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: 555 Views during voting: 227 Votes: 146 Comments: 3 Favorites: 1 (view)
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.