Sometimes I'd rather be in Disney World

(I get many requests on how I do comes from my HDR Tutorial ) - sorry in advance - I get many emails and no time to answer -- but most of what you ask is in that tutorial! :)


Actually, maybe I should change that title to: "I think I'd like to always be in Disney World!"


They shoot off fireworks every night in the Magic Kingdom, and I feel bad if I miss it. I'm sure that's a strange thing to feel bad about... To get everything in, I have to plan the days and nights like a neo-Clark Griswald to ensure the perfect storm of technology meets up with whatever spectacular events are happening that day. For this shot, I had got reservations three months in advance at the California Grill restaurant, which has a nice majestic view of the show as the restaurant empties out onto the roof of the Contemporary Resort.


There is not much of a viewing area up there, and there were a bunch of people around me while I tried to get my tripod in place. I could deal with the crowds and fleshy shouldering, but the one thing that always annoys me is people beside me with little cameras that use their flashes to take photos of something a mile away. Sometimes they see I have a big camera, and they turn to ask for advice. They ask, "Do you think my flash helps?" I am really a totally nice and approachable guy, but since this is one of the very few things that annoy me, I usually just give them a shameful negative nod of the head.


This doesn't have anything to do with the shot, but I had some great sushi in that restaurant. It was made by a Japanese female sushi chef, and she is one of only three "official" sushi chefs in the world (or so the matri'd told me). The Japanese do not let women be sushi chefs normally, as their hands are too "weak".


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  • Wilfried.B 6y

    Very nice work, well done.
  • Lisa Chu 6y

    i saw you propose the idea that you should be their photographer and bam, there you go!!! I can see you working for them. Your kids would definitely love you and give you the best daddy of the year award
  • Yayagirls 6y

    This is wild!
  • espressoDOM PRO 6y

    that is just awesome....
    love how vivid everything looks...
    HDR at its best
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • -Bandw- 6y

    Excellent night image, congrats

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Asad Anwar 6y

    wow lovely capture ...
  • Olilauste 6y


    You are invited to post your fantastic photograph within the group
    if ever there was ONE, it would be this ONE (AT INVITATION ONLY)

    Photography is a short complicity between foresight and chance
  • Seda Şahin 6y

    great shot
  • Matthew Romack 6y

    HAHA, so true what you wrote about people at Disney World taking pictures with flash of things a mile away. The last time I was there with my tripod I had people staring, laughing, making fun of and bumping into me..happiest place on earth.
  • n+s 6y

    trey - brings back memories from the holidays for me. gotta love that grill and yes, the sushi rocks. next time, ignore everyone and walk to the end of the roof platform and take the stairs down one level. bird crap everywhere and smells like pee (??) but there's noone around and you can get some nice vantages too....
  • Chris Rutkowski 6y

    Thanks for the info on your prep for the shot. Always appreciated.
  • ste||a PRO 6y

    Impressive! (I've read your HDR tutorial as well, its my guide as a newbie who loves HDR)
  • VIC DE VERA 6y


    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Photographers Melting Pot, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Trung Nguyễn 6y

    nice nice nice piz
  • kay's kamera PRO 6y

    Love the shot and the story...I always have to smile when people come and stand right next to me when I have my tripod set up. Like I MUST have the best spot. What I don't smile at is when they trip on the tripod and almost take everything down.
    The flash thing always drives my husband crazy at large sporting events. at night, in a huge outdoor stadium. I think what one person said in all fairness, they probably don't know how to turn it off.
  • Jared Campbell Photography PRO 6y

  • Tom Bricker 6y

    Excellent shot!

    Found in a search. (?)
  • RIPizzo PRO 1y

  • Paul Cavanagh 8mo

    I just bought a brand new camera....then I see this and say...what's the use....however I will pass this off to my brothers and sisters as if it were mine....I'm 59 and we are still sticking it to each other....but with love
  • Chris Mobilio 4mo

    Man I cannot wait to go to Disney world some day. My mom and dad where thinking of taking me this summer after I am done with my 12th grade year of high school
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