Fireworks with Tamron 28-75 f/2.8

Foster City of CaliforniaPicture with Pentax K10D & Tamron 28-75 f/2.8
Picture with Pentax K10D & Tamron 28-75 f/2.8
Picture with Pentax K10D & Tamron 28-75 f/2.8

Picture with Pentax K10D & Tamron 28-75 f/2.8
Picture with Pentax K10D & Tamron 28-75 f/2.8Picture taken with Pentax K10D &
Tamron 28-75 f/2.8

The firework pictures were taken with my Pentax K10D and Tamron 28-75 f/2.8. I seldom use tripod and I paid the price in not knowing my tripod's function well and I ended up forgetting turning SR off and I manually clicked all those firework shots without an IR remote. I rushed to the firework scene unplanned and the road close put me in an unfamiliar place but a good high point on a bridge overlooking the water and the firework, I am lucky to make some shots.

Besides SR mistakes, I might have used wrong settings such as ISO 400 on a tripod, Av on f/4.0-5.6 that result in about 1/3 to 2 sec shutter. I tried some shots in f/11 in iso 100/200 and that leave the shutter to 6+ seconds making the boats totally blurry in the motion. Perhaps, the SR probably overcompensated the shot taken with tripod. I have all sorts of errors yet to be remembered for next firework scene. I have to find an IR remote and learn to frame my shot, and learn to use my tripod properly.



Paul Lan said...

Your works are wonderful, i just purchase the Tamron lens 28-75 f2.8, i just hope to be able to do nice pics as yours, keep it up.
Paul lan (Mauritius)

Hin Man said...

Hey Paul,

That Tamron has been my best and dependable zoom in my bag. I can always count on it for sharpness. It serves me well when I attend friends wedding and I acted as if I were a real photog for wedding. That lens sure make me proud as a professional photog and it does not break the budget.

Anonymous said...

I used the same lens shooting fireworks for my first time this past summer. I think the key is setting it to manual focus at infinity and your aperture at around f/16 and using a remote with the bulb function for about six seconds. They come out pretty neat. Another thing: You can keep your shutter open and place a piece of black material over the lens in between shots and pull it away only when the bursts of colors are coming. That way you get a whole bunch of bursts and colors in one frame.
You can see some of mine here:
If that doesn't take you there for some reason, just go to my main flickr page and click on the 4th of July set. That address is:

you can look at the "more information" tab on the right lower side of each picture to see what settings I used. But again, they were all used with a remote and tripod.

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