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September 8, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Pirates of the Caribbean

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This week's Walt Disney Studios film is one which comes directly from one of Disney Imagineering's best shows: The Pirates of the Caribbean.

Debuting in 1967 at Disneyland, it was the most immersive and technologically advanced attraction of its time. I remember Walt Disney gleefully describing how they got the audio-animatronics to work in a coordinated manner on the TV show, The Wonderful World of Color.

Jumping ahead to 2003, a movie based on the attraction called Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was released featuring Captain Jack Sparrow portrayed by Johnny Depp who became so popular, Disney decided to change the attraction to incorporate the character. A first in Disney park history.

And it all started with pirate skeletons...

Pirate skeleton in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Pirate skeleton in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 10000, EV +0.6.

Deb will be here tomorrow time shifting to the beginning of pirates at Walt Disney World.


April 21, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Goofy

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Of the Fab Five, I think Goofy gets some of the best outfits and he tends to show up where you least expect him to. As I was walking out of the Pirates of the Caribbean, I spotted Goofy in pirate garb near The Pirates League where young and old can get made into a pirate.

Pirate Goofy hanging out near the Pirates League in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Pirate Goofy hanging out near the Pirates League.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.3, ISO 2500, EV 0, 105mm focal length.

Tomorrow, Deb finds Goofy in what I consider his best outfit ever. Of course, that is my opinion.


March 24, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Adventureland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Have you ever noticed the attractions in Adventureland have elements of water as part of the story? Waterfall in the pre-show of the Enchanted Tiki Room and boats in Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise. While guests ride in the boats, it is what they experience...a trip into the time of pirates and a trip past an ancient idol on the Mekong river in Cambodia in Southeast Asia.

An ancient idol on the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
An ancient idol on the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise in Adventureland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 900, EV 0, 150mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow with another Adventureland attraction featuring water.


October 16, 2014

Jungle Cruise Skipper at the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Skipper of a Jungle Cruise boat at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Skipper of a Jungle Cruise boat waves goodbye to a departing crew.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV -0.3.

UPDATE: I seemed to have caused a stir with this post title. First, I only write about and share photography from Disney themeparks in this space. I do not report news from the Disney Company. Second, the Jungle Cruise Skippers are NOT going away. The title comes from my boat waving goodbye to the skipper you see in the photo. I think people saw the title and JUMPED to conclusions. So, I have changed the title which was, "Goodbye Jungle Cruise Skipper at the Magic Kingdom".

Skippers of the Jungle Cruise in either the Magic Kingdom or Disneyland have one wry sense of humor. They have to pilot all of us guests around and around the great rivers of the world and be funny each and every time. My Mickey Mouse Ears hat off to them all.

Now, let's everyone turn around and wave good-bye to those people on the dock we've left behind. (In low voice) Come on folks... pretend like you're having a good time. - Jungle Cruise Skipper

A fun Fisheyeed photo for the Disney Pic of the Week about the Jungle Cruise.

August 15, 2014

Recording Details in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Magic Kingdom is full of details and I had fun looking for and photographing on a recent trip. Let's start with the Pirates Bazaar which is the shop you enter after sailing through Pirates of the Caribbean. This shop, like all Disney shops, is a treasure trove of subjects. As I was walking around, I felt like I was being stared at. I looked around and found Captain Jack Sparrow, as portrayed by actor Johnny Depp, looking right at me.

Painting of Captain Jack Sparrow on display in the Pirates Bazaar outside Pirates of the Caribbean in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Painting of Captain Jack Sparrow as portrayed by actor Johnny Depp on display in the Pirates Bazaar outside Pirates of the Caribbean.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/50s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 120mm focal length.

The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad's queue had some updates done during the last refurbishment. I found this longitudinal section diagram of the mountain fascinating and something you will miss using the FastPass+ line.

Longitudinal section diagram of Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Longitudinal section diagram of Big Thunder Mountain in the queue for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 4500, EV 0, 24mm focal length.

