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Post Fireworks timelapse
Hi All

Im hoping to try a timelapse of a local firework display monday evening and im not sure about interval and exposure settings. fireworks look good long exposure but im guessing they will not animate smoothly because of the time it takes to save to memory card.

I dont want to get there and miss it because im playing with different settings.

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Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:28 am
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I really know nothing about this but I would frame your shot and stick with it. If I had to wing it I would try maybe a f8, 1sec shutter, 3sec interval. That's with my G10 at iso 80. As long as its not underexposed it will look pretty cool.

sorry someone else more knowledgeable has not responded.


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I shot fireworks for my Fourth of July clip (http://www.vimeo.com/5471094), and I wasn't very happy with the results. I think I was at 1 second interval with relatively short exposures. I didn't really know wtf I was doing and was in a hurry to get set up.

They change so fast, I would recommend trying a very fast framerate (like locked burst mode with half second exposures or something)...I've yet to see fireworks done really well as time lapse, I think it's just that the subject changes too fast. If I had a 7D, I'd try shooting them at 60fps 720 mode and slow them down to 24fps.

I remember seeing a tilt-shift clip that had some fireworks in it - if you could show the fireworks from above at an angle and did some faux tilt shift it could be really neat looking.

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It says the firework was on for a little more then half an hour and they took around 6000 photos.

Hope it helps...

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I'm with Delirious- they're too fast. Just like water, fire is a fluid, and most fluids don't look that good in timelapse. They're generally much better subjects for slow motion study.

The tilt-shift miniature thing might work, if that's what you're after.

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I tried it awhile back with 4 second exposures, 5 second interval. It's a pretty tricky subject for timelapse, because the longer your exposures, the better the fireworks themselves will look, but the worse your video will look. At least with the 4 second interval I did come away with many good stills. I much prefer shooting still photos of fireworks so I probably won't do it again.


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thanks for the advice. I will give it ago and ifs its any good I will post it up.


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In the fireworks that I shoot this past summer, I shoot every 1 second, with a exposure of 0.8 sec. Later in edition, I put the echo filter to merge the images and it worked well.

You can see it here, in the final part:



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Wow, I love it.

I love the clips where your moving through the street's that's awesome.

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Thanks, altough in the last video that we make, we refined the "walk-lapses":



actpower wrote:
In the fireworks that I shoot this past summer, I shoot every 1 second, with a exposure of 0.8 sec. Later in edition, I put the echo filter to merge the images and it worked well.

You can see it here, in the final part:



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Very nice walk trough !!!
How did you shoot thoses ?
Kind of a baby kart ?

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Yes, the first are created attaching the camera in a baby cart :-). The second (from Segovia), we attached the camera strap around our neck and stretched it. And walking slow, very slow.

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very nice. the fireworks did look good in your clip.


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Muy fantiastico muscia magnifico... wow and my Spanish is rotten ... tell us more... gotta try some of these.... wow but it has been done already. but sometimes i learn a bit and can add to the knowledge...

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About the "El Escorial Fiestas" Video, there is a extended Making Of in out WEB, but unfortunally is in Spanish only...you can try to translate it, but donĀ“t guarantee nothing :-) :

http://www.timelapses.es/blog/2009/09/t ... -incluido/

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choi wrote:


It says the firework was on for a little more then half an hour and they took around 6000 photos.

Hope it helps...


wow that's impressive. I'd like to know which memory card he used...32gb card shooting RAW on a 5DII is about 1000 pictures.

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I came across this looking for tips on fireworks timelapse, so now i want to show you what i have done and get your opinion...

http://youtu.be/1qAlNHuoZYk?hd=1


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Post Re: Fireworks timelapse
When I shoot fireworks, I usually set the ISO to the lowest, use small aperture such as f/16 and 1 second exposure.
The smaller the aperture, the more colorful and more precise. But stopping down too much will reach the lens diffraction limit.
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/zlymex/7493708678/in/photostream/lightbox/

I'm going to add a ND8 filter for fireworks next time, this will allow me to use optimum lens aperture at about f/8 and still showing more colors.


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Post Re: Fireworks timelapse
actpower wrote:
In the fireworks that I shoot this past summer, I shoot every 1 second, with a exposure of 0.8 sec. Later in edition, I put the echo filter to merge the images and it worked well.
Greetings!


What software did you use to make the echo effect?
Is there any free software which can do it?
Is it necessary to take pictures i raw format for doing it, or can I use JPEG?


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