I've done it. I've finally evolved from shooting IllumiNations primarily from front-and-center to exploring the different angles around the "world". This photo has a fun story, so stick with me.
Leading up to this shot was an adventure, literally, as we had been out and about since 6:30am. We started the day by doing the Sunrise Safari over at AK, managed to stay in the park until 7:45pm, and then ran top speed from Expedition Everest to the bus stop. Our original plan called for going back to AKL and relaxing (at the incredibly well stocked Club Level), however I had purchased a 9-stop ND filter from BH just days before we set out to WDW, and there was some trepidation about how to use it most effectively.
Not wanting to possibly mess up our trip's first Wishes photos, we decided to give the filter a test run over at Epcot. So we ran. We ran from the bus stop to Japan with the fear of not having a spot come 9pm and never slowed down.
Of course, when we got to the Torii Gate, the area was EMPTY. I want to tell you that there were, like, 7 other people out in the open, but I don't even know if that's true. It was about 40 degrees and a little windy, so I'm guessing everyone was inside (aka "smart").
I climbed the stairs, picked a spot that I thought would be nice, and setup my trusty tripod and camera. Moments later, one Tom Bricker decides to crash the party (of just Joanna and I), making me wonder whether I should introduce myself and ruin his night, or let him shoot in peace. Being a true class act, I bothered him.
After some chatting, IllumiNations kicked off and we were rolling. To be honest, I'm not quite sure that I'm sold on this spot. Its got more elements to dress up the shot, yes, but you're also shooting at an angle that makes the fireworks seem a bit…skinny? Like watching TV from an angle, things tend to get a bit skewed.
I want to write more, I really do, but that's already a lot of text to digest. So until next time…!
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