Fans of the movie, National Treasure, will remember how the company which cast the Liberty Bell was part of the clues leading to the historical treasure. The replica in Liberty Square has the clue, too.

Close up of the Liberty Bell in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Close up of the Liberty Bell in Liberty Square.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 4000, EV -0.3, 85mm focal length.

Did you know the The League of Planets and The Loyal Order of Little Green Beings are sponsors on the Tomorrowland Welcome Sign?

Tomorrowland welcoming signs at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Welcoming signs as you enter Tomorrowland from the Hub.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/16, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 50mm focal length.

You know about the windows above Main Street USA but have you ever noticed the doors? Like this one which opens into the Magic Kingdom Casting Agency run by one Walter Elias Disney featuring his quote: "It takes People to Make the Dream a Reality".

Door to the Magic Kingdom Casting Agency on Main Street USA which opened in 1971 by Founder & Director Emeritus Walter Elias Disney in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Door to the Magic Kingdom Casting Agency on Main Street USA which opened in 1971 by Founder & Director Emeritus Walter Elias Disney.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 400, EV -0.3, 24mm focal length.

These are the kinds of details that come and go at Walt Disney World over the years. As fellow All Ears team member Jim Korkis reminds me every time I see him, photograph everything as you never know when it will be changed or totally disappear from a Disney park. Noted, Jim!

October 27, 2013

Where in the World #303

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! What are we celebrating this week in America? That's right: my wedding anniversary! Oh stop, please! I'm blushing!

Oh and Halloween. :) Of course, Halloween! Enjoy your holiday and let's all remember that this is not the Disney spirit:
From Millan.Net

Team Hill, Vera And Izzy Williams, and John Bickers, thank you so much for the lovely notes!
Players, Paul Moore raised the bar: pay attention, spouses. He's is taking his wife on a birthday trip that starts at the Beach Club in Walt Disney World and then off to Disneyland! A coast-to-coast Disney parks birthday trip. Way to go, Paul!

On the other end of the spectrum, Kerri Coggins has the post trip blues. From Millan.Net We know exactly how you feel.

From last week: Challenge #302:
 Where in the World #302

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

It's like you're the Skipper here on the Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom! If you enjoyed this challenge, my name is Erin Blackwell. If you didn't, my name is Lisa Berton. (This is very funny if you know this joke from the attraction.) :)

Cheri Palmisano, how was the chocolate? Better than a hat, right?

Phil Vickers was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Phil and all our winners this week! 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Clark, Adrianne Brewer, Sharon Leitgeb, Robert P. Flaherty, Joseph M. Zafia, Jennifer Powell, Rick R., Vickie Scioneaux, Jackie Graebel, Sarah Hamiter, Kyle Burdo, Karen Hotchkiss, Tom Higbee, Tom Buck, Terry Fleming, Barry Sklenar, Fred Shakeshaft, Shannon Wright, Jackie Klafeta, Gallagher Family, Jennifer Mercier, Scott Hanko, Melodye Berry, Shirley Garcowski, Michael Bailey, Betsy Dross, Cheri Palmisano, Allison Caputa, Amanda Campbell, Brian Richmond, Les Stewart, Peggy Saeger, Christina Rotella, Heather Pedulla, Zachary Falcone, Vicki Yarnell, Jane Johnson, Luis Rodriguez, Team Bonnie Sue, Modecki Family, Andrea Kruszewski, Cory Elliott, Sherri Pell, Nathan York , Beth Josuweit, Barclay Bakkum, Josh Carney, David Ballard, Christy Schor, Michelle Buchecker, Mike Cerce, Mike Haeberle, Nancy Cole, Darrell Shortt, Mike O'brien, Carrie Kwiat, Agnes Ciotti, Josh Dean, and Stacy Guarracino. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #303 Where in the world is this?

Staying in the parks! Just maybe not the same park.
 Where in the World #303

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 31st, 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!

