Nikon Coolpix S210
Fireworks Mode 4 sec Exposure Time
I'm not sure if fire tricks really count as "Fireworks" but it was worth a shot.
A friend of mine, Stefan, used to do tricks with a steel pole with two flaming rags on either end. He was amazing at it. I was a prefect at my school at the time and we were on a camp with the 8th graders (i don't know what that is in America, freshman?) One night I decided to mess with my camera's fireworks mode and shot some sets of Stefan's fire show. The pics came out beautifully.Tragically, Stefan died recently and I want these to serve as a good memory of him in happier times.
-Daniel Mendelowitz

At this time I had a LG Voyager with its 2 MP camera. Not the best option to preserving memories but it was all we had. I actually got some great shots.
The biggest surprise was at the end of the day we of course were on our way out and stopped right in front of the crystal Palace when the fireworks started. I decided what could it hurt to try to get some photos as I never had any good shots of the castle fireworks on any of the other trips. So with my daughter on my shoulders in a small crowd I managed to get a bunch of nighttime castle firework shots. I played with the settings a little but left it on the auto for this shot.
Location: Walt Disney World
Date: June 2009
Camera: LG Voyager Phone Camera
Setting: Auto
-Howard Marlow

This photo was taken with an Olympus E-520 with a 14-42mm lens on a small travel tripod. ISO 100, lens at 42mm, Image Stabalization, Aperature It was taken on July 21st at the Windsor – Detroit International Freedom Festival that celebrates the 4th of July and Canada day together.
-Alex Bussiere

Taken last Saturday (hope this qualifies) at the final night of the traveling carnival in Holliston, Massachusetts. Every year, Fanelli Shows sets up in the parking lot at the high school the week after school lets out. My teacher wife and I met a friend there. The girls took one ride while I wandered about with my camera, experimenting with available light and long exposures of the people and the rides. A little before the fireworks started, we wandered down the street, and settled ourselves on a little rise, overlooking the playing fields. I had brought a tripod, and my new Nikon D700 with an old 24mm/2.8 manual focus lens. The exposure is f/22 at ISO 100 for 30 seconds, to capture several bursts but also retain the colors. I took lots of photos and this is the first time I have been able to capture the colors in the fireworks. The mosquitoes weren't too bad, and the weather was perfect.
-Peter Simpson

This was taken during the Rockin' by the River concert in Clarksburg, WV.
It was shot using the CameraOne app on an iPhone.
Flash and steady shot settings were off.
-Scott Fowler

show details Jul 1 (5 days ago)
Camera : D3000
Lens: Nikkor 18-55 VR 3.5-5.6
ISO: 800
F-stop: 3.3 seconds
Exposure Bias: 0 step
Focal Length: 20mm
Max Aperture: 3.8
Metering Mode: Pattern
I was experimenting with ISO when all of a sudden a fireworks show happened to take out side of my dormitory. I forgot that the ISO was set to 800 but it was okay! Here we can see students from my University (inside the Skating Rink) lighting some fireworks. It is common for Taiwanese students to fire off some sparkles inside the campus. The best part is that we can see the trail from the box where they lit it till when it blew up in the air. I feel that this is a unique picture since we can see the steps from where the fireworks took off to its final stage of giving us a beautiful picture to share.
-Paolo Wong

Camera - Canon PowerShot SD780 IS ELPH
ISO - 800
Shutter Speed - 1/10 sec
F Stop - f/3.2
Story - One day while shopping I noticed that 30 sparklers were only $2. So, being a reasonable person, I bought 120 of them. As I scanned 4 packs of sparklers over the scanner at the grocery store, I was getting a glare from the attendant, so I knew I was doing something right. So later in the week when the weather was better, I went out with my brother and had him play around with some of the lit sparklers while taking pictures. As a way to carry the sparklers I held some in my mouth. I was about to pack up when I thought about what I was doing. Light a sparkler, then hold it. With my teeth. And here we are.
-Matt Mohr

