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Old Jul 27, 2006, 2:09 PM   #1
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I'm a new H5 user, and also new to a camera with more options than a P&S! I'd like to be able to capture fireworks shots and would like suggestions on what settings to use.

Suggestions and examples to demonstrate would be very welcome.

Cheers from Ottawa, Canada

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Old Jul 31, 2006, 11:04 AM   #2
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I guess no one is shooting fireworks with the H5. I looked at a couple of articles and decided to try the following settings.
  • Full Manual [/*]
  • ISO 80 [/*]
  • Exposure time 3 seconds [/*]
  • Aperture f8.0 [/*]
  • Focus at near infinity[/*]
I'll post a couple of shots to show the results, feedback appreciated. These shots are sized down for easy email transfer and screen display.



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Old Jul 31, 2006, 11:07 AM   #3
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Old Aug 1, 2006, 11:39 AM   #4
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Nice shots! I thought they turned out well. Though, it would have been nice if you were closer to the action.

I am new to digital photography period so your informationis a good starting point. But at the same time we should all keep something in mind. In my readings I found out that you really can't use the settings seen in some article for a certain type of picture and hope to get the same result. As every shooting situation is different. Though, I suppose you could use the settings you found as a "general guideline" and then experiment.

I had a H5 but had problems with mine. Now I have a H1 and have been very happy with the results so far.

Have you tried using the "twilight" scene mode yet to shoot fireworks or other night scenes? How did it go? I haven't yet. And did you use a tripod to shoot those fireworks pics?
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Old Aug 1, 2006, 2:14 PM   #5
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Thanks for the comments DarkDTSHD. I was in a hotel room 1/2 the diameter of the lake away from the barge so I couldn't get any closer. I did use a tripod and the 2sec self timer but I probably wouldn't use the self-timer again as I got caught pushing the shutter release a little too late to catch the burst with the self-timer in between my button push and the exposure.

I agree with you that you can't take someone else's settings and expect identical results but I was just looking for some suggestions as to how to set the H5 up. I haven't ever had a camera with manual capabilities before so I had no clue.

I haven't used any of the scene modes yet. I'm attaching a sunset shot that I took using Program mode. I selected a combo of f3.2/.167seconds and ISO 320. Let me know what you think.

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Thanks for the comments DarkDTSHD. I was in a hotel room 1/2 the diameter of the lake away from the barge so I couldn't get any closer. I did use a tripod and the 2sec self timer but I probably wouldn't use the self-timer again as I got caught pushing the shutter release a little too late to catch the burst with the self-timer in between my button push and the exposure.

I agree with you that you can't take someone else's settings and expect identical results but I was just looking for some suggestions as to how to set the H5 up. I haven't ever had a camera with manual capabilities before so I had no clue.

I haven't used any of the scene modes yet. I'm attaching a sunset shot that I took using Program mode. I selected a combo of f3.2/.167seconds and ISO 320. Let me know what you think.

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I'm a sucker for sunsets/sunrises and that was one of the better ones I've seen in a while. Good work!!

Though, if possible maybe you could shed a little light on the "black areas" the next time you're shooting a sunrise. Maybe time the shot for a few mintues later. I think that would take this kind of picture to the next level. I know sometimes that can be pretty hard to do. At times beyond our control.

I'd love to be able to catch a good sunrise shot but I'm too lazy. HEH! Perhaps I'll make an exception the next time I'm in some exotic location when on vacation. Like the Serengeti plains in Afica or Egypt.

As for me, I've only been playing around with the scene modes, full-auto and Program AE. I shot mostly in P mode as there seems to be a bit of flexiblity. Will definitely try shooting only in aperture priority and then shutter priority. Then work my way to manual mode.

Keep up the great work!

Cya! Gotta go...
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Old Aug 2, 2006, 7:45 AM   #7
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BStew,

Nice shots !!! Did you take those shots at the Casino of Lac Lemay firework competition ? I believe that was South Africa putting on a show that night.

Ihad hopedtobring my camera and tripodto take pictures of the fireworks, but I knew where I was sittingin the 20$ seats there would be no room to setup the tripod.

Since I live close by I might go back a few times as general admissionand set up right by the lake.

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Thanks DarkDTSHD, I'm kinda like you - lazy. This was sunset not sunrise, couldn't get up that early!!!

The trees overhanging me created the black areas in the top of the frame, the rest was just the shadow from the setting sun.

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Yes Rick, I took these last Saturday night. What a show and from a hotel room we were at the level of a lot of the bursts. Tonight I'm going to a show at the casino and when it's over the German show should be starting. I'm bringing my camera and tripod and collapsible chairs to put in the trunk. When we get out of the show I'll set up and see what I can capture. Will post good ones.



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Yes Rick, I took these last Saturday night. What a show and from a hotel room we were at the level of a lot of the bursts. Tonight I'm going to a show at the casino and when it's over the German show should be starting. I'm bringing my camera and tripod and collapsible chairs to put in the trunk. When we get out of the show I'll set up and see what I can capture. Will post good ones.



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Ahhh I see. Sunset. Still a nice shot! In that case maybe you can take the shots for the German show 10 minutes earlier? So that the details in the "black areas" (e.g. leaves, shoreline) would be illuminated. This is just a personal preference of course. Some people might prefer "black".

Other than that you captured the colors in the sky and the water terrifically!!

Can't really go wrong with the H5 or my H1.

Looking forwards to the pics from the German show.
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