July 4th, 2017 | Artistic Approaches

I have often been bored with traditional images of firework celebrations. This year I challenged myself with an approach toward firework photos that would make me want to print and frame them myself. As I worked image by image, the idea struck me that I wanted to see the fireworks as even more dynamic than they already appear.

 Depth can be created by pulling focus in between explosions. Almost as though one image is a multiple-exposure.

Depth can be created by pulling focus in between explosions. Almost as though one image is a multiple-exposure.

The idea for movement entered my mind. My tripod wiggled loose when I exposed an image and the head swiveled a little bit. I liked the resulting image so I began implementing the swivel for more photos.

 A Bob Ross-style "happy accident". The tripod head came loose as I was exposing this image.

A Bob Ross-style "happy accident". The tripod head came loose as I was exposing this image.

The only option from there was to keep experimenting. I combined both techniques as I keep shooting.