The 11th of July is the Flemish festivity day, celebrated in the Northern part of Belgium. In many places they organized all kind of events, like fireworks. These fireworks were very calm and easy. The image above shows the most spectacular part. I really like the port on the background.
TECH-INFO: you need a tripod for shooting fireworks and if possible a cable release. I focused on the lights of the port and switch the focus setting on the lens to manual (so it won't focus anymore). Lots of people advise turning the focus ring to infinity but I think this might be to far in certain cases.
Here the fireworks were 150 meters in front of me. Choosing a 12 to 24mm wide angle lens (for the 1,5 crop DX format) suites well. An 18 to 55mm kit lens might do fine if you keep a bigger distance. The problem is that you don't know where the explosion will happen, so you need to cover a big area of the sky. Almost all the shot images framed the fireworks, though l had to crop a lot, like in this case.
RAW converted in DxO Optics Pro, converted into a HDR file to reveal more details. The lightning slider of DxO didn't do what I expected: the sky got brighter but the little parts of the sky within the fireworks trails stayed dark. Tone-mapping in Photomatix re-balanced everything very well. In Photoshop I used the color selective tool multiple times to enhance the colors even more. I also cloned out three annoying garbage cans. That's all.
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