Creative Fireworks – Bokeh and Blur
Whenever the Fourth of July rolls around we all see the same photos of fireworks, and they all look pretty much the same. Last year when shooting pictures of the firework show on the Fourth of July I accidentally discovered a whole new way to capture fireworks. I couldn’t believe it! Now I am obsessed! It is a new and creative way to capture fireworks and create art. The trick is to partially blur the fireworks, and create amazing bokeh. It looks like glitter, and glitter is my favorite!
For these my settings were about f/5.6, ISO 100, and a 1-2 second shutter. Give or take of course, depending on what I wanted or how bright the fireworks were, and of course I had my camera on a tripod. Then the trick is to have your lens on manual focus, and in the middle of taking your shot, smoothly turn the manual focus dial while the image is being taken. The result is beautiful abstract fireworks that are half blurred and have sharp. Try it out yourself, it’s addicting!