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Hi everyone, I intended to go out last night to try to photograph the firework display in Paignton but as the rain was pretty heavy I had to cancel my plans Sad ........ So, I have decided to polish this one up (which was taken last year) and post this instead. The scene was taken from Preston beach and includes the pier, beach and buildings lit up on the promenade looking towards the firework display being held in Paignton, hope some of you may like it.
: For those of you who may be interested.
The camera was placed on a tripod, shutter speed (or exp time) set between 8 to 15 secs and a piece of black card just big enough to cover the lens. Focus was set around the pier towards the lower left of the image and the viewfinder covered to eliminate stray light entering the camera. The fun starts by releasing the shutter for the first burst of fireworks, then as these die down, cover the lens with the black card, wait for the next burst and so on untill the shutter finally closes. It's not an exact science and a lot of trial with exposure time is needed, this shot was obtained with an exposure time of 8 seconds. Best of luck for any of you who would like to try this out Wink
f/8 8 sec ISO 100 FL 35mm

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Title:Paignton fireworks display
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Uploaded:6 Nov 2009 - 4:22 PM
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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 4:27 PM

I didn't think it was your from thumbnail Geoff.
Beautiful display and capture. I especially like v1.

have a great weekend
Yung

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Imagephotographics

Two great images - V1 is superb !

Chris

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 4:33 PM

Super work Geoff and great detail in a very difficult subject. I like the positioning looking down the beach and the fireworks compliment each other if that makes sense
Great work
Richard

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 4:40 PM

Oh well, this seems to be a real philosophy how to obtain such clear images of fireworks. I have never tried it out - and after your description I think I won't ever! Wink
Beautiful, clear image - superb!
Johanna

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 4:42 PM

Very well captured.

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Stace
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6 Nov 2009 - 4:44 PM

Great work Geoff

Stace

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Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 4:46 PM

Providing the weather holds I think I shall be trying my luck Geoff and if I get anything half as good as this I shall be more than happy. Thanks for the tech. info.
Ron

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WILDIMAGES
6 Nov 2009 - 4:49 PM

Definately V1, got to be a RC in this

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Graham_P
Graham_P  7 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 4:50 PM

Great image Geoff, and something quite different for you.
Graham.

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colmar
colmar  742 forum posts Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 4:59 PM

Wonderful images well captured v1 is grand ! Thanks for sharing Colin

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 5:10 PM

What a fantastic duo Geoff, so well captured and presented.
Bob

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2009 - 5:12 PM

No 1 is really first class
Mavis

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 5:28 PM

An great result from an interesting technique, Geoff. Good work.
Terry

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 5:31 PM

It is always foggy at the beach when i try to shoot fireworks--

This is so well done, think I will hope to try this method next opportunity!
Jennnnnn

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Thushari
Thushari  5 Sri Lanka1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 5:33 PM

What a beautiful images Geoff, i love fire works.
V1 for me today, well presented.

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sherring
sherring  646 forum posts United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 5:35 PM

Lovely image and it is nice that you explained your technique.

Steve

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 5:40 PM

Both very lovely images with V1 being superb. Such lovely detail and colour. Enjoyed reading your instructions and will try to remember them for a time when I need a fresh challenge, though it seems that will be at the end of a lengthy list for me!

Ann

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 5:42 PM

wow. Thank you for the info on how to I did not realise this is the way to get so many fireworks..... They work very well

Linda

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 5:49 PM

Wonderful displays very well captured

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mudge
mudge  1241 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 5:59 PM

Two great shots
I like V1 best as it gives sense of location, which was also well captured

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Dave_Holdham
6 Nov 2009 - 6:17 PM

Two superb images, well captured

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iancam
iancam  6 England
6 Nov 2009 - 6:35 PM

Two superb captures Geoff, Thanks for the instructions I will have a go tomorrow.
Ian

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6527 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 6:36 PM

A great image and thanks for sharing the Info. - gary

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greatdog
greatdog  6 England
6 Nov 2009 - 6:54 PM

Great shots Geoff,v1 for me.Dane.

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
6 Nov 2009 - 6:58 PM

Two super shots Geoff.V1 is a belter.

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 7:09 PM

2 excellent captures Geoff, love the colours of v1. Never tried this!
Steve

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KBan
KBan  9457 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 8:02 PM

super work Geoff
keith

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gingerdelight

Two superb images, well done!
Carol

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 8:54 PM

A pair of terrific images Geoff. Wonderful colours and both glistering with sparkles!! Fascinated by your black card technique. How innovative - definitely one I shall hope to try when a firework opportunity arises!!
Sylvia

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 8:57 PM


Quote: Super work Geoff and great detail in a very difficult subject. I like the positioning looking down the beach and the fireworks compliment each other if that makes sense
Great work
Richard

loved reading your intro and if I didnt have to struggle with the tripod and lens in the darkness and over rough ground with my walking stick would like to try this but will settle this year for your superb image and my imagination

