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Old 04-07-2007, 04:50   #1 (permalink)
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Fireworks...my first try

Actually these are my first long exposures ever! I figured I would give it a shot the other night (Canada Day, July 1) and see what I could get. I did not have my remote yet, so I was not too hopeful. Was able to borrow a tripod that is built like fort knox (manfrotto 028)...it had a video head so was a bit awkward, but it was just for practice. Anyway, I am SO excited that I got some good shots!!! And I sure learned a lot.

Excuse the power lines, next year I will move out into the lane to avoid them. (really was not expecting it to matter, as I didn't think I was going to get anything worth keeping...once I get good enough with photoshop perhaps I can remove them.) I do like the neighbor's weather vane though . These were taken in my back yard.



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Already planning for next year, will have a wider angle lens by then...and a powerline free vantage point from the back lane!

(#2 is a bit big, but it seemed to loose too much sharpness when I compressed it more...)
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Old 04-07-2007, 07:01   #2 (permalink)
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Your pictures are good. Very colorful and bright.
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:08   #3 (permalink)
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I bet we will be looking at alot of these after the 4th of July
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#3 I love the weather vane silhouette.
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Looks good from here!
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Way better than my first try
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Re: Fireworks...my first try

Well done Beanpod. Great shots for a first time

You ought to be able to clone out the power wires quite easily and that will improve the shots even more.
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Excellent shots for a first attempt

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Re: Fireworks...my first try

Thanks you guys! So nice to have shots turn out better than expected!

I did have a lot of duds, lens was not wide enough to capture everything so lots of chopped off stuff. And some were so overexposed that had I been shooting film, I bet there would have been holes burned in it . And of course some blurry ones, as I had to manually push the shutter. But it was a great learning experience for me, that is for sure. Being a small town, our fireworks only last about 15 minutes, so there is not a lot of time to make adjustments...gotta plan ahead and just go with it.

I'll play with ps a bit to get those lines out.

Thanks again for your encouragement!
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Re: Fireworks...my first try

Well done I have tried and tried for years to get some decent shots of fireworks and have never managed it. I know all the theory etc but every time I try They just don't come out right.
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Love that weather vane = provides great context.

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Love the last one, a great first go!!!
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Very well done. Can you tell us what settings you used? ISO, shutter, aperture?
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