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May 6, 2016

Improving Your Walt Disney World Photos

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

At the end of last week's article on the Foo Dog in front of the Great Movie Ride, I posed a question on how the photo might be improved. I got a couple of answers and a correction to what the statue was. My mistake there.

The answer I was looking for was different. Let me show it to you.

First, here is a photo of the enterance to ESPN Club restaurant near Disney's Boardwalk Resort. It was taken when the restaurant was not open on a quiet Boardwalk morning.

Front entrance to the ESPN Club restaurant near Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Front entrance to the ESPN Club restaurant without people.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 36mm focal length.

It is a good reference photo. The kind you see on blogs and brochures describing the restaurant. However, if you go to the Walt Disney World website or look through brochures on dining at the resort, you will notice a difference in the photos. Most, if not all, will have people in them enjoying the location or interacting with cast members. They want you to feel the location is a good place to go, enjoy and have fun at.

That is how I like to improve on my Disney and/or Travel photography by adding the human element. Not just any human or humans but ones which add to the photo and help tell the story of the place. Like this one below.

Front entrance to the ESPN Club restaurant near Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Front entrance to the ESPN Club restaurant with people.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/125s, f/11, ISO 140, EV 0, 36mm focal length.

What do you think? Better? Sure looks like a place sport fans would like to go to.

Yes, I do know there are "people" in the first photo but I think you know what I mean. They did not add to the subject like the second one does.

A fun fact about these two photos. They were taken three years apart from close to the same location and I used the same focal length each time.


October 23, 2015

Vacation Photography at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

While I take the time to do all types of photography when I visit Walt Disney World. My family is around often being patient as I set up a shot or look for a different angle. I want to thank them this week.

So, for those who remember them, I want you to imagine settling in on a friend's couch as she/he gets out the slide projector to show you their Walt Disney World Vacation photos. Ready? Here we go...

As a family when visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios, we are always on the lookout for members of the Citizens of Hollywood. The day after the Labor Day holiday, it seems the Streetmosphere characters were on hiatus. Walking through Pixar Place, we happened upon a group of improv entertainers who were looking for actors to star in their production of Aladdin. My daughter "volunteered" to play Jasmine and was given a stuffed tiger named (you guessed it), Rajah.

A young woman poses with an improv group after helping them with a skit at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A young woman poses with an improv group after helping them with a skit at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/125s, f/5, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

After the skit was done, I quickly asked the group if they would pose for a photo with my daughter. If you or a member of your touring party are ever in a show, try and ask if you can take a photo with the cast member or members after the show. Sometimes it is not possible but, as you can see, these guys were more than happy to comply with my request.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is one ride I feel comfortable taking photos on. I make sure to secure my camera. For the photo below, I asked the Cast Member loading the train if my family could ride in a car behind me and I would need an empty row in that car. My request has honored because it was a slow day with little wait times. A wide angle lens is a good choice on a ride as you do not have to be as careful aiming it. I put my camera in Shutter Priority mode and set it to 1/250th of a second to cut down on camera shake on the wildest ride in the wilderness.

A family riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A family riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/250s, f/2.8, ISO 140, EV +0.3, 16mm Focal Length.

Having said all that the photo I liked best was during the slow climb up one of hills showing my family with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad spreading out all around them.

After visiting two parks in one day, we decided to check out the new Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort to relax with a couple of adult beverages and be entertained by the lively Cast Members who know how to serve a drink.

Mother and daughter share a laugh in Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mother and daughter sharing a laugh in Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/10s, f/2.8, ISO 10000, EV +0.3, 16mm Focal Length.

I captured one of those moments Disney loves to use in their advertising as my wife and daughter share a laugh with a cool drink after a hot day in the parks.

After shopping at Downtown...excuse me, Disney Springs, we returned to the Magic Kingdom the next day. While waiting for our dining reservation time, we found the Sword in the Stone in front of the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel in Fantasyland all by itself. For adults, this was an opportunity we could not pass up and took turns trying to pull the sword.

A young couple tries to pull the sword from the stone in front of Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A young couple tries to pull the sword from the stone in front of Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal Length, Cropped.

Sadly, we found out none of us were of royal blood but came away with fun photos before allowing another family a chance at the sword.

As the time of our dining time approached, we were escorted inside the Beast's Castle and the Be Our Guest restaurant. The wide angle lens gave me compositional choices as I photographed my family ahead of me.

A family enters the Beast's Castle for dinner at the Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A family enters the Beast's Castle for dinner at the Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/50s, f/2.8, ISO 10000, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Cropped.

We enjoyed a very good meal in the West Wing.

Two days later, we went back to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort for breakfast at Kona Café. While I ordered my usual Tonga Toast, my Son-In-Law went with the Big Kahuna platter.

A young man shows off his Big Kahuna breakfast entree at the Kona Café in Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A young man shows off his Big Kahuna breakfast entree at the Kona Café in Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 900, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length, Flash.

After filling up at breakfast, my eldest daughter and I went over to Disney's Animal Kingdom while the rest of the family went back to our resort's pool. They missed out as walking down one of the Discovery Island trails near the Tree of Life, we meet up with Tarzan.

A young woman poses with Tarzan, the Ape Man, on one of the Discovery Island trails near the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A young woman poses with Tarzan, the Ape Man, on one of the Discovery Island trails near the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 400, EV 0, 42mm Focal Length.

What was interesting with Tarzan was you could not see him unless you walked down the trail. I checked later and he was listed on the park's times schedule. Look for him on your next visit to Disney's Animal Kingdom.

