7 Fireworks GIFs To Keep That Pyrotechnic Patriotism Going

The 4th of July may be over, but our obsession with blowing things up need not be. Here are 7 animated gifs to keep the party going.

Winner: Reverse Flow

Canon EOS 6D; Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L; Focal Length: 16mm; Aperture: f/2.8; ISO: 3200. Shot at 60fps and slowed down to 30% and revered in Premiere Pro. Location: Tucson, AZ

- Josh Wallace

Spark Palm


These shots were taken with a Sony Alpha A65v and a Rokinon 8mm fisheye lens on a tripod firing with a intervalometer. After uploading to Google+ auto-awesome converted it to a GIF for me automatically.

- Marvin Francois

Creative Disappointment

After last year's Firework Shooting Challenge was an inspired way for me to learn to use my recently purchased Canon t4i in other situations than the low light concert photography I bought it for as well as teaching me a lot of long exposure photography, this year's fireworks shooting challenge is a complete and utter disappointment to me.

Capturing fireworks in a photo was infinitely more exciting and rewarding, and it proved to be so again this year. For me, it takes a lot more skill and care to capture fireworks in a single frame than simply pointing my camera upward and letting it shoot video to convert over to GIF. I shot maybe 2-3 minutes worth overall at various points of the show and this is the creatively disappointing result I chose from the many equally creatively disappointing gifs I created from my footage.


- Long Hong

Pow Pow Pow


The images were captured at a local fireworks show with a Panasonic DMC-ZS9. I finally had a reason to use the program setting for fireworks. I then batch resized a bunch of images to the 640 pixel width, and uploaded to gifmaker.me.

- Jonas Demuro

All Stills


I took these shots with my Nikon D600 on July 4th in Fort Worth, Texas. After having a big BBQ meal at my parent's house about half the guests tried to walk off the ribs and pie with a jaunt to see the fireworks. I opted to join everyone and, remembering this contest, grabbed my tripod and camera on the way out.

I didn't actually take any video, as I had intended, because I assumed it was what was desired by the contest. Instead, I got carried away snapping a bunch of super sharp stills. After I got back I was sort of kicking myself. I decided to try and be creative with the stills and make a gif that captured the feeling of watching a single firework instead of trying to capture what they actually looked like. This was the result.


Shutter speed was about 1 second on all of the shots. f8 to f10 is what I shot the whole night. ISO 200

- David Clift-Reaves



I realized I probably would've gotten better results shooting video for this gif, but whatevs. My camera doesn't shoot 7 fps for nuthin'. I was really doing more of this (same place, last year). Show with Canon 7D; EF-S 17-85; 1/8s, f/5, ISO 800

- Colin Robertson

Philadelphia Museum of Art


This is from the Philadelphia fireworks located directly above the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I really loved how the out-of-focus shot was an interesting light show in and of itself.

Shot with a Samsung NX2000.

- Andrew Ordway

Some great stuff this week! It's interesting to see that still photos and video both lead to pretty superb results (though maybe that's just because we're all so used to the choppy GIF aesthetic). Thanks to everyone who participated. A new challenge will arrive tomorrow.


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