Fireworks–a learning curve

I’m relatively new to this whole photography thing.  Full on manual settings still scare me, though I have advanced to only using an auto setting for shutter speed – in most circumstances.  By and large, the tried and true method of trial and error has worked well for me.  I am starting to have a bit more confidence behind the camera. 

Last night, I decided to try my hand at shooting fireworks. Of course, to do that I had to remove my shutter safety net and slow the speed all the way down to “bulb”.  Yikes.  I didn’t even know there was such a setting – thank you, Google.  Anyway, it was a fun night and I took lots of pictures.

At first glance, I was not overwhelmed by the pictures – from a realist perspective.  However, on closer inspection, I think there is an abstract quality to the photos that is far more interesting and quite pleasing to the eye. 

There is plenty of room for improvement, but I am pretty pleased with the results especially given that this was my first time.  Next time I will have a tripod and one of those nifty hand held clicker things.