A&P Is my 10-20 gonna be too wide for fireworks?

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  1. QWIKSNK

    QWIKSNK New Member

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    Im going to try to get right down lakeside at Estes Park for the fireworks tonight, I was thinking it would be sweet to be able to capture them off the lake, and in the air, but im thinking it might be a little to wide, and leave the fireworks looking too small

    I dont really want to switch lens once they start, I just want to leave my tripod alone (after the first few and I get my settings dialed in) and just enjoy the fireworks.

    I guess Ill figure it out when I get there, but It would be nice to have an idea in advance

    I have the following lenses

    10-20 4-5.6 sigma
    18-55 kit
    50 1.8
    70-300 sigma 4-5.6
     
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    1. Imagine how far away you will be.
    2. Look through your camera.
    3. Try to put 1 and 2 together
     
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    I was at Coors Field last night and shot with the 10-22 all night long and some of the pictures turned out awesome, I will post them later tonight. Going to tonights game too
     
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    sweet, looking forward to the shots

    I'll be leaving at 6:30, hopefully get there by 7:30, fireworks start at 9:30

    I've got no idea on how many people to expect to be there early, I want to get right down by the water, I heard it was a really good display
     
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    Run a low ISO, high aperature, and long exposure time :thumbsup:
     
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    yep, I was planing Iso 100, f/11, and anywhere between 5 and 20 second exposure
     
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    is a 20 second exposure going to yeild a good result? I have been thinking of going to do fireworks tonight also. I am imagining the number of fireworks that will go off in a 20 second period.

    Also why such a high aperature. I know this sounds like a dumb question but I would think a lower aperature would end up allowing for a shorter shutter speed, which I thought is more desired.

    and good luck at ISO 100
     
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    Higher aperature will capture the actual fireworks, and not the smoke and fuzziness.

    These were from the Coors Field firewords from two years ago, with only my 70-200....all hand held

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    20 seconds might be too long, Im not sure on how fast they will be shooting them off.

    A bit longer ss is desired to capture the light trail, not how the light is at that instant


    Why do I need good luck at ISO 100? Ive got a decent tripod, Ill probably hang my bag from it tonight too (more or less so no one walks off with it)

    I like the first pic nick, crazy amount of stuff going on :)
     
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    kristin my dog > *

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    I'm going to try my hand at it tonight as well. Hopefully I get at least one decent one :x:
     
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    CO crew representing :bowdown:


    Where will you be tonight?
     
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    kristin my dog > *

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    Edit: Nevermind. Probably won't make it tonight
     
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    I'd never sat directly below fireworks when they're being shot off before. Tonight, I had my position all scoped out, a nice clear shot from a hill...but then I saw I could get right up to the retaining fence :noes: Ran up there, still had the 55-250 on there, and had to switch to the kit 18-55. Wish I'd had the 10-22 with me :wtc:

    edit: my pics from tonight http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?t=3853842
     
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    I ended up using the nifty fifty. All the property on the east side of the lake was private, so I couldnt get right down on the water. Oh well, I had some that turned out great, so here are a few of my favorites

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    The rest of them are here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephengilewski

    I might have a few more good ones that need some cropping, but im too lazy to tonight
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    Nice set, I would have liked to see a bit closer and more lights from the city. But all in all good first try :bigthumb: also added you on flickr.
     
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    sweet, I was wondering who that was.

    I had my 70-300 on for a minute before they started, but I thought I was going to cut out the water/city lights, or the fireworks.

    I wish I could have gotten closer, but I didn't realize before I got there, that its almost all private property around the lake.

    I also didnt do any pp, I think I only cropped the one with the moon. I'll do some cropping tomorrow
     
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    These were my shots from the last few nights at Coors Field! All straight off the card, and resized

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    :coold: You wound up getting more water than me, but I'm still pretty happy with the shots I got. :eek3: First year I've had a good enough camera to get decent shots.

    I had my 50 1.8 on when we first started, but I was too close and kept cutting the fireworks off, so I quickly switched to the kit lens. :coold:
     

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