Weekly Assignment #83: Fireworks!

NikolaiNikolai Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
edited August 27, 2008 in Assignments
Guess what: it's this time of year.. :thumb
Your fresh fireworks shots are gonna make a huge pop here! :clap
There is tons of info about how to do it properly, both here on Dgrin and on the Internet in general. Do your homework and show us your sparkles!

Let's catch some Fireworks! :D

EDIT:

Please specify the following exif info per each shot:
ISO; focal length; aperture; shutter speed.

Also, add the following info for the whole series
body; lens; accessories;

E.g.:
All taken with:
Canon 40D + EF 70-200/2.8 IS USM + BM/NGEDT2 CF tripod + Acratech V2 ballhead + ADIDT release cable

Image 1:
ISO 100, 170mm, f/8, 3sec.

Image 2:
ISO 100, 150mm, f/8, 2.5sec.

etc.
"May the f/stop be with you!"
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  • Bayer-Z28Bayer-Z28 Registered Users Posts: 392 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    DANG IT!! I JUST took these tonight BEFORE I read this.. Does it count?? Can I do 3 pics this time?? mwink.gif MILD PS.. Just a hit of sharpening.. Oh... and...... NO TRIPOD!!! Holding my breath and risking an asthma attack... :D

    Nikon D80, 18-200 DX VR f3.5 lens with polarizer.

    ISO 400, f4, 3.6 shutter, focal length 40mm
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    ISO 400, f4, 3.6 shutter, focal length 40mm
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    ISO 400, f4, 4.5 shutter, focal length 40mm
    fw3kh5.jpg
    Auto enthusiast. I drive a 2000 Camaro Z28. LOADED w/ mods.

    Camera: Nikon D80, 18-55 f3.5 stocker & 18-200 Nikon VR.... with a small collection of filters..


    My Smugmug.. STILL Under construction.
    http://bayer-Z28.smugmug.com
  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Registered Users Posts: 5,551 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    325201460_KLZxe-L.jpg
    0.8 sec @ 4.5 ƒ, 170mm 400ASA

    325201745_tKLxw-L.jpg
    1/3 sec @ 4.5 ƒ, 170mm 400ASA


    325205354_SnHmj-L.jpg
    1/8 sec @ 4.5 ƒ, 170mm 400ASA


    325205626_M4Mvw-L.jpg
    1/20 sec @ 4.5 ƒ, 170mm 400ASA


    325205898_96p2f-L.jpg
    1/20sec @ 4.5 ƒ, 170mm 400ASA

    More at Fireworks. I shot over 400 images last night.

    Don
    Don Ricklin - Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, was Pentax K7
    'I was older then, I'm younger than that now' ....
    My Blog | Q+ | Moderator, Lightroom Forums | My Amateur Smugmug Stuff | My Blurb book Rust and Whimsy. More Rust , FaceBook .
  • saurorasaurora Registered Users Posts: 4,320 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    It would be interesting if shooters would post their EXIF info plus lenses used just for comparison. mwink.gif
  • NikolaiNikolai Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    saurora wrote:
    It would be interesting if shooters would post their EXIF info plus lenses used just for comparison. mwink.gif
    15524779-Ti.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • Bayer-Z28Bayer-Z28 Registered Users Posts: 392 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    Wilco..

    But I actually had it on an auto function... *hides* ... I could have just as easily shot in AP.. Oh well..
    Auto enthusiast. I drive a 2000 Camaro Z28. LOADED w/ mods.

    Camera: Nikon D80, 18-55 f3.5 stocker & 18-200 Nikon VR.... with a small collection of filters..


    My Smugmug.. STILL Under construction.
    http://bayer-Z28.smugmug.com
  • NikolaiNikolai Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    Bayer-Z28 wrote:
    Wilco..

    But I actually had it on an auto function... *hides* ... I could have just as easily shot in AP.. Oh well..
    ....

    Whoa, Nelli! This is way too much!

    All is needed:
    ISO; focal length; aperture; shutter speed;
    Optional:
    body; lens; accessories;

    E.g.:
    ISO 100, 170mm, f/8, 3sec.
    Canon 40D + EF 70-200/2.8 IS USM + BM/NGEDT2 CF tripod + Acratech V2 ballhead + ADIDT release cable

    I'm adding this requirements to the lead post.
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • saurorasaurora Registered Users Posts: 4,320 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    Bayer-Z28 wrote:
    Wilco..

    # User Comment (Hex) = 0x41,0x53,0x43,0x49,0x49,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20,0x20

    Thanks! This is something I've always wondered about. lol3.gif
  • Bayer-Z28Bayer-Z28 Registered Users Posts: 392 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
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    PhiXing..
    Auto enthusiast. I drive a 2000 Camaro Z28. LOADED w/ mods.

