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Happy New Year…

by on Dec.31, 2012, under Life, Photography

A happy new year to all – lets hope for a wonderful 2013…

A couple from Sydney’s 9PM family fireworks…

NIKON D600 + 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 75 mm, 6.50 sec at f/9, ISO 100


NIKON D600 + 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 75 mm, 3.60 sec at f/9, ISO 200


NIKON D600 + 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 116 mm, 5.00 sec at f/9, ISO 200

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5 Comments for this entry

  • Ned

    Hi Rodney, can you please post settings for d7000 that you used to take these night shots. I’ve been using your d7000 settings for portrait photography and I’m more than happy. Thank you and Happy New Year.


  • Ned

    I’m so sorry, I just noticed that you used d600 for these shots. I’m pretty new to d7000 camera and I can’t find settings for night photography. Can you please help me out. Thank you

  • Rodney.Campbell

    Hi Ned – the settings I would have used for the D7000 would have been the same as for the D600 in this case.
    For this I shot in (M)anual mode with a remote shutter release; I used an Aperture of f/9 at a lowish ISO (100 or 200) with the camera in Bulb mode. So essentially the shutter was open for as long as I held down the shutter button on the remote release. Then it was just a matter of timing the shots for the bursts – my tip is to trigger the shutter when you hear the fireworks being launched and hold down till just after the fireworks have exploded and burst till their end. You should end up with a shot thats around 2 to 10 seconds long. From there you just need to adjust/tune the aperture and ISO to preserve your highlights if necessary. Second tip – resist the temptation to hold down the shutter longer to capture more fireworks in the one shot (you’ll overexpose and end up with a mess of bright white fireworks). Last tip – pre focus the camera/lens – if you’re shooting with a wide angle I wouldn’t focus at infinity as others might suggest but rather at something relatively close (perhaps a couple to perhaps tens of metres in front) so the foreground is also in focus – if you’re shooting with a tele like I was focus at something in the distance but not at infinity (in my case I focused on the nearest boat on the water). Then set the lens/camera to manual focus and don’t touch it again for the rest of the night.

  • Ned

    Thank you very much for the tip. I used it a couple of times and I’m more than happy with the result. I’ve been reeding lately a lot about photography with d7000 and I did learn a lot. Thank you one more time, it means a lot. Cheers!

  • Rodney.Campbell

    No problems – glad it helped

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