Sunday, July 10, 2016

Kemah Boardwalk Fireworks with NWHPC


 

 This time I went with the 17-35mm so that I could get the boats and reflections in the water. This was more what I had in mind on the previous shoot but couldn't accomplish because they moved the barge closer to the boardwalk.

I set everything on manual, focus, aperture and shutter speed. These are at ISO 200 but 100 will work. I set the lens to infinity because there is no way I can focus before or during the firing. I set the shutter speed to around 15 seconds to start so that I can catch several bursts but I will vary the shutter speed during the shoot, especially toward the end so that I will not blow out a lot when the bursts are coming closer together and overlapping more and I cut it down to 4 to 6 seconds max.

Some of the above photos are single shots, many are composites where I pick out bursts that go together and combine them into one image in Paint Shop Pro. I do not use Lightroom or Photoshop. The only thing that matter to me is the final image. How I get there is immaterial.

4 comments:

  1. these are absolutely gorgeous, Gary. I'm jealous!!!

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  3. Outstanding images. Great job of putting images together. Appreciate the info on camera settings as well. Again, just outstanding.

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  4. Clayton, thank you.I have struggled for years trying to do fireworks with at best very poor results. I have really enjoyed shooting at Kemah.

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