I began scouting for a good location soon after the 2013 4th of July. I'd tried being in Marina Park with the crowds, but there was so much activity I couldn't think about my camera settings. I'd also tried shooting from Braman Hill, but it was too far away. But this year, I found the perfect place and asked permission to shoot from a business that was away from the crowds, but close enough to capture the show.
I liked being close to the water so I could catch the reflection of the fireworks on the bay.
This year I worked on my technique by learning to use Bulb mode. With that setting, I controlled when to open and close the shutter through the use of a remote shutter release.
Using this new method, I'd open the shutter by holding down a button on the remote shutter release and let it go when the shot was completed. The trick was all in the timing. I'd do my first click as the boom of the fireworks sounded and then I'd release it after the fireworks began to fade.
And believe me, my thumb was sore after clicking for 221 images!
While there are similarities between full moon and fireworks photography, there is one big difference between the two. I can practice full moon shooting once every month, but I can only shoot fireworks once or twice a year.
Regardless of the outcome, shooting fireworks is a challenging and enjoyable type of photography. And, for the first time, I'm getting images that are beginning to resemble fireworks. :-)