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Hoverflylover 6 42 1 England
1 May 2012 8:03AM
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.

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ugly Plus
10 9 57 United Kingdom
1 May 2012 8:06AM
I like the image...
There a lot to learn from this image...
See above at Hoverflylover.
A great try do not give up...

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
1 May 2012 8:13AM
A great image, supported by two great comments above.

Regards Nathan
Briwooly 12 452 5 England
1 May 2012 8:20AM
Great work

danmclean 11 1 Australia
1 May 2012 9:00AM
First class shot this,,,
1 May 2012 11:53AM
Fabulous image, really well captured!
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
1 May 2012 5:06PM
Very skillfully done. I'm glad you included your commentary because your image fooled me into thinking this actually took place. Nice work.
DRicherby 9 269 725 United Kingdom
5 May 2012 10:16AM
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?

AntHolloway 12 168 United Kingdom
6 May 2012 11:24AM
Hi Dave,

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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