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February 24, 2017

Shopping Around Epcot's World Showcase

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Shopping in Epcot's World Showcase pavilions can be a lot of fun and very expensive. I prefer to "shop by camera" and to record items I find during my visits as the merchandise changes over time.

For instance, upon leaving the Frozen Ever After ride and entering Puffin's Roost shop in Epcot's World Showcase Norway pavilion, you come upon a wall display of framed prints and gifts for sale from the animated movie, Frozen. Something you would have not seen before the movie was released back in 2013.

Framed prints and gifts for sale in The Puffin's Roost inside the Norway pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Framed prints and gifts for sale in The Puffin's Roost.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 1100, EV +0.3.

Then, there are the timeless items for sale which have been in the shops since Epcot opened. Coo Coo Clocks inside the Der Bucherwurm store in the Germany pavilion have been ticking and coo coo-ing every time I have visited since 1983.

Coo Coo Clock for sale inside Der Bucherwurm store in the Germany pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Coo Coo Clock for sale inside the Der Bucherwurm store.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/40s, f/3.8, ISO 6400, EV 0, 32mm Focal Length.

What I enjoy seeing is how pop culture comes and goes throughout World Showcase. No where does it show more than the Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan pavilion where last year the Pokemon Go phenomenon was in full swing.

Pokemon plush toys for sale inside the Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Pokemon plush toys for sale inside the Mitsukoshi Department Store.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 1250, EV 0, 32mm Focal Length.

France is the home to many Disney classics including Beauty and the Beast. In the Galerie Des Halles shop you find all manner of souvenirs from Eiffel Tower replicas to shirts from the movie.

Shirt for sale found in Galerie Des Halles shop in the France pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Shirt for sale found in the Galerie Des Halles shop.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 1400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

And I did not spend a dime. Well, not exactly, I bought the shirt as a gift for my daughter. Happy shopping!

December 29, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Goodbye to 2015

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As the Norway pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase prepares for Frozen Ever After, we bid goodbye to the Maelstrom boat ride through Norway's lore, wildlife and off shore oil platforms. Before boarding the longboats, the queue was overlooked by huge murals giving a preview of the ride's scenes.

Mural in the queue to ride the Maelstrom in Epcot's Norway pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mural in the queue to ride the Maelstrom.
Nikon D70/50mm, 1/20s, f/2.2, ISO 1600, EV +1.0.

Deb will be here tomorrow to give her Goodbye to 2015.


June 12, 2014

Flowers and Trolls in Norway

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A Troll topiary pops up out of a field of flowers in Epcot's Norway pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Troll topiary pops up out of a field of wildflowers.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 2200, EV -0.3, 24mm focal length.

Appropiately, a troll pops up among beautiful wildflowers in Epcot's Norway pavilion during the Flower and Garden Festival. A bright and beautiful Disney Pic of the Week about Flowers.

April 9, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Norway

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Norway is a mysterious country and its pavilion in Epcot brings that out. You meet trolls in the shops and attractions. Roofs are made of grass and flowers. The exhibits inside the Stave Church tell the story of Norway's Vikings.

One night as I was waiting for Illuminations to start, I turned around and noticed people walking by behind me. I set my camera to shutter priority and created ghosts with a long exposure. Will have to try this again with a tripod. For now, envision the ghosts wearing Viking helmets.

Guests look like Ghosts as they pass the Stave Church in Epcot's Norway pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
People look like Ghosts as they pass the Stave Church at night.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/3s, f/5.6, ISO 1250, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length.

Lisa be here on Thursday to share her Disney Pic of the Week about Norway.

January 10, 2013

Epcot Flowers

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Hanging flowers in front of the Italy pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Hanging flowers in front of Epcot's Italy pavilion.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/100s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length, polarizer filter.

It was a beautiful Autumn day in Epcot's World Showcase when I took this photo featuring these beautiful flowers in hanging pots in front of the Italy pavilion. I used a small aperture of f/16 to get everything in focus from the lamppost to the Friendship boat and Norway and China's pavilions in the background. I used a polarizing filter to deepen the colors of the water and sky.

A very colorful Disney Pic of the Week on Flowers.

October 7, 2012

Where in the World #250

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!

Thanks for your wonderful messages, Carolyn Como and Karen Ramirez! I appreciate that!
I actually leave for Walt Disney World in 3 weeks, Patti Mccaffrey. My husband and I are going to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary! We're dressing up and having our picture taken in front of the castle; we even have bride and groom mouse ears for the picture. :)

On the other hand, Rob & April Vanderpool, Sharon Pierce, and Caroline Burmester are going through the "My Disney vacation is over" blues. Come on, Players, bring it in for a group hug. (Guys, you can give a manly chuck on the shoulder if that would be more comfortable for you.)
together

Penny Urell, look! It's your name again! :)

Here was the September 30th challenge:
 Where in the World #249

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
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The Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
in Epcot's Norway pavilion! Home to Princess Storybook Dining which draws a sea of tiny Disney Princesses and their families there to meet their heroines in person!

