Norris, Shannon Murray, Sharon Pierce, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Lee Anastasi, Cara Richards, Ed Aleszczyk, Louise Barton, Benjamin Barton, Chloe Barton, Madeline Barton, Ivan Barton, Diane Ramos, Colin Buchanan, Drew Deapo, Mike Malampy, Ryan Benco, Tina Benco , Jeffrey Alan Botelho, Cathy Skiba, Elizabeth , Carla C, Betsey Whitehead, Sharon Dale, Millie Tenreiro, Brian Miller, Chloe, Greg Strohmeyer, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Richard Palmer, Kristin Dormuth, Tom & Susan Linder, Joseph Zafia and Dawn Bach. Each of you were entered in the May winners' drawing.

It's time for our monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Cheryl Buchanan! Congratulations Cheryl, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

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Challenge #132: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #132

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 3, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

Here's a hint: If you're my friend on facebook, you might have seen this photo recently.

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 and a cool Disney book!

May 10, 2010

July Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This year, we'll be spending July in Animal Kingdom with one of the Asian Tigers from the Maharajah Jungle Trek. This is just one of the six female tigers living amongst the ancient ruins of India.

You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want. When printing CD Jewel Case size, make sure "Page Scaling" in your print dialogue box is set to "None" to ensure that the calendar prints out at the correct size.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

July 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

July 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

And finally, this desktop wallpaper is for your monitor screen.

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May 9, 2010

Where in the World #131

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #130:
 Where in the World #130

And here's the answer:
Sword in the Stone
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 10s shutter, f/8, ISO 100

This is the Sword in the Stone that lives in front of Cinderella's Golden Carrousel in the Magic Kingdom. There used to be a ceremony that took place in which a child was chosen by Merlin to be the Leader of the Day if they could pull the sword from the stone. Sadly, now it just makes for a nice photo with the castle in the background.

Lee Anastasi was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Lee and all the other readers who got the answer right: Edith And Doug Kahle, Laura Tarbet, Paul Cooper, Ken Maikowski, Caitlin Barringer, Caryn Schill, Brian Gallant, Paula Munson, Alissa Ammons-coxsey, Jaime Thomson, Jen Cerce, Sharon Dale, Maureen Handy, Clarissa K, Ronnie Mehelic, Brenda Mcguire, Jennifer Harmon, Sherry Trapp, Tim Johansen, Kris Nixon, Jim Finley, Alicia Roth, Jodi Cook, Belicia Dawson, Scott Cullen, Michelle Raimist, Chloe, Tim W, Kathryn Perkins, Shannon Murray, Chris Norris, Matthew Ziegele, Debra Kuklinski, Sandra Shaw, Karen Nelson, Theresa Rucando, Jared Orth, Louise Barton, Mike Malampy, John Dupre, Deb Ragno, Robert Anderson , Robin Fitts, Sue Mcdonald, Robin Mcconnell, Sharon Pierce, Chris Bourassa, Jennifer Tremley, Carol Baranowsky, Lisa Mccormack, David Boyarsky, Curtis Bille, Leah Broussard, Brittany & Jesse Siminitz, James Berry, Chris Bourassa, Kathy Berry, Leigh Mertz, Jacquelyn Law, Lana Pegg, Michael Utesch, Brenda Strohmeyer, Greg Strohmeyer, Patty Cartry, Andrea Schnur, Angie Young, Matthew Herman, Scott Stubbs, Spring Smith, Andrea Weedmark, Jeremy Hardy, Becky Terjung, Daniel Record, Bill Mmckim, Daniel Record, Nicole Alley, Jim Thompson, Megan, Anjanette Tournillon, Frank F. Fincken Iii, Sarah Chenoweth, Ruth Woodhouse, Wendy Ip, Walter Fletcher, Double Family, Christina Rotella, Annette Nuenke, Cathy Schil, Christopher Jackson, Michelle Mcspadden, Cassady Fudali, Christine Dagney, Diane Curfman, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Karrie Duffey, Chuck Sands, Allie Laguardia, Chris And Alison, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Mary Jane Keeble, Harry Wilson, Katie Bray, Christina Rose Cooper, Mike Walter, Karen Donald, Katherine G, Nicole Amidon, Ed Suscreba, Kerry Cormier, Stacey Van Dyke, Miranda W, Ronni Selzer, Vicki Vaught, Sue Thompson, Karen Genda, Theresa Maradei, Matthew Waga, Shaun Leake, Betsy Bates, Cameron Love, Kathryn Barnes, Amy Perras, Bruce Jones, Jennifer Chartier, Lauren Foss, Marissa D'ambrosio, Kristen Mccoy, Megan Turcotte, Stephanie Caskey, Ashley Ryan, Wesley Lollar, Erin Savoie, Melody Salemi, Liz Weiter, Gabriella Rizzo, Robin Sloan, Linda Scrivano, Don Whiteman, Ronnie Schreyer, Sandi B, Jen Schultz, Angela Fennell, Richard Caprio, Chris Larys, Jaclyn Kelch, Elizabeth Goodman, Sharon Lee, Tom Hermes, Amanda Page, Krista Penno, Trish Babler, Connie Covatta, Amanda M, Mike M., Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Cara Richards, Craig, Elizabeth Macgregor, Carrie Henderson, Erica Sipich, Dana Schirnhofer, Paula Massarelli, Ken Fischler, David Singer, Pam Aug, Michelle Thompson, Carinne , Morag Lemon, Ariana Stowe, Paul Ignudo, Jr, Christopher Hall, Dale Knight, Sarah Holodick, Gabby Stapp, Jeremy Dow, Dennis Blackburn, Laura Pranaitis, Misty Lyons, Debbie Hicks, Gloria Martin, George Gadiel, Allison Caputa, Cheryl Buchanan, Colin Buchanan, Mickey Eckert, Mary Tackett, Mike Venere, Megan Evans, Jimmy Heffner, Mark Franklin, Evelyn Wilson, Kathy Love, Maryann Eckenrode, Al Desimone, Karen Korcheski, Brian Yesutis, Kelly Zanauskas, Deanna, Leslie Dameron, Erin Hammer, Lisa, Wendy Snelgrove, David Williams, Steve Knapp, Jill Davoll, Kathryn Hughes, Steve Pocopanni, Bob Hendrix, John Foggo, Lee Krueger, Pat Morin, Patti Purdy, Debbie Desimone, Lisa Wilson, Brittany Sexton, Karen Dresser-smith, Melody O'donnell, Melody O'donnell, Paul Newman, Bryan Fencl, John Wolff, Joel Armstrong, Michael Tomczyk, Tracey Mayfield, Bob Lanks, Michelle Raimist, Diane Furtado, Kirsten Stark, Linda Abbate, Melody O'donnell, Madi Meyer, Steve Toponak, Vickie Turner, Isabelle Boivin, Suzanne, Bob Venezia, Chip Vermette, Shane Stack, Rochelle, Jessica Marcotte, Jennifer Parajon, Jorge Caso, Peter Boguszewski, Jennifer Schwing, Carri Marotto, Jean B, Carla C, Diane Ramos, Rachel Hoover, Sue Bolhouse, Margot Garofalo, Joey Fine, Joan Mccullough, Kelly Mager, Bruce Arnold, Thomas Auckland, Sharon Leitgeb, Richard Caprio, Luis Rodriguez, Heidi Goodhue, Robert Flaherty, Jim Kovacs, Heidi Summers, Alexandra Flannigan, Joseph Zafia, Tom & Susan Linder, Dawn Bach, Roye Ann Morris, Amanda Campbell, Jennifer Mccurry, Vickie Scioneaux, Stacy Lee, Jennifer Bogdan, Linda Maxey, Tom Koval, Melissa Loflin, Joe Wong, Chad Simpson, Heather Coursen, Jennifer Maiorini, Candy Grasty, Michelle Bates, Karen Klein, Cheryl Costello, Lori Bennett, Erin And Christine Claeys, Robert Flaherty, Noreen Rachuba, Joanne Leger, Millie Tenreiro, Michelle Wilinski, Terri Thornton, Steve Pocopanni, Jared Holt, Lisa Palmer, Mike Haeberle, Tammy Mcenturff, Nicole Cyr, Jay Reagan, Emily Robinson, Patrick Kenny, Gennaro Rosato, Dana L. andTeresa Cole. Each of you will be entered in the May winners' drawing.

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Challenge #131: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #131

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 13, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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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 and a cool Disney book!

May 2, 2010

Where in the World #130

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #129:
 Where in the World #129

And here's the answer:
Dream FastPass
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/200s shutter, f/7.1, ISO 400

This is an Animal Kingdom Dream Fastpass from the Year of a Million Dreams promotion.

Alan P was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Alan and all the other readers who got the answer right: Wendy Crober, Marina Crober, Kelly Mager, Millie Tenreiro, Theresa Rucando, Nicole Ruzinski, Chris Connors, Don Whiteman, Caitlin Barringer, Chris Masse, Emma Poprock, Dave Cole, Marissa D'ambrosio, Chloe Albucker, Deb Gallo, Jane Rochefort, Steve Toponak, Virginia Pierce, Tim Wingfield, Brenda Strohmeyer, Ali S., Greg Strohmeyer, Michelle Raimist, Kathryn Barnes, Emily Currier, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Sharon Pierce, Neil Taylor, Andrea K., Debra Kuklinski, Patty Carty, Gia Gillis, Matthew Herman, Clare C, Mary Virginia Clause, Daniel Record, Mark, Lauren Sullivan, Ken Maikowski, Leslie Dameron, Chris Miller, Patti Purdy, Jennifer Tremley, Kelly Zanauskas, Shannon Murray, Julie Wickware, Vicki Vaught, Amanda Campbell, Denise Cayz, John Agnew, Renee Engel, Danielle Ford, Jay Reagan, Danielle Aston, Brian Yesutis, Colin Buchanan, Scott Stubbs, Andrea Weedmark, Austin O'blenis, Cindy Dore', Cathy Skiba, Nathan Cripe, Debbie Mangini, Matt Rotondo, Steven Long, Karen Nelson, Stacey Van Dyke, Allison Burgess, Misty Mehelic, Jessica Gruhlke, Lauren Foss, Bruce Jones, Mike Malampy, Tina Benco , Ryan Benco, Kameo Crea, Cheryl Buchanan, Ken Fischler, Annie Hulsey, Katelyn P, Hillary Waldroop, Dale Knight, Trisha Johnson, Rebekah Anguish, Kim Steiner, Lee Anastasi, Barbie Lawless, Paula Munson, Hoekzema Family, Sandy Miller, Roye Ann Morris, Danielle Aston, Janet Fosbender, Jeremy Hardy, Gareth Molyneux, Brian Gallant, Shannon Milair, Allison Caputa, Jen Cox, Cara Richards, Aj Perras, Sandra Shaw, Alison Rosenberger, Christine Dagney, Jim Riley, Tiffany W., Sarah Connors, Steve Pocopanni, Karen Desantis, Elaine Leviner, Chris Miller, Karrie Duffey, Tracy Bradfute, Jerry Marceau, Becky Sterusky, Jessica Reed, Wendy Snelgrove, Holly Anderson, Rob Blundin, Jim Finley, Michelle Wilinski, Dennis Blackburn, Matt Degrandis, Jennifer Schwing, Mary Tackett, Tim Rachuba, Allison Dibiase, Marc Lorenzo, Jason, Joann Albrecht, Sara Beth Wade, Kevin Weidenweber, Danielle And Matt Murgia, Susan Pitts , Frank, Carrie Kenney, Sharon Blickensderfer, Dennis Loring, Erin Loring, Daniel Campozano O, Jill Fogg, Jen Cerce, Mark Franklin, Lisa Graham, Anjanette Tournillon, Erin Worley, Madi, Chloe, Christopher Bourassa, Wayne Witherspoon, Tommy M, Jim Riley, Isabelle Boivin, Abigail Burns, Chris, Carinne, Evelyn Wilson, Jessica Marcotte, Jill Davoll, Todd Ritter, Joel Armstrong, Krista Penno, Drew Deapo, Bill Mckim, Sandra Mcguire, Wade Gilliard, Marianne Goode, Dominic Bert Cooper, Peg Fliegel, Heather Coursen, Betty Llewellyn, Emily Robinson, Dave Carriere, Kate Fanning, Robert Flaherty, John P, Amy Reed, Christopher Jackson, Christi Ison, Ann Fowler, Gabby Stapp, Andrew Campopiano, Emily Dagney, Kelley Mossburg, Katarina Whitmarsh and Sandra Shaw. Each of you will be entered in the May winners' drawing.

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Challenge #130: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #130

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 6, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

April 27, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Kilimanjaro Safaris

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This week we're going to take a trip to Africa to visit the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. Our Pic of the Week has us heading out to Kilimanjaro Safaris in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Come on along as we cross the savannah with our cameras in tow.

Baby Giraffe
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/320 sec, f/9, ISO 640

This young giraffe was munching on some vegetation along the roadside. I was lucky enough to be sitting in the back seat of our jeep as we passed by! This is a reticulated giraffe. Reticulated refers to the pattern on its body. Each giraffe has its own distinct pattern.

April 25, 2010

Where in the World #129

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #128:
 Where in the World #128

And here's the answer:
Kali River Rapids
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/125s shutter, f/5.6, ISO 200

This looks a bit ominous. It can't be a good sign when a raft comes back empty from the Kali River Rapids in Disney's Animal Kingdom. I'm worried about what might have happened to the explorers who left on this raft. Do you think they got dumped out in the rapids?

Sharon Pierce was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Sharon and all the other readers who got the answer right: Alison Crutchfield, Alissa Ammons-coxsey, Amanda M., Amy Souden, An, Andy Renner, Angie Young, Annette Nuenke, April Ramey, Aruna, Ashley Deitchler, Ashley Ryan, Baines Family, Barbara Cerimele, Barbara Sims, Barbie Lawless, Becky Norman, Ben Dameron, Beth Cole, Betsey Whitehead, Brenda Strohmeyer, Brendan Abel, Brian Gallant, Brian Yesutis, Bridgette Gallagher, Bruce Jones, Bruce Lawson, Bryan Fencl, Cameron Love, Cara Richards, Cari-ann, Carinne, Carla C., Caroline Dupre, Casey Sullivan, Chambers Family, Charity Maas, Cheryl Buchanan, Cheyenne Padora, Chip Vermette, Chris And Alison, Christina Rotella, Christopher Barnes, Christopher Hall, Colin Buchanan, Collette Beuther, Daisy Karasek, Danielle And Matt Murgia, Dave Cole, Debbie Cody, Denise Cayz , Derek Carty, Diana F., Diane Ramos, Donna Brandt, Donna Currier, Doug & Edith Kahle, Duane Wisniewski, Ed Aleszczyk, Ed Suscreba, Emily Currier, Erika Loboda, Erin Loring, Erin Savoie, Evan & Avery Zanauskas, Greg Strohmeyer, Heath Hinch, Heather Barilla, Heidi Summers, Hilary, Hillary Waldroop, Isabelle Boivin, James Berry, James Greene, Jane Bradley, Jason Gilbert, Jay Reagan, Jen Bruno, Jen Cerce, Jennifer Harmon, Jennifer Toto, Jennifer Tremley, Jessica Marcotte, Jessica Reed, Jessica Ripley, Jill Smith, Jim Finley, Joe W., John Dupre, John Pasqueralli, Jon Herring, Jordan, Courtney And Maryann Eckenrode, Joshua Swainston, Joy Johnston, Julie Ellis, Julie Wickware, Karen Donald, Karen Schlumpf, Karrie, Karrie Duffey, Kate Fanning, Kate L, Katelyn P., Kathy Berry, Kelly Mager, Kelly Rogers, Ken Jackson, Ken Kleiner, Kerry Cormier, Kim Carroll, Kim Davis, Kirsty Butler, Kris Kline, Kristin Dormuth, Kristin Mazur, Laurie Mcminn, Laurie Walker, Lee Anastasi, Lilli Albucker, Linda Mac, Linda Scrivano, Lori Rienhardt, Maja Kodani, Marina Crober, Mary Jane Keeble, Mary Ruth Dickson, Mary Tackett, Matt Degrandis, Mckinley Yeaman, Melissa James, Michael O'brien, Michelle Thompson, Mike Venere, Millie Tenreiro, Nathan Ellis, Nick Straka, Nicole Alley, Nicole Costa, Noreen Rachuba, Patti Purdy, Patty Carty, Patty Newton, Paula Massarelli, Rebekah Anguish, Rich Kacprowicz, Rob Blundin, Robert Anderson , Robin Mcconnell, Ronni Hirschenberger, Sally Faracca, Sandi B, Sandra Shaw, Sarah Holodick, Scott, Scott Otis, Shannon Brueggemann, Sharon Lee, , Sonja Padora, Spencer, Stacy Cosshall, Stephanie Caskey, Stephanie Visco, Steve Pocopanni, Steve Toponak, Susan Davis, Susan Pitts, Susan Vaughan, Suzanne, Tammy Snyder, Terry Fleming, Tiffany Gibb, Tiffany W., Tim Rachuba, Tim Wingfield, Todd Ritter, Todd Tavender, Tom &Susan Linder, Tom Hermes, Tom Koval, Tommy M, Tracy Weber, Ulises Perez, Walter Fletcher, Wendy Crober and Wendy Snelgrove. Each of you were entered in the April winners' drawing.

It's time for our monthly drawing. This month's big winner is John Pasqueralli! Congratulations John, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

Here's the note John shared when he sent in his answer this week: "I better know the answer to that, I was an Expedition Guide at Kali River Rapids for almost 2 years!! From there I went on to be a Safari Guide at Kilimanjaro Safaris, where I met my wonderful wife. Love at first safari!!" How sweet is that?! I was really pleased when the random generator picked his name as this month's winner.

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Challenge #129: Where, and what, in the world is this?

 Where in the World #129

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, April 29, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

April 23, 2010

Fire Slide

Last week I talked about using long exposures to show water as silky flow over waterfalls. The same technique can be used to show movement for other subjects.

During the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show is an exciting chase scene with motorcycles ending with the bad guy sliding through a wall of fire. I took in this show twice on my last visit to Walt Disney World and caught this scene two different ways. The first with a fast shutter speed of 1/800th of a second.

Motorcycle sliding through fire during the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Motorcycle sliding through fire during the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show with a fast shutter speed.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/800s, f/7.1, ISO 200, 135mm focal length

During my second showing, I had a better angle for the slide action and slowed my shutter down to 1/80th of a second. Ten times slower than the first photo.

Motorcycle sliding towards a wall of fire during the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Motorcycle sliding towards a wall of fire during the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show with a slow shutter speed.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/80s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.6, 170mm focal length

The motorcycle and rider are blurred as they slide towards the wall of menacing fire while the rest of the image is in sharp focus. This technique works for any moving subjects like amusement park rides, race cars and any place you find things that move.