October 8, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Adventureland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When you enter Adventureland from the Hub in Walt Disney World, you are greeted by native drums and lush vegetation. You know you are going to have to be careful. Yet, you still sign up to be a crew member on a Jungle Cruise. It is not until just before boarding your first boat do you find out the crew mess menu. I sure hope you like chicken! It's a long three week or month or year expedition depending on who's your skipper. Bon Voyage!

Crew Mess Menu in Adventureland's Jungle Cruse queue at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Crew Mess Menu. Hope you like chicken.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 1100, EV +0.3, 112mm focal length.

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

July 2, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Pirates of the Caribbean, the Movie

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Raise your hands if you thought Disney would be successful in making movies based on themepark rides or attractions? I wonder how many of you would have raised your hands before the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Curse of the Black Pearl. Now with four movies in the series with a fifth in the works, it is safe to say this movie ride far surpassed anyone's expectations.

It helps to have a great cast and, none more important, than Johnny Depp as the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow. A character who now has his own show at the Magic Kingdom and audio-animatronics of himself added to the ride in the first ever change to the Pirates of the Caribbean storyline. I even had the good fortune of meeting Captain Jack during a media event back in 2011. He was just as charming in person as in the movies.

Blog photograher and his wife with Captain Jack Sparrow at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Scott and his wife with Captain Jack Sparrow.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/50s, f/5, ISO 1100, EV 0, 32mm focal length, rear-sync flash.

TIP: Look who got in a photo! I handed my camera over to a PhotoPass Photographer. Remember, they will use your camera upon request. Make sure it is all set to go like mine was.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her Disney Pic of the Week on Pirates of the Caribbean (Movie).

March 17, 2013

Where in the World #272

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, Players, for all the Happy Anniversary wishes! It made me look into the game's history and I found out we'll be celebrating Six Years in July! I'll have to think of something fun to go with it.

Meanwhile, Claire Gregory is going through post-Disney vacation blues. You know what that means... Here's your Disney bear to hug, Claire. From Millan.Net

On the other hand, Janet Thorn is in Disney right now. Have fun, Janet! It sounds like you are!

Nancy Ahlsen! From Millan.Net Hey, girl! How you doin'?

Several players said they didn't know Christopher Robin's bedroom was in the UK pavilion. Neither did I, Players. The reason is: it's fairly new. It opened last May. I was standing with a cast member talking about my Doctor Who t-shirt (yes, I'm that geeky) when my husband noticed it. I had forgotten the announcement and then tripped in my rush to take pictures. The attention to detail is AMAZING! If the silly ol' bear ever meant something to you or if you enjoy how Imagineering gives things wonderful detail, go take a look.

Here's last week's Challenge:
 Where in the World #271

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

It's the Indian Village in Magic Kingdom that you can see either from the Liberty Belle riverboat or the steam trains.

O'meara Family, you never have been on the riverboat? You got to go! You can such a great view of Frontierland, Big Thunder Mountain (you can great photos of the trains), Tom Sawyer's Island, and Liberty Square including unique views of the Haunted Mansion. You can even hear how Samuel Clemens came about his pen name Mark Twain. If you click on this link, you can read Jack Spence's wonderful article on the Liberty Belle. Personal note: Beacon Joe's dog used to be named Rufus. As my childhood dog had the same name, I would take pictures of him as a kid and still do to this day. In my mind, he is still Rufus.

