Posts Tagged: Techniques – Focus Blurring

Queen of the Night

National Day 2008 Fireworks Display

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Couldn’t get much focus blurred shots in, as the show ended abruptly. I was set up with a 70-200 at the outset, but once reality sets in, I had to run back to the car to get my 17-55. And focus blurring with the 17-55 is a real pain in the rear.

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Chtulhu – His Majesty’s 61st Birthday Fireworks

Cthulhu is a fictional monster created by horror author H. P. Lovecraft, and is one of Lovecraft’s Great Old Ones. It is often cited for the extreme descriptions given of its appearance, size, and the abject terror that it invokes. Because of this reputation, Cthulhu is often referred to in sci-fi and fantasy circles as a tongue-in-cheek shorthand for extreme horror or evil.

Had an outing with the lads for the fireworks. In attendance were Jim747, Airbiscuit, Artyeo and his wife, some two old cool dudes, and CPS and Ber off somewhere taking a different vantage point. Where were we located? I scouted a jetty the day before for our shoot, and sure enough, the two old dudes were there first. We first tried my second location, which was on top of a ridiculously high concrete bridge but found our shots ruined due to the tungsten lamps in our shooting line of sight. Went back to the jetty, joining the other older dudes there, and set up our equipment. With remote cords in hand, cameras mounted on tripods, we were set. I intended to get some focus blur effect but only had a rough idea on how to do it. In the end, I tried makig lots of experimentations to get the timing right just to get a decent image. In all, I succeeded in taking a couple of cool focus blurred shots, which means, for me, it’s a great outing.

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