...the 5th of November? Well, it was a while ago, but I've been busy!
Much as I love taking sports photos, it's nice to do something else for a change. Faced with being dragged out on a freezing cold evening to a fireworks display, I decided to make the most of it and take the camera.
I took the 50mm f1.8 with me, but I didn't use it - preferring instead to use the 18-70 to increase the chances of getting a firework in the field of view. We were the first ones to arrive so I was able to set up right by the safety fence - I actually had one leg over the fence with the other two right up against it to keep the legs as far away from kicks and knocks as possible.
I'd had a quick look on the web before I went and the advice there seemed to be pretty consistent - set the lens at around f8, focus on infinity, point the camera at the sky and open the shutter for 5 to 7 seconds at a time. And that's all I did. Just tried to time it so that I opened as the blast started - which got easier as time went by and I got used to how fast the rockets and mortars travelled.
I shot RAW and I have to say, I'm quite pleased with the results - especially after tweaking the exposure and resetting the black point. There were a lot of empty skies and many that didn't quite work, but some of those that did were as good as many 'pro' shots I've seen. I haven't put these on swarbrick.com as I'm trying to restrict that site to sports and automotive photography but if you want to see some more they're in my flickr collection.