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    Capturing a Firework with DMF ?

    Hey,

    I'm thinking about doing a firework photography and would love if somebody has some tips and tricks for me to start with.

    Is it the right tool to use a DMF, or is my Nikon D600 the better choice (re ISO)?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Capturing a Firework with DMF ?

    You don't need high ISO for fireworks - they're plenty bright enough, and you'll probably be wanting a 5-10 second exposure to get decent trails. ISO100 and f/8 work well for me.



    (worth adding that that's a basically unprocessed image - plenty of scope in there for bringing up the foreground a bit)
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    Re: Capturing a Firework with DMF ?

    As long as the back handles semi-long exposures well you will love the results.

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    Re: Capturing a Firework with DMF ?

    I would say go for it--I think Ed hurst has some firework images at GetDPI too taken with a Pentax 645D. The trails are bright and reaching saturation can actually be a problem. Good tripod and long exposures. Then it is just timing--before the rocket goes off will give the flower-like form. You can almost time it by when you hear the launch.

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    Re: Capturing a Firework with DMF ?

    You can also use an old trick: Take a dark hat with you and leave the shutter on B with the hat blocking the light (over the lens). Then remove the hat for a couple of seconds (as previously suggested) and you can have fireworks at different times appear on the same file.

    Of course you could also blend but that, IMO, would be a lot more work...

    Good luck and please post your results!
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    Re: Capturing a Firework with DMF ?

    A hat? Great, another thing to buy! And I suppose a cheap Joe's Gas Station cap will not cut it...
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    Re: Capturing a Firework with DMF ?

    Try to get the first few rounds before the smoke get too much. if it is a slightly windy night, that will help clear the smoke in-between.
    I would use a fast tripod head(e.g. ball head) because yo might to adjust quick in-between firings for reframing, it is hard to predict how hight they will go sometime. the cube would be too slow for fast adjustments.

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