Oooooh! Ahhhh!

july 4th fireworks


Sebastien, B and Paul have posted some great photos of the fireworks at the ESP this past weekend.

That's one of Sebastien's photos above. Check out the reflection on the Corning Tower in this shot by B. And we love this wide-angle shot by Paul.

Update: Check out Chuck's set of fireworks photos -- they're from a different angle.

photo: Sebastien B


-S, how did you do the "light painting" ? What light did you use? I figure if someone was holding a light you'd see some ghosting of the person. But I see they were taken at 9:15, maybe it was dark enough that it wouldn't capture light from the person at all...

Great pics, all.

Go Phish: that one? I borrowed Paul's light, I think it's one of those inexpensive small signal lights you can attach to your bicycle. I have more light painting shots here (as a team effort) where I explain a little bit more about the process, but it's actually pretty simple and fun.

On the right side of a Flickr photo you can click on "More properties" to reveal more technical details. The lens was "open" for *25* seconds. I set the camera on a tripod (very important), used a flashlight to illuminate the scene for a few seconds so that I can lock the camera focus somewhere, set my timer to 10 seconds to give me some time to reach the pipe in the dark, and walked around the scene for about 25 seconds. As long as you walk at a normal pace, you will not see a ghost image. It was later than 9:15, my camera clock is off, it was pretty much complete dark, around 10:30.

Any camera will do fine, as long as you can put it on a tripod, and set its exposure time from, say, 10 to 30 seconds. From there, go crazy with different kind of lights, different shapes, etc. I once put a flashlight inside a red rubber glove, that worked too. It's even easier if you have friends helping you draw the lights, or control the exposure time.

Ahh ok, I didn't realize it was that late (and therefore dark) so yes that makes sense. Thanks!

I have a Canon XSi and while I'm by no means a pro, I love taking pictures. Here's a random HDR shot of Cohoes Falls this past weekend: (I'm usually not a fan of really "strong" HDR pics, but I thought this one looked pretty cool)

BTW somebody posted that on Twitter: "Fireworks War Gone Bad. Man nearly dies when a rocket hits his box of fireworks. Watch 300 dollars worth of fireworks go up in smoke."

As usual, great work!

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