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What\'s your best fireworks technique??
Old 07-02-2003, 08:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just curious for those that play every 4th of July on how they shoot fireworks?

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shutter 4 seconds?? Something like that.

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Hmmmmmmm
Old 07-02-2003, 08:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, Nikon F100. 28-105 3.5, i think it was a basic ektachrome 100. Bulb exposures in between firings, lets just say I pointed on the tripod and hoped for the best [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Due to travel can't test my theory yet again this year though.


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Re: What\'s your best fireworks technique??
Old 07-02-2003, 11:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This was from a couple of years ago, and I shot it on film

Elan 7, Sigma 28-80mm at 5.6
ISO 800 (dont remember brand)
3 second exposure

I think that was how I got this one. I shot a whole bunch just like this, and they turned out wonderful, but I am too lazy to find the CD that has the scans on it. This one isn't the best but it was one of the better ones.

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Old 07-02-2003, 11:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Fast film and handheld speeds. No tripod. Free your ass and your mind will follow.

 
 
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This isn't fireworks but I assume it atleast somewhat similar:

Olympus E10, 320 ISO, 2.0f, 1/3" shutter.

Came out decent I thought except a little grainy (320 iso setting):


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Re: What\'s your best fireworks technique??
Old 07-03-2003, 06:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I haven't tried yet, (although I should have, we did Fireworks in canada in Tuesday but I wasn't feeling well and there was threat of rain, no need to get my 10D wet!) but according to the Kodak Pocket Guide to 35mm Photography you want to use a shutter speed of 1/30 at F/4 with ISO 200 film...So there....
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Focus?
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Maybe i'm overlooking the obvious but how do you get fireworks in good focus? It's hard to focus on something that comes and goes so quickly isn't it?
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Old 07-04-2003, 07:46 AM   #8 (permalink)
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i think you would basicly be set on infinity...as far as focus goes
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great shot Mike, and I love that quote.....you don't mind if I start using it do you? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]






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Re: What\'s your best fireworks technique??
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ALWAYS GET UPWIND from the site, as if you are downwind, the smoke stacks up and will start obscuring the show.

I break out the Mamiya twin lens w/ a 250 mm lens. Set on tripod with a cable release in one hand, and the slide from a 4x5 film holder in the other.

I lock the shutter open, and keep the 4x5 slide in front of the lens... move the slide out of the way right when the burst starts, while I watch the framing on the ground glass. If the burst is starting too far to the edge, I don't remove the slide, and just wait for the next volly.


 
 
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