It was a rainy, dreary morning the next day as we made our way to the Boardwalk resort area to catch NFL Sunday at the ESPN Club. While we waited for the restaurant to open we spent some time at the Beach and Yacht Club resorts. My wife had told me she wanted a photo of her with our daughters. With two of them being travel agents and another who travels a lot for her job, the large antique globe in Disney's Yacht Club Resort's lobby was a fitting place for the photo.

Mother and her daughters in Disney's Yacht Club Resort lobby, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mother and her daughters in Disney's Yacht Club Resort lobby.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 1000, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

Looking at this photo now, I wish I had featured the globe more by either having my wife sit in a chair so she was lower or have the three of them surround the globe. The concept was sound, the execution was a bit off. Will have to re-visit this one in the future.

After spending a few hours watching football (yeah, the Green Bay Packers won!) and eating through ESPN Club's menu, I took this photo for my daughter and Son-In-Law on the much improved afternoon outside the restaurant with their favorite team's jerseys on.

A young sports-minded couple outside the ESPN Club at Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A young sports-minded couple outside the ESPN Club at Disney's Boardwalk Resort.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/11, ISO 140, EV 0, 36mm Focal Length.

Now, this photo I like a lot as it tied the sports theme together nicely as they are both big fans.

I hope I did not bore you. Wanted to show you while I do enjoy going the extra mile to get good travel photos at Walt Disney World, I love my family, too. Until next week...Aloha!

January 2, 2015

ESPN Club Stadium Dining Room at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

ESPN Club Stadium dining room at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
ESPN Club Stadium dining room at Walt Disney World.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, ISO 500, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length, tripod.

The ESPN Club Stadium dining room was calm the day Scott photographed it. Yesterday, it was full of college football fans cheering on their favorite teams in New Year's Day Bowl games. Once Scott recovers from all the cheering, snacks and adult beverages, he will be back next week to begin another year of Disney Photo blogging here at All Ears Picture This!.

June 6, 2014

Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

If you have followed Photographic Innoventions long enough, you would know I am a big fan of Super Zoom Lenses. For a cropped sensor camera, the 18-200mm and 18-300mm are the ranges used. For a full frame sensor camera, the 28-300mm is the range. All are image stabilized (IS for Canon, VR for Nikon and a host of other letters depending on your camera or lens manufacturer) and have variable apertures to keep both the weight and costs down.

Over the last couple of years, I have had a need for another type of zoom lens. This one is not as large a range but has a fixed aperture throughout the zoom range. The Super Zooms start out at f/3.5 at the short end and end up being f/5.6 or f/6.3 at the long end when shooting wide open. For a fixed aperture zoom, it will keep the same wide open aperture from the short to the long end. The Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR lens is one such lens and I used it on my last trip to Walt Disney World.

To give you an idea of the range of this lens, I stood in the middle of Main Street USA and took a short (24mm) and a long (120mm) photo from the exact same position (see below) of Cinderella Castle. I did no cropping or straightening to the photos. Both taken with identical exposures except for the zoom setting.

Cinderella Castle from Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle from Main Street USA using a Nikon 24-120mm VR f/4 Lens.

Unlike the Super Zooms which only go as wide as 28mm (18mm cropped), the extra amount of angle at 24mm gives a real wide angle look. The 120mm is a very workable zoom at a Disney park. The Nikon 24-120 f/4 VR lens worked outstandingly for the Festival of Fantasy parade in the Magic Kingdom. At street level I was able to get the large floats in the frame at 24mm and zoom in for the characters on the floats and street.

Festival of Fantasy parade on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Festival of Fantasy parade on Main Street USA using a Nikon 24-120mm VR f/4 Lens.

Image stabilization (IS) or vibration reduction (VR) comes in handy when you are photographing from a moving vehicle or as day fades into night. The VR for the Nikon 24-120mm f/4 lens is excellent. I could hand hold down to 1/15th of a second easily. I could use even slower shutter speeds with the Da Grip Technique. Don't know about Da Grip? Click Here, you will be glad you did.

Friendship boat docking at Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Friendship boat docking at Disney's Boardwalk Resort.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/11, ISO 360, EV 0, 105mm focal length, polarizer filter.

As a travel lens, I found the Nikon 24-120mm f/4 VR lens more than capable. The only time I missed my Super Zoom lens was on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom. I still feel you need, at least, a 200mm lens to get good, frame filling results on the safari.

May 6, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Water Transportation

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

One of the most interesting forms of transportation at Walt Disney World is the various kinds of water transports used to move guests from place to place. From the large ferries going between the Ticket & Transportion Center (TTC) and the Magic Kingdom to the smaller transports which take guests to the resorts on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. The waters of the resort are always alive with moving boats full of guests either coming or going from themeparks and resorts.

The Friendship Boats are my favorites. Designed to ride over shallow waters and maneuver in tight places, the captains can turn them on a dime it seems to dock along side the different pick up locations. I wonder if they would let me take the helm?

A Friendship boat docks at Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Friendship boat docks at Disney's Boardwalk Resort.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/16, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 18mm focal length.

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

February 7, 2014

Walt Disney World Special Bus Services

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have to hand it to Disney. The worst part of a trip to Walt Disney World for me in the past was having to rent a car with all the added expense and frustrations. Then Disney came up with Disney's Magical Express or DME service and made it free for guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort. For me, I have not rented a car since the DME bus service started. While not all Magical Express buses are the classic blue and tan, this one I photographed as it was bringing and/or picking up guests at Disney's Boardwalk resort was.

Disney's Magical Express Bus near Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Disney's Magical Express Bus pulling up to Disney's Boardwalk Resort.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 32mm focal length.

