Yesterday, I slept late, then got up and mowed my lawn. Not too exciting, ya? but I had plans for the evening.
I have been going to Digital Photography School since OhCaptain turned me on to them. Recently they had a fireworks tutorial that I read here.
Last night, I went to see the local baseball team (AAA Memphis Redbirds) because they had fireworks after the game. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with my results, so I'll have to try again next year -- it's all part of the learning curve. Here are a few of the less dreadful ones.
This firework looks like a palm tree:
This is okay, but you need to click to enlarge to enjoy it:
One of the tips in the tutorial was to include people. I tried that in the next two:
One last shot:
I hope you had a fun Fourth of July.
[For those interested in the technical side: I shot in manual mode, and I turned off the auto-focus and the image stabilization. I used a tripod with a shutter release, and I took off my lens filter. I kept the ISO at 100 and used a range of F8 to F16. I used bulb setting, meaning I could hold the shutter open for as long as I liked. (I used different times from one to five to 15 seconds. In general, five seconds worked best.)]