Sunday, July 17, 2011

Fireworks Fail

I wanted to take really beautiful pictures of the 4th of July fireworks.  Really, I did!  Michael & I missed out on the last 2 celebrations because he was working.  So, I was really looking forward to heading down to the riverfront to enjoy the fireworks this year.  And take pictures, of course!  I LOVE taking pictures, & have fancied myself to be somewhat good at it, particularly because of my Smoky Mountains & Spring pictures.  Well!  Turns out, taking pictures of fireworks is quite different!  I put the camera on the night-vision setting & fired away.  I expected beautiful pictures at which we could "oooh!" & "aaah!".  Here's what I actually got.  Make sure you're sitting down so you don't hurt yourself laughing at me.  Seriously.  Sit.

Like, seriously?!  What in the world happened?!  I haven't a clue.  It could have to do with that delay-shutter thing that kept happening.  Not being able to take rapid pictures didn't help, either, & made me miss quite a few pictures.  Although, judging by the products, perhaps that's not such a bad thing!  ;-)  Yep.  Fireworks.  I think I might skip next year's "photo adventure".  Then again . . . maybe the world could use some "artsy" fireworks pictures!  (Artsy's what I'm gonna go with here to soothe my wounded ego!)  ;-)


April Hollingsworth said...

No, you did it correct! You want a slow shutter speed for fireworks. Otherwise, you'd get small dots of color and not the "falling" look. You could have even slowed it down more. The beauty of fireworks is their motion and you want it shown!

Lynn said...

I think artsy IS a very good word for them. They're actually kind of cool. You could use them as backgrounds and such. Don't give up! There are a lot of online tutorials you can read.

The Boyds said...

Thanks for the encouragment, y'all! That means a lot coming from the best photographers I know!