A night of Celebration and Fireworks!

Amazingly, I had never set out to capture the New Years Eve Fireworks. This year was different, I started planning with a bunch of photography mates about 6 weeks ago as to where and when we would go. We knew we would have to get in early if we were going to secure a front row seat and at 1130am we were only just in time, any later and we would have not got such a great spot.

Whilst it seemed like it was going to be a really long wait for a short burst of fireworks, the day seemed to go fast with a lot of fun had as we sat and laughed about all kinds of stuff.

I ended up with about 250 shots in total from the evening, I have picked out a few of my favourites to share with you today.

I know a lot of you are keen photographers yourself and would like to know the technical mumbo jumbo so I have included it below (click on each tab for more info), if that’s not you, skip this bit and enjoy the pics below…

The Technical Mumbo Jumbo

[tabbed tabs=”Camera|Mode|ISO|Aperture|Shutter|Lens|Filter|Other info”] [tab] I used my trusty D800 for this one, The D800 is great at capturing all the dynamic detail. Make sure you use your histogram to check you’re not blowing out the highlights, don’t just look at the preview think it’s okay. [/tab] [tab] I used full manual mode and switched my shutter to ‘bulb’, this allowed me to control the length of the shutter speed of every shot [/tab] [tab] ISO100 – I always shoot as low as possible [/tab] [tab] f9 – A sweet spot for this lens in terms of sharpness [/tab] [tab] 5 to 6 seconds – this makes sure I captured the trails of the fireworks [/tab] [tab] Nikon 70-200mm vrii lens [/tab] [tab] No filter used [/tab] [tab] I have used lightroom 5 to make some minor adjustments and crop the photo a little.  [/tab] [/tabbed]

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5 Responses

  1. Great photos Ben. The photo in the middle is probably the best I have seen and defiantly the one that you should hang on your wall. Congrats! 🙂

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