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Barry Island Fireworks

The Barry Island firework display was up to its usual standard last night - just hope my photos can do them justice! I took loads of photos and it's very hard to whittle them down but in the end chose these.

These were all taken with E-M5, 45mm, 5 sec exposure, f10.


Barry fireworks (3) by Cariadus, on Flickr


Barry fireworks (4) by Cariadus, on Flickr


Barry fireworks (2) by Cariadus, on Flickr


Barry fireworks (1) by Cariadus, on Flickr

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Re: Barry Island Fireworks

well exposed (good colour) and the shutter speed looks spot on too - I like them!
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Re: Barry Island Fireworks

Very good. That first one is most unusual.
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Re: Barry Island Fireworks

Very nice set Roger, the last one is my favourite.
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Re: Barry Island Fireworks

Great set Roger they all have something to offer so cannot pick a fav.

I know it too late now but did you consider shooting using Live Time. I took photos at our local bonfire event on Saturday and found Live time quite interesting. I watched the screen developing the firework display as well as listening to the fireworks going off so I could choose when to stop the shutter for a busy firework display picture. My efforts are in my gallery.

All I need to do is get to the bottom of the annoying black dots using Live time. If you did use Live time I would be very interested in seeing your results especially the bits in the shadows.
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Re: Barry Island Fireworks

Photo owl, thanks.

OM, it was amazing the way they got those white tree-like patterns with the fireworks. I haven't seen anything like that before.

Thanks Paul. I tried to get the reflection on the water in some of the shots. The sea was quite rough, though, so not ideal for reflections.

birdboy, I chose a 5 second exposure from the beginning because from experimenting with firework shots in the same location last year 5 seconds seemed to be about right. In fact, I had the camera set to manual with f10 and 5 seconds before I left the house so alll that remained when I got to my vantage point was to mount the camera on the tripod and focus manually.

I do use Livetime quite a bit with long exposures, especially when using a 10 stop filter (B+W ND110) and it is very useful for gauging the exposure and deciding when to close the shutter. I have had black dots before as well on occasions, in darker shadows. It doesn't seem to make any difference whether you have noise reduction set to on or off in the camera. In landscape shots it's worse where the exposure isn't quite right, especially if you have to lift the shadows in Lightroom. In fact, when shooting long exposures I tend to overexpose a bit and then darken the blacks in Lightroom - that's what I did with these shots.
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Re: Barry Island Fireworks

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I do use Livetime quite a bit with long exposures, especially when using a 10 stop filter (B+W ND110) and it is very useful for gauging the exposure and deciding when to close the shutter. I have had black dots before as well on occasions, in darker shadows. It doesn't seem to make any difference whether you have noise reduction set to on or off in the camera. In landscape shots it's worse where the exposure isn't quite right, especially if you have to lift the shadows in Lightroom. In fact, when shooting long exposures I tend to overexpose a bit and then darken the blacks in Lightroom - that's what I did with these shots.
Thanks Roger I had not expected you to confirm the black dots issue with your EM5 so it seems like an issue with this new sensor and the live time function. I'll start a new thread.

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