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Roger Hicks
07-14-2011, 12:01
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?



Paddy C
07-14-2011, 13:00
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.


07-14-2011, 13:08
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

07-14-2011, 13:29

07-14-2011, 14:06
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]/5937664727/)
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]/5937664981/)
solo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5937664981/) by The Ugly Tourist (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/)

07-14-2011, 14:29
Hi dogbunny,

How did you shoot your second photo "Solo"?


07-14-2011, 14:32
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.

07-14-2011, 14:35

That tells me that we all should follow the "Don't follow the rules" rule some of the times.

07-14-2011, 14:40
here's what NOT to do


07-14-2011, 14:58
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.


07-31-2011, 06:24
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.

07-31-2011, 07:11
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.

Peter Klein
07-31-2011, 14:55
Lake Union, Seattle, July 4, 2007. M8, 35/1.4 ASPH wide open, 1/30, hand-held.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3652/3691589024_93170eb341_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3691589024/)
Fireworks (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3691589024/) by peter.a.klein (Boulanger-Croissant) (http://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr