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17th of September 2006 (Sun), 15:16
Tonight it was the celebration of the Turku Day (Ňbodagen) which always ends with fireworks, and I thought I would give it a first try. All of them were shot @ ISO 100 with manual focusing. I used a remote and bulb mode. I shot all of them at f/9. Should Iíve used a higher f number? I have a feeling they all are a bit out of focus.
And yes, the kit lens was used for all of them. Please C&C :)
17th of September 2006 (Sun), 15:36
I think they make fantastic abstracts. I'd hang them on my wall.
18th of September 2006 (Mon), 07:43
Thanks :) I might even do that with one of them.
18th of September 2006 (Mon), 16:44
Wow they seem to be popping out of the screen! I like them a lot. Kinda makes you blink a few times to focus on them. :)
18th of September 2006 (Mon), 17:02
I think they are very nice and much better than my first attempt, well done.
18th of September 2006 (Mon), 17:10
Wow... those pictures are great.
18th of September 2006 (Mon), 17:22
This 'attempt' at capturing fireworks beats out my attempts to date. Well done!
You said it was at f/9 with ISO 100. What shutter speeds were you using? I'm assuming they were taken on a tripod, right? I'm impressed you were able to get enough light with that ISO.
18th of September 2006 (Mon), 22:24
Looks a hell of a lot better than my first attempt! Thanks for sharing these are great!
19th of September 2006 (Tue), 04:12
Great shots :)
19th of September 2006 (Tue), 07:22
Thank you everyone for all your kind comments :)
I was positioned on a balcony on the sixth floor quite close to where the fireworks show was going on, and the firework was more or less exploding pretty much right above me. The problem was that the altitude of the explosions was pretty much alternating all the time, so it was kind of hard to frame the shots. I would have loved to be able to get some shots in portrait mode, with a horizon, but it was impossible from where I was standing.
Iím posting another shot just to show the problem of the alternating altitude (or maybe it was more about me being too close (shot @ 25mm)), even though I think it turned out quite ok ;)
sswanson: The shutter speeds were varying 2 seconds and 7 seconds. I tried to look for the firework going up in the sky, press and hold the shutter before the explosion, and then let it go after one or two explosions.
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