By Goran Prvulovic
Last Saturday I was able to witness the beautiful display of Canada’s 150th fireworks celebration. I and my son had last year been able to take some pictures of Calgary’s fireworks last year, but this time with the 150th birthday of Canada coming up, rumors were going around that the firework celebration was going to be extra special.
Our first thought was where we could find the perfect location to take these pictures, and after doing some research and we found the perfect spot just overlooking downtown, a location called McHugh Bluff. It offered an excellent vantage point and convenient access to downtown for refreshments. Unsurprisingly, despite arriving two hours earlier, we had already seen some fellow photographers camping out, setting up their equipment and taking good positions.
For myself, using an Olympus camera, I use the live composite mode that lets me capture night scenes extremely well. It allows me to capture bursts of light without creating overexposure, which is just what I need for a firework show. It’s also able to capture other moments in the dark as well, so it’s perfect for car lights on the road, or a meteor shower.
Once the shutter fires, the camera then proceeds to shoot photos until you hit the shutter button for the second time. My Olympus camera then takes the pictures, superimposes them on-top of each other, and you end up with a beautiful shot that brings whatever light show you were shooting to live.
Of course, this feature needs to be timed perfectly, as leaving it for too long would get you a black background with a big ball of light in the middle of the picture, whilst if I didn’t wait long enough, I wouldn’t end up with a picture that looked anything like a firework, just some brief flashes of light.
And you need to watch out for other people coming into your photo as well since the spot we picked was jam packed with hundreds of people, it helped that I perched my camera on top of an elevated platform that made sure people's heads weren’t interfering with my pictures.
Hope you liked what you have seen, and feel free to browse the rest of the gallery online!
Until next time,