I went through photos of fireworks and birthday cakes, sparklers and candles. Then I found this photo. I posted a very similar version of this a few years ago when my family traveled to Disneyland for the first time. My wife and I had both been before, but we took our kids for the first time. The experience was amazing. My son and daughter were the proverbial “kids in a candy store”. They didn’t know where to look first. They wanted to ride everything, see everything, experience everything.
By the end of the first day in Disneyland, the kids were exhausted but excited. They wanted to sleep but did not want to leave. As the fireworks were about to start to end the day, we came across this ride: The Astro Orbitor. My son and daughter stood, transfixed by the streaks of light. The only words were, “Awesome,” and, “Amazing.” It was a celebration of everything we’d done that day. One long party ending with a light show.
The trick to a night shot with a slow shutter speed, without a tripod and remote shutter release, is a steady hand. I don’t have a steady hand. Instead, I leaned against a pile of rock, or rock-like facsimile designed by some imagineer, and shot as steadily as I could.
This shot of the Astro Orbitor at Disneyland was the best of the bunch.
Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f8; ISO 1600; 1/2 sec.
I loved the attention to detail that is on exhibition at the Disney parks. My wife and son took a ride in a box of animal cookies, while I photographed them from a container of apple sauce. We were separated by a chinese takeout box.
I don’t know that I’ll ever write that sentence again.
Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f5.6; ISO 400; 1/30 sec.