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Fiery patterns

By oldgreyheron      
What to do with sky and fireworks - I don't really know so I thought I'd pop this up here and see what feedback I get (please!)

This is back at the mima opening, but this time taken with my compact set to "fireworks" mode. Handheld with one hand above my head, the camera gave a 1.6s exposure at f5.6. It then processed like mad before saving the picture - I should have had horrible camera shake but it's not apparent - I wonder if there is clever image stabilsation at work?

I've risked it large - do look in if you have time, and please tell me what you think or would suggest!

Thank you for your time!

Tags: Fireworks General

Voters: liparig, paulb20, RuthyJ and 27 more

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AlanBW 17 20 England
9 Feb 2007 2:19PM
The timing is good, great colours - a first class fireworks display!
Chant57 17 395 3 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2007 2:50PM
considering you had one hand above your head, this is well composed as I find my eye being drawn across the diagonal bottom left to top right. Looks slightly soft but none the less a good firework capture.
TerryBaxter 16 11
9 Feb 2007 2:59PM
I like this image very much; good colour and composure.

mandz 16
9 Feb 2007 3:12PM
You jest! Looks like you had this all planned! One wouldn't say this was a "hand over the head" shot. Really great shot!
9 Feb 2007 3:17PM
Mands, I jest not, I guess you get lucky once in a while; and Terry, I was of course very composed (I think not: arrived late, crowds, two cameras one of them new, no tripod, offspring around...), but I know what you mean - lol

PLCimagery 16 78 1 England
9 Feb 2007 5:21PM
great shot!
Possum 16 148 England
9 Feb 2007 5:49PM
It's so good it looks like several shots belnded together, impressive stuff.
moni 16
9 Feb 2007 10:49PM
brilliant! i can never get them so well defined!
GeorgeRusky 17 1 4
9 Feb 2007 11:24PM
Lovely photo, nice colors, composition.
Thank you for your comments.
Paul_cats 17 61 22 Scotland
10 Feb 2007 8:13AM
Super shot Mike. These are a lot more difficult than people think. I haven't successfully done one worth uploading yey. well done.
ChiliMan 16 135 17 Singapore
10 Feb 2007 6:26PM
Visual music, Mike. Marvellous shot.

Andrew Smile
ESP 16 26 England
10 Feb 2007 8:39PM
Light , loud and lovely !!!

Joline Plus
16 38 59 United States
11 Feb 2007 11:48AM
Your camera did an excellent job!!!! This is a fine shot.
12 Feb 2007 6:53PM
One of the best fireworks shots I've seen - and handheld too! Great shot Mike!
viscostatic 16 50 11 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2007 8:31PM
Firework shots are so often disappointing - but not this one. It is well composed with good colours and the fireworks fill the frame nicely. An excellent photograph.

liparig 18 233 United States
19 Feb 2007 4:41PM
great fireworkd shot seems like you got each one well done
Humph 16 1 England
21 Feb 2007 12:48PM
Nice to admit to a bit of old fashioned jam, still a good shot, I've spent ages running the batteries down on "B" waving a lump of cardboard in front of the lens and got worse! cheers, Tim.
21 Feb 2007 4:58PM
This makes a nice, discrete presentation because the exposure was fairly short. If you used a 5-10" exposure you would get much longer, complete arcs, which can be overwhelming. There is camera shake here: when you move the camera with fireworks it does not blurr them (they are moving across the image field plenty fast enough,) it just offsets or twists the continuing track. You can see the kinks in some of your tracks.
Hugeknot 18 1.2k 2 Iceland
24 Feb 2007 1:37PM
Nice exposure!
Congratulations on your RC.
24 Feb 2007 3:01PM
Thank you so much to everyone for comments and clicks - the RC is a wonderful treat!


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