July 4th Fireworks ~ Frankfort, Michigan 2014

by | Jul 6, 2014 | Event Photography, Travel Photography | 12 comments

I’m so excited to share these images from our traditional trip to the July 4th Fireworks in Frankfort Michigan!  Although I am primarily a portrait photographer I started out in landscape photography and still return to my roots in photography often.  On this great evening I was treated to a gorgeous Lake Michigan sunset before a spectacular fireworks display.  I’ve shot fireworks a few times but after reading an article (I’m ALWAYS reading up on photography) I decided to try longer exposures this time.  I love the results and I hope you do too.  These images are also for sale at the Fireworks gallery here on my website.  I’ve got a lot of nature images from the UP, Pictured Rocks, Empire Bluffs, Pyramid Point, and more to add there as well.  Contact me at info@partoflifephotography.com for information on prints, canvases, metal prints, wood mounts and more!

I’d love to hear your comments so feel free to post below.  You can also share a link to this blog post!

For those that are interested I shot these with a Canon 5D Mark III, 24-70mm 2.8 L at f/16, ISO 100 – 200 with shutter speeds between 2.5sec and 5 seconds.  Here is one of the fireworks articles I read.  Have fun shooting!

Quite a show by Mother Nature!

Sunset by www.partoflifephotography.com

Lake Michigan sunset by pArt of Life Photography

Then an amazing show sponsored by the Frankfort – Elberta Chamber of Commerce!  You can see the Frankfort Lighthouse here, as well as the end of the breakwater in Elberta with the purple firework in this image.

Frankfort fireworks by www.partoflifephotography.com

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Fireworks Photography by pArt of Life Photography
fireworks by www.partoflifephotography.com

Frankfort Fireworks by pArt of Life Photography

fireworks by www.partoflifephotography.com

Frankfort Michigan Fireworks by pArt of Life Photography

fireworks by www.partoflifephotography.com

Frankfort Michigan Fireworks by pArt of Life Photography

fireworks by www.partoflifephotography.com

Frankfort Michigan Fireworks by pArt of Life Photography

fireworks by www.partoflifephotography.com

Frankfort Michigan Fireworks by pArt of Life Photography

fireworks by www.partoflifephotography.com

Frankfort Michigan Fireworks by pArt of Life Photography

fireworks by www.partoflifephotography.com

fireworks by www.partoflifephotography.com

Frankfort Michigan Fireworks by pArt of Life Photography

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fireworks by www.partoflifephotography.com
Frankfort – Elberta 4th of July Fireworks by pArt of Life Photography

Thanks for looking and please leave a comment!

12 Comments

  1. Beverley Sporck

    Beautiful fireworks photos!

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  2. Shondra

    Wow! These are amazing. Well done!

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  3. Peggy

    Wow! Just spectacular!!! And so love that you’ve shared the equipment used and settings 🙂 Thank you!

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  4. Krista Lund

    these firework photos are spectacular!!

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  5. Reena

    These are totally stunning!! wow!! I love the sunset, great composition and love all the different firework shots. Thanks for posting your settings!

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  6. Kimberly

    These are fabulous! You did an incredible job.

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  7. Emily Supiot

    Beautiful pictures! I grew up in Michigan and remember watching fireworks waterside like this:)

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  8. Kristen

    Beautiful firework images, I love the colors!

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  9. amy

    wow these are great!

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  10. Annette

    Amazing images! So cool to see how big the fireworks are compared to the lighthouse!

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  11. Kerry

    Great photos. That lens is one on my wish list, but a little pricey for a hobbyist. Can you tell me what white balance setting you used?

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    • partoflifephoto@gmail.com

      Hi Kerry, I used auto white balance. I often use the white balance dropper in lightroom to adjust color in post processing. In this case I might click on the sky and adjust for any lack of blue that the image would need based on there being blue still in the dark sky. After lots of practice and developing personal preference I do my white balancing most often in post-production. Sometimes at weddings I will play with the Kelvin settings with some test shots in the church or reception hall. Happy shooting! Thanks for checking out my fireworks!

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