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Old 09-03-2006, 09:07 AM   #1
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Some Fireworks pictures

Here where I live, the City does Fireworks FOUR time a year, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and New Year's. I was able to go and get some pictures last night of the fireworks going off.

I had my camera set for everything "auto", except I was using the Time-Lapse feature. Most exposures were either 3-second or 4-second, with the early ones being 2-second captures. I didn't think to bring my tripod, so these are handheld, my with elbows braced on a park bench, and holding the camera as steady as I can. You might notice some trembling in these images.

I captured 47 images, and once I got them home, and "developed" them on my laptop by rotating, reducing the size by 50%, sending the ones I didn't like to the recycle bin, then cropping the images, I had 32. If you look really hard, in the lower right corner, you just might see a tree that was kind of in the way.







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Old 09-03-2006, 09:21 AM   #2
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that was an awesome job Allen !!! The tree adds a platform dimension, w/e that means, lol
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Old 09-03-2006, 09:33 AM   #3
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Absolutely beautiful AllenMI!!! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-03-2006, 09:39 AM   #4
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Wow Allen, for doing that handheld you kept the camera remarkably still. Not an easy thing to do with a 3 or 4 second exposure!
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good job, Allen!
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Wow Allen, for doing that handheld you kept the camera remarkably still. Not an easy thing to do with a 3 or 4 second exposure!
Elbows resting against the park bench, wrists bracing each other, and holding the camera as still as possible. Almost like I'm praying. I'm a fairly good shot with firearms, so this is somewhat similar in that respect.

Actually, if you look at the third pic, you'll notice that I jiggled the camera a bit on that one.

Since the pyrotecnics only last for a fraction of a second, there's little window of opportunity for the camera to shake during the explosion, while anything else that's constantly lit in the exposure will blur. In almost all the shots, there was a concession stand at the bottom of the exposure, and it's blury. I cropped that out.
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Old 09-03-2006, 10:54 AM   #7
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The shake in the third picture just looks like the wond blowing the sparks. I have some firewroks shots I took where the camera was on a tripod and they have the same look as your third picture. You are one steady guy as far as I am concerned.
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Cool pictures, Allen. Thanks for sharing.
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Nice pictures!!
I have to steady mine by resting my elbow on my knee also. I've always been a shaker.
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