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What a cool shot! I really like the look of this and how you were able to capture so many different fireworks in one shot without having to stack images. Was this shot from Mission Bay? I have seen some cool firework shots from San Diego, if I am not in Colorado on the 4th next year, I think I might just have to make it down to San Diego to shoot them!
Thank you very much Jim for your kind comments.
The shoot was taken from Centennial Park in Coronado, this park has a look over the channel to San Diego harbor, next to the ferry pier. I choose this location as it offers the view of San Diego Skyline in the background.
I would like to explain in detailed steps on how the shot was taken. Hope this will benefit some viewers who would want to get the next fireworks event. The goal is to capture as many fireworks as you like in one shot.
I know there are several ways to achieve the same thing, but here is a run down how I did. (but first, I apologize if this might bore someone who has already been familiar with the process)
As noted, I indicated in my earlier post, 'multi-exposure', actually I opened and closed the lens using the black cardboard a few times to get fireworks, to the camera, it is only one exposure.
Looking at this photo's exif, the shot was set at F/11, ISO/160, and a total of 8.7 seconds duration, White balance was left as AWB but it could have been better to be at 5100K. The focal length was at 24mm as I used the 24 TS-E lens. My camera was locked on tripod level to the ground (the TS-E was shifted up to capture higher the sky space while leaving the skyline building straight up, for those who is familiar with the TS-E know what I mean). Without the TS-E you would have to tilt your camera up 10-15 degrees to capture your frame higher in the sky, but the buildings might look a bit slanted)
So here are the procedures to shoot the fireworks:
-Camera steady on tripod during shoot.
-Use your remote shutter release cable
-Pre focus the background scene (if you use AF lens, set your lens to MF after focused). I found lens was about infinity focus.
-Set shooting mode to BULB
-Set other settings F/11, ISO 160, white balance 5100K etc. (note: you can flex your aperture and ISO according to your camera body and lens used)
-When the firework series started,
-Press and continue to hold the button of the shutter release.
-Cover your lens with a black cardboard
-Then remove the cardboard to capture enough the fireworks scene then quickly cover the lens back with the cardboard.
-Continue to cover the lens.
-as next scene of the next fireworks fire up, remove the cardboard again to capture that fireworks...repeat this until you feel you've have captured enough fireworks.
-Release the shutter cable to let the camera close the shot and record your image.
(Note: if you open the cardboard from the lens too long, you may get your shot over-exposed, also observe the firework as one may have lots of brighter light, there is no set rule of how long you remove the cardboard from the lens but you will have a feel as when it is about long enough to finalize the shot)
-Once the shot taken, quickly look at the played back image and continue on next series of fireworks and adjust the duration of cover the cardboard.
Hope this helps. I will be happy to answer any further questions if you PM me directly.