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Jan 20, 2013 09:24 |  #391

60th anniversary "Snow Summit" at Big Bear Lake and New Year celebration in traditional Swiss way with flame skiing down the mountain.


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Apr 30, 2013 10:03 as a reply to  @ samsen's post |  #392

my first time attempting bulb mode... i like the outcome....


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May 01, 2013 19:20 |  #393

flipcrab85 wrote in post #15882587 (external link)
my first time attempting bulb mode... i like the outcome....

You should like the outcome, they are very good.

Nd filter or no?


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Jun 25, 2013 14:00 |  #394

What's the best way to shoot finales? I shoot from a tripod with a remote trigger and my finale shots get blown out if I leave my settings alone but I get some rather less than impressive results if I shorten the exposure times.

I usually shoot 4 sec. at F8 or F10 at ISO 100.




  
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Jun 25, 2013 20:05 as a reply to  @ waylandcool's post |  #395

Waylandcool - really to shoot finales you need to add a ND filter. I made my last Disney trip without them and really paid the price during finales


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Jun 25, 2013 21:31 |  #396

I've been thinking about an ND filter for my 17-40mm L for a while. Do you think 2 stops is enough? I've heard some mixed reviews about the variable ND filters and I'm not sure if I want to drop money on a set of them if I'm only going to use them once in a while.




  
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Jun 26, 2013 14:28 |  #397

I just ordered one of these today:

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …gital_Neutral_D​ensity.htm (external link)

Let's see how this works...




  
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Jun 30, 2013 20:13 |  #398

waylandcool wrote in post #16067203 (external link)
I just ordered one of these today:

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …gital_Neutral_D​ensity.htm (external link)

Let's see how this works...

Same set I use


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Jul 02, 2013 13:31 |  #399

Here's an article I wrote on some detailed tips for those interested in taking fireworks photos:
http://www.slrlounge.c​om …-of-itfirework-photoraphy (external link)


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Jul 04, 2013 00:41 |  #400

OK so here is the issue, tomorrow I would like to try my hand and get at least a few fireworks shots. I have read on the setup and all but I am curious as to which lens to use. I am probably about 1 1/2 miles away from seeing the macys fire work show across the water. IF I look to my direct right I can also see the Jersey works show as well. BUT I will be concentrating on the macys show I plan to go early park and get a good spot directly in front unobstructed view. Please in my signature is the set of lenses that I have at my disposal which of them do you guys think is best and would you use at this distance.


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Jul 04, 2013 10:18 |  #401

I shot the Macy's fireworks years ago from Brooklyn... from what I remember the barges are spread out in a row along the river. So depending what viewpoint you want I suggest start off wide with the 18-55. My suggested settings... ISO 100 @ f16. If you can use a "cable" release.

Edit: If you are shooting from Queens then you are shooting down river, so maybe longer focal length is better.


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Jul 04, 2013 18:29 |  #402

Johnny V wrote in post #16090633 (external link)
I shot the Macy's fireworks years ago from Brooklyn... from what I remember the barges are spread out in a row along the river. So depending what viewpoint you want I suggest start off wide with the 18-55. My suggested settings... ISO 100 @ f16. If you can use a "cable" release.

Edit: If you are shooting from Queens then you are shooting down river, so maybe longer focal length is better.

Thanks Johnny
So I dont need the 150-500 even though the fireworks is almost 1 mile plus away?


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Jul 04, 2013 21:21 |  #403

Depends on your vantage point, also don't forget the height of the fireworks, a long lens might cut off the top. I'd just bring an assortment of focal lengths to cover all situations. Tripod is mandatory for sure.


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Jul 04, 2013 22:22 |  #404

I went with the tripod and this year was a bust. Only like 3 half decent below grade shots as far as I am concerned. I will some how try and figure out how to get better fireworks shots between now and next year. I really did not want to have to go into the city at all. That absolutely would have yielded me dozens of great shots.

I used the remote trigger the tamron 18-270, Apex moonlight tripod and the 60 D on bulb. I tried several setting that were suggested but need more trigger time than what I had to get it done. I had all the right tools but not the experience required to nail the shots I had hoped for.


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Jul 05, 2013 08:52 as a reply to  @ samsen's post |  #405

My first feeble attempts. I think I borked the focus on a few of these.

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