The other transportation service which I have enjoyed using are the Disney Cruise Line (DCL) Buses. While this service is not free, it is extremely convenient. If you use the service from either a resort or the Orlando airport, you never have to handle your luggage once you check it in from your home airport (check with your airline) or resort. Using special tags provided by the Disney Cruise Line, your bags are picked up and transported to the ships at Port Canaveral and show up in your State Room before dinner the first night at sea. You just get on your bus and go.

Disney Cruise Line Bus waiting to take guests to Port Canaveral from Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Disney Cruise Line Bus waiting to take guests to Port Canaveral.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/11, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 45mm focal length.

You may or may not get the classic DCL bus like I photographed above. Still, they are all clean, well maintained and comfortable and make my Walt Disney World or Disney Cruise Line vacation a bit more relaxing.

October 20, 2013

Where in the World #302

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!

Players, great news! Jason and Melinda Lenz are announcing they are expecting twins! They're already planning their children's first Disney trip in 2018! I think I speak for everyone here when I say: Send Pictures! I mean, Congratulations!
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Jeremy Mccaffrey, I hear your Aunt Patti is enjoying your AllEars' prizes. ;)

From last week: Challenge #301:
 Where in the World #301

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © 2012 Erin Blackwell

The Hippocampus Electrolier Chandelier (it's a tongue twister, isn't it Bruce Hinterleitner?) in the Boardwalk resort lobby. Thankfully, Jack Spencer did a blog on the resort so I had the actual name or I would have just called it the chandelier or the " the swimmin' end of a seahorse all saddled up and ready to ride. (bring a snorkel)", right, Chris Stockton? -- or, as Wendy Snelgrove, "some weird decoration in the lobby". Some of you knew the right name. I am impressed, Players!

Dave Carriere said, "There is a crystal globe at the bottom that is a time capsule that is scheduled to be opened at WDW's 50th anniversary...hope I am around to see what is in there!" Of course you will! Just 8 more years. We'll meet up to watch it open. Who else wants to join us?

Herb Miller and his wife stayed at the Boardwalk for their honeymoon and his wife wanted to take the resort home with them. Did she take the pens and paper home, tease you that she was going to unhook the phone and bring it home because it has the logo on it? ". not that I did that, joke about it, 'cause you know, it's not nice to make your husband's veins stand out on his forehead.

We need to recognize a particular Player: Izzy Williams who answered this challenge for her grandmother Vera Williams. Thank you, Izzy!

Patty Carty, I hadn't seen the Nanny Chairs before. Oh my god, those are TERRIFYING! I'm never turning my backs on those again as I cross through the lobby! The Gunnels Family, you sit in those?! You are braver than me. This is you:
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This is me:
From Millan.Net

On a positive note, you will also see a reproduction of Lucy the Elephant who still stands near my town. Because Lucy rocks! I should know because I've been inside this hotel. :)

Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and all our winners this week! Jennifer Rowell, Heather Keenan, Pat Schwier, Patty Carty, Phyllis, Pam Vanaustin, Linda Ranatza, Julie Wickware, Robin Ward, Mary Beth Tarbet, Carol Ney, Phil Vickers, Axel Beer, Betsy Silvestri, Chris Kelly, Bethany Angermaier, Ed Suscreba, Nick Cristea, Melissa Such, Stuart Hale, John And Annette Melcher, Chris Schrider, Claire Gregory, Pat Morin, Paul Dickson, Colette Stanton , Keirsten Sangster, Joyce Selby, Lori Rienhardt, Cindy Strachan, Lindsay Coram, Morag Lemon, Darlene Harmon, Kye Layton, Judy Simonsen, The Emich Family, Deb Ragno, The Gunnels Family, Tricia Petty , Tim Johansen, Wendy Mowery, Elaine Kleinhenz, K Beasley, Team Hill, Mary Ann Eckenrode, The Kertes Family, Rebecca Smith, Karen Schlumpf, Shelly Metcalfe, Maggie Klotz, Barbara, Dee Dee Kenney, Ashley P. , Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Kathy Morris, Donna Frank, Craig, Karen Adamakis, Audra Miller, Kevin Miller, Susie Howard, Louise Barton, Barbara, Jeremy Hardy, Jason And Melinda Lenz, Kevin Carter, Andrew And Carolyn Poirier, Sheryl Hicks, Hunter B Cantrell, Christine Rowlands, Kristen Mccoy, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Wendy Barney, Paul Moore, Daniel Record, Karen Buckingham, Stephanie Newell, Steve Morin, Dawn Bach, Cindy Carrigan, Roxann B Burke, Olivia Giambalvo, Sharon Pierce, Jacquelyn Law, Maureen Handy, Herb Miller, Lori Bennett, Hillary Waldroop, Megan Krainski, Darlene Haven, Tammy Kennedy, Taryn Dewald, Bruce Hinterleitner, John Mahoney, Kris Nixon, Izzy and Vera Williams, Nathaniel Clements, Wendy Snelgrove, Katrina Wanner, Hulse Family, Rick R., Shelly Borella, Matt Holley, Schuyler Stewart, Terry Fleming, Sara Alaimo, Ron Harper, Larry Sprenkle, Joanna, Teresa Cole, Tom Hermes, Jared Orth, Matthew Jadro, Deb Patterson, Jim Finley , Anastasia Macneil, Carri Marotto, Josh Carney, Mike Haven, Maureen, Stephanie Visco, Dave Carriere, Matt Cofone, Ellie Argaluza, Patti Mccaffrey, Paul Sankey, Carolyn Como, Theresa Rucando, Sandra Edwards, Andrew Pettit, Rob Blundin, Elizabeth Scarborough, Gail States, Terry Watt, Ken Rhinehart, Kate Kozlowski, Nicole Benoit, Caroline Williams, Jane Johnson, Paul Knott, Les Stewart, Team Bonnie Sue, Agnes Ciotti, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Tricia Noble, Barclay Bakkum, Vicki Britt, Melissa Littman, Chris Rooney, Vicki Shearman, Betsy Dross, Chris Stockton, Diane Butler, Peggy Saeger, Theresa Maradei, John Dupre, Patrick Broaddus, Matt Kocher, Dwayne Fontenot, Tjg, Dave Kanigowski, and Sandy Kanigowski. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #302 Where in the world is this?

