I've never shot fireworks before. In the last day or so I've been fiddling with those I took the other night. I rather liked this one.
The 40D performed well. Never thought I'd ever be shooting handheld in pitch black with nothing for the auto-focus to grab hold of. There's nothing like a new challenge to get the old juices going.
I set the ISO at 1600, I'd deal with the noise later. Then I set the camera to manual focus and zeroed in on a house about 1/4 of a mile away with lights on. I set the camera in program mode, I had no idea what would work best, so might as well let the camera do the thinking for me. Then I just waited for the "whump" of the launching mortars and followed the rockets up.
Processing was pretty straightforward if time consuming. Used Lightroom, Photoshop, and in the case of this image, I embellished a bit with Photomatix, though obviously this is not an HDR, just an HDR clone. I finished it off with dfine noise reduction.
Surprisingly enough, it worked out OK.
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