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By TimothyDMorton  
At the now closed DISCOVERY CENTRE shooting at PIER FOUR on Lake Ontario part of the Hamilton Waterfront Trust in Hamilton, Ontario.

Captured on the Silk Able 300 dx tripod using the Pentax *ist DL2 camera with the Pentax 18-55 mm lens on the at f 11 in BULB at IS0 200 being saved in PENTAX RAW format.

Once the RAW capture CAMERA-IN-RAW setting the blacks to the futures to the right and address the brightens to +20 and once opened in the full Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 cropped to remove the empty space using the and the resized 600 x 400 pixels for upload to this SITE and lastly using the UNSHARP mask till it appeared right to me.

Tags: Tripod Fireworks Photo journalism Canada Day 2012 PIER FOUR

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Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 10:59PM
A competent record shot, without showing anything of the surroundings. You could crop some of the black top off to move the bursts up and balance the composition, but without anything else in the picture, it's not a "ooh, aah" shot for me, sorry.

An exposure that lights some of the background can be juggled to give the same shutter speed, so you can get the same number of trails in as here.


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Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
26 Jul 2012 6:59AM
Hi Timothy,

As Nick has said above, this is a competent record shot and I totally agree that it needs some surrounding info to give it some perspective. Have a look at this shot HERE by one of my colleagues, he has included a lot of Melbourne's Docklands, the Southern Star and the Bolte Bridge in his shot which gives it a huge perspective.

I spoke with Perry who created the image that i linked to and he says that he attended the site early and set up some shots of the scene noting the exposure time etc. he then waited for the celebrations to begin and set his camera on bulb then covered his lens with a black bag. he opened the shutter and removed the bag then timed the exposure matching his shots from earlier and then when the time was up he left the shutter open but covered the lens with the black bag. When the fireworks went off he removed the bag with the shutter still open and allowed the fireworks to expose on the image. he then closed the shutter and repeated adjusting his shutter time where required.

Hope this helps.


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