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Challenge: Fireworks IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300s
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date: Jan 1, 2011
Aperture: 8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 8 sec
Galleries: Cityscape
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2011

This is not HDR tonemapping. Although I did, reprocess the original twice to brighten the foreground, it could have been done with shadows/highlights of Fill Light in Lightroom. Taken from my friend's apartment in Potrero Hill.

[Jan. 5th, 2011 07:46:25 PM]

I used my 70-200 2.8 at 125 mm. This helped compress the foreground and background. I also cropped about a 1/5 of the image out to exaggerate the compression even more. If I had to guess I would say this is what 175 mm would have looked like. I would have shot at that length but the fireworks were sometimes going off higher in the sky and and would get cut off. I forgot the cord for my wireless remote shutter so I was taking each image on a tripod and using the a 2 second timer to get rid of camera shake from actuating the shutter. I am not sure if I did this on this shot, but on many of them I would hold my hand in front of the lens when the the large burst would go off and only try and get the trails. This would help with blown highlights. White balance is set to 2400 K.

Post challenge: Thanks everyone for the comments and votes. It has been a long time since I ribboned, I was unsure if I would ribbon again. :)

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 69
Avg (all users): 7.4635
Avg (commenters): 8.2500
Avg (participants): 6.9211
Avg (non-participants): 7.5692
Views since voting: 5593
Views during voting: 701
Votes: 233
Comments: 46
Favorites: 7 (view)


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01/12/2011 10:47:22 AM
Had I voted in this challenge, I would've given this a 10 and rated it my favorite submission. I especially like the idea/trick of covering the lens for the initial burst... thanks for the tip! I will try it next time I shoot fireworks.
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01/11/2011 04:13:56 PM
A spectacular shot! Congratulations.
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01/11/2011 12:40:44 PM
Big congrats on this stunning shot, and on the ribbon. The processing is very effective and creative. The foreground is more interesting than the fireworks, but they make a spectacular background.
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01/11/2011 08:06:21 AM
Too good... Showering the fire
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01/11/2011 07:56:24 AM
F-Stops one two punch .... great job, Joe!
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01/10/2011 09:10:56 PM
Beautiful
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01/10/2011 11:46:46 AM
Ohmygoodness, Joe. This is a masterpiece. Gasp!
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01/10/2011 10:37:52 AM
Congratulations, on another fine image, Joe.
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01/10/2011 07:57:23 AM
pyrotechnic tsunami, good to see you back
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01/10/2011 12:15:05 AM
My pick for the blue here. Close call with some good competition. Congrats on the red.
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01/10/2011 12:06:13 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon. Such a beautiful shot.
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01/09/2011 06:57:33 PM
congrats Joe! good technique to balance the image!
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01/09/2011 06:03:39 PM
This is stunning!!!
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01/09/2011 03:13:33 PM
good to see you back among the ribbons
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01/09/2011 02:17:41 PM
I have this as the winner in my book. Most excellent work, has a huge "Ooo and Ahh" presence! Congrats on your ribbon.
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01/09/2011 01:41:28 PM
Well deserved ribbon, my favorite photo of the challenge.
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01/09/2011 01:37:08 PM
Exquisite - and beautifully balanced. Congratulations on your ribbon!!
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01/09/2011 01:23:22 PM
I love that the "works" look like rounded feather clusters!! Fabulous city scape.
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01/09/2011 12:11:44 PM
What really impressed me about this is that I didn't immediately recognize it as SF. I think the "anonymity" adds to its quality as "art" as compared to "documentary photo" -- not that there's anything wrong with that ...

Nice tip about using a long exposure but covering the lens during the burst -- I will try that next time.

Congratulations on the ribbon!
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01/09/2011 11:55:18 AM
Congrats on the red! Very nicely done!
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01/09/2011 10:55:23 AM
Congrats on the ribbon.
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01/09/2011 07:04:25 AM
Lovely shot Joe, the micro tweaking looks just about right.
Maybe could have used a touch more.
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01/09/2011 06:19:45 AM
Great finish Joe! 10 from me.
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01/09/2011 05:38:45 AM
Congratulations, Joe! A very cool shot!
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01/09/2011 04:26:06 AM
Congrats!
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01/09/2011 03:58:56 AM
It's so strange to see such a monochromatic rendering in what normally is a wildly colorful challenge :-) Really well done, Joe! Congrats!
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01/09/2011 02:37:10 AM
Well done!
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01/09/2011 02:25:58 AM
Well done! Hoot! Hoot! A lovely image and ribbon.
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01/09/2011 02:18:32 AM
Congrats Joe :O) Nice to see you back on the front page!
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01/09/2011 01:21:26 AM
Wonderfully done Joe! Congratulations.
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01/09/2011 01:12:23 AM
Love this image!!! Congratulations

Message edited by author 2011-01-09 01:12:50.
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01/09/2011 12:32:13 AM
I'm always happy when a team mate ribbons and am double happy that we ribboned in the same challenge. Great shot, Joe. I know what you mean about trying to keep the display in the frame...had to adjust a couple of times. Big congrats on your red!
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01/09/2011 12:24:31 AM
Congratulations! I really though your picture would have been first place. I showed it to all my friends.
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01/09/2011 12:20:22 AM
Congrats for a spectacular image, and or your ribbon.
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01/09/2011 12:14:35 AM
THIS IS AWESOME! I didn't vote in this challenge cause the images I got when I first started looking through them just didn't do anything for me and when I vote I like to vote 100%. I wish I had hung in for a few more shots, maybe I would have seen this, then I woulda been hooked.
WONDERFUL WORK!
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01/09/2011 12:14:22 AM
Extremely well balanced on the exposure - very hard to do with fireworks! Nifty foreground, too - well done, and congrats on the ribbon!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/08/2011 09:31:22 PM
The Firework That Ate Tokyo! one of the few spectacular shots.
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01/08/2011 03:20:44 AM
Wow, very in your face, like it for it's presence.
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01/05/2011 11:24:24 PM
Wow!
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01/05/2011 09:08:50 PM
I really like the softness you captured with the long exposure, and the amazing amount o detail in the buildings.
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01/05/2011 06:49:41 PM
Looks like the blue to me. Stunning image. Please leave some notes so us slow people can learn a bit. Truly excellent.
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01/04/2011 07:34:42 PM
wow!
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01/03/2011 11:22:04 PM
Great Capture...Expect a ribbon for this...
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01/02/2011 05:14:06 PM
This is so beautiful, one of the best I think.
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01/02/2011 12:51:57 PM
Great timing!! Beautiful!!
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01/02/2011 06:56:16 AM
this one is really awesome !!
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