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Fire in the Sky

Written By: Kaloy - Mar• 13•10

The _MG_0119night sky comes alive as participants from around the globe travel to Mall of Asia (MOA) the Philippine Islands biggest mall! Every Sunday starting from Feb 14 to March 14, 2010, two countries will light up the sky with their skills with fire and music. As this year there is one different theme… The Fireworks display should be dancing together with music for the performance. The culminating event will be presented at March 14, 2010.

The night sky comes alive as participants from around the globe travel to Mall of Asia (MOA) the Philippine Islands biggest mall! Every Sunday starting from Feb 14 to March 14, 2010, two countries will light up the sky with their skills with fire and music. As this year there is one different theme… The Fireworks display should be dancing together with music for the performance.  The culminating event will be presented at March 14, 2010.

This involves a great challenge for photographers capturing the pyrolympics; you need special equipment just to get the results you require. Packing these gears in advance may show the difference from a great shot and a shot of just light scatter on a black sky.

The event is located at the water’s edge to the west of MOA. Near the bay walk, the ticket price is about P150 for the front row seats were you can listen to the music and enjoy the display. But I recommend going a few KM away from the main crowd and camp out near the beach along the northern part of MOA near the Philippine Senate building, fronting SOFITEL hotel. The location is dark and secluded from the throngs of spectators and camera men all clamouring for the best spot in the show. Here you do not even have to brush elbows with other members of the crowd as the space is yours to explore at your leisure.

The location also houses a place where you can mount your gear and tripod with relative safety on top of some concrete blocks.

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You will definitely need the following to make good your shots for the night.

1. Water to last for at least 4 hours
2. Food for the evening
3. A chair to sit on
4. Your camera, hopefully one with a “bulb” setting
5. A remote trigger
6. Flash light
7. And your choice of lens.

Come to the spot at least 1 hour before the main event. This would make you chose the correct spot and place to setup your gear. Get to note your surroundings, as the light will surely fade you might lose your footing on some rocks or not secure your tripod along even lines.

Setup your tripod first and then your camera, you can choose the lens you want to use for the effect you visualized in your mind. I used a combination of 16-35mm and a 70-200mm for the shots in the set.  Starting with your camera you will have to meter to the available light of the buildings and foreground.

Note: taking good pictures of fireworks involves some sense of the foreground; else this would just be random streaks with a black background that does not have a measure of scale.

Fireworks involve a lot of flashes and are brighter than the night sky; your camera’s sensor will be fooled by the dark background then a sudden flash of light. To get those great streaks you will have to set your camera to “bulb” setting. This will give you control of how much light you wish to have your camera register. This setting also will help you get the timing you need to capture the fire in the sky.

The trick is now how do you know that this is the right amount of light for your shot, too little and the fireworks could be just some spray of light in the sky; too much and you have a bright ball of fire covering your night shot. Counting the seconds while on bulb is the only way you can control your shots.  This is where your remote trigger comes in handy. All you need to do is connect it to your camera and trigger the shutter from a distance, thereby reducing the effect of camera shake in your shot.

With today’s digital camera’s going into “bulb” has an effect on the time that you spend taking pictures, keep this note under consideration… the time it takes for you to expose your picture is the same time that the camera uses to clear the noise from your shot during long exposures. Ex. Lets say you expose your shot for 2 seconds, the camera will clean up the noise from your shot in 2 seconds as well… during this time you may NOT take pictures of anything. The longer this exposure in long exposure is the long the time you will have to wait to take another shot. Try to make your shots last at least 1 second and as long as 3 seconds. This is the golden rule in taking fireworks.

The most common mistake that new photographers make is to set their camera’s aperture at the biggest possible setting. This in its innocence is to capture more light into the shot. This would hold if there were no flashes from the display, you will need to think and visualize the shot when it actually happens that is why you have to set your aperture to a setting that’s for bright lights, and that means turning it down. The same goes with the ISO set your ISO at the same settings that you usually set for a bright sunny day. ISO 100.

ISO 100

f/5.6

BULB (range from 1-7 seconds)

Camera set on a tripod fixed with a remote trigger

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February 14 – USA (7pm)
February 21 – UK (7pm) China (8pm)
February 28 – France (7pm) Japan (8pm)
March 7 – Singapore (7pm) Malaysia (8pm)
March 14 – Australia (7pm) Philippines (8pm)

Ticket Price: P100 (General Admission) P150 (Silver) P300 (Gold) P500 (VIP) P1500 (VIP with Dinner) In front of The Philippine Senate by the beach near the CCP complex… Free admission!

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