After several years of shooting from different spots and trying different things, I couldn’t be happier with these shots.
I kept it simple this year. No weirdness. No cropped pictures. Just solid framing and a good lens. I shot these with the 1963 Nikon 50mm set at f/5.6. The camera was at ISO 100 and I used six-second exposures. Some of the fireworks for this show went a little higher than in previous years, so some of them got cut off. Oh well. I’m not complaining.
My favorite thing is the star bursts from the aperture blades that shows up in the fireworks. It looks amazing.
Here are some of the highlights from the night. If you want to see the mega-gallery, I put all the good ones on my website.
This is the whole show, minus the last few frames. The finale frames were totally blow out because America! I even clicked over to f/11 for the finale and it was blown out. No worries. The finale never photographs well. But this is the rest of it, 148 frames all stacked together.
I had to edit them differently than I did for the single shots posted here to kill all the highlights. The stacked image just turns into a white-hot mess otherwise. I had one frame that was pretty empty of fireworks. I edited that to bring out the foreground so that when stacked, there would be a foreground. The whole process of editing, exporting, stacking, and whatnot took four hours. I don’t know if it was worth the trouble, but it sure looks cool.