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By garrycarter
Taken at the Battle Proms, Ragley Hall, UK. August 2014

Tags: Cannons Firing Sports and action

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2457 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2014 10:05AM
Hi again, a second upload from you, and the Exif is included here - it tells us so much more about the image!

First off, brilliant timing. Combined with excellent choice of shutter speed, the spark trails really are spectacular.

I was initially surprised at the high ISO given the relatively slow shutter speed. But looking at the time, I suspect that conditions were much darker than the appear here! I would prefer to see a lower ISO, same shutter speed and aperture, to get a bit more darkness into the background. We don't need to see everything.

One big problem with the shutter speed though. I'm assuming hand-held - the image is quite soft and I suspect that that is down to camera movement. At that focal length you really needed 1/80 second or faster to be sure of hand-holding steadily - which of course would defeat the object of the exercise, the trails of red sparks.

The answer is a tripod, monopod - or simply find some means of bracing and supporting the camera steadily.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1877 England
3 Dec 2014 4:20PM
Moira's advice on a tripod is good. They're a pain to carry and use, but they make shsts like this easy to get sharp.

I've done a mod cropping a bit, largely to get rid of some of the sky, and then I used Levels and the burn tool to darken things, as Moira suggests.
3 Dec 2014 7:54PM
Again, thanks for the comments. I did ponder whether to take my tripod, but as it was really crowded, I'm glad I didn't.
I did try to brace myself against some fencing, but thought that I might still get some shakiness in the shot - hence the shutter speed, and as it was starting to get dark, the high ISO.
I did have the camera on continuous shooting, so could pick out a couple that weren't too bad.
Also, I had been shooting a Spitfire flying overhead, and I think I probably didn't adjust very many of the settings.
(Will post one of those in a mo).
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2014 8:40PM
Rest the camera on top of the fencing if it is reasonably robust. An interesting shot but being sharper would help. The effect looks like a misfire in the breech!

3 Dec 2014 8:57PM
Thanks Paul.

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