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August 11, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Blue

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This week's color is Blue. I changed it up some and instead of showing you a blue building, character or ride, I decided to go with my favorite time of day to photograph: Blue Hour. I also like to find brown/yellow to contrast the deep blue sky with. The Aztec Pyramid in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase was the perfect subject.

Blue hour over the Aztec Pyramid in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Blue hour over the Aztec Pyramid in the Mexico pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/100s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV -0.3, 24mm focal length.

Back in 2010, I did another Disney Pic of the Week for Blue. It still is one of my favorite posts here on Picture This! featuring Susie the Little Blue Coupe.

Deb will be here tomorrow to get all wrapped up in her Blue photo.


November 3, 2013

Where in the World #304

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 forgot a very important celebration last week (facepalm). I hope everyone celebrating Día de Muertos had a very special time!
From Millan.Net

Thank you to everyone for the lovely anniversary wishes! Kerri Coggins, you're right. I should put the hubby in touch with Paul Moore about how to plan a celebratory Disney trip! Oh honey?!

Claire Gregory, I'll be in touch about plans for our secret mission.

From last week: Challenge #303:
 Where in the World #303

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

The Mariachi Cobre band performing inside the Mexico pavilion! Their page on the official WDW website gives their schedule for each day!

Or you can ask Jane Johnson because she is besties with them! She knew who each one was just by their feet!

And we have Barrie Brewer fans amongst us! I'm so happy about that. You knew from the thumbnail that this was her photo!

Karen Ramirez says, "So glad you put this challenge from my country. Greetings from Mexico City! Viva Mexico!"

Viva Mexico! From Millan.Net

Thomas Beebe was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Thomas and all our winners this week! The Kahle Family, Matt Wildey, Kristi Strembicki, Sarah Orman, Bethany Mattiuz-king, Theresa Rucando, Julia B. 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Hey, Betsy Dross, could you come here? I need to tell you something. You're the monthly winner for Where in the World Photo Fun! Deb Wills will be sending you a prize!
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Challenge #304 Where in the world is this?

Still in the parks. I think it's harder, but you tell me, Players.
 Where in the World #304

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, November 7th, 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!

March 21, 2013

Epcot's Mexico Pyramid

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Mexico pyramid in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mexico's Aztec Pyramid in Epcot's World Showcase.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/100s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length, polarizer filter.

Florida has lots of blue sky which sets up the warm tones of Mexico'a pyramid in Epcot's World Showcase. I used a Circular Polarizing filter to deepen the sky's color even more for my Disney Pic of the Week on Mexico.

September 25, 2012

Disney Pic of the Week: The Three Caballeros

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Three Caballeros are the stars of the Gran Fiesta Tour boat ride inside the Mexico pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase. Panchito, José Carioca and Donald Duck or, as Lisa would remind me, Pato Donald make up the famous trio featured in Walt Disney's animated movie of the same name. José is the one on the right.

The Three Caballeros entertain guests riding on the Gran Fiesta Tour inside Epcot's Mexico pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Three Caballeros entertain guests riding on the Gran Fiesta Tour.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 720, EV +0.3.

Lisa will be here on Thursday with her take for our Disney Pic of the Week about The Three Caballeros.

September 14, 2012

Advanced Dark Ride Photography at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I have talked about my attempts at photographing Disney dark rides in the past. I have not been satisfied with my results thus far. So, I contacted an expert. Michael Besant is an accomplished dark ride photographer and I asked him for his secret. Turns out I was not the only one to inquire and he had decided to write up how he photographs and processes his dark ride photos. I will reference the link soon.

First, I want to outline it for you:

Equipment

The better a camera handles high ISO settings the better its ability to capture dark ride images. If you get good images up to ISO 3200 or higher, your camera will work.

A fast lens is a must. The one I recommend is the 50mm f/1.8 prime lens as it is very affordable. Other lenses with wide open apertures like f1.4, f/2 and f/2.8 are in longer focal lengths and thus are more expensive. Many kit lenses are too slow in the f/3.5 to f/5.6 aperture range.

Photography

As in all photography, the better exposed your photo is, the better you will be able process the images. Michael gives excellent tips on how to do this. One which helped me was to switch from my normal use of JPEG images to the camera's RAW image capture. RAW files contain a lot more information in which your photo editor can use in pulling out details in photos.

Other tips are to use Shutter Priority mode to keep the shutter speed manageable. He recommends a shutter speed of at least 1/40th of a second (I try to keep it at 1/60th of a second, if possible), use continuous and single point focus settings and put your camera in burst (continuous) mode. Single point focus allows you to move the focus point to lock in on the brighter locations of the scene you are photographing. Lastly, set exposure compensation to +0.3 to slightly overexpose your photos. This will help in post processing.

