With Independence Day celebrations happening all over the Crystal Coast yesterday, we chose to go to the Swansboro fireworks display. Knowing that traffic and parking problems always accompany events that take place in Swansboro – we left the house at 6:30 pm so that we could park and settle in along the waterfront. Traffic was heavy and there were a LOT of folks with the same idea as ours. We meandered down to Casper’s Marina, parked, put our chairs on the waters edge and settled in for the long wait. Fireworks were to begin at 9 pm. The good news was that it was a breezy (actually downright windy) evening and it was a nice place to sit and watch the boat traffic on the waterway.
I, of course, had my camera in hand and was out to shoot the fireworks. Last year, I shot them in New Bern and had pretty good success but didn’t remember to get anything in the foreground to make the photos a bit more interesting. Click HERE to see last years photos and the fireworks settings that I used. This year, as I did last year, I set the camera on the tripod, set to manual and bulb, iso 100, focused on the area where the fireworks would be coming from and then turned off the auto focus and VR. Oh yeah, I also had a release so that I could time the exposures. I had intended to try different apertures and to turn the camera horizontal for a different view but since it was over so quickly, that never happened.
The fireworks began at 9 pm and the grand finale ended at 9:08 pm. WHAT?? Sure glad that I had everything all set up or I would have missed photographing them. 🙂
Below are a few of the photos that I took along with a short video (less than 1 minute) of all of the photos taken last night. If thought it was not very long, it was an enjoyable fireworks show and I had another opportunity to try my hand at shooting them. So what do you think?