Free event - Battersea Fireworks!

FREE EVENT!!! NO CHARGE FOR THIS ONE!!!

DATE Saturday 2nd November!

Hi everybody.. ok the firework season is almost upon us and l need more practice taking shots of fireworks. Your more than welcome to join me, l am hoping to head to the Thames Riverside to take some shots. I'm not thinking of going into the Park itself. I've been there in previous years and believe me it, gets so crowded, you can loose people who you go with and you can never find them again in the dark. Mobile phone networks tend to jam up at some point in the park. It's more like mission impossible inside! Also its very hard to take photos with 50-70,000 people around (getting out of the park is an experience also)! So l'd thought l'd try something different this year. View it from Chelsea embankment! I have no idea what the view will be like and l have no idea on crowds but it is Battersea and it's possibly the biggest firework display in London (exception of New Year Eve fireworks). My idea is to take photos with the Albert Bridge all lit up in the foreground. I honestly have no idea if l can see the display from Chelsea Embankment and the weather maybe an issue hence it's a free event!

If anybody wants to go into the park here are the details:-
http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200006/arts/288/battersea_park_fireworks_display

If you want to join me on the riverside then sign up! You need a tripod folks! Fireworks display starts at 8pm so l'm hoping to be heading to the riverside around 7.00pm! Will try and find a nice place to pitch up and watch the show. I am intending to take photos and watch the display so won't be advising too much to attendees on camera settings etc. 

Camera settings :- 

ISO - 100 ore lower. You need to set this as low as possible to reduce grain! This is pretty much essential. The sky will be dark and you don't really want to pick out grey shades which you will get if you boosted the high to high.

Aperture - I would suggest something in the region of F8-F22. Shutter speed takes priority. Don't make the shutter speed to slow. It can washout/bleach out the photos. i.e. over exposure.

Shutter speed - This is the difficult part. Its all about the shutter speed. Ideally for those people who have whats known as a remote release and using whats known as a 'bulb' you can control exactly when a fireworks goes up in the air and explodes. For those who dont have remote release l would suggest something in the region of 1-3 seconds. It's very much trial and error.

Lens : Something wide angle! To capture the entire bridge and firework but failing that just enjoy yourself and have a great time :-)

Depending how many folks actually attend. We might head off to the local pub for a quick drink afterwards. If we can find one that's not too busy.

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  • Deepankar

    Fantastic fireworks... Good call with location Wei!

    November 3, 2013

  • Wei

    Hi everybody for those that turned up' hope you all enjoyed yourselves. Extremely windy last night so everything was going sideways! Mother nature wasnt quite on our side. At least we know it is possible to see the fireworks from Chelsea Embankment and it was a pretty good location as well. See you all next time. Wei

    2 · November 3, 2013

  • Shimmy

    Thank you Wei. I really enjoyed it.

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Lei H.

    Thank you Wei for organizing the shoot!! Very clever idea of not going into the park. I felt very comfortable shooting at the riverside instead of squeezing in the crowds... Looking forward to the next one :)

    November 3, 2013

  • Lee

    Fantastic evening, thanks Wei

    November 3, 2013

  • Kathy

    Windy but great fun...as always :-))

    November 2, 2013

  • Georgia L.

    As always another challenge not helped by the wind and bitter cold. Consolation, it didn't rain. Thank Wei for your effort, looking forward to your next event

    November 2, 2013

  • Kim G.

    Another excellent outing! Thanks Wei!
    Another excellent outing, thanks Wei!

    November 2, 2013

  • Wei

    Ok guys l am directly outside the tube station in the covered area.

    November 2, 2013

  • Chris

    Being a "suverna", I'll be coming from Imperial Wharf (via Clapham Junc), so I'll meet you between Battersea Bridge and Albert Bridge. Don't wait for me a the tube station.

    November 2, 2013

    • Kathryn L

      I'll be doing the same. See you soon on Chelsea embankment!

      November 2, 2013

  • Steve

    Afraid I'm going to have to pull out, Not feeling good at all, and standing outside isn't gong to help :-( Also a bit 'photographed' out after attending another photography meet today. Have fun.

    November 2, 2013

  • Wei

    Good morning everyone. Ok I've checked the weather and so far it looks like a clear sky after 6pm. So we should be able to see the fireworks. The chances are a lot if people will be heading to the embankment also. Please make sure your at the tube station by 7pm! I will be setting off at that time! Its about a 10-15min walk to the riverside and we need to find a good place to see it. Many thanks everyone. See you all later.

    1 · November 2, 2013

    • Lei H.

      Hi Wei, which tube station shall we meet?

      November 2, 2013

    • Wei

      South Kensington is what l put down in the description. South Kensington is where l will be :)

      November 2, 2013

  • Martin

    Really disappointed, but I'm unwell and am going to have to pull out today - one of my molars was extracted yesterday. I look forward to the next

    November 2, 2013

    • Wei

      Get well soon Martin!

      1 · November 2, 2013

  • Caroline

    I'm going to have to pull out, I've injured my back and can't risk standing for that length of time, have fun and see you at the next one :-(

    November 2, 2013

    • Wei

      Oh no. Get well soon. I know what back problems are. X

      November 2, 2013

  • Wei

    Just wanted to also say. Don't forget to charge your camera batteries! A few peoples batteries ran out last weekend. Make sure there's space on your camera storage as well for the photos!

    November 2, 2013

  • Shine G.

    Hi.... I would love to come this evening but I am at work but would be able to meet by the bridges at about 7.30..... Do you know a location where maybe I could meet you?

    November 2, 2013

    • Wei

      Hi Shine, lovely to meet you and welcome to the London Camera Club. If there's not many around on the embankment you should be able to find us easily. Look for a group of photographers basically. I don't have any exact location to meet up since l have no idea where we will be but l will try and post up a location later. As We will be somewhere on Chelsea embankment. If you face the park directly. Albert bridge will be on the left.

      November 2, 2013

  • KhE

    You seems to have chosen a very good location. count me in

    November 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello

    November 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Wei, is Sloane Square tube station not closer than South Ken?

    October 30, 2013

    • Wei

      Jenna, by my calculations is about the same distance? I'm trying to head to the area on the embankment between Battersea Bridge and Albert Bridge. Albert Bridge will be to our left and not right side when facing Battersea Park Itself. The bridge will be used for the foreground. I'm hoping to take shots with it looking like the fireworks are coming off the bridge itself. I have no idea if this will work but that's my intention. It should be really great if we can pull this off. :-)

      1 · October 30, 2013

  • Andrew M.

    I tried 2 years ago from Chelsea Empbankment, but the weather was terrible (low cloud)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/15988098@N07/6337221785/in/set-72157628111971668/

    October 22, 2013

  • Dora

    I will be in Italy, next time.

    October 18, 2013

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