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Bear_Music


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Challenge: Fireworks II (Advanced Editing V*)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Chatham, MA
Date: Jan 1, 2007
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 400
Shutter: 15 secs
Galleries: Landscape, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2007

HDR from a single RAW exposure processed 5 exposure steps, tone mapped, export to CS2, neat image, crop, resize, sharpen, border, save for web.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 74
Avg (all users): 7.6061
Avg (commenters): 8.7297
Avg (participants): 7.2105
Avg (non-participants): 7.6839
Views since voting: 17410
Views during voting: 759
Votes: 231
Comments: 99
Favorites: 46 (view)


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06/04/2014 05:29:04 PM
this would have been my 10 too I soove fireworks one kf my favorites going to practice to shoot them too
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06/04/2014 03:00:20 PM
Outstanding fireworks shot. Great color tone and superb reflection.
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06/25/2010 04:30:41 PM
Great shot.
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04/18/2010 03:32:28 PM
Unreal shot. Nicely done!!
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07/09/2008 06:53:04 PM
This is an amazing shot!
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04/10/2008 07:29:50 PM
Nice shot! Do you usually find when you're shooting fireworks that you're only able to keep the first few? After that there's too much smoke and it seems to ruin the clarity. What do you think?
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12/08/2007 06:45:06 PM
Looking through your images and the amount of ribbons you have received, I had expected to see a lot more ribbons. It is a real shame the dpc has such a tight expectation of what makes a good image. Adding you as a favorite photographer.
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12/08/2007 06:32:13 PM
Beautiful!
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07/24/2007 10:19:24 PM
Originally posted by eschelar:

*picks jaw up off the ground* wow. don't know what's more exceptional, the image or the amount of work you put into images. Wow.


I can't say it any better than this, Bearman!

Wonderful image...it looks so surreal, especially the processing of the land images..I love it!

man, you are a talent!
~Anni
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06/22/2007 12:35:21 PM
*picks jaw up off the ground* wow. don't know what's more exceptional, the image or the amount of work you put into images. Wow.
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01/15/2007 10:44:50 AM
Best example of HDR I have yet seen! Congratulations on a fine image and well deserved ribbon!
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01/13/2007 11:20:44 PM
Congratulations Robert! I love it. So beautiful!! Bright warmth invading the crisp coldness of night. Signifies a better year coming up.
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01/13/2007 07:19:35 PM
Wonderful image, congrats on your ribbon!
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01/11/2007 10:21:22 AM
Wow - you're really getting the hang of these HDR's now!
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01/10/2007 08:16:37 PM
Congrats on yet another ribbon. This is beautiful!
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01/10/2007 02:16:05 PM
What can I say except that this image is stunning! Well done, and you didn't get beat by the Aurora! LOL
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01/09/2007 11:40:57 PM
Congratulations! Your beautiful photos remind me of modern Norman Rockwell illustrations. You always capture the perfect scene very nicely. This image is no exception.

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01/09/2007 11:27:29 PM
Great shot, Robert. The near-perfect reflection is incredible!
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01/09/2007 11:08:30 PM
Wow Bear!! This is so beautiful. Your photographic skills, both in the shooting and in the post processing are extraordinary.
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01/09/2007 10:26:14 PM
Congratulations! This is FANTASTIC!
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01/09/2007 09:25:32 PM
Great shot Robert, 2 new top scores in a few weeks, great work and congrats your red ribbon.
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01/09/2007 07:56:18 PM
very nice photo
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01/09/2007 06:58:52 PM
Beautiful shot. I couldn't imagine anyone in the pictured homes would not want to buy an enlarged print. I do and I'm in Omaha...great work.
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01/09/2007 03:31:15 PM
love the dreamy painted quality of the town...superb!
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01/09/2007 02:06:45 PM
Congratulations on this great shot Bear. Well deserved RED.
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01/09/2007 02:04:35 PM
Great use of HDR to make this one have so much detail!
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01/09/2007 12:07:21 PM
Wow! Ethereal and POWERFUL! Congratulations! This is stunning!

