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Fireworks 2007

After few hours of reading and figuring out optimal settings for shooting fireworks i headed out to test my skill this evening to fireworks show at Bellevue church. We will be in Atlanta for the big show on the 4th at Lenox Square. It was a good test run picked up some techniques. Never the less it was lot of fun to shoot. You can look at the fireworks album here in raw. These pictures are “as shot”.

Back from Atlanta
Successfully back from my trip to Atlanta. Came in a record time from ATL airport to home driveway 6 hrs 15 min. Very hectic trip but had to be done. I am glad everything went smooth in the trip. The main reason was to see off my in-laws who were flying from ATL to HYD. The best part is we all could make it for the fireworks at Lenox Square. This is my first time there. After testing waters shooting fireworks in Memphis, this was a great opportunity for me. Straight after checkin we made it to Lenox park by about 8.40pm, the fireworks were scheduled for 9.40pm. Thanks to some great tips i found online i chose to take MARTA instead of driving myself. This helped us save a lot of time, we could not only reach pretty fast but coming back to hotel was not bad at all. There was a huge crowd a great festive season. After making sure my rest of the family members are settled down i started setting up my camera before i lost the last few rays of sun. Here are my settings that i locked for the rest of the eve:

Camera: Nikon D80 on tripod
Lens: 18-50mm f3.5-5.6G
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/8
Shutter speed: Bulb – for an unrecorded length of time
Date: 4th of July, 2007
Place: Lenox Square, Atlanta, GA

Once i got the camera focused i put the eye cover and was all set for the show to begin. Yes, the setup was on a tripod dont even think of doing otherwise. I would also recommend to get a remote i had a ML-L3. This helped me to just click away as i was watching. Also remote gives you ability to control your exposure if you want multiple exposure vs single shot. Here is a resource was very helpful for me to achieve this. See my album pictures are raw “as-is”. In the interest of faster download the only thing i did with the pictures is to resize for web. Check out my album and have fun. Thanks for stopping by. If you need me to expand more on my shoot please let me know (leave a comment).

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