As this is my first new year’s eve with my DSLR, I wanted to do some awesome firework photography. Luckily the building I live in has an easy accessible roof on the third floor. This gave me a good view over the neighbourhood.

The weather was foggy this year. Sometimes the distance I could see was 20 meters at best. But luckily cleared up every few minutes. With the fog and temperatures around zero degrees, the circumstances were far from great. But since you only have one chance a year, I just made the best of it.

In the last few weeks I read a lot about photographing firework. And while I felt confident I had at least enough knowledge to create some nice photos. I went up on the roof at around 21:30 for my first test session with my tripod and the 10-20mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 wide-angle lens mounted on my camera.

It didn’t take long before I came to the conclusion that a 10-20mm was not what I needed that night. So I went back again with a 50-200mm f/4.0 – f/5.6 an hour or so later. While I got mixed results with that, I decided that I would stick with it for my midnight session. Before I knew it, I lost track of time. Over 200 photos were made. I was up there for around 2 hours. I definitely learned a lot last night. You can see some of my best shots from last night down below.

Thank you for reading. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post about my first photo session of 2020! I really liked experimenting with firework photography. If you have any questions or feedback, please let me know in the comments at the bottom of this page. Or contact me via the contact page.