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Brent  J. Barta

Photographing explosions

I am on an explosives crew for a major air show in the mid-west and would like to get a few good pictures of our work. I have little experience in fast motion/ high-energy photography and I need some advice pertaining to decent photography of this kind.
I have a Canon Rebel 2000 with 24-80mm lens.
Any advice would be much appreciated.

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8/7/2004 7:51:36 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  well you're part of the crew so you should know how the explosions are going to go. So you'll have to make adjustments to a basic guideline.
You'll have to pick your vantage point and perspective to frame what's exploding with the mushroom cloud. If it explodes up, frame with enoungh space so the cloud fills the top of the frame and what's exploding at the bottom. If it explodes out, frame with the blast filling the side and what's exploding on the opposite side. You don't want what's exploding in the middle of the frame, half the blast to one side, and nothing on the other.
Resist the urge the shoot when you first here the blast, and wait just a little for flames/smoke to reach a good height and volumne.

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