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Old 08-11-2009, 09:00 PM   #1
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Shooting wishes

This may not be the place to ask this so if not someone feel to move it. My DH has seen all the wonderful information I have gathered for our upcoming October trip and was hoping someone had some help for him. His passion and part time job is photography. When we were at Disney World last year we did not get to see wishes. This year, his goal is to see wishes and get some photos with the fireworks and the castle in the background. Can anyone tell him where would be the best location to achieve this??

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This thread talks about shooting fireworks and has some good examples for him to look at.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1474329


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Old 08-11-2009, 09:16 PM   #3
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Thank you! I'll have him take a look at it.
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:14 AM   #4
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Best place for wishes with tripod

Just seeing what y'all thought was the best place for a tripod during Wishes.
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:30 AM   #5
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This is about half way between the back of the partners statue and the curb. Not a bad spot unless a tall guy with a hat stands in front of you.





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Gdad,

You are on the Castle side of the true beginning of Main Street? I see those are all 28mm and I will be shooting with a 35mm next week, so I'm planning where to set up - I'm guessing a bit further back near Casey's/The Plaza if I want a wide enough view...
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Old 08-28-2009, 02:03 PM   #7
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Im not sure what you mean by 'Castle side of the true beginning of Main Street' but from the partners statue- Waly and Mickey I would be behind Walts back about 1/2 way to the 'street' - I guess thats Main St there. Between the statue and the castle anyway.

Also keep in mind that is 28mm on a full frame sensor- equal to about 18mm on a crop sensor.
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There's not really a "best" place, you can get different unique shots depending on where you stand. Gdad's is good if you want the castle to be prominent...



...you can go further back down Main St if you want the fireworks to be more prominent than the castle (I don't have any shots from there), you can go off to one side to get a different angle which may be pleasing...



or you can head offsite to the fire escapes at the Contemporary (no fireworks but you get the idea)...



or the beach at the Polynesian to get still more different views.



It's all in what kind of photo you're after.

Wider is better if you're close - I think that I had difficult getting all the fireworks in the frame when using a 28-75mm lens on my crop-sensor camera. This is a bigger issue at Illuminations but still a problem at Wishes if you're pretty close.
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I like this spot....



I'll put my tripod on top of that trash can or (depending on what tripod I have) will set the tripod up in the street next to it.

From that spot I'm usually at around 30mm give or take and this is the view:



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or you can head offsite to the fire escapes at the Contemporary (no fireworks but you get the idea)...

Nice! Do you recall what floor you were on for this shot?

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I like this spot....



I'll put my tripod on top of that trash can or (depending on what tripod I have) will set the tripod up in the street next to it.

From that spot I'm usually at around 30mm give or take and this is the view:
I like that spot (or thereabouts) too. It should also be noted that the street begins slopping downwards in this area, so you have an advantage of being slightly higher than those in front of you.
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I like that spot (or thereabouts) too. It should also be noted that the street begins slopping downwards in this area, so you have an advantage of being slightly higher than those in front of you.
That is a great point... I like being higher than the tall guys with hats in front... What is a good shutter speed to shoot firework shots at? Last trip, i just used the night setting on my D60 and shot away, but I want more trails and a clearer castle... I am going to have to experiment, just hoping to get a rough idea from you all...

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I'll put my tripod on top of that trash can or (depending on what tripod I have) will set the tripod up in the street next to it.
Is there a sign up sheet for that trash can? I will be there in September and want to reserve it for a half hour.
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