I was at The Curve to shoot fireworks.
I went in to Laundry Bar, to check out the crowd, and they started counting down 5 minutes early, so I rushed out, to get stuck near the bar. I present the roof as proof.
Initial overexposure caused a torch-like effect.
I also zoomed all the way in to try panning shots.
Overexposure argh. On a technical note, lower your ISO to its minimum, say ISO 50 or ISO 80, since you don’t need it. Set the mode to shutter priority and dial in EV -2 (to darken the smoke clouds, and to have brightly colored trails rather than whitened out trails). Add a polarizer filter to darken the smoke clouds as well (I forgot to bring mine.) I used shutter speeds from 0.5 seconds to 1.6 seconds, looking through the viewfinder upwards. My neck hurt but I was amazed at how stable that position was! (Bring a tripod next time.)
Splash into a mash! Handshake can be artsy.
Faster shutter speeds capture fireworks at the apex, like floating spermatozoa.
Watch out it’s the glowing ball of energy, draining power from Cineleisure Damansara!
Longer exposures leave room for more explosions.
Finally, a mainstream fireworks shot everybody loves.
…and one more, for the encore.
Happy 49th Independence Day, Malaysia. I hope you’ll mature and may we not be harrassed by undercover triggerhappy gunmen.
…and here’s some text copied from Alda‘s blog.