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Mini-Competition - Fireworks!! (56k Warning)

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by stevegreen, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. stevegreen

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    It has been suggested that we have a mini-competition of sorts to feature all the firework shots.

    Anyone can enter and is allowed to enter one shot taken of fireworks this year.

    I'll set a close date of November 20th so as not to interfere with the main photo competition.

    :clap:
     
  2. Geordie Jester

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    do you mean we need to take one this weekend ??? Or can we use a firework shot from recent months ?
     
  3. stevegreen

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    I dunno, not going to get into a big discussion on it (cos it invairiably will :D ) so i'd say let people know when it was taken and they can decide whether it's a factor or not when they vote :)

    Just a really good photo sharing opportunity :smashin:
     
  4. stevegreen

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    Actually, having said that, it would also be nice to have a bit of background to each shot as well ie where it was taken, what was the event etc etc.

    Funny stories also appreciated :laugh:
     
  5. Geordie Jester

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    Tall ships fireworks at the quayside Newcastle upon Tyne from a couple of months ago. Film SLR. handheld for 1sec exposure. not a good idea without a tripod really, but I love this result !



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    hmmm......amusing story...... well.....errrm.. one time at band camp I....oh...maybe not.




    The tallships were really impressive. Was such a spectacle. A few of them looked like pirate ships. Which reminds me of the pirate that came into the bar the other day. I said to him "So.....why are pirates called pirates ??"





    he said, "They just ARRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHHH" /pirate accent
     
  6. stevegreen

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    Remember that from when you first posted it, caught it really well didn't you, I like the guys blurred face at the bottom :) :smashin:

    EDIT: you posted the same time as me, didn't see the joke til then.......*sighs* :rotfl:
     
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    Only one!!

    So many to choose from - so I will go with this one!

    It was taken at Lake Kashima ( One of the world cup stadiums in 2002) this year 27th Aug. Absolute fantastic display fired from a barge on the lake.

    I could probably post in excess of 200 photos as we (me & the wife) spend our summer touring firework displays.

    This shot was with an Olympus C40 on manual settings.
     

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    Wow, thats amazing! Looks kinda like a bird...a phoenix or something...
     
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    As I started all this, i think Id better show you why!

    I have never got the hang of exposures in the dark, and I wanted to know how to take better shots when a flash is absolutely useless, like on firework night. Its ok to mess with F stops, focus and shutter speed when you have the time, and a subject standing still, but what about split second reactions?

    Here is the best of my attempts and one of the others for comparison. They were taken at flambards in cornwall last week. (hence the rollercoaster in silhouette) Very good display, pity I couldnt capture it :oops:
     

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    Here's my entry. Took it last night at the firworks display on Cronkeyshaw Common. No interesting anecdotes I'm afraid except it being the first test run of my new lens - Canon 28-105mm USM that I picked up second hand. Took the second photo too (though not directly firework related) I was really pleased with the composition.
     

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    Your first shot is just slightly over exposed the 2nd being worse! I think most people forget that fireworks are actually bright especially some of the new colours that they are coming up with.
    The only time I would increase the exposure is for Golden palms and coconuts.
    Having a digital camera has also made the guess work very easy as you can preview your shot and adjust for the next hit. Most shows will have the same effect shell happening a few times so if you miss the first you can always get another chance! (Always a good idea to pick up a program or contact organiser for the 'hit' list.)
    Another technique is try watching the actual shells rising and predict when they are about to burst this also allows for shorter shutter speeds and helps over exposure problems, I always half press the shutter button as the shell is launching then fully press as it explodes - but as always practice makes perfect , unfortunately in the UK you don't get much chance!
     
  12. stevegreen

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    Sounds like good advice to me.

    I can imagine it now, we'll be out there some of us with kids screaming because they don't like the bangs, some of us getting wet, mostly all getting slightly chilly, trying to keep still long enough to get a decent shot :laugh:
     
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    You should see the one I have that looks like an Angel! Perfect timing...... :D
     
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    Did it rain too much???
     
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    Hi All

    Here's mine taken two years ago

    Taken with Casio QV-2900UX set on "Fireworks" preset. Handheld.
     

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    Heres mine taken at Milton Keynes Firework display, on my aging Ricoh.
     

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    Nice one HCK. Im beginning to see that you are getting very different effects with differering exposure lengths. Depends what you are looking for I presume,

    Tomson showed me this one on my firework thread. He hasnt been seen since :(

    So if he doesnt come back, I think this one should be his entry. I think it is a great composition. :smashin:

    Did the rest of you not go out on Nov 5th?
     

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    Thanks Hercules.

    I was going to take some new pics last weekend but it was cold, I was hungover etc etc so ended up not getting many... well nothing particularly interesting.

    I like getting something else in the shot as well as the firework - trees, people, buildings etc. A firework against a black sky does nothing or me to be honest - I have hundreds of those that will never see the light of day.
     
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    taken on new years eve at the catholic cathedral in Liverpool known as paddies wigwam with a 1.3 jenoptik camera.

    nice shot Mr jester
     

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    Some great shots guys, finally got round to getting mine off the camera. Thought I'd go with this one rather than go for the usual rocket shot - mainly because the rockets we had were a little on the unspectacular side.
     

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