Illuminations: Peace on Earth Photo


Illuminations: Reflections of Earth with the Peace on Earth tag is one of my favorite aspects of Christmas at Walt Disney World. One of my other favorite aspects is the Osborne Lights. Unfortunately, we only had one night last weekend to try to see both. Disney’s Hollywood Studios closed at 8 pm and Epcot closed at 9:30 pm. Perfect, I thought. Unfortunately, we hung around Disney’s Hollywood Studios for “just one more song” and “just one more photo” until 9 pm (I didn’t realize they kept the music running after the park closed…I thought it was just the lights.

Anyone know when this changed?), at which time I literally had to RUN from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to get to Epcot in time for the fireworks. I made it just in time, and didn’t even bother trying to find a better spot along the World Showcase Lagoon to view the show. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to see much or, more importantly, hear much from here, but it actually wasn’t too bad of a view and I could hear the show perfectly. Walt Cronkite’s narration always gives me chills.

Since several people have asked: the Nikon D600 is the camera I primarily use. You can read more about this camera, which is my primary camera, in my review of the Nikon D600 and see sample photos I took using it at Disney here. Or, you can look at my photos of the day for the past couple of months, almost all of which were taken with the Nikon D600 (it’ll say in each post).

To read about the equipment I used to capture this photo, read our Photography Gear Reviews page and our tips for good vacation photos. If you are contemplating letting Disney’s roaming photographers around the parks take photos for you, read our review of PhotoPass+.

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Technical details: shot with a Nikon D600 with a Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 Lens. See our guide for more photography equipment recommendations

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7 Responses to “Illuminations: Peace on Earth Photo”

  1. Erik Fries says:

    Of course it goes on sale today. I just purchased the D7000 yesterday with 2 lenses. It came in a little bit less than this but the d600 looks so nice.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Too late to return? As someone who owns both cameras, I can tell you that the D600 is significantly better than the D7000.

      However, maximizing its potential requires an investment in lenses. If you don’t want to buy expensive glass, the D7000 is an excellent choice.

      • Erik Fries says:

        Ive thought about returning it but for where im at right now I think the d7000 is the best choice. I can invest in glass for when i decide to make the full frame jump… at least thats what im going to keep telling myself.

  2. Lenise Zika says:

    Thanks for that news Tom! I just purchased the camera body only from Best Buy for that price. If they won’t honor the new price from Amazon I will return it and purchase the camera and lens.

  3. Zach says:

    Buy it when it comes out, pay too much! :)

  4. Mary says:

    Tom, I have always admired your photo’s and strive to take better pictures. What made you decide to go full frame? I noticed Katie and a few others of the Disney photo gang have also made the change. What’s the biggest advantage? Thanks

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