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Shooting Fireworks? Help!
Old 07-03-2003, 05:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Never shot a fireworks display before..anyone have any experience and pointers to offer.

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Re: Shooting Fireworks? Help!
Old 07-03-2003, 06:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I haven't read this article yet. A friend e-mailed it to me today.

http://photos.msn.com/editorial/Edit...ction=FEATURES

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Old 07-03-2003, 09:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Here us my guide which some publications I have read follows suit. ISO 100 at F-8. Remember the sky is dark so you can use any duration shutter speed as long as you have a tripod to get those tails falling down.

White phosphers(spell) burn brighter so I usually stop down to 11 if a finale has a lot of those. Look at the over exposure of the thunder over louisville shot displayed here. Provia 100 F-8

Using the S1 at min. iso of 320, I have been known to use f-11-f13-f-16 at any duration of shutter speeds. Obviously I can preview quickly to judge.

I usually find out after the first initial height of the blasts of fireworks and frame to that area and use shutter speeds of 1-8 seconds depending on single bursts are multiple bursts.......

I have shot fireworks at Thunder over Louisville and wanted the skyline of the city. I used Provia iso 100 and pretty much stuck to 6 seconds at f-8 to get the skyline if I remember correctly. I am not sure, as I bracketed the shutter speed to make sure I got the city skyline at night as well. Millions of dollars of fireworks going off, gives you time to play and bracket as well.



Then at our 15,000 dollar fireworks display at our community each 4th of July celebration, single and double bursts come every 5-10 seconds.... giving you time to breath in between each shot but the display comes quick to the finale before you know it.



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I shoot at 800 iso with a 3 sec exposure, and somewhere wround 70-80mm at the widest f/stopI can get



But for the big finale I usually will shoot at 100 iso, with a 28mm and a 30 second exposure or even a bulb and bracket my f/stops
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