The Backside of Fireworks

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    I'm really not happy with this one, yet I'm really happy with it. It's tough to explain..

    During the last Disney trip, we found ourselves towards the rear of the castle as Wishes began to start. Instead of making a mad dash for the "typical fireworks shooting location," I decided to unpack and set up shop right by It's A Small World. For the most part, I was too busy watching the fireworks from this new vantage point that I forgot to start clicking away. Thankfully, I caught this little guy (one of the only good ones.. timing shots from behind Cinderella's castle is tough if you're not used to the exact location of the bursts no matter where you're shooting from).

    All in all, yes, I think I'm pleased.. partially because this is a new location with a pretty cool little reflection included.

    Whatcha think? What areas are your "secret" areas that you've stumbled across by mistake to shoot Wishes?

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    1. Morrow Cove Photographics 37 months ago | reply

      Stunning capture, Kristopher! Doubt anyone could do it better! Have a great week! Steve

    2. Kristopher Michael 37 months ago | reply

      Thanks Steve.. can't wait for more of your cityscapes!

      Pure luck.. Won't even beat around that bush! However, It definitely inspired me (after finally editing it) to maybe look for more of these vantage points in May instead of simply shooting Wishes from dead on.

      Thanks guys! :)

      The SOOC image was definitely underexposed as I was in a hurry to get set up. Thankfully for some layer adjustments, I was able to save the image without hurting the exposure too much! Definitely want to "prepare" for this shot, or similar ones, ahead of time in May.

      Funny story.. always knew that little water area was there however since everything happened so fast, by being a tourist instead of wanting to get the shot, I completely forgot that it was in view when snapping away. Luckily, the fisheye saved me and captured the reflection (In hindsight, I'd want the entire "pond" in there next time!).

    3. Jake Ryan Photography ✈ 37 months ago | reply

      this is so beautiful! disney is by far one of my favorite places to be! I am 16 and i have been there 9 times. love this so much wishes is SO magical! :D

    4. Kristopher Michael 37 months ago | reply

      Thanks! And I can't agree more. I'm 26 and go about 3 times a year and it still never gets old!

    5. cptdrinian 37 months ago | reply

      This is such a cool shot. The reflection of the fireworks in the water is just great. Well done indeed.

    6. SpreadTheMagic 37 months ago | reply

      This is so great. Awesome location. I can't help but wonder if you got wet from the sprinklers they run in that area to keep the castle fireworks from burning down anything.

    7. Kristopher Michael 37 months ago | reply

      I actually did (a little). I had to look around to make sure it wasn't going to start raining because I completely forgot about those sprinklers near It's A Small World!

    8. Scott Smith (SRisonS) 37 months ago | reply

      Damn this is good. Never seen a fireworks shot from back here before.

    9. Pukashell 37 months ago | reply

      I have to agree with Scott's comments - one of these days I'll take at least one or two firework pictures that will turn out as good as yours.

      "I'm really not happy with this one, yet I'm really happy with it. It's tough to explain.." My first reaction was huh, really? But in a way it's good you're not satisfied because you're always pushing yourself to become better and not stagnant. Good luck.

    10. Kristopher Michael 37 months ago | reply

      Neither have I.. never even really thought of shooting from behind the castle with a decent frame. Luckily, I located this area just in time.. and I say located, because I overlook it nearly every trip! :)

      Tripod, long exposure, and shutter release (oh, and timing!) No secret to it :) Get out and get snapping! But yea, whenever I upload a shot I always becoming instantly unsatisfied with it. I definitely use that fuel for the next time I shoot.

    11. AnnuskA - AnnA Theodora 37 months ago | reply

      that's lovely
      really beautiful photo! :)

    12. lukebeazley 37 months ago | reply

      Great composition, nice one

    13. WeeJavaDude 37 months ago | reply

      How did you take it and not get the guy blurred in the picture.

    14. Mrparashoot 37 months ago | reply

      With this you should be over-joyed. Looks magic!!!

      Firework burst is perfect, the building on the right adds great character to it and the reflection is a decider. Love it! Also love the light/lamp on the right, and the clouds top right... great shooting!

    15. Gio-Photography 36 months ago | reply

      Incredible shot...very well taken!!

    16. ohhector 36 months ago | reply

      Great shot, cool viewpoint.

      I'm actually quite sad to see this little water area go. I'm sure the new area will be themed nicely but this was one of my favorite spots!

    17. -eClair- 36 months ago | reply

      hahaha i love the title

    18. Leonardo Magno 34 months ago | reply

      Amazing work!!!!

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