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January 24, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Disney Springs Aerial

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I visited Disney Springs twice last year and both times the weather grounded the Characters in Flight balloon ride. I wanted to get an updated aerial view since the transformation from Downtown Disney for this week's aerial topic. Unable to do so I went back and found this aerial taken back in 2011 when it was still called Downtown Disney.

Aerial view of Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
erial view of Downtown Disney now known as Disney Springs.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60, f/3.5, ISO 3200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

I still hope to get Disney Spring aerials sometime this year. Stay tuned!

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Disney Springs aerial photo.

May 20, 2016

Narrow Your Focus at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Another way to improve your photos at Walt Disney World and elsewhere is to use Selective Focus (click this link for details on how to create it). Most people try to put the foreground subject in sharp focus with this method. One can also put the foreground in soft focus and let the subject in the "back" of the frame be in sharp focus. People viewing such an image will gravitate to the area of sharp focus. Another way a photographer can control how an image is viewed.

The three ovens in Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in Epcot's Italy pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The three ovens in Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in Epcot's Italy pavilion.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 400, EV +0.7.

Notice how the unfocused area leads the eyes to the three ovens in the Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in Epcot's Italy pavilion. Here is some trivia for you. The ovens are named after volcanos in Italy. They are from left to right: Stromboli, Vesuvio and Etna.

Using my favorite lens, the Nifty-Fifty, I can even create an out of focus vignette if you have enough foreground and background elements like the photo of a Mickey Mouse golf ball found in a basket of golf balls at the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney Disney Springs.

Mickey Mouse golf ball at the World of Disney store in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mickey Mouse golf ball selectively focused on at the World of Disney Store.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/125s, f/1.8, ISO 220, EV +0.3.

Selectively focusing on subjects is a fun way to give your photography a boost.

November 21, 2014

Shopping Around Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Next to dining, my guess would be shopping as the next most popular thing to do at Walt Disney World. This being one week away from Black Friday, America's day to spend freely for the holiday season, I thought I would share with you a few photos from the shops around the resort. Remember, to always be on the lookout for patterns like the Vinylamation collectibles. Colorful sales displays of things like the pyramid of Duffy the Bears make for very pleasing compositions. Shopping is a very human thing to do and I like to include people even if the expensive artwork is only to be looked at. Leading lines of decorative beer steins in Germany takes the viewer on a trip.

Shopping around Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Shopping around the Walt Disney World Resort
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From top left: Duffy the Bear shop display at Epcot, shopping for Disney art on Main Street USA, Vinylmation collectibles on display inside the D Street store in Downtown Disney's West Side and Beer steins in Germany's Der Bucherwurm shop in Epcot's World Showcase.

Besides, photography gives me something to do while the rest of my family shops.

November 9, 2014

Where in the World #357

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Poor Patti McCaffrey: she had to have ankle surgery. I'm glad you're getting better every day. Here's pixie dust from me and all your fellow Players to help it even more!


I made a couple typos last week and, worse, I announced Remembrance Day and Veterans' Day early. These important days obviously don't mean anything less by me thinking I was in the second week of November, not the first. In fact, with all that our veterans have done for us, it's better we take another moment to honor it.

Now for Challenge #356:
Where in the World #356

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

"In the unlikely event of a water landing your friends and family members can be used as flotation devices!" - Genie

John Bickers, that means you and your daughter don't have to feel edgy any more because: Welcome to Disney Quest!

Who here has done the Virtual Jungle Cruise? That's a workout, isn't it? I once did it by myself; whew!

Jim & Lorie Sonnen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Jim & Lorie and to all our winners this week! Paula Massarelli, Kristi Strembicki, Jeff Stetson, Michelle Norris, Chris Kelly, Eric Berger, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Jennifer Rowell, Ed Suscreba, Bruce Jones, Nan Amor, The Kertes Family, Jeff Schoeling , Hillary Waldroop, Rider Family, Mary Beth Tarbet, Andrew Carrieri, The Gunnels Family, Sandie Albrecht, Bob Patterson, Dawn Bach, Claire Gregory, Karen Adamakis, Sharon, Team Hill, Susie Howard, Emily Hudson, Gallagher Family, Daniel Record, Kathryn Perkins, Murr Family, Joann Albrecht, Jim Finley, Becky Norman, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen , Tim Johansen, Kameo Crea, The Kertes Family, Deb Ragno, Linda College, Kerry A., Carla C, Jen Peterson, Linda Scrivano, Tricia Petty, Melissa Such, Craig, Antoinette Leblanc, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Robert Wescovich, Ruben O'meara, Leach Family, Annette Nuenke, Betsy Silvestri, Scott Greenbaum, Kenny, Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Virginia Pierce, Kye Layton, John Sheridan, Vicki Britt, Phil Vickers, Ken Jackson, Maureen Handy, Julia Wickware, Laurie Walker, John Bickers, Pollyanna Buff, Jeremy Hardy, Hunter Armstrong, Paul Newman, Ashley Collins, Herb Miller, Jen Cerce, Theresa Rucando, Tom Koval, Brendan Abel, Caitlin Lewis, Hobbes And Snorky, Megan Krainski, Ed Hogan, Rob Blundin, Ruth Woodhouse, Les Whitten , Sands Family, Blake Schmidt, Heidi Goodhue, Arlene Vicek, Kristyn Scibienski, Bill Mckim, Susan Doucette, Chloe Mayhew, Duskin Henard, Andrew Swiatowicz , Maryannn Romagnano, Donna Frank, Russ Morgan, Andrea Kruszewski, Mickey Eckert, Michelle Wilinski, Team Bonnie Sue, Amy R., Kyra C., Josh Weiss, Anastasia Macneil, Phyllis, Gretchen Shively, Paul Dickson, Doug Olson Family, Mike Malampy, Rob And April - Team Vanderpool, Team Bonnie Sue, Carolyn Como, Wendy Weaver, Jeff Blank, Rick R., The Reichl Family, The States Family, Wade A. Williams, Cathy Connors, Grumpy's Groupies, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Brad Mossbarger, Barry Sklenar, Wendy Barney, Tricia Noble, Terry Fleming, Vicki Edwards, Alison Rosenberger, Karen Bellamy, Kris Nixon, Erin Loring, Ed Elder, Mel Odonnell, Karrie Duffey, Kate Fischer, Jamie Steiner, Patrick Broaddus, Kevin Jones, Alan Mize, Matt Holley, Tom Swan, Chris Bauman, The Hutchinson Family, Sara Holloway, Josh Carney, Sherry Klinefelter, Terry Blair, Diana Grady, Sarah And Chris, Julia Marsh, Matthew Jadro, Jen Tremley, John Pasqueralli, Jeff And Cheryl Simmons, Darrell Shortt, Mark Proper, Mike Cerce, The Foley Family, Michael Dale Pennington, Pat Schwier, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Anne Dirocco, Ronald Delorey, Les Stewart, Shannon Murray, Olivia D, George Mundy Jr, Owen States, Erin Hammer, Karen Costa, Kate Kozlowski, Stefanie Vandiver, Jim Thompson, Jolynn Digiallonardo, Smitty, Emily Watson, Patti Mccaffrey, Jo Ann Bailey, Gina Falzone, Theresa Maradei, Liz Moreau, Sheila Bagg, Jennifer Bogdan, Jane Johnson, Timothy Gallant, Joseph M. Zafia, Jamesd (dzneynut), Gail Mcdonald, Barclay Bakkum, Team Meeker, Lorie Miller, Sheila And Kelly Barnes, T.r. Ramsdell, Marty Lobraico, Jean Bussell, Ken Rhinehart, Melodye Berry, Rebecca Keenan, Trish Babler, Caroline Burmester, Sandra Ednie, Jpc, Mark Russell, Melissa Littman, Andy Hickey, Mike Mahan, Jeremy R., Wendy T Faler, Lindsay Morris, Cheryl Costello, Kyle Burdo, Margie Larmon, Stacy Guarracino, John Foggo, Lisa Pinder, Jackie Klafeta, and Heather Pedulla!
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Challenge #357 Where in the world is this?
Back into the parks! And remember, I can't take just the name of the park; it's too easy, especially this week. I need to know what this is and where it is besides the park. Don't worry; I'm not asking for coordinates. :)

Where in the World #357
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 13th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.
See you next week, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

November 7, 2014

Sunset at Downtown Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Sunset at Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sunset at Downtown Disney.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 4500, EV 0.

Characters in Flight Balloon rises over Downtown Disney at sunset back in 2013. These days Downtown Disney is being transformed with lots of construction happening and new entertainment, shopping and dining experiences being announced.

Sunset photos are tricky. It is best to meter the sky to the side of where the Sun is or was before it set. Lock in that setting using Manual exposure. That way you get the colors of the sky correctly. The Sun will be blown out which is to be expected to anyone looking at your photos.

June 1, 2014

Where in the World #334

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

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

Guess who broke her ankle a couple weeks before her Disney trip?
From Millan.Net

Guess who doesn't care because she has a scooter reserved and, more importantly, her Magic Bands came in?
From Millan.Net

So on June 20th, if you see a brunette on a scooter with a big black boot on her left foot, birthday ears on, grinning like a 5 year old on her way to see Mickey Mouse, you'll know it's me!

Sandie Albrecht, we have FastPass+ for the Mine Train on Tuesday and Friday of our trip! We'll see if we can slip another one or two in if possible. :)

Speaking of people leaving for Disney, Kameo Crea and Eric Berger are headed out! Bon Voyage! Have a magical trip!

On the other hand, Mary Beth Tarbet and Gail H just got back and have the my-vacation-is-over blues! Here's the Disney Bear of Comfort:
From Millan.Net

One more thing: a note to our WitW winners of the past few months. As you know, our team has been traveling. We also just ordered new swag which has just came in. So Deb Wills will be getting your prizes out to you next week!

Now for Challenge #333:
Where in the World #333

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

It's the Planet Hollywood building in Downtown Disney!

Lindsay C., you worked there? It's going to be changed to The Observatory for Disney Springs.
Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer!

Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Donna Frank, Bruce Jones, Linda Scrivano, The Reichl Family, Phyllis, Grumpy's Groupies, Leigh Mertz, Ed Suscreba, Bruce Hinterleitner, Linda Ranatza, Hannah M, Daniel Meagher, Carol Ney, Frank And Sharon, Nan Amor, Bill Mckim, Melissa Such, Ed Elder, Mary Beth Tarbet, Tracy Ludwig, Amy R, Tricia Petty , Jodi Robertson, Mj Webb, James Johnson, Tara Weaver, Mike Amor, Haylee Smolek, Paula Massarelli, Karen Adamakis, Thomas Rose-gray, Paula Massarelli, Axel Beer, Josh Weiss, Lindsay Palmer, Laura V., Mike Mondoux, Tommy Montgomery, Scott Merrill, Betsy, Andreas Beer, Lee Deroia , John Bickers , Karen Spreitzer, Christine Kenkelen, Candice Grimes, Ken Daube, Jen Tremley, Reasha Kling, Dave Freemyer, Jeff Schoeling, Jennifer Rowell, Kenny, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Beth S., Chris Horne, Sharon Powell, Tracy Robinson, Sharon Pierce, Scott Cullen, Teala Van De Ven, Eric Johnson, Belicia Cullen, Michelle Darabaris, Kristy Holland, Jen Snook, Phil Vickers, Andrew Carrieri, Dawn Simpson, Team Hill, Christina Trigiani, Emily Hudson, Jason Hocker, Jennifer Harmon, Chad Jeffery, Pat Schwier, Kye Layton, Koren Family, Vera And Izzy Williams, Tinkerbell Wells, Mickey Eckert, Will Gates, Gregory Zalesak, Virginia Pierce, Tami Howerton, Amy Hayes, Emily Cuypers, Amanda Melber, Jennifer Page, Lindsey Nozal, Kerrie Hogan, The Fosbender's, Gordon Cavalero, John Sheridan, Lenz Family, Sandie Albrecht, Paul Knott, Allison Forson, Jonathan Ward, Dawn, Ryan F, Dawn Miller, Patti Gumiela, Suzanne Denham, Amy Filliben, Carolyn Como, Jason Billington, Deb Ragno, Rob Hepler, Karen Ramirez, Holly Mira, Double Family, Pamela Manseau, Mary Ann Lamay, Kara Cummings , Claire Gregory, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Maureen Handy, Susan Rak, Ashley Collins, Sarah Francis, Andrew Eckert, Maryann Eckenrode, Theresa Lucotti, Murr Family, Marc Sledjeski, Rob Blundin, Karen Schlumpf, Kev Marriott , Ken Clark, Chuck Sands, Brendan Abel, David Forister, Rebekah Schultz, Vicki Britt, Carla C, Morgan M., Bill Cudney , Hobbes And Snorky, The Parker Family, Tyler Otts, Debbie Desimone, Long Family, Kerri Coggins, Heather Pedulla, Stefan Owens, Les Whitten, Angela Fennell, The Gunnels Gang, Jamesd (dzneynut), Jeremy Hardy, Tina Santacroce , Herb Miller, Beth Mcmeekin, Andrea Kruszewski, Amy Guerrini, Mike Malampy, Terry Blair, Antoinette Leblanc, Craig Livingston, Susie Howard, Kevin Jones, Tony Lyle, Kerry A, Gail States, Billie Jo, Daniel Record, Kate, Chris Sheppard, Krista Serpi, Jim Thompson, Robert Wescovich, Les Stewart, Maureen Wahtera, Candy Lewis, The Kertes Family, Tom Koval, Janet T Thorn, Megan Krainski, Lynette Michalos, Chris, Gretchen,and Katie Barnes, Andrew Swiatowicz , Kris Nixon, Ken Jackson, Kerry Mccaffrey, Tracey Mayfield, Craig, Eric Berger, Leach Family, Chloe Mayhew, Arlene Vicek, Jack Lynch, Andy Weed, Gina Falzone, Elaine Kleinhenz, Gina Smith, Sara Holloway, Bryant And Ruben O'meara, Shelby Watson, Chris Kelly, Jason Skow, Bethany Cybak, Kevin, Jim Finley, Hillary Waldroop, Matt Wildey, Tjg, Gary Walker, Cheryl Chambers, Maria Boyer, Sarah, Team Bonnie Sue, Jim Nitschke, Luis Rodriguez, Dawn Bach, Kathryn Perkins, Jeff Blank, Jennifer Peterson, Olga Vorontsova, Becky Norman, Maggie Klotz, Julie-anne, Bryan Fencl, Ed Hogan, Jorge Caso, Ruth Senecal, Matthew Jadro, Rebekah Johnson, Doug Olson Family, David Feldman, The Kahle Family, Michelle Boykin, Heather Brennan, Andrew Pettit, Kristen Figuerado, Melanie Beedle, Bob Patterson, Sarah And Chris, Denise C Steil, Lesley Newbiggin, Mike O'brien, Melodye Berry, Roger Vollmer, Michael Mclucas And Jackie Mclucas, Trina Noggle, Jeremy Reichelt, Nathan York , Lauren Thomas, Melody Odonnell, Maryann Romagnano, Megan Hayes, Chris Joyce, Juliet O'hare, Susan Doucette, Lorine Landon, Demetrios Makres, Robert P. Flaherty, Mike Haeberle, Heather Capron-stantial, Paul Dickson, Curtis Bille, Ellie Argaluza, Sandy Reedy, Mary Harpe, Randi Balch, Danielle Harsley, Cindy Pink, Caitlin Lewis, Ryan Fist, Laurie Walker, Lori Rienhardt, Julie Wickware, Diane Furtado, Brenda Strohmeyer, Olszak Family, Michelle Wilinski, Dwayne Fontenot, Karen Costa, Gallaher Family, Chris Thacker, Linda College, Brian Grabowski, Wade A. Williams, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Kevin Parmeland, Tim Johansen, Christopher Hall, Kate Fischer, Chris Bauman, Tricia Noble, Rebecca Keenan, Diane Ramos, Shelly Borella, Dave Carriere, Sara Alaimo, Wayne Witherspoon, Ron Harper, The Hutchinson Family, Amanda Shope, Dana, Scott Sangston, Carri Marotto, Matt Holley, The Holmes Family, Randy Thomas, Erin Hammer, Erin Connell, Jeff Beauchamp, Anastasia Macneil, Tom Swan, Team Meeker, Terry Fleming, Matt Earl, Chris, Kelly Smith, Cathy Connors, Gloria Martin, Russ Morgan, Angel Diven, Darrell Shortt, Kameo Crea, Smitty, Alan Mize, Kim Paulakos, Mike Cerce, Melissa Kirk, Ronald Delorey, Mickey Mouse, Michael Dale Pennington, Shannon Murray, Barb Welshhans, Amanda Garrett, Sheryl Hicks, Patty Carty, Jo Ann Bailey, Joseph M. Zafia, Jennifer Bogdan, Christy Schor, David Ballard, Jackie Graebel, Melissa Littman, Sheila Bagg, Lauren Kemble, Liz Mckinnell, Kyle Burdo, Kalvin, Sherry Trapp, Tom Higbee, Barclay Bakkum, Gail H, Jean Bussell, Shirley Garcowski, Alison Rosenberger, Josh Carney, Brian Koonts, Stacy Guarracino, Dlb, Dayna Guay, Walter N Clark, Margie Larmon, Jackie Klafeta, Victoria Finnegan, Nick Straka, Theresa Rucando, Dee Dee Kenney, Jane Johnson, Lindsay Coram, Timmy Saunders, John Paul Carnell, Ken Rhinehart, Patti Mccaffrey, Karrie Duffey, Jeff Finger, George Mundy Jr, and Sarah Bullock. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

Speaking of the drawing, it's time to pick the May winner! And it is: Terry Fleming! Congratulations! You'll be receiving your prize shortly!
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Challenge #334 Where in the world is this?

Back to the parks!
 Where in the World #334

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 6th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

May 25, 2014

Where in the World #333

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

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

Happy Memorial Day to all celebrating it!
From Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #332:
Where in the World #332

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

I gave a hint with this one: this wonderful place is no longer open in Walt Disney World. And it is (Nan Amor, go thank your parents): The Adventurers Club at Pleasure Island. In this picture is Samantha Sterling, Annelle the French Maid, and Pamelia Perkins, club president.

Let's sing the Club's All Purpose Theme Song. Colonel? Colonel? Free drinks, Colonel!
Marching along we're adventurers
(Colonel: Singing the song)
Singing the song of adventurers
(Colonel: Up or down)
Up or down
(Colonel: North, south, east, or west,)
North, south, east, or west,
An Adventurer's life is best.
KUNGALOOSH!!

Eric Berger was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Eric and to all our winners this week! Patti Gumiela, Eric Berger, Phil Vickers, Claire Gregory, The Gunnels Family, Team Hill, Sandie Albrecht, Lauren Kemble, Maureen Handy, Rob Blundin, Cindy Pink, Dave Cole, Bret Rhodes , Bryan Fencl, Mike Haeberle, Michelle Roth-smoot, Terry Fleming, Kristi Strembicki, Jenn Steele, Debra Marrocco, Nan Amor, Jane Johnson, Matt Holley, and Kevin Arndt. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #333 Where in the world is this?

Back to present day! We are outside the parks!

 Where in the World #333
Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 29th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

May 18, 2014

Where in the World #332

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

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

Did all the Moms have a nice Mother's Day?
From Millan.Net

We also had Armed Force's Day
From Millan.Net

and this week is Victoria's Day!
From Millan.Net

And I'm really sorry that I missed Cinco de Mayo!
From Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #331:
Where in the World #331

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

I only know one place where you'll see Mister Toad, the Fab Five, and Benny the Cab all together: the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney!

The Kertes Family was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Kerteses and to all our winners this week! Phyllis, Mike Haeberle, Chris Kelly, Judy Simonsen, Tricia Petty, Sandie Albrecht, Team Hill, Eric Berger, Beth, Melissa Such, Pat Schwier, Paul Moore, Kristi Strembicki, Patti Gumiela, Phil Vickers, Kerri Coggins, Emily Hudson, Maureen Handy, Claire Gregory, Brian Mwithey, Gabriella, Terry and Matthieu, Mickey Eckert, Jonathan Ward, Chris, Gretchen, and Katie Barnes, Nan Amor, Sharon Dale, Rebecca Keenan, Danielle Harsley, Mike Amor, Terry Fleming, Barb Bury, Herb Miller, Gail States, Amanda Campbell, Rob Blundin, Kelly Smith, Vicki Britt, Kerry Mccaffrey, Barclay Bakkum, Patti Mccaffrey, Les Stewart, Matt Holley, Cheryl Costello, and Agnes Ciotti. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #332 Where in the world is this?

We're taking a trip through time into the past: can you guess who these people are and where you used to see them in Walt Disney World?

 Where in the World #332

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 22nd, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

May 15, 2014

Portobello's in Downtown Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Portobello Country Italian Trattoria at Downtown Disney Marketplace, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Portobello Country Italian Trattoria at Downtown Disney Marketplace.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, ISO 1250, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length.

