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This is a montage of two shots, one of the Lowry theatre in Salford Quays and one from a fireworks display elsewhere. The key thing to remember was to create reflections of the fireworks in the water.
I think you have done exceptionally well to create this image. The blending of the two images is superb. I've got a thing about straight horizons and lines and my only critique is that the Sigma 10-20 has created quite a bit of disortion on the buildings. I wonder if you might have another straighter buildings image that you could blend again as I think this would be even greater. Very nice in any event.
I like the image...
There a lot to learn from this image...
See above at Hoverflylover.
A great try do not give up...
A great image, supported by two great comments above.
First class shot this,,,
Fabulous image, really well captured!
Very skillfully done. I'm glad you included your commentary because your image fooled me into thinking this actually took place. Nice work.
At first sight, this looks really good. You've merged the images very well and, as you say, the reflections are key. But it's still pretty obvious that you've merged two separate images because the background was clearly taken with a very long exposure (perhaps even several minutes), whereas the fireworks were taken with a relatively fast shutter (at most a few seconds).
Whether this is a problem depends entirely on your intended audience. If you're aiming it at pedantic photographers, that kind of thing will get spotted. If you're aiming it at the general public, it probably won't. On the other hand, a general audience might find the shot a little confusing, without being able to pin down the technical reason. The blurred clouds in the sky give a slow-paced, quet, relaxed feel but the fireworks are bright and fast and loud -- so maybe they don't quite belong in the same photo?
You make a good point although in fact there is not quite as big a difference in exposure times. The HDR image of the Lowry was from three shots of duration 1.6s, 6s and 25s - it was a very windy evening and so the clouds moved a great deal in that time. The fireworks image was a 5s exposure.
The image was one I was creating for a creative section of one of the British Photographic Exhibition competitions, where you image is viewed and scored within about 5 seconds, so impact is the main factor. Fingers crossed they think it has that.
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