Mary Walsh  

FIREWORKS by Mary Walsh

January 2022 - FIREWORKS

About the Image(s)

Last fourth of July I decided to try photographing fireworks. The best vantage point we could find was from a parking lot. There was a large street light that I couldn’t avoid. I edited my original in Photoshop to remove the light and to darken the sky in the area around where the light had been. Then I edited the result in Luminar AI. Nikon Z72, Nikkor Z 24-200, ISO 64, 34mm, f11, 10 seconds.

10 comments posted

Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
Nicely done. The only suggestion I have is to maybe add a vignette to darken the corners.   Posted: 01/07/2022 12:50:36
Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Thanks Lloyd, I'll try that.   Posted: 01/07/2022 14:02:32

Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
I love that you got such a good composition and were able to get rid of the street light. Have you ever tried photographing the fireworks in DC? We finally decided to try it one year and loved it so we went back quite a few times. I'm not sure I'd do it now though. By going early and setting up by Iwo Jima we were able to get good views without distractions. Where did you see these?   Posted: 01/07/2022 18:37:47
Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
This is in Langhorne, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. Wasn't a huge display like you would have in DC. Philadelphia has a huge display but the crowds are insane. I was triggering a remote by hand and attempting to guess how long to keep the shutter open. I would like to figure out a more accurate way to time the exposure.   Posted: 01/07/2022 21:09:19
Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
I'm glad you're not going to crowded places. My husband reminded me that we set it on bulb to keep the lens open and then used a piece of cardboard to cover the lens and just took it when we wanted the image. Needless to say we took MANY shots and got some good ones (but not all of them were).   Posted: 01/08/2022 08:18:45
Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Thanks Margaret. Sounds similar to what I did. I tried to time it with the remote release and set it to keep the lens open until I released it.   Posted: 01/08/2022 08:22:02

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Mary, Very nice fireworks image. Looks like you have the setup wired which is not so easy. You were most likely on a tripod correct? Sharp as a tack and I like seeing the ground for prospective. Colors are beautiful against the deep sky. Well done.   Posted: 01/08/2022 19:51:55
Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Thanks for your positive comments Tom. I was using a tripod and a remote trigger. Once I had it set up it was easy to use. The hard part was timing the fireworks and the length of the exposure. I had plenty of misses.   Posted: 01/08/2022 19:58:48

Jamie Federick   Jamie Federick
Timing is everything in firework shots. However, there is no right or wrong. They just look different at different times. Love your capture. At first I thought I could take out the lower trees but as Tom said, it gives it an interesting perspective. Very sharp and festive!   Posted: 01/08/2022 21:38:50
Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Thanks Jamie. I had the same debate about the trees.   Posted: 01/09/2022 09:17:07


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