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Fireworks Over Torii Gate



Illuminations: Reflections of Earth fireworks Display at EPCOT theme park in Orlando, Florida. This was shot from the terrace of the Teppan Edo restaurant. It o...
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Illuminations: Reflections of Earth fireworks Display at EPCOT theme park in Orlando, Florida. This was shot from the terrace of the Teppan Edo restaurant. It offers a great vantage point for the show. This is a 25 second exposure using a 4x neutral density filter.
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ArtQ September 05, 2013
Congrats on your finalist award in Loud Fireworks Contest.
Michael_Glover
Michael_Glover September 05, 2013
Thank you so much Arthur!

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at the EPCOT theme park which is one of four Walt Disney World theme parks in Orlando, Florida.
Time
It was shot during the nightly fireworks show called "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" on May 16th, 2010 @ 9:07 p.m.
Lighting
As far as lighting goes, the fireworks pretty much took care of that :D I had already scoped out my spot to shoot this from since I knew I wanted the silhouette of the Torii Gate to be included to add some architectural interest. Arriving before dark helped me to frame the shot how I wanted it.
Equipment
I used a Canon Rebel XTi with the kit lens: EF-S 18-55mm. I was at 18mm, f/8.0, 25 seconds. The camera was mounted to a Joby Gorillapod wrapped around a railing. On the front of the lens I used a 4x neutral density filter to be able to capture more of the fireworks in one 25 second shot.
Inspiration
I am always looking for something different. Most of the fireworks pictures I had seen were of just the blasts in the sky. I wanted to combine my love of architecture with the light trails of the fireworks to capture something special.
Editing
Very little post-processing work was required. There was some dead space on the right that was cropped out as it didn't add anything to the image. A little sharpening and color adjustments to make it pop put the finishing touches on it.
In my camera bag
As far as camera bodies are concerned I usually carry my Canon 5D Mark II along with my Canon Rebel XTi. For lenses I mostly use the Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens on the 5D since it has a great range and I love the wide angle end for shooting architecture. But I also carry an 18-55mm, 75-300mm, a 50mm, an 8mm fisheye, and a lensbaby. Remote shutter releases are a must have item for any photographer as well as a Hoodman HoodLoupe for reviewing images.
Feedback
The only advice I can offer is this: Research your shot beforehand. Arrive early especially if you are shooting from a popular location. I watched this show many, many times before I even thought about taking pictures. I scoped out different locations to see what would work for what I wanted to capture. Getting great fireworks pictures takes patience. Plan on getting to your chosen spot before dark. And if it is a popular viewing location then make sure you arrive a couple of hours early. Also a small flashlight for any adjustments you might need to make quickly during the show and a friend to stand by your tripod to make sure nobody accidentally runs into you.

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