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Old Aug 1, 2003, 3:51 AM   #1
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Alright here is one of my many firework shots I took the other evening in Vancouver at the Celebration of Lights This is was part of the Czech Republic's entry. Canada and China do these later in the week.



Now I took roughly 60 images of fireworks and I am wondering what is the best way to take them?

I currently don't own a tripod so I hold the camera as steady as possible during them. I also was using an shutter speed from .8" to 2.5" and seeing how well they turned out.

Anyone have any tips and tricks I can try out? There are 3 more evenings I will be attending in the next week and a bit to try and get more pictures of the fireworks competition.

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Old Aug 1, 2003, 1:19 PM   #2
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Without a tripod I get the exact effect you have - wavy lines which are not due to the wind disturbing the streamers but due to camera motion as you depress the shutter button.

Although an interesting effect in itself that is not what I presume you want. You can get some relief if you are near a fixed object (lamppost, tree etc.) that you can prop the camera against. But as usual those are never at hand.

I have seen an instance where someone on this forum claimed to have kept the camera still for over 1-sec to take a handheld fireworks shot that looked very good.

Most books will tell you that keeping still for 1/15 sec. and longer takes quite a bit of practice. You can help a tad by using your timer switch which is usually used for self portraits. The mere act of depressing the regular shutter button even when done carefully moves the camera slightly.

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