Chris Masse was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Mike and all our winners this week! Andrew Carrieri, Daniel Meagher, Sharon Pierce, Rick And Michele Shea, Paul Dickson, Theresa Rucando, Chris Kelly, Susie Howard, The Perras Family, Erin Hammer, The Parker Family, Mary Beth Tarbet, Steve Jordan, Jen Cerce, The O'meara Family, Julie And Kody Riderj, Kerry And Ryan A., Tinkerbell Wells, The Schweizer Family, Shannon Savoia, Mickey Eckert, Kenny, Michael Soskil, Brian Yesutis, Shannon Milair, Janet Thorn, Debbie Desimone, Josh, Cheryl Chambers, Al Desimone, Jessica Iglesias , Rob And April - Team Vanderpool, Ken Clark, Lindsey Nozal, Rob Blundin, Laura, Mike Rotkiske, Lyle Stevens, Cindy Pink, Jennifer Snook, Joyce Shipman, Maureen Hanlon, Maryann Eckenrode, Traci Mills, Johansen Family, Jenny Brennan, Betsy, Claire Gregory, Deb Ragno, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Steve Morin, Scott Precise, Lynette Michalos, Vicki And William Edwards, Jim Sturniolo, Lee Anastasi, Dawn Miller, Gilly Rosenthol, Kelly Cummings, Kathy Morris, Nancy Ahlsen, Kevin Williams, Misty Mehelic, Stacey Diamond, Sandy Weiss, Jennifer Page, Christin Langtry, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Carla C, Kris Nixon, Liz Moreau, Chris & Maranda Nichols, K Beasley, Carla Nale, Doug Olson Family, Leach Family, Brian Fleming, Mary Thatcher, Susan Tadlock, James Steele, Amy Ferguson, Hulse Family, Katie Bray, Lisa Hallmark, Mackenzie D., Morgan M., Daniel Record, Team Hill, Megan Collins, Pam Vanaustin, Maggie Klotz, Kristi Forbush, Demetrios Makres, Jodi Cook, Louise Barton, Cynthia Hitchcock, Anne Beebe, The Malesky Family, Brian Miller, Chuck Sands, Lori Rienhardt, Kathy Miller, Sandie Albrecht, Blake Schmidt, Christine Dagney, Erin Dagney, John Nottell, Victor Masi, James Dezern, Pollyanna Buff, Bill Mckim, Dale Knight, Craig, Pam, Susan Higginbotham, Bridget Richard, Jen Eacret, Julie Wickwarejulie, Bryan Kruse, Paul Newman, Tracey Mayfield, Jared Orth, Hillary Waldroop, Larry Sprenkle, Jeremy Hardy, Bruce Jones, Kim Howe, Sara Colwell , Karen Ramirez, Evanna Huda, Vera Williams, Evald Olson, Randi Balch, Tricia Petty, Kelsi, John Sheridan, Amanda Campbell, Vanessa Stjohn, Brian Mcwithey, Screen Watson, John Menjes, Christina & Tasha Rotella, Megan Krainski, Larissa Huda, Jackie Purcell, Kathryn Perkins, Mitch Buska, Hobbes And Snorky, Cathy Connors, Robert Hildebrandt , Jennifer Shaw, Andrew Pettit, Alison Rosenberger, Nancy Mclaughlin, Heather Hynes, Shelly Borella, Kerrie Hogan, Paul Ignudo Jr, Gail States, Bonnie Tulenko, Marion Durham, Karrie Duffey, Anastasia Macneil, Deme Grabert, Sara Holloway, Jeremy Reichelt, Maryann Romagnano, Ken Rhinehart, Bob Henriksen, Wendy Snelgrove, Veronica Upwood, Steve Knapp, Karen Smith, Bob Hendrix, Morag Lemon, Ronald Delorey, Stephanie Dollar, Emily Hudson, Pecosace, The Kertes Family, Judy Simonsen, Nathalie Periard, Hoekzema Family, Luis Rodriguez, Darcel Margliotti, Diane Ramos, George Mundy Jr, Jason & Melinda Lenz, Chris Connors, Debbie Connors, C.j. Connors, Anna Keene, Josh Carney, Ron Harper, Elizabeth Edwards, Patrick Broaddus, Mike Haeberle, Elizabeth Johnston, Trina Noggle, Thomas Auckland, Vickie Scioneaux, Jane Johnson, Stephanie, Michael Bailey, Elaine Kleinhenz, John Bickers, Colin Sawyer, Joseph M. Zafia, Team Meeker, Dave Kanigowski, Sandra Kanigowski, Melissa Kirk, Jason Skow, Barclay Bakkum, Monica Owens, Mark Proper, Matt Holley, Wendy T Faler, Mandy Kromer, The Pinder Family, Linda Grau, Deb, Chuck Everson, Pete Aponick, Jackie Klafeta, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, Agnes Ciotti, Peggy Saeger, Leigh Mertz, Penny, Amy Miller, Patti Mccaffrey, Wendy Barney, Melody O'donnell, Rebecca Keenan, Laura Debouchel, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Tracy Discher, and Nancy Cole. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.
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Challenge #272: Where in the world is this?