    Camera: Nikon D80, 18-55 f3.5 stocker & 18-200 Nikon VR.... with a small collection of filters..


    My Smugmug.. STILL Under construction.
    http://bayer-Z28.smugmug.com
  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Registered Users Posts: 5,551 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    saurora wrote:
    It would be interesting if shooters would post their EXIF info plus lenses used just for comparison. mwink.gif
    Done, at the exteme annoyance of my wife, while watching the Bristol 4th (the big one) on TV at my Parents in Bristol!

    Don
    Don Ricklin - Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, was Pentax K7
    'I was older then, I'm younger than that now' ....
    My Blog | Q+ | Moderator, Lightroom Forums | My Amateur Smugmug Stuff | My Blurb book Rust and Whimsy. More Rust , FaceBook .
  • Bayer-Z28Bayer-Z28 Registered Users Posts: 392 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    DonRicklin wrote:
    Done, at the exteme annoyance of my wife, while watching the Bristol 4th (the big one) on TV at my Parents in Bristol!

    Don

    Bristol CT?? That's where I'm from!! Unless you mean Bristol Mass.. (??)
    Auto enthusiast. I drive a 2000 Camaro Z28. LOADED w/ mods.

    Camera: Nikon D80, 18-55 f3.5 stocker & 18-200 Nikon VR.... with a small collection of filters..


    My Smugmug.. STILL Under construction.
    http://bayer-Z28.smugmug.com
  • NikolaiNikolai Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    Bayer-Z28 wrote:
    DANG IT!! I JUST took these tonight BEFORE I read this.. Does it count?? Can I do 3 pics this time?? mwink.gif MILD PS.. Just a hit of sharpening.. Oh... and...... NO TRIPOD!!! Holding my breath and risking an asthma attack... :D
    Thank you, nice entries, you iron hand you!thumb.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • NikolaiNikolai Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    DonRicklin wrote:
    0.8 sec @ 4.5 ƒ, 170mm 400ASA
    1/3 sec @ 4.5 ƒ, 170mm 400ASA
    1/8 sec @ 4.5 ƒ, 170mm 400ASA
    1/20 sec @ 4.5 ƒ, 170mm 400ASA
    1/20sec @ 4.5 ƒ, 170mm 400ASA
    More at Fireworks. I shot over 400 images last night.
    Don
    Thank you Don! thumb.gif
    It's hard to do much better without a tripod!
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Registered Users Posts: 5,551 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    Nikolai wrote:
    Thank you Don! thumb.gif
    It's hard to do much better without a tripod!
    Definitely all tripod. Fixed manual focus and remote release!

    Don
    Don Ricklin - Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, was Pentax K7
    'I was older then, I'm younger than that now' ....
    My Blog | Q+ | Moderator, Lightroom Forums | My Amateur Smugmug Stuff | My Blurb book Rust and Whimsy. More Rust , FaceBook .
  • NikolaiNikolai Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    DonRicklin wrote:
    Definitely all tripod. Fixed manual focus and remote release!

    Don
    Uhm, in that case: why such short shutter times? headscratch.gif
    With 2-3 sec exposures and aperture set about f/8..f/11 you'll get
    1) Way more FX due to the increased capture time.
    2) Sharper images... Both due to increased DOF and no need to go all MLU. 1/10th sec.. 1sec are the most prone to the infamous mirror shock effect. ne_nau.gifdeal.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • TexPhotogTexPhotog Registered Users Posts: 187 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    Ok... I wanna play...
    But my internet is being goofy (I think it's taking the day off for the 4th or something like that...) and I'm having trouble linking photos from my gallery...

    Anyways, for now, I'll just link to the gallery itself... I took them last night...

    I totally need more work... and I'll be out shooting again tonight... hopefully with "gooder" results..

    http://www.pmaphotovideo.com/gallery/5325815_QRjyB#325175274_oNZri

    Thanks gang... and Happy 4th of July... Y'all be safe and happy shooting :D
    Miguel
    www.kabestudios.com
    I use a little bit of everything gear wise...
    Nikon/Canon/Sony/GoPro/Insta360º/Mavic 2 Pro
  • NikolaiNikolai Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    TexPhotog wrote:
    But my internet is being goofy (I think it's taking the day off for the 4th or something like that...) and I'm having trouble linking photos from my gallery...

    Anyways, for now, I'll just link to the gallery itself... I took them last night...

