Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fireworks Show

Picture #1 - f/8, 5 sec., ISO200
Picture #2 - f/11, 6 sec., ISO 200
Picture #3 - f/11, 6 sec., ISO 200
I hope those of you who shot fireworks for the holiday captured some good ones. I read an article some years back about shooting fireworks. It said you should use four to six seconds shutter speed, an aperture of f/11 to f/16, and a tripod. A co-worker suggested using a hat to cover the lens also. The hat stops the exposure so the burst of light, firework bloom, does not get to big. It has been helpful tip. Thanks, Mark! Also, the article it mentioned having a famous landmark in the picture. This would give the viewer a sense of scale and place. Well, the Burger Stop in Layton, Utah is not world famous but a landmark no less! Good food and car shows throught out the summer. You should give them a try! Thank you to Layton City and those who put on the show. A good time was had by all!
Which of the three pictures do you like best? Please let me know.

9 comments:

Scott said...

Interesting tips and good photos. I just barely published a tutorial on how to photograph fireworks on my blog because of some comments I got on a fireworks post I did yesterday.

Scott said...

Oh, I forgot to add. I'm not a big fan of the burger stop in the foreground as it seems to be a detractor. I could see something like the Washington monument or Eiffel tower or something like that. But in general I like my fireworks to be just fireworks. To each his own though.

whitey said...

The last one for me!

Hope said...

thank you for the tips.. I like the first one best.. each though are really fantastic..again thank you

darlin said...

David it's a real toss up for me between photos 1 and 3. Thanks for the tips, maybe next year I'll capture some fireworks on Canada Day.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Mark A. Moeller said...

Your Welcome!

Christine said...

I like the first one!

The Wanna Be Photographer said...

I think the Burger Bar would really enjoy these photos. Sure it's not the Washington Monument, but it works. I kind of like firework photos with some other foreground, but I can see Scott's point too.

Rebecca said...

The burger stop is classic americana and is perfect for fireworks. I have yet to find a place where I can see fireworks with something else in the frame. I avoid going into Philly - which would be perfect. There are usually too many drunk and high folks at fireworks bumping shoulders for me to feel comfortable there.