View 333: Fireworks Season

The days leading up to and after the July 4th holiday in the United States of America is, what I call, Fireworks Season. Cities, towns and villages big and small celebrate the birth of their country with patriotic displays featuring fireworks. I attended the following shows over the last couple of weeks.

The City of Syracuse decided to combine their annual July 4th Fireworks show with the Syracuse Chiefs AAA baseball team.  The city bought out the general admission seating at the NBT Bank Stadium and gave the tickets away to anyone who wanted them.  This amounted to the first Sold Out game of the season for the Chiefs.  While the home team lost in extra innings, the fireworks show afterwards was spectacular.

Fireworks explode over the NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, New York after the Syracuse Chiefs baseball game on July 4, 2014.

Fireworks explode over the NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, New York after the Syracuse Chiefs baseball game on July 4, 2014.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/2s, f/8, ISO 3200, EV 0.

The above photo was taken hand held as the stadium rules do not allow fans to bring in tripods or monopods.  I did brace myself against a cement wall and set the upper ISO limit to 3200.  Using the Sigma 15mm Fisheye lens helped as it is very light and easy to keep stable.

My home town of Baldwinsville ended their Seneca River Days celebration with fireworks over the river.

Seneca River Days fireworks show over the Seneca River in Baldwinsville, New York on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

Seneca River Days fireworks show over the Seneca River in Baldwinsville, New York on Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 22.7s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm focal length, tripod, cropped.

Here is another one from the LEON Day fireworks show I shared with you last week.

LEON Day Festival at Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool, New York on Thursday, June 26, 2014.

LEON Day Festival at Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool, New York on Thursday, June 26, 2014.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 9.8s, f/11, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm focal length, tripod, cropped.

The last two were done the more traditional way with a tripod, cable release and using my camera’s Bulb mode.  Click Here for my Fireworks Tutorial detailing the technique. There is still plenty of summer left with more fireworks shows to photograph.  Enjoy!

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2 Responses to View 333: Fireworks Season

  1. Karma says:

    I was hoping to get out and try photographing fireworks again this year, but it didn’t happen thanks to some pretty lousy weather. I like your shots – especially the Seneca River Days one.

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