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Featured: 'Anyone have a go at the Fireworks on the 4th? Here's my attempt...' by Gidget

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Gidget, Jul 6, 2014.

  1. Gidget

    Gidget Mu-43 Regular

    121
    Apr 22, 2010
    Indiana
    Leah Hallett
    Shot with the E-M1 and 12-40mm @ 12mm on a tripod.
    I used Manual mode with manual focus set to infinity.
    Setup the EM-1 in Live Time mode and it worked great. You could see the fireworks coming to life on the screen.
    Aperture was f/10 and ISO 100. I would probably use ISO 200 next time for less clipping. (ISO 100 is known to have less DR than 200 - more clipping)
    Long exposure noise reduction was turned off.
    Forgot to set the color temperature/white balance to Tungsten or ~3000.
    Shutter shock set to zero, but not sure this mattered.
    Turned off IS since I was using the tripod.

    Waited until after the initial launch/explosion to open the shutter and closed it as fireworks were peaking. Live Time was made for this kind of shooting! I tried using the Oly Oi Share app on my iPhone and my Android Tablet, but the lag between me pressing the shutter icon and it actually closing the shutter was much too long.

    Exposures varied from 3 to 5 seconds.

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  2. ThereAndBackAgain

    ThereAndBackAgain Fighting GAS

    189
    May 26, 2014
    North Devon, England
    David
    Lovely shots, Gidget, and well thought out! It's so good to see people on the other side of the Atlantic celebrating my 61st birthday!! Thanks!
     
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  3. CarlG

    CarlG Mu-43 Regular

    131
    Jun 6, 2013
    Tampa, FL
    Carl
    EM5 and 60 macro
     

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  4. Redwing24

    Redwing24 New to Mu-43

    7
    Jul 6, 2014
    south dakota
    matt
    here is my feeble attempt and my first at doing fireworks with my epl5 and 14-42.
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  5. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    I've never grown out of enjoying a good fireworks display :)
     
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  6. esnift

    esnift Mu-43 Veteran

    247
    Mar 17, 2013
    Boston, MA
    Dan
    Not exactly a compelling foreground, but I wanted to try the "multiple fireworks in one shot" method.

    EM5 + 45/1.5

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  7. fortwodriver

    fortwodriver Mu-43 Top Veteran

    955
    Nov 15, 2013
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Frank
    Well, this was for Canada Day, not 4th of July, but I think it turned out pretty well...

    E-M1 and 75-300 II. (at 300mm)
    3.8 Seconds @ F8

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  8. zensu

    zensu An Old Fool

    Aug 8, 2012
    Southeastern USA
    Bobby
    You did an amazing job Gidget! I can almost smell the gunpowder.
     
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  9. Mike Deane

    Mike Deane Mu-43 Rookie

    17
    Apr 25, 2013
    Second time ever taking fireworks pictures, and first time with E-PL5. Any suggestion will be appreciated. ISO200, F/5.6, 20mm Panasonic F1.7, between 2.5" and 3.2" exposures... I was within 500' from the launch, so not much context... P7040178. P7040171. P7040141.
     
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  10. CarlG

    CarlG Mu-43 Regular

    131
    Jun 6, 2013
    Tampa, FL
    Carl
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  11. Mike Deane

    Mike Deane Mu-43 Rookie

    17
    Apr 25, 2013
    Thanks, CarlG! That article is great! The article says "Your camera will not be able to auto focus well at night, so you will need to have your lenses pre-focused and set to manual focus at about the distance you expect the fireworks to explode." I understand it is OT, I apologize in advance, if anyone can suggest how I would pre-focus the lens and set to manual focus at about the distance that the fireworks explode with E-PL5, I'd really appreciate it.

    Honestly, I feel E-PL5 takes great pictures, but confusing to use.
     
  12. fortwodriver

    fortwodriver Mu-43 Top Veteran

    955
    Nov 15, 2013
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Frank
    I picked an object at the same distance and manually focused. Unfortunately, lenses like the 75-300 give you no focus scale so you have to do it visually. Also, racking out to the very end of the focus range usually won't work because a lot of our lenses focus beyond their designated infinity points.
     
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  13. Gidget

    Gidget Mu-43 Regular

    121
    Apr 22, 2010
    Indiana
    Leah Hallett
    If you can't manually set your lens focus to infinity, use AF to focus on a far distant treetop or street lamp and then switch to manual focus and try not to bump focus.
     
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  14. brettmaxwell

    brettmaxwell Mu-43 Veteran

    350
    Dec 8, 2012
    Not Olympus, but still m4/3. GM1, 20mm, f1.7, 1/60, iso1600, handheld:

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  15. Redwing24

    Redwing24 New to Mu-43

    7
    Jul 6, 2014
    south dakota
    matt
    cool photos, that was the hardest part about taking pics on my epl5 was having no focal, and I use to use a d90 with a sigma 24-70 and using bulb on the d90 was very simple. with the epl5 the bulb took a while to finish after hitting the shutter. But the M4/3 is sure a learning curve compared to my old d90 setup.
     
  16. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    These were shot in Chattanooga at the Renaissance Park. Were were across the river next to the Tennessee Aquarium.

    E-PL5, 14-42 kit lens at f6.3. Almost needed an ND filter. Most these were shot at 3.2s but could have used longer for longer trails. However, longer exposure meant blown out highlights.


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  17. Jan68

    Jan68 Mu-43 Regular

    50
    Mar 1, 2014
    Ontario
    Love that shot and I think the foreground makes the composition complete! Great photo!


    Sent from my iPad using Mu-43
     
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  18. monkeymashbutton

    monkeymashbutton Mu-43 Regular

    31
    Jun 10, 2014
    Anyone have a go at the Fireworks on the 4th? Here's my attempt...

    I posted this in the E-PM2 thread, but I will cross-thread this one time. ;)

    Nice thread, thanks!

    PM2 with 14-42 and FL-50r


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  19. sammykhalifa

    sammykhalifa Mu-43 Top Veteran

    762
    Jun 22, 2012
    Pittsburgh PA
    Neil
    Something a little different than what I normally try with fireworks.

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    high ISPO so I might have been a bit heavy handed with the NR. ISO 5000 f/1.8 1/4 sec
     
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  20. Mike Deane

    Mike Deane Mu-43 Rookie

    17
    Apr 25, 2013
    How did you manage to keep the flags so still, as I assumed you have a "long" exposure?

     
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