There is always a picture that stands out from every shoot. The above picture is the one from last night. Warm colors go very well with darkness and I think the shutter speed of 1/20 of a second was just fine here. In my Bad 4th of July Photography, an Expert Tutorial posting last year, I mentioned that in order to have good fireworks pictures, you need to have a compelling foreground or else you will end up with bland and generic pictures without any context or story. It also helps greatly if that foreground has its own lighting so that it will show up in the picture.
The Sam Houston statue in Hermann Park was perfect for this purpose. The downtown Freedom Festival fireworks show is of course the biggest show in the city but I am a bit tired of the generic fireworks in front of skyscrapers look and wanted to get closer and offered to volunteer as a photographer but never heard back from them either. Sure, it’s a little bit disheartening to not even be able to give away my photography skills for free especially since they have been spamming my Facebook constantly for volunteers in other areas for three months straight, but there are always other games in town and the show at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park is just as worthy.
The only criticism that I have for the Miller Outdoor Theater fireworks show is that it starts way too late. The actual show starts at 8:30 PM but the fireworks show doesn’t happen until almost 10:30 PM so for many people, especially those with children, it’s too late. For my own selfish photography purposes, I think about a half-hour after sunset is the perfect time to get a deep blue sky with fireworks and still a little bit of ambient light left to capture the foreground. from a practical sense, there were no portable bathrooms so those with kids either let their kids urinate out in public, or left. Not everybody there was there to watch the symphony either so for those in the outlying areas like myself (with a great view of fireworks by the way), waiting was the hardest part.
FINALLY! The 3 1/2 hour waiting paid off! I got the exact pictures I was hoping to get.