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Old Jun 24, 2008, 12:59 AM   #1
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With firework season here I was wondering what some good settings to take fireworks pics would be.
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Old Jun 24, 2008, 7:32 PM   #2
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ummm... I just take a lawn chair and a cold drink... oh waite, you meant camera settings!
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Old Jun 30, 2008, 12:24 AM   #3
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long exposures

like 30 seconds

but hold a black card in front of the lens and move it out of the way for each burst

that way you get a few bursts on one frame

http://www.johndolphin.net/photos/de...?image_id=1723

of course with computer you can add them together later

i would start at say f8 and see how the first photo goes then open or close the apperture to suit
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Old Jun 30, 2008, 12:43 AM   #4
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Tripod, but don't lock it down. This allows tracking/following the rockets up. Exposure times of 1/2 to 2 seconds work well for getting the bursts. Longer, if you want softer looking shots. Prefocus in manual, and use medium to small aperture and you shouldn't have to worry about missing focus. Settings vary depending on the effect you want to achieve.

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Old Jun 30, 2008, 11:15 AM   #5
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There were some fireworks on saturday night and here is the best shot of the night. I used tv mode with 30 sec exposure.


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Old Jun 30, 2008, 11:19 AM   #6
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Most of my shots came out like this.


You can see camera shake.

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In the pic above I did use a tripod but maybe I was on unsable ground. I have read that sometimes you can still get shake when you are pressing the button alot and that is what I was doing. Tomorrow night I will use the timer and experiment with exposure times.
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Old Jul 3, 2008, 5:03 PM   #8
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Think the Da-40 Limited would be a good lens for the fireworks?I will be not to far away, I also have a Sigma 28-70 2.8.
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Old Jul 4, 2008, 9:49 AM   #9
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Graham, if I may suggest, use a remote! Using a tripod is a must but I've found over the last couple of years that a remote makes it a lot easier especially when you talking about longer exposures of 1/2 to 4 seconds. That way you're not bumping the camera button.

Here's a couple from the 4th, 2007 that I got...nothing special but I liked them.



I still don't understand how I got the star-effect on this one. I wasn't using a filter other than a UV of course.





Oh yeah, one other thing....don't be afraid to take LOTS of pictures! Just keep snapping...it's digital! I think I took like 200 at this show. You just don't know until you get home what you have!

Good luck!
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