PyroFest is a celebration of the art of pyrotechnics and is labeled as America’s largest fireworks festival. According to its website (www.pyrofest.com), techniques and products from around the world are brought together for these amazing and spectacular fireworks displays. In addition, music is coordinated with the show creating a remarkable and breathtaking event. These pyrotechnic festivals take place throughout the U.S. and I was fortunate to attend the event at Hartwood Acres, right here in Pittsburgh.
Photographing fireworks is truly a particular thrill for photographers because you can never predict what you are going to get. And because of the large and unique displays, there is no better place to capture fireworks than at PyroFest. To shoot these shots, I used a tripod, set my shutter speed to 3-4 seconds, ISO 100, and adjusted aperture accordingly. I shot in manual mode making sure to adjust the aperture so that it underexposed the shot. As mentioned before, with fireworks you generally cannot predict how many will fire and therefore, if you overexpose, you will wind up with a large hot spots in your photographs. I underexposed each photo by about 2 stops so that it would accurately expose the fireworks once they fired. Then I continually pressed the trigger after every photograph and just watched in amazement and excitement with what was captured in my camera’s LCD preview screen.
I hope the photos speak for themselves in demonstrating the marvelousness of this event. Enjoy.