My site was nominated for Best Photography Blog!

April 22, 2010

Tower of Terror Disney's Hollywood Studios

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Tower of Terror
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200mm VR, 1/320 sec, f/11, ISO 200

Here's my Pic of the Week of the Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios. I took this from the far side of Echo Lake, standing next to Gertie the dinosaur.


April 18, 2010

Where in the World #128

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #127:
 Where in the World #127

And here's the answer:
Sunshine Sweets on the Boardwalk
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/2000s shutter, f/5.6

Got a sweet tooth? Head on over to Seashore Sweets on the Boardwalk. In this old-time candy store you'll find all kinds of sugary delectables like saltwater taffy, fudge and of course, ice cream. The Sweet Sisters are known for their "Confections Served with Affection". Being Pageant winners themselves, they have decked out their shop with memorabilia from the Miss America Pageant.


Dawn Burns was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Dawn and all the other readers who got the answer right: Sharon Pierce, Jennifer Toto, Ed Aleszczyk, Erin Flaherty, Leslie Dameron, Katie Bray, Daniel Record, Angie Schluter, Robin Mcconnell, Sherry Klinefelter, Chris Masse, Wendy Crober, Marina Crober, Donnie W, Colin Buchanan, Carla C., Nicole Ruzinski, Jen Cerce, Lisa Graham, Mike Haeberle, Sarah Smee, Dale Knight, Krista Penno, Stuart Hale, Darlene Harmon, Hillary Waldroop, Cindy Bunch, Penny Urell, Anjanette Tournillon, Christopher Barnes, Tim Wingfield, Edsuscreba, Rebecca Lollar, Heather Barilla, Dave Cole, Cameron Lange, Kelly Mager, Jaclyn Kelch, J Brizzzzle, Shane Stack, Tim Rachuba, Carri Marotto, Cynthia Barry, Bruce Lawson, Laura Pranaitis, Chloe, Nicole Alley, Dana Schirnhofer, Megan E., Tricia Noble, Mike Cerce, Sharon Dale, Mary Tackett, Stephanie Pcolinsky, Scott Lau, Donna Currier, Amy Chapman, Margot Garofalo, Patti Purdy, Jane Johnson, Noreen Rachuba, Chip Vermette, Theresa Rucando, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Jennifer Schwing and Chambers Family. Each of you will be entered in the April winners' drawing.

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Challenge #128: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #128

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, April 22, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

April 17, 2010

Pit Stop in Asia

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Animal Kingdom Restroom
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 1/40 sec, f/3.8, ISO 400

I don't think there is anywhere besides Walt Disney World where I would actually take photos of the restrooms. The painting on this one in Disney's Animal Kingdom caught my eye. There is no limit to the level of detail you'll find in Disney parks.

April 11, 2010

Where in the World #127

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #126:
 Where in the World #126

And here's the answer:
Walt Disney in One Man's Dream
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/60s shutter, f/3.5, ISO 1600

Walt Disney models his top secret Florida Project for the first time on television in One Man's Dream at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Brian Yesutis was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Brian and all the other readers who got the answer right: Danusia Rogacki, Sharon Pierce, Christi Ison, Millie Tenreiro, Sharon Dale, Belicia Dawson, Travis Grim, Scott Cullen, Dave Cole, Daniel Record, Kris Nixon, Ed Aleszczyk, Kathy Berry, James Berry, Julie Wickware, Robert Anderson , Deb Ragno, Michelle Mcknight, Annette Nuenke, Paul Cooper, Jared Orth, Karen Ramirez, Tiago De Oliveira, Bob Patterson, Denise O, Jen Bruno, Craig, Paul Dickson, Frances Phebus, Ken Jackson, David Boyarsky, Lauren Foss, Christopher Barnes, Tim Wingfield, Carrie Rampy, Dennis Dunkman, Jennifer Tremley, David P. Tarbet, Michelle K., Megan, The Moore Family, Louise Barton, Noreen Rachuba, Matthew Waga, Jeremy Dow, Kameo Crea, Kevin Toomey, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Dawn Burns, Krista Penno, Kim Steiner, Ronnie Lane, Todd Ritter, Lee Krueger, Rob Blundin, Dale Knight, Timothy Hutchinson, Rina, J Breezy, Terry Fleming, Mike Venere, Mike Walter, Cathy Fleming, Louise Herrick, Alan P, Ed Suscreba, Howie T., Katie Mccardell, Tim Rachuba, Tony L, Rachel Hoover, Jill Davoll, Isabelle Boivin, Christine Dagney, Jennifer, Bonnie Smith, Cari-ann, Paula Munson, Brenda Strohmeyer, Tracey Mayfield, Jessica Deans, Barclay Bakkum, Wendy Snelgrove, Diana Barthelemy, Joann Albrecht, Kelly Mager, Erin Rix, Penny Urell, Carol Donoghue, Brent Baker, Dan Mangini, Liz Mckinnell, Brent Lollar, Colin Buchanan, Shannon Joyce, Kelley H, Brooke French, Kelly Kobiela, Sherri Pell, Steve Pocopanni, Brian Johnson, Sandy Johnson, Debby & Andrew Webber, Theresa Rucando, Heidi F Goodhue, Anthony Weimer, Cheryl Buchanan, Derek Carty, Jody Erdfarb, Gail Hirsch, Kristen Mccoy, Sharon Blickensderfer, Ken Kleiner, Tina Cole, Aruna, Kerry Cormier and Patti Purdy. Each of you will be entered in the April winners' drawing.

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Challenge #127: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #127

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, April 15, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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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 and a cool Disney book!

April 6, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Sculptures

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Animal Kingdom Sculpture
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 1/50 sec, f/5.3, ISO 640

This week, Lisa, Scott and I will be taking a closer look at some of the sculptures found around the Walt Disney World property. There's no shortage of material, that's for sure. Disney World is loaded with beautiful sculptures, made of everything from wood to plaster to metal. There are even plastic sculptures to be found.

My choice for Pic of the Week can be found in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Behind Flame Tree Barbeque, in the seating area, is a beautiful garden filled with many sculptures. If you've never taken the time to wander around that area, please be sure to spend some time there on your next visit. It's really quite lovely. These giant bullfrogs are at the base of one of the lanterns near the reflecting pool.


April 4, 2010

Where in the World #126

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #125:
 Where in the World #125

And here's the answer:
Briar Patch Kitchen
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 4/10s shutter, f/8, ISO 1000

Next time you're in the Briar Patch merchandise shop, be sure to look up at the living quarters by the ceiling. Wouldn't it be fun to hang out up there and watch all the people? The Briar Patch is the shop near Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom.

Kathy Berry was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Kathy and all the other readers who got the answer right: Diane Furtado, James Berry, Joanne Lollar, Karen Genda and Sharon Pierce. Each of you will be entered in the April winners' drawing.

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Challenge #126: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #126

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, April 8, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

April 1, 2010

Lego People

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Lego People
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400

The merchandise displays at Walt Disney World offer all kinds of unusual photo ops. This wall of Lego People can be found in the Lego Imagination Center at Downtown Disney.

March 29, 2010

June Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

For a city slicker, there's no better place to be in June than sitting on the stoop with an ice cold beverage. This San Francisco street scene can be found in Disney's Hollywood Studios.

You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want. When printing CD Jewel Case size, make sure "Page Scaling" in your print dialogue box is set to "None" to ensure that the calendar prints out at the correct size.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

June 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

June 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

And finally, this desktop wallpaper is for your monitor screen.

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March 28, 2010

Where in the World #125

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #124:
 Where in the World #124

And here's the answer:
Mary Blair mural at the Contemporary
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/40s shutter, f/5.6, ISO 1600

Disney legend and artist Mary Blair designed this 90 foot tall mural at the Contemporary Resort. It consists of nearly 18,000 hand-painted tiles, and is said to be the largest mural in the world. Over the years, Blair contributed to the design of many exhibits, attractions, and murals at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, including It's a Small World and this beautiful mural in the Grand Canyon Concourse at the Contemporary.

Craig was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Craig and all the other readers who got the answer right: Sharon Pierce, Chris Masse, Karen Hotchkiss, Julie Wickware, Sharon Dale, Pollyanna Buff, Hoekzema Family, Patty Carty, K.l. Beasley, Lee Anastasi, Jessica Deans, Gloria Martin, Holley Blyler, Todd, Kellie Harpel, Amanda S, Linda College, Rochelle, Karen S, Rebecca Lollar, Bill D, Colin Buchanan, Cameron Lange, Cindy Harrison, Lisa Murphy, Bill Macbride, Jennifer Schwing, Michael Haven, Sherry Trapp, Elaine Leviner, Margot Garofalo, Jaclyn Kelch, Tim Rachuba, Jennifer Mercier, Tammy, Noreen Rachuba, Heidi F Goodhue, Diane Furtado, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Eva, Rob Blundin, Gregg Mcglasson, Amy Perras, Bob Burge Jr, Dana Hall, Heather Coursen, Lori Rienhardt, Janet Theriault, Mike Bidwell, Karen Nelson, Elex Sy, Theresa Rucando, Emily Robinson and Trish Bachand. Each of you were entered in the March winners' drawing.

It's time for our monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Lisa Murphy! Congratulations Lisa, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

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Challenge #125: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #125

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, April 1, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

Note on last week's photo: The interesting symbol on the side of the tower over Akershus is King Christian IV's royal monogram. Akershus was a typical medieval castle until the late 16th century, when the king of Denmark-Norway, King Christian IV, decided to rebuild and modernize the castle. It served as his royal residence when he visited Norway. Thanks to Lee for digging up this information for us!

March 27, 2010

Splash Mountain, This Way

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Splash Mountain
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 1/25 sec, f/8, ISO 400

This is one of just a few Splash Mountain pictures I have. There are some attractions that I just don't make it to very often and Splash Mountain is one of them. I love this attraction, but I tend to avoid rides that will get me or my camera wet. Before I know it, years will have passed since I visited the briar patch. Next visit, I'm changing all that!


March 21, 2010

Where in the World # 124

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #122:
 Where in the World #123

And here's the answer:
Norway Architecture
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/1000s shutter, f/8, ISO 400

You'll find this decoration on one of the buildings in the Norway pavilion in Epcot. I don't know the significance of it but I thought it was interesting. If anyone does know, (Jack?), I'd love to hear it. This turned out to be a tough one, and not by design. There were many guesses but only two correct answers this week.

Jesse Kline was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Jesse and Kelley H. They were the only two readers who got the answer right this week. Both of you will be entered in the March winners' drawing.

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Challenge #124: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #124

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 25, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

March 16, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Disney Vacation Club

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Old Key West
Copyright © 2003 Barrie Brewer, Nikon E3100, 1/470 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100

Welcome Home! Our Pic of the Week topic this week is Disney Vacation Club (DVC). Old Key West was the first DVC resort built and the first one where I ever stayed. I remember being SO impressed. I was thrilled that we had become members and so excited to know that for many years to come I was going to be able to stay in such "fancy" places. That was 10 years ago and I still love being a DVC member. It's not for everyone, but for me, it's perfect. There are currently nine DVC resort choices at Walt Disney World. Check back later in the week to see which ones Lisa and Scott will be sharing with you.


March 14, 2010

Where in the World #123

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #122:
 Where in the World #122

And here's the answer:
Boardwalk in Miniature
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/2s shutter, f/5.6, ISO 200

Oh, so many of you guessed that this was part of the model train display outside of Germany in World Showcase. I'm so sorry. That was a good guess, but this model of a boardwalk amusement park can be found in the lobby of the Boardwalk Inn. That was a hard one, but there were a lot of you who are really paying attention to the Disney detail. Good job!

Theresa Rucando was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Theresa and all the other readers who got the answer right: Millie Tenreiro, Michelle Mcspadden, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, Tim Johansen, Kristen Mccoy, Mike Malampy, Frances Phebus, Deb Silhan, Chris Masse, Karen Hotchkiss, Amanda, Craig, Krista Penno, Ed Aleszczyk, Maureen Handy, Julie Wickware, James Steele, Kristin Mazur, Hillary Waldroop, Leslie Dameron, Patty Carty, Pamela Lorenz, Nicole Ruzinski, Chloe, Sammi Jo Albucker, Jilly Red, Sammi Jo Albucker, Jilly Red, Nicole Alley, Tim Wingfield, Chris And Alison, Carrie Henderson, Jason Brooks, Sandra Edwards, Dale Knight, Dallas Hamilton, Scott Lau, Jacquelyn Law, Sherry Klinefelter, Marissa D'ambrosio, Sarah Connors, Shane Stack, Rob Brookhart, Mary Dannahey, Daniel Record, Ed Suscreba, Greg Gallo, Paula B, Margot Garofalo, Kristin Dormuth, Heather Coursen, Peggy Saeger, Sirianna D'ambrosio, Pat Huff, Mark Franklin, Christopher Barnes and Derek Carty. Each of you will were entered in the March winners' drawing.

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Challenge #123: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #123

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 18, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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March 12, 2010

Zeroing Out

Ever get to the Magic Kingdom and your family rushes up to get their photo taken in front of the Main Street Train Station. You snap a few shots and head into the park. You are half-way down Main Street USA when you take a peek at the photos and they are all overexposed. We have all been there. Photograph something and forget about all the changes made to get the exposure right the last time you used the camera and get bad exposures the next time you use it. So, in an effort to save you future aggravation, I want to tell you about Zeroing Out your camera.

Main pool at the All Star Sports resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Forgetting to change your camera setting can lead to overexposed photos like this.

Zeroing Out is a process of going through the most used settings on a camera and putting them back to the start settings BEFORE using the camera. Some people call this their base settings or starting point. After I zero out my camera, I take a couple of quick snaps and review the photos on the camera's LCD screen before leaving the house or, if at Walt Disney World, before leaving the resort area. If the photos look bad or the photo's Exif data is wrong, I probably forgot to zero out. Kind of a fail-safe procedure. By doing this, I know I am starting at a point I am very familiar with and can easily make changes as needed from there. If I am taking a lot of photos or the light changes dramatically, I might zero out my camera on a few occasions during the shoot or day.

The advantage of Zeroing Out before you start shooting is huge. Much easier to do in the calmness of your home or hotel room than when you notice you have taken ten photos that are over or under exposed and you can not retake them again because the opportunity is gone. Worse, trying to fumble around to find which setting needs to be changed while someone is waiting. Talk about pressure. Imagine if that person is a bride or a Disney character and your daughter with a line of families behind you. Guilty on both accounts. I learned the hard way and still need to remind myself.

What are these settings I am talking about? That depends, the blog writer says with a broad smile. The ones most of us need to be aware of is Shooting mode (P, S (Tv), A, M), ISO, Exposure mode (matrix, center-weighted, spot, etc.), White Balance, Image Quality, Exposure Compensation (EV), Shutter (Single or Continuous) and Focus Area. You might have more or less settings depending (there's that word again) on your camera and what you consider important. For Point and Shoot cameras, it might be as simple as putting the camera back to full Auto mode from another mode or scene used previously.

Another thing to be aware of is if you use a Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilized) lens. Make sure its settings are where you expect them to be after mounting it on the camera. I set mine to ON and Normal mode.

On a recent thread about this subject of Zeroing Out on a photography board I read, each photographer had different zero out settings. Just as each of you will, too. Doing so will allow you to get better photos from the first click.

Main pool at the All Star Sports resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
After Zeroing Out my camera, I got a much better photo of the All Star Sports Main Pool.


March 11, 2010

Princess Aurora

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Sleeping Beauty
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

Sleeping Beauty, otherwise known as Princess Aurora, is my Princess Pic of the Week. Isn't she lovely? On this day I just happened to notice her in the garden area of the France pavilion before any other guests realized she was there. She fit right in with all the beautiful flowers.


March 7, 2010

Where in the World #122

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #121:
 Where in the World #121

And here's the answer:
Liberty Belle
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/2500s shutter, f/3.5, ISO 200

A lot of you recognized the smoke stack of the Liberty Belle from Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom. This old sternwheeler makes its way around the Rivers of America to give guests a taste of what life was like in the days of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. If you time it right you can see Princess Tiana in Tiana's Showboat Jubilee, a stage show that takes place on the Liberty Belle. Nice going everyone!

Douglas Mcknight was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Douglas and all the other readers who got the answer right: Michelle Mcspadden, Bruce Hinterleitner, Theresa Rucando, Belicia Dawson, Jen Cerce, Scott Cullen, Leslie Dameron, Brian Haas, Sharon Lee, Mary Beth Tarbet, Holley Blyler, Stacey Van Dyke, Richard Caprio, Chris Masse, Rick And Michele Shea, Jen Cox, Michelle Raimist, Julie Wickware, Karen Nelson, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Boris Beckert, Sharon Dale, John C. Lacasse, Patty Carty, Maureen Handy, Pam Lorenz, Ellie Argaluza, Jeremy Coto, Robin Fitts, Martha Tischler, Walter Fletcher, Paula Munson, Paul Cooper, Terry, Craig, Sherry Klinefelter, Brenda, Allen Dixon, Gabby Stapp, Mike Malampy, Ryan Benco, John C., Tina Benco , Jennifer Tremley, Tim Jeltes, Steve Bieniek, Sandra Wieand, Jeremy Hardy, Tiffany Gibb, Lee Anastasi, Heather Pedulla, Sarah, Laurie Walker, Tom Koval, Shane Kropp, Ruth Woodhouse, Derek Carty, Sarah Smee, Erica Courville, Carol Baranowsky, Cindy Dore', Hillary Waldroop, Brian Miller, Anjanette Tournillon, Becky Bean, Jen Schultz, James Hoekzema & Family, Debbie Poole, Paul Dickson, Darrell Shortt, Tracey Mayfield, Noreen Rachuba, Shannon Milair, Leigh Mertz, Jennifer Harmon, Laura Lollar, James Dezern, Christopher Bourassa, Phil Vickers, Morag Lemon, Kevin, Ed Suscreba, Cameron Lange, Kirk Kenyon, Steve Pocopanni, Howie T., Bruce Lawson, Elizabeth Scarborough, Wade A. Williams, Jim Tillinghast, Betsy Amber, Mark Cullison, Diane Ramos, Kristen Mccoy, Kelly Zanauskas, Gabriella Rizzo, Bill Mckim, Jim Riley, Jim Thompson, Double Family, Mary Tackett, Jennifer Schwing, Heather, Steve Knapp, Roxanne Kliebert, Jake Christopher, Steve Jordan, Mary Greger, Jami Kliethermes, Jamie Miller, Marjorie Schmitt, Debra Kuklinski, Suzanne, Melissa Dye, Mickey Eckert, Jason Dambrosia, Heidi Goodhue, Luis Rodriguez, Christopher Barnes, Herman Evans, Kerry, Sirianna D'ambrosio, Thomas Auckland, Joseph Zafia, Stacy Lee, Jim Couzzourt, Stephen Champion, Paul Newman, Lisa Cash, Paul Amico, Heather Coursen, Kristin Dormuth, Margot Garofalo, Barclay Bakkum, Linda Diantonio, Marilyn Chan, Rich Deteresa, Melissa Swift, Paula B, Elizabeth Macgregor, Jason Skow, Amy, Patti Purdy, Walter Clark, Dave Kanigowski, Sandy Kanigowski, Carolyn Roy, Annette Nuenke, Andrea Schnur, Mark Franklin, Colin Buchanan, Gary E Genteman, Denise Cayz , Linda Scrivano, Tom Hermes, Tracy Discher, Barry Bass, Kelly Mager, Linda Mac, Lorri Gumanow, Kirk Hardy, Barbara Cerimele, Jared Orth, Carla C, Lori Pinchot and Jonathan Thomas. Each of you will were entered in the March winners' drawing.

