Photographing Birds at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Photographing birds whether at Walt Disney World or out in the wild is a challenge. While many birds at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are content to stand and be still for photographs. Others are not. If you have ever watched the Eastern Golden Weavers inside the Aviary of the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, you know what … Continue reading "Photographing Birds at Disney’s Animal Kingdom"
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Disney Pic of the Week: 2000s

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Picture This! Photoblogger Scott on the Wild Africa Trek in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.Copyright Disney 2011. Used by permission. I am cheating a bit here as the Wild Africa Trek started in 2010 and I did not do it until early 2011 but…Disney’s Animal Kingdom is our 2000s decade park so I am going with it. … Continue reading "Disney Pic of the Week: 2000s"
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Look Up with a Twist at Walt Disney World

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Last week I talked about Looking Down at Walt Disney World. This week we are Looking Up….from Our Phones. Believe me, I appreciate the modern day Smart Phone as much as the next person. Especially in a long queue line for a popular ride or attraction at a Disney park. However, you could end up … Continue reading "Look Up with a Twist at Walt Disney World"
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Eliminating Distracting Backgrounds at Walt Disney World

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Here are a few ideas on how to separate your subject from its background which are often busy at Walt Disney World. I have previously gone into detail on how to use Aperture mode on a dSLR camera to blur out the background while keeping the subject sharp and clear. For compact cameras and on … Continue reading "Eliminating Distracting Backgrounds at Walt Disney World"
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Ruling the Animal Kingdom in Thirds

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The Rule of Thirds is a compositional rule in photography and other visual arts. The rule states that an image can be divided into nine equal parts by two equally-spaced horizontal lines and two equally-spaced vertical lines. The four points which I refer to as power points formed by the intersections of these lines can … Continue reading "Ruling the Animal Kingdom in Thirds"
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Disney Pic of the Week: Face Painting

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While I did not get a photo of someone getting their face painted, I did get the next best thing. A portrait of a Face Painter stationed just outside the entrance to Disney’s Kilimanjaro Safari. As you can see she is also advertising her Face Painting skills. Cast Member Face Painter in the African village … Continue reading "Disney Pic of the Week: Face Painting"
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Harps of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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I enjoyed performances of musicians playing harps in Disney’s Animal Kingdom recently. The first one was a very unique instrument called a mandinka harp (kora) which is a 21-string lute-bridge-harp used extensively in West Africa made from a large calabash or bottle gourd. It makes a very pleasing sound. Muscian playing a mandinka harp in … Continue reading "Harps of Disney’s Animal Kingdom"
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Disney’s Kilimanjaro Safari Firsts

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On my last Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney’s Animal Kingdom I photographed some firsts. That is pretty amazing considering I have gone on safari close to 100 times since the park opened back in 1998. The first “first” was seeing the Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) facing the safari jeep and close to the road. In all … Continue reading "Disney’s Kilimanjaro Safari Firsts"
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Disney Pic of the Week: Bikes

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When you walk around either Africa or Asia in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you will see pedal bikes all over the place. Some are very ornate and colorful while others are plain and utilitarian like the one I found leaning against a building in the African village of Harambe. A bike leaning against a building in … Continue reading "Disney Pic of the Week: Bikes"
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