Sparks Fly

Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans! I hope you’re enjoying some nice weather, friends/family, BBQ and fireworks.

I actually shot this view of the downtown Minneapolis skyline and Mississippi River during the “Aquatennial” fireworks last year.  Like a lot of my favorite projects, this one’s been buried for a year.  But with today being the 4th of July, I thought it was time to finally get after it!

This one was quite the project (3 hours of work, and probably more detail work when I print it).  I used Lumenzia to blend 14 images shot with my Nikon D810 and 24mm tilt-shift lens.  Fundamentally, the image has three parts:   the left and right side at blue hour, and the fireworks.  I blended 5 exposures for the left side and 4 for the right, and then stitched them together as a pano.  I then added 5 different fireworks images.   I replaced the sky with itself shifted down (to the get the clouds below the fireworks instead of directly behind them).  And then added several finishing touches to complete the mood.

Greg Benz Photography