fountains of peace (explored)

Well I'm back from a quick two-day stint at the Disney World with tons of great photography. It goes without saying that much of this great stuff wouldn't of happened if it wasn't for the folks at for arranging a photowalk week at the mouse house. One which had many photo-loving disney fans and some fellow flickrites roaming the lands searching for new and exciting ways to capture what makes Walt Disney World one-of-a-kind. I've met a lot of really great people, some i've been looking forward to meet as well as some new faces. I also met disney professionals Bob Desmond, Alain Boniec, and Lee McKee. Each one with -*decades* worth of experience capturing (and they are still capturing) all that magic that is Disney. They were very excited to meet us and told us lots of great stories while working for the mouse and shared their work. I particularly enjoyed chatting with Lee. He shared some really great photoshop tips and put together a large collection of great work he's done himself and with Alain.


Afterwards the group went to shoot Illuminations and the special Holiday edition of Illuminations. After the meet I ran to my car on the lot and came back to set up at the one location I had to re-do..the fountains of nations. The fountain itself is a wonderful base for long exposure but to combine it with fireworks is like that cherry on top it needs. So after waiting 20 minutes in the freezing Orlando weather that night, the wind was blowing around and my hands and fingers losing all sorts of feeling. I stayed there taking numerous shots as the show went on. This was one of the best shots i grabbed from the holiday version of Illuminations. This location was quiet. you could barely hear the music at the World showcase atop the constant flow of the fountain so I had to pay real close attention to the rockets as they flew up the pitch dark sky so I can hit the shutter at the right time.



explored #60 on 12/07/10



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  • Sarah 5y

    Just incredible, amazing, wow.
  • víctor r rodríguez 5y

    i like it :)
  • Ryan Pastorino PRO 5y

    Holy cow!! Well, I just finished downloading my pics from the trip...think I might as well send my Illuminations shots to the Recycle Bin after seeing this shot. Heh...

    Absolutley amazing shot, man! Sorry I missed you by one day.
  • Orazio 5y

    Cool! It is very well composed and the colors are so beautiful!

    Seen in Explore.
  • Larry White, Jr. PRO 5y

    WOW. Incredible!
  • JordiFreeman 5y

  • Sharif Ahmed 5y

    One of the best fireworks capture I've seen in a long time. Congrats!!
  • carlosbezz 5y

    This is a wonderful shot!
    You are invited to post it to:

  • Don Sullivan PRO 5y

    Absolutely brilliant. WOW!
  • Sandy Manwell 5y

    Absolute perfection in every way. The detail, color, composition, exposure....all of it... are just amazing. I would have never ever thought of this spot for shooting Illuminations. Wow!
  • Paul Gowder PRO 5y

    Fantastic! Great job!
  • MSummersPhotography 5y

    Awesome shot! Congrats on the explore!
  • Brenna Wolfe PRO 5y

    When I scrolled through the challenge and saw this shot, I literally said holy s*** out loud. You are amazing. This is incredible. Great work!
  • Roger Weeks PRO 5y

    Awesome shot congratulations!
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  • nanajuc 5y

    This is absolutely stunning!
  • Jessica 5y

    So beautiful! The way the colors from the fireworks blend so nicely with the lights on the fountain and the smoke - perfection! I'm just sorry I somehow missed this shot until now - you did an amazing job, especially with having a difficult time hearing the music.
  • CameliaTWU (off for a while) PRO 5y

    This is one of the best images ever!
    You deserve an award from...

    Best Images Ever
  • Disha Hisham 3y

    omg amazing..
  • { ...Angela } 2y

    Hmmm... great job Eddy. I've tried it from this angle before with guests but the fireworks never seem to go that high. Good job.
  • Jordan Leventhal 11mo

    Did you use a ND filter?
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Taken on December 6, 2010
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