Post Processing

I am going to give you the short version which Michael shared with me recently. For a detailed account you will need to visit his Dark Ride Shooting Tutorial (see link at end of article). He uses Adobe Photoshop software which is expensive but is the industry standard and for a good reason as you will see. I used Apple Aperture 3.3 which is like Adobe Lightroom 4.

Michael will open an image in ADOBE CAMERA RAW He always will 'open' it up with the exposure slider to see what details are lurking in the shadows. Then he starts with the WHITE BALANCE. This is done on multiple levels, the first being the normal adjustments. Before he takes it further and goes into selective color and remove or tone down the HOT colors.

Depending on the image, Michael will adjust with either the RECOVERY or the FILL LIGHT slider followed by SHARPNESS/NOISE REDUCTION (NR) tab to adjust the sharpness and NR at that point. From there he finishes up using the CURVE tool.

If any of this sounds confusing, check your photo editing software's Help to learn how to use them.

For my processing, I had to substitute the NR part with a trip to another program called Noise Ninja. Once done, I returned back to Aperture for the final steps.

Below are photos I took in Mexico's Grand Fiesta ride and the Tower of Tower. I sent copies of the RAW files to Michael so as to compare my processing to his.

The Aztec Pyramid on the Grand Fiesta ride at Epcot's Mexico pavilion in World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
The Aztec Pyramid on the Grand Fiesta ride by Scott.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 12,800, EV +0.3.

The Aztec Pyramid on the Grand Fiesta ride at Epcot's Mexico pavilion in World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
The Aztec Pyramid on the Grand Fiesta ride by Michael Besant.

You will notice right off the difference in the Aztec Pyramid's color which I left more in keeping with the lighting on the ride and I opened up the colors above the pyramid by using a dodging (lighting) brush. Both versions are fine with the differences being artistic and not technical.

Ghosts beckon during the Tower of Terror in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Ghosts beckon during the Tower of Terror by Scott.
Nikon D700/70-200VR, 1/40s, f/2.8, ISO 12,800, EV +0.3, 92mm focal length.

Ghosts beckon during the Tower of Terror in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Ghosts beckon during the Tower of Terror by Michael Besant.

Michael was able to pull out a lot more detail in the ghosts. I tired brushing in a few different effects but never got them as good as he did. Keep in mind Adobe Photoshop is a $600 photo editor and is considered the gold standard in professional photo editing. Apple Aperture is a $90 program which does a very good job.

I will say this is the best I have done with dark ride photos thanks to Michael Besant's Dark Ride Shooting Tutorial. I hope it will help you, too.

If you have any questions, leave them in the Comments.

August 10, 2012

Prime Epcot

Prime Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 24, 2012

San Angel Inn in Mexico

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

San Angel Inn restaurant inside the Mexico pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
San Angel Inn restaurant inside Mexico.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16mm, 25s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 11mm focal length, tripod.

The San Angel Inn restaurant inside the Mexico pavilion always looks so inviting. Nice rich colors and an awesome atmosphere which was I why I chose it for my Disney Pic of the Week on Mexico. Problem is I am not a fan of Mexican food. Or, as I was told once, I never had good Mexican food. I am asking you for some help. If you were to take me here, what would you recommend I order? Click Here for the San Angel Inn Menu.

June 19, 2011

Where in the World #182

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

Dawn Bach, thank you for such a wonderful note! Have a wonderful trip; I know you and your daughter will have a ball!

And I did mean the 16th, Tom Higbee. LOL!

Quick note: I will be at the AllEars' New York events this weekend and I'm hoping I'll meet some of you! It's my birthday weekend and what a great way to celebrate it: special times with friends. :)

This was Challenge #181:
 Where in the World #181

And here's the answer:


Copyright © 2010 Erin Blackwelli

You can see this is the entrance arch to the Gran Fiesta Tour ride, starring Donald Duck, Panchito Pistoles, and José Carioca of The Three Caballeros. It's my favorite ride in Epcot in my favorite World Showcase pavilion, Mexico!

Here's a couple fun details to look for in the ride, if you don't about them already. In the scene where Donald is taking pictures while wearing a few sombreros, the Aracuan Bird briefly pops up inside the hats! The Aracuan Bird is his nemesis from "The Three Caballeros" and "Disney's House of Mouse" when Panchito and Jose would appear on the show. (Coincidentally, I first fell in love with Panchito and Jose on the House of Mouse!) Also look around the rocks in the scene where Donald is diving with the baby octopus: you'll see his sailor's jacket and drink on the rocks where he left them to go swimming!

A number of Worlders said this same picture is in the queue in Mickey's Philharmagic. I can see where they would be there, and I sort of remember it myself. I'll double check it and add everyone's name to the monthly winners list if it's true, so you will be in the monthly drawing too. I'll let you know next week.

