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    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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    1. Rodríguez V. 51 months ago | reply

      Just incredible, amazing, wow.

    2. Silver1SWA (Ryan Pastorino) 51 months ago | reply

      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.

    3. LOlandeseVolante 51 months ago | reply

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

      Seen in Explore.

    4. JordiFreeman 51 months ago | reply


    5. codepirate 51 months ago | reply

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

    6. artland 51 months ago | reply

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


    7. Don Sullivan 51 months ago | reply

      Absolutely brilliant. WOW!

    8. Sandy Manwell 51 months ago | reply

      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!

    9. Paul Gowder 51 months ago | reply

      Fantastic! Great job!

    10. MSummersPhotography 51 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot! Congrats on the explore!

    11. Wesley Cullen's Mom 51 months ago | reply

      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!

    12. Roger Weeks 51 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot congratulations!
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    13. nanajuc 51 months ago | reply

      This is absolutely stunning!

    14. figmentfan84 51 months ago | reply

      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.

    15. CameliaTWU 50 months ago | reply

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

      Best Images Ever

    16. { southernbella89 } 17 months ago | reply

      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.

    17. jordan.leventhal 6 months ago | reply

      Did you use a ND filter?

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