Posts Tagged ‘fireworks’

Eye-Popping Photographs of the National Pyrotechnic Festival in Mexico

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The municipality of Tultepec in Mexico produces about half of all of the country’s fireworks. Every year, more than 100,000 people flock to the area for a nine day event called the National Pyrotechnic Festival. There are activities common to a fair (e.g. food, music, dancing), but the biggest reason people attend is to experience the dazzling firework displays.

Photographer Thomas Prior traveled from New York to attend one of these festivals, and ended up capturing a collection of beautiful photographs showing people partying from within explosions.
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Time-Lapse of One of the World’s Largest Fireworks Competitions

Photographer Rob Whitworth has created a number of beautiful time-lapse videos that have received huge numbers of views online. This past April, Whitworth had the opportunity to take his skills to the city of Da Nang, Vietnam to document the Danang International Fireworks Competition 2013, one of the world’s “biggest and best” firework contests.
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Big Bang: Abstract Photograms Created by Exposing Photo Paper to Fireworks

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What kind of imagery results when you mix photo paper and fireworks? That’s a question photographic artist Ross Sonnenberg has been exploring for the past few years. He creates one-of-a-kind camera-less photograms that look like abstract images of galaxies, but are actually random and colorful patterns created by the light of firecrackers.
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Using Fireworks to Create Action-Packed Skateboarding Photographs

Denver, Colorado-based action, adventure, and lifestyle photographer Dave Lehl recently wanted to do something a little different with skateboarding photography, and ended up settling on the idea of using fireworks to add extra action to the shots.

The behind-the-scenes photograph above shows how the project came together.
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Creative: Fireworks Look So Much Cooler in Reverse

Here’s a dash of creativity to get your brain juices going today: Melbourne, Australia-based aspiring filmmaker Julian Tay recorded footage of the fireworks display his city put on a couple of nights ago, and then decided to experiment with the video. He writes,

Was curious to see what fireworks would look like if I played it backwards. Turns out, it looks pretty awesome. Playing it in reverse gives it that cool slow-mo feel which is strangely soothing and tranquil. Totally opposite of the true nature of fireworks.

We agree, Julian — that does look pretty awesome!

Idea: Keep Shooting Fireworks in the Rain for Some Extra Bokehliciousness

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Here’s an interesting idea to try: if you ever find yourself shooting fireworks and it starts to lightly drizzle, keep on shooting instead of putting your camera away. The tiny drops of rain that fall on your lens can add some bokeh to your shot!
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High-Speed Photos of Cameras Exploding

Last year we featured a CGI rendering of an exploding Polaroid One Step camera that makes for a nice wallpaper. Photographer Alan Sailer creates real photographs showing the same thing. Sailer drills a hole into each camera, fills the void with a firecracker, and then captures the resulting explosion with high-speed photography using a Nikon D90.
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Creative Firework Photographs Shot by Refocusing During Long Exposures

Photographer David Johnson recently captured a beautiful series of firework photos while attending the International Fireworks Show in Ottawa, Canada. During the Spanish fireworks performance, Johnson decided to deviate from the standard long-exposure style that pretty much everyone uses when shooting firework displays. Instead of fixing his focus at a certain point in space, Johnson introduced refocusing as part of the equation.
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Behind The Scenes With One of Light Painting’s Pioneers

German photographer Jan Leonardo Wöllert doesn’t just do “light painting,” for him light painting probably denotes nothing more than a photographical hobby that many people enjoy trying out on occasion. No, Wöllert specializes in “light art performance photography,” and this feature on Deutsche Welle TV illustrates the difference quite well. Read more…

Close Up View of the San Diego Fireworks Fail

A computer error at the San Diego fireworks show last week led to an 18-minute show being condensed into 15 seconds… and also some pretty crazy firework photos. YouTube user danwroy was sitting across the water from the launch area, and used a Canon 60D to capture this crazy video showing what the spectacle looked like to those with front row seats (you might want to turn your volume down). So this is what firework shows look like to cameras with their shutters left open…