I've been known to get as close as I can to a fireworks show. Once, I was only a few yards downstream from a bridge in downtown Columbus, OH where they were launching the show. Had to look straight up to see them.
But this year, I just stayed home. The power was out, it was hotter than blue blazes, and I didn't feel like fighting the crowds. So I just hung out on my balcony, taking photos of whatever looked interesting. The local songbirds, thunderstorms, and of course, the fireworks at night.
I shot with the Nikon N90s and a Tamron AF 28-200mm. For the fireworks, I hooked up the MC-20 remote control, and took exposures anywhere from 2 to 6 seconds on Kodak Ultramax 400. Not very spectacular results, but then I was 6.3 miles from the action.
Some samples belowThe Set-up
, on FlickrKilling Time
, on FlickrThunder Fourth 1
, on FlickrVinton Fireworks
, on Flickr
See the rest at http://flic.kr/s/aHsjAFhNhE