Downtown Disney Marketplace has lots of dining locations to satisfy any hunger. Portobello Country Italian Trattoria is a relaxing place with a warm atmosphere and savory dishes from famous Italy destinations like Milan, Tuscany and Rome.

A tasty Disney Pic of the Week for Downtown Disney Dining.

March 7, 2014

Photographing in the World of Disney Store

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The World of Disney store at Downtown Disney Marketplace is as exciting to photograph in as one of the parks. Especially, if you put a Nifty-Fifty (50mm f/1.8) lens on your dSLR camera. There are all kinds of subjects and compositions to discover while other members of your party do the heavy-duty work of buying Disney souvenirs and clothing. Which reminds me. Do not forget to include them in the fun.

A young woman hugs Mickey and Minnie Mouse plush toys in the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney Marketplace, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Young woman hugs Mickey and Minnie Mouse plush toys in the World of Disney store.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/125s, f/1.8, ISO 1100, EV +0.3.

Not into photographing people? You will find plenty of mannequins modeling the latest in Disney clothing and Vera Bradley purses for your photographing pleasure.

A mannequin modeling the latest in Disney Vera Bradley purses in the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney Marketplace, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
A mannequin modeling the latest in Disney Vera Bradley purses in the World of Disney store.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/125s, f/1.8, ISO 1100, EV +0.3.

Do not forget when using a Nifty-Fifty, its ability to separate foreground or background elements when shooting it wide open at f/1.8. You might find Goofy all decked out for winter through a very familiar shape.

Goofy sweater design as seen through a Mickey shape in the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney Marketplace, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Goofy sweater design as seen through a Mickey shape in the World of Disney store.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/125s, f/1.8, ISO 1100, EV +0.3.

Like the parks, you do have to be patient when buying your Disney goodies at checkout. Luckily for you, you can spend the time capturing the experience.

Checkout sign in the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney Marketplace, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Checkout sign in the World of Disney store.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/125s, f/1.8, ISO 1250, EV +0.3.

Click this link more about the Nifty-Fifty lenses: Nifty-Fifty Explained

March 6, 2014

Bowling at Downtown Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Splitsville in Downtown Disney Westside, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Splitsville all lit up at night in Downtown Disney Westside.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/50s, f/5.6, ISO 6400, EV 0.

Downtown Disney's West Side is more of an adult nighclub experience with restaurants such as Bongos, House of Blues and Wolfgang Puck's at night. There is still plenty of family entertainment with Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba, DisneyQuest, AMC Movie Theaters, Characters in Flight Balloon ride and, the newest kid on the block, Splitsville Luxury Lanes. Splitsville is an upscale, retro-style bowling venue for billiards, live entertainment, a balcony bar with sweeping views and upscale dining options catering to the entire family. This is not your father's bowling alley.

Hope you enjoyed the second half of our buy one, get one free Disney Pic of the Week on Downtown Disney.

December 17, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Shopping

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

How did I get to lead off the Disney Pic of the Week about Shopping? Could it be having a wife and two daughters with me on most of my trips to Walt Disney World sort of makes me an expert? Perhaps. I have spent many an hour in the shops at every park and at Downtown Disney.

Particularly, the huge World of Disney store in Downtown Disney which I found myself in not too long ago. As my family was off shopping in one of the eight rooms in the store, I spied some large Disney character figurines. I would have loved to had gotten one but how would I get it home? Never fear, Disney store cast members can have anything shipped directly to your home address.

Home delivery is available from the World of Disney store in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
No room in your luggage? No problem at Walt Disney World stores.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/125s, f/1.8, ISO 800, EV +0.3.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her Disney Pic of the Week on Shopping.

September 1, 2013

Where in the World #295

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

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

America and Canada is celebrating Labor/Labour Day this weekend! For all those enjoying the long weekend:
From Millan.Net

Rosh Hashana is the week too! Happy New Year to all the celebrants!
Shofar

Josh Weiss has the post-Disney vacation blues. You're amongst people who understand, Josh. From Millan.Net Buck up, little soldier.

Claire Gregory, I totally agree with you! I adore Disney park stores! My husband says I think of them as E-ticket attractions. :)

And now for Challenge #294:
 Where in the World #294

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © 2013 Erin Blackwell

The replica of the Easy Rider motorcycle known as Captain America in the Harley Davidson shop, West Side of Downtown Disney. Of course, Chris Kelly never got a picture like this one my hubby and I took here. Right, Chris?

Chris Kelly were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Chris and all our winners this week! Sheryl Hicks, Wendy Beaudoin, Josh Weiss, Paul Moore, Morgan M., Chuck Sands, The Malesky Family, Claire Gregory, Dave Cole, Mike Kaczanowski, Mike O'brien, Barbara Ingram, Dawn Simpson, Joseph M. Zafia, and Matthew Jadro. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

It's time, Players! The August winner for the monthly drawing is Timmy Saunders! Congratulations, Timmy! You'll hear from me soon on how to get your prize from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #295 Where in the world is this?

Back into the parks!
 Where in the World #295

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, September 5th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

June 23, 2013

Where in the World #285

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

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

I'm writing this on the first official day of Summer!
From Millan.Net
Who wants to join me in my convertible and head for the beach? convertible

Thank you to everyone for all the lovely birthday wishes!

Chloe Mayhew has the post-Disney vacation blues. What would you like, Chloe? Hug hug emoticon or Disney comfort bear From Millan.Net?

Rapunzel, good luck with your Disney trip sweepstakes! You're taking me along if you win, right?

We had two challenges last week.! Here's the Extra Tough Challenge:
Where in the World Extra Tough Challenge

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

A Mickey topiary fountain garden in the Disney Marketplace, Downtown Disney. I asked my husband if we could get one, but he said they had sold out. Sigh. How awesome would that have looked?

Craig and Jeff Blank came the closest. Craig said a flower bed and Jeff said a few plants in in 44 sq miles of plants. Way to go, guys!

Duskin Henard, again with the potty mouth, saying bumfoozled! You are a rebel!

Here's Challenge #284:
Where in the World #284

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

Just about everyone got this: the backdrop at Country Bear Jamboree in the Magic Kingdom.

Everybody, sing!
The bear band bears will play now in the good ol' key of G
Zeek and Zeb and Ted and Fred and a bear named Tennessee
Zeck's a-tangin' on the banjo and a-tappin' with his feet
While bangin' on a dishpan with a real ol' country beat
Zeb's a-sawin' on the fiddle with a crooked hickory bow
When the spirit moves that bruin, he can make that fiddle go
Brother Ted is on the corn jug now I mean that bear can blow
He also plays the washboard with a handle of a hoe
And big Fred's playin' mouth harp, he plays it kinda sad
He never took a lesson, he just picked it up from Dad
And lil ol' Tennessee Bear is a featured on the thang
Sounds just like a guitar but it's only got one string
So clap your hands and stomp your feet and try to keep right with 'em
One sure thing the Bear Band's got is real ol' country rhythm
Yeah. clap your hands and stomp your feet and try to keep right with 'em
One sure thing the Bear Band's got is real ol' country rhythm - AH Ha!
(teddy bear squeak)

Jeremy Hardy, let me know how that Dr. Winch sign goes over at your dental clinic! ;)

Paul Dickson was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Paul and all our winners this week! Candice Grimes, Denise Cayz, K Beasley, Mark Burden, Karen, Tinkerbell Wells, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Mary Beth Tarbet, Janet Thorn, Donald Leblanc, Chris Nichols, Kenny, Ellen Sullivan, Dave Wang, Anne Marie Cronin, Tracy Ludwig, James Dezern, Bruce Hinterleitner, Christina, Steve And Ruby Jordan, Team Hill, Melissa Such, Vera Williams, Deb Ragno, Johansen Family, Amy Schweizer, Kristi Strembicki, Tricia Petty, Joe Calomeni, Dee Dee Kenney, Robert Avnet, Deb Falvo, Colette Stanton, Daniel Record, Duskin Henard, Lee Anastasi, Maggie Klotz, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Pat Schwier, Herb Miller, Sharon Powell, Anne Beebe, Maureen Handy, Dawn Bach, Stuart Savage, Kat Georgiou, Scott Greenbaum, Tom Koval, Craig, Brian Miller, Jeremy Hardy, Patty Carty, Sandie Albrecht, Betsy Dross, Pam Vanaustin, Jennifer Rupert , Jim Thompson, Morgan M., Bill Mckim, Chuck Sands, Julie Wickware, Les Stewart, Michael Mclucas And Jackie Mclucasi, Mike Rotkiske, Jonathan Thomas, Ladonna Tisdale, The Parker Family, Susie Howard, Kerry Mccaffrey, Andrew Swiatowicz , Judy Simonsen, Billie Jean Albolino, The Kertes Family, Vicki And Elizabeth Edwards, Kristyn Scibienski, Claire Gregory, Brenda Strohmeyer, Carolyn Como, Jenn Crosby, Randi Balch, Erin Lamb, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Agnes Ciotti, Lindsay Coram, Jeff Blank, Kevin Miller, James Steele , Nigel Mcquire, The Foley Family, Linda College, Heather Sabatino, Jeremy Reichelt, Barclay Bakkum, Chloe Mayhew, Karrie Duffey, Rebecca Keenan, Anastasia Macneil, Nathaniel Clements, Michelle Boykin, Nathaniel Clements, Josh Weiss, Jim Finley, The Patterson Family, Davida, Karen Bellamy, Team Meeker, Brian Richmond, Jen Cox, Ron Harper, Kat Curtis, Carla Leger, Dave Freemyer, Ed Suscreba, Matt Holley, Betsy Silvestri, Emily Hudson, Team Bonnie Sue, Sharon Pierce, John Pasqueralli, Hoekzema Family, Chris And Sarah, Jason Skow, Mandy Kromer, Ed Elder, Doug Olson Family, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Kerry A., Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Brian Gallant, Brooke Whitlatch, Caroline Burmester, Evald Olson, Dave Kanigowski, Sandy Kanigowski, Stacy Lee, Rapunzel, Kristen Mccoy, Larry Sprenkle, Robert Wescovich, Leigh Mertz, Terry Fleming, George Mundy Jr, Patti Mccaffrey, Virginia Pierce, Josh Carney, Karen Smith, and Peter Boguszewski. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #285 Where in the world is this?