    I totally need more work... and I'll be out shooting again tonight... hopefully with "gooder" results..

    http://www.pmaphotovideo.com/gallery/5325815_QRjyB#325175274_oNZri

    Thanks gang... and Happy 4th of July... Y'all be safe and happy shooting :D

    Miguel, link to the gallery is nice, but it's not how we do things here at Dgrin. You were able to post in the past, so I think you know how to do it.
    No need to publish all. Just a few with exif info next to it will do just fine.
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • TexPhotogTexPhotog Registered Users Posts: 187 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    Nikolai wrote:
    Miguel, link to the gallery is nice, but it's not how we do things here at Dgrin. You were able to post in the past, so I think you know how to do it.
    No need to publish all. Just a few with exif info next to it will do just fine.

    Oh... I know... it's probably because I'm using my work computer... silly firewalls...

    As soon as I get home I should be able to link up single images... :D
    Miguel
    www.kabestudios.com
    I use a little bit of everything gear wise...
    Nikon/Canon/Sony/GoPro/Insta360º/Mavic 2 Pro
  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Registered Users Posts: 5,551 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    Nikolai wrote:
    Uhm, in that case: why such short shutter times? headscratch.gif
    With 2-3 sec exposures and aperture set about f/8..f/11 you'll get
    1) Way more FX due to the increased capture time.
    2) Sharper images... Both due to increased DOF and no need to go all MLU. 1/10th sec.. 1sec are the most prone to the infamous mirror shock effect. ne_nau.gifdeal.gif
    Just have to remember taht next time! I'm not a pro!

    Live and learn.

    Thanks,

    Don
    Don Ricklin - Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, was Pentax K7
    'I was older then, I'm younger than that now' ....
    My Blog | Q+ | Moderator, Lightroom Forums | My Amateur Smugmug Stuff | My Blurb book Rust and Whimsy. More Rust , FaceBook .
  • Slinky0390Slinky0390 Registered Users Posts: 236 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    I had the camera on my Manfrotto tripod/ballhead combo, used manual mode, and had the shutter in bulb, but since I don't have a cable release I had to be very very steady holding that button down :D It was my first time shooting fireworks and the location kinda sucked, but I was just there to have a good time and try to get a couple of photos.

    Date Modified 2008-07-04 13:41:37
    Date Taken 2008-07-03 21:37:43
    Camera Canon EOS 30D
    Lens Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L
    Exposure Time 4s (4/1)
    Aperture f/10.0
    ISO 100
    Focal Length 24mm (38.4mm in 35mm)
    Photo Dimensions 2206 x 3309
    File Name IMG_2096-1.jpg
    File Size 1.95 MB


    325326608_KY9ZM-XL.jpg
    Canon eos 30d; EF 17-40 f/4.0L; EF 24-85mm f/3.5; EF 50mm f/1.4; EF 70-200mm f/4.0L; Unicorns of various horn lenghts
    http://slinky0390.smugmug.com
  • NikolaiNikolai Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    Slinky0390 wrote:
    I know I'm breaking the rules by not physically posting the EXIF, but its just a click away!
    So, IOW, you have no respect for others' time as long as it can save you 30 seconds of typing extral line up... Nice going...headscratch.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Registered Users Posts: 5,551 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    Bayer-Z28 wrote:
    Bristol CT?? That's where I'm from!! Unless you mean Bristol Mass.. (??)
    Rhode Island, where they just had the 223rd parade that lasted 4 hrs, was televised and had a few 100,000 people at it!

    Don
    Don Ricklin - Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, was Pentax K7
    'I was older then, I'm younger than that now' ....
    My Blog | Q+ | Moderator, Lightroom Forums | My Amateur Smugmug Stuff | My Blurb book Rust and Whimsy. More Rust , FaceBook .
  • Slinky0390Slinky0390 Registered Users Posts: 236 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    Nikolai wrote:
    So, IOW, you have no respect for others time as long as it can save you 30 seconds of typing extral line up... Nice going...headscratch.gif

    Sorry man, I didn't mean to sound like that, I was in Pennsylvania all day for the 4th and the only thing I had for internet communication was my iPhone, and with lack of copy and paste, it was a chore in itself to link everything let alone keep going back to write the EXIF in, I edited my post with the EXIF thumb.gif
    Canon eos 30d; EF 17-40 f/4.0L; EF 24-85mm f/3.5; EF 50mm f/1.4; EF 70-200mm f/4.0L; Unicorns of various horn lenghts
    http://slinky0390.smugmug.com
  • NikolaiNikolai Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    Slinky0390 wrote:
    Sorry man, I didn't mean to sound like that, I was in Pennsylvania all day for the 4th and the only thing I had for internet communication was my iPhone, and with lack of copy and paste, it was a chore in itself to link everything let alone keep going back to write the EXIF in, I edited my post with the EXIF thumb.gif
    thumb.gif Thank you!
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • AndyAndy Registered Users Posts: 50,154 Major grins
    edited July 4, 2008
    325602990_QdqUP-L.jpg

