Pyro Spectaculars… San Diego’s Firework Company Since 1946
I wish I had a dollar for every time in the past month I was asked about the Big Bay Boom. You know, that giant fireworks mistake in San Diego on the 4th of July that fired all the fireworks on all the barges in a matter of seconds. THAT WAS NOT PYRO SPECTACULARS!!!!.
While Pyro Spectaculars was not responsible for that particular show we do have a deep history with San Diego. In fact, the roots of Pyro Spectaculars San Diego Fireworks go back 66 years to 1946!
Over twenty years ago Pyro Spectaculars acquired San Diego Fireworks. The father of our current San Diego Facility Manager, John Peluso, started San Diego Fireworks in 1946. John grew up in San Diego with fireworks in his blood and a passion for the excitement that fireworks brings to the millions that enjoy shows in San Diego every year.
Show Producer, Sam Bruggema, also raised and living in the San Diego area, works with John and our other hardworking Pyro Spectaculars professionals to present dozens of displays around the City every year.
Want to see a fireworks display by Pyro Spectaculars? Just visit Sea World San Diego, San Diego Chargers, San Diego Padres, KGB Sky Show, Holiday Bowl, Coronado 4th of July, Ocean Beach 4th of July and countless others. Many events from the Midway and Hotel del Coronado also feature Pyro Spectaculars fireworks and pyrotechnics. We are proud to be a part of all of these fine displays and to have been chosen based on our long record of professionalism, dependability, and, well, Spectacular fireworks displays.
Pyro Spectacular’s next event is the annual KGB Sky Show at Qualcomm Stadium. The show features a magnificent display of fireworks synchronized with great music! The show will immediately follow the SDSU vs. Hawaii football game. Come for he game, but stay for the show! Please click here to get more information about the game and show.
If you want to see the best fireworks (and not all at once) make sure the event you attend will be a Pyro Spectaculars San Diego Fireworks event!
Highlights from the 2012 Operator Appreciation Night at Quakes Stadium
Thank you to our wonderful friends for attending another spectacular Operator Appreciation Night. We were able to celebrate the night with over 250 of you! Your attendance and participation made the night extra special! We look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Want to relive the fun from last night?? Check out the video of last night's show and click the Read More button below to see photos from the night.
Operator Appreciation Night at Quakes Stadium
As a THANK YOU to our amazing operators we would like to invite you to our annual appreciation night. This year's event will be hosted at Quakes Stadium in Rancho Cucamonga. Please join us for a night of fun, baseball, delicious feed, good drinks and GREAT friends. We very much hope you can join us!
Please RSVP by calling the office, (888) 477-PYRO.
Amazing Highlights of the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary
Highlights of the epic fireworks spectacular fired on May 27, 2012 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. Music composition and editing by Roy Swedeen. Check out http://www.studioredproductions.com/ for more of his amazing work!
Your First Seven Fireworks Photo Tips
Getting great (or even good) photos of fireworks can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to help the amateur or semi-professional photographer get started with success. All photographers know that photography is an art. These should help you with the basics.
- Use a Tripod
Since you’ll be using longer shutter speeds it is crucial to have your camera secured. You want to capture the movement of the fireworks, not the camera.
- Don’t Touch!
Again, keeping everything on the camera end steady is crucial, so invest in whatever remote release device is available for your camera. If you don’t touch it, you won’t cause the image to jiggle.
- Simplify your Settings
As you experiment and develop expertise you may find tricks that work for you, but a good place to start is…
- No “Auto” — shoot in manual mode
- Aperture — don’t make the “bigger is better” mistake; start somewhere around f/8 to f/16
- Shutter Speed — You want a good long exposure. Hold down the shutter from the “first of the burst” to the end of the effect. Typically, your shutter will be open for a few seconds. On the other hand, don’t assume that you can keep the shutter open indefinitely. Unless you’re shooting a single burst, you could easily get an over-exposure.
- Focal Length — better wider; that’s why God invented cropping
- ISO — 100 should work well.
- No Flash (don’t think you can light a fireworks burst – it is its own light against the black sky!
- Take a lot of shots
There are lots of variables, and it can seem like a game of chance. Improve your odds by “placing lots of bets.”
- Have the wind at your Back
If the wind is blowing toward you, you’ll likely wind up with a lot of pictures of smoke, and a few pictures of smoky fireworks.
- Setup your shots early
Get to the venue and pre-focus on the area of the sky where the fireworks will burst. You may have to make some adjustment once the show starts, but you don’t want to spend the first few minutes of the show trying to get your basic focus in place.
- For a more memorable shot, include a frame of reference
Folks on vacation don’t take pictures of each other in the hotel room. Let your picture tell the story of not only how beautiful the fireworks are, but where the show is, and what it’s all about. Include a skyline, some people in the foreground, a recognizable building, etc.
With good planning, the right equipment, and some luck, your first fireworks photos will be beauties, and you’ll be on your way to great shots in the future.
Want to Learn How to Shoot Fireworks??
Do you want to learn how to shoot fireworks??
Do you want to participate in the July 4th magic?? Our nation's birthday is quickly approaching and we need assistance with setting up our shows! We have shows all over California that need quality crew.
If you are interested please contact Margo Lund. She can give you all the relevant information and help you get involved. Her contact information is below. Don't wait! Call today!
Phone: (909)355-8120 x233
Coming to NYC for July 4th??
Hey Pyro Fans! Are you going to be in New York City for the Fourth of July??
Come watch the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular with the Pyro Spectaculars family! We are hosting an exclusive party at the Chart House. The location information is below.
Pier D-T, Weehawken, New Jersey
Buffett Dinner, No Host Bar
Adults -- $100
Childern (under 13) -- $50
Click here to download the event flyer. Hurry! We only have 30 spots left!
More Info? Please Contact:
Nancy Gilfillan (ngilfillan[at]pyrospectaculars[dot]com)