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  1. Hercules51

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    Anyone got any tips on taking photos of firework displays. I tried at an event last week, and because I couldnt use flash, the shutter stayed open too long in auto and the photos came out very messy. I seem to only be able to take good photos in daylight, my messing with F stops never works.

    Lets have a first week in November competition of firework photos, so i can learn something from you lot. :lesson:

    Fireworks have been going off round our way for about 2 weeks now, so no need to wait until the 5th :)
     
  2. Miniholic

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    I've always had good results by using a tripod or resting the camera on a wall.

    Maybe it would be a good idea for a mini comp? I've gone digital now, so I should be able to enter this month.
     
  3. martinedwards

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    I'm no photography expert, but I got some good shots last year of our local bonfire and firework display, both hand-held and tripod mounted, using a simple digital camera. The main thing seems to be set as much to manual as possible:

    - Use manual focus, set to maximum range.
    - Set white balance to "sunny"
    - Set manual exposure time - 2 to 10 seconds, just experiment.
     
  4. Hercules51

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    So what do you think moderators, can we run a mini competition for firework display photographs? :lease:

    Is anyone willing to post their attempts on this thread. I need to learn how to reduce the size of my photos to show you how bad I am. All my photos exceed the 120kb maximum by about 8 times.

    A quick look at stevegreens thread and here goes. what do you think :eek:
     

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    Found a few snaps from last years display at Alexandra Palace - will venture over there again this Saturday too as its only across the road from me.


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    Just shoot them from the bedroom window then it'll be warmer, send in a donation if you feel guilty.
     
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    Don't see why we couldn't have a mini-competition. I'll start something off in the this forum and we can have a little vote at the end of the month if you like. I know there are events on this weekend, next weekend and probably the week after in some places.

    There won't be a prize, just recognition of a decent picture.

    I'll sort the thread, poll and everything out.
     
  8. stevegreen

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    Competition thread here :clap:
     
  9. Hercules51

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    Thanks Steve for taking on the competition, taking pictures in the dark is something I have never got the hang of. As you can see by my attempt, it is out of focus, exposed far too long, and I was hand holding the camera. This is my best one.

    We were at flambards in cornwall last wednesday, hence the rollercoaster silhouette. I couldnt get to the best vantage point.

    I love Tomsons 3rd effort, thats the kind of effect and clarity I wanted to get. Tell me what you did Tom to expose that one properly :thumbsup:
     
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    1/5 sec at f8, ISO 400. Hand held with a Canon D30 & 28-135mm IS lens.
     
  11. Hercules51

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    Cheers

    I suggest you enter it in the new competition thread that Steve has set up for fun. I think its the best ive seen so far :thumbsup:
     
  12. Drew2

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    Hi All,

    These are just a few shots from the summer 'Hanabi' festivals I attended this year. :)
    They were taken on an Olympus C40 using manual settings and set on a tripod. :smashin:
    My wife now takes the photos as I have turned to videoing the shows - looks good watching them again on our 'big screen'. :D

    Hope you like! They make a nice screen saver if you download them all :eek:
     

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    These are great - what were the settings you used?
     
  14. tomson

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    Basic photography lesson 1.
    Always check camera settings before shooting.


    Sigh...
     

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    Here are the 'numbers';

    Pic. No.1 Exp. 1.6sec, F4.8, ISO 100
    2 Exp. 2sec, F3.4, ISO 100
    3 Exp. 1.6sec, F4.8, ISO 100
    4 Exp. 2sec, F4.8, ISO 100
    5 Exp. 1.6sec, F3.4, ISO 100
    6 Exp. 2sec, F4.8, ISO 100
    7 Exp. 2sec, F3.4, ISO 100
    8 Exp. 2sec, F4.8, ISO 100
    9 Exp. 2sec, F3.4, ISO 100
    10 Exp. 2sec, F2.8, ISO 100
    11 Exp. 2sec, F4.8, ISO 100
    12 Exp. 2sec, F3.4, ISO 100
    13 Exp. 2sec, F2.8, ISO 100
    14 Exp. 2sec, F4.8, ISO 100
    15 Exp. 1/30, F2.8, ISO 400
    16 Exp. 1/2 , F4.8, ISO 200
    17 Exp. 2sec, F3.4, ISO 100
    18 Exp. 2sec, F4.8, ISO 100
    19 Exp. 2sec, F4.8, ISO 100
    20 Exp. 2sec, F4.8, ISO 100
    21 Exp. 2sec, F4.8, ISO 100
    22 Exp. 2sec, F4.8, ISO 100
    23 Exp. 2sec, F4.8, ISO 100
    24 Exp. 2sec, F4.8, ISO 100


    Hope that helps you out!
     
  16. Drew2

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    .......and rotate photo :D Nice effect though! :)
     
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    cheers Drew!
     
  18. dave_bass5

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    I was there as well but forgot my camera :suicide: also was there in Aug. A good day out if you have kids.

    for anyone in central london there is a big firework display this Sat (12th nov) over the themes.

    Dave.
     
  19. Hercules51

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    Ok guys. Your big chance to impress us with wonderful imagery :D

    I think you meant the Thames didnt you, just in case anyone tries to find the Themes :rotfl:
     
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    Well i didnt get much on Sat. took my new sigma 30mm f/1.4 but should of taken a zoom i think. plus the lens is very new so havent got to grips with it yet.

    cheers.

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    Dave, "first rate" photo - captured the shell really well! :thumbsup:

    Shame about the street lamp!! But I know some of you guys like other objects in the 'shot'. Sorry but I am a bit of a 'purist' when it comes to fireworks - otherwise I would be shooting 'landscapes' & 'portraits'..... ;)
     
  23. dave_bass5

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    Thanks for the comment
    here is another, again it has somethin else in the shot.
    If i had taken the zoom (and not the kids) i could of got a better position to stand in.
    Im also not sure what settings to use so was keeping an eye on the camera reather than the shot most of the time.
    cheers

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    Another 'crisp' image.

    Is it your lens that is adding the starbursts on the brightest point?
    Very nice effect...
     
  25. dave_bass5

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    Thanks drew.
    yes, its all the lens. shot was RAW from a 350d using the above lens. just croped it and adjusted the levels in C1 with a bit of sharpening.
    ill post a few more tomorrow. just wished id taken a tripod

    Dave.
     
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    I like that last one dave. The tree isnt as offensive as the street lamp in the first one.

    when you have a few more, and you decide which one is best, enter the competition thread. :)
     
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    Ok. this is the last one for now.
    I dont think they are good enough for the comp though.

    Dave.
     

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