Fireworks From Hot Air Balloon Festival

by Bryan July. 23, 2012 4855 views

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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Ewa 5 years, 1 month ago

Congrats on your FP!

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Yves Monast 5 years, 1 month ago

great shot congrats on your FP

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Claire 5 years, 1 month ago

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

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Ricardo 5 years, 1 month ago

congrats for the FP!!

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

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Mujay 5 years, 1 month ago

Simply amazing!
Congrats on FP !

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Larry Sample 5 years, 1 month ago

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

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Chossid 5 years, 1 month ago

Congrats on FP and a beautiful post Sara!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Sara G 5 years, 1 month ago

Fabulous shots! Congratulations!!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Zajä…C 5 years, 1 month ago

=)

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jay 5 years, 1 month ago

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

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Darlene Foster 5 years, 1 month ago

Fantastic set of fireworks photos! Love #1! Congrats on the FP!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Maud - Normandie - France 5 years, 1 month ago

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 !!!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jacki 5 years, 1 month ago

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

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Chris Cann 5 years, 1 month ago

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.

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Art Bee 5 years, 1 month ago

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

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Mallusatish Reddy 5 years, 1 month ago

Beautiful fireworks and Congratulations on your FP~!~

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Borbala Zs 5 years, 1 month ago

Wow! Beautiful! Congrats on FP.:)

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Farideh_Homam 5 years, 1 month ago

Perfect .Congratulations!!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Riyaz 5 years, 1 month ago

Excellent work and well deserved FP! Congrats!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Miclaud 5 years, 1 month ago

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

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Aranel 5 years, 1 month ago

great shoot. I love your set ^^

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Christa 5 years, 1 month ago

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. :)

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Moira 5 years, 1 month ago

congrats on FP

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Dokhtar 5 years, 1 month ago

very nice

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Paolo Martini 5 years, 1 month ago

Bellissimi e spettacolari .....
Congratulations my good friend !!!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Carrie 5 years, 1 month ago

Wow great shots of the fireworks! Congratulations!!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Amanda-Jane 5 years, 1 month ago

Fabulous set! Congrats :) :)

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Beth 5 years, 1 month ago

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

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Asiamack 5 years, 1 month ago

GREAT SHOTS, WELL DONE.
CONGRATS ON FP!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Nurul 5 years, 1 month ago

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

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Dithju 5 years, 1 month ago

great set!!! congrats on the FP! =)

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Nynke 5 years, 1 month ago

Fantastic FP!!!! Congrats! :)

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Neil Rosenberger 5 years, 1 month ago

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

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Felecia 5 years, 1 month ago

[b]FABULOUS[/b]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations on your FP!!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Mike Meliska 5 years, 1 month ago

Congrats on FP.

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Eric J H Joyce 5 years, 1 month ago

About time i see you here, Congrats.........................?

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Glo 5 years, 1 month ago

Yeah!! congrats on your fp!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Leslie D 5 years, 1 month ago

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

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Sandyk 5 years, 1 month ago

CONGRATS!!! on the FP!! great job :)

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jay 5 years, 1 month ago

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

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jay 5 years, 1 month ago

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.

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
S&M 5 years, 1 month ago

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

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Michael Doherty 5 years, 1 month ago

Great shots! Crispy!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson Nordstrã¶M 5 years, 1 month ago

WOW Bryan!! Those are so cool! Amazing lights and colours. Very very good work!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Ricardo 5 years, 1 month ago

WOW!!!
SUCH AMAZING SHOTS!! wow

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Giancarlo Fosci 5 years, 1 month ago

perfect firework shot!

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Neil Rosenberger 5 years, 1 month ago

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

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