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Fireworks, 2009:  "Like Some Diamonds in the Sky..."
Fireworks, 2009: "Like Some Diamonds in the Sky..."

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF
Location: Mill Creek Park by the Lake, Statesboro, GA
Date: Jul 4, 2009
Aperture: F/3.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/10
Galleries: Snapshot, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2009

Cropped, Auto-Levels, Auto-ColorCorrection, Multiple Layers, Blending Changes, (including Multiple, Luminosity, & Screen,) Clone Tool to Simplify and to Mask the Hot-Spot in the Explosion, Multiple Opacity Changes, Merged Down & Merged Visible, Stamped Visible, Burn Tool (for Hot Spot,) Resized, Auto-Sharpened with Luminosity Blending & Reduced Opacity, Saved for Web...

Place: 354 out of 419
Avg (all users): 5.0890
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.1327
Avg (non-participants): 4.9394
Views since voting: 574
Views during voting: 227
Votes: 146
Comments: 3
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/08/2009 11:10:41 AM
Greetings from Andi via the Critique Club.

First Impression: Not sure about the fireworks being totally blown out, the horizon is a little off, I love the reflection in the water and the fountain.

Composition: This could almost be 2 images and whilst I know you can't always predict where the firewoks will explode a slightly lower angle for the camera would have helped remove some of the dead space between the water and fireworks. I like the fact you have the 2 main subjects in opposite corners

Subject:. Fireworks are something I've never tried to shoot but understand its a tricky subject and takes some planning to do well. For something like this to score well in a FS it has to be perfect.

Technical: Intentional or not I don't care for the lack of detail/colour in the fireworks and whilst 1/10 sec exposed the foreground nicely maybe a graduated filter would have retained some detail in the fireworks?

Final thoughts: I voted this a 5 during the challenge and would have given it at least a 6 if the image was straight and the fireworks were better exposed. That said, if you had cropped the fireworks out altogether I might have given you a 6 for the fountain.
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08/08/2009 02:16:10 AM
Thanks, Karen! I know what you mean about the Queen Anne's Lace. I saw some up-close and personal a few years ago on a trip to Tennessee. I'm glad that you enjoyed this one. What Fun! :)
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/01/2009 07:42:52 PM
That has to be the prettiest fireworks burst I have ever seen. It reminds me of the wildflower Queen Anne's Lace.
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