Fun With Fireworks! - RX1

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teseg Senior Member • Posts: 2,124
Fun With Fireworks! - RX1
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Our park started ramping up for the 4th of July celebrations this evening.  My first attempt to photograph fireworks.

I brought both my RX1 and NEX 5N that had a 50mm (75mm EFL) lens, not knowing how it might all play out.  As it turn out, the 35mm in a vertical position is ideal for fireworks.

It is pretty cool examining at 1:1 (even considering these are downsampled).

I have lots more, but figured i would not bore you beyond this.

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Fredy Ross Veteran Member • Posts: 6,722
Re: Fun With Fireworks! - RX1

very nice selection.

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Fredy Ross wrote:

very nice selection.

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Thank you Fredy.

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Darn nice! I especially like the last one. An occassional shot with ground objects are nice IMO.

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Nice Job!

I especially like number 4... if possible, always try to get something in the foreground to give it some scale. If you can do that and get them over water it's even better...

You seemed to have lucked out that the wind was taking the smoke away from where you were shooting. I've had times where the wind was taking the smoke right at me, it really makes for less than ideal images.

It's nice that they are practicing already...

Enjoy your 4th!

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teseg
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hapster wrote:

You seemed to have lucked out that the wind was taking the smoke away from where you were shooting. I've had times where the wind was taking the smoke right at me, it really makes for less than ideal images.

H

Thanks busch and hapster. I did quick web search to find any tips for shooting before walking down.  Wind direction was one key point made. It was good advice but caused me to walk about an extra 1/2 mile each way vs. where I originally intended to shoot.

So guess you could say I made my own luck.

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zitan New Member • Posts: 1
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Your photos are great. Mine turned out a mixed bag as I used AF mode and the camera was not able to correctly focus 80% of the time. Would appreciate if you could advise which mode you used or if using manual, which setting did you use. Thanks in advance.

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zitan wrote:

Your photos are great. Mine turned out a mixed bag as I used AF mode and the camera was not able to correctly focus 80% of the time. Would appreciate if you could advise which mode you used or if using manual, which setting did you use. Thanks in advance.

Thanks.  I manually focused at infinity using M mode. Shutter speed was around 4 to 5 seconds... All the fireworks were bursting on the same vertical axis so leaving open longer had them bursting on top of each other, versus some displays that have nice lateral separation.  Plus, longer exposure  creates an equally long processing time, so 5 second shutter speed takes 10 seconds, 20 second shutter speed takes 40 seconds... For my first attempt with fireworks I wanted to ensure I had lots of shots, and toyed around with exposure, etc...  So used shorter exposure.

Of course, a tripod is a must.

I was probably about 75-100 meters from the launch location.

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