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Old 07-15-2013, 07:34 PM   #301
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Thanks for the tips.
An eight year old took those ...sigh...
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:02 AM   #302
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The basic settings I've found to work the best are:
Set the camera to manual mode
Focus to infinity
f11 or 16
(these were at 11 but if I were paying closer attention I'd have used 16)
ISO 100
Use a tripod (you can't hold still for 4 seconds) and a remote shutter release
If you can hear the mortar or see the trail wait a second or two then hit the shutter.
Repeat as needed
BTW my 8 year old grandson took these. (that's why I wasn't paying attention)
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Thanks for the tips, Canonman.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:10 AM   #303
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Grandpa sets 'em up "Boomer" nocks 'em down. It was a pretty fun event for everyone especially the teenagers competing for the best cell/I phone photo. We had great the next morning comparing photos voting on the favorites.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:53 AM   #304
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Cannonman- I see that you recommended a software called Topaz. Out of curiosity, now that I've just gone to their site, which specific product(s) do you typically use:
Products | Topaz Labs

Are these stand-alone software? Or are they used in conjunction with something else?

Other than that- I've got some of the technical side of "taking" photos down. I'm not good by any means, but I can usually come up with a few passable shots. I really struggle in the post-processing department. I rarely have time to play, and when I do- I end up with photos that look extremely over-processed. Any tips for us there?
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:56 AM   #305
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The basic settings I've found to work the best are:
Set the camera to manual mode
Focus to infinity
f11 or 16
(these were at 11 but if I were paying closer attention I'd have used 16)
ISO 100
Use a tripod (you can't hold still for 4 seconds) and a remote shutter release
If you can hear the mortar or see the trail wait a second or two then hit the shutter.
Repeat as needed
BTW my 8 year old grandson took these. (that's why I wasn't paying attention)
Hope the tips help
Great tip... maybe you missed it but if your camera has the Bulb setting you want to use it to hold the shutter open at will.
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:03 PM   #306
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You are absolutely correct about the bulb setting, but remember I was just trying to present "basic" tips w/o trying to get too complicated. One of the things i want to try next time is using a black card to get multiple bursts in the same frame over a period of time.
Anyone have any experience with that technique?
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:47 PM   #307
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Doug, I use Topaz as Lightroom plugins but I believe you can use them alone.
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Old 07-16-2013, 12:54 PM   #308
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Many years ago I sent up my old Pentax 6x7 on a sturdy tripod, locked the shutter open and shot the entire fireworks display on a single exposure. When there was little fireworks activity, I would carefully place the lens cap on, then take it back off when the show started up again. The problems I faced with this was that on this particular year, the fireworks were very consistent with where they "bloomed" and I did get some color wash out. I did, however, get excellent detail in a bridge in the foreground. The film used (yea, it is that old) was Fujichrome 100. The 6x7 makes a 2.25x2.75 inch image and the Fujichrome provided nice crisp detail. The image ended up making it into one of the Oregon Coast magazines as the center fold. I would think that using a black card would be similar to what I did. The longer exposure will provide more detail in the surrounding areas that in my opinion provides more interest to the image. Obviously, one would need a sturdy tripod and just have to be careful not to move the camera when blocking the lens with the black card.
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Old 07-16-2013, 01:37 PM   #309
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Thanks JD
This is something I've wanted to try for some time. I think I'm gong give it a try later this month
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I shot this with my Samsung Galaxy S4 two nights ago. I chose the"nighttime" mode and used the railing of the bridge I was standing on.


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