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Snow King Fourth of July Fireworks in Jackson HoleJuly 5, 2011
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With my 5D still out, I wasn’t able to get the fireworks shots I was expecting since I was without a full-frame camera. I made the best of it though and headed over to the Snow King Ski Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to watch their annual Fourth of July fireworks show with my 7D.
Realizing early on that I wouldn’t be able to capture the full show, I made the best of the position I was in and looked for opportunities where fireworks both high and low were illuminating the mountain to give a sense of the landscape. I was shooting on bulb mode so that I could choose how long of an exposure to do depending on how many explosions were going on at the time. Too many recorded and they’d all just be blown out. Too few and there wouldn’t be much of a landscape. This particular shot was actually 22 seconds, so obviously there weren’t too many big explosions going on during that time. I kept my aperture at f/8 and while I tried to keep my ISO low, I found 320 to be a good fit.
Once my settings were tested on a few opening shots, it was just a matter of sitting back and enjoying the show with a shutter release cable in my hand. That way I could actually enjoy the show while still clicking away.