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CANCELLED - Celebration of Light : UK at Kits Beach

  • Jul 27, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Every summer the Celebration of Light has fireworks displays at the end of July and early August.  This year the UK opens the festival on Saturday July 27, 2013.  For this event, we'll be shooting from Kits beach. This will provide an opportunity to get the mountains or city in the background.

Along with your camera, a tripod or monopod will be needed to stabilize your camera. A  remote shutter will be of a great assistance when timing the shots. It will allow you to shoot in bulb mode and have better control of timing your shots.

Also bring something to sit on (blanket, stool, chair, etc) given we'll be there for a significant period of time.


Golden Hour: 7:46pm

Sunset: 8:58pm

Fireworks: 10-10:25pm


The Walk-About

We'll meet at the Starbucks at Yew and Cornwall at 7:00pm - meet on the Yew St entrance. From there we'll head to Hadden Park to capture the fireworks. This is the festival map and a link to FAQ on the Honda Celebration of Light for more information.


The Aim

The function of the group is to learn and practice the techniques of photography. This involves learning photography not only from your guides but also by sharing knowledge with your group-mates. The intention is also to organize and get to know new people. The attendant size of the meets will be small so participants can have the opportunity to get to know all their group-mates and spend time with a guide. If you select to attend a meet and then cannot make it, please be courteous to others in the group and change your RSVP status as soon as possible to allow others who might be on the waiting list the chance to participate.


The Après-Meet

Please feel comfortable in posting your photographs and advising others; critical appraisal is helpful. What will also be appreciated are ratings and, especially, comments to individual meets and the group dynamic as a whole. This is important because it will ultimately add value to our meetings and improve our experience.


Photographic Ideas & Tips

Resources on how to photograph fireworks.

-ISO: the lower your ISO to cleaner the photograph.  Shooting around 100 will allow you to capture more information (especially if shooting in RAW).

-Aperture: fainter bursts use f/3.4-f/4.5 and brighter bursts use f/5.6-f/8 and for the finale when everything is going off (and bright) between f/16-f/18 is recommended.


Courtesy of Inside Vancouver

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  • John V.

    Some very nice shots Yesenia! You seem to have done a lot better than me. Care to share what you learned? I started to get better images near the end when I lowered my shutter speed down to around 1second and just used the aperture to control exposure. Even that was hard though, making changes fast enough to keep up.

    July 29, 2013

    • Jess

      Thank you John! I think you did a great job! To be honest I just followed Carissa's advises using A mode ISO 100 F5, F3 actually everything was going nice first but at the end I had problems. I don't know if the smoke was a problem for you guys cause I couldn't manage and like you said John lots of lights in one spot...well still have lots of things to improve :)

      July 29, 2013

  • Jess

    Oh I really want to shooting fireworks I was exited about sharing experience and spend good time but the event is already cancel... Just wondering of anyone still want to go same location or different?

    July 27, 2013

    • John V.

      That's always a great trick. Works well and should be some great shots from the bridge!

      1 · July 27, 2013

    • Jess

      Hopefully!!!! It's also my first time shooting fireworks hehehe let me know how was from kits place! Good luck!! :)

      July 27, 2013

  • Jess

    Carissa hope you get well soon! :)

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shooting fireworks I believe is a specific work in photography where the settings of camera needs to be known very well in order to have the best results. It is good to be in an organized group where people can share their experience.

    July 27, 2013

  • Martin

    I'll look forward to this meet-up. The exposure tips should help. Thanks.

    July 21, 2013

  • Candy

    Sorry double booking!

    July 14, 2013

  • kelly

    Proving too difficult for me to get there and back, so I will pass...have fun!

    July 7, 2013

  • Confusion C.

    Kits? You really won't see much from Kits'll get a much better view from Vanier Park.

    July 6, 2013

    • Confusion C.

      Oh, the wharf at Jericho is good too, but you'll need a slightly longer lens.

      July 6, 2013

  • kelly

    Unless it rains :-)

    July 5, 2013

  • Peter H.

    I will RSVP as soon as I can. :-)

    July 5, 2013

  • kelly

    Event is posted Carrissa, but RSVP is closed....

    July 5, 2013

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