Back into the parks, Players!
 Where in the World #302

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on
Thursday, October 24th, 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 5, 2013

Where in the World #278

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

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

Thank you for all the well wishes on my trip! 24 days and counting! Jason And Melinda Lenz, I will definitely tell Mickey that you said hello! Quite a few more Players are leaving soon too; we'll remember to wish you Bon Voyage! In fact, Bonnie T just left for a Disney Cruise: look at her go!

Here's last week's Challenge:
 Where in the World #277

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Barrie Brewer

It's the the Disney Vacation Club sign at the Boardwalk Resort dock wishing us all a Magical Day! Carolyn Como asked if we're taking a Friendship boat to Studios or Epcot. Hmmm... let's go over to Studios and see if we can be the Rebel Spy on Star Tours!

Uncross your fingers, Jennifer Harmon: you got it right!

Of course you win a free DVC membership, Cheri Palmisano. As long as you always bring me along on the trips. I don't take up much room!

Ed Elder was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ed and all our winners this week! Daniel Record, Bryce Kershey, Beth Oybkhan, Erin Hammer, Jeff Robertson, Sharon Pierce, Dave Cole, Melanie, Team Hill, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Mary Beth Tarbet, Tinkerbellwells, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Kristi Strembicki, John Sheridan, Kenny, Bill Mckim, Agnes Ciotti, Brian Odonnell , Staci Plunkett, Katy Hebebrand, Carolyn Como, Sarah Calvario, Kristen Mccoy, Diane Tredore, Virginia Pierce, Orange Bird, Frank Zimmerman, Chris Masse, Deb Ragno, Les Stewart, Colette Stanton, Jennifer Harmon, Paul Knott, Jenny Brennan, Nathalie Periard, Tricia Petty, K Beasley, Craig Livingston, Dee Dee Kenney, Brian Miller, Jason And Melinda Lenz, Karen Ramirez, Brian Yesutis, Paul Moore, Phyllis Masse, James Steele, Belicia Cullen, Josh Carney, Scott Cullen, Theresa Rucando, Jamie Gardner, Kris Nixon, Chris Kelly, Louise Barton, Emily Hudson, Zach Szymko, Daniel Meagher, Dawn Bach, Paul Dickson, Maureen Handy, The Emich Family, Betsy Silvestri, Hobbes And Snorky, Shannon Savoia, Dennis Loring, Erin Loring, Beth Mcmeekin, Heidi S. Kulesh, Daniel And Noah Schweizer, Jared Orth, Mary Finkle, Ronald Delorey, Craig, Pam Brzuski, Barbara Ajak , Dan Mangini, Julie Wickware, Leach Family, Antoinette Leblanc, Tim Johansen, Peter Boguszewski, Michael Mclucas And Jackie Mclucas, Claire Gregory, Ladonna Tisdale, Jeremy Turner, Melody O'donnell, Josh Weiss, Ken Maikowski, Larry Sprenkle, Paul Scimeca, Susie Howard, Ken Jackson, Maureen Hanlon, Lisa Z., Kim Skanes, The O'meara Family, The Kahle Family, Gerald Skanes, Mike Haeberle, Jonathan Ward, Jenn Crosby, Heather Pedulla, Denise Cayz, Chris Connors, Jeff Blank, Susan Doucette, Steve And Ruby Jordan, Jason Skow, Trina Noggle, Wade A. Williams, Caitlin Lewis, Kerrie Hogan, Shelly Borella, Hillary Waldroop, Trica Noble, Robert Wescovich, Bonnie T, Amber Slifer, Rebecca Keenan, Matt Holley, Vera Williams, Jeremy Reichelt, Andrea Kruszewski, Sara Alaimo, Cheri Palmisano, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Kim, Cynthia Hitchcock, Hailey Gill, Judy Simonsen, Patti Mccaffrey, Becky And Elizabeth Johnston, Pinder Family, Brenda Strohmeyer, Liz Moreau, Katie Bray, Jackie Graebel, Jacquelyn Law, Elaine Kleinhenz, Anjanette Tournillon, Candy Grasty, Mike , Stefan Owens , Barb Welshhans, Amanda Garrett, Christy Schor, Pam Vanaustin, Thomas Higbee, Christina Rotella, Terry Blair, John &Rhonda Nottell, Vicki Britt, Emily Harper, Jen Tremley, Barclay Bakkum, Patricia Huff, The Kertes Family, Jackie Klafeta, Joseph M. Zafia, Eric Holmes, Peggy Saeger, Vicki Edwards, Deme Grabert, Kathryn Hughes, Ashley Hill, Karen Bellamy, Jennifer Arnett, Karen Bellamy, Karen Smith, Victoria Finnegan, Gallagher Family, Kara Cummings, Dave Kanigowski, Sandy Kanigowski, Mike Kaczanowski, Tom Buck, Evald Olson, Betsy Dross, Shirley Garcowski, and Kyle Haggerty. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

Time to announce the April 2013 monthly winner! Strike up the Marching Band!
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And the winner is: Betsy Dross! Congratulations! Deb Wills will be sending you a prize package!
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Challenge #278 Where in the world is this?

We are back in the parks! See, I told you we would get back this week.

 Where in the World #278

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 9th, 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!

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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.

June 17, 2011

On the Boardwalk

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney's Boardwalk Resort at night, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Disney's Boardwalk Resort at night.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 8s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 56mm focal length.

I am on the boardwalk this week taking an early summer vacation. While I am not at Disney's Boardwalk Resort, I am on one of the boardwalks the resort is fashioned after on the New Jersey shore. I will be back next week!

April 18, 2010

Where in the World #128

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

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

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

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


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

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Challenge #128: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #128

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

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

November 7, 2009

Walking on Sunshine

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Walking over the pedestrian bridge from Disney's Boardwalk to the Swan Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Early morning light casting shadows.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/50s, f/16, 200 ISO, +0.3 EV, 72mm focal length

As photographers, we all work with light and shadows to create our images. However, when I was looking for something with these two elements for this Disney Pic of the Week on my last trip to Walt Disney World, I had a hard time. While walking back from the Boardwalk Bakery early one morning I saw this composition without the person walking over the bridge to the Swan/Dolphin Resort area. That photo lacked something. Then, this person walked past me and I realized what was missing and quickly took this photo.

November 5, 2009

Boardwalk Shadows

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

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

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

August 25, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week: Resort Activities

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When I am in Walt Disney World, I am on vacation. I know others have a different view of vacation and I do realize not everyone is there on vacation. Especially in Disney's Boardwalk and Epcot resort area where the Swan, Dolphin, Yacht and Beach Club resorts host many business conventions and seminars. Yet, it still surprises when I am returning from the Boardwalk Bakery with freshly baked goodies to see people out for their morning runs like this gentleman. This is one Disney Pic of the Week about Resort Activities you will never see me doing. Look for Barrie and Lisa to present their ideas of Resort Activities on Thursday and Saturday.

Out for a morning run on Disney's Boardwalk, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Out for a morning run on Disney's Boardwalk.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/80s, f/18, 200 ISO, +0.3 EV, 18mm Focal Length

May 28, 2009

Cameras Up!

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The AllEars.Net Photowalk Group photo with the Boardwalk Resort in the background, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cameras Up! AllEars.Net 2008 Photowalk Group Photo.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/125s, f/10, 200 ISO, -0.6 EV, 18mm Focal Length, Tripod, Flash Used

For my Disney Pic of the Week on Groups, I present to you the group photo from the AllEars.Net 2008 Photowalk. This was a lot of fun to do and hope we can do this again. Of the half dozen photos I took, this one with the cameras up was the best. Of course, since my camera was on the tripod taking this photo, I only have the small remote in my hand.

May 2, 2009

No Pedaling for You, Lisa!

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Lisa finding out she's not tall enough to pedal the Surrey Bikes at the Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Lisa is none too pleased about being to short to pedal a Surrey Bike.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/5, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 62mm Focal Length

For my Disney Pic of the Week on Humor, I wanted to share poor Lisa's reaction to finding out she was too short to pedal the Surrey Bikes around the Epcot resort area during last December's AllEars.net Photowalk event. That's okay, Lisa, you can always ride up front in one of the kiddie seats!

April 10, 2009

Metering Modes Revisited

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last year I went in-depth and explained the three different metering modes found on our digital SLR and advanced point and shoot cameras. These are Matrix, Center-weighted and Spot. At the time, I used some un-Disney like photos to show the difference between each mode. I thought a side by side comparison would be helpful as a review.

The three photos below were taken from Sea Breeze Point near Disney's Boardwalk Resort shows the three different metering modes in action.

Metering mode collage from Sea Breeze Point near Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Metering mode collage from Sea Breeze Point near Disney's Boardwalk Resort.

As I have mention in previous posts, Matrix metering in today's digital cameras is very good except in the most challenging of lighting situations like stage lights, backlighting and very low light conditions (dark rides). When faced with one of the challenging conditions, I will use Spot metering over the other two like in the photo from the Festival of the Lion King.

Festival of the Lion King performer in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Festival of the Lion King performer in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D70/70-200VR, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 800, EV 0, 200mm Focal length

March 14, 2009

Indulgance

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Boardwalk Bakery Cake
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D300, 18-200VR lens, 1/80s shutter, f5.3

I can sum up this week's Pic of the Week in one word - yum! Head on over to the Boardwalk Bakery to experience this little piece of decadence.

January 23, 2009

Case for Using a Polarizer Filter

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

In this age when photo software can duplicate almost any effect film photographers used filters for, I still find one filter very useful. The Polarizing filter does just what polarizer sunglasses do, they cut down on the glare from the sun. Most people use a circular polarizing filter which means the filter moves once it is mounted on your lens in a circular motion. This gives you various amounts of polarization which you can see in your viewfinder.

In the photos below of the Dolphin resort in Disney's Boardwalk area, I used a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens with a 52mm circular polarizing filter by Hoya. The top image is with the polarizer in it's weakest position with no affect on the light. The bottom image is after I rotated the filter to it's strongest position giving the very deep blue sky color. Notice the loss of light hitting the camera's sensor. In this case, the shutter speed and aperture both decreased for a combined loss of 1 stop (see Exif data in the caption).

