How to Take Pictures of Fireworks

Fireworks. The word conjures of memories of 4th of July’s, New Year celebrations, visits to Disney theme parks, and other very special occasions.

4th of July fireworks

Opening salvos. Nikon D600 with Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S lens @ 10 seconds, f/13, 28mm focal length, iso 100, and tripod.

So how do you take pictures of fireworks? It is not that hard really. Fireworks photography is one of those photographic techniques that is rather prescriptive. This article is a “how to” for digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras.

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4th of July 2013 Fireworks

Fireworks. A 4th of July tradition. An opportunity to photograph an “eye candy” visual event. Here are some photographs from last night’s fireworks show at my Avalon Park community in Southeast Orlando, Florida.

4th of July fireworks

Opening salvos. Nikon D600 with Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S lens @ 10 seconds, f/13, 28mm focal length, iso 100, and tripod.

The community puts on a great event every year, and fireworks twice a year — 4th of July and New Year’s celebration.

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Happy Vietnamese New Year (Chúc Mừng Năm Mới)

February 10 marks the Vietnamese New Year. Many of you may know it better as Chinese New Year, which is the same idea as we follow the same lunar year calendar. To celebrate the New Year, Vietnamese communities usually put on a fair, called Hội Tết. This year, I went to the Hội Tết produced by the St. Philipphe Phan Van Minh Catholic Parish of Orlando, Florida during the weekend of January 26-27. It was great event. There was a lot of hard work put into this event by the Parish volunteers. Here are select pictures from the traditional Vietnamese opening fireworks and lucky dragon dance.

Lucky dragon dance (mua lan)

Lucky dragon dance (mua lan). Nikon D600 w/ Nikon 85mm f/1.4 AF-S @ 1/4000, f/2, iso 100.

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