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Whitley Bay firework display 06 Nov 2011

Discussion in 'Photography Forum' started by snatcher, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. snatcher

    snatcher Toon Toon black and white army

    I do enjoy the challenge of photographing firework displays. It is not an exact science and there are a lot of possible variations come into the equation. Lady luck also has to be on your side on the night !!!

    Having said that I got down to the seafront an hour early to scout out the best position to photograph from. Ideally you want to be upwind from the display to try and miss as much "smoke drift" as possible.

    Unfortunately this was not possible as it would have meant getting the moon and a fairground/lights in the shot. Finally decided on the beach virtually below the firing point.

    Settings were -

    ISO 100
    Manual - bulb mode
    Cable release
    Manual focus (used infinity)
    Lens 18-200mm

    I was alternating between portrait and landscape mode,using a tight zoom for some of the shots and pulling right back to 18mm for the grand finale. With hindsight there are a few things I would have done different !!!! Anyway here are a few of the captures I got on the night. :happy:






  2. Baramundi Bob

    Baramundi Bob Super Leeds United !!!

    Superb shots snatcher. Think I need to master fireworks.
  3. harrythecod

    harrythecod Rockling

    I like the first one , it gives you an idea of the size of the display,
    Fireworks are tricky to shoot because you don,t have anything in particular to focus on :confused: ,

    By the way John , i have all ready booked a week up the Mull , 1st sept for a week,
    will have a couple sesions on the Bass with you if you dont mind . :wink:
  4. snatcher

    snatcher Toon Toon black and white army

    Sounds like a plan to me Harry :wink: Might even try and drag George out as well :happy:

    As far as the fireworks go Autofocus is a no no so its got to be Manual focus. I set my focus on infinity. Reviewed/zoomed in on the first couple of shots to make sure the infinity setting was suitable.


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