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

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Seneca, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. Seneca

    Seneca

    Dec 4, 2006
    Texas!
    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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  2. 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!!!
     
  3. JoJo2Fast

    JoJo2Fast

    Nov 20, 2007
    Auburn, WA
    Wow Shaun, thats an amazing shot!
     
  4. 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:
     
  5. SMH77

    SMH77

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    Feb 11, 2006
    Illinois
    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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    Sean
     
  6. TheHundreds

    TheHundreds

    379
    Jun 26, 2008
    NYC
    Good Info too bad it was raining last night.
     
  7. 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.
     
  8. slappomatt

    slappomatt

    811
    May 13, 2006
    San Diego CA
    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!
     
  9. Seneca

    Seneca

    Dec 4, 2006
    Texas!
    Whoa these are great...keep posting people...
     

  10. And make sure there are no dead trees between you and the fireworks to screw up your shots like mine!
     
  11. 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).
     
  12. DM Rosner

    DM Rosner

    Dec 13, 2006
    Wow, great shots everyone!

    Shaun, that first one is really stunning!

    Here are some from Epcot last night:

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  13. schuds

    schuds

    153
    Dec 4, 2007
    Wisconsin
    Here are a few I did last night...

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  14. DM Rosner

    DM Rosner

    Dec 13, 2006
    Beautiful, Joe!
     
  15. 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:
     
  16. Connahhh

    Connahhh

    Oct 27, 2007
    NH
    30 seconds at F/4, anyone? :smile:

    D50 and 10.5mm Fisheye.

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  17. woah, where'd you purchase those fireworks!?
     
  18. dsokol

    dsokol Guest

    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.
     
  19. Seneca

    Seneca

    Dec 4, 2006
    Texas!
    Wow these are all wonderful. Happy Birthday America!