Fireworks 2005 - First Timer

Discussion in 'Night, InfraRed, and UltraViolet Photography' started by Cory Cooper, Jul 4, 2005.

  1. Cory Cooper

    Cory Cooper

    300
    May 24, 2005
    Salem, NH
    Hi Everyone,

    I tried capturing my local fireworks tonight for the first time. I live less than a mile from the high school where they shoot them off from. This was shot from the back of my driveway though the woods. Natural tree framing to boot! I used a combo of settings I found here:

    Camera: Nikon D1 (Firmware ver. 1.05)
    Lens: Nikon Micro 105mm 2.8D AF
    ISO: 200
    WB: Daylight -2
    Exposure: 4.0 s at f/16
    Focus: Manual at ?
    Format: RAW NEF

    Here's the best shot:

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    I feel focus might have been a little off, and exposure a little too long. Did the following in PS CS2:

    1. Opened with default ACR settings
    2. Camera Bits - Band Aide: Medium 50%
    3. Levels: Black/Shadows +15
    4. Cropped: Fixed Aspect Ratio 4x6
    5. Image Size: Height 630px
    6. Smart Sharpen: Basic, Default, 25%, 0.1px, Lens Blur, More Accurate
    7. Frame: my own web frame action - end up with 800px height
    8. Save for Web: JPEG, Very High, Quality 80%

    Comments/critiques/suggestions more than welcome...

    C
     
  2. dbirdsong

    dbirdsong Guest

    Nice photo...
     
  3. Cory Cooper

    Cory Cooper

    300
    May 24, 2005
    Salem, NH
    Here are four more...

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    Same settings as the first shot above.

    C
     
  4. Cory Cooper

    Cory Cooper

    300
    May 24, 2005
    Salem, NH
    One more...

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    C
     
  5. eng45ine

    eng45ine

    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Very nice images, Cory...
     
  6. Cory Cooper

    Cory Cooper

    300
    May 24, 2005
    Salem, NH
    Thanks Frank...I appreciate it.

    Was literally "shooting in the dark". ;)

    Learned a lot though.

    C
     
  7. Well you beat my pitiful attempt. I haven't processed them yet but after looking at yours I may not.
     
  8. Cory Cooper

    Cory Cooper

    300
    May 24, 2005
    Salem, NH
    Process them! You'd be surprised what you have and can get. I took a total of 48 shots, and the first six (the posted ones) are the best of the bunch. I have numerous "horrible" exposures...just reddish noise. Not sure what happened with them.

    I took the original for the "best shot" from the first post and only resized it so you can see what I started from.

    Resized-only original "best shot":

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    "Best shot" post-processing as stated above:

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    Resized-only original #7:

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    #7 post-processing as stated above except - Levels: Black/Shadows +50 instead of +15:

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    Give it a shot, the results may surprise you!

    Cory
     
  9. Those are some cool fw shots.

    Thanks for posting your post process techniques. I will have to try them out on my shots.
     
  10. Cory Cooper

    Cory Cooper

    300
    May 24, 2005
    Salem, NH
    Mark,

    No problem...I learn a lot from other folks that share technique. Of course, not much technique for these, but every little bit helps, right?

    All are standard PS2 tools except the Band Aide plug-in from Camera Bits. It's a lifesaver with the old D1 and underexposed and night captures.

    ;)

    C
     
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