2014 Lake Tahoe Fireworks

Every year Incline Village and separately Michael Milken would display fireworks on Lake Tahoe near the Hyatt Regency. We could see them from the deck on our house, approximately 2-3 miles away and partially obscured by trees.

The key to shooting fireworks is to determine a shutter speed that shows the largest burst of light, balancing between the center and the edges. In these photos, a shutter speed of 4 seconds (yes, I used a tripod) worked well along with a f/5.6 aperture and ISO 200. The camera was a Nikon D800 with a 80-400mm telephoto lens.