Now that we are half way through the year and the dark nights are slowly rolling in I thought I would look back at some old photos.

What I love about the dark nights is the creativity it can offer, from long exposures of cityscapes, to stars, to painting with light.

When we were in Scotland, we knew because of the time of year it would get dark pretty early on so I wouldnt have to keep my kids up to late to be able to get a photo.

Every time we go away we always take sparklers with us, just something to excite the little ones.

Sparklers can obversely be dangerous so if you do plan to take images with your kids please do be careful.

I set my camera up on a tripod as you always need to do when taking a long exposure, setting always change and really does depend on you but for this photo the settings were: 6secs | iso125 | F9 | 12mm |

sparklers, long exposure, photography, night photography, scotland

The settings will depend on the complexity of the photo you want to achieve, my son is a little young to be able to ask him to do patterns so a few rapid hand shakes still made for a good example photo of what you can achieve.


Will you be trying this one with your kids? or will you be trying more complex patterns by yourself?



Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.


  1. This is something I have been meaning to do for ages. I love the effect and if it were dark enough I am confident I could get a similar shot. Very inspiring image Lewis! #mysundayphoto

  2. I would love to be able create a photo like this. Sparklers are so much fun, so long as you use them safely. I will give it a go come bonfire night. #mysundayphoto


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