Kirsty Butler was the first to send in the correct answer for the challenge! Congratulations to Kirsty and all other readers who got the answer right: Sharon Pierce, Lee Anastasi, Daniel Record, Theresa Rucando, Susie Howard, Tina Santacroce, Christine, Austin Oblenis, Ed Suscreba, Kye Layton, Cathy Skiba, Cathy Skiba, Christine Dagney, Erin Dagney, Mary Beth Tarbet, Kris Nixon, Misty Mehelic, Jen Cerce, Dee Dee Kenney, Millie Tenreiro, Michael Gainey, Cara Richards, Brian Skinner, Robert Anderson, Amy Schweizer, Erica Sipich, Matt Holley, Evanna Huda, Jennifer Harmon, Brett, Danielle Ciotti, Dawn Bach, Agnes Ciotti, Belicia Cullen, Sharon Dale, Scott Cullen, Larissa Huda, Annette Nuenke, Tammy Kallenbach , Phyllis Masse, Dale Knight, Cynthia Hitchcock, Brendan Abel, Jennifer Rupert, Brian Gallant, Maureen Handy, Linda, Mia W., Don Whiteman, Craig, Ed Hogan, Karen Schlumpf, Ruth Woodhouse, Richard Memmory, Beth Mcmeekin, Shannon Milair, Caryn Schill, Karen Adamakis, Bryan Timko, Bruce Hinterleitner, Jessica Gruhlke, Alex Karr, Jennifer Kaufman, Tim Johansen, Jacquelyn Law, Derek Carty, Gloria Martin, Linda College, Matt Cofone, Pollyanna Buff, Maryann Eckenrode, Heather Young, Leigh Mertz, Ashley Hill, Ken Jackson, Becky Terjung, Louise Barton, Madi M., Jeremy Hardy, James Berry, Kathy Berry, David, Bruce Jones, Katie Bray, Jared Orth, The Perras Family, Elizabeth Howarth, Lauren Thomas, Christopher Barnes, Karen Nelson, Carol Baranowsky, Ashley P., Chris Kelly, Kelly Mager, Laurie , Rob Blundin, Anastasia Macneil, Doug Reichl, Mackenzie D, Vicki Edwards, Jen, Andrea Kruszewski, Elizabeth Macgregor, Debra Kuklinski, Michelle Wilinski, Danielle Aston, Mary Virginia Clause, Mike O'brien, Walter N. Clark, Tim Jeltes, Paul Dickson, Tracey Mayfield, Betsy Silvestri, Jeannine Reid, Amy Filliben, Michelle Thompson, Megan Krainski, Kelly Zanauskas, Jeanette Luce, The Moore Family, Linda Mac, Tracy Discher, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Jim Finley, Steven Bowling, Jenny Leek, Luis Rodriguez, Barrie Brewer, Ed Aleszczyk, Becky H, Gareth Richards, Bob Patterson, Leslie Stewart, Nathalie Periard, Jennifer Tremley, Brittany and Jesse Siminitz, Scott Junkin, Kelly Smith, Nicole Duddy, Jeremy Reichelt, Lori Rienhardt, John Dupre, Kerry Mccaffrey, Wendy Faler, Chris Connors, Karrie Duffey, Sherry Trapp, Kristen Mccoy, Carri Marotto, Patty Newton, Michael Kaczanowski, Chris Bauman, John And Tracey Roerty, Diane Ramos, Christopher Hall, Jullie Pudem, Ken Fischler, Mike Gillardi, Ashley M, Regina Allen, Darrell Shortt, Kameo Crea, Chris And Alison, Anthony Lipinski, Erin Hammer, Brian Yesutis, Caroline Burmester, Chuck Sands, Melanie Dunlap, Elaine Johnson, Alan Mize, Carla Nale, David Gould, Kyler S., The Hicks Family, Sarah Holodick, Chloe Brooke, Jennifer Bourg, Mitch Buska, Sandra Edwards, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Brian Grabowski, Michelle Roth-smoot, Jim Logue, Katie Bowling, Katrina Westervelt, Josh Weiss, Caroline Williams, Jennifer Mccurry, Sheila Saey, Patti Deluca, Jamie K, Elaine Kleinhenz, Margot Garofalo, Liz Moreau, Joseph M Zafia, Thomas Auckland, Jason Skow, Ronnie Schreyer, Sarah Smee, Barclay Bakkum, Shirley Garcowski, Maryann Daly, Jason Lenz, Ruth Cookson, Dan Diehm, Roye Ann Morris, John Foggo, Scott Sangston, Pizazz, Eleanor Karwowski, Denise Mudrey, Robert Burge Jr, Shaun Leake, Caitlin Rush, Hillary Waldroop, Carol J, Paula Massarelli, Claire Gregory, and Veronica Monteiro. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #182: Where in the world is this?

Let's stay in the parks for another week:
 Where in the World #182

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, June 23rd, 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!

