Fireworks Photos on the Fourth

Happy Independence Day!

Since my family did 4th of July celebrating on the 3rd, I can share fireworks photos on the 4th.

Fireworks on the 3rd
FILED UNDER: Photography, Society, US Politics
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  1. Kathy says:

    Very nice.

    Did you ever try to do a multiple exposure? I’ve no idea if that’s even possible with digital cameras. I tried it with a film camera in the 90s at Disney World, for one of the nightly fireworks displays.

    Of three tries, one was close to being marginally near to not terrible. It’s just not possible to keep the the camera steady for a few seconds with the shutter open, without a tripod and a remote shutter thingy. The single exposure shots I wasted the rest of the roll on were far better.

    I remember I used a high ASA film, but not whether it was 800, 1200, or 1600.

  2. Flat Earth Luddite says:

    As Kathy said, nice work! Good shots, and glad everyone’s fingy’s are still attached!


    I used to shoot night shots and fireworks on film in the day. I prefer digital, if only because I don’t blow film/processing of half a brick (12 rolls) of film trying to get 2-3 (maybe) keepers. Others may have done better. But yes, depending on the digital box, time exposures and multiple exposures are possible. Tripod and remote release really help. Or try stacking the images in post-production.

    ETA – Thanks for sharing, Dr. T! I suspect a ground spinner on the first one, but I like this a lot. Especially the water reflection work.

  3. CSK says:

    Well, these are glorious.

  4. Kathy says:

    @Flat Earth Luddite:

    The expense kept me from getting seriously into photography back in the day. Maybe if I’d been working instead of studying high school… But I did try a few simple tricks possible using film.

  5. Thanks for the kind words.

    These were all long exposures on a tripod with a manual shutter. ISO 100 f11 (a couple are a higher f-stop.

    I have never tried a double exposure, but Kathy’s question did lead me to research and find out that it is possible with my camera.