I decided to go and shoot the Macy's Fireworks on the Hudson River from Hoboken, unfortunately I got there way to late to find a good spot to setup my tripod, and Hoboken has way to many trees (who knew) that just obstructed a lot of good viewing angles. I settled on this spot because I thought the flag pole with the American flag added a nice touch. Instead of the wide angle (11-16), I went with my 35mm lens and set up to shoot in bulb mode with a wired clicker. I'd taken a good number of shots, but this is the only one where I got the trail of the fireworks going up and nice shots of all the fireworks as well.

Nikon D7000 w/ 35mm f/1.8g
ISO: 100
Exposure: 9.5 seconds (bulb)

- Chaitanya Kapadia


ISO: 100
Lens: 18-55 MM stock lens
No Flash.
fstop: 16

Took this image as the whole show was going on and it just called to me, I have several images but none seem as interesting as this one. I like how the smiley face is damaged by another rocket, which just speaks to how things are going. I was not even really thinking of going out there, but some friends asked me and I just went on a whim, glad I did that, was able to see an amazing fireworks display.

- Jekee Desai


I've been spending the week at a friend's house on Lake Norman, just to the north of Charlotte, NC. Donald Trump put on a fireworks show at a country club he just bought on the lake and it was bad, really bad. Every year, my friend's neighbors spend a couple of grand on their own fireworks and shoot them off the following weekend, and that's what this is a picture of. It was much more intense, more variety and lasted longer. And the tips to get this shot were extremely helpful. I got some bad ones on the 4th and used this occasion to redeem myself!!

Canon 7D EF 28-135 Bulb mode @ 10" f/11

- Daryl Sausse


It was the 4th of July and when it got dark, it was time to light some stuff on fire. I grabbed my camera but my tripod was nowhere to be found. I braved it out sans-tripod and this one ended up being my favorite shot.

Canon EOS Rebel T1i
50mm f/1.8 lens
Exposure -2
ISO 100

- Adam Thornton


Camera: Canon Rebel T2i
Lens: 55-250 mm
F/ 5
ISO 100

It rained in my town July 4th, so I didn't get the chance to photograph any fireworks and had to settle for sparklers. I wanted to put some objects in front of it, and decided to sort of 'recreate' Ansel Santosa's 2010 winner with Lego minifigures. I taped a sparkler to the top of another one to it would be high enough, and stuck it in the grass and put the legos on a brick ledge in front of it. And I just had to include Sean Connery! (Second in from the left)

- Lloyd McCullough


This photo was taken at the Stadium of Fire which is part of the Freedom Festival held in Provo Utah. Four F-16 fighters from the 419th Fighter Wing, based out of Hill Air Force Base, flew over the stadium. As the sun was setting, flash motars were fired from the stadium, which gave the impression that the F-16's were flying through the fireworks. Later that evening the Beach Boys played as part of their 50th reunion tour. The show finale was a 15 minute firework show to Jame's bond themed music. More info can be found here.

Camera: Canon T2i
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Aperture: f/5.0
Focal Length: 150mm
Lens: Tamron 18-270mm

- Rob Hall


After a few unsuccessful attempts to capture the big fireworks, My daughter and I took to having fun with sparklers. There was a massive fire that night which turned the sky hazy & the moon blood red which cast a yellowish haze to everything. We all stayed up to 2 am having a blast with these pictures! Canon 7d 17-40L lens 30 sec exposure @ f8

- Chris McCready


I work for the city of Moreno Valley so I had just got done from working the 4th festival and found a great location and started shooting away . It was my first time trying this and if I had never seen this shooting challenge I would never achieved these great shots.

Canon t2i
iso 100
30 seconds

- Mikel Hudson


Camera : Canon 5D mark ii
Lens : Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS
Focal Length: 70mm
ISO: 160
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure Time : 14 seconds

This picture was taken in Champaign, IL on July 4th. This year it was very humid with not much of a breeze. This created a haze effect closer to the ground which stuck around long after the fireworks had ended. I had the camera on a tripod with the shutter on bulb mode trying to get as many fireworks bursts as possible. I kept shooting throughout with mixed results. I had better luck with the these type of fireworks. I think the ground fireworks added to this picture by shaping the tree-line in the distance.

- Jesse Folks


D700 with Tokina 11-16

16mm at f/8, 5 sec exp.

I had a chance to spend Canada Day at my friends cabin and he bought up a whole ton of fireworks, so I tried my best to shoot as close as I could but still getting a wide viewing angle of the fireworks from the ground up to the sky.


- Cassian Soltykevych


This picture captures the end of the explosion (and coincidentally the fireworks aswell) and bores resemblance to nebula which kindles the thought of similarities in the explosion and chemicals involved in fireworks and the space dust.


