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Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
Photo Information
Copyright: Kurt Popovich (KurtPop) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 285 W: 51 N: 342] (1059)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-24
Categories: Decisive Moment, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: CANON EOS60D, Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-04-03 19:02
Viewed: 1315
Points: 21
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is a nightly fireworks, laser, and water show in EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

In the center of the show is the Earth Globe, a 350,000 pound globe housed on a barge. the globe is covered in 15,600 squares, each consisting of 12 light-emitting diodes. It truly is a modern marvel.

Unfortunately, due to other guests sitting in front of me, I had to crop out most of the water, where you would see more reflections. I carried my tripod with me and used it for this shot along with my wired shutter button.

My PP work involved running the image through NIK Dfine to remove any noise. I then used NIK Viveza to add saturation and structure to various control points I placed on the trails of the fireworks and on the smoke to achieve a better effect. I then used NIK Sharpener 3.0 (output sharpener) to sharpen the image overall.

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2012-04-03 19:14]

A very nicely captured fireworks display with very good color. The NIK PP has certainly enhanced this already good image.

Wow, that is just awesome! LOVE all the lights and colors! Very nice exposure, super sharpness! And the lights are all balanced! Love it!

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-04-03 22:19]

Hi Kurt,
A rather abstract shot with this fireworks. A beautiful colorful nocturnal shot with the sky illuminated. Beautiful tree silhouettes and the reflecting glob is the focal point in the presentation.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Love the mood you have caught in this picture, Kurt!

Great view with superb show of colors and clarity.
The contrasts within the scene are amazing and I like the centered position of the globe within the picture.
Nice job!


Bom dia Kurt,

An explosion of beautiful colors with excellent lighting and POV.


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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-04-04 4:20]

Hi Hurt.

Spectacular scene, fire flying in all directions, i like the smoke trails illuminated, very good light management, welldone TFS

Stv :0))

Hello Kurt

From an artistic view, I would have cropped most of this out. maybe a crop with the Earth in the lower right. My view would then look like an end of the world in march 21,2012 kind of scene with all this helter skelter. I do like the image for it's potential. nice

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-04-04 21:14]

Hi Kurt

Not an easy shot to get. Wonderful repetition of the fireflowers & I like the stars. Good colour sharpness & saturation. The lit globe & silhouetted trees in the fg add depth. Tfs!

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-04-05 8:11]

Wow Kurt,
a picture of the charmed with its beauty, it is wonderful and the image of the firework is done fantastically. A beautiful photo, congratulations.
Best regards

  • Great 
  • VicZik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 82 N: 950] (4812)
  • [2012-04-05 21:53]


I lie your painting with light... good color, focus and sharp details of this what could abstract art. TFS

best wishes

Awesome capture of those fireworks! Great action shot with good details and wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

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