Fireworks From Hot Air Balloon Festival

  • Posted July 23, 2012 by Bryan in Abstract. Viewed 4755 times
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Be sure to check out the Hot Air Balloon Race [photoblog.com]

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 [froknowsphoto.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!

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      2012.08.01 Edited

      excellent set !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!congrat's on your FP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      2012.07.31 Edited

      congrats for the FP!!

      ''baby you're a fiiiiirework!!'' by Katy perry :)))

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      2012.07.31 Edited

      These shots are so great that I do not even want to believe that they are real! Congrats!

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      Jay
      2012.07.31 Edited

      HURRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good job, man! Like so many of you others, this is well deserved! Bravo and congratulations!

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      2012.07.31 Edited

      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 !!!

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      2012.07.31 Edited

      Congratulations on your FP... sounds like a lot of work but the result turned out great!!

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      2012.07.31 Edited

      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.

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      2012.07.31 Edited

      Wow Bryan, these are absolutely spectacular! Congratulations on your well deserved FP featured photo!
      Thanks for the tutorial and the link....

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      2012.07.31 Edited

      Very very nice serie! Great captures! Congrats on deserved FP!!!!

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      2012.07.31 Edited

      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. :)

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      2012.07.31 Edited

      great set! congratulations on fp. thanks for sharing how you did this!!!

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      2012.07.31 Edited

      awesomely beautiful! u desserve on making the FP. congrats :)
      and thanks for sharing the info :))

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      2012.07.31 Edited

      Congrats on the FP !! And thanks for sharing your tech info !!

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      2012.07.31 Edited

      Beautiful fireworks, and - I didn't have to leave my chair!
      Congratulations on FP.

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      Jay
      2012.07.28 Edited

      BTW: are you using AF for this??? What kind of camera?

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      Jay
      2012.07.28 Edited

      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.

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      S&M
      2012.07.27 Edited

      Wow! un excellent spectacle! quel beau feux d'artifice! excellentes vos photos. Marie

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      2012.07.26 Edited

      Great Set !! Should Be an FP !! Really, it's that good !!