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Challenge #122: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #122

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 11, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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March 6, 2010

Coins in the Fountain

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Rats in the Muppet Fountain
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/250 sec, f/8, ISO 200

I love the antics of these enterprising little rats in the Muppet Fountain outside of Muppet*Vision 3D in Disney's Hollywood Studios. If they aren't careful, that boat of theirs is going to sink from the weight of all those coins.


March 5, 2010

Cloudy Sky

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Cloudy days at Walt Disney World can be a disappointment. I mean, we go there for the Florida sunshine, right? On my last trip, I was lucky enough to get a few cloudy days. Lucky? Yes, lucky. For when the sun is above a large cloud bank overhead, it creates a huge softbox. A softbox is used by photographers to put their flashes in and it spreads out and "softens" the light of the flash. Cloudy days do the same thing. They spread out and soften the bright light from the Sun. Shadows are not as dark and colors brighten. This kind of outdoor light is good for making photos of your family and friends. They won't squint and the dark shadows under their eyes and noses go away.

I do have a caution for you. Like any softbox in a studio. Try and keep it out of your viewfinder as the contrast will cause overexposed areas or blowouts. Aim your camera down or across but not up at the sky. Let me demonstrate with a couple of examples.

The first one is Jessie from Toy Story II in the Magic Kingdom's Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Parade. It was a very cloudy day and the colors in this parade was popping. Jessie glowed in her red hat, hair and green eyes. I zoomed in to remove the sky above..

Jessie waving during the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Parade in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Jessie waving during the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Parade.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/200s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 165mm focal length

Later in the day, I watched the afternoon Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade, which has tall floats to deal with. I needed to get some princess and prince photos even with the bright cloudy sky. To counter the sky, I tried to eliminate it as best I could with backgrounds and cropping (the photo below has a lot of sky cropped out) in the photos. I used fill flash to help balance the light coming from the sky to photograph the proud Prince Eric with Princess Ariel from The Little Mermaid in one of the tall floats.

Proud Prince Eric with Princess Ariel in the Magic Kingdom's Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Prince Eric with Princess Ariel in the Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 1250, EV +0.7, 200mm focal length, fill flash at -1 power

A little fun bonus for you. Can you spot what is wrong with Eric? Leave a comment!

For more information about how to take advantage of a cloudy day for photography, here are a couple of excellent links on the subject:

It's Cloudy - Don't Put that Camera Away

The Softbox in the Sky

March 1, 2010

May Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

As Epcot's Flower and Garden Show gets underway, I thought you might enjoy this Pluto topiary from last year's show. The dates for this year's festival are March 3 - May 16. I'm hoping to be there, are you?


You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want. When printing CD Jewel Case size, make sure "Page Scaling" in your print dialogue box is set to "None" to ensure that the calendar prints out at the correct size.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

May 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

May 2010 Jewel Case Calendar


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February 28, 2010

Where in the World #121

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #120:
 Where in the World #120

And here's the answer:
Mad Tea Party
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 3s shutter, f/9, ISO 200

This attraction is definitely not my cup of tea! I think anyone over the age of 12 who can ride the Mad Tea Party in the Magic Kingdom has a stomach made of iron. There's a reason this ride is in Fantasyland.

Julie Wickware was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Julie and all the other readers who got the answer right: Kelly Zanauskas, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Jennifer Horst, Jaclyn Kelch, Andrea Schnur, Nicole Alley, Shirley T, Heidi Goodhue, Paul Dickson, Tom Koval, Joshua Thorne, Cheryl Costello and Gabby Stapp. Each of you will were entered in the February winners' drawing.

It's time for our monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Chris Connors! Congratulations Chris, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

Good luck to everyone as we begin another month! Here we go"
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Challenge #121: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #121

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, March 4, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

February 23, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Mission Space

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Mission Space Plants
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/640 sec, f/6.3, ISO 200

This week we're going to take a look at Mission Space. Located in Future World at Epcot, this attraction is one of Disney's most intense rides. I've ridden it a few times, but these days, I prefer to enjoy it from outside! There are some pretty "out of this world" looking plants gracing the exterior. They remind me of Lost in Space - remember that old show? Be sure to come back on Thursday and Saturday to see what caught the eye of Scott and Lisa.


February 21, 2010

Where in the World #120

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #119:
 Where in the World #119

And here's the answer:
Muppet Stuff
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/200s shutter, f/11, ISO 200

I always check when I go to Disney's Hollywood Studios, but I don't think those Muppets are ever going to finish painting this building. Stage 1 Company Store is the go-to place for Muppet merchandise.

Jeremy Coto was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Jeremy and all the other readers who got the answer right: Alicia Roth, Ana And Lucas Marlett, Andrea Schnur, Angie Young, Avery & Evan Zanauskas, Beth Crossland, Dale Knight, Daniel Record, David And Angela Blevins, Jared Orth, Jen Bruno, Jessica Ripley, Kelley H, Kelly Kobiela, Lee Anastasi, Linda Scrivano, Lisa Cash, Louise Barton, Madi M., Mckinley Yeaman, Mike M., Noreen Rachuba, Phil Tavares, Robin Fitts, Sara Beth Wade, Scott Otis, Sharon Dale, Theresa Rucando, Tim Rachuba, Tim Wingfield and Walter Clark. Each of you will be entered in the February winners' drawing.

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Challenge #119: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #120

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 25, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

iPhone Wallpapers
Sorry I missed last week. Thank you to everyone who sent me get well messages.

I did mention that I would try to make it up to you with something special. Now I know not everyone has an iPhone, but for those of you who do, I have put together a set of wallpapers sized to fit your phone. I can't say for sure, but I bet they will work on other phones too, though they may need to be resized.

The instructions for how to download the wallpapers are at the top of the gallery page. Hope you like them!


February 18, 2010

Funnel Cakes

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Funnel Cakes sign
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

Nothing says American Adventure like "Funnel Cakes"!


February 7, 2010

Where in the World #119

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #118:
 Where in the World #118

And here's the answer:
French Bouquiniste Box in Epcot
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 0.0015s shutter, f/8, ISO 200

I always thought it was weird that they had these kind of ugly green metal boxes across from France on the wall of the lagoon. What an odd place for some sort of utility box. Usually Disney hides that kind of stuff backstage, or disguises it somehow. Then I got to go to Paris a couple years ago and finally, I understood.

Epcot's France was influenced by Paris. In Paris, inside these boxes are entire stores that are unpacked in the morning and then packed away again at night. The bouquinistes (riverside vendors) who own the boxes sell books, prints, watercolors, and some touristy trinkets. The boxes are all painted the same green color and sit right on the walls that overlook the Seine in Paris.

Ed Aleszczyk was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Ed and all the other readers who got the answer right: Amanda M, Amy Martel, Amy Reed, Anne Hainsworth, Annette Nuenke, Ashley Hill, Baines Family, Barclay Bakkum, Belicia Dawson, Brent Lollar, Bruce Hinterleitner, Bruce Lawson, Caitlin Burns, Charity Maas, Charlie Scheer, Chris Masse, Christine And Erin Claeys, Christine Dagney, Christopher Barnes, Cindy Dore', Cindy Hershey, Colin Buchanan, Dallas Hamilton, Darlene Harmon, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Elizabeth Scarborough, Ellie Argaluza, Emily Dagney, Erin Loring, Evelyn Wilson, Frank F. Fincken Iii, Gary E Genteman, Heather Coursen, Heidi Goodhue, Heidi Summers, Hillary Waldroop, Ian Falk, Jacquelyn Law, James Berry, Jamie Poynton, Jane Johnson, Jay Reagan, Jen Bruno, Jennifer Tremley, Jenny Haas, Jeremy Coto, Joy Johnston, Kameo Crea, Karen Nelson, Kathy Berry, Kris Nixon, Kristy Holland, Kurt Knappman, Kye Layton, Laura Pranaitis, Leslie Dameron, Linda L. Abbate, Linda Mac, Lisa Cash, Marc Acosta, Marina Crober, Marissa D'ambrosio, Mark Carty, Mark Franklin, Mary Dannahey, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Matt Cofone, Michael Haven, Michele Delorenzo, Michelle Raimist, Michelle Wilinski, Mike Malampy, Nicole Ruzinski, Noreen Rachuba, Penny Urell, Robert Bostic, Robin Mcconnell, Sarah Smee, Scott Cullen, Sharon Blickensderfer, Sharon Dale, Sharon Lee, Sherry Klinefelter, Theresa Rucando, Tiffany W., Tim Johansen, Tim Rachuba, Tracey Mayfield, Tricia Noble and Wendy and Rob Crober. Each of you will be entered in the February winners' drawing.

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Challenge #119: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #119

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 11, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

February 2, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week - Storefronts

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

The Darkroom
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 200

There's no such thing as a boring storefront when you're at a Disney park. Every shop is another opportunity for Disney's designers to tell a story and show their stuff. Take this camera shop at Disney's Hollywood Studios. There's no mistaking what you'll find inside here.

Later this week, watch for Lisa and Scott to share some of the storefronts they find most interesting.

February 1, 2010

April Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

You'll find this pretty little area of Disney's Animal Kingdom when you exit It's Tough to Be A Bug. I think Animal Kingdom is just a beautiful park.


You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

April 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

April 2010 Jewel Case Calendar


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January 31, 2010

Where in the World #118

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #117:
 Where in the World #117

And here's the answer:
Dung Brothers Movie Poster at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/6s shutter, f/8, ISO 200

In the queue of It's Tough to Be a Bug at Disney's Animal Kingdom, you will be entertained by several movie posters introducing you to some of the bugs starring in the attraction.

Dawn Burns was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Dawn and all the other readers who got the answer right: Deb Ragno, Charlie Scheer, Phil Vickers, Sharon Pierce, Ed Aleszczyk, Tiffany Gibb, Marc Acosta, Joseph Tortorici, Ronnie Lane, Sandra Shaw, Allison Caputa, James Steele , Brian Yesutis, Christopher Masse, Jake Thompson, Joanna Snow, Sam Rossman, Jessica Folan, Joshua Barnett, Sherry Klinefelter, Jennifer Mccurry, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Brian Haas, Julie Wickware, Douglas Mcknight, Hoekzema Family, Mark Smith, Cara Richards, Lisa Palmer, Matthew Brisbin, Daniel Record, Allison Palmer, Jamie Miller, Jen Cerce, Theresa Peake, Brian Martin, Paula Munson, Theresa Rucando, Jennifer Harmon, Colin Buchanan, Kathleen Harmon, Kirsty Butler, Christine Dagney, Emily Dagney, Kye Layton, Cindy Dore', Jeremy Coto, Jay Bartels, Billy Luce, Jennifer Tremley, Angela And David Blevins, Marissa Dambrosio, Baines Family, Jason Albucker, Ken Gravitt, Tina Firestone, Kris Nixon, Erica Sipich, Karen Nelson, Cameron Love, Brittany &Jesse Siminitz, Kevin Scharf, Jonathan Thomas, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Caryn Schill, Steve Cummings, Cathy Schill, Hillary Waldroop, Jennifer Townsend, Chris Connors, Amy Young, Linda Scrivano, Michelle Mcspadden, Joyce Tofflemire, Krista Penno, Tommy Carty, Travis Grim, Kelly Zanauskas, Robin Mcconnell, Bruce Hinterleitner, Donna Currier, Harry Wilson, John Dupre, Amanda M., Jessica Deans, Cameron Lange, Dallas Hamilton, Jaclyn Kelch, Erin Loring, Wade A. Williams, Carri Marotto, Steve Pocopanni, Mary Tackett, Bruce Lawson, Sarah Connors, Michelle Wilinski, Jamie Poynton, Michelle Wilinski, Quincy Delcolletti, Jennifer Schwing, Dan Owens, Melissa Dye, Allie L, Mickey Eckert, Anjanette Tournillon, Scott Junkin, Nicole Ruzinski, John Leach , Ana And Lucas Marlett, Wendy Snelgrove, Noreen E. Rachuba, Heidi Goodhue, Stacey Van Dyke, Misty Mehelic, Matt Cofone, Kathy Lutz, Tom Koval, Jared Orth, Erin Savoie, Christian Baas, Carrie Kenney, Robert Bostic, Trudy Vespucci, Josh Kight, Roye Ann Morris, Jay Reagan, Nicole Lopresti, Rob Frinzi, Kandise B., Louise Herrick, Bruce Arnold, Heather Coursen, Heather, Kelley H, Eileen Miller, Suzanne S., Tim Wingfield, Marie Phillips, Kelly Kobiela, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Kirsten Stark, Michael Fiedler, Theresa Maradei, Tom &Susan Linder, Tim Rachuba, Elizabeth Scarborough and Richard Nussbaum. Each of you will be entered in the February winners' drawing.

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Challenge #118: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #118

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, February 4, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!


January 28, 2010

Calypso Abstract

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Calypso Abstract
Copyright © 2010 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/40 sec, f/8

Abstract photography concentrates on texture, form and color rather than the bigger picture, leaving more to your imagination. Here's another look at that giant xylophone outside the Calypso building at Disney's All Star Music Resort. Last time, I showed you the big picture. For an abstract look at it, I zoomed in to focus attention on the colors and lines of the pipes. Then I flipped them on their side for a different perspective. The more I play with it, the more I like abstract photography. You can really go wild with it at Walt Disney World.


January 24, 2010

Where in the World #117

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #116:
 Where in the World #116

And here's the answer:
Huey, Louie and Dewey Duck
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/40s shutter, f/5, ISO 800

Donald's nephews are having a good ole time over at Fulton's General Store at Port Orleans Riverside. That's Louie climbing the rope. Huey is cheering him on while Dewey holds the rope steady. Do you know how to tell the triplets apart? Huey wears red, Louie wears green and Dewey wears blue.

Anne Hainsworth was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Anne and all the other readers who got the answer right: Sharon Pierce, Marina Crober, Debbie Hudson, Denise Owen, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Tim Rachuba, Heather Pedulla, Jen, David And Angela Blevins, Lauren Foss, Paula B, Sharon Dale, Paul Cooper, Julie Wickware and Suzanne S. Each of you will be entered in the January winners' drawing.

It's time for the monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Darren Fuller! Congratulations Darren, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

Good luck to everyone as we begin another month! Here we go"
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Challenge #117: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #117

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 28, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

January 23, 2010

Canadian Rockies

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Canadian Rockies in Epcot
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/5 sec, f/22

The late afternoon sun gives a nice warm glow to this waterfall in the back of the Canada pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase.

January 16, 2010

A Touch of Color

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Disney's All Star Resorts Calypso building
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/25 sec, f/8

Here's a close-up of the giant xylophone outside the Calypso building at Disney's All Star Music Resort. I love how colorful this resort is. If you've never visited the All Star, it's worth a trip just for the fun photos you can take.

January 7, 2010

Just Leave Me Alone

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Out of Place
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/500 sec, f/8

Where's a guy gotta go to get a little peace and quiet around here? Something's not right here - can you see it? Just click on the photo if you need to see a larger version. This week we're sharing photos of things that seem out of place. Let me tell you, that's not easy to find in Walt Disney World!

January 4, 2010

March 2010 Walt Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This is the Beach Club Resort near Epcot. I decided to have a little fun and give this image an artistic look. Hope you like it. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for a desktop wallpaper version of March's calendar.

You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

March 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

March 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

At least a few of you liked the wallpaper last month so I'm including it again this month.

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January 3, 2010

Where in the World #116

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #115:
 Where in the World #115

And here's the answer:
It's a Small World
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/125s shutter, f/1.4, ISO 1250

These little cuties live in It's a Small World in the Magic Kingdom. I used to be one of those people who avoided this attraction like the plague. Once that song started there was no way I could get it out of my head for at least three days. Then I took on the challenge of trying to get some decent photos from inside the attraction. Now, I've actually grown kind of fond of all those darling little children.

