not your usual obligatory fireworks photo
It’s hard to go to a big fireworks show and not take the camera along. And since Wamego has what they describe as the “biggest hand-fired fireworks show in the Midwest and possibly in the nation,” there was no way I could resist.
I’ve tried doing the typical fireworks picture before, but never got anything I was pleased with. This year, I read an article from JPG Magazine on using focus shift to create really interesting fireworks pictures.
I tried it, and I’m in love.
Basically, you set your camera on a tripod (and this type of shot requires a camera that has a manual-focus ring on the lens, so probably an SLR-type camera) and use your longest lens. Use manual focus and a long shutter speed. During the exposure, change the focus. You can go from focused to out of focus or the other way around. On this one, I went from unfocused to focused. Just make sure you don’t shake the tripod during the exposure. 😉
More to come.
ISO 100, 4 seconds, f11, 75mm, focus shift