May 7, 2011

Donald Duck in Mexico

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Sombrero wearing Donald Duck in Mexico's character Meet and Greet location in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sombrero wearing Donald Duck in Mexico's character Meet and Greet location.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 34mm Focal Length.

As Lisa noted earlier this week, you can find a sombrero wearing Donald Duck in Mexico's character Meet and Greet location in Epcot's World Showcase. Donald is looking good with my daughter at this side for my Disney Pic of the Week about Characters in Various Outfits.

May 14, 2010

Indoor Tour of World Showcase, Part I

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

You wake up in your room at Walt Disney World and look outside and see dark gray sky and rain falling. This can be a bit disheartening especially if you were planning on doing a lot of outdoor photography while your family enjoys the Florida sunshine. For such days may I recommend visiting Epcot. All the attractions are inside (except for Test Track which may not be running on rainy days) and have lots of photographic opportunities. For this week and next, I am going to take you around World Showcase and show you how I enjoyed a rainy day.

I would suggest bringing a tripod or Gorrillapod for low light photography. A flash can be used to add light where you need it, too. Please be courteous to your fellow guests when using either a tripod or flash.

We are going to start in Mexico and work our way clockwise around the World Showcase. The plaza inside Mexico's pyramid is like any lively marketplace with brightly colored Mexican souvenirs and The Mariachi Cobre band serenading guests. I set up my camera on a tripod to overlook the San Angel Inn dining area and zoomed in on the temple and volcano that overlook the restaurant. The long exposure brought out the muted colors.

The Aztec temple and volcano which looms over the San Angel Inn restaurant inside the Mexico pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Aztec temple and volcano which looms over the San Angel Inn restaurant.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 25s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 130mm focal length, tripod

Not sure many people take the time to go inside Norway's Stave Church to see the exhibit within. The Viking exhibit is a nice rainy day stop with displays of some of the most famous Vikings like Olaf II, Erik the Red and Rognvald. The model of the Oseberg longship caught my attention. Did you know this is the same longship seen in the opening of the movie, Spirit of Norway, which guests can watch after riding The Maelstrom.

There is not a lot of room in the Viking exhibit so I did not set up a tripod. I did get on one knee for stability and a better angle and used da Grip.

A model of The Oseberg longship is in the Viking Exhibit inside the Stave Church replica in Epcot's World Showcase Norway pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A model of The Oseberg longship is in the Viking Exhibit inside the Stave Church.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16mm, 1.3s, f/2.8, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 11mm focal length

I have wanted to get this shot for awhile of the colorful ceiling inside the Temple of Heaven in China's World Showcase pavilion. I thought I would get on my back and shoot straight up but another photographer told me to instead, put the camera down on the floor and use my camera's timer to fire the shutter. Make sure you keep unsuspecting guests from tripping or kicking your camera if you do this.

The magnificent ceiling inside the replica of the Temple of Heaven found at Epcot's World Showcase China pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The magnificent ceiling inside the replica of the Temple of Heaven.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16mm, 3s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 11mm focal length

There's a couple of great indoor places in Germany. You can photograph a village while dining at Biergarten or you can enjoy the many shops of the pavilion. Being a fan of beer, I spotted these jovial beer steins in Der Bucherwurm. With an ISO of 1100, I was able to keep the shutter speed at a very hand-holdable 1/60th of a second.

Beer steins in Germany's Der Bucherwurm shop in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Beer steins in Germany's Der Bucherwurm shop.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 1100, EV -0.3, 18mm focal length

Getting into more shopping, I photographed this colorful and extremely expensive glassware in Italy's Il Bel Cristallo shop. If you dine in Tutto Italia, definitely take a tripod as it has very moody lighting but very rich in colors and textures.

Glassware displayed in Il Bel Cristallo store in Epcot's World Showcase Italy pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Glassware displayed in Italy's Il Bel Cristallo store.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4.8, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 50mm focal length

As you can see, there is lots to do, see and photograph around the World Showcase even on a rainy day. Next week we'll finish our indoor tour of World Showcase starting with the American Adventure.

June 13, 2009

EPCOT Sombrero Club

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Members of the  EPCOT Sombrero Club in Epcot's Mexico pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Members of the EPCOT Sombrero Club.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/3.8, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 22mm Focal Length, Flash Used

Are you a member of the EPCOT Sombrero Club? Admit it. Who hasn't put a sombrero on their head when walking around the market inside the Mexico pavilion. They are big and brightly colored. Just perfect for a fun photo of yourself and members of your family. This is my daughter and her boyfriend. He's very tall but reminds me of a Disney character. Can you guess which one? Hope you enjoyed my Disney Pic of the Week for Mexico.

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This page contains an archive of all entries posted to Picture This! in the Mexico category. They are listed from oldest to newest.

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