Canada Day fireworks

IMG_8779.CR2: 30D, EF 70-200mm 1:4L IS @ 200mm, 1/4, f/4, 800 ISO

IMG_8779.CR2: 30D, EF 70-200mm 1:4L IS @ 200mm, 1/4, f/4, 800 ISO

I hope you had a happy Canada Day!

As is my tradition, I did not go to Parliament Hill. Being a part of a sea of people holds little appeal to me. But as I often do, I stepped out onto my balcony to see the fireworks display. I don’t have the best view, but it certainly could be worse. The tree in the way could be the building to the left, and I’d see nothing at all. Still, it’s not a bad photo for a view from six kilometres away… requiring only a step out onto my balcony!

The photo was hand-held. This fits nicely with my preferred mode of shooting fireworks. Some photographers like long exposures that capture the entire ‘lifespan’ of the explosion, but the resulting image isn’t what the spectacle looks like to the viewer. I like a more true-to-life photo, meaning a shorter exposure. This one was a 1/4 of a second which is on the long side, for me. I prefer shots more in the area of 1/10 of a second, making hand-held exposures possible. The image stabilization of the EF 70-200 also helped me out immensely with this longer exposure.

See the green streak in the upper-most explosion? It’s a passing aircraft. It looks exactly like an emulsion-side negative scratch. Of course it wasn’t since this isn’t film, but it brings back memories.

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