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Old Jul 1, 2012, 9:34 AM   #1
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Default Fireworks mode in action

Well last night was the fireworks display in our little town so I figured I should give the fireworks scene mode a whirl. The fireworks scene mode optimizes the white balance for fireworks, sets exposure under a few stops, sets aperture to maximize sharpness (5.6-6.3 on this lens) sets shutter time to 3-4 seconds, and sets focus to infinity. Basically it takes care of all the stuff I'd do if I knew what I was doing... lol

Shot on a tripod, 14mm f2.5, wired shutter release used to remove chances of shake.


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Old Jul 1, 2012, 9:51 AM   #2
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a few more


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Those are awesome and yes I used the Fireworks Mode for a majority of our shot as well...
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Old Jul 1, 2012, 11:28 AM   #4
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Those are nice. I especially like the mortar trails going up that launched the display.
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G'day ewen

w-o-w .... I like 'em mate
very, very good collection > love how the breeze is making up the light-trails as well
10/10 from me

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I like them! Esp #6, very dynamic.

Just as a frame of reference . . .

I didn't make use of the "fireworks" mode, but maybe I should have. I also had no tripod but tried my best to remain still

Don't have the info here, but this was with the same lens, around f 7-8 or so and probably about 2-4 second exposure. I wish I had the data with me . . . I took several shots with slightly different exposure times and can't recall this one exactly. I think it looks cool but like how bright your trails are more (along with the obvious "no tripod" problem). Maybe if I knew more about LR I could make it better, haha.


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thanks for the comments guys, I was pleased with these shots although I should admit they were pulled from about 88 total exposures I took during the show.

The timing is rather hard to nail sometimes catching the tail end of one and the start of another made for a incongruous mess. The best ones I found were when I clicked the shutter as soon as I heard the boom of the mortar going off, this way I caught the trail and the explosion.

SammyKhalifa - I think your shot is pretty good although I think the two things the fireworks mode do that would have helped for you is a shorter exposure time, like 4 seconds and the exposure bias added to keep the highlights of the fireworks from getting blown out and also to keep the background and sky from showing up. You might try to adjust the exposure and up the contrast on your picture to see if you can get the background darker to highlight the fireworks. Depending upon the software you use you may also be able to darken the blacks or deepen the shadows both of which should help to isolate the fireworks.

It also looks like you had some smoke between you and the fireworks which is illuminated by the fireworks, that I am afraid is nothing you can get around, I was luck to have the wind blowing the smoke to the right (as is evidence by the trails) with a decent clip and the smoke didn't get in the picture. Some years I have gone to this show and there is nothing to see by a cloud of smoke that changes colors and makes noise lol ...


fwiw from the Olympus site
http://www.olympusamerica.com/crm/on..._fireworks.asp

"Here's a rundown of common adjustments
made in the Fireworks Scene Mode:

- Shutter speed is set to four seconds, which helps capture the streaming trails of the fireworks.
- Sets the ISO to 100 and the f-stop to f11.
- Sets the White Balance to 5300K
- Sets the exposure compensation to -1.0 EV. This is a full 1-stop underexposure to keep the firework highlights from burning out.
- Sets the color to Vivid, the Saturation to High and the Contrast to Hard, all of these changes help enhance color.
- Sets the Sharpness to Soft, which uses minimal sharpening in anticipation of post-processing."
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Interesting, maybe I'll try to replicate some of that from RAW with LR (although my knowledge and skill in lightroom is rudimentary at best). Don't know if the highlights will recover or not, but that's OK. I kind of like the smoke, though.
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