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Old Jul 13, 2005, 11:31 PM   #1
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Hi,

Here is what I got from the FDR during the Macy's fireworks in New York City. (And to the guy whos friend got stuck midway down a street... I think I know EXACTLY where he got stuck at -- the police were controlling the crowd in sections (same way they do for New Years Eve) The plus side of that is that they tend to leave breathing room in each section so you can stretch out, put a chair down, etc and not have to have someone right on top of you.

Enjoy. All comments welcome!
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#4 -- Yes, a smiley face!
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Old Jul 14, 2005, 12:00 AM   #6
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I think the 2nd and 4th are the best. They have the best exposure and are sharpest. The others are either significantly overexposed or fuzzy. There is quite a bit of smoke in these shots. Were these shot near the end of the show?

If this is your first time shooting fireworks, I would say you have done well. If you have done fireworks before, then I don't think you have mastered the technique, yet. Take a look at the fireworks links in the challenge description for some great tips.

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Hey, Smilez, yeah that was me. The major problem was the obstructions that did not allow for any really clear shots of most of the event.

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I think the 2nd and 4th are the best. They have the best exposure and are sharpest. The others are either significantly overexposed or fuzzy. There is quite a bit of smoke in these shots.
Cal, and how ironic that it is for those very reasons that I happen to like #s 1 and 3 the most! Even with a little over-exposure, I think they have much more character than the others. Simply depicting the fireworks, just lines and sparks, to me is nothing special. What those fireworks can come to resemble and how in-your-face they can look when seen with a delayed shot, well maybe it's just me but that speaks more to me than just a photo of fireworks.

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I guess it is a matter of preference. I like to see photos that are clean and sharp.

"Different strokes for different folks!"

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Old Jul 14, 2005, 3:16 PM   #9
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Dan, Cal,

The slight overexposure of #1 was to get more of an "explosion" style at the moment the firework "exploded"

I understand about the fuzziness... I think part of the problem might also be my editing software (photobase) that came with my camera. it sometimes makes the resized photo blurry!

This is myfirst attempt shooting fireworks as well.

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I especially like #1 and #3 because those speak "explosion" and "combustion" moreso than the others. There's power there, in those two. That's cool.
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