Fireworks - First attempt


QuestionableCarrot

Link Posted 01/11/2013 - 17:12
I tried shooting the fireworks last night at the annual Halloween celebrations.

I didnt have time to read up on how to go about doing it so just winged it on the night!

I wont say it was easy but it was great fun trying it!

Hope you enjoy

K-5 and kit 18 - 55 lens at ISO 80 F9 bulb mode ranging from 1 to 3 seconds









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bettyswolloks

Link Posted 01/11/2013 - 17:42
You got it bang on Mate, all 3 are stunner's

simonarron

Link Posted 01/11/2013 - 17:49
Love that last one.

QuestionableCarrot

Link Posted 01/11/2013 - 17:54
bettyswolloks wrote:
You got it bang on Mate, all 3 are stunner's

simonarron wrote:
Love that last one.

Cheers guys
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1stEverPentax

Link Posted 01/11/2013 - 22:57
Really impressive shots..well done.

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Smeggypants

Link Posted 02/11/2013 - 01:47
Love the first two. Absolutely fantastic. You've got the context of the landscape in which is sadly missing most firework shots.
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AuraTodd

Link Posted 02/11/2013 - 15:08
Is taking fireworks better in Bulb mobe?
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McGregNi

Link Posted 02/11/2013 - 15:29
Yes, bulb is the the way to go if you want to capture bursts of fireworks over, say, a 10 - 30 second period. I think at night you can usually just set ISO 100 and f11 and it usually works out OK. Click open the shutter just before they start and leave it open. If there's a pause you can cover the lens with a piece of card or something gently to prevent the background from brightening up too much. Remove the card when the next burst of fireworks starts up.

Alastair, I think your first one here is amazing - great colours, and yes, it is interesting to see the ground where the fireworks are coming from in the 2nd.
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droopsnoot

Link Posted 02/11/2013 - 18:57
I like the first two, nice to see something of the foreground as well as the light trails.
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QuestionableCarrot

Link Posted 02/11/2013 - 19:50
thank you guys!
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Gamka

Link Posted 02/11/2013 - 20:10
Try using a zoom with a 3:1 (ish) ratio - 70-210, 100-300, 50-135 &c.

Open the shutter just before the firework explodes then zoom from one extreme to the other stopping the exposure as you reach the end of the zoom.

With practice you can get some interesting images.

sandinista

Link Posted 02/11/2013 - 23:19
All great shots especially showing the landscape in the context, and far better than my attempts at the genre
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tyronet2000

Link Posted 03/11/2013 - 08:15
Super
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QuestionableCarrot

Link Posted 03/11/2013 - 08:35
Ty
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caj26

Link Posted 03/11/2013 - 08:40
Great shots!
Also the how to capture, something similar is appreciated.
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