Today’s summer picture is of some of the fireworks after the ball game featured yesterday. They weren’t big-league, but it isn’t a big-league park, so you get to sit pretty close to them.

July First fireworks at Nat Bailey Stadium

Before the game I went looking for advice on photographing fireworks and it seems that it’s all a matter of taste, except for one thing: use a tripod. For what it’s worth, these are with the ordinary 40mm prime lens at f8 and using the “B” setting to keep the shutter open for quite a while. Next time I’ll try shooting with a wider-angle lens.


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From: Alex Waterhouse-Hayward (Jul 20 2008, at 16:40)

Photographs of fireworks are like photographs of roses and lit caves (and sunsets!). Once you have seen one you have seen them all. It is a rare event that does not combine the music of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with firworks. But next time you could try:

1. Putting the cap on your lens and then removing it to take multiple exposures.

2. During exposure unfocus you lens during part of the exposure. And/or zoom.

In order to give an idea of the size of the fireworks you can include a tree or the silhoue of a person.

Alex Waterhouse-Hayward


From: Carolyn (Jul 21 2008, at 08:36)

Alex & Tim. I enjoy Tim's photos. I am only an amateur photographer and know I do not have the capability to capture a firework like this. I also know I do not have the capability to capture roses like Tim's. I guess Tim is skilled enough to move to the next level of photographic excellence, but whether he does or not, I still enjoy them. If I knew you (Alex) as well Tim does, I might tease you. This time, instead, I think you are actually complimenting Tim on his photographic capabilities and can "take it to the next level".

Nice fireworks, Tim, and happy birthday to "the boy". :-)


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