It is hard to shoot fireworks.
I cannot take photos I want, at all.
I visited Ito to shoot fireworks which I haven't seen for months. Anjinsai Fireworks. 10,000 fireworks. Ito has less people and open sky on the shore. I thought that this must be good for photography. But things didn't go that easy. Here're some reflections.
- Standard zoom lens, which I didn't have last year, worked well. 24-70mm is really good for fireworks, and it can capture most of the fireworks.
- I managed to mix what I felt from the atmosphere of the location.
- Lack of practice.
- Although I guessed how tide would change and set my leasure sheet in the first line two and a half hours before the start, newcomers set their sheets right in front of me. As a result, many of my photos captured their heads.
- I spent too much time adjusting direction and orientation because fireworks were launched from both right and left sides of me in the center.
- Probably I should have stayed further back from the points of angle of view and standing position.
- I used a tripod of Velbon UT-43Q because it is light. But it turned out this time that UT-43Q cannot offer physical stability. I probably should prepare another.
- I wore yukata, a Japanese traditional clothes. And it was too hot and humid, and one-hour fireworks were too tough to keep my concentration. Shooting fireworks is a sport. I should have wear an appropriate clothes.
- Even 24mm was not enough to capture the finale which literally dominated 180 degrees view. I wanted 12mm, and possibly a fish-eye lens.
I couldn't take advantages of my past experience. I posted relatively better three photos from bad falures. Next weekend we have one fireworks festival at my hometown Tsurumi. I must do my best there.
Title : Looking at Fireworks
Title : Sea Spider
Title : Feeling of Stir