Flowers & Fireworks: July 4th, 2007

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Matt Clara, Jul 6, 2007.

  1. Matt Clara

    Matt Clara Guest

    I repeated a fireworks shoot I did back in my 35mm film days. The results
    this time were much more satisfactory, largely due to the ability to preview
    my images and adjust accordingly:
    http://www.mattclara.com/misc/events/4thofjuly2007/
    D200 + 35-70 f2.8 and 80-200 f2.8 AF-D.
     
    Matt Clara, Jul 6, 2007
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    acl Guest

    Excellent! These two, in particular,
    http://www.mattclara.com/misc/events/4thofjuly2007/slides/a_DSC0004-1.html
    http://www.mattclara.com/misc/events/4thofjuly2007/slides/za_DSC0015-1.html
    look remarkably realistic for fireworks :)
     
    acl, Jul 6, 2007
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  3. Matt Clara

    Matt Clara Guest

    Matt Clara, Jul 6, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest

    And . . . I did mention flowers in the subject line...
     
    Matt Clara, Jul 6, 2007
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    Tony Polson Guest


    Very nice work, Matt.


    www.mattclara.com


    Great site, well worth a look. Some very impressive images here.
     
    Tony Polson, Jul 6, 2007
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    Doug Freese Guest

    I really liked the shots with 5s exposure times at 70MM. At the time
    could you tell what exposure time was working best or did you simply
    shoot a variety?

    -Doug
     
    Doug Freese, Jul 6, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Anything less than five seconds left the sky too dark, so I stayed above
    that. Most are between 4 and 6 seconds. The typical advice is expose for
    thirty seconds, but cover your lens with a hat (or anything dark) between
    bursts.
     
    Matt Clara, Jul 6, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Thanks Tony--very kind of you to say so.
     
    Matt Clara, Jul 6, 2007
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    That_Rich Guest

    Hey Matt,

    How ya doooin'?

    Great fireworks shots.
    Shoudla brought my camera along to the lakefront firework show here as
    there were many boats on the water.

    My coneflowers are also in bloom... took these shots a couple days
    ago...

    http://www.pbase.com/that_rich/image/81776168

    http://www.pbase.com/that_rich/image/81776167

    http://www.pbase.com/that_rich/image/81776166

    Canon AE1P, Agfa Optima 100, 100mm f4 Canon Macro + 50mm ext tube on
    the last one. The HP scanner is still chuggin away :))

    Cheers,

    RP©
     
    That_Rich, Jul 6, 2007
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    JC Dill Guest

    I have been shooting at ISO 100, f-11 to f-16 for 1 second. I LIKE a
    dark sky - all the better to show-off the fireworks.

    See:

    http://flickr.com/photos/jcdill/sets/72157600667209716/

    and

    http://flickr.com/photos/jcdill/sets/72157600236187896/

    for examples of what I get with these settings.

    jc
     
    JC Dill, Jul 6, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Matt Clara, Jul 6, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Hey Rich! Your coneflower shots are very sharp.
    Take care,
    matt
     
    Matt Clara, Jul 6, 2007
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    Tony Polson Guest


    Not at all, Matt, you are now an accomplished photographer and you
    deserve all the credit that you get.
     
    Tony Polson, Jul 7, 2007
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    Scott W Guest

    Really nice photos, I love the framing with the capital building in the
    foreground, thanks for sharing.

    Scott
     
    Scott W, Jul 7, 2007
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Fireworks are always most effective when photographed with a ground
    reference ... these are very good.

    Even more dramatic is with water, cityscapes, bridges ...

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Jul 7, 2007
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  16. Matt Clara

    Matt Clara Guest

    Thanks! But, I think the word you're looking for is "kickass."
    Perhaps it's more on a case by case basis than categorically?
    Cheers,
    Matt
    ;-)
     
    Matt Clara, Jul 8, 2007
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    Alan Browne Guest

    In the sense that you get reflections off of the water of the city,
    bridge and fireworks, it makes for very dramatic images.

    Quickly found:
    http://www.pbase.com/image/30941256

    My own (several years back, slide film) are pretty good for the
    fireworks, but certainly lack the drama of these (or yours) for lack of
    a background.:

    http://www.photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=192444

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Jul 8, 2007
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    Alan Browne Guest

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    Matt Clara Guest

    Gorgeous! I had to do a little copy and paste work on mine, too--just
    to keep the spire from being blown out.
     
    Matt Clara, Jul 8, 2007
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    Alan Browne Guest


    "now"? As far back as I remember in this NG (ca. 2002), Matt has been
    an accomplished photographer. Like most though, he's always trying
    new things and posting his results. Maybe you should try a new thing
    Tony, like posting some recent (and, please, decent) photos? I've yet
    to see a photography from you Tony that shows that you've
    accomplished ... well, anything, other than underexposed train shots
    with tons of grain and clutter.

    Surely you could post your claimed Paris Match cover? That would be
    an accomplishment.

    ;-)
    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, Jul 15, 2007
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