Hey everybody! It is Fireworks Friday, and I am posting some shots from a very special show. On the 4th of July this week, I was fortunate enough to catch of rare glimpse of fireworks over Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In a word, it was awesome. I felt that I did a pretty bad job at the Magic Kingdom show the night before, and I was out to make myself feel better. And while the Magic Kingdom show might be better from a patriotic and storytelling aspect, I felt like this show at DHS was believe it or not, better for photography. There was so much more color, and tons of huge bursts. I didn’t expect this much, so it was a welcome surprise. I setup outside the park along the pathway that leads to the Boardwalk and Epcot Resort Area, planning on capturing the bursts across the whole park, while also getting some reflections in the water in the foreground. I initially set up with an 85mm lens, and after the first burst seen here, I knew I needed to do a quick lens change!
While I still like that shot and the colors that came with it, I knew I needed to switch to capture everything. So, I scrambled to put on my 17-40mm lens, and also put on a 2 stop Neutral Density filter, making sure to not make the same mistake with the 3 stop I did the night before at Magic Kingdom. That said, here are the rest of my keepers from this awesome show!
Overall, it was an incredible show, and brought back wonderfully fond memories of my childhood when fireworks used to go off at DHS every night. I know it is an operational nightmare, but part of me wishes they would do stuff like this more than just 4th of July and New Year’s Eve. Hope you guys enjoyed this one, as it was a treat to shoot and report on. Thanks for reading, and have a great day!!