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4th of July Photoblogging
Posted by: Dale Franks on Monday, July 04, 2005

Every year, we have a nice fireworks show on the 4th of July. Downtown gets jammed every year for this little celebration, but, Chris and I have a very special spot to watch the display that no one knows about, and allows us to bypass all the traffic when we go home. Or, at least, no one used to know about. This year, four other families showed up in our spot. But, it's still a great place to catch the fireworks display. And the fireworks display, as the pictures below show, is pretty good.

4 July 2005 Fireworks Display

4 July 2005 Fireworks Display

4 July 2005 Fireworks Display

4 July 2005 Fireworks Display

4 July 2005 Fireworks Display

4 July 2005 Fireworks Display

4 July 2005 Fireworks Display

4 July 2005 Fireworks Display

4 July 2005 Fireworks Display

4 July 2005 Fireworks Display

4 July 2005 Fireworks Display

Hope you like te pictures at least a fraction as much as we enjoyed taking them.
 
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Nicely done. What did you use to get such good pictures? My fireworks shots tend to turn out decidedly blurry.
 
Written By: Andrew
URL: http://andrewolmsted.com
The first thing you neeed is a tripod. If you aren’t using a sturdy tipod, you’ll never get decent fireworks shots. Your camera will always move, making everything blurry.

First, to get multiple fireworks bursting, you need to have a long exposure time with a a high f-stop. Most of the pictures were shot with 7-second exposures at f8.0. That makes a tripod absolutely mandatory. There’s no way any human can hold a camera steady for 7 seconds. Can’t be done.

Second, the fireworks themselves are bright enough to burn into the film even at very high f-stops, but the smoke from the fireworks isn’t, so you get nice clean starbursts without having the picture ruined by the drifting smoke from previous bursts.
 
Written By: Dale Franks
URL: http://www.qando.net
It certainly paid off; those are simply fantastic shots. Thanks for the tips; I’ll give them a try later this month when I’m at Disney World and see if I can finally get some good shots of those fireworks.
 
Written By: Andrew
URL: http://andrewolmsted.com
Nice pictures. I was lucky enough to get to an amazing show put on by the dinky little town of Galeton Pennsylvania this weekend. Imagine a dinky little town of less than 1500 people in the middle of nowhere PA setting up a fireworks show that would rival that of many small cities. From our vantage point we were right underneath the fireworks, which is very unusual with a show that size. The town of less than 1500 people sees its population swell each year to nearly 10x its normal size the day of their annual fireworks show. Its really pretty cool.

Wish I had gotten some pictures. Maybe next year if I get to go I will take out a camera and use some of the tips from this thread. Its absolutely amazing.
 
Written By: Jamie Rosensteel
URL: http://www.qando.net
RE: The tripod:

Oh, yeah. I found that out myself while taking some digital shots of the fireworks around our town with my new camera... a Sureshot 95. My strategy was to plant myself on Methodist hill... which is the tallest in the area, and just south of town. from there, I was able to zoom up on... well, gee, let’s see. The Downtown Rochester show, plus shows from nearby Henrietta, Brighton, Pennfield and Irondequoit.. all at once... PLUS all the locals (illegally) trying to add their own ’voice’ to the various towns. What a show!

But as you mention, Dale, while I was able to zoom close enough...(12:1 zoom works wonders) the jitters were evident in the output. Lesson learned; buy a tripod.

For my part, the second lesson was that I need a bigger memory card. 32 megs doesn’t cut it at high res.
 
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