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:-
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.