Fireworks Photography

Thursday evening we headed to our friends for an annual get together before Riverton Country Club held their fireworks display. They live at an excellent vantage point for the show, so the past few years I’ve brought along a camera and tripod to capture some photos 1.

This year I opted to shoot with just about as wide a field of view as I could muster. I believe the most I zoomed was to 15 mm 2, it’s a 14-42 mm lens. This allowed me to capture more of the foreground. The explosions are not as large in frame, but the overall photos tend to be more interesting. Though I probably should go back and crop a good number so the rule of thirds is in effect. My favorite image from the evening is below. I love how the firework angled as it is exploded so we see it from a side-angle. If you’d like to see all my favorites, check out my flickr album.

A firework explodes in the air
Panasonic G7 with 14-42 mm lens • 15 mm • ISO 200 • ƒ/8 • 2.0 sec

  1. Two years ago I was in Portland, Oregon and missed it. I was kinda bummed, but Portland was fun. 
  2. I was tempted to use my circular fisheye, but I’m still figuring out how to use it well enough to make the images look interesting. 


  1. Beautiful catch! We didn’t go this year because the boys are just too sensitive to the noise. Blondie was disappointed, but Bo’s promised to actually buy some fireworks that we’ll launch at the cabin up north. All the kids are super excited by this.

    I’ll be on hand with the fire extinguisher…

    1. wezlo says:

      Bump lasted one launch and then my wife took him inside.

    2. Yeah, some kids love’em (Blondie) while others love *the idea* of them (Biff’n’Bash). Bash came out in the middle of the night twice because of neighborhood folks launching fireworks, all in a panic because of the noise.

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