OK, we're switching parks. I can take 7 people in my van. Can anyone else drive or are we going by bus?

 Where in the World #272

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Friday, March 21st, 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!

December 2, 2012

Where in the World #257

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!

Rob And April Vanderpool: I totally get what you're saying! One day - just one time - I want to brave the crowds and be in Disney on Christmas. Christmas and Disney magic: together... Wow. Now, you're talking about a couple days after which is a bit better, but yes, still VERY crowded.

So here's the advice I've been given by friends who have done this - Christmas week to New Year's. If you want to do Magic Kingdom, you have to get in early because they close the park by lunch time. Be prepared for shoulder to shoulder; find a spot like the outside seating at Cosmic Ray's, wait for a table, and always keep someone there if you want to see the fireworks. Take turns going off. Or go in, see the lights, and leave. But remember: other parks will be better.

Epcot is so large, you will have a bit more space and the tree, Candelight Processional, and countries are gorgeous. Great musical group by the fountain too. Studios and Animal Kingdom will also be less crowded; Studios has the Osbourne Lights!! Get some coco, be prepared for crowds, and just take your sweet time to absorb it all. Animal Kingdom has unique Christmas magic, but it will close earlier. If you do go into parks, do the lesser liked attractions and be prepared not to do a lot. Jump on a train, go see a show, sit on a bench and drink in the beauty.

Also remember: Downtown Disney has wonderful Christmas celebrations: singing, dancing, lights... then take a boat ride to Port Orleans, enjoy the view from the water. It's serene and beautiful. Speaking of resorts, remember the Disney resorts have amazing Christmas displays. Spend a day doing nothing but enjoying them. Jump on the monorail and hit the Contemporary with its Small World theme and huge wreath (don't forget you can see Wishes from there); see the Gingerbread House in the Grand Floridian. Then go over to the Boardwalk with its gingerbread shop, and walk around to Yacht and Beach with the carousel and miniature train exhibit.

At night, go over to Fort Wilderness and see the incredible decorations all around the sites near Pioneer Hall. Tell Hilda with the castle & monorail set, and the inflatable Mickey outdoor movie screen that Erin Blackwell says Hello. ;) If you do park out a spot because of crowds, leaving one there while the other person goes explore for awhile, why not make it fun?

Get little gifts of this special trip while out exploring: a pin of a favorite place, a character pen, a postcard, a little Mickey ring, an antenna topper that also is great on a Christmas tree, a Mickey Ice Cream air freshener for the car.... then before the fireworks/parade/Choir processional or whatever you are waiting to see, under the Christmas lights when you meet again at your spot, exchange your little gifts. Because it's all about Magic: the magic of Christmas, of Disney, and you.

AllEars.net has a lot of links to all the special holiday places around Walt Disney World, and also check out our Tips section for help from your fellow travelers. Have a wonderful trip!

From Millan.Net
Here was the challenge last week:  Where in the World #256

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

The Field & Co. Ivory and Spice Dealers sign in the Jungle Cruise queue. I'm amazed how many people not only recognized this (I wouldn't have), but remembered exactly what this sign says!

