Artist's Favorite Images, Angel in the Fireworks

January 30, 2018  •  2 Comments

Angel in the FireworksAngel in the FireworksA few, small adjustments were made, like brightness and contrast, but the subject and content in this image were NOT altered. This was not photoshopped. What you see is what the camera saw as I held the shutter open for 1.6 seconds.

"Angel in the Fireworks"

Where and when?

This image was shot during a July 4th celebration at Lake Santee, Greensburg, Indiana, 2017. 

How was this done?

The image was created by simply aiming the camera and holding the shutter open for 1.6 seconds. There was no planning involved and I had no idea what I had caught until I saw the image in post-processing. 

The only alterations that were made were slight cropping and a tiny bit of contrast-type adjustment. The subject, what I call the "angel", was not modified in any way.

I'm a very data-driven, scientifically minded human. I'm also very spiritually oriented. I usually use science to explain how situations occur. I usually refer to spirituality to explain why.

As the science nut that I am, I had to start digging, so I wrote to several fireworks display companies and asked two questions:

1. How likely is it that a firework was created, with 2017 technology, that would intentionnally draw this pattern within 1.6 seconds? 

2. If you think this was likely NOT due to human craftsmanship, can you think of any atmospheric conditions that could help create this shape?

In return I quickly received answers from all of them. And in complete satisfaction to my inner nerd, explanations were intelligent and punctual. The following sums up every answer I received from every company:

"The effect you have captured here is likely a “Go-getter” shell or similar scattering effect such as a “Crossette”.  Typically a long exposure in conjunction with those type of effects will create an image such as this.  While the scattering pattern is random you certainly caught it at an interesting moment.  Although Go-getters and Crossettes are slightly more advanced effects, the technology to produce them has been around for decades if not longer." 

The above was sent from Zambelli Fireworks, https://www.zambellifireworks.com.

Other, similar and intelligent answers came from Pyrotechnics Guild International, http://www.pgi.orgHollywood Pyrotechnics (Facebook link) and others who did not give permission to post their information. 

Why the shot came about

I don't like to push my version of spirituality on others, so for now I'll just explain how I believe this came about... I asked, I received. To me that's the "why" that explains this image. Of course some people will refer mainly to how the image was created. Please keep in mind, all answers from the pros said these patterns are random. In other words, no human decided what the pattern would look like. And granted, I agree it's possible this had nothing to do with the divine, but for me the only response to that is, "Come on!". 

Thank you to all who participated in the discussion.

See more from that same fireworks display, and some from the previous year. 

Fireworks CoronaFireworks Corona Fireworks BWFireworks BW  

Glowing BoatsGlowing Boats   Raining FireworksRaining Fireworks


Comments

SlyFocal.com Imagery by Shawn Keenan
Thank you Ruth. I don't shoot fireworks much anymore either. It is fun, but it's also nice to just enjoy them and take a break from lugging the gear around. And yeah, I have my faith and attach that to what I caught on this image, but always like to explore all possible explanations.
Ruth Kingman(non-registered)
I liked your fireworks images. I used to love photographing them too. But now only film them if needed for specific art projects. I apricated your 'scientific' explanations of the mechanics of fireworks in addition to the images you shared.
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