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STICKY: It's Fireworks Time (Tips & Techniques)

 
Curtis ­ N
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Jul 04, 2007 22:42 |  #31

azpix wrote in post #3487902 (external link)
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.

I've done star trails as long as 45 minutes. Yes, you get noise and a few hot pixels when you do exposures that long. But I wouldn't worry about it for anything less than a few minutes.


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Jul 05, 2007 09:37 |  #32

I had a BLAST taking fireworks pics yesterday. This year I brought the tripod with me and it made ALL the difference:
Last year:
http://www.flickr.com/​photos/kadath/18582986​7/ (external link)

That was only one of 100 I took that was even worth sharing.

This year:
http://www.flickr.com/​photos/kadath/72191917​7/ (external link)

That's just the tip of the iceberg. Damn Tree and flag are still in the way on many shots but the colors and stability are soooo much better.

As I posted in the other thread, I just experimented with the 17-40 and 28-75, ISO 400, Bulb, and about F8 on most.... The remote controller is awesome for this stuff, just sat back and relaxed and varied the exposures to the action. Some came out great, others not so hot but I learned a LOT and it really came down to timing.


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Jul 05, 2007 10:16 as a reply to  @ Kadath's post |  #33

This was my first try at fireworks and as you can tell I have a lot to learn.

I used my 17-55MM but I wished I had brought the 70-200MM and a tripod...wait till next year.

I did have the best seat in the house for DC...these are from the Lee House at Arlingtron National Cemetery...I love the shot of the airliner flying in front of the fireworks burst.


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Jul 05, 2007 12:39 as a reply to  @ JimAskew's post |  #34

Thanks Dan (Woolburr)

I sorta took your advice, shot inside 1/2 mile, at 400, f8 and 2 seconds. Took a while (and lots of chimping) to get the compostion and timing right, but never messed with the exposure. Shot with my 28-75, and wished I'd brought the 17-35 also. But the exposures were almost always great. Some of the cool effects were lost, but it was worth dragging the rig along.

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This was probably the best of the bunch. but shot over 400 images. Tossed over 30 right away due to poor timing, or smokey images. We had dead still air, so the end of the show was a photogrphic disaster, most of the stuff lost in the smoke. Will sort out the rest tonight. Thanks again

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Jul 05, 2007 12:46 |  #35

KirkHMB wrote in post #3491659 (external link)
Thanks Dan (Woolburr)

I sorta took your advice, shot inside 1/2 mile, at 400, f8 and 2 seconds. Took a while (and lots of chimping) to get the compostion and timing right, but never messed with the exposure. Shot with my 28-75, and wished I'd brought the 17-35 also. But the exposures were almost always great. Some of the cool effects were lost, but it was worth dragging the rig along.

This was probably the best of the bunch. but shot over 400 images. Tossed over 30 right away due to poor timing, or smokey images. We had dead still air, so the end of the show was a photogrphic disaster, most of the stuff lost in the smoke. Will sort out the rest tonight. Thanks again

Glad things worked out for you...I had the exact opposite experience...it was too windy...the shots fell apart quickly as a result of the high winds. I didn't get that many keepers as a result. If you find any that you are really happy with, be sure to share them HERE.


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Jul 05, 2007 20:10 |  #36

Just a little tip. The absolute most minute jiggle makes the lines wavy adding a very neat affect.


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Jul 05, 2007 22:09 |  #37

Curtis N wrote in post #3477128 (external link)
9) I had the camera in vertical orientation. The altitude of each shot will vary more than the horizontal location, so this makes composition easier.

I am going to have to remember this one. I am pretty happy with my shots this year, but knowing this - I just think it could be better.

Thanks for the tip.


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Jul 06, 2007 13:33 |  #38

cowpix wrote in post #3477304 (external link)
I'm going to be in Calgary on the 4th. I guess I'm out of luck. ;)

Still in Calgary this week?

The Calgary Stampede is on for the next week or so.
Every night there is a 15 minute fireworks display!

I've got to head out there!!


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Jul 06, 2007 15:16 |  #39

mine from this year:

http://savagebasher.ma​ckycorp.org/Fireworks0​7 (external link)

rolled off 333 shots in 20 minutes, with 144 that were worthy of converting/resizing to jpg in my mind.




  
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Jun 23, 2008 23:12 |  #40

The season draws near...a couple of additional favorites from last season.
Image 1 EXIF:

Camera Maker: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS-1DS
Image Date: 2007:07:04 22:02:59
Focal Length: 153.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure Time: 2.500 s
ISO equiv: 100
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Spot
Exposure: Manual
Exposure Mode: Manual
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No

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Image Date: 2007:07:04 22:02:26
Focal Length: 153.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure Time: 2.500 s
ISO equiv: 100
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Spot
Exposure: Manual
Exposure Mode: Manual
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No
Color Space: sRGB
Photographer: Dan Houck 8287789393

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Jun 24, 2008 15:26 |  #41

In early june I tried my first time getting pics of fireworks. I was just using the 17-55. Problem came up when I put the XTI settings to remote/ delay. Then added a wired remote. Guess what happened. Each time I pressed the remote button there was a 10 second delay.

So I have to photo the fireworks with just the camera button no remote. I used it as a learning experience to learn how to time my shots even though they are a bit shaky.


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Jun 25, 2008 02:29 |  #42

A dumb question: What metering mode should I use? Evaluative, partial, spot? I just got a XSi and want to shoot some fireworks this July 4.




  
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Jun 25, 2008 05:34 |  #43

cwolf wrote in post #5787622 (external link)
A dumb question: What metering mode should I use? Evaluative, partial, spot? I just got a XSi and want to shoot some fireworks this July 4.

Doesn't matter...you aren't using the meter when shooting fireworks unless you are shooting right up close. The first post offers some additional detail, but start at ISO 100, 2 second exposure @ f/8 to f/11...manual mode.


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Jun 25, 2008 21:58 |  #44

Awesome! Cant wait to try my hand this year! Going to scout the area this weekend and try and find the spot with the best view.


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Jun 26, 2008 02:05 |  #45

ben_r_ wrote in post #5793387 (external link)
Awesome! Cant wait to try my hand this year! Going to scout the area this weekend and try and find the spot with the best view.

Me too! ;)




  
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