My family and I saw our first fireworks show of the season this past weekend. It's a tradition every year for us to head over to Branford, CT where my brother-in-law and his family have a cottage in a small private beach community. We hang out and play games all day and then watch the fireworks over the water at night. It's beautiful.
Having a new camera this year, I thought it was time shoot some fireworks again. It's been a few years since I shot this particular show and this is a great place to show something in the scene other than just fireworks in the sky. I felt a little rusty getting my settings where I wanted them and even then I kept changing them once the show was going on. One of the best things ever is the instant feedback of digital cameras. However, trusting the LCD is something I warn everyone to take caution with. Afterwards, as people were asking if I got any good shots, I didn't feel completely confident to say "Yes", but hoped I would have a couple good images.
Back at home a couple days later, I'm more pleased with the results then I was that night shooting them. Most of the fire works looked blown out and colorless on the LCD, but on my monitor I see some really great bursts of color. I haven't had time to edit through all the images yet, but the picture here was the last shot I took of the evening and it's my favorite. It was also just a "luck" shot.
The show was over and everyone was leaving, both people on the beach and the boats on the water. I was busy zooming out to capture the entire scene. If I decided to photoshop in some fireworks later on I wanted a nice clean sky to drop the bursts of color into. I set the shutter speed to 30 seconds, wanting to get enough light on the dock in the foreground and all the people and houses on the left. Just after I hit the shutter button this last batch of fireworks was launched into the sky! I remember now, saying to my husband, "I just got those last fireworks by accident, hopefully it looks good!". I then proceeded to pack up and leave like everyone else, not thinking much of it.
So here it is! The last shot on my "roll". I love the left over smoke still lingering behind the houses and trees. A good sized boat is leaving a red and blue streak as it exits the cove and there's enough light to see the swim area and dock in the foreground. Not a bad night after all.
Happy 4th everyone!
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