Fireworks above Toce Falls, Formazza Valley, during a fireworks competition

Toce Falls, Formazza Valley, during a fireworks competition © Aurora Photos / Offset


Sparklers © Ardelle Neubert / Offset

“Fireworks Photography” has its own Wikipedia page, like “Fine-art Photography” or “Portrait Photography.” It seems like a specific, rather peculiar niche, but in fact, photographing fireworks is a genre unto itself. It requires both the technical skill of night photography and the “decisive moment” of street photography.

Fireworks, at least in the United States, are ingrained within our popular culture. Everybody knows what fireworks look like and sound like, and we know what firework photographs look like. They all kind of look the same, and they never compare to the real thing. At least that’s the way it usually is.

In honor of the 4th of July, we culled Offset‘s expansive collection of imagery to find photographs of fireworks that are anything but expected. By breaking some of the conventions of fireworks photography, experimenting with exposure times and ambient light, these artists have captured something essential about good fireworks: the mystery, the revelation, the Oohs and the Aahs.

Taking us from the mountaintops of Alberta to the waterfalls of Italy, these images remind us of the joys of celebrating and discovering something new.


On the beach © Peter Baker / fStop / Offset


4th of July on the lake © Charles Gullung / Offset

Fireworks in the sky with pond reflecting

Watching colorful fireworks through smoke © Liz Clayman / Offset


In the midst of the display © Galeries / Offset


4th of July fireworks explode © Elijah Solomon Hurwitz / Offset

Fireworks in the sky with pond reflecting

Fireworks reflected in a pond © Liz Clayman / Offset


In the mountains of Alberta, Canada © Cavan Images / Offset


Fireworks exploding in the sky © Gentl and Hyers / Offset

Crowds watch fireworks on the Fourth of July

Fireworks exploding above a crowd © Liz Clayman / Offset

All photos featured in this post can be found on Offset, a new curated collection of high-end commercial and editorial photography and illustration from award-winning artists around the world. Offset is a sponsor of Feature Shoot.

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