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01/09/2007 11:55:27 AM
Congrat's on your ribbon, new this one would!
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01/09/2007 11:23:47 AM
Good one Robert. You are really honing your PP skills.
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01/09/2007 10:35:17 AM
very nice rob, congrats. the pink makes this stand out.
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01/09/2007 10:09:53 AM
Originally posted by pineapple:

Well done. On the top right hand corner, what are those striations? or is it my streaky monitor? ;-)


It's an artifact that shows up when extreme shadow recovery via tone mapping is combined with heavy Neat Image, I think. Without the NI the darkest sky was extremely grainy; with it, the striations creep in. I didn't have time to figure out a work-around. It's not the first time I have seen it, incidentally.
01/09/2007 10:03:15 AM
Very, very cool composition Bear. Can't complain about the colors either. Congratulations on winning the red ribbon!

Message edited by author 2007-01-09 10:21:27.
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01/09/2007 09:08:48 AM
Way to go, Rob. Fantastic.
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01/09/2007 09:07:31 AM
Difficult to say if it is a picture or a painting. Its simply superb. Great job. Congrats.
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01/09/2007 07:52:03 AM
Congratulations Robert! A magical capture and as always SO well presented!! Awesome!!
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01/09/2007 07:46:29 AM
This was my favourite Rob. Fantastic shot! Congrats on the ribbon!
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01/09/2007 07:45:37 AM
Congrats, Bear, on a well done pic :) Also, thanks for using HDR in a good way.
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01/09/2007 07:40:39 AM
What a wonderful shot Robert. Great detail, I feel as if I'm there!
A well deserved ribbon.
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01/09/2007 06:50:07 AM
Well done. On the top right hand corner, what are those striations? or is it my streaky monitor? ;-)
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01/09/2007 05:22:43 AM
Well like this better than the first place ribbon, more original approach and probably would have added it to my faves if the firework itself were more detailed and wasn´t so blown but congrat´s on the ribbon, I think all three images deserved them, just think the order was reversed accidentally somehow :)
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01/09/2007 05:15:15 AM
go bear go .... cracking shot
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01/09/2007 02:43:38 AM
This is a 10/10 image! Beautifully and uniquely captured, bro.
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01/09/2007 02:04:01 AM
WTG! Not a bad way to start off the new year.
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01/09/2007 01:26:05 AM
congrats on a great start of the new 2007 year! cheers!
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01/09/2007 01:20:12 AM
Very stunning image and deserving of ribbon. I do think your tone mapping and editing could of focused on a contrast of many various hues instead of a couple. Congrats !
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01/09/2007 12:55:29 AM
The Bear! :) Outstanding shot! Congrats, my friend!
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01/09/2007 12:47:24 AM
Well deserved
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01/09/2007 12:32:56 AM
Congrats on another of your usual "Ooh and Ahh" type images! It was very fortunate that the air and water were still for this shot.
My first thought when it came up was "rocket's red glare," but that's the wrong holiday.
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01/09/2007 12:31:56 AM
Beautiful colour and reflections. Huge congrats on the red, Robert.
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01/09/2007 12:21:53 AM
Excellent image here Robert and it was one of my favorites in this challenge..... All the best mate, and just keep on doing what you are doing, as your images as just so special.....
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01/09/2007 12:21:08 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!! Great image!
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01/09/2007 12:13:39 AM
Congrats. lovely photo.
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01/09/2007 12:11:48 AM
One of my top two picks! Good job.
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01/09/2007 12:09:52 AM
you're on a bit of a roll here Robert! wonderful deserved ribbon!
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01/09/2007 12:09:13 AM
strong work, mr. music!
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01/09/2007 12:06:04 AM
Well done, bear. The houses and water have a very painterly look to them.
This was one of my top picks, too.
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01/09/2007 12:03:53 AM
Hey, way to go, Robert. This is awesome, great color and perfect exposure.
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01/09/2007 12:03:47 AM
Congrats on taking the red Bear! Great capture!
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01/09/2007 12:03:45 AM
Congrats Robert on yet another DPC ribbon! Your Cannon Beach fan club is cheering!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/08/2007 02:45:20 PM
Great composition. It looks like a painting.
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01/08/2007 11:55:02 AM
cool shoot like the feel of it
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01/08/2007 01:48:48 AM
booming 10
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01/07/2007 08:01:24 PM
awesome effect
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01/07/2007 07:33:55 PM
Great capture of the first night of 2007! Good luck!
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01/07/2007 10:07:06 AM
What a great colour you've captured here. 9
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01/07/2007 08:35:14 AM
wow - this is my favorit - I´ll put you up to a ribbon - 10 , keep up the good work.
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01/07/2007 08:26:45 AM
Excellent editing
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01/07/2007 04:54:16 AM
The colors in this photo are beautiful, and the trail of light before the burst and the reflection just make this whole shot eye candy. 10.
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01/06/2007 09:52:01 PM
the best - 9
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01/05/2007 09:33:40 PM
I like this shot a lot, the reflection and coloring especially. Firework a bit blown for my taste though but still good enough for a 8 from me, hope you do well in the challenge.
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01/05/2007 09:14:57 PM
Beautiful!
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01/05/2007 08:08:40 PM
Stunning reflections and colours, Good Luck
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01/05/2007 04:11:12 PM
Ooooh! Pretty!!
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01/05/2007 03:03:55 PM
And first ribbon of 2007 i hope :D
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01/04/2007 11:44:39 PM
My dead nuts favorite in the challenge. Outstanding shot. I'm certain it's a ribbon...probably the blue.
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01/04/2007 09:49:29 PM
Simply STUNNING!!!! 10.
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01/04/2007 02:11:09 PM
Beautiful color and a strong composition. Great job!
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01/04/2007 10:47:08 AM
I only gave out three 10's this is one of them. Great shot
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01/04/2007 10:26:59 AM
That's just freakin' AWESOME!!!! Dead on 10 in my book!!!
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01/04/2007 12:18:37 AM
That's what I'm talking about... this has it all and is my first "10". Great job!
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01/03/2007 11:07:21 PM
Wow!

