On July 6th, the Lions Club put on a fireworks display. It wasn't very
well-publicized, so not a lot of people attended, and it was staged in a somewhat out of
the way place. This made conditions ideal for getting great video.
We set up in an abandoned battting cage across from the field where the launchers were. There were hardly any people around--we were basically alone. No screaming, no other sounds but the fireworks.
I did the entire 22 minutes hand-held. I used manual audio set to about 20% on the scale and varied the aperture between f2.4 and f4, manually, depending on the intensity of the fireworks. I used automatic shutter speeds and auto white balance.
We got home and plugged into our large-screen monitor and big sound system and watched right off the VX2000. The footage completely blew away anything I've seen in the past and certainly what we shot last year with the TRV900--the freedom from snow and the color saturation and intensity of the colors and not to mention resolution--were breathtaking. I think I nailed the exposure pretty darned good.
Audio turned out quite good, with a lot of punch to it. The absense of crowds at our secluded taping location allowed us to capture just the fireworks with nothing to distract the viewer. The display itself was pretty darned good and stood up well against the larger displays we taped in earlier years.
It was a great pleasure to watch the fireworks on DV and I was VERY pleased with the results. They were head and shoulders above anything I had shot in the past 15 years.
|Shot with the Sony DCR-VX2000. Frame
exported from Premiere and rescaled to 640x480.
|Shot with the Sony DCR-VX2000.
|This shot looked more like a Hubble space telescope image than fireworks.|
|A typical shot from this event.
|My wife and I started analyzing frame by frame in the NLE and found some interesting images. Can you see the smiling Chinaman in this image?|
|In this image, it appears as if an alien being has come out to see the fireworks. Notice the ghostly "figure" to the left of the burst.|
|More images from the grand finale.|
|A brief RealMedia clip from the Grand Finale may be viewed HERE.|
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