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  • #1032
    Analogy
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    Happy 4th of July everybody. Hopefully somebody here went to a professional fireworks display and got some cool pictures. I went out to a barbecue in a park that couldn’t see any good displays so we contented ourselves with our own homebrew demonstration.


    This was like 8 firecrackers wired together. Totally awesome. And loud.


    Aerial fireworks are illegal in Minnesota. I’M A FUGITIVE FROM THE LAW.

    #12118
    swampa
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    Love the 8 cracker photo.

    I wish we did things like that over here!

    /Going through Canberra in October, might have to pick up some then 😀

    #12119
    caradoc
    Participant

    Oh, wait…

    #12120
    monkeybort
    Participant

    heh

    i’ll try to get some up tonight; not sure how they came out yet. They actually ended up going off 180 degrees from where we (and everyone else) expected them to, so i didn’t have the greatest sightline. we’ll see.

    #12121
    3Horn
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    caradoc, those are amazing what lens/settings did you use?

    I was using my new 50mm 1.8 for the first time, and accidentally left my tripod at home, and had to hand-shoot. A few came out decent., but nothing compared to yours.

    #12122
    caradoc
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    caradoc, those are amazing what lens/settings did you use?

    I was using the Nikon kit lens, 18-135mm, set to 18mm (widest it’ll go), and varying between f/5 and f/11 for exposures between 2 seconds and 10 seconds each, on a Manfrotto 3001N tripod with a Bogen 3265 head on it.

    The sweet spot seems to be f/5 for five seconds for most of what I was shooting.

    The exposure for the fireworks themselves is based on aperture, since they’re a point-source of light, and they’re constantly in motion. So dragging the shutter is only going to affect how long the trails are and how many bursts you capture in a given exposure.

    Rule of thumb: any exposure that’s longer than 1/30, I’ll either use a tripod or brace the camera on something that isn’t moving. Also, any exposure longer than 1/focal length, same rule. So, if I were shooting with the zoom out at 135mm, but needed to shoot 1/60 to get the exposure, I’d be using the tripod.

    Before you buy, you’ll want to read Thom Hogan’s article on buying a tripod. I didn’t, and it cost me a lot more than it should have if I’d done it right the first time.

    #12123
    Snug Tight
    Participant

    The Sportsman Club here in town is having a display tommorrow night. I can sit in my backyard and see the ones that go over the tree line. I’m going to try and get some shots then.

    Here is one I took at my brother in laws a few years ago.

    #12124
    Jakevol2
    Participant

    I’m having problems posting pics to here.

    #12125
    Jakevol2
    Participant

    here we go

    #12126
    Jakevol2
    Participant

    I call this one Jungle Flower.

    #12127
    Jakevol2
    Participant

    last one

    I call this one Popping the Champange Cork.

    #12128
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    Ooo I really like that last one, Jakevol2.

    Our neighbors shoot off a bunch of fireworks all around us every year, so we typically have a decent show from our back deck all for free 😉 I might get some more shots at a cookout this weekend, too, but these were from Wednesday night:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lady_elsinore/727091987

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lady_elsinore/727920720/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lady_elsinore/727920886/

    More here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lady_elsinore/sets/72157600662230771/detail/

    #12129
    caradoc
    Participant

    I really like #3 there, Elsinore.

    #12130
    powerplantgirl
    Participant

    Yeah, compared to you guys, my fireworks suck!

    Oh, and these were a couple of weeks ago.

    #12131
    Elsinore
    Keymaster

    What the hell are you talking about? Those blow mine out of the water!

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