Bill Mckim was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Bill and to all the readers who got the answer right: Jonathan Ward, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Hoekzema Family, Larissa Huda, Team Hill, Betsy Silvestri, Chris Malek, Scott Greenbaum, Dave Wang, Peter M Calanrese, Emily Hudson, Lee Anastasi, Vera Williams, Chris Kelly, Evanna Huda, Paul Dickson, Beth Mcmeekin, Jared Orth, Ken Maikowski, Leach Family, Kenny, Julie And Kody Rider, Cheryl Costello, Hobbes And Snorky, Deb Ragno, Craig, Kristi Strembicki, Kerri Coggins, Jerry Weldon, Hillary Waldroop, Curtis Bille, Josh Carney, Billie Jean Albolino, Andrew Pettit, Alison Rosenberger, Anastasia Macneil, Pecosace, Janet Thorn, Amanda Campbell, Les Stewart, Anthony Lipinski, Jeremy Mccaffrey, Patti Mccaffrey, Maryann Daly, Barclay Bakkum, Walter N. Clark, Christ Nichols, Kerry Mccaffrey, George Mundy Jr, Elizabeth Johnston, Shelly Borella, Tom Higbee, Agnes Ciotti, Danielle Ciotti Harsley, and Julia Miranda. Each of you are entered in this month's winners' drawing.

In fact, it's time for the November drawing! And the winner is: Jennifer Harmon! Congratulations, Jennifer!! You win the AllEars prize!
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Challenge #257: Where in the world is this?

Hint for this week: this attraction is no longer open.

 Where in the World #257

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

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

July 13, 2012

Tiki Gods in the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

A few weeks ago I reviewed the ebook, 10 Must Take Photos for the Magic Kingdom. At the time I mentioned I would be using the book on my next trip. The one photo which intrigued me the most was found on page 19, the Tiki Gods. The monolithic Tikis are found in Adventureland in an area well traveled by guests. The Tiki Gods drum out an infectious beat while spraying water periodically. The book suggested using a wide angle lens to be able to get all them in the frame and take their photo at night.

The day I planned to photograph the Tiki Gods the Magic Kingdom had Extra Magic Hours at night. As the clock on the Pirates of the Caribbean went past midnight, I set up my tripod before the wooden Polynesian deities with an ultra wide angle lens on my camera. This allowed me to get in close enough for people to walk behind me and still be out of reach of the Tiki's water streams.

Tiki Gods at night in Magic Kingdom's Adventureland, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Tiki Gods at night in Adventureland.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 10s, f/8, ISO 800, EV 0, 14mm focal length.

To make sure I got all the Tiki Gods in focus, I set the aperture to f/8. Using Aperture Priority mode gave a 10 second shutter speed at an ISO of 800. The results look very HDR-ish with the lighting bringing out the texture in the Tiki God's wooden surfaces. They did give me pause as they stared me down between takes.

December 2, 2011

Chess Playing Pirates of the Caribbean

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Skeletons playing chess in the Pirates of the Caribbean queue in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Skeletons playing chess in the Pirates of the Caribbean to an eternal stalemate.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/20s, f/1.8, ISO 6400, EV +0.3.

When you enter the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in Walt Disney World and take the right queue line, you will see two skeletons playing chess. Imagineer Marc Davis set up the chess pieces so that any move would create a checkmate thus resulting in an eternal stalemate. Did you know, Marc knew over time the pieces might be moved so he taped instructions on the bottom of the chess board so the play could be duplicated (source: Jack Spence).

How to Get the Shot:This is not an easy photo to get especially if the attraction is busy. I caught a slow time and was able to take several photos without being bumped into. The lighting is very low so I used my fastest lens, the Nikon 50mm f/1.8, and set my camera's ISO to 6400. Even with those settings, I had to use a shutter speed of 1/20th of a second. I braced myself against the bars of the window which overlooks the chess playing scene. In post, I used a noise reduction program called Noise Ninja to clean up the dark areas.

July 16, 2010

Digital Photography Beginner's Guide

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This month marks three years I have been writing weekly (more or less) on the Picture This! Photoblog here at AllEars.net. The questions Lisa got from her inquiry last week got me to thinking in the last three years, many of you have upgraded to better cameras which give you more control. With that in mind, I want to link you to some of the first posts I did here which explain the basics of Digital Photography.

