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Pattaya Firework Festival November 2019

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Pattaya International Firework Festival is taking place during the evenings of 29th and 30th November 2019.  Beach Road is closed to vehicular traffic and there are a number of food and market stalls set up on the pavement.

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The platform for the display is above.

 

 

 

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I had a position just behind the plackard of the King; (Beach Road almost opposite Pattaya Klang.)  The show seemed to be in two parts, the first starting just after 2000 and the second just after 2100.  At the end of the show the area was crowded with people, however a short walk up to Second Road and within seconds of arriving on Second Road I was able to get a baht bus and off.  A good and cheap public transport system.

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What I am proposing this evening is to start somewhere near to the Dusit Thani hotel, using a 200 mm lens and then at half time walk down to a point on Beach Road a little past Mikes Mall.

If anyone else was there last night, where did they stand?  Any suggestions for a good view point would be appreciated.

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Great photos John.
Although I have to say, fireworks are exciting when you’re a kid but grow very boring as an adult.

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21 minutes ago, misteregg said:

Great photos John.
Although I have to say, fireworks are exciting when you’re a kid but grow very boring as an adult.

I can see what you mean.  Getting it right for the photo (ISO shutter speed and aperture plus composition) all provide a challenge.  Digressing slightly I wonder how long before lazer lights take over from fireworks. 

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Last time I saw the International Firework Festival was on the roof of VT6. Was nearly as high up as the fireworks.

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These were taken last night (Saturday 30/11/19) from Beach Road just near the Dusit Thani Hotel and Thai Air Office.  70 - 200ml lens used.  

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9 hours ago, john luke said:

These were taken last night (Saturday 30/11/19) from Beach Road just near the Dusit Thani Hotel and Thai Air Office.  70 - 200ml lens used.  

 

48 minutes ago, Tj916 said:

Great pics, was the camera a Nokia 610?

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1 hour ago, Tj916 said:

Great pics, was the camera a Nokia 610?

 

58 minutes ago, Bazle said:

 

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Cannon 6D MkII.  10 to 16 seconds exposure at between f16 and f22. 

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8 hours ago, john luke said:

 

Cannon 6D MkII.  10 to 16 seconds exposure at between f16 and f22. 

Only joking about the Nokia.

The pics really are sharp.

How much does a set up like that cost these days ? If you don’t mind me asking.

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5 hours ago, Tj916 said:

Only joking about the Nokia.

The pics really are sharp.

How much does a set up like that cost these days ? If you don’t mind me asking.

A little over £3000.  I think however that it is worth saying that it is not necessary to have expensive professional equipment to take decent firework photographs.  The ones taken on Friday evening used a 28 - 70 mm lens which is pretty standard on most cameras.  Something to hold the camera steady is essential; a tripod ideal but not necessary as the camera can be stood on a firm wall.  Manual settings on the camera are essential. Set ISO at 100, shutter speed to 10 seconds and apperture to f16.  Take your first shot and from this adjust the settings, by either increasing or decreasing the apperture (increase f number is photo is too bright and parts burnt out and decrease f number if photograph is dark.)  If there are too many firework trails on the photograph increase the shutter speed and decrease it if there is not enough trails on the photograph.  A remote control for the camera helps to keep the camera steady but is by no means essential if you just depress the shutter button gently.

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Loved the pics, I didnt take any as I knew you wouldn't let us down

Dies anyone kniw the final results? GF reckoned Philippines should win... But she is a Filipina!! 

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7 hours ago, john luke said:

A little over £3000.  I think however that it is worth saying that it is not necessary to have expensive professional equipment to take decent firework photographs.  The ones taken on Friday evening used a 28 - 70 mm lens which is pretty standard on most cameras.  Something to hold the camera steady is essential; a tripod ideal but not necessary as the camera can be stood on a firm wall.  Manual settings on the camera are essential. Set ISO at 100, shutter speed to 10 seconds and apperture to f16.  Take your first shot and from this adjust the settings, by either increasing or decreasing the apperture (increase f number is photo is too bright and parts burnt out and decrease f number if photograph is dark.)  If there are too many firework trails on the photograph increase the shutter speed and decrease it if there is not enough trails on the photograph.  A remote control for the camera helps to keep the camera steady but is by no means essential if you just depress the shutter button gently.

By way of contrast, these are the sort of results you get from a compact camera set to "Fireworks" mode:

(taken November 2012)

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I can see what you mean.  Getting it right for the photo (ISO shutter speed and aperture plus composition) all provide a challenge.  Digressing slightly I wonder how long before lazer lights take over from fireworks. 

Some great photos though John. Thanks for posting.

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