Happy Birthday America

Last night many local communities put on their fireworks displays to celebrate America's independence and its birth as a nation. I viewed a couple tutorials on shooting fireworks and this year thought I'd try a another approach using different settings and particularly the lowest ISO of 100. This is actually three photos stacked and I think it lost some of its sharpness. Of course it looks much better on black.
If you want to compare here is a link to a solo image.
http://365project.org/skipt07/potpourri/2015-07-03
Nice! I am viewing on my iPad, so I can't tell the sharpness. Looks good to me.
posted July 4th, 2015  
Beautiful
posted July 4th, 2015  
It looks fabulous on black!
posted July 4th, 2015  
Happy 4th Skip! This is wonderful!
posted July 4th, 2015  
Beautiful capture and processing!
posted July 4th, 2015  
Happy 4th of July, Skip. I like this shot. I tried fireworks a few days ago for the first time. Thinking about going out tonight and taking a few more during the fireworks around the bay.
posted July 4th, 2015  
Beautiful!
posted July 4th, 2015  
Gorgeous again! FAV.
posted July 4th, 2015  
@thirdjoe - Happy 4th of July Joe! Up until now I followed the suggestions of a photographer that recommended setting your camera to manual and use the settings; f/5.6, ISO 400 and a shutter speed of 1-2 seconds. This year I followed a different photographers suggestions to use; f/11, ISO 100 and a shutter speed of 2-8 seconds. The second photographer said by using an aperture of f/11- f/16 it will make the trails thinner. Using a lower aperture f/5.6 would create thicker trails. Both photographers recommended turning of autofocus, setting your focus to infinity and also turn off stabilization. Of course you'll need a tripod for the long exposures. I hope you have fun and great success! I look forward to seeing your photos!
posted July 4th, 2015  
Looks great! Thanks for the setting suggestions. I struggle with them every year.
posted July 4th, 2015  
Ann
Hurray ! Bravo ! Fav.
posted July 4th, 2015  
@skipt07 On my shots from earlier this month. I used F10, ISO 100 and focused on something approximately the same distance that the fireworks were from me. This was an estimation on my part. Then I watched the first couple of fireworks and reoriented where my camera was pointed. I had the camera set on bulb and used a wireless remote. When I saw something that I thought was interesting I would open the shutter and keep it open for approximately 7 - 15 seconds depending on what I was seeing as the fireworks took place. You can see the photos that I put up on 06/25-26/15. I took a lot of shots as you can imagine. Some of them didn't come out as I had imagined. I am going to try again tonight. Wish me luck!
posted July 5th, 2015  
@thirdjoe - It sounds like you are on the right track according to the new way I tried it. I think the answer is take lots of pictures and hopefully you'll get a nice pattern once in a while. The second photographer said that he used 8 seconds to allow for multiple shells to break within your frame. Have fun and good luck!
posted July 5th, 2015  
I forgot to do a little review so not so happy with my settings.
posted July 5th, 2015  
@joansmor - Don't give up! I have a smart phone and I use the memo app to keep my cheat sheets. I now have one for shooting fireworks and another for shooting the moon. That way I always have them with me.
posted July 5th, 2015  
@skipt07 Cool Idea. I'll have to give it a try.
posted July 5th, 2015  
@skipt07 - I just thought of something. The lens I used this time has the distance marking on the barrel so that help for setting for infinity. Before I got it when I went to set up for a fireworks show and before it got too dark I'd focus on something like the horizon and then turned off autofocus. Sometimes when a shell breaks there is enough contrast for the camera to focus on that and then turn off autofocus. I had checked out your fireworks shots a few days ago and I think you did a great job! Particularly the the one on the 25th. Very nice clean detail in those lines!
posted July 5th, 2015  
Wow nice fire works!
posted July 5th, 2015  
Gorgeous colors and details--must fav!
posted July 5th, 2015  
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