Wishes Christmas Card

Wishes Christmas Card from the Magic Kingdom

Wishes Christmas Card from the Magic Kingdom

A scanned image of my family’s Christmas card for this year.  My friend and Disney contract photographer, Bob Desmond, who was kind enough to take on the challenge when I first proposed a photo of my family during the production of Wishes, the nightly fireworks show in the Magic Kingdom. Not only did we have to secure the location Bob had scouted out for us a couple of hours ahead of time, Bob and I had to keep people from crowding in too close.  Some of you know how hard that is to do. Bob came prepared with a tripod, remote release, flash, camera, knowledge of the show, a wide angle lens to be able to work in close quarters and still get my family, Cinderella Castle and the fireworks in one frame and patience to handle the crowd and the models, us! 😀

For our part, we had to smile for the initial flash which exposed us correctly and stand still during the 15 to 20 second shutter time needed to capture the fireworks going off behind us.  Let me tell you, it was hard not to turn around and enjoy the show like the hundreds of people surrounding us.  In fact, just to the right and left of us where kids and adults leaning and sitting on the fence.

I can not leave you with the poorly scanned card image above.  Here is Bob’s final photo which he sent to me. It will be treasured by my wife and I for years to come.

Wishes family portrait in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Wishes Thomas family portrait in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D7000/Nikon 10-20mm, 20.4s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 10mm focal length, tripod, front sync flash.

Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas!

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11 Responses to Wishes Christmas Card

  1. kmiller15211 says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Scott.


  2. Giiid says:

    This is a wonderful photo of you and your lovely family, congratulation with the fine result. I can imagine how difficult it must have been to keep smiling for so long, not to talk of to stand still during the firework.
    I remember how my grand grandmother used to “freeze” every time we wanted to take a photo of her, we simply could not convince her that it was OK to move or perhaps even smile…Born in 1889, she knew from her own experience that it wasn´t true. 🙂

    I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas.


  3. montucky says:

    Bob did very well! Merry Christmas to you and your family!


  4. Beautiful picture of a wonderful family ! Joyeux Noël to your and yours.


  5. Karma says:

    What a very nice memory to have!


  6. Nye says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Scott. 🙂


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