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4th of July Fireworks

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Nice photos. Thanks for sharing. We had the standard 4th of July here. FOG Couldn't see anything.
 
What camera did you use?
 
Do you take like 100 shots and only 20 come out that good or are most all the shots you take great photos?
 
Do you take like 100 shots and only 20 come out that good or are most all the shots you take great photos?

I am up to approximately 80% on the "keeper ratio" with my fireworks shots. I took 250 the other night and ended up with a little more than 200 that I found acceptable and then thinned that herd to about 50 for a public gallery here:
http://photography.robertondrovic.com/gallery/5337679_C9xgC/1/326400592_5MELX

I actually take a fairly lazy approach to the fireworks photos. I set up the camera on a tripod, keep the settings constant as outlined above, keep it on wide and, most importantly, use an infrared wireless remote to shoot. I have found that not only is it less enjoyable watching a fireworks show through the viewfinder to take all those shots but it is very difficult to time a bulb shot if you are not looking at the entire sky.

I can fire the shutter up to 150 feet away in up to 60 frame bursts if desired. That way I simply lay back under the show, keep my finger on the remote and time it according to what I am actually watching to capture the effect that I want. Also, with a bulb setting I can wait to see what shells are being fired to tailor how long I want to leave the shutter open.
 
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