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Hmmmm, not bad

Posted by
Monterey John (Hollister, CA, United States) on 7 July 2010 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

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.

Canon EOS 40D 1/50 second F/5.0 ISO 1600 165 mm

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Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Wow... not bad at all ! I remember my first attempt to shot fireworks (last year in august) it was a complete disaster ;) Understandable as I I bought my first DSLR a few days before the event so...
I'll try to do better this year, although It won't be easy either... I've just bought a canon eos 550d (rebel T2i in the US) and have no experience with it... wait and see ;) Have a nice day John !

7 Jul 2010 9:25am

MyTime Photography from Philadelphia, United States

Great shot

7 Jul 2010 11:15am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Great work ... fun shooting in the dark!

7 Jul 2010 11:19am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, US from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Not bad for the way you did's my little secrets.....use iso 100........put camera on manual, and set it to bulb......use f10-18...anywhere in there.......definitely use a tripod, and with a cable release, hold the shutter open 3-8 seconds, depending on what you're every time !!

7 Jul 2010 11:11pm

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

Excellent shot John

8 Jul 2010 12:30am

Canon EOS 40D
1/50 second
ISO 1600
165 mm