    Click for Exif. Tripod mounted Canon 1Ds Mark III. Photoshop blend of 4 exposures.
  • NikolaiNikolai Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited July 5, 2008
    Andy wrote:
    Click for Exif. Tripod mounted Canon 1Ds Mark III. Photoshop blend of 4 exposures.
    Andy, are you on a iPhone, too? mwink.gif It's an educational thread, not the Cool Shots, people need to see the data instantly, without clicking...deal.gif
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • NikolaiNikolai Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited July 5, 2008
    Thousand Oaks Fireworks 4th of July
    All pictures are taken with Canon 40D + EF 100-400 at 400mm over a distance of about 2 miles, NGEDT2 CF tripod, ADIDT cable release (which stopped working in the middle of a shoot :cry )
    All: ISO 100, f/8, bulb mode.
    Since the fireworks are "self-registering" events (like ligthing or any other light source), the exact length of exposure really doesn't mean much, it's only a matter of how many blasts you want to capture in one frame.
    Images are cropped in ACR, some are tweaked for exposure, and then converted to jpeg via PS ImageProcessor.

    1. 5sec exposure

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    2. 9sec exposure

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    3. 5sec exposure

    325667767_K9rXs-XL.jpg

    4. 5sec exposure

    325667840_ywbVc-XL.jpg

    5. 7sec exposure

    325668259_MBrxH-XL.jpg

    6. 4sec exposure

    325668288_SY6jP-XL.jpg

    7. 6sec exposure
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    8. 4sec exposure

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    9. 6sec exposure

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    10. 3sec exposure

    325669090_3EtFG-XL.jpg

    Complete set here: http://nik.smugmug.com/gallery/5329947_sng39

    Enjoy!
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • Slinky0390Slinky0390 Registered Users Posts: 236 Major grins
    edited July 5, 2008
    Hey, I'm not particularly fond of this one because its so blown out, but I think it shows the chaos of the "finale" considering this was a two second exposure. I wasn't sure about making another post so Nik if you want me to combine this one into my previous I could definitely do that.

    Date Modified 2008-07-05 11:52:36
    Date Taken 2008-07-03 21:40:56
    Camera Canon EOS 30D
    Lens Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L
    Exposure Time 2s (2/1)
    Aperture f/9.0
    ISO 100
    Focal Length 24mm (38.4mm in 35mm)
    Photo Dimensions 2261 x 3391
    File Name IMG_2109-1.jpg
    File Size 3.92 MB

    325851016_W4TUX-XL.jpg
    Canon eos 30d; EF 17-40 f/4.0L; EF 24-85mm f/3.5; EF 50mm f/1.4; EF 70-200mm f/4.0L; Unicorns of various horn lenghts
    http://slinky0390.smugmug.com
  • NikolaiNikolai Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited July 5, 2008
    Slinky0390 wrote:
    Hey, I'm not particularly fond of this one because its so blown out, but I think it shows the chaos of the "finale" considering this was a two second exposure. I wasn't sure about making another post so Nik if you want me to combine this one into my previous I could definitely do that.

    Date Modified 2008-07-05 11:52:36
    Date Taken 2008-07-03 21:40:56
    Camera Canon EOS 30D
    Lens Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L
    Exposure Time 2s (2/1)
    Aperture f/9.0
    ISO 100
    Focal Length 24mm (38.4mm in 35mm)
    Photo Dimensions 2261 x 3391
    File Name IMG_2109-1.jpg
    File Size 3.92 MB

    No worries about merging. thumb.gif

    Yeah, finales are treacherous that way. That's why you shoot RAW and have ACR to deal with.

    E.g. this 3sec (ISO 100, f/8) one:

    325669757_bLjRX-XL.jpg

    was originally very much like yours. But ACR's Recovery and Exposure sliders did their magic:-)
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
  • jeffmeyersjeffmeyers Registered Users Posts: 1,535 Major grins
    edited July 5, 2008
    Webster Groves, Missouri
    This was captured Friday evening, July 3rd at the annual Webster Groves festival in St. Louis.

    Nikon D300 w/12-24mm Nikkor at 19mm, ISO 200, f11, 1.5 sec, w/tripod.

    326089492_oMiiZ-L.jpg

    Exif information
    More Photography . . . Less Photoshop [. . . except when I do it]
    Jeff Meyers
  • NikolaiNikolai Registered Users Posts: 19,035 Major grins
    edited July 5, 2008
    jeffmeyers wrote:
    Nice shot, care to edit the post and put the basic exposure info inline?
    "May the f/stop be with you!"
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