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May 13, 2016

Leading Lines at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When the talk leans towards leading at Disney's Hollywood Studies, it is usually about leading men or women. Today, however, it is about leading lines. Photographers use leading lines to give a photo depth and/or to "lead" a viewer's eyes to something of interest.

My first example is the hallway you leave from after riding on the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and going through the Rock Around the Shop store. I really liked how the lines converged and the texture of the bricks along the walls. The posters overhead giving a nice added splash of color and shapes.

Leaving the Rock Around the Shop after riding the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Leading lines in the hallway leaving the Rock Around the Shop.
Nikon D700/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/50s, f/2.8, ISO 1000, EV +0.3, 16mm focal length.

The second example is not so straight forward (see what I did there?). Here, the "cars" create the leading lines to the big drive-in movie screen inside the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant.

Rows of cars leading to the Big Screen inside the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Rows of cars leading to the Big Screen inside the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/4s, f/8, ISO 10000, EV +1.0, 16mm focal length.

In both of these examples, I used straight lines. Curved lines can also lead. Anyone have any examples of curved leading lines? Shoot me a link in a Comment below and I will share them in a future blog post.

January 3, 2014

Best of Walt Disney World in 2013

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

After visiting Disneyland in September, I had two trips to Walt Disney World in October and December. The first was a family vacation where I photographed while touring the parks. The other was a planned couple of days photographing with other Disney fan photographers. Both trips were fun, enjoyable and presented new challenges and experiences in each park. Today, I am sharing with you some of the highlights from those trips.

It is exciting to see something new at Walt Disney World even if it happens every day. In all my visits, I never saw the IllumiNations barges enter Epcot's World Showcase Lagoon. When I noticed the Earth barge coming through the draw bridge, I stopped and took several photos.

IllumiNations Earth barge entering Epcot's World Showcase lagoon, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
IllumiNations Earth barge entering Epcot's World Showcase lagoon.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 150mm focal length.

This was the first time I had the Fisheye lens with me at Walt Disney World. I probably used it way too much but it was a lot fun. While waiting for my ride on Rock'n'Roller Coaster, I photographed fellow guests being launched. The lens' f/2.8 aperture and a high ISO allowed me to photograph inside the dark ride.

Guests are launched at the Rock'n'Roller Coaster in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Guests are launched into the Rock'n'Roller Coaster.
Nikon D700/15mm, 1/30s, f/2.8, ISO 6400, EV 0.

Each December, Disney fan photographers always watch for Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Animal Kingdom. This allows for photographing in the park after sunset. Something that is a rarity. The bare light bulbs hanging over the path to Expedition EVEREST made for good foreground interest to the Forbidden Mountain. By using a small aperture of f/22, the small light sources became small starbursts. I waited for Blue Hour, the time between sunset and full night, to give it a magical light.

Blue hour at Expedition EVEREST in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Blue hour at Expedition EVEREST.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 2.5s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 92mm focal length, tripod.

After Blue Hour in Disney's Animal Kingdom, I traveled to the Magic Kingdom to take advantage of its late night closing. Putting the Fisheye lens back on my camera, I photographed the lights and movement of the park. Fantasyland's Mad Tea Party is colorful and full of motion when using a long exposure and tripod to photograph it.

Mad Tea Party tea cups whiz around at night in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mad Tea Party tea cups whiz around at night.
Nikon D700/15mm, 10s, f/5, ISO 200, EV 0, tripod.

These are my favorites from this year's trips to Walt Disney World. Here's to even more in 2014. Do you have any favorites from the past year?

November 8, 2013

Fisheyed Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A fisheye lens is an ultra-ultra wide-angle lens that produces strong visual distortion intended to create a wide panoramic or hemispherical image. Fisheye lenses achieve extremely wide angles of view by forgoing producing images with straight lines of perspective (rectilinear images), opting instead for a special mapping (for example: equisolid angle), which gives images a characteristic convex non-rectilinear appearance (Source: Wikipedia).

Did you get all that? Fisheyes have been a favorite fun lens for Disney photographers for years. The lens, as the above definition says in a round about, distorts straight lines near the edges. That effect can ruin a photo unless used creatively. Earlier this year, I obtained a Sigma 15mm Fisheye lens for my Nikon D700 FX (full frame) dSLR camera. Last week, I used it at Walt Disney World for the first time. Let's see how I did.