Camera: Canon XS
Lens: 18-55mm EF-S
ISO: 100
F-stop: f/8
The shutter was set to bulb mode. I'm not sure how long I held it down for this shot, but I was averaging around 2 seconds per. I do know that this was one of the shots that I zoomed in during the shot. This made the light spread out a lot more than my previous shots.
I know that this is for July 4th, but being Canadian we celebrate our birthday on July 1st. This was the first time I tried taking pictures of fireworks with this camera and I was very happy with how they turned out. I ended up getting to the park just as the fireworks started so I didn't get setup in an area that I would have liked. Not withstanding I still ended up getting about 50 or so pretty good shots. I like this one the best because it was a result of some experimenting with the lens, and it looks different from the others I took as a result.
-Jon Marier

Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: 18-55 mm kit lens at 18 mm to fit in the whole area of the fireworks
ISO: 200 (the lowest the D50 will go, unfortunately)
Aperture: F/16
Exposure: 1.3 second exposure (with a mirror delay, to keep tremors from disturbing the shot)
Taken in Silverton BC, Canada, a 200 person town which happens to have a great fireworks display every Canada Day. For the first couple of minutes, I set up the camera with an exposure that seemed to work for the lightshow, with a field of view to capture whatever happened. Once I had the exposure and focal length, I basically pressed the shutter release whenever I heard the whistle of fireworks taking off (the viewing area was about 200 feet from where the fireworks were lit, so the sounds were quite telling for when their was about to be a good shot. I took over 100 photos that night and probably 85 were garbage. Thank goodness at least one was good!
-Ryan Moore

Thanks gizmodo for the challenge. I took this photo while scouting out a good location to take some shots on my D200 which i did not have with me at the time this was taken. I herd that the fireworks were schedualed and I jumped into a Kayak at 8:20pm padled for 20 min to get a good seat and anchored on submerged log. 9:10 Fire works started this photo was the third one I took. I like that it looks like a water color. the later shots are good nice black sky and bright in focus fireworks, but I just loved this shot for the bridge and treeline are exposed just as the light is failing. Wish I had grabbed the D200 but it would of been a hand full in the kayak.
Camera: Canon G7
F-stop: f/5
Exposure Time: 1sec
Iso: 800
Focal length: 35mm
-Jesse Barron

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm, f3.5-5.6 zoom lens
Equipment: Tripod & Remote Shutter (Bulb Setting)
-Kevin Lemke

Here is my submission for this week's shooting challenge...
This picture was taken on a Canon T1i with a EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens.
The shot was taken at 300mm with an ISO of 400 and a 1/60th shutter speed and an aperture opening of 5.6.
The picture was capture from my balcony during the fireworks on Canada day (July 1st)
-Mark Bell

Taken on Canada Day July 1st, 2010 at RIverside Park in Guelph Ontario, Canada
Nikon D200
Tamron 18-200mm
2.9 sec
Center Weighted Average
-Matthew Bascoe

Camera: Canon 40d
Lens: Canon EF 100mm Macro f/2.8
Exposure: 15 seconds at ISO 100, f/11, 100mm
Location: Lake Ontario, Canada
Took this shot from a neighbourhood above the lake on a cliff. I was a fair distance from Port so I brought my 100mm lens with me to try to capture this display. Happy Canada Day Gizmodo from your brothers to the North!
-Andrew O'Hoski

These were taken in Vancouver, BC during the Canada Day celebrations (July 1st). This shot was taken during the final seconds of the fireworks show where they let everything rip and it literally felt like the sky was on fire!
The camera used was 5D Mark II on top of a Benro M-128 CF tripod. Iso 100, f/10, 22 seconds with a Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4.
The 800px judged photo is a tighter crop of the original 1600px photo featuring the Olympic cauldron.
Thanks for the consideration!
-Edward Tsui

As I'm sure you're aware, Thursday July 1st was Canada Day. Attended a large-scale fireworks display in the city of Hamilton, Ontario. The show was about 20 minutes in length from the first pop to the last bang. Took over 80 shots varying in exposure time. But this one stands out for me for the colours and the resemblance to Orion's Belt in the 3 detonations.
Camera: Canon Rebel XTi
Lens: Sigma 18-50 f2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 4"
Aperture: f22
Tripod: Manfrotto 190XPROB w/ 804 RC2 head
Looking forward to seeing everyone's submissions.
Cheers and Happy (early) Independence Day
-Jordan Brown

