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Challenge: A Night on the Town (Classic Editing)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 5
Location: Metuchen fireworks
Date: Jul 6, 2003
Aperture: F8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 2"
Galleries: Abstract, Sky
Date Uploaded: Jul 7, 2003

Two second exposure at F8. I had some better ones but a stupid wire got in my way ~:-(

Place: 87 out of 130
Avg (all users): 4.7934
Avg (commenters): 5.9091
Avg (participants): 4.8841
Avg (non-participants): 4.7572
Views since voting: 963
Votes: 242
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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07/22/2003 11:32:07 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club
By Inspzil

Composition - Nicely framed abstract is my first thought on this shot. I'm not overwhelmed by its topic appropriateness, but I think it works for this okay. Obviously its at night, so that's enough for me to say okay for this challenge. I like the rays coming from the explosion, especially the short ones. What I'd really like to see is some color, but if it isn't there, it isn't there. I like the way you framed this and the way it fills the frame. I think with a single shot like this, you almost have to frame it similar to this. Unfortunately this is not a real compelling picture to me. That's where the lack of color hurts the most. It's a fine capture regardless. But it doesn't have a real holding power to keep the viewers right there looking at every little aspect.

Technically - Your timing was impeccable. Good exposure. I think bumping the shutter down to 1.3" or 1.6" would've given you a lot of the same effect with a little more color saturation, if there was any. If there wasn't color, then it doesn't make much difference. This is a photo that actually would be artistically stronger if you messed with it some. Not really for the challenge so much, but play with color balance or colorize it and then do some random curves adjustments just to see what happens. It is a cool pattern, so you have a good basis from which to start.

Overall - Not a bad picture, but not a strong one either. I think your score is a little lower than I would expect for this challenge. Some of that might have to do with the frequency the voters saw this particular subject. But what can you do? What I think it needs is something to keep the viewers hooked for a longer period of time. Good luck in the future and take care - Bob
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/15/2003 09:22:25 PM
Looks like you got in close on this one! Great shot!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/15/2003 02:10:17 PM
More fireworks...boring
07/13/2003 01:03:35 AM
Way cool shot!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/12/2003 12:53:50 PM
The fireworks are overused and this challange and it gets kinda boring.
07/12/2003 02:52:01 AM
Perfectly framed! Good job!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/11/2003 02:55:45 PM
interesting light capture -lacks color.
07/11/2003 12:18:27 PM
Nice sharpnes to feathering on blast streaks.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/11/2003 01:55:51 AM
gorgeous fireworks shot. love it. but doesn't quite fit the theme for me.
07/09/2003 07:49:33 PM
Nice abstract. I'm not sure if it fits the theme perfectly, but I like it.
07/09/2003 07:50:47 AM
great timing! great zoom!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
07/09/2003 01:36:00 AM
I like this. Without knowing any details, possibly a slower ISO speed, and/or a neutral density filter may help to keep highlights from blowing, thus preserving the colour nformation (if there was any) too see more clearly the red, and green trails.
  Photographer found comment helpful.

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