I look for three conditions when I am shooting with a Fisheye lens:

1. Compositions with curved or circular objects which wrap around the image.
2. Put something of interest in the center and let straight lines get bent to lead people to the frame's center.
3. When a Fisheye is the only way to get far enough away from a subject to photograph it in cramped quarters (like a ride queue).

The huge red guitar outside of the building containing the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster in Disney's Hollywood Studios was a perfect subject for a Fisheye composition. The curves of the piano keys, guitar, palm trees and even the railing all work to create the uniqueness of a Fisheye photograph. You will also notice how close I got. I was learning over the railing to get as close to those piano keys as I could. Just like any wide angle lens, you want to get as close to the main subject as you can. It is easy to loose a subject in the extreme wide angle of a Fisheye and make a photo confusing.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster building in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster building in Disney's Hollywood Studio.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/640s, f/13, ISO 200, EV 0.

With the Bust of Walt Disney at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Disney's Hollywood Studios, I got in real close and let the Fisheye distort all the straight lines of the nearby celebrity busts, palm trees, lines in the pavement and building. Notice how the bust itself is relatively distortion free.

Bust of Walt Disney at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Bust of Walt Disney at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0.

In the Test Track queue where you can use the giant touch screens to design cars, it is really tight quarters for even a wide angle lens. The Fisheye worked great to tell the story of how Disney entertains and educates even while waiting in line.

A young woman designing a car in the queue for Test Track in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A young woman designing a car in the queue for Test Track.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/50s, f/2.8, ISO 3200, EV 0.

You will see more Fisheye photos in the future as I found it a fun and useful lens to have in Disney themeparks.

June 16, 2013

Where in the World #284

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!

All together, Players: let's hear it for the Dads! Happy Father's Day!
Happy Fathers Day
I hope you have a great day!

Guess who's birthday is on Thursday? Yes! How did you know? You guys!
From Millan.Net
to me!
Does this mean I can go back to Disney World?

Chris Masse, I am floored by your note! THANKS!

Here's Challenge #283:
Where in the World #283

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

The guitar tuning pegs at the attraction archway for The Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, a favorite for some many of us!

Ooo, Duskin Henard! You said "bumfoozling"! From Millan.Net

Steve and Ruby Jordan was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Steve & Ruby and all our winners this week! Daniel Record, Paul Dickson, Erin Hammer, Kye Layton, Andrew Carrieri, Janet Thorn, Jen Tremley, Kristi Strembicki, Debbie Connors, The O'meara Family, Scott Cullen, C.j. Connors, Team Hill, Belicia Cullen, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Caryn Schill, Tommy Montgomery, Sharon Pierce, Tami Howerton, Christie, Dulcie Hayes, Charlie Zimmerman , Emily Hudson, Ed Hogan, Kate Flanagan, Freemyer Family, Jim Riddle, Patti Gumiela, Vicki And Elizabeth Edwards, Chris And Sarah, Jennifer Noble, Melissa Such, Tina Powell, Tricia Petty, Les Whitten, Mike Rotkiske, Yvonne Marchione, Mike Walter, Dawn Burns, Amanda Campbell, Samantha Raucci, Brendan Abel, Carolyn Lobel, Julie Signor, Paul Moore, Maggie Klotz, Ariana Stowe, Orange Bird, Stuart Hale, Nick Bentz, Angie Blair, Brian Gallant, Joe Calomeni, Malesky Family, The Moore Family, Cathy Connors, Bruce Jones, Stefan Owens, Carol Becker, Chris Kelly, Alan Mize, Megan Krainski, Kenny, Larissa Huda, Maureen Handy, Adr, Marcus Davies , Laney, Joe Mangini, Pam Vanaustin, Amy Schweizer, Ladonna Tisdale, Clay Anthony, The Kahle Family, Judy Simonsen, Rob Jacob, Claire Gregory, Eileen Miller, Jennifer Harmon, Ed Suscreba, Cynthia Hitchcock, Jim Dewalt, Rob Blundin, John &Rhonda Nottell, Andrew Swiatowicz, Gail States, Chuck Sands, Kirk Hardy, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Katie Wood, Brian Skinner, Julie Wickware, Vera Williams, Randi Balch, Karen Ramirez, Mike Malampy, Doug Olson Family, Gallagher Family, Bill Cudney , Carol Ney, Joe Jennings, Emma Poprock, Jeff Blank, Erika Loboda, Len Beebe, Charles Everson, Jennifer Shaw, Dallas Hamilton, Philip Badcock, Jenny Brennan, Anastasia Macneil, Wayne Witherspoon, Mike Cerce, Tricia Noble, Craig Lordan, Sandra Edwards, Chris Bauman, Russell Hamlin, Noah Schweizer, Daniel Schweizer, Kerri Coggins, Matt Holley, Mary Beth Tarbet, Terry Fleming, Anna Keene, Mackenzie D., Nancy Cole, Dick Smith, Nancy Cole, Mark Franklin, Annmarie Arlauckas, Amy Park, Kara Morton, Duskin Henard, Brooke Whitlatch, Carla Leger, Michael Gunnels, Cheri Palmisano, Randy Thomas, Amy Kleinfieldt, Matt Ciccone, Capt James K, Morgan M., Ashley Elizabeth, Mickey Eckert, Ronald Delorey, Vicki Vaught, Kris Nixon, Amber Slifer, Nicole Shuler, Les Stewart, John Pasqueralli, Sonnen's, Patti Mccaffrey, Agnes Ciotti, Tammy Kennedy, Chris Nichols, Donna Hawkins , Nathaniel Clements, The Holmes Family, Jennifer Barbour, Bill , Dwayne Fontenot, Tom Buck, Jason Skow, Heidi Goodhue, Morag Lemon, Fred Shakeshaft, Kara Cummings, Jenny Mcqueen, Elizabeth Scarborough, Jeff Brashear, Brooke Sifferman, Emily Harper, Larry Sprenkle, Kate Fischer, Melodye Berry, Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Lindsey Nozal, Denise Cayz, Earl Wilcher, Carolyn Comp, Laura Labadie, Vicki Yarnell, and Brent Lollar. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

