Trentham Gardens Fireworks – Nov 2018

Fireworks!!

My first time, well at capturing fireworks, so be kind. Tretham Gardens run one of the largest firework shows in the area, so I just had to book a ticket and visited last night. Note they are running another show tonight, but all tickets were sold out!

I also took a risk by turning up with a new Sony A7 III camera body, metabones V adapter and my Canon lenses, which added complications to use. Regardless I got there early and entered asap. I found the spot I wanted to use for the show, but spent another hour wondering around etc.

The following is the result of about 1 hours shoot and includes the fair and the dandalion statue

Trentham Gardens Fireworks October 2018

As always click on the first image to view in the carousel. As you can see the main advantage of this location is the fireworks are reflected in the large lake, making some nice reflected images. I did my homework and set the camera to manual, focused on infinity, ISO 100, set Bulb mode and captured each shot by pressing and holding the shutter release for the length of time I think I needed. Its a quick learning curve with so little time to react, you have to be quick! Most exposures were 5 seconds at F7.1-F9.0

Once the main show was over, there was a mass exit, so I stayed, grabbed another drink and wondered around to see the small fair. I focused on this ride, by setting ISO 100, manual focus and using Bulb mode I got some interesting results. F11 between 2 and 4 seconds exposure gave best results

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To finish I returned to the statue I saw earlier, but it has too many people in the way. I used a little head torch to give some front light, but the ambiant light helped. Not the sharpest shot, but I like it

Trentham Gardens Fireworks October 2018

Hope you enjoyed the show? ..

 

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