Craig was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Craig and all the other readers who got the answer right: Dawn Burns, Ken Jackson, Anthony Oneto, Cara Richards, Brian Milller, Brian Haas, Ed Hogan, Bryan Timko, Maryann Eckenrode, Chris Masse, Jodi Cook, Christopher Bourassa, Samantha Levine, Deb Ragno, Sharon Dale, Tracey Mayfield, Frank &Sharon Pierce, Julie Wickware, Katie Proctor, Wendy And Marina Crober, Jennifer Snapp, Cari-ann, Brittany & Jesse Siminitz, Sarah Smee, Michelle Thompson, Jeremy Coto, Jane Bradley, Ronnie Lane, Cindy Hershey, Melesia Love, Katie Wolfe, Kirsty Butler, Robin Fitts, Jennifer Chartier, Isabelle Boivin, Allison Caputa, Amy Schweizer, Trish Babler, Irene Kleintop, Mary Beth Tarbet, Cindy Dore', Sherry Klinefelter, Stacey Van Dyke, Lisa Mccormack, Kye Layton, Debra Kuklinski, Scott Khachadourian, Karen Hotchkiss, Teri Jo Fuson, Theresa Rucando, Paula Munson, Daniel Meagher, Kristen Baustert, Katy M. Robinson, Caryn Schill, Andrew Weed, Melody Salemi, Louise Barton, Erica Sipich, Anjanette Tournillon, Jeff Schoeling , Cathy Schill, Aruna, The Jarcewski Family, Jen Hofman, Maureen Handy, Paul Cooper, Matthew Jadro, David And Angela Blevins, Jen Cerce, Mary Tackett, Robin, Emily Currier, April Pangburn, Sue Mcdonald, Chuck Wright, Kameo Crea, Double Family, Joyce Tofflemire, Seth Walker, Tina Santacroce, John Agnew, John Dawes, Bill Mckim, Jeremy Hardy, James Berry, Linda Mac, Kathy Berry, Gabby Stapp, Charity Maas, Elizabeth Howarth, Maureen Hanlon, Carol Baranowsky, Christopher Barnes, Stephanie Servaites, Brenda Hawk, Shannon , Karen Nelson, Diane Furtado, Susana Dominguez, Lee Anastasi, Laurie W, Liz Weiter, Carrie Henderson, Erica Adkins, Annette Nuenke, Wade A. Williams, Nicole Alley, Van, Jessica Gruhlke, Nicole Amidon, Erin Kubicki, Joanna Snow, Linda Abbate, Michelle Mcspadden, Karen Ramirez, Joshua Swainston, Tim Johansen, Tim Wingfield, Hillary Waldroop, Ashley Ryan, Jennifer Townsend, Cathy Skiba, Leah Nan Broussard, John Leach, Emily Currier, Tina Benco, Jennifer Mccurry, Baines Family, Duane Wisniewski, Michele Delorenzo, Clarissa K, John P, Chris J, Stephanie Hutchens , Ali S., Sarah Chenoweth, Jillian Smith, Jennifer Harmon, Christie Condit, Sarah Rz, Penny Urell, Michael Jamison, Mike Haeberle, Jessica Deans, Dan Hawkins, Steve Pocopanni, Christopher Linscott, Denise Cavallaro, Alison Rosenberger, Tricia Noble, Elizabeth Scarborough, Douglas Mcknight, Vicki Vaught, Paula Massarelli, Leigh Mertz, Diane Ramos, Jaclyn Kelch, Jaron Goldberg, Kendall Huffman, Marie Phillips, Linda Scrivano, Dale Knight, Scott Price, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Sarah Connors, Kerry Finnamore, Nancy Ahlsen, Megan E., Elaine Leviner, Matt Degrandis, Carri Marotto, Kristen Carde, Caitlin Rush, Aubrey Cooper, Mike Venere, Debbie Hicks, Elizabeth Macgregor, Laura Barnes, Michelle Wilinski, Ed Suscreba, Jessica Peterson, Amy Smith, Megan Loftin, Karen Schlumpf, Bruce Lawson, Lisa Laskowski, Jim Finley, Cameron Love, Amy Senseny, Joann Albrecht, Brenda Glover, Laura Pranaitis, Megan Turcotte, Marjorie Schmitt, Karl Kaups, Kerry Kendrick, Steve Knapp, Rob Blundin, Mary Zajchowski, Ana Marlett, Judy, Kelly Zanauskas, Noreen Rachuba, Kathryn Perkins, Diana Mathis, Kris Nixon, Terry, Bert Corliss, Ashley Hill, Pollyanna Buff, Kirsten Stark, Bruce Hinterleitner, Jackie Purcell, Carolyn Como, Peggy Saeger, Ted, Darlene Harmon, Chuck Sands, Ray Stephenson, Michelle Sunde, Katarina Whitmarsh, Robin Mcconnell, Danielle Berkovitz, Chuck, Annie Hulsey, Lisa Graham, Kelly Kobiela, James Greene, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Amanda Campbell, Christa P., Crystal Lee, Stephanie Hardhouse, Nicole Ruzinski, Jared Orth, Melissa Littman, Kristen Gainey, Darren Fuller, Jill Fogg, Bonnie Tulenko, Barclay Bakkum, Tammy Kallenbach, Bambi Eckelbarger, Julie Ellis, Elizabeth Collins, Betty Gurruchaga, April Ramey, Shannon Milair, Michael Barker, Aj Perras, Angela Fennell, Jenny Shenold, Daniel Record, Mukta, Jodi Kloss, Jen Schultz, Michelle Boudreau, Stephanie Pcolinsky, Kellie Harpel, Shane Stack, Joe Brewer, Debbie Desimone, Angie Young, Louise Aleszczyk, Bruce Arnold, Heidi Summers, Jonathan Thomas, Kelli Vancil, Luis Rodriguez, Cecilia Bruce, Sharon Leitgeb, Christine And Erin Claeys, Robin Crane, Alicia Henderson, Dana Hall, Tracy Discher, Kristy Holland, Rosemary Renton, Carol Donoghue, Samantha French, Liz Moreau, Deb Ruscitelli, Betsy Gardner, Allison Burgess, Patr Pratt, Amy Cox, Paula Massarelli, Tom &Susan Linder, Janet Robinson, Mickey Eckert, Walter N. Clark, Thomas Auckland, Jamie Miller, Phil Vickers, Jennifer Tremley, Mike Horn, Maryann Daly, David Rowe, Kristine Gallatin, Felice Ciccione, Debbie Bolen, Karen Montagna, Rachel Pavey, Eileen Miller, Carinne Kight, Heather Coursen, Sandra Ednie, Al Desimone, James Hickey, Nancy Bennett, Jo Ann Bailey, Dallas Hamilton, Lisa Doerr, Christina Cella, Dan Potts, Elena Argaluza, Melissa Rebelo, Danielle And Matt Murgia, Karrie Duffey, Lisa Cash, Sherri Pell, Theresa Maradei, Christine H, Robert Anderson , Maureen Ohare, Pat Morin, Derek Carty, Louise Maxwell, April Haddock, Caroline Dupre, Vanessa Gordon, Shirley Garcowski, Becky Sterusky, Emily Dagney, Jaime Thomson, Anna Mansfield, Candace Dadswell, Kerry Cormier, Chrissy Cooper, Vanessa Olmedo and Chris Connors. Each of you will be entered in the January winners' drawing.

As some of you may know, I am heading down to Walt Disney World to run the Disney Half-Marathon this week. That means that I'll be taking the next two weeks off from posting the Where in the World challenge. Please come back on January 24 for Challenge #117.
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Challenge #116: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #116

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 21, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

January 2, 2010

Woosh!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Mission Space in Epcot
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/200 sec, f/7.1

Generally, leading lines are designed to lead your viewer into your image. But sometimes, you just have to break the rules. This photo of the Mission Space sign is composed to deliberately lead the viewer's eyes out of the frame, giving them the sense that the ship is actually heading into outer space.

For more information on leading lines, check out this blog I posted awhile back.

December 27, 2009

Where in the World #115

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #114:
 Where in the World #114

And here's the answer:
African Fishing Boats at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/5000s shutter, f/3.5, ISO 400

You may never have noticed these fishing boats along the riverside unless you've ventured over to the wall along the side of the Dawa Bar in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Over the edge, you can catch a glimpse of the day's catch.

Sharon Dale was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Sharon and all the other readers who got the answer right: Robert Anderson, Sherry Klinefelter, Jeremy Hardy, Rick Ivnik, Kevin, Tim Rachuba, Jennifer Paolino, Aruna, Cameron Lange, Bev Carson, Gary E Genteman and Brian Haas. Each of you were entered in the December winners' drawing.

It's time for the monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Kevin, the same Kevin who got the challenge above correct! Congratulations Kevin, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

Good luck to everyone as we begin another month! Here we go"

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Challenge #115: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #115

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 31, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

December 22, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week - France

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Visit the France pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase and you'll be transported back to the beautiful city of Paris of the late 1800's. Here you will see the mansard roofs and dormers that are so recognizable as Parisian architecture. Above the fountains and arcade entrances, the Eiffel Tower lets you know that you have arrived in Paris, the most romantic city in the world. Join Scott, Lisa and I this week as we take a look at Disney's take on this breathtaking city.

Pere Noel
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/500 sec, f/5

Children eagerly await le Pere Noel (Father Christmas), who arrives on Christmas Eve to deliver wonderful presents. During the holiday season in Epcot, Pere Noel tells the story of Christmas in France as part of Holidays Around the World.

December 20, 2009

Where in the World #114

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #113:
 Where in the World #113

And here's the answer:
Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1.6s shutter, f/8, ISO 800

Season's Greetings to you all! I thought this was a good week for a picture of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Five million lights sure look beautiful decorating the Streets of America in Disney's Hollywood Studios. It is truly an awe-inspiring show.

Dave Wang was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Dave and all the other readers who got the answer right: Louise Barton, Robin Fitts, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, David Manning, Wendy Ip, Sharon Dale, Sarah Haas, Jen Cerce, Elizabeth Collins, Derek Mullins, Jerry Weldon, John C. Lacasse, Jeffrey Beauchamp, Brian Haas, Aubrey Cooper, Heidi Summers, Bill Androckitis Jr., Josh Kight, Double Family, Lee Anastasi, Clarence Diggles, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, Annette Nuenke, Carrie Henderson, Jennifer Tremley, Jared Orth, Bruce Lawson, Jason Skow, Sue Mcdonald, Kelley H, Tim Rachuba, Wendy Snelgrove, Michael Nanney, Julie Wickware, Aruna, Gary E Genteman, Jay Reagan, Carri Marotto, Katarina Whitmarsh, Heather Coursen, Jennifer Schwing, Paul Cooper, Sharon Lee, Maureen Ohare, Sharon Pierce, Brian Miller, Daniel Record, Katy M. Robinson, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Jessica Deans, Jamie Poynton, Christine and Annie Goodenbour. Each of you will be entered in the December winners' drawing.
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Challenge #114: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #114

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Due to the holiday this week, please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Wednesday, December 23, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

December 17, 2009

Sunset Boulevard in December

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

 Sunset Boulevard in Disney's Hollywood Studios
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/5 sec, f/8, ISO 800

Sunset Boulevard in Disney's Hollywood Studios, all decked out for the holiday season.

December 13, 2009

Where in the World is Barrie?

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Hi everyone! In case you missed my note last week, I am on vacation and won't be posting a Where in the World challenge this week. That means you still have time to enter last week's challenge!

See you next on December 20!

December 12, 2009

Slurp!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Goats at Rafiki's Planet Watch
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/320 sec, f/9, ISO 400

I love goats. They have so much personality. You can get up close and personal with them at Rafiki's Planet Watch in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Just watch out for those tongues.

December 7, 2009

February 2010 Walt Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

For this month's calendar, we're taking a trip to France - in Epcot that is. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for a desktop wallpaper version of February's calendar.

You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

February 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

February 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

This month I was feeling inspired and created a wallpaper calendar that you can use on your desktop. Let me know if you'd like to have more of these.

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December 6, 2009

Where in the World #113

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #112:
 Where in the World #112

And here's the answer:
Cool Was in Epcot
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/400s shutter, f/8

There were so many creative answers this week! I could just tell that you all knew where this was, even if you didn't quite know the exact name I was looking for - Cool Wash. Cool Wash is a cooling station near Test Track in Epcot, where you can get a little respite from the Florida heat. It looks like a car wash and sells Coke products. Many of you confused Cool Wash with Club Cool, which is on the other side of Future World in Innoventions West. It was such a common mistake that I included you folks in the drawing too.

This next week I'll be in Walt Disney World, taking lots of pictures and having fun with friends, so I'll be taking a short break from Where in the World. That means you have two weeks to answer Challenge #113. Come back on December 20 to see if you got it right.

Mike Malampy was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Mike and all the other readers who got the answer right: Angie Young, Caroline Cupre, Jodi Cook, Pollyanna Buff, Emily Currier, Teri Jo Fuson, Louise Barton, Chloe, Deb Ragno, Marina And Wendy Crober, Sharon Dale, Jennifer Townsend, Amy Miller, Kris Nixon, Frank &Sharon Pierce, Michelle Raimist, Baines Family, Claressa Nisley, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Brian Miller, Jen Bruno, Lee Anastasi, Cindy Dore', Erin Kubicki, Marc Acosta, Paula Munson, John Lacasse, Jeannette Shippee, Jessica Deans, Ben'jamin Dameron, Jason Skow, Jason Betit, K.l. Beasley, Kellie Harpel, Paul Cooper, Jen Cerce, Jeremy Hardy, Julie Wickware, Karen Nelson, Sue Thompson, Ed Aleszczyk, Tim Wingfield, Kristen Gainey, Michael Joel Gainey, Amanda Perkins, Z Cheven, Maureen Ohare, Linda Abbate, Mike Zendler, Christopher Bourassa, James Greene, Melesia Love, Wayne Witherspoon, Elizabeth Scarborough, Jerry Marceau, Jaclyn Kelch, Maryjean Kancel, Irene Kleintop, Carri Marotto, Brent Lollar, Erin Hammer, Misty Lyons, Dennis Blackburn, Jerry Felder, Tim Rachuba, Frank W, Aubrey Cooper, Kelly Kobiela, Walter N Clark, John Klein, Pasquale Crea, Jared Orth, J Breezy, Ken Fischler, Robin Mcconnell, Tim Johansen, Sabrina Bogart, John Leach, Thomas Auckland, Anthony Collins, Tom Koval, Kristin Dormuth, Bill Macbride, Nicole Cyr, Theresa Rucando, Wesley Brent Lollar, Jennifer Schwing, Heidi Goodhue, Barclay Bakkum, Anna Mansfield and Angela and David Blevins. Each of you will be entered in the December winners' drawing.
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Challenge #113: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #113

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 17, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

December 1, 2009

Pic of the Week - Framing

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Using objects in the foreground of your shot to frame your subject is a good way to focus attention where you want it and add depth to your photo. This week we'll show you some examples of framing in our Pics of the Week. For a more in depth look at framing, check out this past blog entry.

World Showcase Framed
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/500 sec, f/8

In this shot I used the tree canopy and bushes below to frame out Germany and Italy in Epcot's World Showcase. I got two for the price of one by framing Italy within the trunk of the tree.

November 29, 2009

Where in the World #112

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #111:
 Where in the World #111

And here's the answer:
Donald's Boat
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/640s shutter, f/14, ISO 400

Right next to the Barnstormer at Mickey's Toontown Fair in the Magic Kingdom, you'll find Donald's Boat - the Miss Daisy. This is the whistle on top of the boat.

Jennifer Harmon was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Jennifer and all the other readers who got the answer right: Shannon Milair, Sharon Lee, Carla C., Mary Beth Tarbet, Kye Layton, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, John Lacasse, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Erica Sipich, Lee Anastasi, Carol Baranowsky, Julie Wickware, Chloe, Kelley Lord, Robbie Olmedo, Sherry Klinefelter, Daniel Record, Emily Currier, Kris Nixon, Frank &Sharon Pierce, Maryann Eckenrode , Baines Family, Double Family, Jennifer S, Anne Hainsworth, Jim Riley, Charity Maas, Katie Wolfe, Ben Cooper, Paul Cooper, Elizabeth Collins, Marina And Wendy Crober, Kristen Mccoy, Karen Hotchkiss, Chris And Alison, Christine Holzman, Karen Desantis, Luis Rodriguez, Hillary Waldroop, Michael Joel Gainey, Jay Reagan, Jennifer Mccurry, Anjanette Tournillon, Diane Furtado, Kristen Gainey, Annette Nuenke, Frank F. Fincken Iii, Katy M. Robinson, Nicole Alley, Eric Hoffman, Teri Jo Fuson, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Jennifer Townsend, Jerry Weldon, Gabby Stapp, Carrie Henderson, Misty Mehelic, Sue Good, Joshua Thorne, Dallas Hamilton, Kelly Zanauskas, Jared Orth, Cameron Lange, Jessica Deans, Kellie Harpel, Vincent Maltese, Angela Fennell, Erin Loring, Chris Grabowski, Nancy, Davida Kosa, Phil Vickers, Kelley H, Scott Price, Jennifer Schwing, Christian Baas, Mark Franklin, Christopher Hall, Theresa Rucando, Walter N Clark, Jillian Domings, Mike Kaczanowski, Isabelle Boivin, Mike Thomson, Tim Rachuba, Stephanie Pcolinsky, J Brizzle, Colin And Karyn Christenson, Jamie Poynton, Christine Dagney, Melissa Dye, Bethan Newman, Noreen Rachuba, Mary D., Chris Warren, Tammy Kallenbach, Christopher Barnes, Heidi Summers, Jonathan Thomas, Amy Kleinfieldt, Brian Miller, Sharon Dale, Jon Solomonson, Heather Coursen, Katarina Whitmarsh, Trish Babler, Marjorie Schmitt, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Matt Cofone, Vittoria Vignone, Paula Munson, Ana Marlett and Kimmie Linder. Each of you will be entered in the December winners' drawing.
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Challenge #112: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #112

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, December 3, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

November 26, 2009

That's Amore!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Lady and the Tramp Topiaries
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/60 sec, f/8

During Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival, I think Italy has the prettiest flower displays of all the countries in World Showcase. Here's Lady and the Tramp looking cute as can be!

November 22, 2009

Where in the World #111

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #110:
 Where in the World #110

And here's the answer:
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Copyright © 2005 Barrie Brewer

This week's challenge is from the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular in Disney's Hollywood Studios. So many of you got it right this week - way to go!