Pirates of the Caribbean plaza in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Mechanics of Exposure: This post defines what aperture, shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation are. For me, you have to define and understand the parts before you can understand the whole which in this case is called photographic exposure.

Exif Photo Data: In this post I explain the numbers you see under the photos here on the Picture This! blog.

Creative Uses of Aperture: Details on how aperture effects the depth of field in photographs.

Shutter Speeds and You: Read about how shutter speed controls the amount of movement in photographs.

Indian artwork on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Light Sensitivity: Of the three parts of the exposure triangle, ISO or light sensitivity is not easily understood. I lift the veil of the ISO numbers in this post.

Dialing in Digital Exposure: The exposure compensation button found on digital SLRs and advanced Point and Shoot cameras is often overlooked by many new digital photographers. I think you'll agree once you read this how useful the EV button is.

If you have any questions regarding these articles, leave a comment here and I will answer them.

January 22, 2010

How to Photograph a Pirate

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Rim Light is a strong light that hits the edge of the main subject of a photo. In a studio, photographers will use lights behind their subject which is brighter by one or two stops to create the rim light effect. Outdoors, the best way to create rim lighting is putting the Sun behind or to one side of your subject. Below are three examples of rim lighting. For each one, I used a flash unit or speedlight as a fill flash. If you don't have a flash you can use for filling in the shadows, you can meter off the subject directly using spot metering.

While watching Captain Jack's Pirate Tutorial in the Magic Kingdom, I caught the action of Captain Jack Sparrow and his young band of pirates in late afternoon sunshine. A perfect setup for creating rim lighted photographs.

The first one is subtle rim lighting with just a hint of it on some of Captain Jack Sparrow's dreads. This was the end of the show when Jack exclaims, "Look! It's the Governor's daughter!", before rushing off stage.

Captain Jack Sparrow during his Pirates Tutorial show in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Subtle Rim Lighting.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 250, EV +0.3, 90mm focal length, flash at -1.0 power

The second one is strong rim lighting with very bright backlighting on Captain Jack Sparrow.

Captain Jack Sparrow during his Pirates Tutorial show in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Strong Rim Lighting.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/40s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 200mm focal length, flash at -1.0 power

The last one is what I'd call just right rim lighting. Not to subtle and not too strong. Really shows the young guest having a ball with the rim lighting separating her from the background.

One of Captain Jack Sparrow's recruits during his Pirates Tutorial show in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Just Right Rim Lighting.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/125s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 170mm focal length, flash at -1.0 power

Notice the shutter speed and aperture changes for each photo which I varied using my camera's controls. This caused the different rim lighting affects along with the changes in the angle of the light as Jack and his recruits moved during the show.

September 18, 2009

Nifty-Fifty

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The definition of a Nifty-Fifty is an inexpensive 50mm prime lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8. The Nikon 50mm f/1.8 and Canon 50mm f/1.8 both come in at under $140 and work on most Nikon and Canon digital SLR cameras. Most other camera systems have this focal length in a prime lens also. A prime lens has a fixed focal length versus a zoom lens that has a variable focal length. My 18-200VR zoom lens, for example, goes from 18mm to 200mm and all focal lengths in between.

What makes these Fifty's so nifty? Because they are a fixed length lens, they tend to be much sharper, lighter in weight, smaller in size and FAST. Most consumer zoom lens' start at f/3.5 and vary up to f/6.3 extended to their full focal length depending on make and model. These 50mm lenses also makes you think when you are using them. If you want to fill your frame more with the subject, you have to move closer and visa versa. The depth of field is a lot more apparent when apertures are opened up to f/2.8 or f/1.8 so focus on your subject is very important.

A couple of notes on my camera with a 50mm lens. Since the Nikon body I use has a crop factor of 1.5, the 50mm is actually a 75mm lens in 35mm terms. I have used a 50mm on 35mm SLRs in the past and that's the only difference. The photos below are great examples of what this type of lens can do.

