I admit that it was 2 hours before firework time that I hurriedly watched two videos on how to take firework photos, hoping I would become a good firework photographer instantly. One suggests us to try out the camera settings ahead of the time. It made sense to me, so 10 minutes before heading out I went to my backyard trying to take a couple of photos. Well, I got 3 mosquito bites before I could even put down the tripod in spite of my effort of waving bugs away. I ended up retrieving back to the house without taking a shot – it was that bad. I then decided not to go to downtown. I would take photos inside of my house instead! Our neighborhood firework show would not be as good as our city’s, but for someone, who was only willing to spend 15 minutes learning how to shoot firework photos, maybe a neighborhood firework show is good enough for her ;-).
Using a tripod is a must, both videos say. But using a tripod is like having your hands tied up behind your back. The firework was on the left, right, in front and back of the house, high in the sky, low above bushes… and there is no way to adjust the tripod in time. Soon, I decided to follow one source only. Even that, I had missed a couple of them because I was aiming at the wrong height.
Taking photos through window glasses is not an idea situation, but I didn’t want to open windows letting bugs in. Also, my view was limited by the window. (Tree has posted nice firework photos on her blog! From my window, I didn’t see anything like that. Really 😉
Of course, like one photographer said, it would be better to include a foreground or background like buildings… etc. or, even better, to include people. There was no way to accomplish that by taking photos inside of the house, through a window.
I comforted myself: this time I was practicing shooting firework itself. Next year, if I figure out how to deal with our Minnesota state birds (mosquitoes), I will add foreground, background, playground… etc. Sounded good, but when I look at these photos I took, I wonder when we take away the foreground, background… etc., what’s left to consider a firework photo as a good one or not? Maybe it depends on how sharp the photos are?
I compared this year’s result with last year’s. Last year I used a Panasonic point-and-shoot camera, which was set at “night scene” mode. This year, I use Nikon D750, manual mode. Hate to say this… I think last year’s photos are sharper. This means I didn’t have correct settings? Maybe it was the window that caused the problem? I really don’t know.
Still, I am very happy with this experience. It was my FIRST time using manual mode. I always wanted to try it but was afraid of doing it (Why? I have no clue.) Now I am no longer afraid, to say the least – yeah! 😉
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