Dolphin Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Polarizing Filter Effect.
Top Image: Nikon D70/50mm, 1/80s, f/11, ISO 200, EV +0.3
Bottom Image: Nikon D70/50mm, 1/60s, f/10, ISO 200, EV +0.3

I know what you are thinking. Even the most rudimentary photo program can deepen a blue sky. True, but I didn't have to take the time. It takes a second or two to move the filter into the position I wanted. Besides, that's not the only thing a polarizer filter can do.

Reflections can be greatly cut down and even eliminated using a polarizing filter. Check out the photos below where Spaceship Earth is reflected in one of the water pools near The Land pavilion in Epcot. The one on the left is with the polarizer filter at it's weakest position. The one on the right is at it's strongest position. In this case, only a half stop of light was lost thanks to a very bright Florida sun. You will notice how the reflection is diminished so you can see the rocks on the pool's bottom. This works on reflections through glass, too.

Spaceship Earth reflection in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Water reflection Polarizing Filter Effect.
Left Image: Nikon D70/50mm, 1/60s, f/13, ISO 200, EV +0.3
Right Image: Nikon D70/50mm, 1/60s, f/11, ISO 200, EV +0.3

Reflections are a bit harder to get rid of in software. At least in the time it took me to rotate the polarizing filter.

Like any filter, circular polarizing filters come in various sizes to fit over many different lenses. Some are cheap, while others are more expensive. Other alternatives is to check a local photography shop to see if they have any used ones or on eBay. Make sure you know the size, in millimeters, of the lens you are buying for.

January 6, 2009

Disney Pic of the Week: Restaurants

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This week's Disney Pic of the Week is on Restaurants (and not food). Walt Disney World has a feast (pun intended) of places for you to eat at to meet anyone's culinary tastes. Disney puts in as much imagineering into their restaurants as they do their parks. Such that you can be in Downtown Disney or a Disney Resort and still feel the magic and taste the difference.

Flying Fish restaurant on Disney's Boardwalk, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Flying Fish restaurant on Disney's Boardwalk.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 2s, f/16, 200 ISO, +1.0 EV, 18mm Focal Length

The Flying Fish is an elegant restaurant fitting the theming of Disney's Boardwalk area. If you have your camera with you, be sure to ask the chefs to stoke up the fires for a great photo.

Barrie and Lisa will be strolling in with their own restaurant favorites on Thursday and Saturday.

November 20, 2008

Boardwalk Wakes Up

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney's Boardwalk comes to life after sunset, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Disney's Boardwalk comes to life after sunset.
Nikon Coolpix 995, 1/15s, f/2.6, 400 ISO, 0 EV

Disney's Boardwalk Resort Area comes alive after sunset with arcade games, entertainers and kiosks selling popcorn, drinks and other yummy snacks. I took this from a balcony overlooking the Boardwalk with my Nikon Coolpix 995 digital camera. Due to the slow shutter speed, I used the balcony's railing to help steady the camera. I think I captured some of the magic you feel walking on the boardwalk as my selection for this week's Disney Pic of the Week theme on Disney's Boardwalk area.

Don't forget, Barrie, Lisa and myself are hosting the AllEars.net Pictures This! Photowalk at Mousefest in the Boardwalk area. Check out the link for more information and to sign up!

September 6, 2008

What's In A Name

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

One of the first things I had to deal with when I first started using a digital camera was how to organize all the files I was creating every time I went out taking photographs. The camera manufacturers think their simple system of a strange prefix followed by a number is what anyone would ever need. Blah! After producing hundreds of image files, I ended up doing folders for each time which got even more chaotic.

When facing this ongoing problem, I first identified the need to name this files so I could easily sort them. I read how others were doing it. Many like to use some sort of descriptive name which includes a prefix of meaning (like WDW for Walt Disney World) followed by a date designation and a sequential number. I tried this type of system for awhile but found the prefix was a bit confusing for me and decided to use a standard prefix for all my photos. Here is what a typical name for one of my digital photo files looks like: STP_20080905_025.jpg. The prefix of STP stands for Scott Thomas Photography then an underscore to separate the date which is in long year, month, day format which is easy to sort in chronological order with another underscore separating the sequential order. This works for me. You may have come up with a different system. I only use one camera right now. If I add another camera in the future, I will add a camera type to the prefix so it will be easy to see which camera took what photo. Don't forget, there's a lot of data contained in each photo's Exif which in future weeks I'll show how that can be used.

Now, how did I get from the camera's name for the files that look like DSC_2345 to my system? For that I use a program which takes my files from the compact flash memory card and loads them onto my laptop. As it copies the files down it renames them using the photo file's date and adds the prefix and sequential number suffix around it. For instance, below is my photo STP_20070524_0008.jpg. This also happens to be the location where the AllEars.net Pictures This! Photowalk at Mousefest will start (click on link for more information and to sign up).

Sea Breeze Point near Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Sea Breeze Point near Disney's Boardwalk Resort.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/500s, f/5.6, 200 ISO, 0 EV, 200mm Focal length

July 7, 2008

MouseFest Photowalk Invitation

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

Have you heard of photowalking yet? Photowalks are a great way to spend time with other photography enthusiasts, get a little fresh air, exercise, and have some fun taking pictures. Technically, photowalking is defined as "the act of walking [or wheeling] with a camera for the main purpose of taking pictures of things that the photographer may find interesting". Pretty simple, eh?

You can do solo photowalks, but organized group photowalks are where it's at! It's really fun to spend some social time with other photographers, doing what we all love to do - taking photos!