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Challenge #284 Where in the world is this?

Orange Bird said the challenges are too easy: so... everyone say it together, Players!
It's a DOUBLE CHALLENGE WEEK!

Extra tough challenge:
tough challenge

And regular Challenge #284: staying in the parks again!
 Where in the World #284

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 20th, 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!

January 13, 2013

Where in the World #263

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!

Bon Voyage to the The Kertes Family on a special Disney birthday trip! And hello to Patti and Kerry McCaffrey who are in Walt Disney World now.

I wish I was in Disney, too, Patti Gumiela and Karen Smith!

Jill Hauth and Hunter Armstrong knows what we mean as Jill and the Armstrong family are going through the post-Disney vacation blues. From Millan.Net

Here was the challenge last week:
 Where in the World #262

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

It's the seating at The Sunset Ranch Market at Disney's Hollywood Studios where you will find Rosie's All American Cafe, Fairfax Fare, Toluca Legs Turkey Company, and Catalina Eddie's. It's inspired by L.A.'s Farmer's Market and right by Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and Beauty and the Beast. You can read all about its history in Jack Spence's blog (thanks to the Hoekzema Family for the reference)!

And! The site of quite a few meet and greets for the AllEars Team, like in this 2010 picture, marking the start of 2013!

I hope you think it is a good choice for the first one of the year, Cheri Palmisano!

