Uptown Holiday Lighting fireworks pictures using the Nikon D600

For the one or two of you who read this blog, you remember when I wrote my tongue in cheek https://thecoog.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/bad-4th-of-july-fireworks-photography-an-expert-tutorial/ guide where I was complaining about how I have taken some bad fireworks pictures so far…and in all honesty some prettay prettay good ones too. My biggest complaint has been that the fireworks are entirely too bright compared to the background and foreground so when exposing, one has to choose between the two and pick one. The result is lackluster- either great fireworks without any buildings showing or showing the surroundings with the fireworks completely blown out.

Enter the bad mamajamma D600 and its incredible dynamic range. I was seriously a believer tonight. It’s amazing how much better fireworks photography is when you can shoot handheld, get low noise, freeze action of the foreground, and expose everybody pretty evenly.

Uptown Park Holiday Lighting

Uptown Park Holiday Lighting

All these pictures were taken in the Houston Galleria/Uptown area as part of their Thanksgiving night tradition. It is VERY crowded so I rode my bike to avoid parking hassles but it was shoulder to shoulder with people bumping into me.

Uptown Park Holiday Lighting

Uptown Park Holiday Lighting

Uptown Park Holiday Lighting

Between this and family and friends’ photography, I am very pleased today. The D600 is a great camera. It’s a shame about the dust issue.

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