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Paignton fireworks display

By FeatherFriend
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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dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2009 4:27PM
I didn't think it was your from thumbnail Geoff.
Beautiful display and capture. I especially like v1.

have a great weekend

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Two great images - V1 is superb !

Shroomer 9 14 167 England
6 Nov 2009 4:33PM
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
6 Nov 2009 4:40PM
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!
6 Nov 2009 4:42PM
Very well captured.
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
6 Nov 2009 4:44PM
Great work Geoff

Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
6 Nov 2009 4:46PM
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.
6 Nov 2009 4:49PM
Definately V1, got to be a RC in this
Graham_P 9 1 19 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2009 4:50PM
Great image Geoff, and something quite different for you.
colmar 9 42 35 Scotland
6 Nov 2009 4:59PM
Wonderful images well captured v1 is grand ! Thanks for sharing Colin
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
6 Nov 2009 5:10PM
What a fantastic duo Geoff, so well captured and presented.
MickyMc 9 8 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2009 5:12PM
No 1 is really first class
TerryMcK 7 71 2 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2009 5:28PM
An great result from an interesting technique, Geoff. Good work.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
6 Nov 2009 5:31PM
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!
Thushari 7 1 Sri Lanka
6 Nov 2009 5:33PM
What a beautiful images Geoff, i love fire works.
V1 for me today, well presented.
sherring 9 46 13 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2009 5:35PM
Lovely image and it is nice that you explained your technique.

EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
6 Nov 2009 5:40PM
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!

Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2009 5:42PM
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

PinkK 7 80 1 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2009 5:49PM
Wonderful displays very well captured
mudge Plus
14 234 75 England
6 Nov 2009 5:59PM
Two great shots
I like V1 best as it gives sense of location, which was also well captured
Dave_Holdham 7 4 1 Wales
6 Nov 2009 6:17PM
Two superb images, well captured
iancam 8 23 England
6 Nov 2009 6:35PM
Two superb captures Geoff, Thanks for the instructions I will have a go tomorrow.
gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
6 Nov 2009 6:36PM
A great image and thanks for sharing the Info. - gary
greatdog 8 21 England
6 Nov 2009 6:54PM
Great shots Geoff,v1 for me.Dane.
Roly 9 Wales
6 Nov 2009 6:58PM
Two super shots Geoff.V1 is a belter.
Steve_S Plus
10 180 3 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2009 7:09PM
2 excellent captures Geoff, love the colours of v1. Never tried this!
KBan 11 494 4 England
6 Nov 2009 8:02PM
super work Geoff
gingerdelight 10 298 11 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2009 8:38PM
Two superb images, well done!
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
6 Nov 2009 8:54PM
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!!
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2009 8:57PM

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

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
Gezina 10 3 6 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2009 9:51PM
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
6 Nov 2009 10:10PM
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
Fisher2 8 1 Ireland
6 Nov 2009 10:48PM
Goeff, Well taken both look superb
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
6 Nov 2009 11:12PM
Many thanks for the votes and comments, so much appreciated as always,
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
6 Nov 2009 11:29PM
Awesome fireworks shots. Love V1...sounds pretty difficult to get something like this. ............Sandy
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1834 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2009 11:31PM
Thanks for the explanation, and what a result! I think that's really clever.
Sezz Plus
11 617 15 England
6 Nov 2009 11:54PM
Excellent captures Geoff, thanks for the info too!

Sarah *
7 Nov 2009 12:09AM
wow like it alot, great capture! Smile

Dave link
7 Nov 2009 12:20AM
Two cracking images Geoff.... thanks for the narrative very interesting

Ray42 8 3 England
7 Nov 2009 10:02AM
Two great shots Geof
7 Nov 2009 10:31AM
wonderful shots my good friend ! i personally prefer v1
tim g 13 13 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2009 11:40AM
A terrific capture

bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
7 Nov 2009 1:09PM
V1 for me Geoff - used to use that method on lightning images.
The fireworks and street lights make a super colourful image.
7 Nov 2009 2:59PM
Fabulous captures,V1 steals the show it's superb......Great work in getting the result
Dusan 7 Sri Lanka
7 Nov 2009 3:19PM
Hi Geoff excellent image thanks for the tip
RTDS 8 Cyprus
7 Nov 2009 4:26PM
Simply stunning captures...What more can i saySmile
7 Nov 2009 7:40PM
Beautiful captures. v1 for me , great detail.
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2009 7:39AM
the hard work in taking the image,certainly paid off

Adderwatcher 7 60 19 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2009 9:02AM
oohh Pretty lights and colour! superb pair of captures Geoff.
DerekL 11 166 24 England
8 Nov 2009 10:26PM
Superb image Geoff.
Once again showing off your skills as a photographer, no matter what the subject is.

dweezil 8 1 England
8 Nov 2009 11:06PM
Superb work Geoff V1 is awesome
9 Nov 2009 6:39AM
Two superb images, Geoff, fabulous colours and presentation. V1 for me.
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
9 Nov 2009 7:40PM
excellent with the combined exposures. love the colours of v1. congrats on the user award.lesley
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
9 Nov 2009 10:18PM
Superbly worked !

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

Guy Faulkes !

10 Nov 2009 1:34PM
Thanks for the detailed instructions, two super images well taken.
trissie 10 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2009 2:46PM
Two beautiful images, lovely colours and detail.

Trish x
Pegon 11 78 1 England
10 Nov 2009 4:45PM
Great shots Geoff, excellent work. Thanks for the tips too.
OMG 8 51 2 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2009 5:56PM
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.
PattiW 11 24 2 United States
10 Nov 2009 10:10PM
Sounds pretty involved but the result is magnificient! Patti
dianah 10 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 1:19PM
Fabulous shots Geoff and so well presented. Wonderful colours in the night time sky !
11 Nov 2009 3:06PM
Superb image and write-up. Sylvia
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2009 4:02PM
Fabulous image.

Marilyn x
49er 10 564
17 Nov 2009 8:43AM
wonderful result
rachaelk 8 1
17 Nov 2009 7:03PM
these are really nice i like both versions but v1 has to be my favourite Smile

koka 8 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2009 8:34PM
2 exquisite images - well taken and presented Katie

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