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12/29/2006 06:08:31 PM · #1
I'm going to attempt to shoot the fireworks over the Sydney Harbour Bridge this NYE. To those of you have experience shooting fireworks, do you have any tips. I have my tripod, cable release, EF-S 10-22mm USM, I know about long exposures and stopping down to f16 - f22. A photo journalist suggested taking a piece of black cardboard and putting this in front of the lens for the first second or two after the intitial flash of the fireworks, to prevent the image from being over-exposed\washed out, then removing it for the rest of the exposure. What do you think, any other help or tips would be appreciated!
Happy new year all.
12/29/2006 06:11:51 PM · #2
//photos.si.edu/firew/firew.html
12/29/2006 06:17:46 PM · #3
Thanks Rex, looks like a helpful article
12/29/2006 06:39:02 PM · #4
The black card is a nice tip - lets you keep the shutter open and hide the gaps between fireworks (you get more then occurred in real life on the same image).

Keep the hood on the lens (should be on anyway - right :-) Helps with light around you.

The bridge is usually pretty bright even before the fireworks due to those constant flowing things they do a lot so might need to be on the short end of the elapsed due to the bright bands of light along the deck.

I prefer ISO100 and more time then higher ISO.

Check the histogram and also try a range of settings.

Most importantly - Enjoy :-)
12/29/2006 07:06:53 PM · #5
You could also try this technique...

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but with them being in Sydney Harbour, you'd no doubt like to keep certain landmarks in the picture. ;>þ
12/29/2006 09:53:59 PM · #6
Thanks Pug-H and robs for the tips. Much appreciated!
12/29/2006 10:39:06 PM · #7
Originally posted by Pug-H:

You could also try this technique...

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but with them being in Sydney Harbour, you'd no doubt like to keep certain landmarks in the picture. ;>þ


How do you focus during exposure without shaking the camera?
12/29/2006 11:19:54 PM · #8
Originally posted by dleach:

Originally posted by Pug-H:

You could also try this technique...

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but with them being in Sydney Harbour, you'd no doubt like to keep certain landmarks in the picture. ;>þ


How do you focus during exposure without shaking the camera?

From what I can gather, focus is not such an issue using larger depth of field (with a wide anle lens), set lens to manual focus and then focus to infinity, and start shooting. Auto focus may get confused, and you could loose that great shot.
12/29/2006 11:34:13 PM · #9
For those kinds of shots, you definitely need a tripod and a cable release. Set ISO at 100, f8 is the recommended aperture, and Bulb. Manual focus mode. Start out of focus, press and hold cable release button, turn focus ring to infinity, stop exposure. Experiment (there will be lots of duds), but don't forget to take time to sit back and enjoy the show at some point. ;>þ

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