ComponentsConfiguration -
ShutterSpeedValue - 1/13 seconds
ApertureValue - F 8.00
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
FocalLength - 17 mm

- Chinmaya Manjunath


Nikon D90, f/4.5, ISO 200, no tripod.

My brother's annual July 4th party in Oregon's Willamette Valley; a fun and LOUD event. Sitting about 200 ft from the trailer containing the fireworks show, good thing I wear glasses since there is falling debris when sitting that close.

- Jennifer Taylor


Next to lightning, one of my favorite things to try to photograph are fireworks. This year our community had its First Annual July 4th Celebration. Living on the US/Mexican Border makes things interesting. A July 4th Celebration thrown by a Mexican radio station, with live Mexican Rap is, well, different. So was the playing of Amazing Grace on bagpipes, like you hear at funerals for police officers and firefighers. But all the unusualness beside, the day was a rainy one with off and on thuderstorms throughout most of the day. This left the humidity levels realy high. The atmosphere shifting back and forth from clear to hazy to down right foggy during the night. It even looked as if from time to time, the concusive blasts from the fireworks may have been forcing brief condensation in the air. Because of the mud in the area, we decided not to go all the way to the event venue. Which was a blessing as the sound from where we were at was just about at the right listening level. We had to move quickly as the setoff point was in a different direction than I had anticipated. Infact earlier in the day I tried to scout the area to see where they would be shot of from. I thought I knew where, but when we went by there what I thought would be 30 mintues before the show (turned out to be 90) I did not see any fire officials, so figured that it would be a different area. I was right in the first place, so I will know for next year.

I got about 100 shots out of the night. The fireworks show was considerably smaller than what I am used to (last year I got 300 shots about 15 minutes north on the highway at the show we usually attend). The shot is a burst of three pyrotechnics. If you look really close at the background you can make out some of the clouds backlit by the nearly full moon of the night. You can see the smoke remains of previous rounds, and the faint hazyness is from the high humidity of the evening (at least I see it in the raw file, which at 20 megabyte is way too big to send). My camera (Canon EOS Rebel T2i) was on a tripod, with autofocus and image stability turned off, and hooked up to my remote so I could click without touching the camera.

Camera Canon EOS REBEL T2i
Exposure 4
Aperture f/8.0
Focal Length 55 mm
ISO Speed 200
Exposure Bias 0 EV


- John Hays

Shot with a Canon 7D and a 50mm f/1.4 at f/14, ISO 200, and 2 second exposure.

This was the second year of our traditional "shoot fireworks in our
driveway" celebration of July 4th. Here in the Bay Area, you can only
shoot "safe and sane" fireworks. Plenty of neighbors were launching
the illegal fireworks and M-80s, producing nice, echoing booms. This
particular firework was launching everything at once, giving us our
own version of San Diego's all-or-nothing fireworks show. I liked the
variety of lines and colors, and that a lot of it was captured in this


- Matt Lass

Sony SLT A-55 50mm MD Manual lens at about F22 and 10 second exposure.

I ended up with a bunch of good air-burst long exposure shots, but at the end of the day, I though my wife twirling a sparkler made a more personal photo than one of anonymous fireworks at a distance.


- Marvin Francois

Canon Rebel T1i with stock 18 - 55 mm lens.
Shot in Bulb mode with ~3 second exposure using a remote, f8, ISO 100
This was shot in Portland OR with much of downtown and the Hawthorne Bridge as a backdrop.
If I recall correctly, this was the first "Ooooh" moment of the display.


- Juan Guzman

The picture was taken with a Nikon D60 (Nikkor 50mm 1.4 lens f16 shutter 3sec) The pictures were taken in uptown Hoboken, where we were really close to the barges. It was a great place to view the Macy's fireworks from but I was worried that it would be too close for the 50mm to get a decent picture. I had the camera on a tripod and was using an IR remote to take pictures. It was my first time shooting fireworks and I think this picture turned out be not too bad.


- Aashish Shrestha

Body: D7000
Lens: Nikkor 18-55mm 3.5-5.6
Tripod: Not a great one.
4" f/8 ISO 125 18mm manual focus


This was my first year shooting fireworks so the "how to shoot fireworks" guide that Gizmodo posted was good help. After doing a little more research on how to shoot fireworks, I went out with my camera mounted to my tripod and just started to shoot with settings based on what I read. I used the first few firework explosions to lock my focus in, set exposure to bulb, then held the shutter for a few seconds. This photo was one of a couple very decent photos that I captured with those settings.

- Trevin Williams


The following is the shooting summary for my submission, thank you for allowing me to participate!

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS
Lens: Standard
ISO: 800
Exposure time: 1/8 sec.