Once more into the parks! Look at me, I'm quoting Skakespeare.... kind of.
 Where in the World #285

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November 23, 2012

Color Composition at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

There are many rules of composition in photography, like the Rule of Thirds, symmetry, golden triangle and others. One thing that is often overlooked is using color in composition. Color can be used to lead the viewer's eye to the subject, create a response in the viewer or even frame an image. When studying this subject, I found I relied mostly on my subjects position or their relationship to other elements in the viewfinder. The following photos I did take with color being the primary photographic element.

Besides his humor, Cool Hand Luke stood out in front of Disney's Boardwalk Resort with his brightly colored costume which contrasted with the natural tones of the resort's buildings and wooded boardwalk. To further enhance his appearance, I placed him in the right third of the frame where your eyes are lead to first before exploring the rest of the scene.

Cool Hand Luke Juggling Show entertaining guests on The Boardwalk, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Cool Hand Luke Juggling Show entertaining guests on The Boardwalk.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/11, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length, fill flash.

The blue twilight sky makes for a beautiful backdrop for the brightly lighted and colorful Characters in Flight tethered balloon ride at Downtown Disney. Here I balance the balloon with the horizon in the lower third of the frame.

Characters in Flight tethered balloon ride at Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Characters in Flight tethered balloon ride at Downtown Disney.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/30s, f/3.5, ISO 3200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

A yellow Taveta Golden Weaver (Ploceus castaneiceps) bird on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom posed nicely for me against the natural background. The contrast of the yellow bird pops right out at you.

Taveta Golden Weaver bird on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Taveta Golden Weaver bird on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/80s, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EV +0.3, 300mm focal length.

Going to finish up with a couple holiday photos now that Thanksgiving here in the United States has passed and the shopping season is in full swing today.

The slivery-blue Cinderella Castle in holiday Dream Lights from the Ticket and Transportation Center near the Ferry dock reflects in the Seven Seas Lagoon on a December evening. Reflections in water and other surfaces help to draw one's eyes to the main subject.

Cinderella Castle in holiday Dream Lights from the Ticket and Transportation Center, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Cinderella Castle in holiday Dream Lights from the Ticket and Transportation Center.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 3s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 300mm focal length, tripod.

The Toy Soldier statues around the Main Street USA Christmas Tree in the Magic Kingdom can be made the colorful subject by using a wide open aperture to create the dreamy bokeh (out of focus background) of the lights on the tree behind them.

Toy Soldier figure in front of the Main Street USA Christmas tree at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Toy Soldier figure in front of the Main Street USA Christmas Tree.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/40s, f/5.6, ISO 3200, EV -0.6, 116mm focal length, polarizer filter.

This month on my personal photo blog, I ran an assignment about Color Composition where you can find more reference articles and links to people who participated.

July 1, 2012

Where in the World #236

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

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

Belated Happy 16th Birthday to Duskin Henard! His family got him a trip to Walt Disney World for his birthday. Isn't that nice? (Not that I'm jealous or anything. Not me...)

Welcome to new Player, Mathieu! We won over another one to our side!
Smiley from millan.net

Here was last week's Challenge:
 Where in the World #235

And here's the answer:
Once Upon A Toy
Copyright © 2011 Erin Blackwell, Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS, f3.2, 1/80sec, 7mm, ISO-80

Laura Tarbet, you're right (be nice to your mom about it). It's the sign for the Once Upon A Toy store in the Disney Marketplace, Downtown Disney.

You all know those little dump trucks: so cute as they move and their wheels form a Hidden Mickey, and as Mary Virginia Clause, Megan Krainski, and Beth Mcmeekin all pointed out, those beeping sounds! I forget about it between trips and always think a forklift is backing up. Then I start thinking, how many forklifts are coming through? :)

And as Clay Anthony said: "my kids favorite place in the 'World'; I have lost weight in this room - from my wallet!"

Heather Hynes, you can build a Mr. Potato Head AND a lightsaber all at once?! Those are some mad skills, girl! ;)

Marcie Soderlund, be careful calling Mr Potato Head your boyfriend. Because his wife is packing those angry eyes, know what I'm saying? :)

Danielle Ciotti Harsley was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Danielle and to all the readers who got the answer right: Evanna Huda, Lorine Landon, Agnes Ciotti, Tricia Petty, Phyllis Masse, Larissa Huda, Stephanie Visco, Emma Poprock, James And Kathy Berry, Hoekzema Family, Paul Dickson, Mike Walter, Stuart Hale, Erin Hammer, Mike and Susan of Team Hill, Kye Layton, Kelly Mager, Scott Greenbaum, Mary Virginia Clause, Anastasia Macneil, Tim Wingfield, Hayden Pronto-hussey, Patrick Broaddus, Tommy Montgomery, Sharon Pierce, Laurie Walker, Laura Tarbet, Mike O'brien, Amanda Campbell, Rebekah Anguish, Debbie Desimone, Al Desimone, Erica Lacey, Jenifer Moyer, Angie Young, Heather Young, Amy Young, Joanna, The Parker Family, Amanda Perkins, Deb Ragno, Callie Conrad, Kerri Coggins, Kerri Hancock, Jesse Tindall, Patti Miller, Allan Tam, Christine Griffin, Dustin Morehead, Dabney Wamsley, Megan Krainski, Cindy O'dell, Jenny Brennan, Joy Mullins, Melissa Mccracken, Chris Black, Jim Williams, Pam Vanaustin, Erin Mihalik, Courtney Payne, Pam Manseau, Paul B Macintyre, Beth Mcmeekin, Toni Smith, Phil Vickers, Veronica Jo, Jill H, Kenny, Brian Miller, Kelly Montgomery, Maureen Handy, Pollyanna Buff, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Danielle Quatrella, Craig, Sharon Dale, Nicole Moscato, The Strukel Family, Julie Wickware, Todd Ritter, Jason Deptula, Michelle Boykin, Michelle Thompson, Karen Ramirez, Duskin Henard, Josh Weiss, Ellie Argaluza, Kelsi B, Krystal Pound, Claire Gregory, Lori Gault, Stephanie Mcnamee, Jason Hocker, Maryann Eckenrode , Patti Mccaffrey, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Kerry A., Kerry Mccaffrey, Matt Martel, Maggie Klotz, Nick Bentz, Alan Mize, Christopher Barnes, Jamie K, Nicole Ruzinski, Bill Mckim, David Matthew Haney, Paula Massarelli, Kristen Mccoy, Rebecca Keenan, Carolyn Como, Vera Williams, Gerald Buford, Brian Haas, Jennifer Harmon, John Sheridan, Laura V., Clay Anthony, Doug Olson Family, Mckenzie Donald, Michael Gainey, Gareth Molyneux, Timothy Hutchinson, Les Stewart, Bob Patterson, Jared Orth, Melesia Love, Jessica Folan, Jeremy Reichelt, Tom Hermes, Andrew Weed, John Paul, Jack Foley, Billie Jean Albolino, Jim Thompson, Allison Caputa, Kristen Carde, Karen Wojnicki, Marie Seilus, Alison Rosenberger, Stephanie Linares, Dan Owens, Carolyn R. Conway, Hailey Gill, Lily-pierre &Mathieu, Michelle Wilinski, Bob Henriksen, Heather Hynes, Nicole Shuler, Lisa Laskowski, John Ames, Angie Messer, Emily Hudson, Karen Smith, Andrea Kruszewski, Teresa Cole, Hobbes And Snorky, Dan Johnston, Austin Oblenis, Ashley, Dee Dee Kenney, Wayne Chadourne, Matt Degrandis, Jennifer Rupert, Sandie Albrecht, Paul Knott, Michelle Bates, Kathryn Willer, Marcie Soderlund, Lauree Little, Paul Newbiggin, Hillary Waldroop, Joy Ousterout, Elyssa H., Richard And Lisa Palmer, Matthew Jadro, Nancy Ahlsen, Kathryn Pietruszka, Katerina, Clinton Dickinson, Patty Norman, Sheila Saey, Dawn, Rebecca Smith, Scott Cullen, Belicia Cullen, Chip Vermette, Dave Carriere, Thomas Higbee, Barclay Bakkum, Les Whitten, Christine Dagney, Erin Dagney, Brian Grabowski, Alan Lichtman, Staci Plunkett, Nancy, Virginia Pierce , Christi Ison, Mary Tackett, Sarah Holodick, Wendy Barney, Ed Elder, and Scott Davis. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #236: Where in the world is this?
We're going back into the parks!

 Where in the World #236

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April 29, 2012

Where in the World #227

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

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

Amy Filliben and Alan Mize, you're the reason why cavemen drew on walls! :-) Thanks for getting the movie reference last week.

James Hoekzema, I don't need to wish you magic for your birthday, because you'll be in Disney in a couple weeks! You'll have magic galore! It worked for Chloe Mayhew who celebrated her birthday last week about at Disney with her birthday pin; they couldn't give her enough magic! (And desserts, apparently. Lots of desserts. THAT'S magic!)

Here was last week's Challenge:
 Where in the World #226

And here's the answer:

Copyright © 2011 Erin Blackwell Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS, 11mm, 1/20s shutter, f5, ISO 1600

OK, so this was NOT tough! As I found out when 413 of you answered it and in great detail. :) In fact, I can't do any better than your own descriptions, like this one from Ed Elder: Outside of the Lego Imagination Center at Downtown Disney in the Marketplace. It's Maleficent's using her powers as the dragon to try to destroy Prince Phillip, but the power is deflected off of his magical Shield of Virtue. As Chris Stockton, Bob Hendrix, and Tommy Montgomery, Prince Phillip has his horse Samson with him because, as Chris' grandfather always said: "if you're going to be constantly under fire from an evil queen while outside the Lego Store in Downtown Disney it's important to have your trusty horse with you." That is a wise, wise man.

Now Jason Lenz used even more technical jargon saying: "Maleficent's fire thingy attacking Prince Phillip at the Lego Store in Downtown Disney!" He's a keeper, Melinda. :-)

Maybe she does need a breath mint, Carrie Henderson. Maybe that's why Prince Phillip needs that shield, block the bad breath. LOL!

Annie Snodgrass, I don't have to see you to know how excited you are about getting the answer right, because I can hear your squeals of joy all the way at my house! Go, Annie! Get the answer right!

Bonus pat on the back to Brenda Strohmeyer for mentioning the fabulous hot fudge sundaes next door at Ghiradellis!

As I said, we had 413 winners. Some of them more cocky about it than others; I'm looking at YOU, Team Hill! LOL!

Let's also thank Doug Olson's daughter for giving him the answer. Good for you!

