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Incredible fireworks photos

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    I don't think so, I think I understand how it's done. Just refocus manually during exposure with a large aperture lens. Would need a keen reaction. Nicely done.
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    I think it has to be time-lapse, and I'm not sure it would need refocus

    EDIT: had to laugh after I posted that. An artistic type would just go ... WOW, how beautiful, but we all have to figure out how it WORKS. Buncha damn technical types, that's us.

    Except for Evo. Thanks for posting Evo.
  6. Aug 31, 2012 #5
    That's what this site is all about' isn't it? Figuring out how it works and marvel at the guy who thought of it first. Now we can reproduce it, but we're not the first.

    Put your camera on a tripod. Have a moderate telelens, like maybe 100mm, at F2.8. Prefocus manually as close as possible. Open the shutter with bulb exposure (B) when the skyrocked is launched and turn the focus ring towards infinity quickly, when it bursts. That's how I would have tried it.
  7. Aug 31, 2012 #6
    Hey Guys!

    David Johnson, the photographer here.

    The effect is quite simple:
    I was using a 5D mark II with a 50mm lens. I had a neutral density filter, the light was too bright otherwise. Hold bulb mode when the fireworks was on it's way up, and when the explosion begins you quickly refocus. You can try starting out of focus and pulling inwards, or visa versa... both create bizarre effects!

    There are some more photos like so on my website, www.daveyjphoto.com.

    Thanks for the interest in the pics!
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    Hey Davey, welcome to our forum, we have a lot of camera enthusiasts here and a forum dedicated to photography.

    Absolutely loved your pictures!
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    Nicely done, Davey! Very creative.
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    My first idea was not about refocusing, but about zooming in/out (which - depending on the lens - sometimes also means refocusing).

    But the effect is incredible :smile:
  11. Sep 1, 2012 #10
    Very nice effect. At first I thought focus-and-pan.

    The ND filter is a nice idea. When I try to photograph fireworks I often get loads of smoke illuminated by the real fireworks in my pics.
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    Wow. Look out PF Photo Contests. :)
  13. Sep 1, 2012 #12

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    As soon as I saw the first image I thought "Oh, turning the focus ring while the shutter's open, neat idea." Being close and using a 50mm lens helps the effect a lot.

    Last time I had the opportunity to shoot fireworks, I was miles away and using a 180mm lens. It didn't occur to me to twist the focus ring during the exposure, but the effect wouldn't have been so dramatic, I think.
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