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Old Jul 6, 2007, 12:21 PM   #1
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Man, do I need some advice.
Went to a fireworks show on July 4 and took the P712 as it has a "fireworks" within the scenes mode.

Super, I am all set and ready to go, right?

Not even close. Every picture was a disaster of out of focus lines.

The shutter speed was 2 seconds on every picture, (major source of problem) and I could not, in the dark of evening see to set up anything in the manual mode, not to mention, I wanted to take pictures not fiddle with the camera.

I was "advised" by a local expert to set the camera on f8, 1/200, ISO100, and no flash.
That didn't work so well either.

Any suggestions for next time?

I am very disappointed in this camera for any low light shots thus far.
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Old Jul 6, 2007, 12:38 PM   #2
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Would you post one example of the failure?
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Old Jul 6, 2007, 12:51 PM   #3
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Yes, an example would be good.

Hopefully you used a tripod, and you fired the camera when the rocket was on its way up vs when you saw the explosion.

I had excellent results with the P850 in fireworks scene mode. Actually, I have been taking fireworks pics since 1961. Shoot a lot and hope! A lot will be bad some will be ok and some will be excellent.

I included on example thats not all bad, shot in scene mode iso 50 f5.6 2 secs @ 36mm

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Old Jul 6, 2007, 1:01 PM   #4
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Here are a few.
This one is set on "night landscape


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Old Jul 6, 2007, 1:04 PM   #5
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Another night landscape
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Old Jul 6, 2007, 1:06 PM   #6
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This is in "fireworks" mode.
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Old Jul 6, 2007, 1:15 PM   #7
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Another in fireworks
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One more in fireworks.

I did not use a tripod as I had not anticipated the slow shutter times.
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Old Jul 6, 2007, 3:02 PM   #9
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Flying Fossil wrote:
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..The shutter speed was 2 seconds on every picture, (major source of problem)
If you'd had a Z712is instead of a P712, and used ISO1600, you could have got the 2 sec down by a factor of 25, to 1/13s, and the image stabilisation would have done the trick quite reasonably instead of the tripod, as you can see in some of my and other people'sslow shutter and high ISO Z712 postings at for example.......

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=18

Hi ho, better luck next time, as I frequently have to tell myself. I like your pictures as they are, anyway.

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Old Jul 6, 2007, 3:24 PM   #10
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Differient strokes fo differient folks.
Pros have been shooting fireworks for years using iso's less than 100 and slow shutter speeds.
it is 10% equipment 30% skill and 60% luck.
the skill part is how to use what you have, ie.. camera, tripod etc but more important location ie where to set up., what is the background like, what ambient lights are around to ruin the shot., etc..
the luck part is shoot a LOT of pictures, and only show the best.

Attached is a low light shot taken at the same place as the Firework shot I posted earlier. P850 iso:64 f2.8 1/2 sec @36mm I seem to remember using the tripod..

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