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Taken on fireworks night at the Peterborough firework fiesta.

In this shot I've tried to capture the scene of the fireworks rather than just purely the fireworks themselves.

Any comments most welcome.

Cheers

Si

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 1100D
Lens:18.0 - 55.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 29.0 - 88.7 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:3 Nov 2012 - 7:44 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:3200
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Firework Scene
Username:SH87 SH87
Uploaded:16 Dec 2012 - 6:54 PM
Tags:Flash / lighting, General, Humour / fun, Specialist / abstract
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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2012 - 9:16 AM

I understand your comment about wanting to not only show the fireworks but also the local environment, but I still feel that my comments on an earlier upload still apply. The shutter speed is too fast to give effective results from the fireworks and using a slower shutter speed would still allow you to be able to show the small house to good effect.

'Bulb' setting is generally best together with a much smaller aperture, maybe f8. naturally some testing would be required but I would guess there were sufficient opportunities to do that. A 'spray' and 'falling' of sparklets makes for superb pictures and I recommend you to have a go next time. I can say that easily as I notice you have a lot of such shots within your pf.

Compositionally this might have been better with a portrait format, which would have obviated the close cropping to the top and would have given a better opportunity to show the environment to better effect. Presently the house is almost lost.

Frank

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ErictheViking
ErictheViking e2 Member 2124 forum postsErictheViking vcard Scotland102 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2012 - 1:50 PM

I have to agree with Frank. Any night shot needs to be with the smallest aperture possible and a long exposure at ISO 100. With fireworks in particular it is possible to set up a bulb exposure of many minutes and use a black piece of card to expose the fireworks as they explode this means static objects get a good exposure without being over exposed and the fireworks can leave trails. Its recommended not to do more than about 3 sets of fireworks to avoid cluttering the shot.

Have to agree with a portrait crop as well this will emphasis the up down motion of the fireworks.

Eric Grin

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paulbroad
paulbroad  782 forum posts United Kingdom872 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2012 - 5:33 PM

A good try, but not the best technique. High ISO settings are not the best idea for fireworks or many night shots. A time exposure on a tripod to record a series of bursts or several images combined into one.

Paul

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