Watching the Fireworks Over the Magic Kingdom

The days are long when you are at the Magic Kingdom. You are going at a pretty good pace all day, and just when you think you can rest for a while the fireworks begin. I saw them every night, but only seriously photographed them on one night. I set my tripod up on the balcony of our room to capture some of the excitement. I say tripod, but due to the nature of our trip my tripod was at home in Indiana. I used my Joby Gorillapod to secure my camera to the back of the desk chair that was provided with the room. Once I was set up it was just a matter of timing my shots. I was in bulb mode using a shutter release cable to fire my camera. I could have the shutter open as long or as short as I wanted it. When shooting in RAW mode I have a little wiggle room as far as exposure goes. I was at ISO 100 so I allowed myself a little more room to edit there as well. You never really know how the fireworks show is going to go so you need to allow yourself some room to edit. You don’t want to be tied down to one exposure when something happens that would ruin your shot. You want to have the flexibility to decide when you have what you are looking for.

It’s Not the Camera

If you read this blog often then you know that I like Canon cameras. I own a few of them, and I use them for different things. Here I wanted to travel light so I took my 7D Mark II without the battery grip and the 18-135mm lens that comes with it. That gave me a lot of options as far as my composition goes. This is a kit that you can buy for around $2,000. It is not the most expensive kit that I own, but sometimes you need to just use what works. The kit was light enough for the Joby Gorillapod to hold it up. The 1.6x crop factor of the 7D Mark II allowed me to get in a little tighter on the Magic Kingdom from our room.

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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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