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I love taking photos of fireworks — it is the challenge that appeals to me the most. I especially love to push the envelope and see what I can do with an ordinary fireworks image to make it more spectacular. Some of these are just straight shots, others have been manipulated through the lens and not in Photoshop or other digital darkrooms. Never assume just because you don’t have a tripod that you  cannot take amazing night fireworks shots. The only limit is my imagination.

Burst of Beauty: This is just a straight shot using a tripod and a long exposure; from my Fireworks Series

Starlight Starbright: This was just a straight shot using a monopod and a long exposure. I caught it just as the tips of the burst were at its brightest.

PlasmaWorks: From my Fireworks Series -- hand held, lens manipulation, not done in Photoshop.

FlowerBurst: This yellow/white burst that resembles a flower was a through the lens manipulation, hand held; also from my Fireworks Series

Light Writing: This is another through the lens manipulation. However it has been converted to black and white; who knew fireworks could look good with no color?

Electrifying: This was another through the lens manipulation; I may have tweaked the color a bit with a hue and saturation - Shocking isn't it?

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. micah e. welchel
    Oct 02, 2010 @ 17:34:37

    These are beautiful mom… I especially like Electrifying


  2. Darla Welchel
    Oct 03, 2010 @ 01:46:57

    Thanks, kiddo


  3. Darla Welchel
    Jul 04, 2013 @ 16:58:36

    Reblogged this on Through The Lens and commented:

    Reblogging this post in honor of the 4th of July


  4. apronheadlilly
    Jul 04, 2013 @ 17:04:29

    Wow! Cool photos. I have never tried taking fireworks. We used to see the local show from our upstairs window till the neighbors’ trees got so big. I typically don’t go out because I don’t like the heat, the crazy traffic, the crowds, and then there are so many illegal fireworks going on in our neighborhood, we stick close to home with the garden hose at the ready.


  5. Darla Welchel
    Jul 05, 2013 @ 00:40:09

    LOL, I haven’t been to a really BIG show in some time, but our smaller communities put on some pretty good shows. In fact, I’m getting ready to cover a smaller show for the newspaper I freelance. It will only last 15 minutes or so, so hope I get some good shots. I’m after people shots for the paper, the fireworks shots are for me! 🙂 Have to do something to make the measly $35 they pay me worth the two hours I will spend and the gas to get this small coverage worth it.


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