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Fireworks night is of course November 5th, but the Americans celebrate it on July 4th and the French today (July 14th). An interesting trade-off: less risk of unwanted fires in the UK in a wet November, and you can start the fireworks earlier, but a much better chance of dry weather in the USA and France...
Any Guy Fawkes/Independence Day/Bastille Day pics? Or hints on technique?
No and no. But I will link to "The Year in Pictures" as there is a recent post on fireworks shot by Pierre LeHors. I really like what he did.
When shooting fireworks, digital is really nice because you can tweek exposures. I'm no expert, but here are some shots I have done.
This shot was ISO 800, 10 seconds, f/5.6
This shot was done at ISO 800, 5 seconds, f/5.6
Low-fi stuff with an old lomo, old film and the bulb setting. Hanabi (best description on fireworks I've heard yet) along the tamagawa, near seisekisakuragaoka.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6016/5937664727_89f180f2d8_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]
illuminating the woman (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]
/5937664727/) by The Ugly Tourist (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6139/5937664981_5ae985d5c6_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]
solo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]
/5937664981/) by The Ugly Tourist (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]
How did you shoot your second photo "Solo"?
I think I just used the bulb setting and hand held as steady as I could. I started to lower the camera just a moment before I released the shutter. Just a happy accident really.
That tells me that we all should follow the "Don't follow the rules" rule some of the times.
here's what NOT to do
If I get a mo I will have to scan the leaflets entitled "lets take firework pictures" I found tucked inside a 1960s guide to 35mm photography.
Obviously a Kodak product as it names various Kodak films, and gives instructions for Instamatic and Coloursnap 35 cameras. I reckon that the dates of publication are September 1964 and 1965, and produced with the assistance of Standard Fireworks Ltd.
This is my first attempt at shooting fireworks this past 4th of July.
I used a Leica M4 with Voightlander 35mm Nokton lens and Velvia 50. All shots were at f/4, shutter on bulb for a few seconds each. In some of the pictures you can see where a tree on the right masked out the fireworks.
Next year I will try f/5.6 instead to see if I can bring out the colors a bit better; they seem a bit washed out to me.
I had it posted a couple of times here at RFF already but ...
Both Velvia 50 / Hasselblad 500 C/M - 80/2.8 CF T* Planar.
Tripod, low ISO, f/8 ~ f/11 and some knowledge about the firework schedule are helpful.
Both photos were taken at one of the annual summer fireworks in Sapporo, Japan.
This year fire-works in Chofu, Tokyo-prefecture and many other places were canceled because of 3/11.
Lake Union, Seattle, July 4, 2007. M8, 35/1.4 ASPH wide open, 1/30, hand-held.
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Fireworks (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]
/3691589024/) by peter.a.klein (Boulanger-Croissant) (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]
/), on Flickr
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