Patterson Family, look at you speaking Norwegian! I'm impressed!

Brian Gallant was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Brian and to all the readers who got the answer right: Ed Elder, The Kahle Family, Kenny, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, The Kahle Family, Louise Barton, Lorine Landon, Jennifer Rowell, Chris Landon, Ashley Johnston, Kelly Zanauskas, Anna Warburton, Theresa Rucando, Kerry A., Carol Gamill, Pollyanna Buff, Jennifer Harmon, Curtis Bille, Jackie Kirner, Cindy Smith, Colette Stanton, Kristen Kempf, Jamie K, Melissa Bacon, Anne Marie Cronin, Dave Wang, Deb Ragno, Mary Beth Tarbet, Emily Jabas, Paul Dickson, Olivia Def, Robert Avnet, Stuart Hale, Lee Jourdan, Melyssa Mignone, Lee Jourdan, Noah Schweizer, Janet Thorn, Brian Nale, Lynette Michalos, Paula Massarelli, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Vera Williams, Christine Dagney, Erin Dagney, Emily Dagney, The Omeara Family, Gabriella & Matthieu, Kristen Moody, James And Kathy Berry, Lee Anastasi, Theresa Lucotti, Mike O'brien , Carolyn Como, Tommy Montgomery, Ken Maikowski, Nathalie Periard, Audra Miller, Kevin Miller, Linda "the Pooh" scrivano, Katie Marshall, Ken Clark, Mike Walter, Veronica Peterson, Angie Young, Kelly Cummings, Kara Cummings, Scott Welch, Dave Kanigowski, Hoekzema Family, Robert Noecker, Maureen Handy, Eva Mayhew, Gerald Skanes, Chris Connors, C.j. Connors, Debbie Connors, Jennifer Snook, Griffin Harpel, Emily Hudson, Jen Tremley, Patty Carty, Kim Skanes, Maggie Klotz, Chris Kelly, Cynthia Hitchcock, Ruth Woodhouse, Linda College, Morgan M., Laura V., Susie Howard, Patti Mccaffrey, Pam Vanaustin, Carri Marotto, Mackenzie D., Staci Plunkett, Teresa Plunkett, Nancy Johansen, Sandie Albrecht, Julie And Kody Rider, Erica Zielewski, Kim Mobley, The Kertes Family, Kathy Huckabee, Laurie Walker, Hillary Waldroop, Christopher Barnes, Les Stewart, Jenny Stoneburner, Mickey Eckert, James Chris Nichols, Heidi Burke, Evanna Huda, Clay Anthony, Karen Ramirez, Melodye Berry, Morag Lemon, Craig, Chloe Mayhew, Dan Johnston, Mike Haven, Sandy Kanigowski, Tricia Noble, Gallagher Family, Ashley Hill, Amber Slifer, Kristen Mccoy, Dale Knight, Jeremy Reichelt, Kristen Carde, Andrea Kruszewski, Betsy Silvestri, Anastasia Macneil, Andy Schumacher, Jennifer Cravener, Matthew Jadro, Nathaniel Clements, Rebecca Keenan, Patrick Broaddus, Emily Watson, Al Desimone, Debbie Desimone, Scott Sangston, Claire Gregory, Christopher Dotzman, Doug Andrews, Karen Martin, Kevin Jones, John Pasqueralli, Pecosace, Kelly Smith, Hobbes And Snorky, Lori Rienhardt, Walter N. Clark, Heidi Goodhue, Sharon Dale, Caryn Schill, Jim Fonseca , Jim Fonseca , The Hicks Family, Rob Jacob, Eric Holmes, Stephanie Dollar, Mike Sosnovich, John Menjes, Alan Mize, Matt Holley, Jack And Bill Foley, Mike Haeberle, Kelly Chipmunk Barnes, Rob & April Team Vanderpool, Kerrie Hogan, Kate Flanagan, Nancy, Jason Skow, Kerry Mccaffrey, Dawn Bach, Agnes Ciotti, Ruth Cookson, Jenny Brennan, Maryann Daly, William Edwards, Emma Ramsey, George Mundy Jr, Sharon Pierce, Caroline Burmester, Jenn Steele, Wendy T Faler, Trish Babler, Fred Shakeshaft, Paula B, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Mark Proper, Kristin Dormuth, Taylor Pocopanni, Annie Snodgrass, The Patterson Family, Mark Franklin, Kirsten Miller, Gerald Buford, Carolyn Duff, Lisa Zitek, Karen Smith, Ed Bene, Kyler Scott And Kevin Too, Emily Henderson, Ana Petersen, and Kathryn Willer. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

That closes out September, which means: TIME TO DRAW THE MONTHLY WINNER! And the September 2012 winner is: Heidi Burke! Congratulations, Heidi! You win AllEars swag from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #250: Where in the world is this?