Marc Lorenzo was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Marc and all the other readers who got the answer right: Frank And Sharon Pierce, Melody Salemi, Brenda, Scott Kinzel, Anthony Oneto, Marc Acosta, Donna Currier, Diane C., Ed Aleszczyk, Mike Malampy, Megan Krainski, Ken Jackson, Chrissie Rose Cooper, Kathy Love, Lee Lastovica, Liz Patterson, Eric Hoffman, Douglas Mcknight, Caitlin Barringer, Emily Currier, Teri Jo Fuson, Susan Doucette, Tim Rachuba, Alicia Roth, Anne Hainsworth, Paula Massarelli, Heather Williams, Misty Mehelic, Amy Filliben, Christopher Barnes, Brendan Abel, Barbara Cerimele, Dawn Bach, Mossimo Gallo, John Lacasse, Andrew Weed, Ed Nawrocki, Paul Cooper, Michael Jamison, Pollyanna Buff, Sherry Klinefelter, Betsey Whitehead, Caryn Schill, Angela And David Blevins, Brian Gallant, Bill Monahan, Bill Monahan, Katie Wolfe, Brittany &Jesse Siminitz, Rich T., Vanessa Olmedo, Courtney, Chandler, Jordan &Maryann Eckenrode , Mary Beth Tarbet, Wendy And Marina Crober, Mckinley Yeaman, Scott Otis, Brian Yesutis, Liz Zappitello, Sarah Haas, Clare C, Irene Kleintop, Stephanie Visco, Sharon Lee, Christie Condit, Tommy Carty, Michael Utesch, Becky Norman, Mike Walter, Tom, Paula Munson, Jerry Felder, Ben Dameron, Travis Grim, Barbara Sims, Nicole Amidon, Amy Leblanc, Lee Anastasi, Kathryn Perkins, Christine Benoit, Joy Johnston, Jeffrey Dunne, Chad Ryan, Brett Landry, Carolyn Como, Doug Brigger, Mark Brigger, Ronnie Lane, Christine H., Carla, Tim Johansen, Jeff Schoeling , Jen Bruno, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, Melissa Ruggieri, Cara Richards, Heather Young, Daniel Toxey, Andrew Mcspadden, Ken Gravitt, Robert Anderson , Melea Broekers, Brian Haas, Joseph M Zafia, Nathan Cripe, Jen Cerce, Duane Wisniewski, Boris Beckert, David And Melissa Lizewski, Jackie Purcell, Harry Wilson, Judy, Bryan Gibson, Annette Nuenke, Tom Hertzel, Heidi Summers, Vincent Maltese, Daniel Record, Rick Hemsley, Julie Wickware, Erin Kubicki, Rochelle, Charlie Scheer, Laurie Walker, Betsey Whitehead, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Chris J, Sue Mcdonald, Amanda, Quincy Delcolletti, R Engel, Jeremy Coto, Samantha French, Chris B, Ron Renz, Nick Straka, Melissa Gvist, Gloria Martin, Dennis Kargol, Stephanie Pcolinsky, Hillary Waldroop, Linda Scrivano, Kameo Crea, Beth Mcmeekin, Kelli Olthoff, Garry Herrick, Mary Brennan, Karrie Duffey, Bob Hendrix, Z Cheven, Jennifer Dealmeida, Patrick Albrecht, Liz Weiter, Doug Buchheit, Bill Mckim, Ali S., Jennifer R, Pat W. , Kris Nixon, Jennifer Mccurry, Mickey Eckert, David Mickley, J Breezy, Chris Connors, Tj, Jaime Thomson, Lisa Hoffman, Jennifer Harmon, Joyce Tofflemire, Angela Quirk, Rich Kacprowicz, Irene Kleintop, Jared Orth, Nicole Alley, Charity Maas, Louise Maxwell, Steve Wilmot, Phil Vickers, Jill Fogg, Jessica Deans, Craig Canady, Betty Gurruchaga, Cari-ann, Berry Morris, Paul Sanschagrin, Ken Fischler, Dallas Hamilton, David Singer, Christopher Hall, Melesia Love, Thomas Hermes, Eric Gasser, Emily, Bruce Lawson, Wayne Witherspoon, Scott Button, J Breezy, Steve Pocopanni, Angela Fennell, Karen Schlumpf, Doug Armstrong, Russ Morgan, Kerry Kendrick, Chris Miller, Scott Junkin, James Steele, Alison Rosenberger, Matt Degrandis, Chad Ryan, Paul Ignudo Jr, Danusia Rogacki, Nancie Lymer, Sarah Connors, Mark Franklin, Caitlin Lewis, Tim Wingfield, Michelle Roth-smoot, Debbie Hicks, Bruce Arnold, Teresa Cole, Joe Armeni, Jim Riley, Wendy Snelgrove, Amy Lucas, Gennaro Rosato, Joseph M Zafia, Steve Jordan, Bryan Blochberger, Mary, Blake Schmidt, Jason Skow, Trish Babler, Kalin Johnson, Chris Grabowski, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Julie Olson, Dennis Blackburn, Stephanie Servaites, Mike Gillardi, Amanda M, Lauri Uzee, David Gould, Jennifer Schwing, Steve Knapp, Kevin Corcoran, Denise Cavallaro, Mike Kaczanowski, Kathy Slomka, Donna Hawkins, Kellie Carter, Tammy Mcenturff, Angie Sheffield, Samantha Krzewick, Collette Beuther, Kurt Knappman, Jody Erdfarb, Jennifer S, Jen Schultz, Angi Clark, Sharon Dale, Paul Newman, Mia W., Joe Armeni, Brian Miller, Jim Finley, Heidi Goodhue, Jerry Weldon, Todd Tavender, Kerry, Steve Toponak, Steve Bieniek, Double Family, Mark Swayze, Humberto Ciucio Junior, Matthew Herman, Kerry Fox, Vanessa Gordon, Gerald M., Susan M. Thompson, Danielle Fitzgerald, Amanda Perkins, Tim Jeltes, Carrie Kenney, Erica Adkins, Dylan Zendler, Christopher Jackson, Cheryl Costello, Aruna, Nick Dickens, John Arena, Dan Potts, Randy Dimarco, Katarina Whitmarsh, Jen Norris, Kelley H, Ed Suscreba, Rich Esker, Jennifer Townsend, Jennifer Horst, Veronica Haines, Karen Dresser-smith, Denise Dossat, Robert Dean Bostic, Tom &Susan Linder, Thomas Auckland, Isabelle Boivin, Gabriella Rizzo, Jo Ann Bailey, Diane Furtado, Glenn Meyer, Tammy Kallenbach, Renee Drainville, Carol Donoghue, Aesha Richardson, Renie Mistretta, Jennifer Bogdan, Keith Rawlinson, Lisa Cash, Roye Ann Morris, Brenda Strohmeyer, Marcella Spear, Matthew Waga, Sandy Miller, Janet Theriault, Kathryn Mccallister, Luis Rodriguez, Nicole Lopresti, Jane Johnson, Joanne O'brien, Michele Yon, L Hopkins, Peter Ball, Barbara Cerimele, Paul Thorp, Kelly Zanauskas, Bethany Mattiuz-king, Carinne Kight, Kristine Gallatin, Tom Higbee, Barclay Bakkum, Lori Hausrath, Leigh Mertz, Paula Massarelli, Jim, Josh Kight, Vicky Jacobs, Nancy Ahlsen, Jeff Finger, Sandra Ednie, Bill Monahan, Carrie Henderson, Claire , Matt And Danielle Murgia, Aurora , Lou Baker, Vickie Scioneaux, Matt Smith, Joe S., Jeff Blank, Jullie Pudem, Patrick Akers, Melissa Rebelo, Ron And Beth Dye, Gary E Genteman, Ashley Hill, Amanda Hostetler, Jim Thompson, Mark Cullison, Jay Reagan, Kirk Hardy, Matthew Jadro, Michael Nanney, Emily Nussbaum, Kim Steiner, Joy Palmer, Guillermo Morales and Sam Kovac. Each of youwere entered in the November winners' drawing.

It's time for the monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Evan Zanauskas! Congratulations Evan, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

Good luck to everyone as we begin another month! Here we go"

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Challenge #111: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #111

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 26, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

November 21, 2009

A Perfect Day for a Hike

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Daisy Duck hiking with Hewey, Louie and Dewey
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/50 sec, f/29, ISO 400

Daisy out on a hike with Hewey, Louie and Dewey.

November 20, 2009

3rd Annual dSLR Christmas Gift Giving Guide

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

What a difference three years make when I put out my first Christmas buying guide on the Picture This! Photoblog. Used to be Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States), was the only time you could get amazing deals on everything from apparel to electronics. Now, retailers are putting out door buster deals throughout the month of November. Not to be left out, online retailers like Amazon and Dell have jumped in. This all makes for a great time of year to be looking for a new dSLR camera and accessories.

Books. In this age of the Internet, it seems funny to be recommending books each year. Photography books are hot sellers as digital photography grows each year. I do a lot of online research but a book is still a great way to become engrossed in a subject without distractions and when being online is not possible.

Scott Kelby released his third Digital Photography Book for those who already have the first two books. If you don't have these books or know a phtographer in your life, there's a new three volume box set available. These books, in short, concise one page per subject format, gives great tips and tricks to get the results of professional photographers. The books are easy to pack and carry, too.

As you know, I am a big fan of Joe McNally. His book, The Moment It Clicks, was a huge success and has inspired me in my quest to find special moments in my photography. This year, Joe came out with a book on using off-camera speedlight flashes. These flashes are a big mystery to most of us. Though it does focus on Nikon cameras and flashes, The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes, is another book to inspire you to learn how to use these speedlights in new and creative ways.

A book released earlier this year which I have not been able to read is Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision by David DuChemin. It's been getting excellent reviews and is on my Wish List this year.

For more book recommendations from Barrie, Lisa and I, visit the AllEars Amazon Photography Book Store.

Each year I recommend some cool stuff for us dSLR photographers, this year I'm going to do it by using links to past articles which have links to the products I mention in them. Ready? Here we go!

If you are still using the kit lens or lenses that came with your camera, I recommend picking up a Nifty-Fifty which is a 50mm, f/1.8 prime lens. These lenses are great for learning how to use and control our cameras. Not to mention their value in getting dark ride photos at Disney and other themeparks. Another new lens from Nikon is the 35mm f/1.8 for DX (cropped) cameras which gives a more normal focal length.

One of the best lenses I have purchased in the past year was the Tokina 11-16mm Ultra Wide Angle. It has brought a whole new way I look at things at Disney and elsewhere.

If you are ready to do some serious night and low-light photography, a tripod is a must and I showed you how to plan for using one at Walt Disney World earlier this year.

To see the rest of our recommendations for photographic accessories, go to the All Ears Accessories Store.

I checked and all the links from my previous Christmas Gift Guides still work and will give you more great ideas for your photography gift giving needs.

1st dSLR Christmas Gift Giving Guide

2nd Annual dSLR Christmas Gift Giving Guide


Go luck if you venture out for Black Friday next week!

November 15, 2009

Where in the World #110

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #109:
 Where in the World #109

And here's the answer:
It's a Wonderful Shop
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/100s shutter, f/8

It's always "that time of year" on the Streets of America with a snowman that never melts. You'll find this jolly guy outside It's a Wonderful Shop in Disney's Hollywood Studios, near Mama Melrose's. Seems this is a very popular photo spot. Several of you commented that this is where you take pictures of your growing children on every visit. Several others mentioned that they have used this as their Christmas card.

Ken Gravitt was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Ken and all the other readers who got the answer right: Jen Snapp, Sharon Lee, Tommy Carty, Theresa Rucando, Pollyanna Buff, Mark Swayze, Mary Beth Tarbet, Dale Knight, Todd Ritter, Marc Acosta, James Berry, Irene Kleintop, Kathy Berry, Sharon Pierce, Heidi Summers, Leigh Mertz, Roseann Brent, Caryn Schill, Ed Nawrocki, Lee Anastasi, Chloe, Stephanie Visco, Emma Poprock, Paul Cooper, Ashley Hill, Sherry Klinefelter, Jill Hiers, Kathryn Perkins, Linda Mac, Maryann Eckenrode, Jamie Kelly, Kris Nixon, Beth Mcmeekin, Courtney Marlowe, Sarah Smee, Emily Currier, Sue Mcdonald, Double Family, Sharon Dale, Karen Adamakis, Joy Johnston, Melissa Jennings, Mary Brennan, Brian Haas, Tim Johansen, Tom Koval, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Frank F. Fincken Iii, Wendy And Marina Crober, Alissa Ammons, Pat W., Diane Furtado, Brian Miller, Kelley Lord, Darlene Harmon, Baines Family, Kristen Mccoy, Ronnie Lane, Annette Nuenke, Jason Skow, Tracy Sinatra, Mike Timmer, Brittany Siminitz, Michele Delorenzo, Michael Jamison, Lin Fales, Sarah Haas, Deb Staples, Stacey Hutchinson, Tiago And Rocco De Oliveira, T.j. Valentine, Christie Condit, Brian Yesutis, Kim Meyer, Tim Wingfield, Jane Bradley, Ashley Salters, Duane Wisniewski, Michael Utesch, Russ Morgan, Debbie Hudson, Alicia Henderson, Bob Kourofsky, Jessica Deans, Brenda Mcguire, Christine Lograno-weinstein, Sheilah Smith, Regina Shuster, Debbie Austin, Kathy Wong, Yulady Rodriguez, Regina Baker, Greg Gallo, Barbara Cerimele, Lori Fein, Heather Melito-dezan, Nadine Kuntz, Julie Eurich, Nik Morley, Scott Junkin, Mary Jane Keeble, Tom Hicks, Carol Baranowsky, Dara Giannotti, Suzanne Samse, Doug Brigger, Diane Boorum, Valerie Beals, Dave Soto, Natalie Ashton, Mary Butler, Judy Terrell, Mary Lynn Ranger, Betty Jo Howell, Michelle Stuck, Alison Rosenberger, Lesley Laplant, Susan Feeback, Charles Wright, Diane Welch, Tricia Noble, Margot Garofalo, April Ramey, Ellie Argaluza, Mercedes Cluck, Linda Scrivano, Kathleen Batchelder, J Brizzle, Janice Dion, Norm Balko, Ken Fischler, Linda Wigginton, Brandon Emerson, Julie Bridges, Judy Davies, Joni Januszewski, Matt Degrandis, Chad Ryan, Ruth Amaio, Andrew Gump, Cindy Hershey, Allie Laguardia, Molly Laspada, Tim Rachuba, Eric Enli, Laura Carter, Sarah Connors, Maria Alessi, Kim Requa, Debbie Hicks, Pam Vanaustin, Mike Schelfhaut, Marietta Falk, Jen Marx, Mike Gillardi, Nicole Lauzon, Joan, Mickey Eckert, Alison Mccrum, Teresa Cole, Laura Barnes, Loretta Reed, Jill Bent, Sandy Hamel, Carolyn Poirier, Lisa Mckenzie, Evelyn, Curtis Bille, Kendra, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Kurt Knappman, Lauren Russell, Kelly Zanauskas, Shane Stack, Robin Holcomb, James Greene, Glenn Meyer, Sandy Hunt, Carri Marotto, Cheri Mccoy, Michael Smith, Suzanne Kennedy, Linda, Amanda M., Amy Music, Jeremy Reichelt, Robin Mcconnell, Jay Reagan, Robert Anderson , Steve Lenkel, Laurie, Nicholas Gonzalez, Linda Reynolds, Brendan Abel, Jillian Domings, Debra Soley, Kirsten Stark, Cindy Ferenburg, Heather Courtney, Lorne Harris, Amie Mattson, Rochelle Moser, Stacey Cangemi, Charity Maas, Amie Mumpower, Betty Rozum, Craig Canady, Ken Jackso, Bonnie Ford, Jay Bradfod, Noreen Rachuba, Jen Norris, Tammy Mcenturff, Dionne Chamoun, Steve Pocopanni, Amanda Diresta, Jim, Allison Newman, Donna Mcguire , Matt And Danielle Murgia, Maureen Hanlon, Lynn Barber, Joanna, Emily Dagney, Sharon Leitgeb, Liz Moreau, Katie Wetzel, Bridgie Auckland, Mike Graham, Alicia Roth, Dominic Cooper, Mike Zendler, Mike Zendler, Mike Graham, Crissy Wertz, Christopher Barnes, Janice Broussard, Veronica Schreyer, James Hickey, Carol Donoghue, Terri Thornton, Angela Haire, Vanessa Gordon, Lisa Cash, Tom &Susan Linder, Jamie Poynton, Bob Mchale, Lauren Mcgowan, Mike Zendler, Dawn Bach, Ashley, Christine Dagney, Tracy Cegielski, Marie Phillips, Ashley Hill, Susan Hines-brigger, Peggy Hickey, Emily Nussbaum, Isabelle Boivin and Janet Theriault. Each of you will be entered in the November winners' drawing.
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Challenge #110: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #110

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 19, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

November 10, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week - Frontierland

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Frontierland is best described by Walt Disney himself - "Here we experience the story of our country's past... the colorful drama of frontier America in the exciting days of the covered wagon and the stage coach, the advent of the railroad and the romantic riverboat. Frontierland is a tribute to the faith, courage and ingenuity of the pioneers who blazed the trails across America." This week, we're heading to the wild west for our Pic of the Week photos.

Native American Village
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/30 sec, f/4, ISO 500

This is Walt Disney's depiction of a Native American village, taken from the top deck of the Liberty Belle.

November 9, 2009

January 2010 Walt Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer


Happy New Year everyone! January's coming and we're starting the year off right - with Mickey Mouse leading the way. This is the start of our third year of calendars. My, how time flies!


You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

January 2010 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

January 2010 Jewel Case Calendar

November 8, 2009

Where in the World #109

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #108:
 Where in the World #108

And here's the answer:
Mickey's Kitchen
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/50s shutter, f/3.5, ISO 1600

What a mess Mickey's kitchen is! And it's looked this way for years. I think Mickey needs a new contractor! You can visit Mickey's Country House in Mickey's Toontown Fair when you visit the Magic Kingdom - for now anyway.

Brenda Mcguire was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Brenda and all the other readers who got the answer right: Lee Anastasi, Nick Straka, Kye Layton, Leslie Dameron, David Manning, Alissa Ammons, Marc Acosta, Charles Wright, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, Fred Shakeshaft, Sharon Pierce, Emily Robinson, Douglas Mcknight, Jennifer, Tiffany Gibb, Paul Cooper, Danielle Fitzgerald, Christie Condit, Tim Wingfield, Derek Carty, Jay Reagan, Tommy Carty, Diane Curfman, Cynthia Harrison, Evelyn Wilson, Julie Wickware, Christina, Natalie &Tasha Rotella, Misty Mehelic, Ronnie Mehelic, Danusia Rogacki, Stephanie Servaites, Jen Snapp, Michael Pyle, Scott Khachadourian , Sarah Christopher, Kelly Scott, Nicole Amidon, Alicia Henderson, Joshua Swainston, Brendan Abel, Debbie Locklair, Chris Connors, Clarissa K, Jen Bruno, Matt And Danielle Murgia, Mike Malampy, Darlene Harmon, Tina Benco , Shannon Brueggemann, Walter Fletcher, Tom Koval, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Annette Nuenke, Jordan Miller &Chandler Crowe, Bruce Arnold, Jennifer Tremley, Christopher Barnes, Quincy Delcolletti, Tim Johansen, Lisa Hoffman, Eric Hoffman, Brittany Irish, Ronnie Lane, Wendy Snelgrove, Michael Nanney, Sharon Dale, Brandon Emerson, Karen Klein, Sharon Lee, Mike Z, Carol Baranowsky, Greg Gallo, April Ramey, Mike Haven, Anne Hainsworth, Michele Delorenzo, Erin Loring, Joann Albrecht, Mike Cerce, Anna Mansfield, Erin Hammer, Karrie Duffey, Elizabeth Scarborough, Joe M. Rials, Veronica Pelton, Scott Otis, Mckinley Yeaman, Nancy Johansen, Kristen Mccoy, Kurt Knappman, Kameo Crea, Lisa Ackerman, Sue Mcdonald, Chad Ryan, Tammy Mcenturff, Christian Baas, Gabby Stapp, Stephanie Pcolinsky, Jennifer Schwing, Karen Dresser-smith, J Brizzle, Tim Rachuba, Clare C, Double Family, James Hickey, Mary Anne Szymeczek, Jackson Hart, Brenda Glover, Jillian Domings, Daniel, Matthew Waga, Aruna, Jennifer Cerce, Scott, Jennifer Townsend, John Leach, Jennifer Hicks , Allison Newman, Noreen Rachuba, Sam Kleinfieldt, Danielle Aston, Ashley, Thomas Auckland, Peggy Hickey, Peggy Hickey, Theresa Maradei, Christine And Erin Claeys, Vicki Shearman, Cindy Koerper, Rob Disanto, Tom & Susan Linder, Kristine Gallatin, Heather Coursen, Angela And David Blevins, Blake Schmidt, Douglas Beasock, Steve Knapp, Jill, Cameron Lange, Ashley Pizzino, Peggy Saeger, Stacy Lee, Jessica Deans, Cheryl Costello, Robbie Olmedo, Walter N Clark and Diane Furtado. Each of you will be entered in the November winners' drawing.
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Challenge #109: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #109

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 12, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

November 5, 2009

Boardwalk Shadows

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Boardwalk Shadows
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/15 sec, f/4.8, ISO 800

I really struggled to find any photos that I might have of shadows for this week's Pic of the Week. This is definitely not one of my finest shots, but it does remind me of how amazed I was at the beautiful shadows this lamp was casting on the side of the Boardwalk Inn. I didn't come even close to showing how cool they looked. Now I know one thing I'll be looking for on my next trip. That's what I love about photography at Walt Disney World - I'll never run out of subject matter.

