JeffGreenberg

fireworks: wide open & ISO 3200 ???!

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That's how to shoot Milky Way, according to several Youtubes...

Does anyone also shoot fireworks that way?

If yes, link to examples?

 

In past, Ive shot fireworks f4.5, 1/5th sec., & about ISO 800 using manual settings.

On tripod that allows hand trigger & some time exposure effect.

 

But ISO 3200 would give sharper instantaneous, maybe 1/60th sec f2.8 with 1" sensor...?

Using AF & auto-exposure about +1 instead of manual settings...?

Have to use strong noise reduction via CC 2018 ACR, causing some softening...

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ISO 100, f/4.0, 2,1 seconds (Bulb mode), 14mm on fullframe sensor.

You want to capture the lights since it's very bright, so too high ISO would just make the lights burned out.

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I try to keep iso as low as possible for fireworks to reduce noise and aim for an exposure time of 8-16secs to capture a few bursts. Obviously on a tripod and prefocussed. 

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On 7/3/2018 at 09:27, JeffGreenberg said:

That's how to shoot Milky Way, according to several Youtubes...

Does anyone also shoot fireworks that way?

If yes, link to examples?

 

In past, Ive shot fireworks f4.5, 1/5th sec., & about ISO 800 using manual settings.

On tripod that allows hand trigger & some time exposure effect.

 

But ISO 3200 would give sharper instantaneous, maybe 1/60th sec f2.8 with 1" sensor...?

Using AF & auto-exposure about +1 instead of manual settings...?

Have to use strong noise reduction via CC 2018 ACR, causing some softening...

Jeff,

Here is how I shoot fireworks.

 

Camera on tripod,

Camera in manual,

Manual focus to infinity,

Base ISO (100 or 200 depending),

F8 or lenses sharpest f-stop,

Shutter on bulb,

Open shutter,

Wait for fireworks,

Close shutter,

Repeat

 

Don't keep shutter open to long or you will wash out exposure, 10-20 seconds works great.

Hope this helps,

 

David

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8 hours ago, dlmphotog said:

Don't keep shutter open to long or you will wash out exposure, 10-20 seconds works great.

 

Some people bring their black hat for that. Old school, but it works.

 

wim

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7 hours ago, wiskerke said:

Some people bring their black hat for that. Old school, but it works.

 

I thought black hats were only for "bad" guys... :D

 

Even so a good ideal.

 

David

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Went with ISO 3200 f3.5 & varied 1/30th-1/60th, but still on tripod.

I've done long exposure way in past ISO 800 f4 etc.

This time wanted to pick specific critical moments with balanced lighting.

Like when someone in foreground raised both arms skyward

in "Praise God" fashion during fireworks after-burst blossomings...

 

 

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Jeff,

 

Great to hear you got the shot!

 

Another thought for future consideration would be to have a TTL gelled (with a warming filter) flash on a TTL cord for off camera (arm reach) fill of foreground subjects.

 

Trying new techniques and experimenting is fun.

 

David

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