Monday, July 30, 2012

2012 Vancouver Honda Celebration of Light, Night 1

If it's the end of July, then it's fireworks time again in Vancouver. Last year I wrote a guide about the techniques that I was using to capture the fireworks. Most of that still applies, so here's a little rundown of what I was able to capture the first night of the fireworks. Since Vancouver is very much about the water, the mountains and the sky, I've always tried to keep all three in mind when shooting these shows... it's not easy, since you have to balance the exposure needs of the ambient environment against the ever-changing intensity of the light show.

Night one (July 28, 2012) of the festival  was Vietnam, of which their team had their first international showing that night. These were shot with a Nikon D7000 and a Tamron 17-50 on a tripod using a Ml-L3 remote, everything is in bulb mode at varying apertures between f/3.5 and f/11, ISO 250.  And just a reminder to all the photobugs out there... when you're shooting fireworks, don't forget to look up from your camera and to enjoy the show!


If you're in Vancouver in the middle of the summer, this is one of the must do events, and the best part about it, is that it's free. You can follow along on Twitter: #CelebOfLight.

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