Sandy Guillory 7/29/2007 1:48:20 PM

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? #701717

Jim Miotke 8/10/2007 3:31:22 PM

Hi Sandy,

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!

Thanks again,

To discuss, first log in or sign up (buttons are at top center of page).


Fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Uploaded on 3/30/2002 2:45:48 AM

Copyright for this gallery photo belongs solely to Jim Miotke. Images may not be copied, downloaded, or used in any way without the expressed, written permission of the photographer.
Contact photographer via gallery.
Log in to follow or message this photographer or report this photo.