Well on the last trip.. I tried experimenting with trying to get some photos of the Illuminations show. First, I'm doing everything you could possibly do wrong, so the fact I get anything is quite impressive Small Point and Shoot Camera, no Tripod, and experimenting with exposure and ISO settings to get something.
Because I had no tripod, and was only trying to use my chest or the rail as a stabalizer.. I wasn't able to get most of the higher aerials in the shots. So most of my shots are of the fountains, the globe and the lower shells. Trust me, there is more higher aerials that I didn't get in the shots. But for anyone who hasn't seen this show, these might be some teasers for you.
The whole photo set (well not all the ones I took.. that would be really boring ) are at http://crackaddict.com/~flynn/disney/epcot
Ok, here are some highlights
The start of the show includes the infamous flame barge. Of course, taking photos of a fire, at night = impossible for a hack like me, but here's a shot. To give you an idea.. take a look at the buildings/trees in the background to the left and look at how illuminated they are. When the barge goes off.. you can even feel the heat blast.
Aerials over the fire bursts
Fountains and flares burning on the water's surface are also elements seen throughout the show
The globe has made it's entrance. It starts the show on the edge of the lagoon near the American Adventure and makes its way out to the middle as part of the show
Colors in the fountains along with some aerials
Fountain bursts are also heavily used
Colors.. and the arching shooting stars
Some pulled back shots to get the aerials in
The globe opens to its 'flower' mode
The torch in the middle of the flower even becomes a launch point!
Build up to finale..
And here is a sequence of shots from the finale
Enjoy! The shots don't do the show justice.. but for those who haven't seen it themselves.. this helps a bit to understand some of the shot elements. More photos again at http://crackaddict.com/~flynn/disney/epcot