TV SMITH's Dua Sen: Afterglow
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AFTERGLOW
by TV Smith
01/09/05


Olympus C8080, ISO 400, f3.5, 1/2 sec
From a distance, the Twin Towers are seen bathed in a nice afterglow of smoke and haze after the midnight blast (top pic).

The Dataran Merdeka's fireworks is seen on the left. The display from the two locations seemed un- coordinated; starting and ending at different times. Only for a brief moment, did they sync (left pic).

Tips on photographing fireworks:

• Juxtapose the explosions against a landmark for a sense of perspective.

Bring a tripod along as you will probably be shooting at slow shutter speeds. Use a    wireless remote or cable release if you have one.

Bring also a mini-torchlight, spare battery, memory card and an assistant.

At crowded places, watch out for camera shake caused by people knocking into your    tripod.
A head may also appear in frame unexpectedly. Avoid crowded places if possible.

For Point & Shoot cameras, make sure your flash is disabled.

Turn off auto-focus to minimise shutter lag. Set the manual focus to infinity.

For digital cameras, take a test pic before the fireworks. Adjust the settings to    compensate after the initial bursts.

With the test shot, check also your composition. Watch out for street lights that may    cause distracting flares. Re-position if necessary.

If you are directly underneath the explosions, ash and other particles will quickly coat    your lens. Use a protective filter. Bring along lens tissue and cleaner, just in case.

All text, photographs by and copyright © TV SMITH. Cameras furnished by Olympus Malaysia.

See also: LAST YEAR'S FIREWORKS | NEW YEAR'S EVE 2004 | MERDEKA 2003


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