Megan Krainski was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Megan and to all the readers who got the answer right: Chris Masse, Julie Wickware, Jacquelyn Law, Bill Mckim, Jacquelyn Law, Alan Law, Ed Elder, Jonathan Thomas, Lauren Thomas, Amy Filliben, Photo...Lego store, Downtown Disney, Teresa Plunkett, Leach Family, Staci Plunkett, Mary Beth Tarbet, Mandi Mae, Theresa Rucando, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Emily Hudson, Diane Curfman, David B., Judy Koslowski, Kathryn Perkins, Hoekzema Family, Diane Tredore, Kris Nixon, The Parker Family, Matt Holley, Courtney Ketzler, Alyciadias, Cindy Dore, Robin Boyd, Anne Marie Cronin, Angela And David Blevins, Ed Suscreba, Tim Johansen, Danny Bogue, Nancy Talan, Candy Dadswell, Paul B Macintyre, Michelle Youngerman, Team Hill, Brian Odonnell, Jackie Workman, Marilyn Mcclelland, Mat Callahan, Austin Oblenis, Larissa Huda, Rob Blundin, Vera Williams, Lauren Proutt, Maureen Handy, Dan Owens, Erin Loring, Denise Nilsen, Fiona Knight, Paul Dickson, Lori White, David Hyde Constantine, Luanna Rugani, Jennifer Rowell, Michelle Boykin, Laurie Walker, Courtney Payne, Galen Perkins, C Gibrich, Annette Nuenke, Sam Shotick, Jamie K, Walter Family, Steve Jordan, Shannon Richey, Paul Moore, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Julie And Kody Rider, Patti Mccaffrey, Kerry Mccaffrey, Maggie Klotz, Mary C. Dunnett, Jodi Cook, Leigh Mertz, Tom Hermes, Pollyanna Buff, Mary Virginia Clause, David &Melissa Lizewski, Maggie Klotz, Barbra Crabtree, Kameo Crea, Jennifer Lee, Derek Carty, Nancy O'brien , Sheila Sanders, Tj Mahan, Tom Donnelly , Lee Anastasi, Paula Massarelli, Mike Venere, Matthew Jadro, Kristyn Scibienski, Mickey Eckert, Sharynne Smith, Patty Carty, Chris Hanna, The O'meara Family, T.treloar-rhodes, Tiffany Gibb, Gabriella &Matthieu, Dave Wang, Lorine Landon, Tommy Montgomery, Jen Cerce, Debra Kuklinski, Karen Schlumpf, Mary Thatcher, Double Family, Tina Gerbig, Ellie Argaluza, Misty Mehelic, Amy Schweizer, Sean Farrell, Deb Ragno, Jeffrey Dunne, Carla C., Chris Kelly, Melissa Dye, Jayson C., Vanessa Stjohn, Sharon Pierce, Kerri Coggins, Kristi &Corey Davidson, Michael Gainey, Al Desimone, Louise Barton, Deb Desimone, Marie Seilus, Scott Cullen, Vicki Edwards, Alan Mize, Kelly Seymore, Belicia Cullen, Shelley Diederich, Bob Hendrix, Kerry A, Kelly Montgomery, Noah Schweizer (8 Yrs Old), Rachel Melendez, Wendy Barney, Sharon Dale, Dawnburns, Emily Rudy, Betsy Silvestri, Emily Rudy, Mackenzie D., Katie Bray, Pam Tees, Caryn Schill, Dawn Bach, Amy Weber, James And Kathy Berry, Diane Furtado, Craig, Hobbes And Snorky, Donna Currier, Jacob Fishman, Jack Foley, Brian Miller, Cynthia Hare, Ken Maikowski, Pam, Jim Thompson, Jeremy Hardy, Kirkmhardy, Kristin Olmedo, Precious Balsewicz, Jared Orth, Michael Phillips, Claire Gregory, Nicole Amidon, Kenny, Paul Knott, Brucethelesser, Elizabeth Edwards, Elyssa H., Adam Mcfarland, Anne Beebe , Jon, Diane Ramos, Jennifer Chartier, Wendy T Faler, Lindsey Schlauder, Stefanie Vandiver, Jeff &Cheryl Simmons, Karen Adamakis, Claressa Nisley, Andy Schumacher, Anita Clampitt, Susan Higginbotham, Tim Jeltes, Morgan M., The Malesky Family, Deborah Boucher, Jim Williams, Tierney, Suzanne Denham, Karen Ramirez, Mary Tackett, Amy Martel, Jennifer Harmon, Kelsi B, Michael Malampy, Christopher Barnes, Tina Benco, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Kris Blamphin, Les Whitten, Heather Pedulla, Doug Reichl, Andrea Kruszewski, Jacki Honig, Bruce Arnold , Davidw, Chloe Mayhew, Deborah Boucher, Trish Babler, Lily-pierre Couet, Jennifer Townsend, Melea Broekers, Tom Koval, Beth Mcmeekin, Deborah Beaulne, Cathy Connors, Dave Fullerton, Carolyn Como, Walter N. Clark, Marshall Stevens, John Sheridan, Jennifer A. Mcfarland, Shaun Leake, Erica Lacey, Jonathan Ward, Amanda Perkins, Laura Valk, Will Gates, Scott Greenbaum, Stephanie Visco, Monica Owens, Evanna Huda, Brian Stansbury, Derek Williams, Cara Richards, Phil Vickers, Carrie Henderson, John Arena Jr, Kathryn Hughes, Chuck Everson, James Steele, Linda Scrivano, Cameron Lange, Melesia Love, Rob &April - Team Vanderpool, Hunter Armstrong, Jessica Schneider, Paul Ignudo Jr, Kelly Smith, Jeremy Reichelt, Ruth Woodhouse, Karen Hotchkiss, Jeff Holt, Dale Knight, Heather Hynes, Elizabeth Scarborough, Wayne Witherspoon, Dan Johnston, Kristen Carde, Jill Hauth, Shelly Borella, Chris Bauman, Hillary Waldroop, Dennis Loring, Sandra Edwards, Clara Roscoe, Clara Roscoe, Brian Haas, Sandy Ednie, Patricia Ovesny, Les Stewart, Sara Holloway, Nicole Brown, Anastasia Macneil, The Moore Family, Margie Larmon, Maja, Erin Hammer, Dan Diehm, Ashley Elizabeth, Jackie Purcell, Freya Schmidt, Emma Poprock, Ainsley Poe, Betsy Dross, Jeff Finger, Jen Schultz, Peter Boguszewski, Scott Sangston, Jen Tremley, Cheryl Prascik, Annie Snodgrass, Nicole Benoit, Lisa Laskowski, Amy B., Lesley R, Jullie Pudem, Jenifer Moyer, Angie Williams, Matt Ciccone, Stuart Hale, Sarah Francis, Kyler Scottk, Ed Hogan, Susie Howard, Heidi Goodhue, Brendan Abel, Nick Straka, Jason And Melinda Lenz, Karen Robertson, Sophia Clifton, Emma Ramsey, Agnes Ciotti, Victor Gonzalez, Jason Skow, Samuel, Linda Mac, Melissa Kirk, Matt Cofone, Chuck Sands, Chris Hall, Kate Fischer, Trina L, Marc Lorenzo, Patrick B., Stephanie Linares, Ann Graef, Carri Marotto, Mike Hitzel, Kathryn Willer, Alison Rosenberger, Hailey Gill, Dave Carriere, Anna Keene, Kristi Strembicki, Jennifer Rodriguez, Jamie Poynton, Morag Lemon, Patti Parkinson, Tiana Thomas, Sue Bolhouse, Antoinette Leblanc, Sheila Saey, Sandy Miller, David Ballard , Jennifer Bogdan, Patti Deluca, Spencer Hart, Terri Lockert, Brenda Strohmeyer, Amy Miller, Christopher Crowe, Sandie Albrecht, Kali Murry, Elaine Kleinhenz, Nathan York, Mitch Buska, Doug Olson, Jane Johnson, Sam S., The Patterson Family, Chris Forner , Jessica Haywood, Karen Ford, Lisa Cash, Erica Sipich, Chris Gallagher, Barclay Bakkum, Roye Ann Morris, Jenn Steele, Robert Schwartz, Cathy Mager, Carolyn R. Conway, Jennifer Mercier, Chris, Jo Ann Bailey, Chris Ashby, Alissa Mcrae, Kevin, Victoria Martinez, James Hickey, Dana Schirnhofer, Bob Burge, Allison Caputa, Jenny Ward , Tom &Susan Linder, Ashleigh Dzurik, Ron Harper, Josh Weiss, Chris Stockton, Steve Knapp, Michelle Goodwin, Tina S., Hayley Valk, George Mundy Jr, Tyra Trueblood, and Michelle Willis. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #227: Where in the world is this?

You don't know how tempted I am to post a Disney D in one little spot of Walt Disney World; LOL! But I went with this. I'm not going to bother calling it tough because 600 of you will get it right. :)

 Where in the World #227

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March 30, 2012

Shopping in Downtown Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

My family and I make deals these days when spending time at Walt Disney World. They give me time to photograph and I give them time to shop. They also know to feed me just to be safe. Like at the Earl of Sandwich when the day calls for a shopping safari at Downtown Disney's Marketplace. Else, I might start to look like Donald Duck does in Disney's Pin Traders.

Donald Duck looks grumpy in the Disney's Pin Traders shop at Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
A grumpy Donald Duck in the Disney's Pin Traders Shop at Downtown Disney.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/4, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length.

Just beware that even if you are going to Downtown Disney to dine. A few of the restaurants have shops inside of them like the T-Rex Cafe where the popular Mall favorite, Build-A-Bear, has morphed into Build-A-Dino.

Build A Dino shop inside the T-Rex Cafe in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Build A Dino shop inside the T-Rex Cafe.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length.

Then there's the World of Disney store. It is approximately 51,000 square feet housing every imaginable kind of Walt Disney World souvenir, clothing and merchandise. The entrance below is guarded by Stitch and is the reason why you should always look up when on Disney property.

World of Disney shop entrance guarded by Stitch in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
World of Disney shop entrance guarded by Stitch.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.3, ISO 320, EV -0.3, 98mm focal length.

I do find many ways to entertain myself while my family shops. The stores are filled with wonderful details, colors and Disney magic. However, after a while, I do feel like time is just tick-tocking away and we should be getting back to a park for more fun and photography.

Time ticks and tocks away inside the World of Disney shop in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Time ticks and tocks away inside the World of Disney.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/30s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length, rear-sync, bounced flash.

Remember, give others in your traveling party time to enjoy what their passions are. Even if it means spending time doing things you would rather not be.

