Had a little handheld fireworks fun tonight...
No, I didn't shoot the fireworks handheld... that would be dangerous!
Wait... um, actually... yes... I did... but no... I mean yes... oh, this is confusing!
Okay... let me start over...
I handheld my camera tonight while photographing the park district fireworks display.
There... that's better.
At any rate, it was a lot of fun!
I've done this a few times and get slightly different results each time... one time I did very slight intentional 'schwiggle' and got some very cool results, but this time I went a little more traditional... and still got a lot of really fun shots!
I shoot fireworks at ISO-100, f8-f13 (aperture is the setting I alter for proper exposure since it is pretty irrelevant given the distance and the f-stop range I work within, and the basically solid black backdrop - tonight was pretty much straight f8), and 2-4 second shutter (tonight I varied between 2, 3, and 4 - few fireworks at a time is 4 and grand finale type rally is typically 2)... sometimes with tripod and remote trigger... and, obviously, sometimes handheld.
Here are some of my favorites from the night - all handheld... on my K3 wearing an 18-135...