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This shot is really too great to believe! Was this a merging of several pictures as one in our club does? Could you tell this novice the shutter speed, or using bulb, just used your judgement at the time?
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Thanks very much!
No this is not a composite but just one shot. When capturing fireworks, I put my camera securely on a tripod and get out my remote cable release. I then put the camera into the bulb mode (as you suspected) and my aperture to f/8 or f/11. I then just wait for a burst to begin. Right when one starts (or just before if I can antipate it) I open up the shutter and hold it down until the bursts are over.
I used to be more strict about my exposure time but now I often just experiment and play - watching the LCD screen to see if my exposures are turning out too dark (not long enough) or too bright (too long). Then I adjust accordingly.
It's so fun!
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