November 1, 2009

Where in the World #108

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #107:
 Where in the World #107

And here's the answer:
Germany pavilion in Epcot
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1.8s shutter, f/8

This statue of St. George and the dragon is in the center of Epcot's Germany pavilion, in front of the Biergarten.

Lee Anastasi was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Lee and all the other readers who got the answer right: Scott Otis, Alissa Ammons, Louise Barton, Erica Sipich, Ashley Pizzino, Baines Family, Tim Wingfield, Jamie Kelly, Jeremy Coto, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Jennifer Otis, Jen Bruno, Eric Hoffman, Lisa Hoffman, Mike Mecchi, Joanna Sng, Stephanie Visco, K.l. Beasley, Kevin Toomey, Maria M, Kathryn Perkins, Joshua Swainston, Phil Vickers, Ken Fischler, Brian Gallant, Kim Perry, Melea Broekers, Elizabeth Scarborough, Wendy Snelgrove, Marc S, Jeffrey Beauchamp, Teresa Cole, Jared Orth, Christopher Hall, J Brizzle, J Breezy, Karrie Duffey, Chris Forner, Chris Miller, Todd Ritter, Michael Joel Gainey, Michael Fitz, Cameron Lange, Mike Cerce, Megan Loftin, Stephanie Servaites, Angela Fennell, Michelle Roth-smoot, Julie Ellis, Kirsten Stark, Jay Reagan, Tim Rachuba, Evan Zanauskas, Cara Richards, Paula Bender, Kristen Gainey, Clarence Diggles, Jennifer Horst, Valencia Holliday, Quincy Delcolletti, Benjamin Dameron, Harry Wilson, Aruna, Berry Morris, Jen Cerce, Sharon Dale, Tracy Discher, Jennifer Schwing, Steve Jordan, Robert Anderson , Paul Newman, Diane Boorum, Debbie Poole, Jessica Deans, Lisa Cash, Rob Blundin, Jon Solomonson, Bill Monahan, Rochelle, Kye Layton, Shannon Milair, Barclay Bakkum, Donna Brandt, Mary Virginia Clause, Danielle And Matt Murgia and Diane Furtado. Each of you will be entered in the November winners' drawing.

Reminder: Don't forget to set the clock on your camera back today!
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Challenge #108: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #108

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 5, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

October 31, 2009

Dancing to the Beat

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Belly Dancer in Epcot's Morocco
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/1250 sec, f/5.3

This belly dancer performs with MoRockin, an Arabic rock band that plays in Morocco. MoRockin is a very popular Epcot band and I suspect she may have just a little to do with that!

October 25, 2009

Where in the World #107

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #106:
 Where in the World #106

And here's the answer:
Starabilias sign in Downtown Disney
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1.6s shutter, f/11

Starabilias was a really fun store to browse when it was open. I always gave myself lots of time because it was full of interesting music, movie, history and sports memorabilia. It was located at Downtown Disney - Westside.

Robin Mcconnell was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Robin and all the other readers who got the answer right: Sharon Pierce, Scott Otis, Vincent Maltese, Charles Wright, Travis, Sarah Haas, Tim Rachuba, Chad Ryan, Sharon Dale, Jon Solomonson, Linda Mac, Chris Nash, Vittoria Vignone and Kristen Gainey. Each of you were entered in the October winners' drawing.

It's time for the monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Carri Marotto! Congratulations Carri, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

Good luck to everyone as we begin another month! Here we go"

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Challenge #107: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #107

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 29, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

October 20, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week - Fantasyland

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Flying Dumbos, a magical carousel, tiny children singing "It's a Small World"" Even before I had ever visited Walt Disney World, I had a picture in my head of what I would see when I got there. That image was Fantasyland. To me, Disney World was Fantasyland. This week, Scott, Lisa and I will be sharing some images we've captured of the land where elephants fly.

It's a Small World
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 50mm lens, 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 1250

One of the many vignettes from It's a Small World in the Magic Kingdom.

October 18, 2009

Where in the World #106

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #105:
 Where in the World #105

And here's the answer:
Mama Melrose's Lobby at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/60s shutter, f/8, ISO 1600

I think Mama Melrose's is a real hidden gem. I'm a big fan of Caprese salad and the one I had here was delicious. This shot was taken in the lobby where there is a display of photos of the Legends of Disney's Hollywood Studios.

A lot of people guessed Hollywood Studios this week but remember, you have to give me a bit more detail than just the name of the park to be entered into the drawing. Dan Owens was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Dan and all the other readers who got the answer right: Alissa Ammons, Robert Anderson , Douglas Mcknight, Brianne F, Bruce Hinterleitner, Kristin Olmedo, Baines Family, Mike Thomson, Kye Layton, Karen Schlumpf, Sharon Lee, Jerry Weldon, Caryn Schill, Emily Currier, Amanda Campbell, Jennifer S., Scott Otis, Jennifer Townsend, Melody Salemi, Daniel Record, Doug Brigger, Kristen Gainey, Jen Norris, Danielle And Matt Murgia, Vanessa Gordon, Karrie Mooney, Lisa Graham, Ashley Salters, Ed Aleszczyk, Matt Cofone, Mike M., Lisa Mccormack, Anne Hainsworth, Jeremy Reichelt, Eric Gasser, Carri Marotto, Travis Grim, Tiffany Keenan, Sarah Connors, Matt Degrandis, Penny, Aubrey Cooper, Jillian Domings, Katy &Emily Robinson, John R. Frangakis, Donna Currier, Melissa Dye, Leigh Mertz, Lauren, Heidi Goodhue, Alicia Roth, James Dezern (dzneynut), Christopher Bourassa, Craig, Jessica Reed, Marie Phillips, Ashley Ryan, Holly Anderson, Nicole Mason, Barbara Cardarelli, Marianne Goode, Roye Ann Morris, Debbie Poole, Alicia Henderson, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Tim Rachuba, Theresa Rucando and Ronnie Schreyer. Each of you will be entered in the October winners' drawing.
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Challenge #106: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #106

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 22, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

October 15, 2009

Lonely Nights

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Sound Stage
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1.6 sec, f/11

When you see a shot like this, it's pretty clear why they closed Pleasure Island. Still, I miss it. My Pic of the Week was taken on the last weekend that Pleasure Island was open.

October 11, 2009

Where in the World #105

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #104:
 Where in the World #104

And here's the answer:
Lobby of the Wilderness Lodge
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/2s shutter, f/8, ISO 400

This beautiful inlaid wood floor can be found in the lobby of the Wilderness Lodge.

Benjamin Esham was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Benjamin and all the other readers who got the answer right: Katie Wolfe, Jodi Cook, Heidi Summers, Mary Beth Tarbet, Kris Nixon, Sarah Koller, Alissa Ammons, Shannon Brueggemann, Jen Cerce, Elizabeth Scarborough, Emily Currier, Kristen Gainey, John Agnew, Dominic Plavny, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Lee Anastasi, Daniel Record, Scott Otis, Stephen Kiskamp, David Manning, Michael Utesch, Tom Koval, Donna Currier, Cameron Love, Mark Brown, Kathy Love, Julie Wickware, C Gibrich, Danielle And Matt Murgia, Cindy Hershey , Jennifer Townsend, Amanda Perkins, Dawn Bach, Michael Gainey, Melissa Dye, Tim Rachuba, S Mullins, Brian Haas, Harry Wilson, Frank F. Fincken Iii, Clarence Diggles, Cheryl Costello, Jeanne Cundiff, Craig, Jackson Hart, Anne Hainsworth, Christopher Hall, Caitlin Rush, Jeff Surette, Bruce Arnold, Cara Arnold, Kelly Zanauskas, Todd Ritter, Carri Marotto, J Brizzle, Dan Hawkins, Stephanie Pcolinsky, Dennis Blackburn, Mike, Laura Pranaitis, Karen Schlumpf, Sarah Haas, Quincy Delcolletti, Mike F, Wendy Palmquist, Heather Coursen, Kendall Huffman, Jennifer Schwing, Leah Nan Broussard, Dan Mangini, Nanette J, Carla, Tom Linder , Sara Beth Wade, Heather Stevens, Robert Longley, Gregory A. Strohmeyer, Karen Dresser-smith, Jamie Poynton, Paula Bender, Joyce Tofflemire, Dave Cole, Jacquelyn Law, Lee Ann Clary, Tim Johansen, Katy M. Robinson, Heidi Goodhue, Shirley Garcowski, Kristin Dormuth, Marikay, Gail Whigham, Angela Haire, Todd Lane, Amy Miller and Nunzio Vignone. Each of you will be entered in the October winners' drawing.
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Challenge #105: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #105

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 15, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

October 10, 2009

Saving Main Street

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Main Street Windows

Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens

Although I have many pictures of the Main Street windows in the Magic Kingdom, none of them are very good. I took these in the worst possible light, so the exposure is bad and there are terrible shadows and reflections. You can even see the reflection of yours truly in most all of them.

For Pic of the Week, I decided to see what I could do to make my not-so-great photos seem a little more interesting. This is what Photoshop and I came up with - you be the judge.

October 5, 2009

December Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Here's Eeyore and Piglet, wishing you Happy Holidays from their home inside Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom.

You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

December 2009 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

December 2009 Jewel Case Calendar

October 4, 2009

Where in the World #104

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #103:
 Where in the World #103

And here's the answer:
The Fjording Shop Door
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/160s shutter, f/11

This wooden sculpture of three kings is above the door to The Fjording shop in the Norway pavilion in Epcot. If you mentioned Norway in your answer, you got it right this week. I don't really know the significance of this piece of folk art. If anyone does, please let me know by leaving a comment below.

Michael Dameron was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Michael and all the other readers who got the answer right: Jodi Cook, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Elizabeth Scarborough, Sharon Lee, Betsey Whitehead, Robert Anderson, Chris And Alison, Kristen Gainey, Shannon S., Matthew Brisbin, Sarah Smee, Merrin Donahue, Christine Benoit, Brendan Abel, Jennifer Harmon, Scott Khachadourian, Grace G., Shannon Brueggemann, Lee Anastasi, Paula Massarelli, Sandra Shaw, Sherry Klinefelter, James Greene, Sharon Dale, Sue Thompson, Jill Smith`, Scott Otis, Amanda Perkins, Michelle Wilinski, Amanda Marie Penhale, Pasquale Crea, Chris Marchant, Amy Miller, Jared Orth, Cheryl Costello, Anne Hainsworth, Alison Rosenberger, Kelly Zanauskas, Bruce Arnold, J Brizzle, Annette Nuenke, Chris Miller, Kristen Carde, Kurt Knappman, Caitlin Rush, Michael Gainey, Kelly Scott, Blake Schmidt, Cameron Lange, Karen Klein, Lauren Schuhow, Jennifer Townsend, Mike Cerce, Jen Cerce, Ashley Pizzino, Tim Johansen, Jason Skow, Susan M. Thompson, Vickie Scioneaux, Chris J, Clarissa K, Jeremy Hardy, Clarence Diggles, Paul Amico, Carinne Kight, Chad Simpson, Jamie Poynton, Amie Dodds, Melissa Silverman, Brent Lollar, Kirsten Stark, Katie Wolfe, Tom Koval, Elizabeth Collins, Diane Ramos and Christopher Barnes. Each of you will be entered in the October winners' drawing.
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Challenge #104: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #104

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 8, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

September 29, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week - China

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This week we're going to pass under the Gate of the Golden Sun and visit China in Epcot's World Showcase.

Chinese Acrobat
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/1000s shutter, f5, ISO 400

I always enjoy taking pictures of the Dragon Legend Acrobats. These young students from the Pu Yang Academy of Acrobatics in China are very talented and fun to watch. I used a very fast shutter speed on this shot to capture the performer's bowls in mid-air.

September 27, 2009

Where in the World #103

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #102:
 Where in the World #102

And here's the answer:
Characters in Flight
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/160s shutter, f/11

Characters in Flight is a giant, tethered, helium balloon ride at Downtown Disney with spectacular views of Walt Disney World. I didn't get a chance to ride it on the trip when I took this photo but I'm definitely looking forward to it in January. Check out how many people got it right this week - amazing!

Frances Phebus was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Frances and all the other readers who got the answer right: Craig, Tim Weston , Diane C., Anthony Oneto, Michelle Mcspadden, Hollie Hinton , Kris Nixon, Amy Knoche, Scott Greenbaum, Sharon Pierce, Brittany Irish, Elizabeth Collins, Jodi Cook, Denise Cayz , Jaclyn Koller, Ken Fischler, Mike Malampy, Ken Jackson, Amy Lucas, Wendy Osborne, Sharon Dale, Carla, Dawn Bach, Rich Kacprowicz, Shannon, Megan Krainski, Amy Filliben, Dawn Burns, Scott , Scott Otis, Jillian Domings, Matthew Sherman, Linda Scrivano, Danielle And Matt Murgia, Anthony Dearman, Alissa Ammons, Brian Yesutis, Leigh Mertz, Deb Ragno, Louise Barton, Betsy Bates, Katie, Emily Currier, Tina Cole, Alex Karr, Linda Coutu, Ed Aleszczyk, Ronnie Lane, Brendan Abel, Rich Esker, Ariana Stowe, Annette Nuenke, Monica Alderman, Noreen Rachuba, George Weigler, Sarah Haas, Lauren Sullivan, Cari-ann, Jackson Hart , Stephanie Servaites, Stacey Van Dyke, Berry Morris, Karen Adamakis, Debbie O'connell, Melody Salemi, Tim Rachuba, Michele Delorenzo, Teri Jo Fuson, Michelle Raimist, Danielle Ford, Jim Kayer, Mary Beth Tarbet, Austin O'blenis, Diana Fitzgerald, Phil Vickers, Danielle Berkovitz, Jenny Shenold, Grant Hart, Lin Fales, Jennifer Harmon, David And Melissa Lizewski, Jen , Barbie Lawless, Michael Pyle, Christine Dagney, Karen Diegel, Howard Schreiber, Emily Dagney, Mallory Bach, Marie Wolfe, Richard Caprio, Donna Currier, Douglas Mcknight, Theresa Rucando, Joy Johnston, Michelle Sunde, Stephanie Visco, Jocelyn L., Steve Toponak, Caitlin Barringer, Amanda Mccracken, Amy Rupp, Lee Anastasi, Jackie Purcell, Emma Poprock, Belicia Dawson, Scott Cullen, Bill Androckitis Jr., Karen Hotchkiss, Erica Adkins, Seth Walker, Wendy Shain, Jen Cerce, Brianne F, Jay Bradford, Bonnie Ford, Tricia Petty, Brian Haas, Bryan Blochberger, Baines Family, Victoria Vogt, Quincy Delcolletti, Charles Wright, Betsey Whitehead, Allie , Jacquelyn Law, Claressa Nisley, Alan Law, Valerie Gugala, Heather Young, Pat W., Letitia Faulkner, Gabriella Rizzo, Jeremy Hardy, Ann Fowler, Marie Phillips, Kameo Crea, Susan Pitts, Erica Sipich, Evelyn Wilson, Ssg, Amanda M., Eric Hoffman, Lisa Hoffman, Jeremy Coto, Kristen Gainey, Caryn Schill, Kendall Huffman, Shannon Brueggemann, Jorge Caso, Mary Virginia Clause, R S Engel, Curtis Bille, Nick Straka, Maria M, Jennifer Tremley, Bryan Fencl, Marc Lorenzo, Karen Nelson, Wendy Ip, Double Family`, Richard Uhler, Jennifer Haas, Vickie Woods , Dan Mangini, April Pangburn, Mike M., Marissa, Chrsitine Holzman, Jill Smith, Elisa Dillon, Dominic Plavny, Rick Hemsley, Michelle Thompson, Stephanie Hardhouse, Kelly Zanauskas, Daniel Record, Robin Fitts, Julia Wickware, Lori Rienhardt, Humberto Ciucio Junior, Tina Santacroce, Sue Thompson, Erin Hammer, Jessica Gruhlke, Danielle Quatrella, Jamie Difatta, Irene Kleintop, Ana Marlett, Alicia Roth, Walter Fletcher, Erin Lundvall, Laurie, Ashley Pizzino, Patrick Albrecht, Tom Koval, Kelly H, Christina Cooper, Kidnurse, Tony Clay, Mike Kaczanowski, Elizabeth Scarborough, Annie Hulsey, Mike O'brien, Kim Steiner, Krystal Pound, Daria Hagemeyer, Bennet Creed, Amanda Perkins, Z Cheven, Chris J, Melissa Littman, Jennifer Glaze, Laura, Jennifer Mccurry, Gregg Mcglasson, Laura Laws, Erin Austin, Hoekzema Family, Kye Layton, Datosha Brigger, Doug Brigger, Susan Hines-brigger, Jeff Finger, Misty Mehelic, Dee Dee Chapman, Mike Zendler, Lynn Barber, Dave Cole, Callie , Dan Hawkins, Jane Dickerson, Angela Saulsberry, Duane Wisniewski, Christie Condit, Jeffrey Dunne, Linda Abbate, Pamela Meeker, Emma Ford, Louise Maxwell, Christopher Bourassa, Pollyanna Buff, Jill Linton, James Greene, Dana Grandinetti, Dallas Hamilton, Cara Richards, Kim Perry, Vincent Maltese, Sandra Edwards, Anne Hainsworth, Mike Gillardi, Karen Dresser-smith, Jerry Marceau, Alison Rosenberger, Teresa Cole, Scott Button, Cameron Lange, Christopher Hall, Nicole Lassiter, Paul Ignudo, Jr, Karen Desantis, Susan Flebotte, Dolores Riccio, Chris Miller, Bruce Arnold, John Leach, Deanna Simmons, Jim Finley, Jake Christopher, Becky Skidmore, Matt Degrandis, Elaine Tomko-deluca, J Breezy, Ellie Argaluza, Bruce Lawson, Dennis Blackburn, Greg Gallo, Meagan Jarmuz, Jaclyn Kelch, Kim Peters, Mark Franklin, Scott Price, Rochelle, Amanda Marie Penhale, Jaron Goldberg, Vanessa Gordon, Jen Norris, Kristen Mccoy, Helene Mahnken, Carri Marotto, Deb Gallo, Angela And David Blevins, Erin Loring, Michael Gainey, Tere Given, John Arena Jr, Karen Schlumpf, Steve Pocopanni, Sue Mcdonald, Sara Beth Wade, Stuart Hale, Mark Cullison, Emily, Joyce Tofflemire, Karen Klein, Paula B, Alex Hill, Leslie Schwartz, Lou Baker, Jacob Hill, Denise Long, James Steele, Mildred Popp, Lisa Falletta, Karen Robertson, Jennifer Schwing, Sarah Connors, Deb, Melanie Moeller, Jim, Mike Thomson, Rex Brigger, Laura Pranaitis, Michelle Roth-smoot, Caitlin Rush, Tiffany Wakefield, Wendy Palmquist, Bill Daniel, Megan E., Debby &Andrew Webber, Jonathan Thomas, Wendy Snelgrove, Tom &Susan Linder, Dean, Tiago And Rocco De Oliveira, Eric Bouchet, Randy Katz, Tim Johansen, Joshua Thorne, Derek Carty, Paul Newman, Jennifer Dye, Lauri Phillips, Sarah Biesterfeld, Celia Bubb, Tiffany Gibb, Jacque Schmidt, Jen Schultz, Leah Nan Broussard, Jerry Weldon, Jeremy , Brandon Joyce, Steve Bob, Shauna Hasselman, Alicia Henderson, Aruna, Antonio Arena, Susan Doucette, Melesia Love, Michael Nanney, Angela Fennell, Diane Leclercq, Tracy Discher, Keith Burwell, Dennis Bratnik, Carolyn Como, Kelly Kobiela, Misty Lyons, Casie Crowder, Wade A. Williams, Christy Gattis, Debbie Hicks, Kellie Carter, Amanda Smith, Dave Carriere, Danielle Fitzgerald, Sherry, Shane Stack, Robin Mcconnell, Peter Lee, Megan, Jennifer Townsend, Angela Quirk, Kevin Geiger, Candace Dadswell, Brittany Bailey, Jennifer Chartier, Gemma Keen, Lindsay C., Hillary Waldroop, Julianne Williams, Heather Pedulla, Julie Williams, Jane Johnson, Bev Folmer, Theresa Maradei, Suzanne Brown, Chris Connors, Debbie Connors, Joseph M Zafia, Abby Earl, Susan Popp, Kay Chance, Peter Ball, Carolyn Brooke, Amy Perras, Laney Wood, Sharon Poag, Jon Uk, Nicole Elliott, Janet Ostrowe, Heather Coursen, Phil Thach, Jane Gilarno, Cheri Palmisano, Allison Dibiase, Michael Barker, Kristin Dormuth, Heidi Summers, Jennifer Bogdan, Barb, Janet Theriault, Amy Miller, Danielle Aston, Bob Hendrix, Bridgie Auckland, Richard Nussbaum, Kirsten Stark, Judy Koslowski, Denise Dossat, Angie Daley, Kelly Simms, Gail H, Brent Lollar, Melissa Dye, Stephanie Pcolinsky, Sharon Lee, John P., Kris Kline, James Berry, Melissa Rebelo, Kathy Berry, Holley Blyler, Jennifer Cameron, Shannon Milair, Carol Donoghue, Amy Morgan-rogers, Luis Rodriguez, Chris B, Jamie Poynton, Candy Grasty and Peggy Saeger. Each of you were entered in the September winners' drawing.

