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Nikkor 18-70mm And Fireworks Make For A Nice Combination (images included)

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by TMR Design, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. We have an annual firemen's fair and they put on a pretty good fireworks show. This year they chose to have the fair this past week rather than on the 4th of July weekend. I decided to grab my gear and head on over.

    The view was great but I can honestly say this was one of those times where you would have wanted to be further away. The perspective is interesting and some of the shots are spectacular.

    I shot everything at f/11, ISO 200, and used shutter speeds ranging from .5 second to 2.5 seconds.

    I took a few shots of the ferris wheel for kicks.

    You can see the whole gallery here.
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 28, 2009
  2. Cool stuff Robert!

    Looks like it was a great show!

    You captured it well.
  3. Thank you Paul. It was a great show indeed.
  4. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    great work Robert
    I struggled with mine this year....:confused: 

    the 18-70 is a great choice here as well
  5. Thanks man.

    Struggled in what sense Frank?
  6. timkoo


    Oct 9, 2007
    i struggled as well
    Think it was because the show itself was bad =x
    They'd only shoot 1-2 off at a time and my pics were flooded with smoke
  7. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    I was in Bar Harbor, Maine
    very crowded, wanted more of a enviornment in the shots, but couldn't find a suitable space
    just didn't come together as I hoped

    always next year...
  8. rotxlk82


    Jul 20, 2007
    Nice work Robert, you got some fabulous images here.
  9. Well, if the show itself wasn't good then you're screwed.

    If you were getting smoke shots then it sounds like you were too close or directly underneath.
  10. The cool part about this show was that I had a choice of where I wanted to set up, and I was right up front with no obstructions. If it was really packed I don't think I could have gotten the shots I did.
  11. Thanks very much Robert. I didn't realize I would have that much fun shooting fireworks but what surprised me more was how much I enjoyed viewing them after the fact. The images captures look so much different than what the eye sees because of the long shutter speeds, so it's a real thrill to actually see what you got after you've shot it.

    It also showed me that timing is critical and while waiting for a 2 second exposure you can and do miss what could be the next great shot. I think the next time I shoot fireworks I'm going to go out with both cameras and either use one for long shots and one for short, or one for shorter shutter speeds and the other for longer ones. I see the opportunity to capture many more great images this way.
  12. The third one with the twirling trails looks really COOL! Really good work. Thank you for sharing.
  13. Thanks Gene. My pleasure.
  14. Robert

    Nice work! The 18-70 was my first lens and I use it quite often at car shows. I can always depend on this lens for reliable auto focusing and sharp images. I see them advertised often for 200-250 used and think they are an excellent lens for the money. Thanks for posting.


  15. Robert, the wide shot three pics or so below the ferris wheel is one of the best fireworks shots I've ever seen. The rest are also nice. Love the ferris wheel also.

  16. Leif


    Feb 12, 2006
    They are all good, but some really are very good. I bet it is not as easy as your pictures make it look.
  17. Thanks Ted. The 18-70mm is not my favorite lens nor is it the sharpest but for this application is seemed that it would be just fine. Even sharp fireworks are not sharp when you look closely..lololol

    I didn't have another lens that could give me the wide end so that was the only choice. It did a pretty darn good job.
  18. Thank you Mark. I really appreciate that.
  19. Than you Leif,

    Actually, it is as easy as it looks but the problem is timing. I was firing them as fast as I could once the shutter was closed again and at times I knew I was missing shots but fortunately they just kept blowing stuff up.
  20. Leif


    Feb 12, 2006

    Anyway, you have inspired me to be ready on November 5th, Bonfire Day, when we celebrate the discovery of a Catholic plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
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