Fire in Bloom

Flowers? Sea life? The following set of images are in fact Fireworks! With no major Photoshop trickery mind you.

As many photographers do, I wanted to capture some unique firework photos on the 4th of July. In researching to see what was out there currently I stumbled upon a very interesting technique that involved shooting with a shutter release cable while shifting the focus manually. I had never done this before but I knew I had to try it.

Not having any idea where my friends and I would be camped to watch the show I decided to bring my Nikon 70–200mm 2.8. As it turned out, we were practically right under the fireworks that evening. Being in this location, as you can see below, resulted in more interesting crops and a lot more guess work. While waiting and watching as the little orange dot raced up into the sky I would shift my tilt-pan tripod into a new position. Then wait some more. As I took notice of one running up in view of my lens I would double check that the focus was set to as close as possible. Just before the orange dot would erupt and light up the night sky I’d depress the shutter release cable (set to bulb). As the lights began to streak outward from the burst I shifted the focus to infinity. And finally end the exposure as the lights dimmed out. The change in focus can be seen by noticing the shaper more defined ends of the images.

To me these images represent more than just a country celebrating its freedom and honoring those who have fought to maintain it. They represent curiosity. Be more curious and try something you’ve never done before.

You may click on any of the images for more details about how to order prints at a variety of sizes. I recommend the matte luster or the metallic finishes for these prints.

Fire in Bloom - An artistic photographic series which commemorates our country's freedom through unexpected, beautiful firework imagery. (Brendan Shanley)
Fire in Bloom - An artistic photographic series which commemorates our country's freedom through unexpected, beautiful firework imagery. (Brendan Shanley)
Fire in Bloom - An artistic photographic series which commemorates our country's freedom through unexpected, beautiful firework imagery. (Brendan Shanley)
Fire in Bloom - An artistic photographic series which commemorates our country's freedom through unexpected, beautiful firework imagery. (Brendan Shanley)
Fire in Bloom - An artistic photographic series which commemorates our country's freedom through unexpected, beautiful firework imagery. (Brendan Shanley)
Fire in Bloom - An artistic photographic series which commemorates our country's freedom through unexpected, beautiful firework imagery. (Brendan Shanley)
Fire in Bloom - An artistic photographic series which commemorates our country's freedom through unexpected, beautiful firework imagery. (Brendan Shanley)
Fire in Bloom - An artistic photographic series which commemorates our country's freedom through unexpected, beautiful firework imagery. (Brendan Shanley)
Fire in Bloom - An artistic photographic series which commemorates our country's freedom through unexpected, beautiful firework imagery. (Brendan Shanley)