Day 72: Guy Fawkes Night

Fireworks are usually tricky to photograph, although they’re always great fun to watch. It’s hard to compose images properly, because it’s usually impossible to predict where they are going to appear in the sky. I decided to try and include some traffic trails with the ones created by the rockets. I’m not entirely sure that this works, but it was very experimental, as it involved not just covering the shutter for different explosions, but waving my gloved hand around in front of the lens to flag the brighter areas of the scene. As such, the shutter speed given here is largely irrelevant.

A passing bus gave the double-arced trail in the foreground. I’d have preferred brake lights to headlights, but there wasn’t much coming down the road, and these things are pot luck to a degree anyway.

Nikon D300; Tamron 18-270mm @ 25mm; ISO 320; F/11; 13 seconds. VC off.


5 responses to “Day 72: Guy Fawkes Night

  1. Firework photography is the ultimate challenge and often the ultimate disappointment, but if you don’t try you can’t improve, never really got one I was very happy with, but I would be happy with this, nice job, if its a bit different it works!

    • Thank you Simon. You know I love this sort of rapid-fire challenge. You’d enjoy the techniques I’m using for low-light shots at the moment, there’s a lot of trial and error that makes the results quite unrepeatable. Right up your street πŸ™‚

      • Yes I love the low light and especially night photography and the challenges it brings, its all about trial and error and not knowing quite what you will get, my latest toy is a 220 lumen LED spotlight, interesting colour contrast over the halogen torches, also looking for that killer place to do some traffic trails.

        Very interesting project you are doing, I have been having the odd peep! πŸ™‚

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