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Old 09-06-2012, 09:53 AM   #16
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:56 AM   #17
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From what I have read on DSLr fireworks threads, a "proper" fireworks picture is a 2-5 second exposure (so you capture the entire path of the firework). My cameras fireworks mode is 2 seconds.
With such a long exposure, you need great timing and/or luck to capture the firework up to its "peak" so you avoid capturing the "drooping" that eventually happens. If possible, they suggest watching multiple shows so you can learn the moments you want to capture. I get the feeling most truly great fireworks pictures take a lot of work.

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I found 6 seconds was the sweet spot for my camera. Though it was too long for the finale (just got big white light), it worked well for most of the show. And I just kept clicking, crossing my fingers that I would capture something good within each 6 second frame.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:19 AM   #18
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I 'cut my teeth' on P&S digital, coming over from SLR film cameras back in 1997. I always liked to have two cameras - one 'serious' P&S camera which usually had some more manual controls, more focal range, and a bigger body, and one tiny ultracompact portable one that could disappear in a jeans pocket. I've gone through a wide range of P&S cameras over the years...here are some favorite shots from some of them:

Sony DSC-U20 - doesn't get more basic than this! About the size of a zippo lighter, took AAA batteries, had a fixed lens, a 2MP sensor, and no modes or controls other than changing the focus from wide to spot. All metering had to be done by pointing the camera around to different lighting and half-pressing to lock it in when you got it where you wanted it. You viewed this on a 1-inch LCD and no viewfinder!!:


My first 'real' digital camera, a Sony F717, with good manual controls, tilting body/lens, F2.0 Zeiss lens, and a 5MP 2/3" sensor. This was the camera that really got me into digital, as I was still shooting film alongside digital for many years until I got this camera, then the film shooting slowed to a crawl:






Sony DSC-H5 - a superzoom P&S model:










Sony DSC-TX1 - a followup credit-card style folded lens camera:
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:19 AM   #19
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Canon SX40, fireworks mode, handheld, 7/3/12, Portsmouth, NH.

When I go to WDW in Nov. I will be bringing a small tripod. Hopefully that will help!
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:04 PM   #20
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Fun thread! It can be done!

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5 or 6 MP Canon S2 IS or Canon S3 IS - mostly S3 IS


























These two photobombed my picture ...



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Old 09-06-2012, 12:07 PM   #21
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Fantastic pics from everyone! I've got to go dig out some more of my own...
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Sony DSC-U20 - doesn't get more basic than this! About the size of a zippo lighter, took AAA batteries, had a fixed lens, a 2MP sensor, and no modes or controls other than changing the focus from wide to spot. All metering had to be done by pointing the camera around to different lighting and half-pressing to lock it in when you got it where you wanted it. You viewed this on a 1-inch LCD and no viewfinder!!:
I had a Sony DSC-U30! (Ok - still have because I just thought it was so cool and I keep hoping it will come back to life ). It was the first Sony digital camera I owned and the first camera that went absolutely everywhere with me all the time. Here's a favorite of mine taken at the South Garden Wing at the CR:

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I love this shot!!
Thank you! That shot is somewhat infamous here on the Photography Board, lol. We had a big debate at one point of what it was exactly that held the reflection. Anyone (who doesn't know) want to guess what it is?

It's also a special shot for me because it signified my "Aha" moment when I realized I could get decent low light shots if I kept the camera still, and that propelled me into learning more about photography.
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It's also a special shot for me because it signified my "Aha" moment when I realized I could get decent low light shots if I kept the camera still, and that propelled me into learning more about photography.
If I'm thinking of the position right... it's a car hood. Just took a pic of my kids leaning on the car.
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I have more that I really like but I have to download them.

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From what I have read on DSLr fireworks threads, a "proper" fireworks picture is a 2-5 second exposure (so you capture the entire path of the firework). My cameras fireworks mode is 2 seconds.
With such a long exposure, you need great timing and/or luck to capture the firework up to its "peak" so you avoid capturing the "drooping" that eventually happens. If possible, they suggest watching multiple shows so you can learn the moments you want to capture. I get the feeling most truly great fireworks pictures take a lot of work.

Of course such a long exposure only works if you have a tripod, or are lucky enough to find a surface to put your camera on. I happened to get a few keepers (and many blurry misses because my grip was not perfectly steady) holding my camera against a post, using fireworks mode and relying on luck and memory to guess timing
just to add: the long exposure also eliminates most of the smoke from a fireworks shot. I do sometimes think a normal snapshot with smoke can sometimes capture the moment better or realistically:

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