View Full Version : Ready for the 4th?

daniel valovich
06-28-2010, 01:53 PM
Hope everyone gets out and shows their talent for the 4th.
Here is another from memorial day


Alfred Forns
06-28-2010, 02:42 PM
Sweet clean capture ... you are ready !!!! :)

Julie Kenward
06-28-2010, 06:56 PM
Daniel, what settings did you use? This is one of the "cleanest" fireworks images I've seen!

Jackie Schuknecht
06-28-2010, 08:07 PM
Neat graphic image.

Don Hamilton Jr.
06-29-2010, 07:54 AM
Daniel, i'm wanting to try this as well. Can you throw us a bone, with some starting guidelines... i'm thinking tripod, low iso, shutter release cord, your recipe for success would be most welcome!:D

daniel valovich
06-29-2010, 08:40 AM
Hello Don,
Use a wide angle lense - 18mm or less
I use a tripod and shutter release cable
manual bulb setting
f-9 You don't need alot of DOF and you will loose some of the fine detail at f-22 without a long exposure
iso 200-400
prefocus and leave on manual
I will leave the shutter open long enough to catch the explosion and falloff. Usually 5-8 seconds
pay attention to the brightness of the display . Whites require less time than red or blue.
try to catch one series at a time. Usually there are a half a dozen or less explosions to a series
Pay attention to the wind direction because smoke can ruin the shoot. Don't be downwind.
Chimp the first couple of frames to verify focus then concentrate on the show.
Hope this helps and have fun!

Alfred Forns
06-29-2010, 11:16 AM
Sweet !!! Thanks for the detail explanation .. will be giving it a try !!! :)

David Stephens
06-30-2010, 11:45 AM
I'm going to try a few from miles away, on my 6th story balcony, using the 500mm f/4L and, maybe, the 1.4x. Has anyone else tried that?

daniel valovich
06-30-2010, 12:08 PM
I photographed last 4th of july from 2 miles away and the 200 worked out well.

Don Hamilton Jr.
06-30-2010, 12:51 PM
I'm thinking FAU, .25 mile at the most 70-200mm F 2.8, or should i use the 10-22mm??
Thks for your input

daniel valovich
06-30-2010, 01:07 PM
I would use a focal length that would give you enough of a border as not to clip an image. The image I posted was only half the original size so you can crop if needed
If you have two cameras you can do both. I would bet the 70-200 will work but use your best judgement.Too late to do anything after the show starts and all that money explodes.I have a feeling displays will be shorter this year. I look forward to seeing a photo!

daniel valovich
07-01-2010, 02:06 PM

David Stephens
07-01-2010, 02:12 PM

That link's not working for me.

daniel valovich
07-01-2010, 02:18 PM
the link works for me. try this instead