Fireworks...from the 4th of July 2008 Post'em baby!

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Saw this on Yahoo information thought I would share.

Use a tripod and a remote shutter release, if you can.
Carefully frame the shot so that the horizon is straight and you don't get a bunch of heads in the picture.
Set aperture between f/8 and f/16 and use ISO 100.
Keep the shutter open for a couple of seconds, starting before the explosion. (Manual mode is your friend.)
Turn off the flash.
Experiment and have fun!

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I'll add some tips to this... I got one of my favorite shots by turning the shutter speed to bulb. I used my remote to open the shutter, and by holding a piece of black paper in front of the lens, no light is coming in... then I waited for only red/white/blue fireworks, and as they appeared, I took away the paper. This picture was a 15 sec. exposure, and I picked a chose whichever fireworks I wanted for that time frame. Works great!

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Happy 4th!!!
 
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Thanks, Jordan! With fireworks, you can try all you want, but ultimately, it comes down to a random right timing with right combination, lot's of luck!!! :smile:
 
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Here are some examples that I took tonight

...Right in my cul-de-sac! :biggrin:

The neighbors like to put on a show for the fourth, so I did my part to capture the excitement for them...

Enjoy.

(All taken with a D3 at ISO200, 14-24 lens, ~25sec exposures at f/8 - f/11).

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Amazing shots there, just stunning!!!
Also, how about using a star flare filter, what sort of effect would that creat, quite interesting I would think, has anyone got any shots using one?
Similar to this effect.
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Thanks.
 
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Sean what hight was the camera at? it looks like it was taken low to the ground. but 14mm on FF seems like it might be deceiving. just curious. great stuff guys. wish any of mine turned out that good!
 
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Saw this on Yahoo information thought I would share.

Use a tripod and a remote shutter release, if you can.
Carefully frame the shot so that the horizon is straight and you don't get a bunch of heads in the picture.
Set aperture between f/8 and f/16 and use ISO 100.
Keep the shutter open for a couple of seconds, starting before the explosion. (Manual mode is your friend.)
Turn off the flash.
Experiment and have fun!

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And make sure there are no dead trees between you and the fireworks to screw up your shots like mine!
 
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These are form the Taste of Chicago/Macy's Independence Day Eve celebration.
I think my shutter speed was ~ 1/10 - 1/20. Thanks to Adobe Lightroom, I was able to just clone out many of the heads.

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These photos are only cropped to make them fit 1680 x 1050. I had to aim left to avoid a lamp-post (might be able to tell that there is a yellow light source coming from the right).
 
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Wow, great shots everyone!

Shaun, that first one is really stunning!

Here are some from Epcot last night:

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Here are a few I did last night...

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Wow, great shots everyone!

Shaun, that first one is really stunning!
Thanks, got lucky with that one two years ago, first try at fireworks. I'm a slow processor (and had a busy last couple of days) so here are a few that I was happy with from this year. I got nothing as spectacular as that last one... the show this year just seemed more random, harder to put good shots together. Sorry I'm late to the wagon! :smile:

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I think the cheesy red/blue on the border detract from these! :redface:
 
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Here is a gallery of shots from the 4th:

http://mbarrett635.smugmug.com/gallery/5363025_r7KH3#328231062_qkmNt

but here are a few of my favorites:

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30 seconds at F/4, anyone? :smile:

D50 and 10.5mm Fisheye.

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...Right in my cul-de-sac! :biggrin:

The neighbors like to put on a show for the fourth, so I did my part to capture the excitement for them...

Enjoy.

(All taken with a D3 at ISO200, 14-24 lens, ~25sec exposures at f/8 - f/11).

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Sean

woah, where'd you purchase those fireworks!?
 
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I have a fireworks photo on my blog, tried to post image into post, but did not work. I actually like seeing fireworks that show a little bit of a setting ex. people or landmarks visible in the photo.

Nice shots Shaun.
 
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Wow these are all wonderful. Happy Birthday America!
 
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