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 9:51 PM

Thank you very much for the tip Geoff - they are a difficult subject to photograph but will perhaps have another go at some point - cracking shots - no pun intended- Ina

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Growmore
Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 10:10 PM

This is a beautiful night time capture and excellent firework images, with great colours. And i read your tip about shooting firework displays something to try sometime. And thank you for your comments about my goldfinch i am not upset or offended because i know you are trying to help me and boy do i need some help i have no software as yet no photoshop only free downloads off the Internet and using canon Internet zoombrowser ex to muck about with raw images i don't understand what i'm doing really. i'm looking at buying photoshop soon and a training cd. Gary

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Fisher2
Fisher2  6 Ireland
6 Nov 2009 - 10:48 PM

Goeff, Well taken both look superb
dessy.

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 11:12 PM

Many thanks for the votes and comments, so much appreciated as always,
Geoff.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 11:29 PM

Awesome fireworks shots. Love V1...sounds pretty difficult to get something like this. ............Sandy

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8763 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1592 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 11:31 PM

Thanks for the explanation, and what a result! I think that's really clever.

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
6 Nov 2009 - 11:54 PM

Excellent captures Geoff, thanks for the info too!

Sarah *

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David4583
David4583  4 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2009 - 12:09 AM

wow like it alot, great capture! Smile

Dave link

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SurreyHillsMan
SurreyHillsMan e2 Member 627 forum postsSurreyHillsMan vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2009 - 12:20 AM

Two cracking images Geoff.... thanks for the narrative very interesting

Jon

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2009 - 10:02 AM

Two great shots Geof

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sparrowhawk
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7 Nov 2009 - 10:31 AM

wonderful shots my good friend ! i personally prefer v1

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tim g
tim g  10 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2009 - 11:40 AM

A terrific capture

Tim

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bricurtis
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7 Nov 2009 - 1:09 PM

V1 for me Geoff - used to use that method on lightning images.
The fireworks and street lights make a super colourful image.
Brian.

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
7 Nov 2009 - 2:59 PM

Fabulous captures,V1 steals the show it's superb......Great work in getting the result

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Dusan
Dusan  5 Sri Lanka
7 Nov 2009 - 3:19 PM

Hi Geoff excellent image thanks for the tip

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RTDS
RTDS  5 Cyprus
7 Nov 2009 - 4:26 PM

Simply stunning captures...What more can i saySmile
Robert

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
7 Nov 2009 - 7:40 PM

Beautiful captures. v1 for me , great detail.
Christine

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85912 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2009 - 7:39 AM

the hard work in taking the image,certainly paid off

Adrian

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Adderwatcher
8 Nov 2009 - 9:02 AM

oohh Pretty lights and colour! superb pair of captures Geoff.
Scott

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DerekL e2 Member 9101 forum postsDerekL vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2009 - 10:26 PM

Superb image Geoff.
Once again showing off your skills as a photographer, no matter what the subject is.

Derek

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dweezil
dweezil  6 England
8 Nov 2009 - 11:06 PM

Superb work Geoff V1 is awesome
Craig

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Jekaro
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9 Nov 2009 - 6:39 AM

Two superb images, Geoff, fabulous colours and presentation. V1 for me.
Roy

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2009 - 7:40 PM

excellent with the combined exposures. love the colours of v1. congrats on the user award.lesley

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Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2009 - 10:18 PM

Superbly worked !

You where given the opportunity to take this shot by a son of York.

Guy Faulkes !

Rock

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Nettles
Nettles  7 England
10 Nov 2009 - 1:34 PM

Thanks for the detailed instructions, two super images well taken.
Annette

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trissie
trissie  8 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2009 - 2:46 PM

Two beautiful images, lovely colours and detail.

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Pegon
Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Nov 2009 - 4:45 PM

Great shots Geoff, excellent work. Thanks for the tips too.
Pete.

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OMG
OMG  651 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Nov 2009 - 5:56 PM

Two cracking images Geoff and an excellent description. It is so nice to see the fireworks in context with the land, so often people just show the fireworks.
Derek

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10 Nov 2009 - 10:10 PM

Sounds pretty involved but the result is magnificient! Patti

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dianah
dianah  824474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Nov 2009 - 1:19 PM

Fabulous shots Geoff and so well presented. Wonderful colours in the night time sky !
Di

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Silverzone
11 Nov 2009 - 3:06 PM

Superb image and write-up. Sylvia

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GalleryGirl
11 Nov 2009 - 4:02 PM

Fabulous image.

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49er
49er  8564 forum posts
17 Nov 2009 - 8:43 AM

wonderful result

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rachaelk  6
17 Nov 2009 - 7:03 PM

these are really nice i like both versions but v1 has to be my favourite Smile

rachael

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17 Nov 2009 - 8:34 PM

2 exquisite images - well taken and presented Katie

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