August 15, 2023 at 7:38 pm #81021August 17, 2023 at 2:40 pm #81053
Thanks in advance! (I don’t think this one showed up on the recent list at the bottom, by the way.) A little glitch, I presume.August 22, 2023 at 4:51 pm #81089James StaddonKeymaster
Wow! Go you, experimenting with long exposure and night photography like that! It’s so tough, getting every little thing to work properly haha. 🙂
Good job culling down the photos to just these 5! It’s great that there’s not a lot of smoke to make them look dull. I like the color combination of #2. The colors + arrangement of fireworks in #4 is just absolutely perfect! That one is my favorite. And the fact that they are coming out from just in-between the trees is great. So intentional looking.
You can decide whether or not you want to put any of them in your portfolio, but it is evident that the fireworks are noticeably out of focus. I usually auto-focus on the first firework, and then switch the lens to Manual focus so the focus distance is the same on all the rest of the photos. Focused fireworks will have a more crisp look to them, like the one attached. To make them thicker, you can open your aperture wider.August 22, 2023 at 5:03 pm #81094
@jamesstaddon Oh, I love, love, LOVE the one you shot!
The focusing really bothered me in shooting mine. I had watched a YouTube video on shooting fireworks, but it never said to focus on the fireworks- it showed me how to focus on the elements around- which obviously didn’t work well. I had a timer on my camera, and it shot a total of 9 frames- 5 seconds exposure each. How would I focus on such a quick explosion?
Seeing the difference of mine verses yours, I can humbly say that mine don’t look near as good as I used to think they did. I think I’ll skip adding any of them to my portfolio, and try again this New Year’s Eve. 🙂August 30, 2023 at 4:59 pm #81294David FrazerParticipant
Another tip for fireworks … I see you were shooting the fireworks at f/11, which is great! But the exif data says it was focused at 1.4m (about 5 ft). When you are at f/11 you can probably switch your lens to manual focus only and make sure it is focused just shy of infinity. Then you can shoot away and just check on it every once in a while.
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