Archive: Long Exposure

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Moulin Rouge Info & Tips

Posted on May 18, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  4 Comments

The Moulin Rouge, with its red windmill pop culture prominence, is probably one of the most famous landmarks in Paris. On our first trip to France, we visited this iconic show. By “visited” I mean that quite literally, as we went to the location but didn’t go to an actual show. In the process, we […]

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Thunder Over Louisville Photos & Tips

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography, Reports  •  5 Comments

Thunder Over Louisville is an airshow and fireworks display that starts the week of festivities leading up to the Kentucky Derby. In this post, I’ll share some thoughts on the event, plus photos and tips if you’re thinking about visiting. For starters, Thunder Over Louisville is purportedly the largest annual fireworks show in North America–given […]

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Hogwarts Castle Photo Tour

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  5 Comments

Hogwarts Castle houses the School of Witchcraft in the Harry Potter series, and is home to Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Japan theme parks. Next year, it will also open at Universal Studios Hollywood. This post offers a photo tour of Hogwarts Castle, both inside and […]

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Technique Tuesday: The Landscape “Selfie”

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  3 Comments

When it comes to landscape photographers and the rest of the population, there is a huge chasm in terms of one type of photo: the selfie. Not only do landscape photographers rarely step in front of the camera themselves, but they (we) typically try to eliminate all people from their photos of a given landscape, […]

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My 10 Favorite Photos of the Year

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  13 Comments

On Disney Tourist Blog, it’s been an annual tradition at the end of the year for me to look back at my photography and select my top photos. I’ve enjoyed doing that, as it gives me the chance to share some of my favorite shots and also contemplate where I grew and failed to grow […]

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Arc de Triomphe Streaming Traffic at Night

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  4 Comments

I’ve already shared how, on our first night in Paris, I foolishly stood in the middle of the road while photographing the Eiffel Tower. I apparently hadn’t learned my lesson a few nights later, because I did the exact same thing while standing on the Champs-Élysées, photographing the Arc de Triomphe.

At first it seemed fairly safe, as there was about 4 feet between the lanes, marked with white lines on the ground. Unfortunately, this area seemed to be the de facto “moped lane” and within a few seconds of setting up my tripod, I was again jumping out of the way as a moped zoomed towards me. (Here’s the long exposure taken while I jumped out of the way!) After that, I decided not to spend too much time trying for this photo…

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Full Moon Illuminates Oconaluftee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  8 Comments

While it doesn’t have the name recognition of Newfound Gap or Clingmans Dome, I think the Oconaluftee Valley Overlook is the best view in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It actually reminds me a bit of Tunnel View, the most popular viewing spot in Yosemite National Park in terms of the view it offers. It’s […]

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Main Street Electrical Parade Long Exposure

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  6 Comments

Back when I first got into Disney photography, it seemed like I went into each trip with one really ambitious for a difficult/interesting photo. During our August 2009 trip, it was this photo of SpectroMagic. I had never before seen a long exposure done of Walt Disney World’s nighttime light parade, and thought it was […]

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Traffic Streaks Past London’s Big Ben

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  1 Comment

One of the great things we did in Europe was get lost. A lot. In London this mostly consisted of wandering around on foot without resources like Google Maps as a safety net. It was really a liberating experience, and something we’d recommend. Instead of rushing from one tourist spot to another, we wandered around, […]

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