Handheld Fireworks Fun...

by Pino Pino July. 03, 2019 815 views

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...

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 2 months ago

Really nice captures. I did mine hand held as well but not because I aimed for it but because it just so happened. I saw/heard fireworks in the distance. Stepped outside in my back yard and somewhere out there someone was shooting them off. So I grabbed my camera and just shot. Your shots are definitely much more eye appealing than mine and looks like you have very steady hands.

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Pino Pino Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks! I think the in-body image stabilization of my Pentax body helped a lot - ;)

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Sherry Hill 1 year, 2 months ago

i am impressed .. beautifully captured..

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Pino Pino Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year, 2 months ago


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