Camera: Canon Rebel T2i
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 6 seconds at f/22
Just got the camera about a week and a half ago and after playing around with sparklers and long exposure shots, I figured after I'd give it a shot with the bigger stuff since I don't get the chance too often.
-Joshua Swaney

My wife and I went to the local park to watch the Fireworks. This is the first time I've tried this type of photography. It was a blast and they turned out better than I thought. Next year I'm going to try and head to Thunder over Louisville and try this again.
Set Up
Camera: Sony DSLR A100
Flash: Not Used
Focal Length: 55.0mm
Exposure Time: 5.0s
Aperture: f/36.0
ISO: 100
-Chris Chandler

These are the Canada Day fireworks in Medicine Hat, AB. Using a Nikon D90 with the 18-105mm Kit lens. Shot at 18mm, ISO 200, f/8 at a 4 second exposure using the ML-L3 Wireless remote. Wasn't quite dark out and the horizon makes for a great addition.
-Brendon Toderian

My husband and I walked to the local park to watch the city's annual fireworks show. I took a few photos with his camera. We really enjoyed this challenge!
Camera: Sony DSLR A100
Flash: Not Used
Focal Length: 55.0mm
Exposure Time: 5.0s
Aperture: f/36.0
ISO: 100
-Crisann Chandler

Focal length - 3.85
F number - 2.4
Exposure time - 1/15 sec
Shot on iPhone 4, in Decatur, GA. We have family friends that throw a party every year and we always go watch the fireworks over the lake. It was a great time and I tried to snap a few shots. Been wanting to enter one of these shooting challenges for a while and I'm glad I could get around to this one! Hope the photo is semi-enjoyable!

Took this up in East Haven CT. Used a Sony Alpha 100 with a SIGMA 18-200mm Lens.
Just lowered the shutter til I got good streaks.
-Anthony German

I used a Canon 30D with the new Sigma 8-16mm wide angle lens with exposures ranging from 2-5 seconds. ISO set at 100, F11 with remote trigger.
A good friend of mines step dad throws a 4th of july party evey year. We are talking the whole 9 yards, Live band, several kegs, and sometimes over 100 people(close friends and family only!) His house sits on a lake which im not sure if you can see or not in the photos .He has a license and everything to shoot off professional fireworks, he spends something like 25K! he built everything himself, the mortars and firing system (he is some sort of engineer). He never has it actually ON the 4th which i have no idea why, this was Friday July 2nd 2010.
-Chris Cullmann

The photo was taken with a Kodak EasyShare Z1275.
The settings were ISO 800 and F 2.8.
This photo was take at the Ludwig's Corner fireworks show in Pennsylvania on July 3rd.
-Adam Micco

Taken on a Canon EOS Rebel XS
Lens used was a Canon 50mm f/1.8 II
From inside the car on the drive out of Disneyland.
Taken at
1 second exposure
-Taishi Matusmoto

I was at my friend's bonfire and they brought out the sparklers. I got a picture of the sparkler catching. I used a Canon T1i to take the shot. I'm not positive about the setting though, I changed it around a lot. High shutter for this one though.
-Andrea Kinsley

Location: Carefree, AZ – Harrolds Cave Creek Corral. July 3, 2010
Equip: Canon 5dMkii, Canon 24-124mm L F4 zoom. Manfrotto 3443 sticks s/ 410 photo head. Camera Settings: Bulb, Focal Length: 50mm, F16, Exposure: 1 sec. ISO 4000.
I get bored with static fireworks shots no matter how beautiful the shells. The antidote is to use the camera sensor and the light of the shells to paint something different by using motion during the exposure.
In this shot, I slipped the camera mounting plate from the tripod head, but still used the tripod as a base to steady my handheld shot. When the shell gets into the field and as it explodes, manually move the camera a few degrees using the same kind of motion that a videographer might call a whip pan. This "paints" the light from the shell across the frame and can yield beautiful abstract shapes like this.
-Bill Davis

