Here’s the firework entry from the DUN Building’s opening. After 3 hours of wait, naturally, I gotta snap as many frames as I could. With my Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC Macro mounted on, I tried to get the best composition at the widest end as possible, as I wanted to include the street lights and details.
Having said that, I also must be careful not to take the spotlight away from the fireworks. After all, fireworks display was my main subject that night. I mounted my gear onto my realiable 5-feet (or was it a little bit taller than 5 feet) tripod. I had different settings on my set of shoots. The aperture was set in between f/8 – f13, I think there was one or two shots which I toned down to f/16, which was quite small aperture. As for the the exposure, I had variance between 4 – 8 seconds, while I had a few which was exposed as long as 10 – 12 seconds. ISO setting were set to the lowest on my camera, which was ISO100. Throughout the firework display, I tried out a few sets of composition, of which you could see below.
All the shots were triggered via my wireless remote trigger.
Up till this point, the sky was still clear, as it was still quite smoke-free.
Here onwards, the fireworks load gets heavier, so you have more smoke from the explosions. The building vanished behind those smoke.
As time went by, the fireworks shot to a greater height, thus, the need to alter the composition to get all the explosion fit into the frame.
I reckon it would be nice to shoot at a closer range with more details from the DUN building, which I think is achievable with an Ultra Wide Angle lens. Until I add that lens to my arsenal, I will have to compose it in other way.
The whole firework display lated for about 10-15 minutes. It was surely a long wait for us, a long night indeed. Somehow the waiting was pretty taxing. I’ve posted the photos to my facebook, and will post them to my flickr account too.
It’s end of July now. August comes tomorrow. More updates to follow soon.