By the way, I missed a couple of names last week. Both Sharon Dale and Brenda Strohmeyer had the right answer to Challenge #101. I added both your names into the September drawing. If that ever happens, (I should say "when"� not "if"�) just let me know. Sometimes my eyes go a little buggy when I'm reading through all the entries.

It's time for the monthly drawing. This month's big winner is James Berry! Congratulations James, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

Good luck to everyone as we begin another month! Here we go"

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Challenge #103: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #103

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 1, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

September 24, 2009

Selective Focus

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

China Detail
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/320s shutter, f9

My example of selective focus is this photo of the marble stones outside of China's Temple of Heaven in Epcot's World Showcase. This type of photography works very well when you want to highlight the wonderful detail that makes Disney parks stand out from other theme parks.

September 21, 2009

Whac a Packycephalosaur

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Dinoland Sign
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/400s shutter, f5, ISO 400

Here's Dinoland's version of Whack a Mole. Can you pronounce "Packycephalosaur"? Don't look at me, I'm still working on "Worcester"!

September 20, 2009

Where in the World #102

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #101:
 Where in the World #101

And here's the answer:
Pizzafari
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/30s shutter, f/3.5, ISO 1600

This is Pizzafari in Disney's Animal Kingdom. Once again, I'm going to refer you to Jack's blog. He shared some interesting details about Pizzafari that you might not have noticed.

Karrie Duffey was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Karrie and all the other readers who got the answer right: Lee Anastasi, Sharon Lee, Ken Maikowski, Krista Penno, Wade A. Williams, Alissa Ammons, Tiffany Wakefield, J-brizzle, Henrietta Porter, Amanda Perkins, Jeffrey Dunne, Baines Family, Ken Fischler, Dolores Riccio, Madison Meyer, K. Beasley, Tom Tom Auckland, Angela Johnson, Brian Yesutis, Matthew And Danielle Murgia, Jodi Cook, Theresa Rucando, James Berry, Kathy Berry and Lauren Thomas. Each of you will be entered in the September winners' drawing.
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Challenge #102: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #102

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 24, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

September 12, 2009

November Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer


This shot of Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom was taken from the seating area of Flame Tree BBQ. It was a postcard perfect day!


You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

November 2009 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

November 2009 Jewel Case Calendar

September 11, 2009

Where in the World #101

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #100:
 Where in the World #100

And here's the answer:
Min and Bill's Dockside Diner
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, .0015s shutter, f/8

This tramp steamer, the S.S. Down the Hatch, houses Min and Bill's Dockside Diner in Disney's Hollywood Studios. Back in June, Jack Spence wrote a wonderful blog about the Dockside Diner. Given how many of you got this right, I bet a lot of you already saw it. If not, be sure to check it out for some interesting facts about this unusual eatery.

Louise Barton was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Louise and all the other readers who got the answer right: Chris Masse, Douglas Mcknight, Christine Holzman, Sharon Pierce, Jennifer Harmon, Belicia Dawson, Evelyn Wilson, Paula Massarelli, Scott Cullen, Jodi Cook, Robert Anderson , Berry Morris, Leslie Dameron, Michelle Raimist, Dave Cole, Brian Yesutis, Jaclyn Koller, Elizabeth Macgregor, Emily Currier, Mike Thomson, Marc Acosta, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Sharon Dale, Jennifer Kaufman, Neil Taylor, Denise Owen, Shannon Brueggemann, Ken Maikowski, Peggy Saeger, Monica Hatch, Stanley J Zajchowski, Amy Filliben, Jane Bradley, Deb Ragno, Michael Pyle, Kristen Mccoy, Misty Mehelic, Jennifer Tremley, Diane Ramos, Jerry Weldon, Hillary Waldroop, Melea Broekers, Teri Jo Fuson, Joann Albrecht, Christie Condit, Cassady Fudali, Debra Soley, Craig Canady, Amanda Campbell, Elizabeth &Anthony Collins, Anjanette Tournillon, Amanda Perkins, Michael Gainey, Mike Malampy, Scott Otis, Brian Haas, Sue Thompson, Chris J, Emma Ford, Ed Aleszczyk, Kris Nixon, Michelle Mcspadden, Donna Currier, Jen Cox, Lee Anastasi, Elizabeth, Matt Degrandis, Chris And Alison, Chloe, Nick Straka, Ellie Argaluza, Danielle Murgia, Penny, Bonnie Ford, Jay Bradford, James Greene, Kelly H, Karen Dresser-smith, David Wickware, Robert P. Flaherty, Keith Burwell, Tim Rachuba, Lisa Hoffman, Eric Hoffman, Sarah Smee, Leigh Mertz, Anne Hainsworth, Chris Miller, Jim, Christopher Hall, Wendy Snelgrove, Jeremy Reichelt, Blake Schmidt, Jake Christopher, Jim Finley, Kristen Gainey, Brian Gallant, Debbie Desimone, Bruce Arnold, Jamie Poynton, Liz Moreau, Tim Johansen, Melissa Kuehnle, Heather Coursen, Noreen Rachuba, Roye Ann Morris, Gary E Genteman, Joe S., Ssg, Sheila Saey, Mike Walter, Bryan Blochberger, Amanda Ober, Julie Fahrner, James Hickey, Christopher Barnes, Darrell Shortt, Alicia Henderson, Caroline Dupre, Lori Rienhardt, Karen Klein, Heidi Summers, Jen Cerce, Kevin Toomey, Alissa Ammons and Lynn Barber. Each of you will be entered in the September winners' drawing.
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Challenge #101: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #101

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 17, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

September 8, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week - Cast Members

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Once again, we are showcasing Disney Cast Members on Pic of the Week. It's the Cast Members who make all the magic happen and therefore we felt it was only fitting that we should show them some love again. We only wish we had room to include all their photos!

Cast Member from Kilimanjaro Safari
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, .0099s shutter, f5, ISO 640

Last September, my friend Linda and I had a great time on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom. It was near the end of the day and not many people were in the queue so we were able to walk on three times in a row. This is Michael, the driver of the second truck we rode giving us a thumbs up for beating him to the station. I took this photo from the back of the third truck that we rode - that's just how empty the queue was!

September 6, 2009

Where in the World #100

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #99:
 Where in the World #99

And here's the answer:
Canada's Rocky Mountain Waterfalls in Epcot
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/15s shutter, f/22

It's very hard to see because this photo is so small, but if you look closely where the smaller falls on the right pools on the rock, you will see the hiking boot floating in the pool. (You can see a larger version by clicking on the photo.) The first time I noticed this boot was a few years back. At that time a boot was on one of the ledges, but not in the water. Since then, I have always looked for it whenever I walk through the Canada pavilion at Epcot. Finally, I saw it again this past April.

Kathleen Harmon was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Kathleen and all the other readers who got the answer right: Shannon Brueggemann, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, Ken Maikowski, Jennifer Tremley, Mark Brown, Alicia Henderson, Lisa Mccormack, Chris Miller, Sharon Lee, Kelly H and Larry Whiteman III. Each of you will be entered in the September winners' drawing.

Wow, I can hardly believe we are at Challenge #100! Where did the time go?
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Challenge #100: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #100

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 10, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

September 4, 2009

Five Great Photography Websites

What? Summer is over? The kids are back (or soon will be) in school. Labor Day is Monday. And, my blog vacation is over. In reflecting on all that I know many of you will start and/or return to exploring photography. I thought I'd help you out by giving you Five Great Photography Websites I visit frequently each week and why:

1. Digital Photography School - this website contains tutorials, equipment and software reviews, how-to's on taking photographs to post-processing, inspirational photo essays and hosts a wonderful community of photographers of all levels of experience.

2. The Pioneer Women: Photography - Looking for a fun way to learn about photography? This is the place. Ree is wonderful at taking any photography concept and easily explaining it in her Texas Down-to-Earth way. Some people might be interested in other parts of her website, too.

3. Photofocus - Scott Bourne is an accomplished professional photographer who has a mix of inspirational and equipment geek posts to satisfy both the right and left side of a photographer's brain.

4. Your Photo Tips - weekly and monthly postings showing some of the best photography found around the Internet along with monthly book reviews and photography tips.

5. Ken Rockwell - Ken Rockwell is a bit controversial mainly because he is a working photographer and doesn't have time to mince words. He is independent and says it the way he sees it. I find that refreshing and the guy knows his stuff. Want to know something about a Canon or Nikon camera? Ken's website is the place to go.

These five sites will give you plenty of reading and inspiration to go out and photograph the coming fall season and your next trip to a Disney resort or themepark!

August 30, 2009

Where in the World #99

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #98:
 Where in the World #98

And here's the answer:
Cinderella Castle Ceiling
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/10s shutter, f/3.8

This week's challenge photo shows part of the Gothic ceiling from inside Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom.

Brian Miller was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Brian and all the other readers who got the answer right: Deb Ragno, Rich Kacprowicz, Christine Holzman, Julie Wickware, Jessica Reed, Tim Johansen, Lynn Barber, Scott Otis, Brenda Mcguire, Kristen Mccoy, Berry Morris, Dennis Blackburn, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Vickie Scioneaux, Melissa Dye, Barclay Bakkum, Jamie Poynton and Lee Anastasi. Each of you will be entered in the August winners' drawing.

It's time for the monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Dan Diehm! Congratulations Dan, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

Good luck to everyone as we begin another month! Here we go"

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Challenge #99: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #99

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 3, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

August 23, 2009

Where in the World #98

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #97:
 Where in the World #97

And here's the answer:
Miniature Train set in Germany at Epcot
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/250s shutter, f/5.6

You can find this mountain climber looking out over the miniature trains in a little town just outside of Germany in Epcot.


Louise Barton was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Louise and all the other readers who got the answer right: Denise Owen, Jacquelyn Law, Amanda Campbell, Alison Rosenberger, Alicia Henderson, Michelle Mcspadden, Aruna, Caroline Dupre, Anna Mae Trievel, Baines Family, Brenda Van Hecke, Kristin Dormuth, Bethany Mattiuz-king, Curtis Bille, Bob Patterson, Natasha Bouchet, Bruce Arnold, Bryan Fencl, Brenda Strohmeyer, Nancy Bennett, Christian Baas, Christopher Hall, Chris Miller, Casey Sullivan, Rob Disanto, Daniel Record, Denise Dossat, Denise Cayz , Maryann Eckenrode, Kelly Zanauskas, Dan Mangini, Ashley, Kye Layton, Emily Wilburn, Ruth Cookson, Emily Currier, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Elizabeth Scarborough, Jim Felty, Phil Vickers, Jennifer Tremley, Gail Wuczynski, Allison Caputa, Greg Shukis, Heather Young, Dennis Blackburn, Harry Wilson, Lynn Barber, Ian Falk, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Danny Gleason Jr., Kristen Mccoy, Jared Orth, Jackson Hart, Jay Bradford, Christine And Erin Claeys, Jeanne Hartung, Jeremiah Good, Jessica Marcotte, Jaclyn Kelch, Jennifer Harmon, Joey Price, Kathryn Perkins, Vanessa Gordon, Jim Finley, Karrie, Matt Cofone, Kelly Taylor, Ken Fischler, Kirsty Butler, Kris Nixon, Kristen Baustert, Kelly H, Lee, Laney, Jenny Leek, Larry Sams, Karen Nelson, Jennifer Schwing, John Leach, Louise Maxwell, , Linda Scrivano, Joshua Swainston, Marie Phillips, Roy, Matt Degrandis, Matthew Brisbin, Margot Garofalo, The Chambers Family, Ben Dameron, Melody Salemi, Glenn Meyer, Brian Haas, Mike Fess, Misty Mehelic, Karen Hotchkiss, Amanda Penhale, Diane Ramos, Michelle Thompson, Paula Munson, Cara Richards, Nicole Lopresti, Noreen Rachuba, Donna Brandt, Duane Wisniewski, Patty Carty, Pete Haberman, Julie Ellis, Emma Poprock, Heather Coursen, Peggy Saeger, Betsey Whitehead, Robert Bostic, Robin Kennard, Paula Massarelli, Sarah Haas, April Tucker, Jodi Cook, Sharon Dale, Shane Stack, Bev Carson, Chloe, Amanda M., Michael Gainey, Bridgie Auckland, Ryan Ross, Tom Hermes, Danielle Murgia, Stacey Hutchinson, Tricia Gordon, Tricia Noble, Penny, Vickie Scioneaux, Wendy Snelgrove, Judy Koslowski, Dave Carriere and Matthew Ziegele. Each of you will be entered in the August winners' drawing.

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Challenge #98: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #98

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 27, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

August 18, 2009

Disney Pics of the Week - Discovery Island

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Discovery Island is the central hub of Disney's Animal Kingdom and our theme for Pic of the Week this week. Here you'll find the Tree of Life, It's Tough to Be a Bug and the Discovery Island Trails. When you get hungry, check out Pizzafari or Flame Tree BBQ and then wander through the numerous shops to find a perfect souvenir.

 Flame Tree BBQ at Night
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 4.2s shutter, f9

My favorite thing to do on Discovery Island is to wander around admiring the amazing artwork. You'll find it everywhere from inside the shops to the tops of the buildings, on the sides of carts and even tucked into the vegetation. There are beautiful carvings, colorful paintings and murals and gorgeous sculptures. One place I always take time to explore is the seating area behind Flame Tree BBQ. No need to worry about the ants getting your food when you eat in this pavilion - there are plenty of anteaters to keep them in check!

August 16, 2009

Where in the World #97

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #96:
 Where in the World #96

And here's the answer:
Earth Globe in Epcot
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/125s shutter, f/18

Hi everyone! I'm back from vacation and so is the Where in the World Challenge. I left you a couple weeks ago with a photo I thought was a little challenging but I had no idea just how hard it was. Only one person sent in the right answer, the Earth Globe from Illuminations, and that was Kristin Dormuth. Congratulations to Kristin! I've entered your name in the August winners' drawing.

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Challenge #97: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #97

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 20, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

August 13, 2009

Dream Lights

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

 Cinderella's Dream Lights Castle
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 2.5s shutter, f8

Here I go posting another winter photo in the middle of the summer. I can't help it though. Our Pic of the Week topic is castles and I LOVE Cinderella's castle when it is decked out in the Dream Lights for the winter holiday season. I hope Disney continues to decorate the castle in the Magic Kingdom this way for many seasons to come.

August 8, 2009

A Taste of Germany

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

 German Wine
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/8s shutter, f4.5, ISO 400

Germany is eighth largest wine-producing country in the world. My Pic of the Week was taken inside Weinkeller, the wine shop in the Germany pavilion. You can sample the wines here and take home a souvenir glass after your tasting.

August 3, 2009

October Disney World Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Boo to you! It's October and it's time for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom.

You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want.


This one prints out at 8.5" x 11". It's handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

October 2009 8.5x11 Calendar


This one prints out at 4.75" x 4.75", the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

October 2009 Jewel Case Calendar

July 28, 2009

Disney Pics of the Week - Swimming Pools

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

With summer kicking into high gear, Scott and Lisa and I thought it might be nice to show you some of Disney's swimming pools. As I type this, the temperature in Oregon (where I live) is creeping up to the 100 degree mark. What I wouldn't give to jump into one of the many refreshing pools at Walt Disney World!

 Stormalong Bay at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resort
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 4s shutter, f8

Surprise, surprise, my Pic of the Week is a night shot. Imagine that! I hope you all don't get tired of these. This is Stormalong Bay at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. It is, hands down, the best resort pool on property.

