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Old Nov 5, 2009, 8:16 PM   #1
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first attempt at shooting fireworks - also due to way more people turning up than i expected i was abit rushed to find a spot to put my tripod down so perhaps not th perfect angle on the display but at least i wasn't stuck with the masses of people all crammed together

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Old Nov 5, 2009, 8:24 PM   #2
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Very nicely done, John!
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First attempt or not, these are very good, well done.

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Excellent pictures - all are really well done! What type of shutter speed and focal length did you use for these? I really like the shutter speed you used - it was long enough to make an interesting picture but not too long.
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was using an aperture of F8 and a shutter speed of about 4 seconds mostly - sometimes a little bit less sometimes a little more just varying it to try and capture the effects of different fireworks

i did try some longer exposures of 10 or 15 seconds thinking i could get lots of fireworks into one shot but because of the angle i was shooting from they all were in similar part of the sky so that just ended up with to many fireworks in the shot ruining it
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Old Nov 6, 2009, 6:18 AM   #6
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Very nice no matter how many attempts! They are all nice but #1 is my favorite.

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Old Nov 6, 2009, 10:42 AM   #7
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Thanks for the information - I found the same thing you did on really long exposures - it does not make for a better picture. Too short of a shutter speed and you end up with dots, not fireworks (or squiggly short lines). Next time I have an opportunity to shoot fireworks, I'll try your 4 seconds and go from there, you were very successful.
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Hi John,

Very nicely done! I agree with Lou and like #1 the best because of the silhouetted people, but all are very good.

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I like them all!

I have found a technique that works for fireworks is to set the shutter speed to Bulb, use a remote with a lock feature in order to keep the shutter locked in the open position. Then simply use a piece of carboard to cover the lens in between the bursts of fireworks. This will allow you to capture just the blasts and avoid too much trails and smoke etc. 3-4 cycles of manually exposing and covering the lens opening usually results in some good images. You could hold the sutter open by keeping the pressing and holding the shutter release button on the camera, but you run the risk of introducing camera shake. F/8 seems like a good aperture and I've typically used ISO 200.

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I like #1 for the same reasons, but I also like #4 because it is less cluttered. Some of them have a cool tree sort of look. The colors are really nice too.

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