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Posts tagged “fireworks

Sky Light

I hope that all my American friends had a wonderful 4th of July. Keeping with the festivities of the week I wanted to share another fireworks image although I wanted to try something different. I know fireworks should be enjoyed in full living color but I was curious as to how this would turn out if I converted it to B&W. I used OnOne Perfect Effects to do the conversion this time. I was really pleased with the abstract quality. Let me know what you think.

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fireworks, Canada Day, Ashbridges Bay, Lake Ontario, Toronto, Black White, monochrome, abstract

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Fire in the Sky & Tips to Shoot Fireworks

As you all may know it was a long weekend for us and a wonderful one at that with a much-needed break on my part. Sunday was Canada Day and in the evening my husband and I headed down to The Beaches to watch the annual Canada Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay. When we arrived the boardwalk was wall to wall people but I headed straight for the shoreline to set up for the fireworks.  To be honest this was the first time that I’ve shot fireworks so I wanted to make sure that I had plenty of time to set up and get into position. The biggest bonus of the night…a full moon.

Tips for Shooting Fireworks

  • Get there early to set up while there’s still light
  • Use a tripod
  • ISO 100 (to ensure minimal noise)
  • Set your aperture to f8 or f5.6
  • Set your camera to “B” or “Bulb” mode
  • Change to manual focus. I wasn’t sure exactly where the fireworks would be so I set my focus to infinity
  • Use a cable release to minimize camera shake.
  • I found that an exposure of 4 or 5 seconds worked the best. Anything longer then that and my images were blown out especially when there are multiple bursts of fireworks going off.
  • Have a flashlight with you so you can check your settings.
  • A fireworks display last about 10 to 15 minutes. You’ll have to work quickly so check your images on your LCD to determine if you have to adjust your settings.
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fireworks, Ashbridges Bay, Toronto

fireworks, Ashbridges Bay, Toronto