Bellamy Harbor Park
Honor America Days 2019, Rome, NY
My original intent was to capture the sunset at Bellamy Harbor from the Mill St. bridge. As I was waiting for the right light a few test fireworks were shot off in the direction of Fort Stanwix and I remembered that we are currently in the middle of Rome’s Honor America Days. I decided to wait it out and attempt to capture the fireworks show. I still do not do very well with fireworks…
Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 9-18mm f/4-5.6, 1.3s, 12mm, f/4.6, ISO 3200
On the day I visited Animal Kingdom I knew there was one view I wanted to capture… it was the Star Wars: Galactic Spectacular fireworks show at Hollywood Studios. No, you did read that correctly. From the bridge into Africa, looking toward Expedition Everest in the Animal Kingdom you can watch the fireworks show at Hollywood Studios. A fellow photography friend turned me onto to this little gem of information. I am no expert at fireworks photography, I’m still struggling with the settings, but even I was able to walk away with a few good images.
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1.9s, 32mm, f/2.8, ISO 400
Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2.2s, 32mm, f/2.8, ISO 200
Epcot, Walt Disney World
Illuminations Above & Below
Nikon D7100, Tokina 12-28mm f/4, 2.4s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 100
International Gateway Entrance, Epcot
I watched Illuminations from the bridge between The Beach Club and Boardwalk resorts one night. Not a bad location to see the higher fireworks. I combined two images to create this picture. I had a long exposure of the scene before the show and then added in a shot of the fireworks.
International Gateway Illuminations
Nikon D7100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 3.3s, 17mm, f/16, ISO 200
Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World
I feel I should apologize now for the constant barrage of Disney pictures but I have never shied away from my love of it so everyone has had plenty of warnings. On Flickr in the Disney photography community, Friday is typically fireworks day. Never been to sure why themed days all have to have alliteration or maybe it is a coincidence but it does help me to remember which day is what theme. 🙂
One of the reasons for the timing of my trip was to catch the end of Epcot’s Flower & Garden show and the first Star Wars Weekend at Hollywood Studios. During each SWW, Hollywood Studios ends each night with a wonderful fireworks show called Symphony in the Stars. Last year a captured the show from behind Echo Lake and this year I wanted to try something different. The general consensus would have been to setup at the end of Hollywood Boulevard but that seemed to predictable to me. I have always loved the Crossroads of the World stand at the front of the park and I was hoping I could incorporate it into the pictures.
My concept was a little off. The fireworks didn’t materialize where I thought they would so my composition for the image in my hard didn’t work. I’m including the best of my pictures anyway. It was a gamble that didn’t pay off for me but I like that I was thinking outside the box.
Nikon D7100, Tokina 12-28mm f/4, 2.5s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 100
Firework Friday: Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World
Nikon D5100, Tokina 12-24mm f/4, 6s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200