Group photowalks are for everyone. There are no special skills or equipment required. Just show up with a camera, ANY kind of camera, and that's all you need. You can use a simple point and shoot that fits in your pocket or a fancy dslr with a whole bag of lenses. Really, the only thing you need to join a photowalk is the desire to walk with other people and take photos.

It works like this: someone schedules a photowalk and then invites other people to join in, usually via the internet. On the day of the walk, everyone gets together at the starting place and time and introduces themselves. After a few minutes of milling about and discussion, the group takes off on their pre-determined route to take photos. Everyone goes at their own pace, chatting and chimping* along the way. When they reach the end of the route, there is likely to be a little time to gather and do some more chimping, usually over coffee or beer! Then when everyone goes home, they upload the photos they took to a group site on the internet so they can see what everyone else thought was interesting enough to photograph. And that's how friendships are formed!

photowalk_logo.jpgWell, Lisa, Scott and I are all about photography, fun and making friends, so we've decided to host a photowalk at MouseFest this year and you're all invited! You're all going to MouseFest, right? Of course you are! So, here are the details:

What: Picture This! Photowalk meet at MouseFest 2008
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2008
Time: 7am - 9am (yup - that's the crack of dawn!)
Where: Disney's Boardwalk - meet at the Wedding Pavilion, finish at Boardwalk Bakery
Who: Everyone is welcome!

We've set up a Flickr group with more information, including a map of the route we'll be following. That is where everyone can RSVP, introduce ourselves and chat about the meet. Afterwards, this is where we'll share our photos. You'll need to join Flickr to RSVP but it's free and safe, I promise. You won't get any spam from them.

We're very excited about this meet and hope to see lots of you there. And who knows, there may even be some goodies available for those who attend**.

For a more in-depth article on photowalking, check out this post by Jeff Revell. To find a photowalk in your area check out photowalking.org or just google "photowalk" and your city.

Don't forget to RSVP on the Flickr site.

*looking at each other's photos on their lcd screens
**There's nothing wrong with a little bribery!

July 4, 2008

Sidelighting

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Sidelighting is light illuminating from a 90 degree angle to the subject. This gives an almost three dimensional effect to the subject being photographed. As seen below in this photo of The ESPN Club at Disney's Boardwalk Resort, the sidelighting creates shadows in the restaurant's exterior features showing depth in a two dimensional medium.

The ESPN Club near Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sidelight hits The ESPN Club near Disney's Boardwalk Resort giving a 3-D effect.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/800s, f/8, 200 ISO, EV -0.3, 200mm Focal length

June 15, 2008

Where in the World? #42

Focus on Disney World by Barrie Brewer

This was Challenge #41:
 Where in the World #41

And here's the answer:
Chandelier at Disney's Boardwalk Inn
Copyright © 2008 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/60s shutter, f5.6

This amazing chandelier is located in the lobby of Disney's Boardwalk Inn. It's breathtaking the first time you see it. This photo only shows one quarter of the massive fixture. There are actually four giant hippocamps* and four angels holding candelabras. It really is an incredible piece of art.

*Creatures with the head and foreparts of a horse and the serpentine tail of a fish are known as hippocamps in Greek mythology. Believed to be the adult form of a seahorse, they were ridden by Poseidon. (I learn the most interesting things when I write this blog!)

Dawn Bach was the first to send in the correct answer this week! Congratulations to Dawn and all the readers who got the answer right: Kim, Nora Beirne, Michael G, Nicole Cyr, Poopymail, Eric, Heather Coursen, Jeremy Hardy, Amy, Damon Carter, Jamie Poynton, Kellie Carter, Noreen Rachuba, Tim Rachuba, Maryann Eckenrode, Ed Aleszczyk, Hillary W, Josh Rohrbach, Katelyn P, Jennifer Horst, Susan Pitts, Heather, Ed Nawrocki, Jacquelyn Law, Austin O'Blenis and Garland Cox. Each of you will be entered in the June winners' drawing.
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Challenge #42: Where in the world is this?

 Where in the World #42

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 19, by clicking HERE!
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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 copy of PassPorter's Walt Disney World by Jennifer Marx, Dave Marx, Allison Cerel Marx!

February 24, 2008

Focus on Disney World - Where in the World? #29

This was Challenge #28:
Where in the World #28


And here's the answer:
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Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 55-200, 1/400s shutter, f10

The Atlantic Dance Hall is a gorgeous art deco club on Disney's Boardwalk. I originally fell in love with this place several years back when they played swing music. A local swing dance club would liven up the place on weekends. They wore great clothes from the 1940s and were a lot of fun to watch. Now they have 1980s DJ dance music. Most times that I've stopped in recently the place has been fairly deserted. It's too bad because it really is a beautiful club. I'd love to have a big old party there someday" maybe a fiftieth birthday bash" you'll all be invited!

Congratulations to Evelyn Cowdell , this week's winner. Merry Shippee, Kristen Eby, Kim Lawton, Erin, Jim Szlachta, Jude Toups, Gloria Martin, Jaime Thomson, Sarah Haas, Frank F Fincken III, Jennifer Tremley, Noreen Rachuba, Melissa Ruggieri, Gregg Letts, Mike Kaczanowski, Karen Schlumpf, Katelyn Palermo, Nora Beirne, Patty Carty, Chloe' C, Jeanine Yamanaka, Dominic Cooper, Tim Rachuba, Susan, Jared Nishida, April, Leslie Budd, Elisa Dillon, Karen DeSantis, Jennifer Horst, Jane Bradley, Melissa Littman, Ken, Michelle Raimist , Ed Aleszczyk , Sue McDonald , Ann Carr , Jim Senft , Chip Vermette, Melissa DeMonbreun, Heather Young, Neil Taylor, Ruth Cookson, Larry Carter and Suzanne Brown also all gave the correct answer by Thursday and were entered in the February winner's drawing.

