Fireworks Photos

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by John Ortt, Oct 9, 2007.

  1. John Ortt

    John Ortt Guest

    Hi everyone,

    I was hoping for some constructive criticism on my attempts at Firework

    I took the photos below during the Annual Southport (UK) Musical Fireworks
    Competition held last weekend.

    I used my Canon 300D with the EF 50 F1.8 (Mk2) lens on a tripod and using a
    remote shutter cable.

    Thanks in advance,

    John Ortt, Oct 9, 2007
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  2. John Ortt

    AustinMN Guest

    First, choose a better pont of view. The inclusion of lamp poles (on
    or off) and trees in the foreground is distracting.

    Second, take advantage of pauses in the show. Most fireworks shows
    contain brief pauses (the duration varies) that allows the smoke to
    clear before the next set begins. If you start your exposure just
    before one of those pauses ends, there will be less smoke in the final
    image. This does not always work. If there is little or no wind,
    then the smoke just builds and builds, so the only fireworks worth
    photographing are at the very beginning of the show.

    Third, stop down. Avoid allowing the highlights to become "blown
    out." When the firework itself is overexposed, it records as white
    (or moves closer to white), and color information is lost. Use your
    histogram. If there is a big spike on the white end, you need to use
    less exposure. With fireworks, using a shorter exposure won't do it.
    You need to use a smaller apature.

    AustinMN, Oct 9, 2007
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  3. John Ortt

    John Ortt Guest

    Unfortunately the smoke was somewhat unavoidable on the night for the
    reasons you mention (namely no wind).

    There was also little point taking pictures at the start of the set as all
    the exhibitors were using ground based fireworks and trying to build up as
    the set went on.

    The best displays were unfortunately always at the end of the set when the
    smoke had also reached it's peak.

    I might be able to salvage some of the blown highlights as all the pics were
    taken in Raw format and I have to confess I didn't tweak them very well
    before I converted them to Jpegs.

    Thanks for the input though Austin, I will try your advice on the composure
    and shutter speeds when I next get a chance.


    John Ortt, Oct 10, 2007
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