During the last Fourth Of July, I grabbed my camera rig and took my first real set of fireworks photos.
A few nights back, Grosse Ile was having their "Island Fest" (or whatever they call it!). You know how these go -carnies, ferris wheels, teenagers trying to be cool, bands with bad singers, 65 year olds wishing they were still teenagers, and the like.
This particular event had fireworks. So, I thought I would give the old "Oooh and Ahhhh!" show a go...again.
It was quite different.
While these fireworks were not going off in my hand or lap, they might as well have been. We were pretty close. So close, in fact, I could not just set up the camera and worry about the exposure. I was constantly moving the camera in an attempt to compose the images the way I wanted them. Back and forth all night as the shells arced left and then right. That got a bit old.
Plus, there was not a chance to work in a steady background. No city lights. No reflections in the water. Just black sky and fireworks.
Not that just black sky and fireworks is a bad thing.....