Thanks for the tips

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Sheldon, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    Picked up lots of fireworks tips here just by trolling. The trick seems to
    be getting just two or three bursts, and hopefully they aren't right on top
    of each other. Used between f8 and f11, bulb, the remote, and a D70 with
    the kit lens. Tripod, of course. Finally, after all these years I got some
    decent fireworks shots.

    Thanks for the help.

    Sheldon
     
    Sheldon, Jul 5, 2005
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    Rudy Benner Guest

    Your next mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to capture some
    decent lightening. The following mission will be Aurora Borealis.
     
    Rudy Benner, Jul 5, 2005
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    Tony Polson Guest


    Try Michael Jackson.
     
    Tony Polson, Jul 5, 2005
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  4. Sheldon

    Sheldon Guest

    I've actually seen it here! Unfortunately, no pictures. I had no idea what
    it was. :-o It's pretty rare for it to get this far south. I thought it
    was a forest fire.
     
    Sheldon, Jul 5, 2005
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    DoN. Nichols Guest

    I was using the D70 for the same thing yesterday evening. I set
    up with a 16mm fisheye and a 20mm f2.8 wide angle (starting with the
    fisheye). I did a bit of chimping early in the session, and discovered
    that from where I was, I got better color at f16 instead of f11 or f8.

    These lenses had no CPU, so TTL metering was not an option, but
    I would not have expected TTL metering to do well with wildly varying
    illumination levels anyway. :) But f11 was a good starting point.

    After a number of shots, I decided that I would do better
    switching to the 20mm. Perhaps even 25mm would have been better, but
    things tended to move around a bit in the sky, so I decided that the
    20mm was the better one to stay with. And my next step up in focal
    length was the "28-105mm f3.5-4.5 D", and I felt that I could probably
    get sharper images from a prime 20mm than from the zoom.

    I shot these in RAW, but I ran them through a quick-and-dirty
    shell script using "dcraw" to produce jpegs from them. (I've really got
    to compile and install the necessary libraries so I can convert to
    TIFF.)

    It *was* nice to be able to chimp and adjust the exposure. The
    last time I did this, it was with the NC2000e/c (Nikon N90s with digital
    back from Kodak), and that had no display, so chimping was not an
    option. As a result, I discovered that everything was seriously
    overexposed. :-(

    Here is where a wired remote control would have been very nice
    to have. I don't have the IR remote control, and I was not sure ahead
    of time whether there would be other cameras nearby with similar remotes
    which might interfere with mine, but that turned out to not be a
    problem. I did have to crank the tripod up a bit, as a woman in front
    of me moved to the back of her blanket shortly before things started,
    and I needed the extra height to avoid having the silhouette of her head
    in the bottom of the frame. This meant that I spent a lot of time with
    my hand extended up to reach the shutter release button. :)

    Enjoy,
    DoN.
     
    DoN. Nichols, Jul 6, 2005
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