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Fireworks on New Year's Eve, seen from Eekenhof, Enschede, the Netherlands.
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It's Dutch, and even less of us speak that. As a new years greeting, it's a good image and that is how I'm looking at it, as otherwise the text is just a bit intrusive.
It's Dutch indeed. It means: we wish everybody a very prosperous 2011.
Thanks for your comments everybody. fred
Happy new year to you, too!
With Google translate, anyone can read simple Dutch, without even needing to know that it's Dutch!
This is a good shot. You've caught a good point in the fireworks display and the buildings and converging streets below make for a good foreground. My only suggestion would be to have shot from farther forward to avoid the balcony wall (?) coming into the foreground. I'm not sure if I like the orange light bleeding in from the top of the frame but it's not a big deal. Shading the lens would have avoided that — just hold something like a pad of paper (or even your hand!) above the lens and out of shot so that it casts a shadow over the lens.
Thanks for your compliments and constructive critique, although I do not fully agree with you. The balcony wall (that's what it is indeed) could be a bit smaller, but, in my opinion should be there for the depth of the picture. The orange flare wasn't origionally there. I put it in with Photoshop. When looking at the original photo you see a massive black sky in the middle of the picture; I tried to fill that in. But if you have suggestions for another solution, I'll be happy to hear from you. The idea of a pad/paper/hand above the lens is a good one, it will definitely come in handy another time, thanks. bye, fred
Fair enough. To me, the balcony wall doesn't really add depth because it doesn't look much from a plain grey band added in software to print the text on, except that it isn't straight. (And getting it straight isn't an option because you'd have to point the camera in a different direction.) And I think the receding lines of the streets and buildings give plenty enough depth on their own.
I'd probably try to remove the 'hole' at the top by cropping just above the six-pointed explosion on the right. Alternatively, you could clone in a firework from another image. I don't think the orange flare is bad but, at the same time, it doesn't jump out at me as a great addition to the image.
Yes, DRicherby, I think I see your point on the balcony wall and I must say I now quite agree. I will make more pictures from the same point later and I'll try to get rid of the wall. See what it looks like.
Cropping the photo or paste/clone something on the black middle is also a good idea. Keep teaching, you're good. Thanks ! I marked your views as constructive. fred
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