Fireworks

We went to the county fairgrounds last night to see the July 4th fireworks...

The fairgrounds are across the road from my high school, home of the State Champion Skyhawks!!

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I took a couple of photos before the sun went down...

Once it got dark it was fireworks time. For a small, local fireworks show it was pretty good.

This was my first time trying to shoot fireworks – I got some hints from this site – but I think I did a pretty good job.

I used my tripod and remote shutter release. The camera was on bulb mode so I could manually control the shutter. I used my prime 28mm lens at ƒ/16 and focus at infinity. I just used the first couple of bursts to get the framing right and locked down the tripod and shot in 1-2 second exposures.

It was a little tricky to get the timing right. The best shots were those where I opened the shutter right before the firework exploded and closed just before it reached it's largest size in the sky. On a lot of them I just got lucky, of course.

I also should say that the fireworks photos below are almost completely untouched. The only corrections are the lens profile fix – fixes the distortion in the wide angle lens – and a little bit of sharpening. I haven't messed with exposure, color, or even cropping.

Next time I think I'll try shooting vertical to get more of the sky in frame and either move further back or invest in that Sigma 20mm wide angle I have my eye on...

Here are the good fireworks shots in a gallery:


Update: If you would like to see the high res versions of all of these fireworks photos my flickr album is here.