I was beginning to get a bit jaded by all the pedestrian "here's a picture of a firework" shots, and as this one started to unroll on my screen I thought I was going to get yet another one. But no!

Love the framing, and the pervasiveness of the red hue. And the way the column of smoke discreetly merges into the general cloud cover. And the lighting of the house. And the sky pattersn. And the reflections. And the law of thirds applied in both dimensions. And, and, and...
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01/03/2007 07:46:44 AM
Whoa!!!! Absolutely stunning!!!! What a capture! Definitely one of the top 3 here! Congratulations in advance!
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01/03/2007 07:15:35 AM
Awesome colors and composition.
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01/02/2007 08:53:25 PM
I really like this shot. Second go around I bump to a 9
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01/02/2007 07:31:19 PM
The reflection is outstanding! Love the colors.
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01/02/2007 06:14:53 PM
My pick to ribbon, probably blue.
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01/02/2007 04:14:14 PM
The light is very hot but otherwise this is a lovely shot. Great colors and clarity. Looks like HDR, yah? Nice work. 9
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01/02/2007 02:10:13 PM
i love the reflection of the fireworks on the water
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01/02/2007 11:49:46 AM
That's pretty amazing. Congratulations and Happy New Year.
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01/02/2007 11:47:53 AM
a tad overexposed, very noisy, especially at top right. Otherwise nice shot, good colors
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01/02/2007 11:18:51 AM
Very nice scene!
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01/02/2007 09:27:12 AM
Very nice image, good use of the reflection, maybe it could be even better if you would have been closer to the water/sea, the houses there help a lot, well done. 8 from me, happy new year and good luck.
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01/02/2007 07:58:19 AM
Wow!
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01/02/2007 06:02:44 AM
Love the reflection, the colors are a bit red for my taste though ;)
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01/02/2007 05:20:33 AM
Wow! The houses on the far shore look like a painting. And I like the reflection. But it also looks like a hell of a lot of pp here. A bit like Tammy Faye Baker's make up.
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01/02/2007 02:57:35 AM
wow! the buildings on the side add a real nice touch...wonderful, good luck with this 9
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01/02/2007 02:12:18 AM
This is beautiful. It almost looks like a painting. The landscape of houses on the water. I know this was a quick challenge and you may not have had the luxury of time to perfect the processing. The far right side of the image has a lot of chatter and It may have helped this to smooth it out some. It’s still a stunning entry and one of my favorites of the challenge so far.
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01/02/2007 12:40:35 AM
love the reflection
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01/02/2007 12:10:48 AM
This should be the blue. Outstanding photo. 10 without question.
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