If you may remember, St. Petersburg didn’t have 4th of July fireworks in 2018. The vendor gave ours away to other customers while making his rounds. We were his final stop. What he showed up with was a fraction of what was ordered. I was bummed. I love fireworks.

But the city made good and gave us an impressive display for Nee Year’s Eve. Because it’s happening at midnight, it’s not the giant bombardment of the typical July Fourth show, but it did not disappoint.

I shot these from the spot I was going to shoot from in July. I used the magical 1963 Nikon 50mm f/1.4 set at f/5.6 (I originally said f/4, but I just went to double check and it was f/5.6). The camera was at ISO 100 and a 6-second shutter. There were a few wind gusts that cause some shots to not be as crisp as they should be, but it’s not that much of a difference.

Some of these are cropped a little while some are cropped in real tight.

There is one shot I’m not including here. It’ll be on my “Best of...” post in a day or so. It might be my favorite shot of the year.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement