Monday, July 6, 2009

07-04-09 New York Macy's Fireworks



Model: Canon EOS 40D
ISO: 400
Exposure: 2.0 sec
Aperture: 14.0
Focal Length: 16mm
Flash Used: No





Model: Canon EOS 40D
ISO: 400
Exposure: 2.0 sec
Aperture: 14.0
Focal Length: 16mm
Flash Used: No





Model: Canon EOS 40D
ISO: 100
Exposure: 2.0 sec
Aperture: 16.0
Focal Length: 35mm
Flash Used: No





Model: Canon EOS 40D
ISO: 100
Exposure: 2.0 sec
Aperture: 16.0
Focal Length: 24mm
Flash Used: No





Model: Canon EOS 40D
ISO: 100
Exposure: 2.0 sec
Aperture: 16.0
Focal Length: 24mm
Flash Used: No





Model: Canon EOS 40D
ISO: 100
Exposure: 2.0 sec
Aperture: 16.0
Focal Length: 24mm
Flash Used: No





Model: Canon EOS 40D
ISO: 100
Exposure: 2.0 sec
Aperture: 16.0
Focal Length: 24mm
Flash Used: No

Everything was shot using a tripod an external remote. The camera was in manual mode. I wish I had a full frame to possibly capture the outer edges of the fireworks in some of the shots.

7 comments:

Nathan Pham said...

I noticed you changed your aperture. I think at aperture at 14 it looks more realistic with the occasion, but at 16 it brings more details especially on the finer explosions.

Shooting fireworks is tricky, since you don't have that much time to practice, but the pictures came out great overall.

Mstic said...

Thanks!! Do you think it would have looked better at f/14 or f/16? Can you explain how f/14 looks more realistic? Do you mean like a balance between being in focused and blurring some of the firework streaks? The rest of the pictures are on my facebook account, you can look at them there.

Nathan Pham said...

Exactly,
At f/16 looks more detailed and realistic, especially at the center of the explosions. The streaks are actually tapered as the light intensity of the phosphors produce less light over time.
But at f/14, the picture is slightly more artistic, blurring, and bloomier and is what people would subjectively see.
It really comes down to personal preference
Sort of curious how longer exposure times would have looked like, though.
Photographing fireworks is tricky. It looks best when you shoot it right when it explodes. But, you don't at what height the firework will explode. So, it is always a hit and miss.

jeannie said...

technical!! haha.

I like #!, except too bad all the action is happening at the bottom. too much dead space at the top right. I don't like #2 b/c nothing stands out. Too bad #3 is too close to that sign. Otherwise, that would have been nice. #7 looks like a bunch of ppl waving their light sabers around haha.

Overall good job! Oh yeah, and photoseur doesn't work right now!!

Mstic said...

I would have liked it if we sat somewhere else, but it was soooo crowded and I didn't know I was in front of that sign until it was night time. During the day, I didn't notice it at all. Oh wells. Shooting fireworks is a hit or miss. If I stand too close, I don't capture the entire spread of the fireworks. If I stand too far, it looks too tiny. :sigh: Thanks for the comments. I would have liked #2 more if I were closer because it has a "smiley" face on it =D

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NathanPham said...

Also, if you want a sharper photo, I believe the lens you used for the fireworks is sharpest from the center to the edge at f/8
http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/widget/Fullscreen.ashx?reviews=43&fullscreen=true&av=6&fl=35&vis=VisualiserSharpnessMTF&stack=horizontal&&config=LensReviewConfiguration.xml%3F1

which exactly 2 stops from f/16. Since you really want to keep the exposure at 2 seconds, I would try compensating for the 2 stops of additional light by using ISO of 50 (Canon's "LO" setting) and using a filter to reduce the incoming light by 1 stop. In terms of depth of field reduction at f/8, it should not be too much of an issue, since your focus distances are so far and you are using a wide angle lens.
Just my two cents.