Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hohenfels; Bursting!

Greetings, volks. Welcome to Hohenfels Volks, THE place for our place! Spring is upon us finally. Hohenfels is bursting to life with the colors and sounds of renewal. This is truly a great time to be out and about, making photos and capturing a fleeting moment of the glory that surrounds us.

Today I’m doing a short post; things have been busy and trying the last few weeks. We’re going to take a short look at capturing fireworks. This is by no means a full list of tips, but something to think about.

The first thing to consider is a tripod! You’re going to need something reasonably sturdy and level when the legs are extended. Another thing to consider is ease of operation, and adjustability.

The next thing that is a must have is a remote release. Without one of these, a steady tripod is more or less useless. This little item, reasonably priced at any photo shop, can make an image stable. Just the act of depressing the shutter release can cause some serious vibration. Another advantage of using a remote trigger or release is the ability to view the scene while you shoot. Just set your composition and focus, and then enjoy the show while shooting.

Make sure you use a lens that is short enough, yet long enough. Too short, and your shots lose the feeling that comes form small town fireworks, and too long you end up without any context.

Set your ISO to 200, or 400 depending on your intentions. Then set your aperture to f/8 and your shutter speed to B. Time your shots to the start of a volley and activate the shutter. Hold your release button for anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds to get a nice full burst and some detail from the area, then release. Over the course of a 20-minute show, you can get some really amazing photos.

One more thing, if your camera allows it, activate your mirror lock up feature. This will lower the vibration even more. Don’t forget to turn off you image stabilization or you’ll end with some blur.

Keep in mid your visualizing and composition, these can make a great shot into a real winner!

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