It’s always been great celebrating the 4th in the company of friends & family & photographing the fireworks. This year was no exception and I hope everyone had a great time as well.
This year we were joined for the first time by our friends Roman Kurycwzak and Nick Palmieri along with some other old friends and some new ones we made while waiting for the Macy’s fireworks show to start.
I love photographing the fireworks but one thing I do miss from my Canon film years when doing so was the ability to make several exposures in one frame. As a digital Canon shooter we no longer have that ability as does the Nikon digital bodies. Canon is geared more towards post processing but with a few tricks and techniques one can achieve the same end results.
This year the barges did not line up where we expected them to be (I guess they did not get the memo) but we all quickly adapted and did the best with what we had. From what I have seen and heard everyone walked out with some winning images
I employed several different methods in order to capture the fireworks. I set the cameras to bulb mode while using my cable releases. I also covered the lens during some of the exposures in order to get some added light in the skyline without blowing out the fireworks, which is very easy to do. There is a good 5 stop difference between the two exposures. I also did some exposures of the skyline prior to the start of the show, in order to be able to merge them later in Photoshop while doing my post processing.
Here are just a few images from this year. I was surprised to see how many keepers I had when I downloaded the cards and viewed them in the computer.
We had a great day and can’t wait until the next time around.
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