My Favorite Firework Photos

That’s right, it’s that time of the year again…already. In 1776 our country declared our independence from Britain and every year on the 4th of July, we celebrate this independence with parades, festivities and of course amazing pyrotechnics.

I’ve photographed the firework displays many times throughout the years and I wanted to put together my favorite shots to share with you guys.. Keep in mind that these were taken in small towns and not in big populated areas. Though, I really want to shoot fireworks in a city. It’s on my photo bucket list but man, too many people make me feel overwhelmed. There is something to be said about watching fireworks in a small town, it’s more relaxing.

This shot was my very first firework photo I took as photographer with a camera that has full manual controls. Before this I had a p&s that just didn’t fair well with firework photos and when I got more into photography, I got a DSLR and that’s when the fun happened. Taken in 2011 with a Nikon D7000 + 18-105. I actually took this from my town’s local cemetery…yeah I little creepy at night. - Waterbury, VT

This photo was taken at a friends house in town and for some reason, my town likes to move the fireworks around every year so you really never have a definite idea where they will be launched! I decided to leave the house in the foreground to add some interest. Over the years, it has become one of my favorite shots. Taken in 2013 with a Nikon D7000 + 17-55 2.8 in Waterbury, VT

In this photo I wanted to capture the crowd from a small town and the fact how close you are too these powerful pyrotechnics. This photo was actually selected by B&H Photo for one of their articles, have a read here. Taken in 2014 with a Nikon D7000 + Tokina 12-24 f/4 in Richmond, VT

A typical firework photo but it’s one of my favorites because of the clouds and the late blue hour for me makes it more interesting. I love getting the sparkly trails from the firework leading up to the explosion. Taken in 2016 with a Nikon D610 + 24-120 f/4 in Richmond, VT

This one has quickly became my favorite because of the color, the sky was clear and it was dark but not dark enough to have a completely black sky. Taken in 2018 with a Fujifilm XT2 + 18-55 in Richmond, VT.

So will you be shooting your local fireworks display tomorrow? I’m considering it even though I don’t expect to take anything better than what I’ve shared in this post but you never know what could happen and I want to be ready for any professional photo opportunities. Plus I’m really eager to see how this Rokinon 12mm f/2 lens performs in low light and for firework photos.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July!