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By RichGA
Taken at the local fireworks display.

Taken hand held at quite a high ISO. Straight from the camera.

Hopefully this captures some of the excitment of the event.

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AnneB50 5 118 18 Scotland
3 Nov 2013 11:41AM
You have done really well to get this, especially hand held at 1/40 sec! I like the starbursts and the light trails and for such a high ISO there is not much noise.

The only thing I would suggest is that you might want to try a closer crop and make the sky really black as per my mod. Well done though, it was so wet here I didn't even venture out!


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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3880 Canada
3 Nov 2013 1:44PM
Its a good result Richard.

Annes mod makes a difference, - view it large. One tweak thats there is what I would suggest, and thats sharpening. This brings out the sparkle in the shot, and you can see the difference if you comparet the mod to the original. So when you re size, and before you upload the smaller file, check and adjust sharpness. The deeper black enhances the effect.


pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2013 4:33PM
Much of firework photography is trail and error, Richard, but you have done well here, and your timing was good.

With todayís cameras, you can see your results immediately, allowing you to correct any exposure or composition errors along the way.
But it's their unpredictability that is the challenge, knowing where and when they are going to explode, and how large they are going to be. In this image, I'd like to have seen a bit more sky around the burst, showing more of its extremities, but I appreciate how hard it is to judge that. It pays to watch a few bursts so you can see where the fireworks are being launched into the sky and youíll also be able to see how long it takes them to climb, plus how long the explosions last for, and this will make the framing easier for you.

Quite often it's the smoke that spoils a shot but, as has been demonstrated in the modification, firework shots respond extremely well to contrast boosts, and the smoke soon disappears. I think you will be surprised just how far you can increase the contrast, without having a strong affect on the image, other than the disappearance of the smoke. Another way to reduce the appearance of smoke, and to really make the fireworks pop, is to use the black point slider in the levels adjustment. By moving the slider towards the centre, you will darken the sky, and reduce the smoke.

Although you are shooting in the dark, keep the ISO low, as this will keep the image sharp. Because you are shooting at bursts of light, you donít need the light sensitivity so high.

RichGA 5 4 United Kingdom
4 Nov 2013 10:05AM
Thank you for all the comments. I will try to bear these in mind when I next get opportunity. This shot is the best of the night. Timing was everything. I have plenty of pre and post peak burst shots.

Thanks again


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