Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

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When I first took this series of Illuminations shots (the rest have "disappeared" from my photostream), I thought they were the coolest thing ever. Now I honestly think they look somewhat weird--albeit cool. Perhaps 30 seconds is just too long of an exposure for fireworks?

Don't get me wrong, I still like this shot, it just has an almost unnatural look to it from having so many bursts in one shot.

...That said, I'll probably come back with another set like this in August, because ultimately cool outweighs unnatural!

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  1. Jeremy_Schultz 88 months ago | reply

    I have a lot like this as well. I think it's the spinning globe. When I shoot the Wishes, no matter the exposure at least the buildings stay still.

  2. WBCOOK 88 months ago | reply

    Looks awesome to me

  3. falcon1961 88 months ago | reply

    It looks awesome to me, as well.

  4. { ...Angela } 88 months ago | reply

    Looks pretty cool to me!!

  5. Kiki FL 88 months ago | reply

    I think it's extra cool with all of the bursts in one shot - especially with all of the purple!

  6. Enj Rodriguez 88 months ago | reply

    Um... I think it rocks! That gives me an idea the next time I'm in EPCOT.

  7. Matt Pasant 88 months ago | reply

    Heck no that is the right amount of time. This is great I love all the action in the sky. Very magical.

  8. Photogineer (Doug) 88 months ago | reply

    I don't this there is anything unnatural about this. Cool is definitely above all else. Magic is in the night air. I can feel it.

  9. DisneyDreamin [deleted] 88 months ago | reply

    I think it looks great!

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  10. Ben Hewitt 88 months ago | reply

    Beautiful capture, my very fav fireworks!

  11. meganemily99 88 months ago | reply

    wow!!! This is beautiful!!!

  12. kaffinito 88 months ago | reply

    Incredible shot! What lens did you use?

  13. Don Sullivan 88 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shot Tom! Not too much at all, especially with all of the purple at multiple levels.

  14. Ray Horwath 88 months ago | reply

    It's a great shot Tom. I like the long fireworks exposures!
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  15. Francisque.Sanchez 88 months ago | reply

    That looks great =)

  16. Jeff_B. 88 months ago | reply

    Definitely a cool shot and not unnatural in the least! By including all the fireworks that occured over a 30 second exposure you have created a grand finale feel to it! Excellent capture.

  17. Cory Disbrow 88 months ago | reply

    I'm a big fan of this. But maybe I'm just a sucker for fireworks shots. Either way, it looks great to me!

  18. Express Monorail 87 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Exploring Disney, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  19. ichigo!! 84 months ago | reply

    wow, great catch :))

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