Story: This picture was taken at my hometown fireworks display. The beautiful girl in the corner is one of my best friends, Riss, who is an an amazing person and much better looking in the picture than I would've been. I think this picture is worthy of recognition (though I realize I'm a complete amateur and probably no competition for more experienced photographers) because of the beauty it captures, both through the firework(s) and Riss. I love how the little pieces of firework look like hearts and since I've a huge crush on Riss, think it's very appropriate to title it as such: Hearts.


- Ian Hassan

This was taken on vacation in San Francisco on the Fourth of July. Thankfully the fog (which is the haze at the top of the photo) didn't ruin the show. I didn't take my tripod with me on the trip because I didn't think I'd have any reason to take it. Luckily, there seemed to be more camera shops in Fisherman's Wharf than seafood restaurants and I picked up a tripod for the challenge. This is actually a combination of three different shots (one for each separate firework). I hope doing this doesn't get me DQ'd, but I did it because I didn't think any one of my shots were good enough on their own.


Each shot was:

Nikon D3000 – f/9 – 2 sec. exposure – ISO-100

- Spencer Lund


Shot in my driveway with some of my friends. It was last minute, I ran down with my tripod and snapped the shutter right before the firework ran out.

Shot at:
ISO: 100
Exposure: 2.0 seconds

Body: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G

- Zach Fields


This photo is of the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks in New York City and was taken from Pier I on 70th street. Shot with a Canon SD790IS using the built in fireworks setting and CHDK (Canon Hack Development Kit) with a motion detection script. I just recently started getting into photography so I'm still using a simple point and shoot, but CHDK really opens up some possibilities. The photo was also cleaned up a little bit in Adobe Lightroom.

- Aaron Meyers


I wanted to take photos of the fireworks they always do at our local mall this year, but poor planning meant that by the time I was ready to go, the mall parking lot was completely full. This is from behind the mall and a hotel in the way, but I think the view was pretty good nonetheless.

Shooting summary:
Nikon D3000, 35mm, f/3.2, 5.6 sec. exposure at ISO100.

- Rachel Weiss


I handed my kids sparklers and told them to swing them around as much as they wanted. My youngest (on the right) was afraid of the sparkler so she pretty much stood stock still and it is why she is the only one remotely visible. The picture was taken with a Canon T3i. I was using the kit lens at 33m, ISO 200, and a 4 second exposure.

- Carl Schuett


This photo was taken at the Boom Over The Bay event in Erie, PA on July 4, 2012. Fireworks were launched from a barge in Presque Isle Bay and I was situated about a half mile away with my Nikon D7000, 70-200mm lens and tripod. This picture struck me as unique since it looks like a palm tree.

Nikon D7000
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 70mm
Expposure: 2.2 seconds at f/11

- Joe Schmitt


I took this shot in Worcester MA, on July 3rd (Worcester always does the fireworks a day early to not coincide with the Boston ones) off of an I-290 freeway ramp. I was actually running a little late (packing up my camera gear as this was my first time shooting fireworks) and so we didn't make it all the way to where we normally watch from. We had a really good view though literally at the bottom of an I-290 exit ramp. We went down the ramp and like everybody else there, pulled over the side. I didn't even have time to get the tripod out, the fireworks started so suddenly - so I just put a camera (a Canon T3) on top of the parked minivan, connected up my remote trigger, turned on bulb mode and hoped to get lucky. In the end, this was my favorite shot - with two fireworks clearly in the frame, they are both slightly blurry but I think that adds to the image itself.

It was shot on a Canon T3 with a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens at 70mm with an ISO of 100. In bulb mode, it had an exposure time of 3 seconds.

- Rohan Kapoor


I don't know if this is just new to me or a thing specific to Dallas, but here, EVERY suburb puts on their own fireworks show. When I was sitting waiting for my fireworks to start, I could see the two neighboring towns doing their fireworks. And watching theirs, I almost missed the opening of my town's show. I didn' Luckily I didn't, because this was the first shot I took, as they were just starting the show. I hadn't even decided on what my settings or focus were going to be for sure. But everything worked out well.

Canon 7D
EFs 18-55mm 3.5-5.6
5 sec, f/13, ISO 100

- Nick Badger


Nikon D5100
18-55 VR Kit Lens @ 18mm, f/22, ISO-100, 6.4sec exposure time, Bulb Mode

This picture was shot last night, 7-7-12. I purchased my D5100 the Friday before the show. I have never owned a SLR or DSLR before. Having never shot fireworks before, I started with Giz's guide posted a week back, and tweaked settings from there. This is the original image with no post-production done. (Haven't figured that out yet) :P

The show was put on at my co-worker's house, and the cake was a 500g caked named "Red, White, & Bluetiful".


- Justin Schaefer