I'm sure there will be lots of fireworks shooting up the sky, celebrating the 4th of July in States, but here in Bangkok this firework came down from the sky.
This shot was taken about an hour or so ago. I've never catch a huge lighting like this before. The sky was both clear and partly cloudy, but no rain. There were regular little flashes in the area but since there was no big thick cloud, I didn't expect a big one. So this was a big surprise and I'm glad that the shutter was pressed at the time.
I was trying out more long exposure on this new camera with a different settings. I wanted to compare the "long exposure noise reduction" feature. What I've found is that NR takes way too long to process. This is similar to E-1 that you have to wait a while for NR to finish before you can take the next shot. When it does that your camera is just a brick. I was missing out on nature's action. On E-1 it is a necessity to turn it on due to noises and hot pixels, but here on the D90, the quality is fine without(see previous shot). I As soon as I turn NR off.. this blast came.
The camera setting for this shot is 15sec, at f5.6. focal length at 26mm. Barrel distortion corrected, no crop. Curve adjusted for contrast. At 100% zoom, the details isn't super sharp. I read somewhere that for this lens the sharpest is at around f11 - f16, but at that aperture it doesn't catch the small flashes very well. I've settled for around f5.6 as I can sharpen it up in post processing.
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