Using the hyperfocus setting at an aperture of f/22, the lens' smallest aperture, it brought the shutter speed down to 1/50th of a second even in the bright mid-day Sun of Florida. You can see how sharp and colorful the Innovention Fountain and Spaceship Earth are in this photo. When I first looked at this scene I was too close and had to do a Chris Berman and back, back, back up about 25 steps.

Innovention Fountain in Epcot's Innoventions Plaza, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Innovention Fountain performing in Epcot's Innoventions Plaza.
Nikon D70/50mm, 1/50s, f/22, ISO 200, EV +0.3

Selective focus is where you open the lens to it's largest aperture and the only thing in sharp focus is the subject. The rest of the objects in front of and behind are thrown out of focus. With an aperture of f1.8, a 50mm lens creates extreme selective focus images like this one. Notice how the guests in the background are totally out of focus and the Mickey shaped tomatoes which are in focus leave no doubt as to the subject of the photo.

Mickey shaped tomatos in Mickey's Country House garden in Toontown Fair in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Mickey shaped tomatos in Mickey's Country House garden in Toontown Fair.
Nikon D70/50mm, 1/250s, f/1.8, ISO 200, EV +0.3

Look for more examples of selective focus next week on the Picture This! blog.

When someone says the lens if fast, they are referring to it's largest aperture. The smaller the number, the larger the aperture, the more light is allowed in by the lens to the digital camera's sensor. Even when the light is low, a 50mm lens at f/1.8 brings in four times the light as a zoom lens at f/3.5 and twice as much as an f/2.8 lens. The Nifty-Fifty lenses are a Disney photographers best friend for the dark rides at a Disney park. For instance, Pirates of the Caribbean is a ride I never even tried to photograph until I got a 50mm lens. Though I still had to use some noise reduction software at an ISO of 1600, the exposure and focus was right on for the auction scene.

Pirates of the Caribbean Auction Scene in the Magic Kingdom's Adventureland, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Pirates of the Caribbean Auction Scene.
Nikon D70/50mm, 1/25s, f/1.8, ISO 1600, EV +1.0

For more on using a Nifty-Fifty, click this link on You're only 50mm Away from Becoming a Better Photographer.

Check out my flickr set called the Nifty-Fifty for more examples of the 50mm f/1.8 lens. Have fun!

September 7, 2007

Photographic Innoventions: Landscape or Portrait?

When taking a picture, one of the first elements I think about is whether to use a Landscape (horizontal) or Portrait (vertical) orientation. A lot depends on the subject as people and tall objects like towers or castles look better to me as a portrait. While four legged animals and sweeping vistas look better as a landscape. The second element I consider is what do I want to use the photograph for. Do I want to make a large print and hang it in the living room? Or, as in the case of the crow's nest and sail outside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the Magic Kingdom, will I use it as wallpaper on my computer screen.

Click for Larger Image. Copyright © Scott Thomas Photography 2007
Pirates of the Caribbean. © Scott Thomas Photography 2007
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/250s, f/11, 200 ISO, -0.3 EV, 38mm Focal Length

I know it's popular to want to share your photography, especialy Walt Disney World photos, with other people as computer wallpaper. Just don't get stuck in taking pictures only for computer screens. When first studying photography and later when doing wedding photography, I read over and over that by turning my camera 90 degrees and shooting my subjects in a vertical orientation, it would make my photos stand out. With that in mind, I often take both a landscape and a portrait version of a photograph.

Click for Larger Image. Copyright © Scott Thomas Photography 2007
Pirates of the Caribbean Crow's Nest. © Scott Thomas Photography 2007
Nikon D70/18-70DX, 1/160s, f/6.3, 200 ISO, +0.3 EV, 60mm Focal Length

Don't forget to shoot vertical! You'll be glad you did. So, drink up, me 'earties, yo ho!

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