Happy New Year! For new years eve we went to the local beach to watch the fireworks, have a little picnic and watch the kids run around with their glow sticks and sparklers. It's always a lot of fun and I'm always up for a bit of sparkler photography!!
These shots were fun to make, especially as their glow sticks also created some colourful effects too!
I didn't use a tripod for these shots. These were all just hand held (or sitting down with the camera on my knees for support). Generally the exposures are around 1 second, using a fairly wide aperture (f2) and a high ISO. Of course if you wanted to create less grainy images, you'd shoot with a lower ISO (between 100 - 400) and use a longer shutter speed which would create a different effect again - the sparklers would be more continuous. That's why I love long exposure photography, there's so many options and ways to capture the light.
We all had so much fun creating different shapes... of course as the night went on, the crazier and more random they became!
Here's to a new year and wonderful times ahead!