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A Day at the Magic Kingdom

I haven’t updated my blog in a while because I was on vacation for over a week and since I’ve been back I’ve been spending all my free time editing my vacation photos.  My family and I, along with our friends/neighbors, spent 9 days in Orlando, FL going to various Disney World parks, Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, and the Star Wars Celebration VI convention.  It was a fun-filled, jam-packed vacation and while I took a lot of photos, I could’ve easily taken thousands more.  There just wasn’t a lot of time with 7 people to keep up with and getting everything we wanted to do in.  I’ll be working on a few vacation-related posts in the near future so bear with me and I’ll try not to be too boring with the travel photos. 🙂

We spent 12 hours at the Magic Kingdom and in that time experienced full sun, pouring downpours and total darkness.  As I went through my pictures I realized I got several pictures of Cinderella’s castle, which is of course the main iconic symbol in the park.  This is mainly due to the fact that we stayed for the late night fireworks show, despite the fact that it kept pouring down rain off and on right as the show was starting.  Here are some of the pictures I got during the course of the 12 hours we were there.

Mid-morning: sunny skies, clear day, great view.

Mid-afternoon: rain clouds moving in.

Late evening: lit up before the night-time show, in between rain showers.

Full dark: show started with many different colors & images projected onto the castle like a giant shaped screen.

Fireworks – the castle changed colors several times as the fireworks went off

The castle was even multi-colored at different points.

At the end of the show, the castle went mostly dark as the fireworks and white smoke lit up the sky.







Backyard Fireworks

As expected, I did not make it out in the heat to see any large fireworks displays last night (which is OK since I’m fairly certain that I’ll catch some on vacation next month) so I snapped a few pictures of our small fireworks that we set off in the backyard with our neighbors.  I think it’s kind of fun to see the abstract images resulting from these backyard fireworks.

Light Painting Fail?

Tonight I finally tried something I’ve been wanting to do for a few months now: light painting outside at night.  I had my daughter and her friend try to make different patterns with glow sticks out in the backyard while I took photos with a slow shutter, around 20 seconds per exposure.  I even got out the hated tripod. The mosquitos were eating us alive so my husband helped out a bit after the girls went back inside. While I don’t think any of my photos are very good, it was fun to try something new and I’ll definitely keep working on it. (I take no real credit for the designs – some look more blob-like than was intended.  This is what happens when 8 & 9-year-olds are your assistants.).