I will be off next week for a family vacation. Not to Disney this time though I have a feeling I might find some Disney magic along the way. If you would like, you can follow my non-Disney twitter account here: Scott Thomas.

March 29, 2012

Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Original 1762 roast beef sandwich at the Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Original 1762 roast beef sandwich at the Earl of Sandwich.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5, ISO 720, EV +0.7, 28mm focal length.

Any trip to Downtown Disney leads us to either a lunch or dinner at the Earl of Sandwich restaurant. My favorite sandwich there is The Original 1762 and is a mouth watering roast beef sandwich on the Earl's freshly made Artesian Baked Loaf. I add some chips and my favorite British drink, a Strongbow cider. Cheers from my Disney Pic of the Week on Downtown Disney.

February 3, 2012

Characters in Flight at Twilight at Downtown Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Characters in Flight balloon rising from its platform at Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Characters in Flight balloon rising from its platform at Downtown Disney.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/30s, f/3.5, ISO 3200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

I have been planning to ride the Characters in Flight balloon from the time it was announced. Yet, since it's first flights in 2009, I have never been able to find the time or the right flight conditions to do so. That was until last month when it all came together on a visit to Downtown Disney including the time of day.

As Barrie, Lisa and I have mentioned many times, the hour before and after sunset is a magical time for photography. The Sun was just setting as my wife and I, another couple and the pilot started our ascent in the circular gondola below the 210,000 cubic feet red and yellow balloon decorated with flying Disney characters. The light towards the Sun was very harsh so I decided to photograph with it behind me. As you can see, it was a good decision.

About half way to our maximum altitude of 400 feet, I noticed the DVC ferry coming into the dock at Downtown Disney Marketplace as the last of the golden sunlight reflected off the Lake Buena Vista hotels.

A ferry headed to Downtown Disney Marketplace from the Characters in Flight balloon, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A ferry headed to Downtown Disney Marketplace from the Characters in Flight balloon.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/40s, f/3.5, ISO 3200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

At the top of our ascent, the restaurants and shops of Downtown Disney Marketplace, the Lake Buena Vista hotels and the city lights of greater Orlando stretched out to the horizon .

Disney Downtown Marketplace and Lake Buena Vista hotels from the Characters in Flight balloon, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Disney Downtown Marketplace and Lake Buena Vista hotels from the Characters in Flight balloon.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 3200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

Of to the north of the Lake Buena Vista hotels was the Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa Disney Vacation Club all lit up under the blue color of twilight.

Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa from the Characters in Flight balloon, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa from the Characters in Flight balloon.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 3200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

The flight conditions were almost perfect for the ride with hardly any wind to speak of, a warm evening and clear sky. The flight was smooth, quiet and full of character and wonderful views of the Walt Disney World resort.

If you would like to see more photos and details about the Characters in Flight attraction, Jack Spence was on hand back in 2009 for the inaugural flights. Just one correction since Jack's blog was published, the Characters in Flight now costs $18 or $12 for ages 3-9.

October 30, 2011

Where in the World #201

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Thank you to everyone like Steve Jordan and Lily-pierre Couet who congratulated us on our milestone of 200 challenges! I looked it up: Barrie posted the first Where in the World on July 16, 2007. (I have no idea what that picture is. Do any of you?) So we didn't know it, but we reached our 4th anniversary this summer! Thank you so much to all of you who play Where in the World Photo Fun! It's because of you that we've had 200 posts and over 4 years!

Here was our landmark 200th Challenge:

 Where in the World #200

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2006 Erin Blackwell FinePix S5200, 25mm, 1/125s shutter, f/3.5, ISO 800

Say Hi to the Genie from his mural inside Disney's Days Of Christmas in the Disney Marketplace. Like Steve Jordan and his daughter, my husband and I are big Genie fans! I will admit that unlike Patti Mccaffrey, I had to look up that he is the 9th day: "On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Nine Genies flying". He's in the section where they have the Christmas Village houses and trains, near the personalization desk.

Craig was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Craig and to all the readers who got the answer right: Jodi Cook, Jen Cerce, Virginia Pierce, Lauren Thomas, Mike Haeberle, Sharon Pierce, Emily Dagney, Christine Dagney, Karen Schlumpf, Erin Dagney, Betsy Silvestri, Bruce Jones, Kelly Mager, Pam Tees, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Linda Scrivano, Theresa Rucando, Dawn Burns, Larissa Huda, The Kahle Family, Hillary Waldroop, Jason Wright, Zachary Ott, Pj Popsuj, Jacki Honig, Evanna Huda, Steve Jordan, Kerry Mccaffrey, Vicki And Elizabeth, William ,thomas Edwards, Patti Mccaffrey, Jamie K, Elizabeth Scarborough, Heather Hynes, Lily-pierre Couet, Carri Marotto, Amber Slifer, Leslie Stewart, Dan Owens, Jeff Finger, Carol J, Cara Richards, Caroline Burmester, Sharon Dale, Katie Bowling, Matt Degrandis, Lorraine Burmester, Jennifer Mercier, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Mackenzie D., and Mike Hill. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #201: Where in the world is this?

Get your tickets out because we're going back into the parks!

 Where in the World #201

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 3rd, 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.

See you next week, Worlders!

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!

October 9, 2011

Where in the World #198

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Happy Belated 13th Birthday to Toni G, future Imagineer! She also had the PeopleMover answer right, but a glitch sent her answer in late. So congratulations on her birthday and for being part of our winners!

Speaking of Challenge 196, Barrie Brewer who, as you know, is one of the AllEars® photographers and the creator of "Where in the World Photo Fun" (as well as the creator and designer of our trading cards), looked into her records and discovered the numbers of World players has DOUBLED since last year! Thank you so much to everyone: that is great magical news for Barrie and me!

This was Challenge #197:
 Where in the World #197

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2009 Erin Blackwell Canon PowerShot SD890 IS, 7mm, 1/60s shutter, f/3.2, ISO 100

It's a giant Mickey Mouse Rice Krispie treat, the size of a cake, at Goofy's Candy Company in the Disney Marketplace! Becky Norman tells me they have a Minnie Mouse one too! Cool! (And, Becky, thanks for the fantastic note!) In fact, people told me it's a family tradition to get one on their last day as a treat for home.

I took this picture in Goofy's, as I said, but I have found out they have them in a few other locations, so I am putting those in the winners too.

It does look good, doesn't it, Patti McCaffrey? You know, you, your nieces and nephews could get together and have one as a treat!

Danielle Ciotti was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Danielle and to all the readers who got the answer right: Lauren Thomas, Ed Elder, Bill Mckim, Larissa Huda, Kameo Crea, Jessica Gruhlke, Clint Curfman, Kye Layton, Lee Anastasi, Betsy Silvestri, Paula Massarelli, Becky Norman, Karen Adamakis, Double Family, Gabriella Bruxelle, Hillary Waldroop, Mary Beth Tarbet, Sharon Pierce, Brian Miller, Maureen Handy, Sarah Rosser, Sandra Shaw, Kerry A, Julie Wickware, Kris Nixon, Tim Johansen, Sharon Dale, Louise Barton, Jared Orth, Akira Williams, Chris Kelly, Diane C., Susan Thompson, Stacey Htchinson, Claire Gregory, Millie Tenreiro, Erin Dagney, Christopher Barnes, Gretchen Barnes, Madison Reynolds, Walter N. Clark, Elizabeth Macgregor and Son, Heather Pedulla, Jonah Rigby, Jamie K, Anastasia Macneil, Danielle Fitzgerald, Mackenzie D., Steven Bowling, Cara Richards, Matt Cofone, Leslie Stewart, Wade A. Williams, Jennifer Tremley, Kerrie Hogan, Donna Wnchester, Vincent Maltese, Ashley Elizabeth, Melody O'donnell, Pj Popsuj, Melissa Dye, Patti Mccaffrey, Kerry Mccaffrey, Amber Slifer, Theresa Rucando, Freya Schmidt, Chloe Mayhew, Jamie Poynton, Toni G., Zachary Ott, Tom Koval, Mike Hill, Melina Anne Hillis, Danielle Sauthoff, Kelsi B., Melody Salemi, Carrie R., Schuyler Stewart, Hailey Gill, Kristen Carde, Ansley, Matthew Coulson, Ellie Argaluza, Kayla Webb, Colin Buchanan, Nathaniel Clements, Danielle Ciotti, Lauren Thomas, Bill Mckim, Larissa Huda, Kameo Crea, Jessica Gruhlke, Clint Curfman, Kye Layton, Lee Anastasi, and Betsy Silvestri. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #198: Where in the world is this?

We are back in the parks this week. After all, they're celebrating 40 years!

 Where in the World #198

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 13th, 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.

See you next week, Worlders!

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!

October 3, 2011

November Disney Calendar

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This is a first - the first time I have featured Downtown Disney on a calendar. La Nouba has performed exclusively for Disney guests since December 1998. This early morning shot of the Cirque du Soleil theater in Downtown Disney's West Side can be seen from Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa.

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 2011 8.5x11 Calendar


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

November 2011 Jewel Case Calendar

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

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June 5, 2011

Where in the World #180

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Hello, Worlders! A lot of you sent notes to me but they were about last week's contest, so let's get to it!

This was Challenge #179:
 Where in the World #179

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2007 Erin Blackwell

Kungaloosh, fellow Adventurers! It's the Colonel: Colonel Critchlow Suchbench, Club Gleemeister and always on guard duty, of the much lamented, closed Adventurers Club on Pleasure Island in Downtown Disney! Like everyone who wrote, I miss this place so much. Fun fact: long before Disney owned Marvel, Johnny Storm of the Fantastic Four gave the Club Creed in one issue. Say it with me:

We climb the highest mountains,
just to get a better view.
We plumb the deepest oceans,
cause we're daring through and through.
We cross the scorching deserts,
martinis in our hands.
We ski the polar ice caps,
in tuxedos looking grand.
We are reckless, brave, and loyal,
and valiant to the end.
If you come in here a stranger,
you will exit as a friend.

