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Old 08-29-2009, 09:19 PM   #16
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Along the rail beside Casey's Corner is a good spot- nobody can stand right in front of you there.



From the Contemporary it's fun to watch but nothing really lines up for pictures.

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Old 08-29-2009, 09:45 PM   #17
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Nice! Do you recall what floor you were on for this shot?

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Nope - not California Grill; I've never been there. Note that I said fire escape. What I've done is go out the fire escape door of the top publicly-accessible floor at the Contemporary, which I think is the 12th (10th?), use something to prop the door open just a little (one time, I found it already propped open slightly)... you could even use a park map over the latch... then climb up a couple flights of stairs and set up the tripod. Ultimately, I'm pretty sure it's the 14th floor. I don't remember who I first heard of doing this - maybe YEKCIM? - so I can't take any credit.

Here's a wide shot of what it looks like. You can see another set of fire escapes on the left.



I look forward to getting shots from the Bay Lake Towers viewing area once I get a chance to stay there! For fireworks though, they will line up even worse, as Gdad mentioned. (The larger fireworks are shot from a bunker completely outside the park.)
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Old 05-05-2010, 11:07 AM   #18
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Photographing Wishes from the Poly beach?

DW and I are planning to have a late dinner at Kona and then relax on the Poly beach and watch Wishes and possibly the EWP next week. What should I know about shooting Wishes from there?

Best place to setup?

Wide angle or telephoto?

Aim high or aim low?

Or if anyone has photos of Whishes from the Poly share them here for us all to enjoy.
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Old 05-05-2010, 08:59 PM   #19
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I would go to sunset point. See map.

You'll want to have a modest telephoto with you. I had a 28-70 and it stayed on 70. I lost a few of the high shells at this length but it would have been fine if I had not wanted to also get the Seven Seas Lagoon in the shot.

Be prepared for high winds - as in blow your tripod over high.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:29 AM   #20
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All from lookout point at Poly with a D3 and 70-200. Some of these aren't really very good shots, but they will give you an idea of framing/castle size with each lens. Granted...full frame camera, so you will get a bit more reach with a crop body.

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Old 05-06-2010, 09:32 AM   #21
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We had our group setup on the beach in front of the Hawaii building. Shots are from 60mm-80mm on a Dx.





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Old 05-06-2010, 08:20 PM   #22
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Great shots guys!!

I will be right there come this Oct. The 22nd actually. We are staying one night in WDW before our cruise. Gdad will be joining me as well. What can be any better then dinner at Ohana and then Wishes... Can't wait!!!!
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Old 05-07-2010, 08:12 AM   #23
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Thanks much, everyone. That helps a lot. Looks like I'll use my 50-200mm and not have to worry about swapping lenses from there (and I can put it on inside the great house instead of trying to change lenses on a sandy beach).
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I passed your question on to my husband, who has photographed the MK fireworks from the Poly beach more than once. Here is his input:


If using an SLR (film or digital) and you’re at the Poly beach:
1. Use a tripod.

2. Use a 50mm lens/set the zoom to about 50mm (or to whatever field of view you like).

o 24mm is too wide and anything longer than 50mm is too close, IMHO

3. Use 400 ISO film/set the camera to 400 ISO.

4. Set the f-stop to f/8 or even f/16.

5. Set the camera to “B” or “Bulb” setting.

6. Attach a cable release.

7. When you see the rocket start up press the cable release to open the shutter.

8. After the rocket bursts and fades close the shutter.

o If a film camera advance the film.

9. Repeat Steps 7. and 8. For as long as you have film/space on the memory card.

Hope this helps,

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(He also gave me a picture to insert, but I couldn't figure out how to do it.)
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Hey guys - thanks so much!!

I hope to try this on Sunday night!! I got in to Orlando last night and if anyone is interested the weather is h-o-t..!! A bit of rain yesterday, but none today!

Thanks for the tips.
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:30 PM   #26
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Photographing Wishes

I'm leaving in under 2 weeks! It's my first trip with an slr so I'm really excited to take some pictures of Wishes but I'm a little nervous about the whole process of staking out a spot and setting up my tripod. I'm wondering- do people have an easier time setting up and getting a good spot on nights with spectromagic or nights without it? How early do you recommend setting up?

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I'm leaving in under 2 weeks! It's my first trip with an slr so I'm really excited to take some pictures of Wishes but I'm a little nervous about the whole process of staking out a spot and setting up my tripod. I'm wondering- do people have an easier time setting up and getting a good spot on nights with spectromagic or nights without it? How early do you recommend setting up?

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My guess is that it is easier if there is no Spectro since people will stay in the same spot for both.
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Hey guys - thanks so much!!

I hope to try this on Sunday night!! I got in to Orlando last night and if anyone is interested the weather is h-o-t..!! A bit of rain yesterday, but none today!

Thanks for the tips.

How'd it go? Any good shots?


And it is not hot yet - if you are a Florida native.

It's only slightly warm yet.
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How'd it go? Any good shots?


And it is not hot yet - if you are a Florida native.

It's only slightly warm yet.
Hi Golf4food! Well, it went OK, I think - for my first attempt!! I am trying to work out how to get my RAW photos up (I'm very, very dumb, I think, when it comes to processing these things..!! ). Anyway, the photos look OK on my laptop! The electric water pageant stopped right in front of me, and it was a bit windy, so there is a bit of "wobble" in that part of the picture. But the view is really good and the music is piped in, so you hear it all too. The photos above are very accurate as to how yours will look.
As to the weather - I'm not a native of Florida, so it is hot for me!!! I'm from a sub tropical part of Australia, though, but we are starting to head towards winter, so I am re-acclimatising!! For us, even though the temp is 80-90, the parks are very hot (at least Epcot was today!!) But I know you are in for hotter than this..!!!
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Sorry for the great number, but these are my attempts at these photos! These are the JPEG's (for my sanity's sake!!). You can see what I mean re the EWP and movement - but I still have to learn how long to leave the shutter open as well!
It's my first attempt with this camera for fireworks, and using the tripod (I know I should have used it before I went away!) As I am here for a little longer I hope I can try again and learn from my mistakes!!!
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