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Firework Scene

By SH87
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.



Tags: General Specialist and abstract Flash and lighting Humour and fun

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2012 9:16AM
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.


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ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
17 Dec 2012 1:50PM
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.

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paulbroad 10 123 1243 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2012 5:33PM
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.


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