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07/22/2006 11:00:37 AM · #1
It's midnight here, and I'm off to bed now. Here's a taste of what I've been up to tonight - The Moka Fireworks Festival in Tochigi Prefecture.
I'll post more tomorrow.

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Message edited by author 2006-07-22 11:00:54.
07/22/2006 07:17:26 PM · #2
Posting some more before breakfast. All shot as jpg at f8, using Bulb and cable shutter release. Oh, and "hanabi" means "flower fire" in Japanese.

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Message edited by author 2006-07-22 19:20:55.
07/22/2006 07:39:20 PM · #3
hi David
They are really pretty :) I especially like the hanabi4443

Lisa
07/22/2006 08:19:22 PM · #4
Left you a comment... great shots!
07/22/2006 08:23:05 PM · #5
Nice ones, David! I just went to a 4th of July fireworks show here in America and was surprised when it ended after only 15 minutes. That's just the warm-up act in Japan. :-)
07/22/2006 08:47:02 PM · #6
Last lot I'm posting, I think.

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Message edited by author 2006-07-24 18:02:42.
07/23/2006 05:44:09 PM · #7
These shots are really great!

Please forgive my ignorance...Did you do something special to get this effect? They are so different from most fireworks I've seen.
07/23/2006 08:32:55 PM · #8
Originally posted by greatandsmall:

These shots are really great!

Please forgive my ignorance...Did you do something special to get this effect? They are so different from most fireworks I've seen.


It's a very simple effect I read about last year (so I've been waiting a long time to try it uot). A Japanese photographer originated the technique - and quite a few of his pictures have been published in recent Japanese photography magazines.

All that I used was a tripod and a cable release on my camera (to reduce camera shake), and shooting in bulb mode.

I'm just wondering if anyone else on dpc can figure out the technique.
07/23/2006 08:43:36 PM · #9
some stunning shots here! Nice job!!
07/23/2006 08:53:44 PM · #10
Ok, I'm adding some more. I took over 300 shots, as well as one slide film and one print film with my film camera. (I haven't got those photos back yet).

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07/23/2006 09:18:42 PM · #11
Are you just zooming in on the fireworks really fast? I'm really curious how you achieved this effect.
07/23/2006 09:25:37 PM · #12
Originally posted by PhilipDyer:

Are you just zooming in on the fireworks really fast? I'm really curious how you achieved this effect.


Nope, not zooming. This could be done with a prime lens.

Message edited by author 2006-07-23 21:27:58.
07/23/2006 09:28:12 PM · #13
OOOOHHH, a mystery. Glad I'm not the only one who couldn't figure it out.

I'm burning up google right now!
07/23/2006 09:31:51 PM · #14
Isn't it more like changing the focus while taking the shot?
07/23/2006 09:36:33 PM · #15
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This one reminds me of my college days..... can't quite remember why..... :)
07/23/2006 09:37:49 PM · #16
Originally posted by Skynet:

Isn't it more like changing the focus while taking the shot?


Yes, focus during exposure.
07/23/2006 09:46:17 PM · #17
Here's a link to the Japanese photographer's site. It's in japanese, of course, but the link with "-no.1" on the bottom bar will take you to the first gallery.
07/23/2006 09:47:21 PM · #18
Originally posted by Pug-H:

Originally posted by Skynet:

Isn't it more like changing the focus while taking the shot?


Yes, focus during exposure.


Do you mind divulging who the Japanese photographer is, or giving more information on the technique? I'm interested in the full range of applications. Not that I'd hope to get anything as good as yours, but I'd love to play with the idea.

Edit: Oooops, too slow. Thanks for the link. Now I just need to learn Japanese;)

Message edited by author 2006-07-23 21:48:24.
07/29/2006 07:27:34 AM · #19
The Sumidagawa Fireworks are still being broadcast on TV as I type. I experimented to see if the focussing technique works on the TV screen as well. Of course, it's much better to see them live, but there was no way I was going into Tokyo today (apart from having a dentist appointment).


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I hope to go to another display tomorrow, but it involves a bit of travel....
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