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Fireworks on Grapevine Lake, Texas

firemist

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Every year, a town near me shoots off fireworks each Friday night during the summer. Here's a few from last night. Sony A7ii, CV75mm/f1.8 Heliar, 2-stop ND filter, 13 sec at f11 ISO 100. (Incandescent WB also).

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firemist

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OK, one more, cropped.

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These are great I've yet to succeed with photographing fireworks!
If it helps, I was at ISO 100; f11; about 10 sec*; Tungsten WB; and a 2-stop (Cokin 4ND) ND filter. Lens was my Voigtlander 75mm/f1.8 VM lens.

* I just used a set shutter speed mostly, not Bulb. The A7ii allows 10 sec or 13 sec.

It's important not to over-expose or the "hot" areas (usually near the center of the exploding firework shell) get washed out.

I processed these in LR CC Classic, Adobe Color Calibration.

If you use an autofocus lens, you need to pre-focus at infinity (before sunset) then tape down the lens and switch to manual. Use a remote shutter release.
 

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Beautiful photos! Do you mind sharing your shooting location at the lake? They say Rockledge has the best views, but I wasn't sure. Thank you!!
 

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Beautiful photos! Do you mind sharing your shooting location at the lake? They say Rockledge has the best views, but I wasn't sure. Thank you!!
Judy,

Rockledge Park was where I was. Thanks!

Peter
 

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If it helps, I was at ISO 100; f11; about 10 sec*; Tungsten WB; and a 2-stop (Cokin 4ND) ND filter. Lens was my Voigtlander 75mm/f1.8 VM lens.

* I just used a set shutter speed mostly, not Bulb. The A7ii allows 10 sec or 13 sec.

It's important not to over-expose or the "hot" areas (usually near the center of the exploding firework shell) get washed out.

I processed these in LR CC Classic, Adobe Color Calibration.

If you use an autofocus lens, you need to pre-focus at infinity (before sunset) then tape down the lens and switch to manual. Use a remote shutter release.
Thanks! It was only last night we realized today was Bastille Day in France and there would be fireworks.
Not having a tripod just an awkwardly angled balcony ledge, also no ND filters I had to modify a bit. SOOC with a slight bit of Snapseed. A7s, CV 75/2.5 possibly at f16.

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Excellent. I am with Christilou...no clue...how did you know how to set up rig? Guessing you do this a lot...a lot lot.

Still kept the link...I do not do fireworks but you never know.
 

firemist

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Thanks Bobbill. I've been to that particular location several times (they shoot the fireworks on Friday evenings all through the Summer) so I know what focal length and settings work, through trial and error. I'm far enough away that I can just set the camera on the tripod and don't have to keep adjusting to frame the bursts. Glad you liked my shots!

Peter
 

Blu30nyx

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Really well done and clear. I have a bit of a struggle with low-light and night shots like these so I never bother. I do love the way they turn out though when you know how to take the shots. How long did it take you to get this good at it?
 

firemist

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Well thanks. It's not my first rodeo as they say, been shooting fireworks for a few years now. It does take some perseverance that's for sure, to get the colors saturated as well as a nice "bloom"
 
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