Fireworks with a Twist

Thank you to the great group of photographers who joined me last night for the Camera West Fireworks with a Twist Photo Walk at the Oakland Coliseum.

We were there to shoot the fireworks show after the A’s baseball game. But rather than shoot fireworks in the traditional method, we added a twist – as in twisting the focus ring during the exposure. What this gives you is a beautiful bokeh to in-focus fireworks burst painted on your image. We also twisted the focus in the opposite way – in-focus to out-of-focus for the opposite effect.

It was challenging because you had to be quick trying to anticipate where the burst was going to be and then quickly open your shutter and twist the focus ring, all in the span of just 2-3 very short seconds. But when it all came together, you had a unique image unlike any other fireworks photo.

Fireworks with a Twist Photo Walk

Photo by Michael Maloney

Join Michael for a new twist (literally!) on shooting fireworks. The technique we will practice is a unique one. Rather than just letting the fireworks paint our image, we will change our focus during the exposure, getting the unusual effects you see in these photos. We will be shooting the fireworks show after the Oakland A’s game at the Coliseum. You will not need to buy a ticket for the game as we will not be in the stadium. The fireworks show happens after the game.

What to bring :

  • A digital camera that will allow you to shoot in bulb and manual focus mode
  • A manual focus lens – wide angle to 50mm range
  • A tripod
  • A remote release
  • A neutral density filter – 3 stops would be ideal. A polarizer can work in a pinch.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

8 – 10 pm

Oakland Coliseum

Cost : $50.

Participation will be limited to only 12 participants so sign up soon! Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.

michael@camerawest.com

925-935-1424

Photo by Michael Maloney

Photo by Michael Maloney

Fireworks with a Twist Photo Walk

Zeiss ZE 50mm, .9ND, bulb, f2.8, ISO : 100 - Photo by Michael Maloney

Thanks to everyone who joined me last night on our Camera West photo walk where we shot the fireworks show after the Oakland A’s game.

For something different, we put a literal “twist” to our photos. The technique we practiced is a unique one. Rather than just letting the fireworks paint our image, we quickly changed our focus during the short bulb exposure, getting the unusual effects you see in some of these photos.

Zeiss ZE 50mm, .9ND, bulb, f2.8, ISO : 100 Photo by Michael Maloney

Zeiss ZE 50mm, .9ND, bulb, f2.8, ISO : 100 Photo by Michael Maloney

Our next photo walk will be Thursday, June 12th out at Kirby Cove in Marin County where we will shoot the rising full moon over water, the Golden Gate Bridge and the city. More info here : http://www.camerawest.com/cwblog/2014/04/11/moonrise-over-sf-photo-walk/

Fireworks with a Twist Photo Walk

Photo by Michael Maloney

Join Michael for a new twist (literally!) on shooting fireworks.

The technique we will practice is a unique one. Rather than just letting the fireworks paint our image, we will change our focus during the exposure, getting the unusual effects you see in these photos.

We will be shooting the fireworks show after the Oakland A’s game at the Coliseum. You will not need to buy a ticket for the game as we will not be in the stadium. The fireworks show happens after the game.

What to bring :

  • A digital camera that will allow you to shoot in bulb and manual focus mode
  • A manual focus lens – wide angle to 50mm range
  • A tripod
  • A remote release
  • A neutral density filter – 3 stops would be ideal. A polarizer can work in a pinch.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
9 pm
Oakland Coliseum
Cost : $25.00

Participation will be limited so sign up soon!

Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.

michael@camerawest.com

Photo by Michael Maloney

Photo by Michael Maloney