Happily ever after

Discussion in 'The Magic Kingdom Photos' started by PolynesianMedic, May 15, 2017.

  1. PolynesianMedic

    PolynesianMedic Global Moderator Staff Member

    So I just watched the show on YouTube. I think this might prove a bit difficult to shoot. Lights, lasers, the projections constantly moving and changing, and the are several parts that look like they will be ready to blow out of your not using a filter. Anyone else have some thoughts?

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  2. jbwolffiv

    jbwolffiv Member

    I am not going to watch videos on this one. I usually devour any and all info when new things come, but going to wait on this, July is not that far off.
  3. mSummers

    mSummers Member

    I don't think it will be as hard as it looks to capture (yeah, I know...famous last words). My plan, based on watching it online once, is to use shorter exposures no longer than 5-10s. Then combine them in photoshop to get the amount of fireworks I'm looking for. That may require masking out the castle in all but one of the shots to create a mostly frozen image of the projections.

    Of course, all of this is subject to change once I start looking at exif data ahead of the trip.
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  4. Scottwdw

    Scottwdw Member

    Here is my take after shooting the show this week...

    For still photographers, the addition of projections to all the nighttime shows at Walt Disney World is not the greatest thing. Visually, the shows are stunning and almost overwhelming when fireworks are added on top of the moving projections. I studied this show on youTube for the last couple of weeks to try and find good places to get a mix of fireworks and projections. There are a few places the projections are fairly static but not many.

    This photo was taken towards the end of the show and, for me, a fairly fast shutter of about 7 seconds. Gone are the days you could put an ND filter on and let the shutter cover an entire segment with a fairly static Cinderella Castle during Wishes. I know some people are compositing the castle with a long exposure. Others are taking the projections out of the equation by shooting the castle from behind it. Not what I would call a solution though they are nice.

    Going to have go for shorter shutter speeds and higher ISO photos in the future. Thankfully, today's camera sensors are up to the task and I won't have to bother with a tripod, too. Click the photo below for the Exif data.

    Happily Ever After?
    by Scott Thomas, on Flickr
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  5. mSummers

    mSummers Member

    Nice! Thanks for sharing your shooting experience!
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