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The Blue Castle

 I went to Disneyland last November, The Happiest Place on Earth, strictly as a tourist.   I’ve been there a number of times but have never seen the fireworks display before.  If you have not been there to see this, you must go, as it is simply fabulous and one of the greatest fireworks displays you may ever see.   We were there for three days and on the second night I was there I decided to set myself, with my sister and wife, in the street in front of the castle entrance early.  By early I mean if you don’t get there very early there won’t be a place to sit on the curb for the long wait.  Yes, it’s that popular of a position.  I did not have a tripod which would have been nice but also a bit difficult to use with the closeness of the people around us.   As a result I had to handhold my Nikon.  Not always an easy task to get the sharp shots this way.  My advantage was everyone was sitting as well as myself.  So without a tripod the trick is to brace yourself while sitting with your arms tucked tightly into your legs.  You may have to experiment to find the best position for you to stay steady.  Obviously, when shooting something of this nature you need to have a slower shutter speed and a higher ISO.  Again, this is something you can experiment with using your own camera, which is part of the fun and excitement.  This particular pic I shot at 1/40th of a second at f3.8 and ISO 3200.   I took others at different settings, so experiment for the best results with your camera.   The other thing – Take bunches of shots and have fun!  Hey, It’s Disneyland!

Good Shooting Everyone

Dave

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