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June’s free calendar is sporting a few distinguished Citizens of Hollywood. From left to right, let me introduce you to Melvin Macheesmo, Joodie Patootie and Veronica Vanisht. Look for their next performance on the streets of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want. When printing CD Jewel Case size, make sure “Page Scaling” in your print dialogue box is set to “None” to ensure that the calendar prints out at the correct size.

This one prints out at 8.5″ x 11″. It’s handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

June 2012 Walt Disney World Calendar - 8.5x11

This one prints out at 4.75″ x 4.75″, the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

June 2012 Walt Disney World Calendar - Jewel Case

And finally, this desktop wallpaper is for your monitor screen.

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Watch for updates on my facebook page. I’ll post a link when each month’s new calendar is posted.

Hi there – You found me! This is an old blog that I used to keep up. For now, I’m going to use it as a temporary place to house my free Walt Disney World calendars and wallpapers. Here’s my calendar for May – a view of the Stormalong Bay pool area at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort.

You will need to have Adobe Reader on your computer to download the calendar(s). Just click on the photo to download the calendar you want. When printing CD Jewel Case size, make sure “Page Scaling” in your print dialogue box is set to “None” to ensure that the calendar prints out at the correct size.

This one prints out at 8.5″ x 11″. It’s handy if you need a calendar that you can write on.

May 2012 8.5x11 Calendar

This one prints out at 4.75″ x 4.75″, the perfect size for a CD Jewel Case frame.

May 2012 Jewel Case Calendar

And finally, this desktop wallpaper is for your monitor screen.

1024 x 768

1280 x 800

1280 x 1024

1440 x 900

1600 x 1200

Watch for updates on my facebook page. I’ll post a link when each month’s new calendar is posted.

Reflections of Spaceship Earth
Reflections of Spaceship Earth, 10/15/07

I won! My photo of Spaceship Earth at Epcot was chosen as Photo of the Year on DisneyPhotoContest.com. The prize is 100 Disney Vacation Club (DVC) points. For you folks who aren’t familiar with DVC, it’s like winning a week’s vacation at one of Walt Disney World’s finest resorts. That’s a pretty fabulous prize for Disney World fan like me!

Completely by chance, this photo is also being published this month on the cover of a pharmacuetical journal – I know, go figure. It was also my Pic of the Week recently on another blog I contribute  to, Picture This! on the AllEars website. This photo has seen a lot of action in the last couple of weeks.

Blue Bike
Blue Bike, 9/24/08

Baby Giraffe
Baby Giraffe, 9/28/08

Taken on Kilimanjaro Safari ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This baby giraffe was right next to the road and I was in the back seat of the jeep. How lucky was that?!

MNSSHP Fireworks 4
Spectacular!, 9/23/08

Here I am in Walt Disney World again. I just can’t seem to resist the fireworks. Disney World is the second largest purchaser of explosives in the US, next to the government. Too bad ALL explosives aren’t used to create such beautiful displays! This was taken at the Magic Kingdom, during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Here are a few more from that night.

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How to Photograph Fireworks

I couldn’t be more excited! The 2009 version of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World has been released. The Unofficial Guide is my favorite WDW guidebook and loads of Disney fans can’t wait to get the newest version. But, that’s not what has me dancing around my office.

For the first time this book includes full color photos of Walt Disney World. Now that’s very cool and it’s another good reason to be excited. But, again, that’s not why I’m telling you about this book.

So, what’s the big deal then? Well, some of the photos that are included in the book were taken by ME! That’s right, I’m published! Woohoo!

I love taking photos in Disney World and sharing them online. This is the first time that someone actually solicited my work and paid me to publish my photos in a book. How cool is that?!

Painted Sky
Painted Sky, 10/10/07

It’s that time of year when everyone wants to know how to get good photographs of fireworks. It’s actually not that hard if you follow a few simple guidelines.

1. Pick a good location to shoot from. Choose a spot that is upwind from where the fireworks will be set off so that the smoke blows away from you and out of your photograph. Remember that the fireworks will explode high in the sky, so be sure to look up when choosing your spot. Make sure that your view will not be blocked by trees or buildings – although thoughtfully incorporating some things in the foreground will create a nice composition.

2. Use a tripod. It’s the only way to be sure you will get a sharp picture. Even better, combine the tripod with a remote shutter release.

3. Turn your flash off. The only thing it’s going to light is the back of the head of the person in front of you – not exactly the effect you’re going for!

4. Use the right settings. If you have a point and shoot with a fireworks setting on your camera, use that. If not, set your camera to landscape. If you can manually set your camera, the following settings are a good place to start: ISO 100, 2-4 second shutter, aperture f8-f16. Manually focus your camera on something in the far distance.

5. Take lots of photos. After the first few, take a look to make sure you’re getting what you want. Play around with using variations on the settings recommended. Now enjoy the show!

Here are my favorite links for more tips on photographing fireworks.

How to Shoot Fireworks by Scott Kelby
How to Shoot Fireworks Displays at Digital Photography School
11 Tips for Sparkling Fireworks Photos at Photojojo

 

Some people who check out this blog already know this about me: I’m a big Disney World fan. I know, some of my friends think that’s really geeky, but I don’t care. It’s my favorite place to take photos. Here’s one of my favorites from the Magic Kingdom.

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Anyway, I have a Squidoo page called Great Disney World Photos. I’ve been spending some time this past week updating it. If you like Disney World photos, check it out. It’s jam-packed with photos, tips and resources. I’m pretty proud of it actually. There are nearly 400,000 pages on Squidoo and my page has been ranked in the top 100 for more than 400 days! Right now it is #34 overall and #1 in the Travel category.

I’m working on a new Squidoo page to help people who’ve never been to Disney World plan their trips. I’ll let you know when that one is published. In the meantime, for any other fans who may be reading this, here is a link to Focus on Disney World, a list of my other Disney World pages on Squidoo.

I also contribute to a photoblog on AllEars.Net called Picture This! We’ve been conducting a survey this week to find out what readers would like to see on the blog. I’ve been spending a lot of time reading the results and thinking about ways to improve the blog. Here’s a link in case you want to weigh in.

Also this week, I had the pleasure of being interviewed on my favorite Disney podcast, WDWToday. That was a new experience for me. I offered a few tips for taking good photos when visiting the parks. I was very nervous but thanks to Mike Newell’s editing skills, I didn’t come off sounding too bad. Here’s a link if you want to have a listen.

That’s where I’ve been – in virtual Disney World! I’ve also been out taking some photos of spring here in Oregon. I’ll work on getting some of those posted here soon.

Day 16
Boardwalk Chandelier, 1/16/08

This was my last day at Disney World. I spent the morning walking around the Epcot resort area. This photo is from a giant chandelier in the Boardwalk hotel lobby.