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Fireworks an update


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Fireworks an update

21 Aug 2019 9:04AM   Views : 538 Unique : 321

I have twice blogged on the subject of fireworks. Since then I have only had a few occasions where I have returned to the subject that I first attempted back in 2013 but I have to say that the most successful exposures remain around the 1 Ė 1.6 secs mark.

Patience is definitely needed in abundance. I tend to arrive very early in order to stake my claim for the most suitable position for a composition especially if it is a new location. Fireworks events are immensely popular for adults and children alike.
Also, beware road closures for such events as was the case last week.

So, I went to the British Fireworks Championships in Plymouth for the first time. A suitable location was picked after much deliberation over how high the fireworks would burst.

I was joined by 3 other photographers (2 seemingly being novices to fireworks) and I overhead an interesting comment regarding ignoring the finale. The championships give each team a 10 minute display and helpfully there is a 10 minute gap between displays allowing a quick study of the results. On the night it proved to be very true, the best photos and clusters of starbursts coming in the middle of the display.

0.8s f8 ISO100

1.6s f16 ISO200

But despite all of the best preparations, fireworks photography relies on bucket loads of luck. You can never guess what each cluster will do and how bright each starburst will be.
In all I have about 5 keepers out of 165 photos over 30 minutes of display.

Good luck and most importantly enjoy the displays

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