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Old Jun 27, 2007, 9:04 PM   #1
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Didn't get as many as I wanted, thunderstorm about 10 mins into the show. Used a K110D with kit lens, tripod and bulb mode with external shutter switch. Exposures were between 3-20ish seconds in f/13 to f/19
More to come after july 4th, will shoot in DC where they're spectacular I hear!
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Old Jun 27, 2007, 9:04 PM   #2
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Forgot to add, some contrast/sharpening PP in Aperture...
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Old Jun 27, 2007, 9:07 PM   #3
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Old Jun 27, 2007, 9:45 PM   #6
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Cool shots!

A few questions:
1. Did you have in-camera noise reduction on? Was it in RAW?
2. How did you get the black black?

The other day I was reading a way to get the noise out of fireworks shots by shooting in the same conditions (F-stop, bulb etc) with the cap on and then using it on a separate layer in Photoshop. Can't remember exactly how.
I have the same setup in mind for this 4th of July.


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Old Jun 27, 2007, 10:09 PM   #7
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1) No, digital noise reduct. was off, it takes too long to process the shot, settings were RAW, ISO 200, aperture and shutter speeds I've given above.
2) In PP, (PS takes too much time IMHO), I just adjusted the contrast slider until I got an acceptable level of black.

There was little/no noise in the pictures becuase of the low ISO, the combining images in PS with the black etc. takes too long on a per picture basis and I don't normally go there unless for star trails or the sort.

I combined a few explosions by opening the shutter, covering lens with a dark baseball cap until the shell exploded,remove until sparks subside, cover up again with cap...lather rinse repeat until I got the shells I wanted.
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OOOH AAAGH I love fireworks and you have captured some wonderfully.


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In PP, (PS takes too much time IMHO),
excuse my ignorance, what is PP ?

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Old Jun 28, 2007, 7:56 AM   #9
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Wonderful shots - love the third one, especially.
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I'm going to try to emulate your process, if I'm really lucky I'll get something close to as nice as those exposures.
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