Sunday, June 26, 2016

SkyspaceLA firework show, Los Angeles CA

Fireworks are a bit tricky to shoot. Shutter speed depends on the brightness, length, and how scattered or clustered the fireworks are. I also like to try and snap some of the first bursts before it gets too smoky but the smoke drifted over the rest of the buildings so it ended up being ok. In addition, this wasn’t some annual event where we knew exactly where the fireworks were going to be visible from. We gambled a bit further away from the city hoping they would be high in the sky. Park row provides an excellent overlook with car trails leading into the city and we knew it would be a great location for the grand opening show for @skyspacela as long as the fireworks popped off where we needed them to. I chose a slanted line in rather than head on view to frame the US Bank tower in the middle of my frame. I had a few decent single exposures, but I ended up using 2 for the fireworks. One for the base and one for the top portion. They were both shot at 5 seconds, so I added in a longer 15 second exposure to get more fluid car trails. All shot with the Nikon D750, Nikkor 70-200 at f/14. ISO-100. 4Th of July is coming up, which may provide another opportunity to get out and shoot more fireworks.

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Brandon Yoshizawa
B.A.Y | photography
Landscape and Wildlife photography