Fourth of July Fireworks?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by David W. Poole, Jr., Jun 19, 2004.

  1. Hi,

    I'm curious what advice can be offered regarding shooting of fireworks
    displays to this newbie. Given the season approaches, I have been
    spending some time taking night shots in semi and full manual around
    my small burg. As the window of opportunity for taking shots of decent
    fireworks displays will be small, I would appreciate any advice,
    especially any "Oh by the way's"; forewarned is forearmed, or
    something like that!

    Thanks for your time,

    David W. Poole, Jr., Jun 19, 2004
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  2. Asked an answered in the last several days. If you have more questions
    after reading the thread, all the better.
    John McWilliams, Jun 19, 2004
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  3. Sorry I missed that; I refresh headers in this group at least daily.
    Thanks for the pointers...

    Hmm, glancing backwards, I don't seem to have this thread? Plus, a
    search for "subject: fire or subject: july or subject: fourth or
    subject: 4th" only yields this thread.
    David W. Poole, Jr., Jun 19, 2004
  4. "David W. Poole, Jr."
    It is hard to time these photos, so set your camera to take pix in bursts.
    After the first, review the results on the lcd, and adjust the exposure as
    Marvin Margoshes, Jun 20, 2004
  5. Cool; thanks! I'm thinking that in years past the display in my burg
    has run for about 15 minutes; I hope that'll give me enough time to
    David W. Poole, Jr., Jun 21, 2004
  6. David W. Poole, Jr.

    Randy Guest

    First are you using Digital or Film... Secondly if digital what ISO
    rating can you get to.... Higher the better... Third does the camera
    have a Bulb setting...

    If film 35mm just put camera on tripod, point in direction of display.
    . Take along a hat to cover the lens between firework rocket... THen
    open the shutter on bulb with the appature set to widest setting (ie.
    1.7 or 2.0) Take image of 3 or 4 rockets then close shutter, wind film
    and get ready for next rocket. Then get ready for the finally and let
    it fill the night sky with the image.... If you have a girl friend
    with you, you could get her in the image by using a kicker light to
    expose her as long as she doesn't move during the exposure....

    Then Digital same thing but you can see the results and make
    adjustments... before the next shot... Even Telephoto alittle would
    not hurt...

    My 2 cents worth,

    Randy, Jun 25, 2004
  7. Digital, with a Panasonic DMC-FZ10. ISO settings are 50, 100, 200, &
    400. Nary a clue about the bulb setting, or it's impact.
    Good advice; thanks.

    I have what I think to be an advantage, in that I live in a small
    town, and have ready access to the balcony on the highest floor of the
    tallest building (16 floors), and the display will be about two blocks
    from this location. I've been using this location to take a large
    number of after dark exposures, experimenting with a wide variety of
    speeds, apertures, and ISO settings; I've purchased a couple of
    tripods to assist in this. So far, I'm leaning towards ISO 100, F2.8
    (the largest this camera will go), and 8 seconds (the longest this
    camera will go) as my initial set-up, and I'll adjust if/as time
    permits during the display. The 8 second limitation is a real bummer,
    and even in full manual mode, the camera has an delay between the
    depression of the shutter release and the time that the camera begins
    the exposure. Hmm; on second thought, I'm not in full manual mode
    here, as I'm still letting the camera decide the white point; perhaps
    if I decide this ahead of time the exposure will begin as soon as I
    tell it to? I'll fritter this out RSN. My query was posted because
    this is the first opportunity I've had to shoot fireworks, and I'd
    like to be aware of any "Oh by the ways" before I get out there and
    waste the opportunity. Our burg's display, oddly enough, coincides
    with a concert that takes place on the 30th of June, but I'll have a
    similar opportunity from either the ground level or the side of a
    mountain on a nearby town just up the interstate.

    I don't have a kicker light or any auxiliary lighting devices at this
    point, but it sounds like a very creative idea; I might purchase one
    for the occasion. Thanks!
    David W. Poole, Jr., Jun 28, 2004
  8. David W. Poole, Jr.

    skymuffins Guest

    "David W. Poole, Jr."
    You can use a flashlight. If you have a maglite, turn it to wide (not spot)
    and turn it on and off again quickly, should do the trick.... I have done it
    with long exposures with fairly good results. It will make skintones a bit
    yellow, but hell, your just playing, right?

    - Harrison
    skymuffins, Jun 30, 2004
  9. Good idea; thanks!
    David W. Poole, Jr., Jun 30, 2004
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