Categories: Destinations, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
I have many “favorite time of the year” declarations. My favorite time of the year is Spring because everything feels new and shiny. My favorite time of the year is Summer when the overnight lows are higher than the Winter highs. But right now my favorite time of the year is the start of Hot Summer Nights in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It is during this time of year I can both shoot and enjoy fireworks, outdoor concerts, entertaining events, and loads of people.
One of the hallmarks of Hot Summer Nights is a fireworks display from Second Avenue Pier every Wednesday night throughout the entire summer. In fact, during this time of year I can find fireworks shooting from one location or another about five days a week, so there is no end to the number of fireworks displays I can shoot. Hot Summer Nights focuses on bringing locals and tourists alike to the downtown Myrtle Beach area along the Boardwalk from Second Avenue Pier to Plyler Park.
I love shooting fireworks for a very simple reason: they are always different. I may capture the same location, the same colors, and the same types of fireworks, but the patterns in the sky are always different. I will shoot the same location a dozen times each year in Myrtle Beach, but I always change my position, camera angle, perspective, or try something completely different. This time I tried something I’ve only done once before: HDR fireworks. HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is a post-processing workflow for photography that I feel brings out better color saturation, textures, and details. In the photos posted below I shot in each fireworks display as an HDR photo and blended it with an HDR of the pier to give you the full effect of the light show and location.
These fireworks will continue throughout the year and as long as I’m not out of town on assignment or the weather cancels the fireworks I will be at Second Avenue Pier each Wednesday night to shoot more photos in different ways. You can visit my website, Facebook, or Twitter accounts to find when I upload more photos. For now, enjoy the ones I shot a few nights ago.
If you would like to view more photos from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, be sure to visit my gallery here: http://jasonbarnette.photoshelter.com/gallery/Myrtle-Beach/G0000dyMhQyBZKxI/C0000rlAXEesCLQI
About Jason Barnette
Jason Barnette is an internationally published travel photographer based in Myrtle Beach, SC. From here, Jason explores the Southeastern United States shooting photos of the travel industry, tourism, and beautiful landscapes. His photos focus on telling the story of a destination from beginning to end throughout all four seasons, highlighting landscapes, people, food, lodging, and entertainment. Through this blog, Jason publishes his best photos from specific assignments, travel destinations, parks, and projects.