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06-28-2016, 02:12 PM   #16
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Fred, thanks! Really nice images!

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Paul, no problem with position; as I'll be shooting from my deck with a clear view of the fireworks.
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Voice, nice shots!

Question, you tape the focus ring because you might accidentally move it during shooting? I might have to tweak the focus a bit while shooting.
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Matt, all I can say is Awesome shots!! Sadly, here they wait until it's pitch dark, around 11pm before setting them off, so I won't be able to get the mountains in the background.

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I came here to consult the Pentaxian hivemind re: photographing fireworks with my new K-50 and found this thread already in progress. I love fireworks but usually can't go because they're always late on a work night. This year Canada Day is a Friday and I'm looking forward to fireworks over Lake Ontario.... with my new camera . Very helpful advice so far. One more question: viewfinder or live view?
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Beautifull work Mattb123. I like the approach of "ambiented fireworks" ; the first and second image are wonderfull. well done!
Thanks! It's usually a short window so you have to be ready!

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QuoteOriginally posted by eyrr Quote
I came here to consult the Pentaxian hivemind re: photographing fireworks with my new K-50 and found this thread already in progress. I love fireworks but usually can't go because they're always late on a work night. This year Canada Day is a Friday and I'm looking forward to fireworks over Lake Ontario.... with my new camera . Very helpful advice so far. One more question: viewfinder or live view?
I prefer the viewfinder.

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Matt, all I can say is Awesome shots!! Sadly, here they wait until it's pitch dark, around 11pm before setting them off, so I won't be able to get the mountains in the background.
Thanks! Well the rest of the info might be useful. Good luck!
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Thanks! Well the rest of the info might be useful. Good luck!
Matt, indeed it is!! Thanks again!
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wear a hat...if you are downwind, those burning embers can land in your hair.

here are some of mine:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeoria/albums/72157662476749130

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Mike, those are stunning!

I won't be that close to the fireworks, but that's a good tip for those that might be close. I'm more concerned with a fire starting, as it's extremely dry here.
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Mike, those are stunning!

I won't be that close to the fireworks, but that's a good tip for those that might be close. I'm more concerned with a fire starting, as it's extremely dry here.
i was in a big public event in a large field next to a stadium where they were shooing the fireworks and several small fires started during the show. people were jumping in to stamp them out or pour liquids on them. madness.

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klh & mattb, jholy cow, guys! nice work
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Voice, nice shots!

Question, you tape the focus ring because you might accidentally move it during shooting? I might have to tweak the focus a bit while shooting.
Yep, I am a huge fan of pre-focusing.
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I read somewhere here that the Bright setting of composite mode works a treat for fireworks. It avoids the overly burned out look of leaving the shutter open too long or when stacking exposures. I will be trying it this year.
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i was in a big public event in a large field next to a stadium where they were shooing the fireworks and several small fires started during the show. people were jumping in to stamp them out or pour liquids on them. madness.

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klh & mattb, jholy cow, guys! nice work
Where I live, the volunteer fire department is at least 30 minutes away, and lots of dry grass, trees, etc. to burn if a fire starts; it would end up as a wildfire if it got away from those with the fireworks.
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@Mike: Based on the varied locations, I'm guessing these were taken on several different occasions? How'd you get the ones looking down onto the Ferry Building? Were you up in one of the tall buildings in the Financial District? Telephoto from Coit Tower?
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@Mike: Based on the varied locations, I'm guessing these were taken on several different occasions? How'd you get the ones looking down onto the Ferry Building? Were you up in one of the tall buildings in the Financial District? Telephoto from Coit Tower?
yes, from a co-worker's apartment balcony. that was lucky.
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