Below you will find a gallery of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth taken from the benches down at the water’s edge to the right of the fish and chips window in the UK pavilion. All shots were taken with a Canon T3i using a 28mm f/1.8 lens. The first half of the shots were taken through an 8-point star filter, with which I was playing around for the first time. I feel that the fireworks really overloaded the star filter and the shots from the second half of the show were much better!
I hope you guys enjoy, please leave comments and share the ones you like!
Note: All descriptions of this show in this post are highly inaccurate and terribly thought out.
The whole thing starts with this big flare. I call it “One Little Spark.” Disney, however, does not.
Then there are all these crazy red things.
And some fireworks that blow up on the water! It’s really cool.
Then there’s fire.
Lots of fire.
I think Disney owns its own oil refinery and has to burn off the methane.
More red things..
I’m… well, not an expert.
I love the way the smoke swirls into the cold night sky, away from the heat.
The big LED globe comes out…
….and with a long exposure, it leaves a trail.
Lens flare! So much lens flare! I like it, though!
Different red shells.
Red and flare and red flares!
Rainbows – I can’t tell if the shells are casting a color on the smoke, or if the smoke is actually colored. Anyone?
On most of my fireworks pictures, there’s a castle in the middle of this shot…
Illuminations is unique in that it has very long, calm pauses in it… this is one of them.
High above the globe…
I wish I had a wider lens, maybe an 8? mm to get all of this!
Lasers and spotlights and fireworks and fire, and… it’s a lot.
X marks the spot!
I think this is my favorite.
Or maybe this one.
Like pyrotechnic rain.
It gets all peaceful…
…and the earth opens up….
…and fireworks come out of it!
Then, I guess, all the flares shoot toward the Earth? It’s like they’re putting the explosions back in? Resetting the Big Bang? I’m not sure… I’m not too deep on the imagery.
Beautiful rainbow finale!