First try at fireworks

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  1. DanV1317

    DanV1317 TPF Noob!

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    I shot some with my 50mm 1.8 and some with my 70-200 2.8.

    They just didn't come out like i had hoped they would. Maybe you guys can point out stuff i could have done better with them. I ended up doing like 2 second exposures with an F8. Was trying to toy around and see what worked best. I know the last one is overexposed for sure. It was during the end when they were blowing them off like crazy. lots of extra smoke in the air. I think i was just too close. I wasn't able to zoom really more than 75mm because it would be too close. i think if i were quite a ways away next time it would have been better.
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    nice! today was my first try at fireworks too =]

    mind if i post some of my pictures? they came out alright i think
     
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    Not bad at all for a first attempt. It looks like you did all the basic things correctly. Good fireworks shots are like real estate: Location, location, location. To get the best shots, you need to figure out an optimal shooting spot and get there before anyone else. I've been known to arrive 2-3 hours early and wait, just to hold my spot.

    Fireworks are a 'shoot lots and keep a few' scenario. On a typical 20-30 minute major fireworks display I will usually shoot 200+ images, and if I have 15-20 that are keepers, I'm very happy with that.

    As far as the blown centres, what ISO did you use?
     
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    the conditions SUCKED. it was cloudy, raining, NO possible background scene for a backdrop, hard to follow many of the fireworks because i had to kneel and squint and my tripod wasn't high enough and my contacts were killing my eyes haha. =[
     
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    My first time shooting fireworks also. 65 shots and I like them all......This is the best one in my opinion

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    One point that I will add is that fireworks images generally look better if there is a point which anchors them, that is, a skyline, building or some other point which gives a sense of perspective and position.
     
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    Also my first time shooting fireworks...

    These were all taken with the "POS" 18-55 kit lens @18mm. (Hey, it's the widest glass I own, and despite the bad rap it gets - it ain't that bad.)

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    I think they came out alright. It would be nice if there was something interesting in the foreground, but all I had was a lake.

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    LOL, the third one kinda looks like a palm tree.

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    For some reason #1 isn't showing up...I don't know why. FIXED
     
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    I was using an ISO 100. THe other problem was that there was a dike there which everybody was sitting on that you can see in the bottom of the pictures. Along the dike were lights which i didn't want to overexpose too much in each picture. It deffinatly wasn't a prime location to get good pictures. Really not a "scenic" area to photograph in.
     
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    I REALLY like that picture, nice shots!
     
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    I used my kit lens as well. I would have preferred my telephoto but it's on the fritz and I have yet to send it in. Not that it would have done me any good; I ended up zooming wider at one point. There were some towers on the ground (the kind with the red lights on them) so I didn't want to go wider. I had to clone out some of the red lights on the towers.
     
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    I didn't get out to see any of the big professional shows this year but i did get some pretty alright small shots

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    enjoy!
     
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    ^^#1 looks really cool.. like DNA
     
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