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Celebrate America! - A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky as seen from Main Street, U.S.A.

Magic Kingdom - Walt Disney World

Orlando, FL


My most recent trip to Walt Disney World was during the "Limited Time Magic" week when the Fourth of July fireworks were featured every night in the Magic Kingdom. This trip was only my second time attempting fireworks photography, but this time with a twist - on my previous trip I had gotten pretty comfortable photographing fireworks with a ND filter, but since that trip I had switched to a totally different camera system and my only UWA lens is now the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 which does not accept filters.


On this trip, for the lack of ND filter among other reasons, my attempts at photographing fireworks were an exercise in frustration. Sometimes things were my fault and sometimes things were beyond my control, but things kept going wrong. On the final night, I finally was able to secure "the hump" on Main Street, U.S.A. after (no joke) following the Main Street Electrical Parade down the street in order to be the first one there.


This shot comes from that night and is my first time posting fireworks on Flickr. It's definitely an area where I still need to grow a lot, but I've (mostly) enjoyed the learning experience thus far.


Thanks for your views, favs, and comments! Constructive criticism is always more than welcome!


Lens used: Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8



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Taken on July 7, 2013