Photographing Fireworks

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Richard Ryerson, Jun 30, 2004.

  1. I am photographing fireworks tonight at the McKinley Memorial in Canton,
    Ohio. To familiarize you with the memorial it is a dome, modelled after 2000
    year old roman tomb. Sorta looks like the dome on the capital building in
    Washington DC.

    The details of the scene are a low view of the memorial , which is a
    sandstone white building (weathered and darken'd with age), a black statue
    in front, and half the frame will be empty above the statue to capture the

    At any rate, I want to include this building in the shots so I am planning
    on setting the aperature at f/11 for Fuji Velvia 50 and get a shutter time
    from TTL the building. I expect about a 4 second exposure. Hearing the
    shots, I will open the shutter and close it when the burst is finished. For
    multiples, I will cover the lens (not touching it) with some black
    construction paper and open up again right before the subsequent bursts.

    My worries right now is I will be out in front of the building in an area
    parrallelled by bright, old english style, street lights. The composition
    "may" have to include these lights. While I am not worried about capturing
    detail in these lights, I am worried about burning them out so bad that the
    burn out encompases more of the photo.

    Here are the questions:

    1.Should I consider the lights in my TTL exposure?
    2. Should I frame my subjects in such a way to exclude the light, and thus
    exclude the lower portion of the monument? (in my mind, a fairly important
    detail, the "dark" statue of McKinley will be lost).

    Best regards,

    Richard Ryerson, Jun 30, 2004
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  2. Richard Ryerson

    Mac Tabak Guest

    Hi Rick,
    For starters try an [email protected] 4 secs....that should do you nicely. The street
    lamps will blow a bit, that can't be helped.

    Mac Tabak, Jul 3, 2004
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