Kevin McGloshen, KPM Photography

Thunder Over Louisville

Thunder Over Louisville 2012

Thunder Over Louisville, the annual kickoff for the Kentucky Derby Festival, was tonight and this year I decided to take a different approach to photographing the fireworks.

For the past several years I have gone close, close, close to get a good shot of the fireworks, which has always produced great results. This year, however, I decided to take a different approach. Thunder Over Louisville typically brings in an average attendance of around 650,000 people, which makes leaving downtown Louisville or downtown Jeffersonville extremely frustrating. The crowds are mad, I tell ya.

In previous years I was shooting for the News and Tribune, which has offices in downtown Jeffersonville. This made processing images pretty easy with just a long walk back to the office. This year I was going to take it easy and get away from the crowds and head up to Floyds Knobs, a hilly section of Southern Indiana just above New Albany.

After spending the day shooting a freelance assignment in Frankfort, Ky., for the Courier-Journal, I was going to take my time shooting the fireworks and relax for once. I figured that if I got something … great. If not … who cares.

Unfortunately I got the heat put back on when the dir. of photography at the C-J liked the idea and wondered if I wouldn’t mind sending in a photo. This meant shooting for about 10 minutes of the 30 minute firework display, then rocketing down the hill to process and upload.

I was relatively pleased with the finished shot (it’s above this post), and would consider shooting from “on high” again. I’m pretty tired tonight, but I’ll try to post some tips for shooting fireworks in the near future. After all, the fourth is right around the corner. Happy shooting.

To find out more about Thunder Over Louisville, go here.

2 Responses

  1. Mike Dean

    April 22, 2012

    Nice shot and article. You and I met a few years ago. I have slowed down but on occasion will get out for some shots. We have only gone to one Thunder and that was enough for us. It took us two hours just to get back home and home was only seven miles away if that. Looking forward to reading your article on shooting fireworks. That’s one area I haven’t tried yet. TC


    • Kevin McGloshen

      April 22, 2012

      Hey Mike, good to hear from you. I totally understand your aversion to attending Thunder, the crowds are immense.

      I’m putting together that article about shooting fireworks now and hope to have it up in the next day or two. Thanks.

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