Equipment: iPhone 4
Technique: Snapping photos quickly. No flash, zoom, etc.
Story: Taken in East Longmeadow, MA. Sitting on a big open field, getting bitten by various bugs.. the fireworks began. Along began the photo snapping. We returned back to home, went through the pictures and didnt even notice the angry face until that point... It made us laugh.
-Shaun & Kristen

Pentax K-X Stock lens(18mm-55mm)
Iso 200
Shutter(Bulb) 3 Sec.
Took this at our yearly family firework show.
-Jason Burke

Shooting Summary: Shot with a Canon 40D, canon 24-105 f 4.0 L lens. Shot on manual with ISO 1600, Aperture 4.0, Shutter 1/50.
This is one of the fire works we set off in the driveway at a friend's 4th of July party. It was lots of fun and I think turned out pretty cool.
-Autumn McBride

Took this shot using my Canon 7D with Canon EFS 10-22mm lens mounted on a tripod (ISO 100, F/3.5, Bulb). I just held the shutter button down while the fireworks exploded. As soon as they were done I released and voila! There were carnival lights behind me which added an extra element of lighting to the photograph as well.
-Brandon Kerr

Nikon D40x
1.3s Exposer Time
ISO 100
Taken sitting at my friends house watching a neighborhood fireworks display.

Happy Fourth!
Used my hubbys Canon T1i to capture this palm frond of fire
Location: NYC
Exposure: Shutter priority
Exposure time: 0.8sec
Aperture: 5.6 (Auto)
-Charl Nazareth

Shot with a Canon T2I, in manual, with infinite focus, 55mm, 800ISO, ƒ/8.0, with a 3.2 second shutter. Post process was in lightroom 3, and was only to crop it.
-Gilson Siegel

"And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there..."
I though of those lines when I saw this image on the camera.
Location: New York City
Camera: Canon T1i
Flash: No
Exposure: 1Sec (Tv)
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 500
Happy Independence day Gizmodo and Giz fans!
-Chris Braganza

Camera- Kodak EasyShare z915
1/5s Shutter
ISO: 100
$15 Tripod

4th of July over South Korea
This is my first challenge that I felt like I could try out. I am in the military and stationed in Korea so luckily the base still had fireworks. The night start rough with rain and very low cloud cover. I got this shot when it started to clear up a little.
-Nate Woollard

Samsung S860
F-Stop- 2.8
Iso- 100
Exposure Time- 1 sec
Cedar Lake, IN Summerfest
They shoot the fireworks off from a platform in the middle of the lake. I didn't have my
tripod with- so image is a bit blurry.
-LeAnn Ditter

Shot with a Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi, Don't really know much about settings (iso and what not) I just changed around numbers till I started getting good results in the dark and this was the best one. Took it from the train station in the magic kingdom in Disney World. I took it vertically to use as an iPhone wallpaper, it looks pretty nice. Also I'm really sorry but I'm not fluent enough with photoshop to scale the image to the dimensions you needed, hopefully the one's I attach will be close enough.
-Gray McClatchy

Camera: Nikon D300s
Lens: Nikkor 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 G II ED
Exposure: 15 Seconds
ISO: 100
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 18mm
Location: Woodlawn Lake Park, San Antonio, TX
-Nathan Thompson

Canon 5d Mark II, Sigma 24mm, ISO 100, f 5.6, 5 second.
Local community fireworks taken from my backyard, I was eaten alive by mosquitoes but I'm happy with my photos.
-Felix Mendoza

Camera: Nikon Coolpix L14 (Fireworks Setting)
This shot is somewhat of a family tradition. My little brother thought of the shot two years ago when he saw me taking pictures of the fireworks overhead, and we've done it every year since. This year, I was extremely excited to take the picture with my new Canon Powershot S90. I got a few, but I when I saw the same pictures taken with the fireworks mode on my old camera, now used by my mother, I decided to use those as the exposure time was a bit longer and the picture was simply more appealing. I still love my S90, but that clunky old Coolpix L14 outdid it this time.
-Josh Clayton

