Senior HTF Member
- Dec 16, 1998
- Mich. & S. Carolina
- Real Name
- Scott Merryfield
Here are a few shots from the holiday fireworks and local parade. I still am a beginner when it comes to fireworks.
SScott Merryfield said:Very nice. How did you handle exposure? I am still struggling with exposure for fireworks, and really like the results you got.
I've been using bulb mode, with a low ISO (100-200), and an aperture of f/8 - f/11. I will then hold the shutter open (via cable release) for the duration of the burst.
Thanks, Doug. That is an interesting variation in technique. I will have to give it a try next time. You are right, though, in that a lot of luck is involved. You never know how bright each burst will be, nor how long it will last, until after the fact. I get more misses than hits. Using bulb mode helps to adjust to this a little, but it still feels like I am just rolling dice with each exposure. For composition, I shoot wider to accommodate the largest bursts, and then crop a little if I get a smaller burst that turns out well.Doug Wallen said:S
I used my 55-200 with ISO 100 set for 5seconds exposure at f11. I have the Nikon remote which I triggered when I saw the rocket trail. The first year I tried this I used bulb mode and didn't necessarily care for the results, which led to experimentation with different exposure times. That is how I happened upon 5 seconds. Sometimes it seems more like luck, especially in the composition, but I was pleased. Thanks for your comments,
Interesting idea. I may have to pick up a vari-density ND filter and tey it out. All I have now are split ND filters for landscape shots.Cameron Yee said:One thing I never thought of, ND filters for fireworks!
From that link...One thing I never thought of, ND filters for fireworks!