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Old Nov 1, 2010, 6:14 PM   #1
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Default Blackpool as seen by tripod - first series

One of the areas of photography that I seldom use is long exposures using the tripod. So, when the Blackpool illuminations were switched on for a day at the end of August I thought it would be a good idea to give the tripod an outing.

Not sure why but in all the cropping/resizing I seem to have lost the EXIF info, so I'll add that manually; all taken at ISO100

This short series shows 3 of the "static", i.e. not over the road, illuminations.

The first photo shows a stunt mototrcyclist jumping 3 busses. The trick here was to try and get the exposure time long enough to follow the rider over the busses. As it turned out it was a mere 4 seconds @ F10; kit lens at 18mm. Unfortunately the brightness of the busses meant that the individual riders are underexposed. Looking at it again, it could really do with some cropping (too late now as the photo is on a website and I'm oin a hotel using my company laptop)



The next shot is fairly obvious, taken at F14 for 1.3 seconds, 45mm



And finally hicory-dickory dock.The mouse pauses at the top of the clock, hence it's visible. 3 seconds, F29, 55mm
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Old Nov 1, 2010, 7:07 PM   #2
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Keith, I viewed the last post first, but my comments the same.
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I think I'm seeing them out of order, too. You did a nice job. Do they only leave the lights on one day?

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I think I'm seeing them out of order, too. You did a nice job. Do they only leave the lights on one day?

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No, that's me being misleading.

This year they were lit on 31st August, which is when they closed the road. I assume it's the dress rehearsal. Then they are off for a few days until the big switch on; which was 3rd September (funny, I was certain there was a longer gap than that - senility!). This year it was Robbie Williams that "flicked the switch".
They've been on ever since (so I should have taken lots more photos!!!) but get switched off 11pm this coming Sunday. And that's it till next September. It's going to seem strange without them. Although I won't miss the traffic, of which there is lots and lots and lots. Far quicker to walk along the Promenade.
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Some fascinating lighting displays, and very well-photographed. Looks like you got them just right - excellent sharpness & color, and very fine story too!
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I'm another that seems to be looking at them backwards. They are all very cool - this is quite the series. Too bad that the buses were so brightly lit, it took me a bit to see the motorcycles. You did very well with all of these.
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