Unconventional Fireworks

So. When you think of fireworks, you think of a picture with a beautiful conglomerate of color and light, all creating beautiful explosions of art. We "ooh" and "aww" at them every time and they can be mesmerizing. They seem to be timeless as they have continued to be a tradition in many cultures for different events each year.

I've taken pictures of fireworks before and it can be fun. The last time, however, I was far away, didn't have the right lens or tripod and got bored fast. How many pictures do I want of far away fireworks?! After taking a handful of pictures, I decided to change up my approach and I created this:

Yes, these are fireworks. Just at a slow shutter speed and me moving the camera back and forth continually until the shutter speed closed back up! As you can imagine, this became a game for me! What kind of images could I create with this moving light??

This one above looks like space...kind of like if a space ship zoomed by and you see the light in it's tracks.

I think this might be my favorite way to capture fireworks now! :) It kicks it up a notch in fun and in creativity. Try it next time! You'll have fun! Just make your shutter speed go really low by making your aperture really small (i.e. bigger numbers--10, 19, 22 etc) and your ISO low (i.e. 100, 200, 400). You'll have to play around with it to get the right exposure. Then, once you get the exposure right, start shooting! 

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Have a great day!