There are many traditions that I don’t observe, New Year’s eve is one. It’s not just the noise that I don’t like but the origin the tradition came from. So I slept around 11 PM on the eve of December 31…woke up with heavy eyes between 2 and 3 AM and saw hubby still tinkering with something. I fell asleep again too soon…I was that exhausted. It was like the sleep I lack for the past year finally haunted me…I woke up at 9AM and slept again at one in the afternoon only to wake up before 5PM! ^_^
So today, I am actually sharing a photo taken by hubby (permission asked and granted). One of the few he took while standing by our bedroom window. And to make things easier I copied the exif data from flickr… ^_^
|Camera||Canon EOS 5D Mark II|
|Exposure||0.1 sec (1/10)|
|Focal Length||17 mm|
|Exposure Bias||-2 EV|
|Flash||Off, Did not fire|
Photographing fireworks is one of the challenges you can undertake as you get to know your camera. Rule one is; shoot in manual mode. Now, the settings you see above resulted with shorter lines – unlike the ones where you see them fireworks displayed with longer lines, like a fountain falling beautifully in place. That’s because the ISO speed hubby used is higher, most would say use ISO100 and an aperture of f/8 to f/16. What I’m trying to say is, you can always tinker with your camera and produce different results. In the process you will get to know your camera more.
Another important thing to consider when photographing fireworks is the use of tripod. No matter if you use longer or average shutter speed, a tripod will ensure that your camera will be steady as you take shots. It is also important to include other things within your frame…sky shots are truly wonderful but silhouettes of people watching the sky adds a dramatic touch, buildings and such or a lake with the fireworks being reflected will always evoke a feeling of nostalgia among those who will look at your photos.