Susan and Mike of Team Hill was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Susan and Mike and all our winners this week! Debbie Desimone, Al Desimone, Paul Scimeca, Diane Curfman, Karen Gates, Mary Beth Tarbet, Mario De Lepper , Andrea Fifield, Jennifer Shoulders, Denise Stevenson, Stephen Heywood, Sheila Lees, Christine Homer, Andy Schumacher, The Kertes Family, Tara Druckenmiller, Cindy Derosa, Tina G., Brandi Benedict, Lori Juliff, Colette S, Donna Quinno, Shannon Wright, The O'meara Family, Julie Westberg, Bill Mckim, Julie Westberg, Megan Krainski, Karen Doshier, Michaela O'brien , Denise Sawicki, Shannon Savoia, Kenny, Tim Johansen, Mike O'brien, Roger Vollmer, Karen Ramirez, Monette Gardner, Larry , Gay Lynn Brown, Robert Hildebrandt, Brenda Mcguire, Pollyanna Buff, Andrew Swiatowicz , Kevin Carter, Diane Morris, Jonathan Thomas, Paul Knott, Kelly Cummings, Chris Masse, Dave Kanigowski, Sandy Kanigowski, Phyllis Masse, Keitjh, Chloe Simmons, Beth Mcmeekin, Patti Gumiela, Craig, Deme Grabert, Ed Hogan, Paul Moore, John Nottell, Ladonna Tisdale, Weaselmouse, Andrea Kruszewski, Rob Blundin, Krysten Toth, Lindsey S., Chris Kelly, Scott Precise, Brian Miller, The Malesky Family, Sharon Pierce, Pam Vanaustin, Kara Cummings, Vera Williams, Jennifer Smith, Hobbes And Snorky, Anjanette Tournillon, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Kris Nixon, Les Stewart, Tom Koval, Karen Schlumpf, Linda Scrivano, Doug Reichl, Jennifer Rupert, Julie And Kody Rider, Hoekzema Family, Chris &Maranda Nichols, Diane Furtado, Mare Aehlich, Jeff Blank, Bob Patterson, Kathy Morris, Brian Grabowski, Jason Skow, Dallas Hamilton, Bonnie Tulenko, John Dupre, Jeff Beauchamp, Alison Rosenberger, Bob Henriksen, Karrie Duffey, Jeremy Reichelt, Marguerite Garofalo, Zachary Ott, Melody O'donnell, Chloe Mayhew, Shelly Borella, Heather Hynes, Janet Thorn, Patrick Broaddus, Josh Carney, Terry Fleming, Tricia Noble, Hillary Waldroop, Kameo Crea, Jullie Pudem, Hannah M, Stephanie Linares, Karen Smith, Carri Marotto, Hunter Armstrong, Tom Armstrong, Jill Hauth, Lana Hauth, Victoria Finnegan, Stephanie Dollar, Jennifer Suhr, Derek Carty, Heidi Goodhue, Vanessa Gordon, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Morgan M., Morag Lemon, Tom Buck, Carla Leger, Cathy Mager, Cheri Palmisano, Wendy Hupp, Jolynn Digiallonardo, John Pasqueralli, Palmer Family , Jeff Powell, Kirsten L Rodriguez, Patti Deluca, Emily Hudson, Elaine Kleinhenz, Chuck Sands, Jennifer Bogdan, Paul Ignudo Jr, Monica Owens, Caroline Burmester, Cindy Pennau, Jon Solomonson, Noreen Rachuba, Jim Kovacs, Mark Russell, Paul Dickson, Joanne Labbe, Chris Hills, Marie Seilus, Patti Mccaffrey, Kerry Mccaffrey, Jane Johnson, Agnes Ciotti , Danielle Ciotti Harsley, and Vicki Edwards. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #263: Where in the world is this?

We're in a different park!

 Where in the World #263

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, January 17th, 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!

April 8, 2011

Riding the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This week I am taking you on one of my favorite rides, the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith in Disney's Hollywood Studios. I know some people may have never ridden RnRC so here's your chance.

After waiting in the queue (hopefully you used FastPass), you are ushered into a recording studio where Aerosmith is listening to a classic mix of one of their hits.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster pre-show in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Aerosmith gives us backstage passes but we need to get across town.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 5600, EV -1.7, 28mm focal length.

Soon, their manager comes in and tells them to get going or they will be late for the concert across town. However, the band wants their fans (you being one) to have backstage passes. Their manager has to make it happen and calls for a stretch limo. Tells us to move out to alley as she got us a really fast car.

Out in the alley you get in the limo and pull down the safety restraint and off you go around a tight corner as a Disney cast member waves happily. You might wonder why she is smiling.

A cast member waves to guests as they head to the on-ramp of the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
A cast member waves to guests as they head to the on-ramp of the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/5s, f/3.5, ISO 8000, EV -0.3, 28mm focal length.

You get a fun countdown and when the green light turns on, you are launched from 0 to 60mph in less than 3 seconds. Don't forget to smile as this is when your ride photo is taken. Your limo's radio is locked on the special Aerosmith ride mix station.

Guests are given the green light to enter the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
A Super Stretch Limo ride vehicle is launched into the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster..
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/5s, f/3.5, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length.

After a couple of inversions and speeding over California highways you arrive at the concert. Your heart will be pumping from the exhilarating ride. There's a red carpet here to take you to the "concert" cleverly disguised as a store where you can pick up your ride photo ( you did remember to smile, right?) and other Rock 'n' Roller Coaster goodies as Aerosmith tunes continue.

Arriving backstage after a ride on the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Arriving backstage after a ride on the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/3.5, ISO 5600, EV -0.3, 28mm focal length.

Finally, you make your way out the backdoor of the concert as sponsor banners fly overhead. Already ready to get right back on so you can hear a different song on your next cruise to a concert.

Fans exit the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Fans exit the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, ISO 8000, EV -0.3, 28mm focal length.

Notice the ISO settings of these photos. I used a noise reduction program called Noise Ninja to clean up the digital noise such high ISO's create. A few years ago, I never would have imagined using ISO numbers above 3200.

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