Fireworks on the Disney Cruise

SmugMug Review

Are you looking for a place to host your photos? I’m still quite happy with SmugMug.  See my SmugMug Review for more information.  I’m about to have a portfolio re-design there on the site… so get ready for that too!

Fireworks Tip

Here’s a quick one… if you have “Long Exposure NR” turned on (which it is by default), be sure to turn it off when shooting fireworks.  The camera can take a LONG time to do that NR (Noise Reduction) processing, which will keep you from taking the next exposure.

Daily Photo – Fireworks on the Disney Cruise

I was not sure where exactly the fireworks shot off the top of the Disney Fantasy, so I gambled and guessed that this area on Deck 13 in the “Adults Only” area of the ship would be best.  There is a little curving area that juts out that I thought would be perfect…  I asked a few cast members, and they told me to be over on the starboard side, but I tried to explain that I wanted to get the boat in the shot too — this confounded them… so, anyway, I was over in this spot pretty much by myself… which is fine with me!

  • Oh wow – this is awesome large – super – the firworks look fantastic on the ship!

  • Casper van Zyl

    Looks like a bit of cropping on this one but none the less a good pic.Sounds like you had a lot of fun more so than the kids. This is some ship wish it would  come down under they could make a killing down here in summer holidays.

  • Cool shot, Trey… looks like you had fun!

  • Cool shot, Trey… looks like you had fun!

  • An amazing photograph 🙂

    Here’s a little more info – Fireworks at sea with Disney –

  • Fred Braun

    Trey, Looks like your using the D800 in more of your shots. I would love to here more of your thoughts about how you think the camera is performing and do you like it?

  • george.pharell

    My son adores the colourful “explosions” in the sky. The picture is crystal clear and rather impressive. It makes me return to that psecial place where Tommy and I spent a fatnastic day!
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  • SharonDeHayes

    Great photograph – shows the advantage of capturing the environment with the fireworks.

  • treyratcliff


  • treyratcliff

    I am working on a full review too

  • Beautiful photo, Trey.  Thanks for posting.  Have a great Tuesday!!

  • It never ceases to amaze me to see what can be done from what is, after all, a vehicle — albeit an incredibly huge one. When I was a kid, it blew my mind to discover that cruise ships actually had swimming pools on board. But Disney takes things to … wait for it … a whole new world.

  • Nice shot as usual. Thanks for sharing Smugmug dot com. I hosted some of my shots there.

    Nikon Baby

  • Very nice!!!

  • Nice photo!  Would love to go on one of those cruises someday.

  • Trey,

    First of all, Amazing shot!    Can I ask you for some advice based on your success here? Please?

    I’m going to be shooting a pretty amazing fireworks display (Thunder over Louisville, google it if you have time) and have an amazing vantage point for the shooting and I would REALLY appreciate some tips on shooting fireworks in HDR!! 

    Are you still using the auto bracketing for this shot?  +/- 2?  I’ve always heard to shoot fireworks with the bulb setting, but I’d love to hear your take on it.  Anything you’ve seen that goes wrong frequently and how to correct for it?  What will the camera use to determine what is 0ev? during a fireworks display at night?  Will I need to shift the anchor away from 0 to get the correct range?   

    I could ask 50 more specific questions, but I won’t do that to you, any tips you could offer would be very much appreciated.  Thank you so much for your time.

    You can actually see the view I’m referring to from here if you need to get the idea of where I’ll be…(a night exposure shot)  some of the sky is cropped out here, fyi, so I’ll be able to fit the fireworks in the frame without issue.

  • This is really great! I really love the contrast of the red fireworks with the overall blue tones all over the photo

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