Monday, July 4, 2011

I was very excited to try taking firework pictures for the first time! We weren't super prepared and didn't have the best view in the world of the show, and I trees blocking half of them, but I still got a few I liked!  These are all Straight Out Of Camera (except for cropping) so I'm also using them for Jill and Ashley's "Good to Wow" link up.  We link up our SOOC shots with Jill and then link our edits with Ashley on Thursday.

So I read this great firework tutorial on Snapshots by Michelle and pretty much followed all her tips.  I used a tripod, set my ISO to 200, my aperture to f/20 and did 4 second exposures.  I locked off my focus manually so my camera didn't try to find focal points every time I clicked the shutter.  I used my 17-70mm zoom lens and was zoomed in pretty close to 70mm.  Here are some of my results!









I really love how all the shots came out so differently, and there's something I REALLY love about the silhouette of the little girl climbing the fence to watch in the last shot!

Hope everyone had a great 4th!

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Heidi July 4, 2011 at 11:41 PM  

These are AWESOME! I love that last shot!

Michelle July 5, 2011 at 3:47 AM  

That last shot is spectacular!

Southern Gal July 5, 2011 at 4:28 AM  

You did a great job! Love that last one, too.

Amber July 5, 2011 at 4:35 AM  

Great job. The last one is def. my favorite!!

Jill Samter Photography July 5, 2011 at 4:48 AM  

And you my friend ROCKED these!

Awesome :-D

Glad you had fun capturing them too!

I went last night too and had a second night to try out different settings :-D Which was really fun!

Sam July 5, 2011 at 5:10 AM  

Lovely!! Visiting from SST.

Susan July 5, 2011 at 5:36 AM  

Oh my, these fireworks are just AMAZING.

You are really good. I'm not surprised however you would do such a GREAT job.

Hope you have a blessed day today!

kimmyskids July 5, 2011 at 5:48 AM  

I love your shots! There are several that are just so cool!

ChantaleP July 5, 2011 at 5:49 AM  

These are FANTASTIC!! I wish my fireworks images came out this crisp and beautiful. I'll need to read the tutorial and work on it. Beautiful shots!

The Shades of Pink July 5, 2011 at 6:14 AM  

wonderful captures,LOVE the last one!

DASH Photography July 5, 2011 at 6:38 AM! The last one is a framer! :)

Scott July 5, 2011 at 7:18 AM  

Awesome fireworks shots!

Tara July 5, 2011 at 8:09 AM  

These are great! I LOVE the last one!!!

Sarah July 5, 2011 at 9:46 AM  

Wow, wow, wow! I love them all!!! Gorgeous shots. I am so jealous.

Karrie July 5, 2011 at 9:49 AM  

You did great!!! I love the last shot too!
I tried shooting the fireworks too for the first time this year, I *did* like them; until I saw yours! ;)

Marla July 5, 2011 at 10:11 AM  

Wonderful shots. The third and last ones are my favorite.

Marla @

Allison Hoffman July 5, 2011 at 11:51 AM  

wow - these are fantastic - never would know this is your first time!!

Katie July 5, 2011 at 1:19 PM  

Those are fantastic!!! I love that last one, too!

withoutadornment July 5, 2011 at 1:25 PM  

All these fireworks shots are amazing! I always especially impressed with the multicoloured ones...

Danyelle July 5, 2011 at 1:52 PM  

These are fantastic! I love the last one with the silhouettes.

flat yeast bread July 5, 2011 at 2:14 PM  

Those are FANTASTIC! We didn't watch any fireworks this year :( so your photos will have to be my fireworks fix.

Cedar July 5, 2011 at 2:58 PM  

These are really awesome! You must have been further from your fireworks--my 50mm cut of the edges of my shots. That last one is particularly incredible!

Chic Homeschool Mama July 5, 2011 at 3:28 PM  

SO beautiful- makes me feel like I am there.

I had high hopes for mine- but without the tripod it was not happening. Next year I will be ready. :)

Gardening in a Sandbox July 5, 2011 at 5:02 PM  

I don't think you can improve on these. Just perfect. Love em. V

From Tracie July 5, 2011 at 5:16 PM  

They all came out really amazing...but I love that last one the best!!

Ray July 5, 2011 at 5:34 PM  

Gorgeous shots! The last one is AMAZING!
Thanks for linking up!

Christina July 6, 2011 at 11:39 AM  

Amazing shots! I'll have to use those tips for next year - wow!

Kim July 6, 2011 at 12:20 PM  

You did an amazing job capturing these fireworks. The shots are gorgeous.

BellaVida July 6, 2011 at 12:32 PM  

Great captures. My fav is the white one. It looks magical.

Bella Vida by Letty
Have a great day.

missing moments July 6, 2011 at 1:51 PM  

Great shots! New follower!

Sue July 6, 2011 at 2:39 PM  

No doubt about it.

Ya done good!


chandra July 6, 2011 at 3:07 PM  

spectacular! i took some over the holiday, but not near this good! what's the trick?

Michelle July 7, 2011 at 7:15 PM  

Yay, Jaymi!! Love these and thanks so much for the shout out!! :) Glad my tips helped!!

I tried picking favs, but they kept changing as I scrolled down... haha! But that last one with the girl silhouetted, is one of the top ones!!

Valeria July 7, 2011 at 9:21 PM  

Wonderful shots. Maybe next year I can do that.

Captivus July 9, 2011 at 3:14 PM  

LOVE LOVE LOVE the last one! Amazing!!!

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