"Written" by Merriweather Adam Pleasure
Club Founder 1927

Sharon Pierce was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Club Salute to Robin and all other readers who got the answer right: Ken Gravitt, Ken Jackson, Rob Blundin, Phil Vickers, Mike M., Kelly Mager, Maureen Handy, Elizabeth Scarborough, Kye Layton, Matt Holley, Dale Knight, Kathy Love, Joshua Swainston, Gloria Martin, Denise Cayz , Bruce Hinterleitner, Dana Hinterleitner, Ryan Hinterleitner, Jen Cerce, Norma Mullen, Matthew Jadro, Jennifer Rupert, Linda Mac, Jeremy Hardy, Mike Haeberle, Paul Dickson, Brandi Sandersfeld, Shannon Milair, The Chambers Family, Chloe Williams, Heather Hynes, Joe Calomeni, Brian Miller, Sandra Edwards, Paul Ignudo, Jim Riley, Dan Owens, Nicole Duddy, Sarah Holodick, Jenn Steele, Kelly Zanauskas, Bruce Arnold, Jon , Robin Keller, Amy Miller, Matt Degrandis, Debbie Harker, Marc Lorenzo, Joe Pfrangle, Noreen Rachuba, Mike Timmer, Tim Rachuba, and Jane Johnson. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #180: Where in the world is this?

Let's go back into the parks and to present day for this week's challenge. This can be a toughie!

Where in the World #180

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 9th, 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.
See you next week, Worlders!
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 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"}


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.

February 1, 2011

Disney Pic of the Week: Downtown Disney Restaurants

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

With a host of counter and full service restaurants, Downtown Disney features unique dining from the heavily themed Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex to Wolfgang Puck Cafe and Raglan Road. Prices range from value to very expensive. All of the full service restaurants accept Advanced Reservations and it is highly recommended you do so.

May I suggest if you are looking for seafood or a good steak to go to Fulton's Crab House like these people are doing.

People walking over the gangplank to Fulton's Crab House restaurant in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
People walking over the gangplank to Fulton's Crab House restaurant in Downtown Disney.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/50s, f/16, ISO 6400, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length

Lisa and Barrie will be here on Thursday and Saturday with their Disney Pic of Week on Downtown Disney Restaurants.

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 30, 2010

Disney Pic of the Week: Downtown Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Downtown Disney, Disney's entertainment and shopping district at Walt Disney World, has gone through numerous changes since I first started going to Walt Disney World back in 1983. Disney will again be changing Downtown Disney with the announcement of a new Waterfront District called Hyperion Wharf by 2013 just last week.

My family has enjoyed Downtown Disney for it's many shops, restaurants and unique entertainment venues. You can easily spend a day or an evening there without the need of using up a park admission and still have access to Disney's transportation system of buses and watercraft from the resorts.

While visiting Downtown Disney last month, my family got some chocolate treats from the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop. I am not a big chocolate fan but I was of the beautiful blue sky above the Ghirardelli sign.

Sign above Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop in Downtown Disney's Marketplace, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sign above Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop in Downtown Disney.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 78mm Focal Length

Look for more interesting photos on Thursday and Saturday with Barrie and Lisa's Disney Pic of the Week on Downtown Disney.

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.

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.

February 4, 2010

World of Disney Adventures

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Adventure Room entrance to the World of Disney megastore in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Adventure Room entrance to the World of Disney store.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/4, ISO 320, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal Length, Flash

What better for a Disney Pic of the Week featuring Storefronts than a photo of the biggest Disney store I have ever seen. The World of Disney store in Downtown Disney's Marketplace has three entrances. This is the entrance to the Adventure Room full of pirate booty and overseen by the lovable alien, Stitch. Watch out! He spits!

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 17, 2009

The Funmeister!

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Funmeister mascot of Pleasure Island in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Funmeister Mascot of Pleasure Island.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/6s, f/9, 500 ISO, +0.3 EV, 28mm Focal Length

The Funmeister or Moon Man mascot can still be found around the remains of the original Pleasure Island entertainment complex and thought it a fitting tribute for my Disney Pic of the Week on Pleasure Island.

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.

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!

August 28, 2009

Self Portrait

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Self portrait of Scottwdw in front of Goofy's Candy Company in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida./>
Self Portrait in front of Goofy's Candy Company in Downtown Disney.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 8s, f/16, ISO 200, +1.0 EV, 18mm Focal length, Tripod

Still vacationing (not at Walt Disney World this time) and will return soon!

June 14, 2009

Where in the World #90

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #89:
 Where in the World #89

And here's the answer:
Dreaded LEGO Dude at Downtown Disney
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR, 0.0166s shutter, f/5.6, ISO 800

This is the head of the Dreaded LEGO Dude (my own personal pet name for him) at LEGO Imagination Center in Downtown Disney. You can find him inside the store.


Derek Mullins was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Derek and all of the other readers who got the answer right: Neil Taylor, Jodi Cook, Sharon Pierce, Vicki Vaught, Heather Young, Nathan Cripe, April Ramey, Brian Yesutis, Betsey Whitehead, Dylan Weidner, Robin Fitts, Sharon Dale, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, Sandra Shaw, Elizabeth Scarborough, Douglas Mcknight, Lee Anastasi, Louise Barton, Walter Fletcher, Jacquelyn Law, Ashley, Kameo Crea, Michael Dameron, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Hollie Hinton, Caroline, Sherri Pell, Jennifer Tremley, Kris Nixon, Cindy Dore', Marc Lorenzo, Paul Knott, Michelle Mcknight, Nancy Merritt, Maria M, Tim And Brendan Wingfield, Trish Babler, Lynn Barber, Melissa Dye, Russell Wurr, Debbie Hicks, Mike Cerce, Jen Cerce, Christi Ison, Scott Otis, Jessica Marcotte, Kelly Zanauskas, Christy Gattis, Jeremiah Good, John Foggo, Roye Ann Morris, Duane Wisniewski, Jennifer Mcneill, Carinne Kight, Ed, Ssg, Sam I, Diane Ramos, Chloe, Allison Ulery, Jamie Poynton, Thomas Auckland, Richard Nussbaum, Casey Sullivan, Elizabeth Macbon, Karen Pizzuta, Nicole Amidon, Barclay Bakkum, Tom Hermes, Jared Orth, Noreen Rachuba, Tim Rachuba, Christie Condit, Jessica Reed, Regina Reed, Carrie Kenney, Jeremy Coto and Mandy Youngblood. Each of you will be entered in the June winners' drawing.

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Challenge #90: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #90

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 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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May 8, 2009

Tripod vs. Hand Held Comparison

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

In my recent article on Using a Tripod at Walt Disney World, I talked about the advantages of using a tripod over trying to hand hold a camera when light levels are low like at night. This week I want to show you by comparing two photographs of the same subject using both techiques.

I carefully chose the subject and took the photos from the same location. For the first photo of Fulton's Crab House Restaurant in Downtown Disney's Marketplace, I steadied myself as best I could against a railing and used Joe McNally's Da Grip with an image stablized (IS) lens. Nikon calls theirs vibration reduction (VR) lenses. To get a proper exposure, I had to increase the ISO to 1600 and use an aperture of f/5.3 to get a shutter speed of 1/13th of a second. This is quite hard to hand held and I took a series of shots with this one being the best.

Fulton's Crab House restaurant in Downtown Disney's Marketplace, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Fulton's Crab House taken Hand Held.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/13s, f/5.3, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 80mm focal length

I do like this photo. The reflection of the lights in the water ripples and the lights and signs of the restaurant are nice but it's dreary for lack of a better word. It doesn't reach out and grab my attention.

In the second photo where a tripod was used, I was able to set the ISO at 200 for less noise and an aperture of f/22 which gave the lights a nice star effect. The shutter speed climbed to 30 seconds which allowed more light to hit the sensor. You can see more definition in the outside lighting and you can see more of the inside lighting. The long exposure smooths out the water ripples and reflections so they are not as pronounced but I find it a very pleasing result. This photo does grab my attention. What do you think?

Fulton's Crab House restaurant in Downtown Disney's Marketplace, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Fulton's Crab House taken using a Tripod.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 30s, f/22, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 82mm focal length

April 19, 2009

Where in the World #82

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #81:
 Where in the World #81

And here's the answer:
Planet Hollywood Shop at Downtown Disney
Copyright © 2009 Jack Spence, Nikon D80, 1/250s shutter, f/8, ISO 400

Jack was right, this one was hard. Most people, understandably, thought it was taken in front of the Great Movie Ride in Hollywood Studios. This picture actually comes from the Planet Hollywood merchandise shop, outside of the Planet Hollywood Restaurant at Downtown Disney Westside. The outside of the shop is covered with handprints. If you look at the picture closely, you can see "white" areas on the building. This is where the handprints are. Thanks Jack - that was a fun one. Oh, by the way, I didn't know the answer either!

Scott Otis was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Scott and all the readers who got the answer right: Nathan Cripe, Tina Cooper, Jeffrey Dunne, James Berry, Kathy Berry, Jaime Thomson, Melissa Dye, Michele Delorenzo, Brian Yesutis, Cheri Palmisano, Carinne Kight, Danielle Murgia, Anne Hainsworth, Alicia Henderson, Wendy Ip, Jen Cerce, Noreen Rachuba and Katarina Whitmarsh. Each of you will be entered in the April winners' drawing.
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Challenge #82: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #82

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March 6, 2009

Zoom Zoom!

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Do you have a zoom lens for your digital SLR? Most people do as they tend to be purchased as a kit and the lens in the kit is usually a zoom lens either in the 18-55mm or 55-200mm range. Maybe you got both or have one with a different range.

Besides the advantage of having a variable range of focal lengths, zoom lenses can be a lot of fun in creating the Zoom Effect. The best way to do the Zoom Effect is to use a tripod and set your camera in Aperture priority mode. You want to set the aperture to give a long shutter speed. Something like f/16, f/22 or f/32 if your lens goes out that far and starting at the smallest focal length of the lens.

In the example below, I took a photo of the Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney's Marketplace. This photo was taken at 1 second shutter speed, an aperture of f/16 and ISO of 200 at a focal length of 110mm using my Nikon 18-200mm VR lens.

Rainforest Cafe sign in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Rainforest Cafe sign in Downtown Disney.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1s, f/16, 200 ISO, 100mm Focal length

Here's where the fun comes in. On this next shot, I set the aperture at f/32 which gave me a shutter speed of 3 seconds. Starting at a focal length of 18mm, I tripped the shutter and quickly and smoothly zoomed the lens out while the shutter was open. By the time the shutter closed, I had zoomed out to a focal length of 135mm. The results as you can see, give a great effect of the sign jumping right out at you.

Rainforest Cafe sign zoomed in at Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Rainforest Cafe sign zoomed in at Downtown Disney.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 3s, f/32, 200 ISO, 18 to 135mm Focal length

Pretty neat, eh? The Exif data will only show the final focal length when the shutter closes but I knew where I started from. You can also start at the long end of the zoom lens and zoom to a lower one. I'll leave that to you as an exercise. Leave a comment below if you want to share your results.

