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  1. #1
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    Arrow Photos for the Fourth

    I have been reading the forums and have got plenty of information on taking pictures of fireworks. I have a tripod, and will get set up early as to get the best viewing position. Now, I have read to get the widest lens I have, which would be the Kit lens. This isn't my best lens (hahahaha) and my quantaray is an 28-90mm. is this wide enough, or should I go with the Kit Lens and cross my fingers (cross my eyes, and cross my knees)? Would the 50mm prime lens work better?
    Joe Holmes
    Sony α550
    Sony HVL-F42AM Flash
    Sony DT18-55 F3.5-5.6 (Kit Lens)
    Minolta Maxxum 50 1:1.7(22) Prime
    Minolta 35-70 F4 (Mini Beercan)
    Minolta 70-210 F4 (Beercan)
    Minolta 28-135 F4-4.5 (This beast is pretty heavy)
    Minolta Maxxum 100-200 F4.5
    Quantaray D28-90 1:3.5-5.6 Ver 5
    Tamron DiII 55-200 1:4.5-6

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    Wider the ap the better...run speed at as fast as you can to eliminate blur



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    joenmell, I use a tripod and remote shutter release with camera set to bulb. f4.5 to f8. Probably f8 most of the time for 3 to 8 second exposures. Iso at 100.
    Lens depends on how close you are. Your 50mm may work fine if the fireworks are going off in the same general area and the field of view is sufficient to cover the wide spray of the larger fireworks. Check your first few shots and adjust settings as needed.
    Spook
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    Fuji F200 Exr

  4. #4
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    It's a hit and miss thing. Here's one from last night. EXIF on flickr.

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    With the qualifier that I haven't shot fireworks yet, I have several books on low light photography that give different suggestions regarding lens selection for fireworks.

    The suggestion of a wider angle lenses seem to be a reflection of making sure you capture the fireworks and then crop later.

    If you're using a zoom in the 70-200mm range, the recommendation was to track the first bursts at 70mm to the apex area, lock your tripod, and then zoom to your desired coverage area then start your shots.

    As far as settings, other than the use of manual settings, it appears there are at least two schools of thought.

    The first is manual exposure mode, daylight white balance, ISO 200 to 400, your widest aperature and shutter set between 1/15 to 1/30 seconds. Adjust after your first shot to fine tune. Suggestion is that you can even do this hand-held.

    The second manual exposure mode, daylight white balance, ISO 200, shutter speed set at couple of seconds or more (or Bulb), aperature set accordingly and shoot during periods of multiple bursts. Suggestion is using a wider angle to capture multiple bursts and trails.
    Darin Wessel
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    Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
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    Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
    YashikaMat 6x6 TLR (other accessories)
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    Dr4gon,

    Fantastic shot!!! Very dramatic. Did you crop?
    Darin Wessel
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    Primes: Minolta 28mm f2.8; Sony 50mm f1.4
    Minolta RC-1000 remote commander

    Film:
    Calumet Cambo CC400 4x5 View Camera
    YashikaMat 6x6 TLR (other accessories)
    Minolta Maxxum 7000 w/ Minolta 35-80mm f/4-5.6 & Minolta 2800 flash
    Minolta Maxxum 5000i & Vivitar 728 AFM flash
    What's next???

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    Dr4gon, thanks for the excellent example. hard to think I might match that
    Do you use any filters on the lens for this? I have UV only on my Tamron now,
    but think I will use 50MM with no filter. What do you peoples think?
    Joe Holmes
    Sony α550
    Sony HVL-F42AM Flash
    Sony DT18-55 F3.5-5.6 (Kit Lens)
    Minolta Maxxum 50 1:1.7(22) Prime
    Minolta 35-70 F4 (Mini Beercan)
    Minolta 70-210 F4 (Beercan)
    Minolta 28-135 F4-4.5 (This beast is pretty heavy)
    Minolta Maxxum 100-200 F4.5
    Quantaray D28-90 1:3.5-5.6 Ver 5
    Tamron DiII 55-200 1:4.5-6

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    Last night was pretty pathetic IMO.

    It was a portrait shot that filled up most of the firework. I turned it into a horizontal landscape crop just to go even tighter and even it out. Tamron 70-200mm with a Hoya Pro-1D UV filter. Last year at a balloon festival were the best fireworks I have ever seen.

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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

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    i suppose the lens depends on how far away you are. I.E. if you are accross the river or something like that.
    As for aperture you normally want it around F8. nothing too shallow.
    some people shoot fireworks with F11-F16 as well.
    Bulb mode is probably best on a tripod.
    a wired or wireless shutter release is recommended as well.
    Canon EOS 7D

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    This is my first time taking pictures of fireworks. I think I did OK but I'm open to suggestions.

    a700 Tamron 17-50@26mm f/11 8 sec ISO-200


    a700 Tamron 17-50@26mm f/11 8 sec ISO-200


    a700 Tamron 17-50@26mm f/11 8 sec ISO-200


    a700 Tamron 17-50@26mm f/11 10 sec ISO-200


    a700 Tamron 17-50@26mm f/11 5 sec ISO-200


    a700 Tamron 17-50@35mm f/11 5 sec ISO-200


    a700 Tamron 17-50@28mm f11 5 sec ISO-200


    a700 Tamron 17-50@18mm f11 5 sec ISO-200


    a700 Tamron 17-50@18mm f11 5 sec ISO-200
    -Paul-
    Canon 7D - Canon 17-55 IS USM - Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS - Canon 50mm f/1.8 - Sigma 30mm f/1.4 - Sigma 10-20 f4-5.6 - Canon 430EX II Speedlite


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