Before too much time passes, I wanted to post some photographs I took on the fourth of July. My wife and I spent the day with family, relaxing by the pool, and grilling out. We ended the day by watching fireworks at Kollens Park.
In order to photograph the fireworks, I first mounted my camera on a tripod (which proved difficult because my tripod broke during the night).
The main thing in trying to capture images of fireworks is the shutter speed. I left the shutter open from anywhere between 4 seconds to 5 minutes. I suggest using either a short timer or a cable release (shutter remote) when taking photos with longer exposures as a way to eliminate camera shake from pressing the shutter.
However, a timer doesn't work on the bulb setting (anything over 30 seconds on my camera), and I don't as of yet have a cable release. So I had to sit there holding the shutter open for the 5 minute exposure trying to hold as still as possible. Consequently, I intend on investing in a cable release in the near future.
For a more detailed explanation of taking photos of fireworks, click here. Where this website suggests using a low ISO, I used a higher ISO, which resulted in more grain in the pictures. I plan on trying a lower ISO the next time around.
Still for my first attempt at photographing fireworks, I was satisfied with the results. Overall, it was an enjoyable and relaxing long weekend.