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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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here is my feeble attempt and my first at doing fireworks with my epl5 and 14-42.
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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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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...
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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.
 

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

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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.
 

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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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Love that shot and I think the foreground makes the composition complete! Great photo!


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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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