Fireworks with the EM-5 MKII

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aptmunich
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Fireworks with the EM-5 MKII
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We spent New Year's Eve at my sister-in-law's who has a 5th floor apartment overlooking the outskirts of Munich.

Here in Germany, everyone sets off their own fireworks, so perfect opportunity to try out the Live-Composite mode (link to my blog post on how I shot these fireworks with Composite Mode if you haven't tried it yet).

Anyone else get any fun NYE fireworks shots?

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Fireworks with GX85
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With the Olympus 75-300mm lens.

Edited from RAW. Deliberately darkened shadows.

Edited from RAW. Resized because it wasn't so sharp.

Over-the-top processing just for fun

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Not NYE but here are my 1st attempts with Live Composite. Taken in last year's Brisbane Riverfire with EM1.2 and 12-100 F4 Pro. Last one placed 3rd in a recent challenge which I'm very happy about. Cheers.

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These are from 31.12.2016 with Live Composite mode with the EM-5 MKII, M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8.

Happy New Year 2018!

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BTAbkenar
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Re: Fireworks with the EM-5 MKII

This is what I could capture using the lovely Live Composite feature. I didn't need to go elsewhere, everything happened in our surrounding. Our house in the middle of the image.

This is done using EM10II and Samyang 7.5nn.

I wish you all a great new year.

./Bahman

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boxerman Senior Member • Posts: 1,479
Getting the technicalities straight

Thanks for your post. I haven't been able to try live composite yet for these, but I'm wondering about your exposure specifications. Forgive the technicalities, here, but for those who want to learn how to do this kind of shooting (e.g., me!), what I say here is intended to help.

All of your shots look overexposed to me, the second being the most obvious. Now, of course, some "taste" is in play, but big regions of total white--where there should be some texture--are a no-no for me. The last is closest to what I'd take to be optimal exposure, but I would still have shot it at a slightly lower exposure.

I don't think it's hard to see why this occurred, though exposing for time-varying light situations is always tricky. In my general exposure notes I keep, I've marked .5 sec at f/ 5.6 as a suggested start for fireworks in live composite. I think I got that from Olympus, but I didn't save the source.

Your first photo shows 1 sec exposure at f/5.6, so apparently one stop over this "suggested" value. The second uses the "recommended" .5 sec exposure, but opens up the aperture more than a stop. So, that would explain my perceived overexposure. The last is overexposed as set, like the first, by this standard, and while closer to "not blown out" in the image, I think it would be better at a lower exposure.

In your blog post, you suggest f/ 8 at .5 sec. But, your posted shots are 2 of 3 at 1 second, or at a wider aperture. You also mark the time setting as "interval between shots," but the MAIN purpose of the .5 secs is to set the exposure for individual shots in the composite. The camera does the exposures back-to-back, so exposure time also forces the time-per-shot.

Please feel free to correct me on any of the technicalities. As for judgments of "overexposed," well, that may be a personal issue. I found most of the shots others posted more to my taste on this score, but they were not uniformly helpful on the technicalities.

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here are some of mine

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xelnt Forum Member • Posts: 55
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Here's some of my new years eve fireworks shots (we have an early kids one and the mid night one). Shot with a Pana GX8 using bulb mode - I wish Panasonic would add live composite mode...

Early kids fireworks

Early kids fireworks

Midnight fireworks

Midnight fireworks

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boxerman wrote:

All of your shots look overexposed to me, the second being the most obvious. Now, of course, some "taste" is in play, but big regions of total white--where there should be some texture--are a no-no for me. The last is closest to what I'd take to be optimal exposure, but I would still have shot it at a slightly lower exposure.

I don't think it's hard to see why this occurred, though exposing for time-varying light situations is always tricky. In my general exposure notes I keep, I've marked .5 sec at f/ 5.6 as a suggested start for fireworks in live composite. I think I got that from Olympus, but I didn't save the source.

Your first photo shows 1 sec exposure at f/5.6, so apparently one stop over this "suggested" value. The second uses the "recommended" .5 sec exposure, but opens up the aperture more than a stop. So, that would explain my perceived overexposure. The last is overexposed as set, like the first, by this standard, and while closer to "not blown out" in the image, I think it would be better at a lower exposure.

In your blog post, you suggest f/ 8 at .5 sec. But, your posted shots are 2 of 3 at 1 second, or at a wider aperture. You also mark the time setting as "interval between shots," but the MAIN purpose of the .5 secs is to set the exposure for individual shots in the composite. The camera does the exposures back-to-back, so exposure time also forces the time-per-shot.

Great points! This was my first time using Live Composite and there was a lot of trial and error involved. I also noticed the issues with overexposure but midnight had come and gone by the time I had the ideal settings and the restulting photos were less interesting, hence the earlier ones in the post.

I'll update the post with your feedback - thanks, great tips!

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Re: Getting the technicalities straight

aptmunich wrote:

boxerman wrote:

All of your shots look overexposed to me, the second being the most obvious. Now, of course, some "taste" is in play, but big regions of total white--where there should be some texture--are a no-no for me. The last is closest to what I'd take to be optimal exposure, but I would still have shot it at a slightly lower exposure.

I don't think it's hard to see why this occurred, though exposing for time-varying light situations is always tricky. In my general exposure notes I keep, I've marked .5 sec at f/ 5.6 as a suggested start for fireworks in live composite. I think I got that from Olympus, but I didn't save the source.

Your first photo shows 1 sec exposure at f/5.6, so apparently one stop over this "suggested" value. The second uses the "recommended" .5 sec exposure, but opens up the aperture more than a stop. So, that would explain my perceived overexposure. The last is overexposed as set, like the first, by this standard, and while closer to "not blown out" in the image, I think it would be better at a lower exposure.

In your blog post, you suggest f/ 8 at .5 sec. But, your posted shots are 2 of 3 at 1 second, or at a wider aperture. You also mark the time setting as "interval between shots," but the MAIN purpose of the .5 secs is to set the exposure for individual shots in the composite. The camera does the exposures back-to-back, so exposure time also forces the time-per-shot.

Great points! This was my first time using Live Composite and there was a lot of trial and error involved. I also noticed the issues with overexposure but midnight had come and gone by the time I had the ideal settings and the restulting photos were less interesting, hence the earlier ones in the post.

I'll update the post with your feedback - thanks, great tips!

Have you tried recovering the highlights in post ? You may be pleasantly surprised......

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brycesteiner wrote:

Love the composition on this shot - nice!

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Wowzer - amazing!

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Olympmick wrote:

Have you tried recovering the highlights in post ? You may be pleasantly surprised......

I haven't yet - someone also forgot to set their new camera to JPEG+RAW, so I've only got the JPEGs to work with. Oh well, live and learn. 👍

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Thanks.

I was pleasantly surprised how they turned out considering that it was my 1st attempt with Live Comp.

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boxerman Senior Member • Posts: 1,479
Re: Getting the technicalities straight

aptmunich wrote:

thanks, great tips!

You're entirely welcome. I am only interested in being helpful, not critical, so I'm very happy you took my comments in that way.

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Live Composite

I think that the images posted on this thread using Live Composite show just how well suited this mode is to fireworks.

Some very high quality images.

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Live Composite really is a great tool. It makes the fireworks so much more realistic without blowing out other areas (or the fireworks).

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