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Fireworks From Hot Air Balloon Festival

2012.07.23
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Be sure to check out the Hot Air Balloon Race

These were taken on Saturday July 21. I wanted to split them up from the hot air balloon pics, so I posted them here.

Edit: Some people in the comments and in messages were asking how these were taken, I must give credit to this fireworks tutorial from Fro Knows Photo.com I followed it and made some minor tweaks.
I used the D7000, 24-70 2.8, a tripod and a wireless remote ( a wired one works great too)
I used the first few fireworks to get my setting right and then the only thing I tweaked was the zoom (I stayed between 40mm and 60mm) lens/camera was set to manual focus and a hair right before infinity to get them sharp and in focus (your camera might be different so you have to see where its most sharp), I set it to f/10 and bulb setting (you press the shutter to open and whenever you press it again to close thats how long it stays open.) You have to experiment with how long you leave the shutter open for, most of these shots I liked were anywhere between 1 second to 2 seconds. I tried this technique on the 4th of July but I feel I did much better on these (practice I guess)
In post editing I bumped up the contrast, highlights, and saturation a bit and turned down the blacks to get a darker sky/background. Hope this helps, and give it a try, they were fun to shoot:)

Thanks so much for all your kind comments, its greatly appreciated!
50 Comments
catdad Great Set !! Should Be an FP !! Really, it's that good !!
catdad · 2012-07-25: 23:49
giancaf perfect firework shot!
giancaf · 2012-07-26: 02:04
onlyricky WOW!!!
SUCH AMAZING SHOTS!! wow
onlyricky · 2012-07-26: 14:12
EvaLizette WOW Bryan!! Those are so cool! Amazing lights and colours. Very very good work!
EvaLizette · 2012-07-26: 14:18
DigitalFish Great shots! Crispy!
DigitalFish · 2012-07-26: 21:58
SM2012 Wow! un excellent spectacle! quel beau feux d'artifice! excellentes vos photos. Marie
SM2012 · 2012-07-27: 10:15
lookwhatisaw Wow - you've got some really good shots in there. Some of them look like geometric drawings. I don't get good shots of fireworks. These would make a nice series/collection to frame or mat.
lookwhatisaw · 2012-07-28: 03:09
lookwhatisaw BTW: are you using AF for this??? What kind of camera?
lookwhatisaw · 2012-07-28: 03:11
sandyk CONGRATS!!! on the FP!! great job :)
sandyk · 2012-07-30: 21:47
Keryl Beautiful fireworks, and - I didn't have to leave my chair!
Congratulations on FP.
Keryl · 2012-07-30: 21:51
????? Fantastic images! So exciting!
Congrats on FP!
????? · 2012-07-30: 21:56
JustmeG Yeah!! congrats on your fp!
JustmeG · 2012-07-30: 21:59
joycephotography About time i see you here, Congrats.........................☺
joycephotography · 2012-07-30: 23:33
mrmeliska Congrats on FP.
mrmeliska · 2012-07-30: 23:40
liveandletlive FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations on your FP!!
liveandletlive · 2012-07-30: 23:46
catdad Congrats on the FP !! And thanks for sharing your tech info !!
catdad · 2012-07-31: 00:20
nynkeb Fantastic FP!!!! Congrats! :)
nynkeb · 2012-07-31: 01:00
dithju great set!!! congrats on the FP! =)
dithju · 2012-07-31: 01:01
tehcpeng awesomely beautiful! u desserve on making the FP. congrats :)
and thanks for sharing the info :))
tehcpeng · 2012-07-31: 01:18
asiamack GREAT SHOTS, WELL DONE.
CONGRATS ON FP!
asiamack · 2012-07-31: 01:28
????? I find these hard to shoot, must try that link, and your explanation, thanks for that, and for a great set.
Congrats on a well deserved FP!!!
????? · 2012-07-31: 01:53
beth0110 great set! congratulations on fp. thanks for sharing how you did this!!!
beth0110 · 2012-07-31: 01:58
Paradoxigal Fabulous set! Congrats :) :)
Paradoxigal · 2012-07-31: 02:03
carriem Wow great shots of the fireworks! Congratulations!!
carriem · 2012-07-31: 02:21
borogovoi Bellissimi e spettacolari .....
Congratulations my good friend !!!
borogovoi · 2012-07-31: 03:17
dokhtar very nice
dokhtar · 2012-07-31: 03:54
MoMac congrats on FP
MoMac · 2012-07-31: 04:31
Unchained These shots are ALL excellent and more than a deserved FP my friend. I keep shot 15 in my favs, it reminds my in some way the star of Bethlehem. :)
Unchained · 2012-07-31: 05:07
AranelPhoto great shoot. I love your set ^^
AranelPhoto · 2012-07-31: 06:33
miclaud Very very nice serie! Great captures! Congrats on deserved FP!!!!
miclaud · 2012-07-31: 06:36
Riyaz Excellent work and well deserved FP! Congrats!
Riyaz · 2012-07-31: 06:40
farideh Perfect .Congratulations!!
farideh · 2012-07-31: 06:45
Borii Wow! Beautiful! Congrats on FP.:)
Borii · 2012-07-31: 07:14
mallusatish Beautiful fireworks and Congratulations on your FP~!~
mallusatish · 2012-07-31: 07:54
ArtBee Wow Bryan, these are absolutely spectacular! Congratulations on your well deserved FP featured photo!
Thanks for the tutorial and the link....
ArtBee · 2012-07-31: 08:06
????? Beautiful photographs! Number 11 is my favourite :-)
????? · 2012-07-31: 08:54
pcmcgarry I find these hard to shoot so the help is gratefully accepted. diffecult to pick a fave but when I first looked I thought the F.P. was a flower of some sort. Congrats on a well deserved F.P.
pcmcgarry · 2012-07-31: 11:11
DancingDolphin Congratulations on your FP... sounds like a lot of work but the result turned out great!!
DancingDolphin · 2012-07-31: 11:25
maudlaurens Quel beau set !! une FP amplement méritée !!! j'ai mis la 19 dans mes favs, tellement originale !! mais elles sont toutes merveilleuses !! bravo pour la technique, je suis incapable de faire cela !!!
maudlaurens · 2012-07-31: 12:04
darfoster Fantastic set of fireworks photos! Love #1! Congrats on the FP!
darfoster · 2012-07-31: 13:15
lookwhatisaw HURRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good job, man! Like so many of you others, this is well deserved! Bravo and congratulations!
lookwhatisaw · 2012-07-31: 13:45
hazaj =)
hazaj · 2012-07-31: 15:50
NellyBly Fabulous shots! Congratulations!!
NellyBly · 2012-07-31: 16:10
CHOSSID Congrats on FP and a beautiful post Sara!
CHOSSID · 2012-07-31: 16:14
Lsample These shots are so great that I do not even want to believe that they are real! Congrats!
Lsample · 2012-07-31: 17:12
mujay Simply amazing!
Congrats on FP !
mujay · 2012-07-31: 17:32
onlyricky congrats for the FP!!

''baby you're a fiiiiirework!!'' by Katy perry :)))
onlyricky · 2012-07-31: 17:46
photodeclair excellent set !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!congrat's on your FP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
photodeclair · 2012-07-31: 20:10
Yves51 great shot congrats on your FP
Yves51 · 2012-07-31: 20:38
ewafabian Congrats on your FP!
ewafabian · 2012-08-01: 10:20
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