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?

  • Steve Frazier 3y

    Stunning capture, Kristopher! Doubt anyone could do it better! Have a great week! Steve
  • Kristopher Michael 3y

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

    Todd Hurley Photography 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.

    Jeff Bergman David Stewart Chesire Cat1218 Randi Ang Thanks guys! :)

    Michael Greening 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.

    Doug 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!).
  • Jake Ryan Photography ✈ 3y

    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
  • Kristopher Michael 3y

    Jake Ryan Photography ✈ Thanks! And I can't agree more. I'm 26 and go about 3 times a year and it still never gets old!
  • Samira Daouz 3y

  • cptdrinian 3y

    This is such a cool shot. The reflection of the fireworks in the water is just great. Well done indeed.
  • Jeff Krause 3y

    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.
  • Kristopher Michael 3y

    Jeff Krause 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!
  • Scott Smith 3y

    Damn this is good. Never seen a fireworks shot from back here before.
  • Pukashell 3y

    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.
  • Kristopher Michael 3y

    Scott Smith 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! :)

    Pukashell 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.
  • Anna Theodora 3y

    that's lovely
    really beautiful photo! :)
  • Luke Beazley 3y

    Great composition, nice one
  • Mark Hickson 3y

  • WeeJavaDude 3y

    How did you take it and not get the guy blurred in the picture.
  • Bruce Mackenzie 3y

    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!
  • John 3y

    Incredible shot...very well taken!!
  • Hector Parayuelos 3y

    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!
  • Liz Carlson 3y

    hahaha i love the title
  • Leonardo 3y

    Amazing work!!!!
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