View 132: Fireworks on the Beach

Fireworks being let off on a Lake Ontario beach in celebration of the 4th of July holiday in the United States.

Fireworks being let off on a Lake Ontario beach in celebration of the 4th of July holiday in the United States. Nikon D70/18-200VR, 19.2s, f/11, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length, tripod.

Considering fireworks are illegal in New York state of anybody but licensed companies to have, handle and present, I saw an unending and very impressive fireworks display all along the eastern Lake Ontario shore last night.  People brought down boxes full of fireworks and let them off.  Hundreds of people who had come down to watch applauded as groups out did themselves.

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27 Responses to View 132: Fireworks on the Beach

  1. Deanna says:

    Ooooh, Aaaaah, Beautiful! Amazing that you captured so much color. I’m curious to know your camera settings.


  2. Carsten says:

    Beautiful colors!
    I really like the mood and composition in this image. The fireworks are fine too 🙂


  3. Gerry says:

    Pretty fireflower! We didn’t go to see fireworks, as Miss Sadie, the Cowboy and I are not fond of loud booming noises. It’s fun to see them here, without benefit of sound!


  4. giiid says:

    It looks like a flower. Your settings are interesting, – I wonder: did all the colors come out at the same time, or is it your time setting that has made this firework extra colorful? It´s realy nice.


  5. WOW!!! I really love this! The last bit of the sunset is just beautiful, but doesn’t compete with the fireworks.


  6. Karma says:

    Gorgeous! I love how you can see the trail leading up to the “pow” in addition to the “pow” itself!


  7. Love this shot, I haven’t tried photographing fireworks yet but I have been inspired to do so:)


  8. montucky says:

    Beautiful shot!


  9. milkayphoto says:

    Lovely! Yeah, the ‘fireworks are illegal’ rule seems to get lifted on the fourth around here as well. We walked to the local beach to catch the fireworks across the water and also saw some rebels shooting a few of their own away from the crowds. We had incredible weather and it was a beautiful night.

    Is this really a 19.2s exposure?? That seems extremely long. Perhaps you meant 9.2s?


    • 19.2 seconds is correct. The color in the sky you see was very, very, very faint. I controlled the shutter opening and closing with a remote. I opened the shutter up about 10 seconds before these fireworks were let off. I got a few overexposed attempts, too. I wanted that last bit of color from dusk. 🙂


  10. flandrumhill says:

    Beautiful Scott. I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July.


  11. truels says:

    I like this picture very much – and there is an atmosphere of summer-evening and joy 🙂


  12. Nye says:

    Looks better than the real thing. 🙂 I attempted one myself but didn’t do a good job.


  13. yesbuts says:

    This is one of the best firework photos I have ever seen.
    Thanks for giving details of the camera setting, I have made a note of them.


  14. Kathy says:

    Excellent firework shot! (The best fireworks I saw this year!)


  15. burstmode says:

    man, that sky…


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