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    Feb 2006
    Des Plaines, IL

    Talking Explosive results ...

    Well, despite the weather remaining out of control (man, what's going on in the States, these days ... unbelievable heat in the West next to Noah's ark action in Texas!), the Chicago-area has been pretty much spared from such nonsense.

    Anyway, last night the rains edged in and nearly wiped out the fireworks display in Park Ridge and other communities. Fortunately, they got them done, despite Mom Nature's arousal.

    Armed with the SONY A100 and the TAMRON AF18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF), I went to work sitting in a chair, on the rear deck of my Avalanche, tripod mounted and aiming skyward.

    Just as the display began ... a raindrop on my arm ... then another to the forehead ... and another. "Honey! Where's umbrella? I think we're in trouble ..."

    Well, it was only a smattering, at that point ... but as the display came to an end ... it's a three hour continuous shower. Not a downpour, but you would be poorer caught in it.

    Anyway ... the shots turned out a bit awkwardly, fighting the wind against the shelter of the umbrella, over the rig, and trying to zero in, with a decent zoom-rate, on where the next detonation would occur. Many shots were useless, due to the sheer speed of trying to catch the timing of the detonation ... others ... remarkable.

    One of my favorites:

    Attachment 26170

    Settings: 40mm - f/4.5 - 0.6 sec. - ISO-200 - WB 3200 - Manual Mode - tripod - remote release

    There are differing opinions about how to catch these explosions ... some go with a second or more, but I how found dramatic results with less than a second.

    Attachment 26171

    Settings: 28mm - f/4.5 - 0.5 sec. - ISO-200 - WB 3200 - Manual Mode - tripod - remote release

    Reviewing the statistics, I found that just having a 17-50mm lens would have worked beautifully in this instance. Anything more was too limiting and I was a good third of a mile away from the rocket's red (blue, green, purple, white) glare.

    I'm kind of glad I didn't use the Canon EOS 20D & the 70-200mm ... way too much lens! I'll remount the TAMRON SP AF28-75mm f/2.8 XR DI LD on the Canon for tonight's festival display in Des Plaines ... but the rains are closing in ... once again. Besides, that combination is a lot lighter to swing around than the 70-200 is.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-04-2007 at 02:12 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
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    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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