I have found it best to keep your subject simple when doing this. Too many subjects and it gets hard to tell what you are taking a picture of. This is great to do in low light and especially with artificial lights like the sign I used above. The link above will give you more tips and ideas on how to use the Zoom Effect.

March 3, 2009

Disney Pics of the Week - Abstract Photography

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

If you really want to have some fun with photography at Walt Disney World, give abstract photography a try. It's a perfect place to find all kinds of interesting shapes and colors. So, just what is it that makes a photo abstract? If the first thing you notice is the shape, the lines, the texture or the color rather than being able to identify what it is a photo of, then it fits the definition of abstract. Abstract photography leaves more to the imagination and helps you concentrate on texture, form and color rather than the bigger picture. This week, Lisa, Scott and I will share a few of our abstract interpretations.

Cirque Abstract
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1.6s shutter, f1

This is the Cirque du Soleil tent in Downtown Disney. If you've seen this tent, you know that it is just massive. I decided to focus my attention on just a small bit of it and this is what I ended up with. I know abstract photography is not for everyone. If you give it a try though, you may find that you like it more than you thought you would - I did!

February 21, 2009

Aargh!!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

World of Disney
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/40s shutter, f3.8, ISO 500

I know it might not seem like it, but this be my Pic of the Week for shops, Matey! This gruesome trio will greet you as you enter the World of Disney store at Downtown Disney. They are in the pirate section of the store - imagine that!

November 15, 2008

Golden Restaurants at Downtown Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Cap'n Jack's and Rainforest Cafe restaurants at Downtown Disney Marketplace, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cap'n Jack's and Rainforest Cafe restaurants at Downtown Disney Marketplace.
Nikon D70/18-70G, 1/250s, f/8, 200 ISO, +0.3 EV, 56mm Focal Length

Any time you can take pictures during the Golden Hour of the day, they just have a wonderful look about them. Downtown Disney Marketplace was the first area in Lake Buena Vista Disney developed and has grown to include Pleasure Island (or what is left of it) and Disney's West Side. Given my other Walt Disney World hobby, I tend to include restaurants in a lot of my photography. So, I thought it fitting to use this as my selection for this week's Disney Pic of the Week theme on Downtown Disney.

November 14, 2008

Photographing Christmas Lights at Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Ready for Christmas yet? Shopping all done? Gifts wrapped? Yeah, me neither. Here is something you can start doing at Walt Disney World today. Taking pictures of the fabulous Christmas decorations in the themeparks and resorts. With more coming by the end of November with the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Christmas parades and special events held all through the holiday season.

Planet Hollywood restaurant sign in Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
How best to capture the millions of lights Disney Imagineers use is our topic for today and I have a some tips for you. Let's start with something people often overlook as it gets dark so early in November and December. Take photos of lighting displays during the magic hour after sunset when the sky and lights become balanced. Though it's not a Christmas display, the photo of the Planet Hollywood sign demonstrates what I am talking about here. I used AWB (Automatic White Balance) here while others will say to switch to a Tungsten or Incandescent white balance for best results. A tripod would be useful but I get good results shooting down to a quarter second (1/4s) with image stabilized lenses. The key is to wait for the sky and lights to come together. Keep taking shots until you start to see the results you are looking for. The provided link will go into more detail.

Now you are saying to yourself, who has time to wait for the light at Disney besides it's mostly full night when you are there. The lights are so pretty, there's got to be a way to photograph them. Well, you are right. Below is a technique you can use called "Dragging the Shutter". This technique is used a lot in wedding photography to allow for room lighting to be seen instead of stark dark backgrounds in large banquet halls.

Christmas Donald Duck Topiary in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Nikon D70/18-70D, 1/30s, f/4.5, ISO 400, +0.6 EV, 46mm Focal length

On camera and external flash are normally synced at shutter speeds between 1/60 and 1/250 of a second. When you use a flash and purposely use shutter speeds below the normal flash sync speed, it allows more time for ambient light to be captured by the camera's sensor. This gives a more pleasing and natural look to the photograph as you see on the right hand photo of the Donald Duck topiary I took at Epcot during Mousefest 2006. Both photos were taken the same way except for the use of flash. This can also be called Slow Sync in your camera manuals.

Using flash for photos of large areas is not practical. For best results, we have to use long shutter speeds (of less than 1/60th of a second), high ISO speeds of 800 or greater and find a way to stabilize our cameras. In the photo of Main Street USA, I was able to do all three.

Magic Kingdom's Main Street USA all decked out for Christmas, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Magic Kingdom's Main Street USA all decked out for Christmas.
Nikon D70/18-70D, 1/20s, f/4.2, ISO 1600, +0.3 EV, 35mm Focal length

As you can see, I am using a very high ISO of 1600 (my camera's highest available), a shutter speed of 1/20 of a second and I stabilized the camera by leaning against a garbage can and using my elbows to form a human tripod. I took several images to make sure I had a few which would come out sharp. If I had a real tripod, I could have used even slower shutter speeds and smaller apertures but I'll leave that discussion for another time.

By using these tips both at Disney or at home, your Christmas light photography will make your friends and family envious of your talents. Click this link for more tips on capturing the spirit of Christmas photographically. That's my gift to all of you!

October 19, 2008

Where in the World #58

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #57:
 Where in the World #57

And here's the answer:
LEGO Dad at Downtown Disney
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/400s shutter, f8

Right on! There are a lot of people really paying attention to Disney's details! This photo was taken outside of the LEGO Imagination Center in Downtown Disney. Here, LEGO Dad is videotaping the LEGO Dragon.

Everyone who guessed the LEGO store and Downtown Disney will be entered in the October winners' drawing this week - and those of you who told me the photo came from the camera will be entered in the drawing twice!

Sharon Pierce was the first to send in the correct answer this week! Congratulations to Sharon and all the readers who got the answer right: Sharon Dale, Neil Taylor, Bryan Timko, Ed Aleszczyk, Angie Young, Debbie Hudson, Lesley Strawderman, Cameron Love, Scott Cullen, Belicia Dawson, Mike M., Brianne, Laura Tarbet, Danielle Murgia, Willie Tople, Holley Blyler, Caitlin Barringer, Debra Kuklinski, Chloe Williams, Jeff Schoeling , Michael Thrash, Alex Karr, Zachary Dameron, Amanda Campbell, Jessica Reed, Amy Sooy, Eric Hoffman, Lisa Hoffman, Kelley H, April Haddock, Chris Bertelmann, Michael Gainey, Brandy White, Alicia Henderson, Joanna Snow, Kameo Crea, Tim Rachuba, Cam Lange, Teresa, Gretchen Freudenheim, Baines Family, David Uchtman, Lee Anastasi, Amy Wenzel, Zach C, Jared Orth, Jennifer Schwing, Christine Mckay, Jamie Poynton, Glenn Meyer, Nancy, Lynn Barber, Heather Stevens, Kim Garabed, Angie Winter, Mary Jo Collins, Bethany Mattiuz-king, Carinne Kight, Heather Coursen, Norma Hatfield , Ruth Cookson, Jodi Cook, Cheri Palmisano, Cheryl Costello, Noreen Rachuba, Theresa Rucando, Jen Cox, Carla Leger, Allison Lowry and Nathan Firth.

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Challenge #58: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #58

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September 6, 2008

Wish You Were Here!

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer


Mailing Center at Downtown Disney
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/80s shutter, f4.5, ISO 800

There is no such thing as a simple sign in Disney World. My Pic of the Week is the postal and shipping area in Disney's Wonderful World of Memories store at Downtown Disney. I'm notoriously bad at writing but this just makes me want to send someone a postcard!

December 21, 2007

Photographic Innoventions: From All of Us to All of You

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Nikon D70/18-70DX, 1/125s, f/5.6, 200 ISO, +0.3 EV, 18mm Focal Length

The Downtown Disney Christmas Tree from 2006. Selective coloring and graphics done in Picnik.com. Update: Use iPiccy instead.

Here's wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday. I will not have an entry for next week but will be back in the New Year! If you get any cool photography stuff under your tree you'd think others would like to hear about, drop me a line!

December 14, 2007

Photographic Innoventions: Hats Off to More Disney Props


Last month I did an entry on Props at Walt Disney World and asked people to send in their favorites. By far the most popular ones where all the different and fun hats you find in shops throughout the resort. As an example, my daughter is trying on a very patriotic hat in The Chapeau, a hat shop on Magic Kingdom's Main Street. This shop can monogram almost any hat and, of course, Mickey Ears for you while you wait. Hats found in World Showcase are a big hit with our Photo Blog readers from French Berets, Sombreros in Mexico, Coolie hats in China to Homburg style hats in Germany. The little outdoor shop at Rafiki's Planet Watch in Disney's Animal Kingdom has all kinds of safari hats. My daughter just had to model one for me.




Safari hat. © Scott Thomas Photography 2007
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4.5, 200 ISO, -0.3 EV, 40mm focal length

Other popular suggestions for props was RC Car from Toy Story at the All Star Movies resort, the larger than life Troll in Norway's Puffin's Roost shop, a Cinderella statue at the Marketplace in Downtown Disney similar to Buzz Lightyear I mentioned in the first Disney Prop entry and the Mickey sculpture at the Contemporary resort with Mickey ears perfect to sit kids in.

Would like to continue this topic so if you have a favorite Walt Disney World prop, I'd like to hear about it! Just leave a Comment using the link below.

August 13, 2007

Focus on Disney World - Wolfgang Puck Cafe

Wolfgang Puck's at Sunrise
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50/18-200VR, 0.002s shutter, f5.6

It doesn't take many hamburgers, funnel cakes and chicken fingers for me to start craving the fresh "California Cuisine" offered at Wolfgang Puck Café at Downtown Disney's Westside. I've never been disappointed with a meal that I've had there. On my last trip I had a very tasty broiled halibut that was cooked to perfection. I also like their pizzas and Sushi.

In addition to their regular dining room and outdoor seating, Wolfgang's has an open kitchen with counter seating and a sushi bar. I often go to Disney World on solo trips to take photos and I find Wolfgang Puck's a very comfortable place to dine alone. It's also one of the restaurants on the Dining Plan.

For a more upscale experience, check out The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck's (upstairs).

Quick Tip: This photo was taken just as the sun began to rise. The best light for taking photos is at sunrise and sunset. During the middle of the day the sun is often too harsh and can wash out the colors in your photograph. When the sun is low in the sky it gives a soft glow to your photos that is very pleasing. Even if you're not really a morning person you can still get great morning shots at Disney World. This was taken from the balcony of my room at Saratoga Springs while I was still in my jammies!

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