Staying in the parks!
 Where in the World #250

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June 28, 2012

Maelstrom Trolls in Norway

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Guests meet trolls on the Maelstrom ride in Norway at Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Trolls warn guests riding Norway's Maelstrom ride.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 12800, EV +0.3

In norse mythology, trolls are rarely described as helpful or friendly. The trolls guests meet on the Maelstrom ride in Norway send them into an exciting and backwards ride through a dark forest and almost over a waterfall. Not a very helpful trio are they?

This is an example of an extreme high ISO image for my Disney Pic of the Week on Norway.


September 30, 2011

The Spirit of Norway at Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Norway pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Norway pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 280, EV +0.3, 200mm focal length.

When I visit Epcot's World Showcase, I always enjoy a stop in the Norway pavilion. There you can learn about Norway's mythology, past, present and future by enjoying a dragon boat ride through the Maelstrom. Norway is the home to my favorite snack in Walt Disney World (School Bread at the Kringla Bakeri og Kafe) and the home to Vikings. The mighty Viking below stands outside the Stave Church where an exhibit of famous Vikings and their history resides.

A mighty Viking outside the Stave Church in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
A mighty Viking outside the Stave Church.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 78mm focal length.

I know many people walk right through the theater at the end of the Maelstrom ride. If you have never seen the movie or have not seen it in a long time, take the six minutes to view the beauty of Norway and its people.

May 13, 2011

Scenes of Epcot's World Showcase

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last week I showed you how my friend and Disney photographer Bob Desmond approached finding details at Epcot. He further explained he likes to "build" a photo showing elements of a park. These photos say "Epcot" or "Magic Kingdom" or other Disney park or resort to someone viewing it.

The fun in this for me was finding those elements in the viewfinder. My first photo was a direct result of Bob mentioning he likes to add elements which are non-static. In this case, I waited for a Friendship boat to enter into the mid-ground between the lamp with flowers in the foreground and the China and Norway pavilions in the background.

Hanging flowers on a lamp post in Epcot's Italy pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Hanging flowers on a lamp post in Epcot's Italy pavilion.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/100s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length.

While taking the photo from Italy, I noticed how the China and Norway pavilions worked together in the contrasts between them. As Bob and I continued to walk towards them I kept my eye out for a composition.

Scene from Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Africa, China and Norway in a scene from World Showcase.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/16, ISO 560, EV +0,.3 135mm focal length.

In the photo above, I compressed the elements with my zoom lens of the Africa outpost, golden roofs of China and Norway's castle as the landscaping of plants, trees and rocks add color balance.

Do you think I found elements which say "World Showcase"?

August 13, 2010

Photographing Disney Food

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I enjoy a good meal after spending a day walking around a Walt Disney World park. Thankfully, you have a choice of all kinds of table and counter service restaurants in the parks, resorts and Downtown Disney. I like to photograph the food for future restaurant reviews at the PSCalculator.net website. However, judging by all the photos I see on Disney forums, photographing Disney restaurant food is very popular.

To get really good photos of food with a digital SLR camera, I suggest you bring a flash unit you can rotate the flash head in order to bounce it off a nearby surface to spread and even out the light on the food.

Photographing food is not unlike anything else. Watch your backgrounds and edges along the frame, focus carefully, hold the camera steady and get a good exposure. A couple of other things, don't start eating until after photographing the food and arrange everything the way you want. This is what I did for the lunch buffet plate at the Tusker House restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

A plate of food from the Tusker House restaurant lunch buffet in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
A plate of food from the Tusker House restaurant lunch buffet.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/6s, f/3.5, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length, flash at -1 power

I took the photo directly from above as it worked best for the amount of different items arranged on the plate. For the Maine Lobster entree at Narcoossee's restaurant in the Grand Floridian, I photographed as one would see it if they were seating in my place. Yes, the lobster was as good as it looked.

Maine Lobster entree served at Narcoossee's restaurant in the Grand Flordian Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Maine Lobster entree served at Narcoossee's restaurant.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/5, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal Length, flash at -1 power

In both the above photos, I used the Nikon SB-600 Speedlight flash unit bounced off the restaurant's ceiling with a -1 power setting to give the food the added pop of color and succulent lighting.

When waiting in line at Norway's Kringla Bakeri og Kafe, I remembered Barrie's wonderful photo of the Cloudberry Horns. As I didn't want to duplicate her version, I made the famous Kringla Sweet Pretzels the main subject using the Cloudberry Horns in the softly focused background.

Cloudberry Horns and Kringla Sweet Pretzels at Kringla Bakeri og Kafe counter service restaurant in Epcot's World Showcase Norway pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Cloudberry Horns and Kringla Sweet Pretzels at Kringla Bakeri og Kafe counter service restaurant.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/, ISO 360, EV +0.3, 170mm Focal Length

One last thing, you may have to get down low or stand up above or even look a bit goofy as you find the best angle to get a favorite snack properly framed in the viewfinder. Don't worry, the servers and cast members have seen it all before.

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.

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