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Monday, July 06, 2009

How An Average Girl Takes Awesome Firework Photos

Hope everyone had an awesome Fourth of July Holiday Weekend! And if you're not in America, I hope your weekend was excellent too! Our family quickly burned through our fireworks early in the evening and was fortunate enough to get to watch a neighbor's fabulous show later on. What a treat!
fourth of july fireworksDid you know your digital camera might have a specialty selection for taking firework pictures? I was actually trying to set the camera in "night" mode to take a picture of the full moon, but I noticed an arrow at the bottom of the selection screen that said "more?". I pressed it and there were more options, including "behind glass" and "fireworks". Hmm.. newly discovered firework mode, fireworks show right in front of me..... had to try it! And look at the fabulous results!!!!
fourth of july fireworks These fireworks in these photos might look impressive, but I assure you all fireworks used were legal in this state. Tip#1: take pics early on because once the smoke gets too thick, the quality of the photos diminishs. Tip#2: embrace chaos theory .. don't try to capture the perfect shot because everything changes so rapidly, just randomly click and be surprised by how the most oddball of shots can produce the most stunning results.
fourth of july fireworksThis is what my kids using sparklers look like! Who says there are no such thing as real magic wands! :)
fourth of july fireworks
fourth of july fireworksP.S. my camera is nothing special, a four or five year old basic thing, so if my camera has this mode, chances are good yours does too somewhere!

11 comments:

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Beautiful photos! I enjoyed my holiday and spent the evening sleeping...bliss!

natalea said...

Heather, how have you been?! I hope your summer is going wonderfully! I've been thinking about you...reading lots of books! Talk to you soon! xo natalea

Gracie said...

Those are gorgeous shots! I must take a look at my camera settings and see if I have something like that. That's how I usually take photos of fireworks anyway...I just click away.

TattingChic said...

Very cool! I will check my cam! Your photos are cool! Looks like you guys had a fabulous 4th of July! :)

Mary Timme said...

Well, live and learn. I think mine does. It was too cloudy and rainy here to get or see much as no fireworks are really legal in CO! But, all of our neighbors seemed to have them and spent a lot of time making sure they have used them. Sigh!

Nicomi "Nix" Turner said...

Ooh! Fun :D I love sparklers~

Alison Gibbs said...

Great photos. I can see us all rushing to check our camera,
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Waterrose said...

Cool firework pics. I've always hesitated to try to take night pictures...perhaps I'll try at the next fireworks display!

Joy De Vivre Design said...

Great pics! As soon as I got to the park for the fireworks I realized I had left my camera at home. I wanted to try out the fireworks option! Oh well, there is always next year!

The Rose Room said...

Fabulous photos Heather! Rachaelxo