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My First Fireworks...

Discussion in 'Night, InfraRed, and UltraViolet Photography' started by Aqualung, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. Finally got a chance to try shooting fireworks during a summer celebration my town did this evening. Read a lot of tips and had some trees in the foreground. Unfortunately, they changed their launch point from the last time I saw them and they didn't go up as high as they used to.

    Used my 70-200, and my remote. D300, Manual focus set to Infinity, AutoWB (prob should have used Tungsten), ISO 200, f11.

    Question....do you sharpen your shots in post? Sometimes when I sharpened, I seemed to lose color, i.e. the white portions got sharper and more pronounced and obscured the colors. Here's an example.

    Unsharpened:
    unsharp.
    NIKON D300    ---    70mm    f/11.0    1/1s    ISO 200


    Sharpened (70%, Radius 1 Adjust Sharpness in PSE6), see how much blue is lost.
    sharp.
    NIKON D300    ---    70mm    f/11.0    1/1s    ISO 200


    1. All these are sharpened.
    fireworks%20aug%2025%2008-038.
    NIKON D300    ---    200mm    f/11.0    1/0s    ISO 200


    2.
    fireworks%20aug%2025%2008-066.
    NIKON D300    ---    150mm    f/11.0    1/0s    ISO 200


    3.
    fireworks%20aug%2025%2008-070.
    NIKON D300    ---    150mm    f/11.0    1/0s    ISO 200


    4.
    fireworks%20aug%2025%2008-095.
    NIKON D300    ---    150mm    f/11.0    1/0s    ISO 200


    5.
    fireworks%20aug%2025%2008-115.
    NIKON D300    ---    150mm    f/11.0    1/0s    ISO 200


    6.
    fireworks%20aug%2025%2008-120.
    NIKON D300    ---    150mm    f/11.0    1/0s    ISO 200


    7.
    fireworks%20aug%2025%2008-121.
    NIKON D300    ---    150mm    f/11.0    1/0s    ISO 200


    8.
    fireworks%20aug%2025%2008-122.
    NIKON D300    ---    150mm    f/11.0    1/0s    ISO 200


    9.
    fireworks%20aug%2025%2008-130.
    NIKON D300    ---    150mm    f/11.0    1/0s    ISO 200
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 25, 2008
  2. aos111

    aos111

    305
    Mar 9, 2008
    little rock ar
    Great shots Chris! Love the Jethro Tull avatar.

    Andy
     
  3. Thanks Andy, gotta go find a 'park bench', LOL
     
  4. These are quite good Chris and the wind made them even more interesting. Nice colors.
     
  5. thanks very much Gordon...
     
  6. BrendaC

    BrendaC

    Sep 24, 2007
    Pennsylvania
    These are very nice, especially for a first time.
     
  7. Thanks Brenda, I learned that I held the shutter open too long on the grand finale as many were overexposed (not shown)..next time 1-3 seconds prob...
     
  8. It has been my experience- that almost every Grand Finale will over expose . . . just for what it is worth, and the relevant reality.
     
  9. wgilles

    wgilles

    Apr 25, 2008
    NJ
    Nice, I took some shots of fireworks over the 4th of July and never uploaded them, I will have to do that.
     
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