Bo's Fireworks, 2007


My friend Bo Hahn throws a fireworks show every New Year's Day as a gift to the community. It was raining on January 1st so the fireworks were postponed to January 6th, but they were worth the wait!

Every year I photograph Bo's fireworks I learn something about getting the shot I want. This time I brought the tripod and got much more interesting results. I wanted to use a lower ISO but the 5D does so well with noise that I let it ride at 1600.

Good thing the show takes place in an enormous farm field with nothing around it, for the most part, because it was windy on Saturday night! As the explosives were launched from their cannisters, the wind blew the trail of sparks immediately into the air at ground level. I didn't even watch the show overhead; I was focused on the flaming bits flying around as the guys lit the fuses.

So much fun! Thank you, Bo, for another terrific show, and Happy New Year to you!

Post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens at 24mm, ISO 1600, shutter speed 2 seconds (used tripod) and aperture f/2.8. Adjusted white balance to tone down the reds; curves adjustments for contrast & saturation; color balancing for tone. NO noise reduction.

Thank you for visiting Durham Township!



Awesome picture, amazing clarity and beautiful color! Privilege to be the first one to comment...

Posted by Saurabh at May 12, 2007 10:23 AM

Wow, such a cool sparks shot! I have seen a lot of similar pictures, but this one tops most with a level of technical expertise and artistic composition that stands out, very cool!

Posted by Danniel-san at June 10, 2007 12:35 AM

This could be My Birthday Fourth Of July Too!
I love the Spark of life on my day!

Posted by Phoenix Rose at August 16, 2007 10:04 AM
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