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Fireworks 2009
Fireworks 2009

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Challenge: Fireworks III (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS for Nikon
Location: Camden, NJ
Date: Jan 1, 2009
Aperture: f/ 16
ISO: 200
Shutter: 5 seconds
Galleries: Cityscape, Urban
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2009

OMG! It was #$)%*($ COLD!!!!!!!!!

Bev and I had a very nice New Year's Eve dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants. Sweet Potate and Leek soup...YUMMY! That I will have again! We left the restaurant before 11:00 PM and drove over to the Camden Water Walk in NJ. I wanted a different POV from last year so we went further south below the NJ Aguarium and above the Battleship New Jersey. I found a nice little corner at the edge of the walkway to the battleship. Very little distraction, sight wise. And then....

The wind...oh my. It just chilled me to the bone and then to the marrow. Piercing! I had two shirts, a sweatshirt, scarf and a Cathart winter coat with hood and gloves and I was about as cold as I have ever been. And the wind just kept at it, blowing over the water and making what we were told as 16 feel like 0. I set the tripod up but left the camera in the bag until the fireworks started. At one point while waiting for the start, I had turned for some reason and the wind blew over the tripod. Thank goodness the camera was not on it.

I could really barely function once the fireworks started. I had the first 20 or so exposures on manual focus before I realized it. The wind was blowing straight at the camera an in my face and was just unbearable. This is the only passable image I got and you can see the effects of the wind during the 5 second exposure on the cityscape under the fireworks.

I took 65 exposures and left half way through. The wind just kept up and I had to go with something I got. I just could not take it anymore. And I was not the only one. People were leaving from where I was in droves.

I found Bev in the car and went in and watched the rest of the show out of the wind and cold and sitting on my hands to try to warm them up. Just a miserable experience.

Camerera Raw adjustments in PSElements 6.0.
Crop two times.
Power Retouche Dynamic Range Compressor.
Layer adjustments for levels, brightness/contrast and hue/saturation.
Curves adjustment.
Adjust sharpness.
Remove color cast.

Place: 5 out of 42
Avg (all users): 6.8272
Avg (commenters): 7.8750
Avg (participants): 6.8636
Avg (non-participants): 6.8235
Views since voting: 2824
Views during voting: 697
Votes: 243
Comments: 15
Favorites: 4 (view)

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01/09/2009 01:24:16 PM
Beautiful shot. Congrats on your HM!
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01/09/2009 10:58:46 AM
This is beautiful, Robert! Congratulations!

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01/09/2009 04:35:16 AM
One of my personal favorites of the contest.
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01/09/2009 03:21:51 AM
Congrats on the HM Robert, glad you had a great dinner before you had to endure the cold!!
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01/09/2009 12:29:27 AM
Congrats on a top 5 finish - the colors are so beautiful in this!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/08/2009 09:17:59 PM
One of the tops this challenge - 7
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01/08/2009 08:38:33 PM
Nice colorful display. Nicely captured. I think the left part of the image doesn't do much for the overall appeal of the picture.
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01/08/2009 11:41:15 AM
perfect shot
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01/07/2009 06:35:35 PM
i wish I was at this display!
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01/06/2009 03:58:54 PM
i love the colors and how you framed this shot. very well done
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01/03/2009 05:07:14 AM
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01/02/2009 01:56:55 PM
I like this. I'd say this is 4th place.
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01/02/2009 12:56:37 PM
Incredible colors! Where is this?
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01/02/2009 06:32:41 AM
Nice RGB!
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01/02/2009 12:53:48 AM
wow, did you mess with the colors here? this is fantastic. i like how the city is out of focus, makes one completely focus on the fireworks themselves.
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