Here we are at the end of another month already. We had 191 winning answers this month! Unfortunately, there can only be one prize winner and this month that person is Kathy Love. Congratulations Kathy! You will receive Steve Barrett's newest Hidden Mickey book, along with some other great AllEars gifts.
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Challenge #29: Where in the world is this?

Where in the World #29

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, by clicking HERE!
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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 a copy of Hidden Mickeys Walt Disney World by Steve Barrett and some special AllEars® goodies!

January 6, 2008

Focus on Disney World - Where in the World? #22

This was Challenge #21:
Where in the World #21

And here's the answer:
ESPN
Copyright © 2007 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 1/250s shutter, f8

Only one person knew that this metal hand was part of the ESPN building on the Boardwalk and that was Jessica Romano. Congratulations Jessica! I was certain this would be an easy one. This contest just baffles me (in a fun way). Whenever I think something is going to be hard, someone gets it right away. And when I think my email with be overrun by answers, I have a lonely week!

Well, it just means there'll be better odds for winning the monthly prize this month. Let's see how you all do on this next one. Good luck everyone!
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Challenge #22: Where in the world is this?

Where in the World #22

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Send in your answer by clicking HERE!
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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 a copy of Hidden Mickeys Walt Disney World by Steve Barrett and some special AllEars® goodies!

October 19, 2007

Photographic Innoventions: Adding Light to the Sun

Earlier, I showed how the use of software can add light to a badly underexposed photo. What if I told you there was a way to do the same thing using your camera and not having to do any post-processing in software. Would that be worth something to ya?

Looking at the photo below taken at Disney's Boardwalk Resort, you can see that the background and sky are nicely exposed but the subject is in shadow because of the angle fo the sun in relation to the photographer.


Scottwdw (yep, that's me) at Disney's Boardwalk Resort © Scott Thomas Photography 2005
Nikon Coolpix 995, 1/250s, f/6.0, 100 ISO, 0 EV

After looking at the image in the camera's LCD, I instructed the photographer (my daughter) to use the camera's flash to fill in the shadows. The result you can view below.


Scottwdw (me, again) at Disney's Boardwalk Resort © Scott Thomas Photography 2005
Nikon Coolpix 995, 1/60s, f/6.0, 100 ISO, 0 EV, Flash Used

This technique is called Fill Flash as it fills in shadow and dark areas of a scene with the use of an artificial light source. In this case, the builtin flash on the camera. In digital SLR and advanced Point & Shoot cameras, you may hear the term balanced fill flash as the camera will calculate the amount of flash needed using the amount of light detected by it's light meter. You don't want the flash to overpower the available light but to add just enough to bring out darkened areas like in this example.


Further Reading: While this article talks specifically about Canon equipment, other manufacturer's cameras work in a simliar fashion. Fill-in flash use with EOS cameras and speedlites

July 25, 2007

Focus on Disney World - Boardwalk

Boardwalk
Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50/55-200, 1/400s shutter, f4

Early evening is a great time to enjoy the Boardwalk in the Epcot resort area. I just love the feel of the area at that time of day. Whenever I go to Disney World, I always build in time to hang out there, even if I am staying somewhere else. I think what I like best is that people linger on the boardwalk throughout the late afternoon and well into the evening. Even though it's bustling with activity, it's a very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. There are kids playing everywhere. Many people are out walking just for the pleasure of it. There's always someone sitting in a rocker with a good book. Friends have a beer together at Big River Grille and laugh about the fun they had earlier in the day. The Boardwalk just feels good. I like the energy of it.

Quick Tip: The best photographic subject is not always in front of you. While waiting in line to ride the Friendship water taxi to Epcot I turned around and saw this scene. For me, it captured some of that lazy summer evening feeling that I love about the Boardwalk. When you're walking around the parks and resorts remember to look at what you might be missing in the opposite direction.

July 12, 2007

Photographic Innoventions: More than a Dining Guy

Scottwdw. Copyright© Scott Thomas Photography 2007

You may know me as the webmaster of the Disney Planning Strategy Calculator for Disney Reservations. What you don't know about me is I've been an avid photographer since I received my first Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera at the age of 16. I've burned up a lot of rolls of film, took a correspondence photography course and read many books and articles since then. With the technological breakthrough of digital photography, the hobby of photography has taken a huge leap and me with it. A couple of years ago, I purchased my first digital SLR camera, a Nikon D70. I can say I have learned more with this camera then all the film based ones I've used over the last 30 years.

I would like to thank Deb Wills for inviting me to contribute to the Picture This! photography blog here on AllEars. I will be giving you my views, examples, and ideas for taking photographs at Walt Disney World. I have recorded thousands of images at Walt Disney World over the last 24 years. Some great and some not so great. I hope my experiences can help you to improve your photographs at home and on your Disney vacations.

While at times I will be writing about specific pieces of equipment, most of the articles will cover intermediate to advanced photography concepts and techniques relevant to both Point and Shoot (P&S) and digital SLR cameras. As a starter, you can improve your pictures today by taking the time to get more familiar with your digital camera by reading through it's manual. Have your camera with you as you learn about all the different settings, menus and picture review capabilities. I was surprised at all the different things I could do with my camera by just changing a setting or menu option. I think you will too.

For me, digital photography brought back the fun of photography. I will be sharing the fun with you here.

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