July 26, 2009

Where in the World #96

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #95:
 Where in the World #95

And here's the answer:
Hallowishes Fireworks at the Magic Kingdom
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 2.4s shutter, f/11

Ok, that was an easy one! The Partners statue in front of Cinderella's Castle is a pretty recognizable image. This was taken during Hallowishes at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

As promised, I updated last week's challenge to include the weekly winners, as well as the monthly winner. Here is a link to that post in case you want to see the names.

Theresa Rucando was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Theresa and all the other readers who got the answer right: Stephanie Visco, Sharon Pierce, Kelli Olthoff, John Lacasse, Julie Wickware, Valerie Gugala, John Agnew, Jen Cerce, Robert Anderson, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, Michelle Raimist, Laurie, Karen Adamakis, Neil Taylor, Shannon Milair, Susan Pitts, Megan Krainski, Clarissa K, Cathy Skiba, Kathy Slomka, Cara Richards, Tim Johansen, Brian Gallant, Joy Johnston, Jaime Thomson, Dave Card, Stacey Amanda Wilson, Debbie Hudson, Erin Kubicki, Chris Masse, Mary Beth Tarbet, Linda Mac, Heather Young, Barbara Sims, Jacquelyn Law, Alan Law, Jennifer Harmon, Steven Long, Mike, Louise Barton, Sherry Klinefelter, Austin Oblenis, Jane Slee, Amy Rupp, Janet Chocky, Sandra Shaw, Matt Cofone, Vera Musella, Darlene Harmon, Monica, Alicia Roth, Clarence Diggles, David Coates, Teri Jo Fuson, Derek Carty, Jeffrey Dunne, Mary Brennan, Joanne O'brien, Amanda Marie Penhale, Marc Acosta, Kim, Cameron Love, Ramona, Lauri Phillips, Jaclyn Koller, Diane C., Deb Ragno, Jocelyn L., Evelyn Wilson, Rich Esker, Jeremy Hardy, Kendall Huffman, Kirsty Butler, Dylan Weidner, Jamie Difatta, Craig Canady, Jennifer Tremley, Sue Mcdonald, Matthew Brisbin, Chloe Williams, Sherry Trapp, Leah Nan Broussard, Mary Virginia Bartlett, Nancy Cole, Amie Mumpower, Gloria Martin, Joanna Snow, Tracy Discher, Robert Mcclean, Holley Blyler, Marc Lorenzo, Jennifer Horst, Harry Wilson, Kris Nixon, Chris J, Stephen Bieniek, Christine Dagney, Kristen Baustert, Maryann Eckenrode , Christy Gonzalez, Danusia Rogacki, Angie Young, Jeremy Coto, Dale Knight, Jared Orth, Courtney Crowe, Michelle Mcknight, Travis Grim, Bob Hendrix, Dwayne Fontenot, Emily Currier, Trish Babler, Heather Canevari, Devin Wisman, Laura Walker, Stephanie Servaites, Karen Hotchkiss, Sarah Haas, Ssg, Kris Kline, Brooke Stahl, Walter N Clark, Ken Jackson, Heidi Summers, Irene Kleintop, Denise Cayz , Rick Ivnik, Melesia Love, Wendy Ip, Karen Nelson, Kim Meyer, Leigh Mertz, Doug Mcknight, Brenda Mcguire, Tammie, Michael Gainey, Kristin Frascelli, Kelly, Mia W., Boris Beckert, Heather Baker, Suzanne Kennedy, Alicia Henderson, Angela Fennell, Mark Franklin, Mark Franklin, Robbie Olmedo, Ashley Pizzino, Michelle Mcspadden, Diane Ramos, Michelle Thompson, Chris Connors, Paula Munson, Christina Cella, April Ramey, Paul Knott, Chris Moore, Lee Anastasi, Michael U, Tim Rachuba, Damon Carter, Diana Fitzgerald, Christie Condit, Nick Straka, Kameo Crea, Double Family, Jeanine, Louise Maxwell, Jessica Folan, Ian Falk, Caitlin Burns, Bryan Timko, Aruna, Carri Marotto, Curtis Bille, Tina Santacroce, Bob Patterson, Pam Aug, Jessica Thompson, Christopher Hall, Paul Murray, Brittany Irish, Tom Hermes, Elizabeth, Rick Hemsley, Stephen Martin, Jaclyn Kelch, Gina Poulson, David And Angela Blevins, Sarah Connors, Erin Austin, Chris Miller, Brian Miller, Nancie, Jeff Brashear, Mike Mclucas, James Steele, Todd Ritter, Jackson Hart, Meagan Jarmuz, Chris G, Jerry Marceau, Stefanie Vandiver, Gabriella Rizzo, Jake Christopher, Kali Murry, Mike Venere, Rachel F., Paul Ignudo, Jr., Jodi K., Ginger E, Liz Weiter, Alison, Callum Lukey, Mary Tackett, Dana Grandinetti, Aj Perras, Lynn Barber, Shane Stack, Dan Diehm, Linda Abbate, Kelly Zanausaks, Mike Kaczanowski, Michael Fess, Kelley H, James Greene, Denise Owen, Samantha Levine, Loretta Vaughan, Karen Kristoff, Becky Norman, Jim, Kayla Anulies, Peggy Saeger, Jeremy Reichelt, Diana Mathis, Paula Bender, Brandon Joyce, Mike Bidwell, Debra Soley, Lisar, Danielle Aston, Hailey Sult, Amber Keen , Cindy Hershey, Debra Moscara, Anne Hainsworth, Douglas Beasock, Kirsten Stark, Jackie Purcell, Cari-ann, Matthew Jadro, Kimberly Kusser, Diane Furtado, Sharon Dale, Janice West, Brian Yesutis, Mike Malampy, Melissa Littman, Phil Vickers, Laura Pranaitis, Mike Gillardi, Misty Mehelic, Nicole Thompson, Gregg Mcglasson, Kelly Taylor, Terrie Collins, Jim Finley, Sandra Wieand, Berry Morris, Renato J Meneghello (sao Paulo, Brazil), Randy Emmons, Kristin Martin, Stuart Hale, Bruce Lawson, Mary Dannahey, Sherry White, Amy Schweizer, Linda Scrivano, Bill Fox, Kristen Mccoy, Donna Brandt, Steve Pocopanni, Melissa Rebelo, Samantha Holmgren, Theresa Maradei, Laney, Heidi Goodhue, Diane Peters, Liz Moreau, Dan Owens, Robert Bostic, Lauri Carr, Tom &Susan Linder, Mike O'brien, Allyson, Heather Mcfall, Margaret West, Sharon Leitgeb, Merrie Tesh, Jaron Goldberg, Luis Rodriguez, Maurice, Stacy L., Kelly Simms, Robina Rutherford, Carrie, Kathryn Hughes, Barclay Bakkum, Chris Forner, Thomas Higbee, Kristin Dormuth, Kate Fanning, Noreen Rachuba, Margaret Cerny, Georgette Mcevoy, Allison Dibiase, Candy Grasty, Lorna Goodnoh, Jennifer Bogdan, Nathan Andrews, Steve Knapp, Theresa Peake, Scott Olsen, Beth Seaver, Tracey Baird, Peter Skingle, Jerry Born, Maryann Daly, Dan Potts, Joseph M. Zafia, Ana Marlett, Tere Given, Julie Loiselle, Emily Dagney, Andrew Nicholson, Bunny Fabian, Bunny Fabian, Kristen Gainey, Nicole Lopresti, Lisa M Kaffenberger, Stacey Barboza, Spring Smith, Rebecca Smith, Laura Asplund, Leigh Hart, Sandy Kanigowski, Dave Kanigowski, Annette Nuenke, Meghan Parham, Ashley Deitchler, Katarina Whitmarsh, Todd Lane, Karen, Caitlin Rush, Betsey Whitehead, Chris Pirkl, James Berry, Kathy Berry, and Joan Mcquitty. Each of you will be entered in the August winners' drawing.


It's that time again, when I take a summer vacation, which means that the Where in the World Challenge is taking a vacation as well. It's just for two weeks though. I'll be back on August 16 with a new challenge for you. That means that you'll have more time to figure out this week's challenge so I am going to make a little more, well, challenging. Good luck everyone! See you all on the 16th.
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Challenge #96: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #96

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, August 13, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

July 23, 2009

Queen of the Jungle

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

 Lioness on Kilimanjaro African Safari
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/250s shutter, f8

Usually when I take the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, I am lucky if I get a small glimpse of one of the lions. You can imagine how great it was to turn the corner and see this beauty lounging on the rock. She's my Pic of the Week for Africa.

July 19, 2009

Where in the World #95

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #94:
 Where in the World #94

And here's the answer:
Lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian
Copyright © 2009 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 1/6s shutter, f/8, ISO 400

If you guessed the Grand Floridian, then right you are! This giant bird cage sits in the lobby of Disney's ultimate deluxe resort.

Howard Schreiber was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Howard and all the other readers who got the answer right: Debbie Hudson, Jennifer Harmon, Stephanie Visco, Jennifer Snapp, Kirsty Butler, Gina Poulson, Kye Layton, Jane Rochefort, Barbara Meegan, Theresa Rucando, David Tarbet, Bryan Timko, Jennifer S., Chloe, Kendall Huffman, Christie Condit, Evelyn Wilson, Baines Family, Paul Moody, Amanda Campbell, Belicia Dawson, Julie Wickware, Scott Cullen, Krista Penno, Chloe Williams, Ed Aleszczyk, Joanna Snow, Cameron Love, Cindy Hershey, Dawn Bach, Kathryn Hughes, Christine, Megan Krainski, Monica Hatch, Tommy Carty, Derek Carty, Carolynn Gamill, Sherry Klinefelter, Alissa Ammons, Steve Thorpe, Linda Mac, Jill Fogg, Michelle Thompson, Emily Currier, Kristen Gainey, Jim Kayer, Hillary Waldroop, Boris Beckert, Valerie Gugala, Dominic Plavny, Tom Koval, Jeffrey Dunne, Darlene Harmon, Brandon Emerson, Robin Fitts, Karen Adamakis, Nicole, Bill Mckim, Ashley Ryan, David Coates, Brenda Mcguire, Tracy Discher, Donna Currier, Tiago De Oliveira, Dave Cole, Double Family, Irene Kleintop, Ali S., Scott Price, Chuck Sands, Wendy Ip, Barbara Sims, Lisa R, Keirsten Sangster, Sharon Pierce, Clarissa K, Louise Barton, Ivan Barton, Chloe Barton, Madeline Barton, Benjamin Barton, Susan Thompson, Ken Jackson, Karen Nelson, Ana Marlett, Wendy, Marina And Madison Crober, Jennifer Tremley, Ssg, Tina Santacroce, Deb Ragno, Kris Kline, Karen Hotchkiss, Vera Musella, Michelle Mcspadden, Rochelle, April Tucker, Kris Nixon, Kelly Jean Clarkson, Joy Johnston, Anjanette Tournillon, Michelle Roth-smoot, Brian Miller, Michael Gainey, Dylan Weidner, Deb Staples, Walter N Clark, Bruce Arnold, Melissa Littman, Lou Ann Davis, Melissa Hoekzema, Annette Nuenke, Hollie Hinton, Drew Deapo, Tommy Montgomery, Brian Haas, Kristin Frascelli, Jeremy Hardy, Duane Wisniewski, Rick Ivnik, Dawn Burns, Diane C., Kelley J, Angie Young, Brian Gallant, Scott Prewitt, Teresa Cole, Anne Hainsworth, Christopher Hall, Stephanie Servaites, James Greene, Karen Desantis, Dallas Hamilton, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Mike Cerce, Becky Skidmore, Dolores Riccio, Tricia Noble, Alison Rosenberger, Chris G, Noreen Rachuba, Jared Orth, Caroline Dupre, John Dupre, Cara Richards, Caitlin Rush, Tim Rachuba, Megan E., Blossom, Tony, Dwayne Fontenot, Jody Erdfarb, Cathy Skiba, Sandra Edwards, Brooke Stahl, Christina Cella, Kim Watson, Julie Morgan, Marie Phillips, Shiraz, Danusia Rogacki, Travis, Jake Christopher, Cindy Motta, Aubrey Cooper, G Evans, Shannon Brueggemann, Jen Cerce, Katy Robinson, Laura Pranaitis, Tere Given, Donna Brandt, Karen Schlumpf, Michelle Wilinski, Sue Mcdonald, Steven Long, Durant Charleroy, Dale Knight, Jodi K., Angie Schluter, Jessica Marcotte, Tim Johansen, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Carri Marotto, Lynn Barber, Kelly Zanauskas, Jamie Poynton, Kim Steiner, Chris Auckland, Casie, Kendra Galipeau, April Pangburn, Dan Hawkins, Jessica Thompson, Jessica Lingoni, Jen Cox, David And Angela Blevins, Clare Mcculloch, Terry King, Z. Cheven, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Marie Bertini, Debra Soley, Amy Filliben, Jonathan Thomas, Stacy Patterson, Clare C, Charlotte Ohare, Juliet O'hare, Harry Wilson, Kelly, Paula Munson, Debbie Poole, Rob Kowalski, Craig Canady, Mike Thomson, Paula Massarelli, Nicole Thompson, Paul Amico, Amy Schweizer, Jeff Brashear, Shane Stack, Ashley Pizzino, Kendra Hettel, Barb Decina, Joshua Swainston, George Enell, Nancy Cole, Todd Ritter, Mark Swayze, Jennifer Horst, Nicole Lopresti, Danielle Murgia, Dana Hall, Debbie Desimone, Vanessa Gordon, Jackie Callanan, Laney Wood, Jen Cerce, Jennifer Bogdan, Melissa Tabone, Mike Kaczanowski, Alicia Henderson, Margot Garofalo, Joan Delli Carpini, Katie Whitehurst, Bill Daniel, Karen Klein, Susan Jackson, Mike Parramore, Heather Pedulla, Margaret West, Mary Lou Lutri, Emily Nussbaum, Liz Moreau, Sharon Poinsett, Jeff Blank, Christi, Scott Otis, Eileen Monaghan, Lisa Honard, Chip Vermette, Terri Thornton, Angie Winter, Bruce Dormuth, Cheryl Costello, Amber Keen, Jill Saxe, Heather Coursen, Barclay Bakkum, Bethany Mattiuz-king, Sabrina Mcdonnell, Chris Moore, Bruce Lawson, Allison Dibiase, Tom Higbee, Al Desimone, Janine Currie, Jr Johnson, Catherine Chiarello, Katie Fry, Michelle Faustino, Katarina Whitmarsh, Todd Lane, Michelle B., Collette Beuther, Kathy Love, John Wolff, Linda Abbate, Theresa Maradei, Steve Dolan, Berry Morris, Jennifer Mcneill, Ginny Fazio, Erin Kubicki, Chris Forner, Lauri Phillips, Doug Brigger, Priscilla Sayward, Dave Carriere, Jorge Caso, Katie Olson, Aj Perras, Allison Lowry, and Kala Bieniek. Each of you were entered in the July winners' drawing.

It's time for the monthly drawing. This month's big winner is Jeffrey Dunne ! Congratulations Jeffrey, you are the lucky recipient of a fabulous Disney book and some really cool AllEars schwag!

Good luck to everyone as we begin another month! Here we go"

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Challenge #95: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #95

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 23, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

July 18, 2009

Sunset in Tomorrowland

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

 Tomorrowland Sillhoette
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR lens, 1/1000s shutter, f8

Here's my Pic of the Week for Tomorrowland. I took this while riding on the TTA one evening. What a lovely ride that was, a perfect time to be in the Magic Kingdom.

July 12, 2009

Where in the World #94

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #93:
 Where in the World #93

And here's the answer:
Waterwheel at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/250s shutter, f/5.6

Either I stumped you good this week or everyone was having too much fun celebrating the Fourth of July to play. This is the waterwheel at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside. This was the resort I stayed at the very first time I went to Disney World. I stayed in one of the mansions on Magnolia Bend and had the best time. I'd love to stay here again one day.


Wendy, Marina And Madison Crober were the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to the Crober family and the other two readers who got the answer right: Anne Hainsworth and Sarah Haas. Each of you will be entered in the July winners' drawing.

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Challenge #94: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #94

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 16, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post. Remember to be specific with your answer - just naming a park will not get you into the drawing.

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 and a cool Disney book!

July 10, 2009

Tom Sawyer Island - Part I

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Tom Sawyer Island (or TSI for short) is billed as a giant-sized playground geared to youngsters. I would like to add it's a wonderful place for photographers. Many interesting and challenging subjects await you to capture, lots of activities for the kids and unique views of Frontierland and Liberty Square.

Tom Sawyer Island is actually two islands separated by a bridge which holds it's own surprise for those walking over it. The map below shows all the trails and activities to explore.

Map of Tom Sawyer Island greets guests arriving to explore it's secrets in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Map of Tom Sawyer Island greets guests arriving to explore it's secrets.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/125s, f/8, 200 ISO, EV 0, 18mm Focal length, Flash used

In this week's Picture This! photo blog, I am going to show you Harper's Mill island. Harper's Mill is a very interesting structure with links to Walt Disney Animation and it's musical heritage. (Thanks to Jack Spence for uncovering these!)

Sign for Harper's Mill on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sign for Harper's Mill on Tom Sawyer Island.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, 200 ISO, EV -0.3, 18mm Focal length

Are you scared of dark, enclosed places? Then you might want to skip going into Injun Joe's Cave though Tom Sawyer tells you he has not been seen lately. For those of you brave enough, there are lots to find from fossils to a lava lighted face. A steady hand is needed when photographing in the cave.

A lighted face in Injun Joe's Cave on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A lighted face found in Injun Joe's Cave.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/4s, f/3.5, 1600 ISO, EV -0.0, 18mm Focal length

Having survived Injun Joe's Cave, you come out on the other side of the island. Going right leads you to the barrel bridge which is great fun when open. I was not so lucky as the bridge was closed for repairs so I headed up the hill where I passed this brook running down to the Rivers of America which surrounds Tom Sawyer Island. When photographing moving water, you either want to freeze it like a crashing wave onto rocks or blur it's movement with a slow shutter speed like for a waterfall.

A brook on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Brook on Tom Sawyer Island using a slow shutter speed.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/5.6, 200 ISO, EV -0.3, 18mm Focal length

Moving on, I came upon Aunt Polly's counter service location. Disney only runs Aunt Polly's during the busiest times of the year and was closed when I was there. There are snacks and drinks via machines, lots of picnic tables to relax on and even some rocking chairs to nap in.

Taking a nap at Aunt Polly's on Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Nap time at Aunt Polly's on Tom Sawyer Island.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/20, 200 ISO, EV -0.3, 44mm Focal length

From Aunt Polly's you can view Liberty Square's Haunted Mansion in all it's spooky glory. Being in such a peaceful place away from the crowds, I was able to enjoy the many details of the Haunted Mansion and it's theming from the covered queue to the bat shaped wind vanes (doubling as lighting rods) on the roof.