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    We have all taken the same fireworks pictures and gotten the same results. However, I decided to shoot them a little differently. I hand hold the camera and open the shutter, shooting with a small aperture. Sometimes I slowly move the camera back and forth, other times I shake it vigorously, the get the trails of the fireworks after they explode. The results range from throwaways to interesting, and as always, a lot of chance is involved.

    Von Taylor, witshouston, Dee-x, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. sp.neale 79 months ago | reply

      nice idea, I'll have a go at that next time

    2. Von Taylor 79 months ago | reply

      What a great idea. Very creative work.

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    3. Janet Matthews 79 months ago | reply

      You are always trying innovative ideas - great work. I like you new spin on an old standard.

    4. gr33ncat [deleted] 79 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called all kinds of patterns, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    5. alaricxyz 79 months ago | reply

      Wow!!! Truly a wonderful, creative masterpiece!

    6. Scott Umstattd 15 months ago | reply

      Yep. That's cool. I have a blog and want to let you know that I have used your picture Thanks for sharing your picture and allowing others to use it as well!

    7. George L Smyth 15 months ago | reply

      Thanks for letting me know, it's a good article and I'll link to it from

    8. Scott Umstattd 15 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the nice words and the link back. You have an open invitation to describe how you got that shot (and others) for my blog. Thanks again!

    9. George L Smyth 15 months ago | reply

      Scott -

      I go to a lot of minor league games and one of the typical attractions is fireworks. I take pictures of the people before the game, photograph aspects of the game, and when the fireworks begin I photograph them, hoping for those serendipitous shots.

      Since I do not have a tripod with me it makes no sense to go for the standard shot, but my photography generally tends away from the commonly expected anyway. I try to anticipate where the fireworks will go off and with the speed setting on Bulb I open the shutter. Sometimes I guess right and get the beginning of the explosion, but more often than not I miss it and go into seek mode, looking for the trails. Regardless, once those trails are within the frame I move the camera in a particular direction, sometimes a straight line, but I usually move it in a circular or curved pattern. I also work with different focal lengths, zooming in and out to get different effects, as well as occasionally slightly zooming during the exposure. Focus is always on manual and set almost to infinity.

      Once I feel that I may have something interesting I take my finger off the shutter release, ending the exposure. After four or five esposures I take a look at what I have captured just to make sure that the aperture has been set properly and I am on track to get what I am expecting. After that I do not look at what I have done until I get home.

      By trying different movements of the camera one can get a wide variety of interesting patterns that can change a standard fireworks shot to something that will force the viewer to pay closer attention to what they are looking at.

      Cheers -


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