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02-20-2012, 10:17 AM   #1
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K5 for firework

Greeting all..
Just need help and tips on how to shoot firework using K5..
This is my first time to shoot firework and i just recieved K5 last 3week ago..
i have lens
DA16-50mm F2.8
DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6
DA 35mm F2.4

it is suitable for this job?
and how about the setting?
i need to know the theory behind it because i just don't want to miss this opportunity to take shoot the firework on this 25/2

Thanks

02-20-2012, 10:37 AM   #2
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I know it's not the most spectacular fireworks shot but:

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settings were: ISO 80, f/4, 5 seconds (bulb exposure to get the timing where I wanted it)

I'd reccommend shooting fireworks on bulb mode with a remote release. You should play around with the settings, mine produced "acceptable" results, but I'm sure a little experimrntation would go a long way!

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02-20-2012, 10:43 AM   #3
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Depends on what you are looking for....

Depending on where you are viewing from, you can manage fireworks quite easily with a wide lens, and you do not need anything fast. F8 at 1/2 second ISO 100 will give you nice fireworks motion.

It all depends on weather you are trying to FREEZE action, or show some of the motion. Freezing motion would obviously need faster shutter speed so higher sensitivity and maybe faster apertures..


I wished I was shooting with the Kit lens when I took this as the Fast Fifty was wasted - narrow FoV and no need for fast apertures.


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I took shots of fireworks with my k-5 and da 18-135 last independence day and I was very happy with the results.
I used a tripod , manual setting, approx 5 second exposures, 100iso, f8, focused at infinity and using the 2 sec delay timer.
Try to position yourself upwind so the smoke does not block the display.
This from memory check the flickr page for true exif.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6035/5900340636_429c5ee6d9_b.jpg

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Shooting Fireworks?

Hi Mr. Wizard,
I'd say the 16-50mm zoom is about all you'll need, but you can bring the other lenses too.
This subject came up a month ago and there's quite a few replies and examples here, in addition to the good advice you've already received.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-beginners-corner-q/171612-how-phot...-properly.html
Good Luck!
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The K-5 is great for fireworks

mr. wizard,

The K-5 works great for fireworks. Here's a link to a gallery of fireworks photos I took this past 4th of July.

All the photos were taken using a tripod at ISO 100 with 3 or 4 sec exposures between 21mm and 28mm focal lengths and all at f10 aperture.

You can view my photos at Seven Arrow Photography | Fireworks
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RXrenesis8, mattt, .. thanks for the advise and the picture...LIKE it..
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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
I took shots of fireworks with my k-5 and da 18-135 last independence day and I was very happy with the results.
I used a tripod , manual setting, approx 5 second exposures, 100iso, f8, focused at infinity and using the 2 sec delay timer.
Try to position yourself upwind so the smoke does not block the display.
This from memory check the flickr page for true exif.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6035/5900340636_429c5ee6d9_b.jpg
really nice.. i wish i can shoot a photo like this


QuoteOriginally posted by rbefly Quote
Hi Mr. Wizard,
I'd say the 16-50mm zoom is about all you'll need, but you can bring the other lenses too.
This subject came up a month ago and there's quite a few replies and examples here, in addition to the good advice you've already received.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-beginners-corner-q/171612-how-phot...-properly.html
Good Luck!
Ron
ah thanks for the link.. i have read this before but cannot recall back where it is... thanks..

QuoteOriginally posted by sevenarrow Quote
mr. wizard,

The K-5 works great for fireworks. Here's a link to a gallery of fireworks photos I took this past 4th of July.

All the photos were taken using a tripod at ISO 100 with 3 or 4 sec exposures between 21mm and 28mm focal lengths and all at f10 aperture.

You can view my photos at Seven Arrow Photography | Fireworks
thanks for the advise and the nice collection..

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thanks all for your advise.. have finish shoot firework at putrajaya kuala lumpur..nice.. this is the first time for me..





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Great shots Mr Wizard! What lens did you end up using, and what settings?
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Great shots Mr Wizard! What lens did you end up using, and what settings?
it's end up i'm using 18-135mm kit lens...
the setting is like most of our friend advice..
bulb mode, with remote release
iso 80, f22...
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I think you've done an excellent job Mr Wizard. You can ease up on stopping your lenses down when capturing the fireworks - f/8-16 should suffice, but for the results you got, capturing the light alone from the fireworks, you did well. It will get more difficult if you want to add in the background as a context to fireworks shots as there you'll have to balance the fireworks with the background exposure.
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