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Old 05-10-2010, 10:21 PM   #31
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We had snow here yesterday - I am ready for some warm Florida weather.

Not bad for your first shots. Ideal setup includes a remote shutter release and the camera on Bulb mode. If you don't have a remote shutter release, then if you want really sharp photos, try using the 2-second delay. This should give the camera a chance to "settle down" before taking the photo - the downside, of course, is that you're kind of guessing on when the fireworks will show.

Once you get to processing the raws, you may want to try playing with the white balance. When I first went through my shots below, they had a terrible brown color cast. Moving to a cooler white balance made a big difference!

I did some Wishes shots from the Poly beach a few years ago. I have no idea what building we were in front of, but I remember that we went to the right after the walkway that leads to the beach and went maybe a couple buildings down. I did get some strange horizontal lines - presumably a boat going by?









You can get some nice hotel shots from there, too.



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Old 05-11-2010, 03:58 PM   #32
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Plenty of ideas now, at least.

Will be my first fireworks shoot with the new K-7. Contemplating trying to shoot a sequence using the timed shutter release feature and just tell it to shoot for 2 seconds every 2-3 seconds or some such - and shoot in JPEG - so I can just stand and watch and not have to worry about timing or clicking and just trust that a few will turn out ok... We'll be in the MK for Wishes the next night so I'll have two opportunities to shoot. I figure I can blow some shots from the Poly.
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:10 PM   #33
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Thanks Groucho! Sorry to hear about snow! Is that very late in the year for snow?
Believe it or not I have a remote shutter release. I think, on reflection, I left the shutter open for too long. I will also try to adjust the white balance to see what a difference it makes. Oh - and those lines on your photos are the floats from EWP passing by - I have them on mine too when the lights weren't on!
I look forward to seeing your shots, Golf4food - I'm sure they will be great!
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:06 PM   #34
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Poly is an excellent place to see Wishes!

Tonight you can check Wishes out Live from the Contemporary on this site >

http://kfc.ms/fCq4
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:34 PM   #35
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Will be my first fireworks shoot with the new K-7. Contemplating trying to shoot a sequence using the timed shutter release feature and just tell it to shoot for 2 seconds every 2-3 seconds or some such - and shoot in JPEG - so I can just stand and watch and not have to worry about timing or clicking and just trust that a few will turn out ok... We'll be in the MK for Wishes the next night so I'll have two opportunities to shoot. I figure I can blow some shots from the Poly.
Why jpg? The K-7's auto WB is very, very good - but still, I'd hate to give up the ability to easily adjust the WB of night photos.

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Thanks Groucho! Sorry to hear about snow! Is that very late in the year for snow?
Believe it or not I have a remote shutter release. I think, on reflection, I left the shutter open for too long. I will also try to adjust the white balance to see what a difference it makes. Oh - and those lines on your photos are the floats from EWP passing by - I have them on mine too when the lights weren't on!
Yes, we are having unseasonably cool weather - heck, we hit 80' F in March and now we're in the mid-50s most of this week! Should be back up to the high 60s, low 70s by the weekend, which is more typical for this time.

Thanks for the EWP confirmation - I had suspected that but wasn't sure. In your photos, even with the lights on, you can see the black streaks from the top of the structures. Mystery definitively solved!

I must have missed where you mentioned using a remote shutter release earlier. Did you also set your camera's focus manually? If your camera has live view, that's a nice way to check focus on a tripod - otherwise just set for infinity and maybe pull back slightly depending on your aperture. Take a test photo and zoom way in to make sure it's getting things sharp (like the castle.) It's hard to tell from your shots but it looks like there might be slighty blur on the castle and I can't tell if it's camera shake, misfocus, an unsharp photo (due to processing and/or jpg resizing), or my imagination.

Looking at your exif data a little more closely... I'm going to say that you also have some overexposure on the castle. Most of your exposure times are pretty long (5 sec, 12 sec, etc) - that's a long time to have the castle in view without it overexposing. You can counter this by a smaller aperture - it looks like you were using F6.3. Most fireworks shooters seem to lean towards F8-F11. This lets you have a longer exposure without blowing out highlights, plus the fireworks themselves will be a little less blown out so you might capture more color... plus you gain depth of field.
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Thanks again Groucho!
I will try again with your tips! I'm so in the learning stage!!! I'll be going to MK one night soon, so will set up early for the fireworks and take some test shots. I did do manual focus but with my eyesight I'm not sure whether it worked well or not..!!!
Hope you warm up soon!!
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Poly is an excellent place to see Wishes!

Tonight you can check Wishes out Live from the Contemporary on this site >

http://kfc.ms/fCq4
Linky no Worky... looks like a classified site...
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Thanks again Groucho!
I will try again with your tips! I'm so in the learning stage!!! I'll be going to MK one night soon, so will set up early for the fireworks and take some test shots. I did do manual focus but with my eyesight I'm not sure whether it worked well or not..!!!
Hope you warm up soon!!
Are you up here for an extended trip, I assume? We leave tomorrow to head down for a long weekend. A little easier to do being 2 hours away instead of an international date line away...
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Are you up here for an extended trip, I assume? We leave tomorrow to head down for a long weekend. A little easier to do being 2 hours away instead of an international date line away...
Yes, I'm afraid that about 20hrs of flying means a longer stay!! Works for me though!! But it just means I have to pack in a lot into this 3 week stay, and not come back for a few years!!!
Have a safe drive!
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Tonight I am shooting backyard fireworks as a warmup to the big show in 2 weeks and I want to get all the info down.

f8-11
5 seconds+
ISO 400

Those settings sound right or should I use a larger aperture because these are just backyard fireworks and probably no where near as bright as the big ones at WDW. Also I'm not sure about the ISO settings, I dont want to blow out the photos. I'm using the Kx and processing in LR3.2 so noise isnt an issue either I dont think.
I'm going to use my manual 28mm I think.
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Is triPod allowed in the Wishes Dessert Party?

Are we allowed to setup the tripod in standing viewing area (the railing)?
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Yes! Check out my article about the
http://www.wdwphotography.com/photos...-desert-party/
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Yes! Check out my article about the
http://www.wdwphotography.com/photos...-desert-party/
Thank you, Paul. Very nice article and firework photos. DH will be very happy.
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How tall is the tripod you use for Wishes?

I'm in the market for a new tripod before my next trip to WDW and I'm looking for something that is compact and lightweight, though still fairly sturdy. I know I will probably have to pay a little more for this and that's ok- I'd rather get something now that I'm really happy with rather than compromising and wanting to upgrade in a year or two. The thing I'm trying to figure out is this- I know that to be compact, I will likely be sacrificing height so I'm trying to find the balance. I'd like to get a sense of people's experiences with Wishes- how high do you extend your tripod and do you find that is adequate? Of course, I don't mind some degree of the crowds in my pictures, I think it adds atmosphere, but I don't want to be so short that my view is blocked. Oh, and I'm 5'6, so I don't need it to be very tall for my height. Any thoughts?
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