One of the best aspects of a dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure is that you can watch the fireworks from the terrace if you dine at the right time. I’ll have a photo tour of this beautiful restaurant later (you can see some in my review), but for now, let’s take a look at the fireworks. As far as viewing the fireworks goes, the view is one of the best in all of Disneyland Resort. The relative distance between Sleeping Beauty Castle and many of the fireworks bursts is greater, giving the normally modest fireworks displays put on by Disneyland (at least in comparison to those at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom–where there is no City of Anaheim to contend with) much more grandeur.
Photographing the fireworks from Carthay Circle Theatre’s terrace is a different story. In fact, it’s such a poor spot to photograph the fireworks that I almost didn’t bother posting these, but I have received a number of questions about the view, so I thought I’d share these shots for illustrative purposes only! After about two frames into the Magical! fireworks, I realized the spot was awful for photos, and only went through the motions (I mean, the camera was already set up, so why not?!) with the rest of the photos. As you can see, Red Car Trolley wires, poles, and trees make for a decidedly uninteresting fireworks photography location.
To cleanse your palate after those photos that might have you thinking, “Tom has lost it,” I give you this:
For this photo of Magical, I set up in my favorite spot right in front of Partners, and decided to use my brand new variable neutral density filter. I was a little reluctant to use this CHEAP-O variable neutral density filter due to concerns about image quality and color cast, but I’m pretty pleased with the results. More from this shoot later…
In other news, Cory and Adam of DisneyPhotographyBlog.com and I are excited to announce that we have released an update to our popular eBook, How to Photograph Fireworks. The book now has a brand new layout that makes it much easier to read on an iPad, iPhone, or other mobile device. Additionally, the eBook has a sleeker and prettier look, plus a slew of new photos, all of which make it more entertaining and easier to read.
The new version of the book is out now (just in time for those preparing to photograph July 4th fireworks!) and is available for just $14.
Anyone who has purchased the book already will receive an email within the next 24 hours with a link to download the new copy for free.