Photographing fire works

Discussion in 'Film and Processing' started by sean_trevino, Jun 28, 2003.

  1. I have a EOS 1VHS and was planning on shoting fire works this 4th of July. I will be
    using a tripod and shutter release cord, the lens will be the 28-135 IS and Fuji 1600
    speed film. I am thinking I should be in TV mode but I am not sure of the speed I
    should use to stop the action and have the prints come out great. Any one have
    experence taking photos of fire works please let me know what I should do.

    Thanks for any info

    Sean
     
  2. Try (ISO 100) slower film. If you want flowing-in-the-dark sky firework images.
     
  3. Using ISO 100 so should I be in AV mode and wide open?

    Thanks

    Sean
     
  4. The Smithsonian Institute has a great guide to photographing fireworks--it assumes
    you're in Washington DC, but the advice is applicable.

    http://photo2.si.edu/firew/firew.html
     
  5. jbq

    jbq

    The rule of thumb for fireworks is ISO 100 f/8, exposure as long as you like (or as long as you can get away with without overexposing the non-fireworks part of the picture). (obviously, all that with manual focus at infinity).

    People often like long exposures for fireworks, around a few seconds (the cool part is that reciprocity failure only applies to the background here, but not to the fireworks themselves)
     
  6. "Using ISO 100 so should I be in AV mode and wide open?"

    The camera can be in M (manual mode) and a f-stop of 11 for maybe 12 seconds should get you some good images. Bracket --try f8 at 8 seconds or f11-16 at 16 seconds. The film won't get hurt at night with longer exposures.

    Here is a image taken with Fuji HQ 100 and a AF 24-85mm f2.8D~ Nikkor zoom lens.
     
  7. If possible, use a remote control with the camera's shutter speed set to bulb, so that you don't have to decide before taking the picture how long the shutter should remain open.
     
  8. I shot the photos in this folder using 400 speed film and f8 to f11 http://www.photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=256980. As far as length of exposures, if there are no other light sources in your shot, you can just leave the shutter open on bulb for as many bursts as you want in your photo.
     
  9. Here is an article that might be of interest:

    http://www.ritzcamera.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StaticView?tmreturn=true&processRequest=10002&cmd=StaticView&catalogId=10001&staticPage=%2Fetc%2Fcontent%2Frcarticles%2Ffireworks_tips.html&langId=-1&location=NLR06C&capture=TRUE&storeId=10001

    (It's a very long URL so make sure you copy and paste the entire line)
     
  10. Check out this url

    http://www.nyip.com/tips/firewksintro2003.php

    Have fun
     

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