Reds Friday Night Fireworks

Bring out your tripods and let's shoot fireworks after an upcoming Reds Game. Right now I am honing in on August 2 after the Reds-Cardinals game. The fireworks will start approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of the game. Game time is 7:10 pm so you might want to be setup and in position by no later than 2.5 hours after the start of the game or 9:30 pm.  There are park benches so if you get there earlier say 9 pm you might snag a place to sit else bring a folding chair.

If you are new to photographing fireworks take a look at this site:

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-fireworks

If you are looking to expand your firework shooting technique  try your hand at this technique - Spiky Fireworks (but it takes practice and with luck you'll get 4-5 shots)
http://www.diyphotography.net/long-exposure-fireworks-tutorial

Didn't catch the perfect image?  Reds Fireworks are also available:
August 9, August 23, September 6 and September 27.

Parking: plenty of parking in the park.

I will have a one page handout with key tips for shooting fireworks, regular and spiky, available at the event (also posted in the Files area if you want to study in advance).

 

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  • Eric H.

    I was over there today checking for better locations. I suspect that actually shooting from the top of the levee, parking on one of the "streets to nowhere" you mentioned, would work great and avoid the crowd. Just bring chigger deterrent.

    August 4, 2013

  • Fred H.

    For future reference - there was a ton of available parking just on the other side of the levee itself on streets like Isabella St., Slaughter St., and 3rd. These are little streets on what originally had buildings but are not just streets in grass fields - could easily hold 50 cars. Only difficulty is you have to climb up the grass levee hill and then use the steps down on the river side. I was out of the area within minutes heading towards I-75. Next time I will post a photo of that area for reference. Two other cars had the same idea.

    August 4, 2013

    • Connie

      I think that is just behind the Levee overflow lot, right? I had not thought about those streets. I know some of the ones on the other side of the Levee are resident parking only during certain hours.

      August 4, 2013

    • Fred H.

      Yes, I will post a photo in the Fireworks gallery so you can see all of the streets available to park on just over the levee.

      August 4, 2013

  • rich s.

    Well organized Fred, and a great night all around.

    1 · August 3, 2013

    • Fred H.

      wasn't that big a deal - going to post a night photo walk next.

      1 · August 4, 2013

  • Connie

    I went to Shop Bellevue, then got involved in a project at home. It was so late when I heard the end of the game, I just stayed at home. Some great shots in the gallery. Look forward to seeing others you all upload.

    August 3, 2013

  • Dave L.

    There are some nice shots in the gallery already. I was torn between going there or shooting Light Up Dayton. I decided to stay closer to home. ;-)

    August 3, 2013

  • Jonathan L R.

    Got some amazing photos of fireworks. Looking forward to see other members photos of the fireworks.

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Atsu T.

    Sorry, I was ready to go but last minute work came in and could not make it this time. (IT admin's problem...)

    August 3, 2013

  • S Nelson C.

    Yay
    Found a parking spot

    1 · August 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I have to cancel at last minute--could not make it back to town in time.

    August 2, 2013

  • MIKE D.

    so has anyone decided on a meet spot or is this goingto be a free for all lol

    August 2, 2013

    • Connie

      I think the last time the club did this, they were at, or in front of, the monument with the flag. That is where I usually go and usually see people shooting.

      1 · August 2, 2013

    • Fred H.

      Connie is correct, although some will spread out to perhaps get trees framing the photo or down low next to the river to remove buildings from the background.

      August 2, 2013

  • Rob F.

    Think I will wait for a different Friday when there isn't so much going on down in Newport.

    August 2, 2013

  • Ed S.

    Goettafest is going on (in front of Newport on the Levee along the river) so expect the parking situation to be tough.

    August 2, 2013

  • Eric H.

    ONe spot that may work is down on the helicopter platform or next to it. If they're not flying, you may be able to scooch around the gate and set up there.... don't tell anybody I said so.

    August 1, 2013

  • Fred H.

    If you get there by 8:30 pm you will also have the possibility of getting sunsets over the city, a bonus.

    2 · August 1, 2013

  • Connie

    "Parking: plenty of parking in the park." Sorry, but this is not necessarily the case. I have been in the position of not finding a space at all down there on a fireworks night. There are 40 people signed up for this, and I'm pretty sure there are not that many spaces in the park itself. The rest of the spaces are reserved for BB Riverboats and maybe some for the helicopter business. So think about going down there early. There are meters on the street, if you don't mind a bit of a hike, but a caveat: some of the Newport meters go until midnight. Not sure about those near the floodgate. There's also the overflow (paid) Levee lot beyond that. I probably will do this but, like Eric, shoot from elsewhere.

    August 1, 2013

    • Dave L.

      Very true! The last time I went, I ended up parking in the lot under the highway adjacent to the aquarium. If you're young, and in good shape, no problem. But I'm neither and it was a hot steamy night, so I was very tired and completely soaked by the time I trudged me and my gear to the park. The meters there run to midnight, but they're not too expensive - I think 50 cents an hour.

      August 1, 2013

    • Fred H.

      given that CNC is also going to be there you might want to be an early bird; also don't forget to bring a portable chair to sit on if you get there early.

      August 1, 2013

  • Monica F.

    Can't make this one

    August 1, 2013

  • John O.

    Last minute change of plans.

    August 1, 2013

  • Eric H.

    I'm planning on shooting that night, but from the KY side of the Roebling Bridge. I want to try a different angle. Not dissing the meetup in any way, just offer this as an alternative.

    PS-- sold a shot from the July 5 fireworks to my dentist (swap for a gazillion dollars worth of dentistry). Don't get old.

    July 15, 2013

    • Debra P.

      Great shot!

      August 1, 2013

    • Debra P.

      BTW, the Cincinnati Nature Center Camera Club will also be shooting fireworks from the Taylor Park, so Eric may have the right idea.

      1 · August 1, 2013

  • Debra P.

    Sorry, I need to change my RSVP. I will probably be out of town this weekend.

    August 1, 2013

  • Connie

    This is an interesting link. I know some people in the group have used this technique. Did you use an ND filter? Can it be done without? What about a polarizer if you don't have an ND?

    July 25, 2013

    • Fred H.

      I did use a variable ND filter for my one attempt so far, and it worked out OK. Circular wouldn't work in my mind since it tries to polarize sunlight and there won't be any after dark.

      July 26, 2013

  • Sarah O.

    I can't make it and I am very sorry.

    July 25, 2013

  • bailing L.

    Wish I could be there. I am out of town from 8/1-8/9

    July 18, 2013

  • Terrie W.

    Will you help with telling us the correct way to take these pix? I've tried before & they always come out terrible

    July 2, 2013

    • Fred H.

      (If your camera allows one, all DSLR should, a point and shoot will likely not). They are not that expensive.

      July 3, 2013

    • Eric H.

      Use your sharpest lens, probably around 70mm. Prefocus before it gets dark. Use manual focus. Use manual mode, with these settings: f.8 to f. 11, ISO 100 or 200, shutter 2-4 second (you can try bulb, if you are adventurseome).

      July 15, 2013

  • Larry F.

    Do you think it will stop raining by then?

    July 6, 2013

  • Sarah O.

    Sounds good!

    July 5, 2013

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