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Old June 18th, 2006, 04:23 PM   #1
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4th of July

4th of July is coming up and that means fireworks! I shot fireworks before with the fx1 with with practically everything auto excpet I had the spot light function turned on. I got a pretty okay results. How would you go about in these lighting conditions.

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Old June 18th, 2006, 08:30 PM   #2
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I would keep it at 1/60th shutter speed, adjust the auto for a good black but focus on getting the fireworks good depending on the amount and brightness. Probably end up sing F1.6 anyways. I would turn the AE shift up mabye 1-2 notches.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 10:43 PM   #3
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4th of July is coming up and that means fireworks! I shot fireworks before with the fx1 with with practically everything auto excpet I had the spot light function turned on. I got a pretty okay results. How would you go about in these lighting conditions.

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Autofocus went nuts when I shot fireworks at my brother's wedding last year with my FX1(he's a pyrotechnics guy, so it was more than sparklers). I would definately try to get your focus set and lock it in. I also locked in the shutter at 60
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Old June 18th, 2006, 11:14 PM   #4
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Set focus to manual and infinity. This is how I shoot it with the XL2. You really can't use auto anything under these conditions.

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Old June 19th, 2006, 01:01 PM   #5
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thanks guys. I just remembered that I did had it on manual focus.
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Old July 9th, 2006, 08:40 AM   #6
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This is slightly similar to shooting lightning at night...I spent 15 minutes watching my focus go crazy because I thought putting my old XL1 on auto would've helped. I wish I knew about this forum 4 years ago. By the time I set the focus right, the lightning was pretty much done.

Lesson learned for me...be prepared, even if it's something planned like fireworks or of-the-moment, like night lightning. Also, and I know this is post-4th of July, but try not to be anywhere near light, like a lamp post or whatnot. The glare is a killer.

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