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Jul 02, 2007 21:20 |  #16

Thanks Curtis...great tips and shots...That second one is super!


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Jul 02, 2007 21:29 |  #17

Oh MY GOSH!!! I'm so excited! :) I hope I get to get out and take pics! My children usually melt down way before show time!!


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Jul 02, 2007 21:35 |  #18

Sounds like a perfect time for them to spend some quality moments with the grandparents!


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Jul 02, 2007 21:36 as a reply to  @ Grace's post |  #19

I'm going to be in Calgary on the 4th. I guess I'm out of luck. ;)




  
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Jul 02, 2007 21:41 |  #20

kathy.patterson wrote in post #3477263 (external link)
My children usually melt down way before show time!!

Hehe. It's an inevitable part of watching a fireworks show.
1) You have the parents who stop at the ice cream stand beforehand, so their kids are tired, cranky, and on a sugar rush at the same time.
2) Then you have the parents who bring a too young child who freaks out at the sound and bawls his head off for 20 minutes.
3) The parents who give their kids bottle rockets and tell them to "Go play in that open area on the other side of the yellow tape."
4) Of course there's the parents who give their sugar-rushed kids sparklers so they can chase each other through the crowd with white-hot pieces of wire spewing little projectiles.

Last night at our show, there was a child about 20 feet behind me who screamed at the top of her lungs after every shell explosion. I wished I had brought my gaffer's tape!

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Jul 02, 2007 21:48 |  #21

Curtis N wrote in post #3477325 (external link)
Last night at our show, there was a child about 20 feet behind me who screamed at the top of her lungs after every shell explosion. I wished I had brought my gaffer's tape!

Ain't the holidays fun?
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Jul 02, 2007 21:55 as a reply to  @ Jim7226's post |  #22

Wool, what a great idea this thread is! I can't wait to test out the specs!


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Jul 03, 2007 01:27 as a reply to  @ Permagrin's post |  #23

Had fun making these...;)


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Jul 03, 2007 22:55 |  #24

Curtis N wrote in post #3477128 (external link)
8 ) I used f/8 and ISO 100. Interestingly, my wife used f/32 and her shots don’t look a whole lot different.

Another thing I tried was a ubber long exposure 33 seconds but covered the lens with Curt's hat (forgot to bring a black card) between the fireworks and uncovering when I thought there was good explosion in the viewfinder. Here is what I got.

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Jul 03, 2007 23:03 as a reply to  @ Becky N's post |  #25

That's cool, Becky! I'm gonna give that one a try.


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Jul 04, 2007 06:33 |  #26

I really like that one Becky - love that there is no smoke in it too. :D


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Jul 04, 2007 10:06 |  #27

Good tips, especially the one on staying upwind!
You can take a lot of single bursts & put them together in PS using the Lighten Blend mode, too.
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Jul 04, 2007 13:28 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #28

Thanks for the tips! On my way to downtown DC with my MIII. First time doing fireworks! Joe p


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Jul 04, 2007 20:11 |  #29

Curtis N wrote in post #3477128 (external link)
7) Set the shutter speed to BULB mode so you can hold the shutter open at will with the cable.


Hey Curtis,

After reading your post, I busted out he manual to figure out how to shoot with the BULB setting. Never done it before. The manual says be prepared for noise in the BULB setting.

WOuld this be something you would get with a really long exposue? I did nt see any noise issues with your pics.

As always, Thank for you input.

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Jul 04, 2007 22:36 |  #30

well i haven't even brought my cam in from the car, but I'm not sure I got anything spectacular....:( we'll see tomorrow!


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