Explosions a few hours ago at the annual fireworks in Needham, MA. Did last week's challenge this week, as the photo was taken with a three year old Motorola Razr, which I think has a 1 megapixel camera. But it has a certain charm, no? I think this is the finale of the show. Took three pictures. Best photo I got, for sure.
-Jon Schultz

I just took this beauty tonight. I was using a Canon Rebel DSLR, manual focus, and 1600 ISO, with the standard stock lens (the one that came with the camera). I have never seen a fireworks photo come out quite like this. I wish I had some insight of skill or technique, but this photo was just one of those accidental shots that came out wonderful. I call it fire-flower. I hope you guys like it as much as I do. All the best. I hope you all have a great 4th of July.
-Adam Spencer

This was shot while watching the Annual Boston Pops Firework Spectacular! Unfortunately the location was not a prime spot to see the whole display, but I was able to capture a portion of the display. The photo was taken with a Canon 7D w/ an EFS 17-85mm IS lens (200 iso, 2 sec shutter speed, and f/5.4).
-Luke Salyer

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L
Exposure: 2"
Aperture: f/16
ISO: 100
This was taken at the very small fireworks show at my parent's river lot. Used a tripod and manual settings.
-Tiffany Peters

Canon Rebel XT
EFS 18-55mm kit lens
ISO 100
07/04/2010 10:00pm
Sharp images of fireworks are common. But many fireworks sizzle or sparkle, appearing fuzzy as they expand. To capture a fairytale quality, I briefly touched the tripod with my hand to shake it a tiny amount, unnoticeable to the naked eye but caught by the camera sensor. The resulting texture reminds me of delicate watercolor paintbrush strokes.
-Leah Orden

Nikon D80
Nikkor 18-70mm
5 sec
ISO 100
Prestonwood Country Club Fireworks show. on July 4th, 2010.
We normally shoot from ground level every year, but this year we decided to sneak up to a business parking garage in Addison, TX. We saw a total of 6 shows in about an hour, thanks to Texas and its very flat lands, but this shot was from the cloests and best show. Happy 4th Yall!
-Shadee Marzban

Nikon D3000
Manual Mode
2sec shutter
This shot was taken in Florissant, MO. I call it "All Eyes Are On You". As each of the surrounding little white dots look like the eyes of little harry monsters.
-Kimberly Miller

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T1i
Lens: Canon EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Aperture: 4
Exposure Time: 1/80
ISO: 800
Title: Now That's America!
I took this at my hometown's (Bedford, IN) fireworks show. This picture screamed America to me, with its implied greasy burger smell, and colorful explosions.
-Ryan Clark

Attached is my entry for the Gizmodo Shooting Challenge on Fireworks. This shot was taken using my Canon T1i with a 17-55mm f/2.8 USM IS lens. The technical details are as follows:
ISO: 100
Aperture: f10
Shutter Speed: 4.0s
Minimal post processing was done in Lightroom. The image was cropped to improve the composition, some levels adjustment was done to remove distracting smoke from the fireworks, and I kicked up the vibrance a little to enhance the colors.
-Aidan Ong

Equipment: Nikon D60 (18mm-55mm lens)
I took this photograph on July 1st (Canada Day) in front of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. Normally I watch the fireworks from balcony, but this year, I joined the throngs of people in front of the Parliament. I chose this one because of the composition of the Peace Tower and Canadian Flag firework explosions. I thought the lens flare added a bit of interest to the picture.
-Siobhán Thomas

The camera was stabilized by the ground, a water bottle and a half full box of Whoppers. I just kept snapping away as I couldn't see the screen very well in this position.
Image Details:
Camera Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Setting: Fireworks Mode (not ashamed to admit it either)
Original Resolution: 3600x2400
Focal Length: 7.4mm
Exposure Time 2.000s
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 100
-Michael Rennick

Nikon D3000
Manual Mode
2sec shutter
ISO 100
Taken in Florissant, MO. This was my favorite shot
-Casey Miller