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Challenge: Fireworks (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: nyc
Date: Jul 4, 2006
Galleries: Cityscape, Urban
Date Uploaded: Jul 5, 2006

4 sec
f22
800 iso
liked the fireworks, buildings still came out too dark in the original.

also kind of disappointed how blurry the buildings came out for f22. perhaps i didn't get the focus right in the darkness.

needed some fairly heavy pp to bring back the buildings and sharpen things up. that in combination with neat image to help the noise from the high iso I thought for sure spelled doom for this image. oh well, I'll never figure this site out.

Thanks for the ribbon and getting my Central Park monkey off my back.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 159
Avg (all users): 7.1538
Avg (commenters): 8.4167
Avg (participants): 6.6711
Avg (non-participants): 7.3861
Views since voting: 11727
Views during voting: 588
Votes: 234
Comments: 46
Favorites: 11 (view)


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07/18/2006 08:53:09 PM
you deserved this more than me. I think this is just so cool.
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07/18/2006 06:59:32 AM
Congratulations! Great shot!
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07/15/2006 05:55:02 PM
Looks like someone had the perfect view. Very nice capture and congrats!
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07/15/2006 03:09:12 PM
Congratulations on your shot. Beautiful capture I might say with the stunning city view in the foreground.
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07/15/2006 12:49:22 AM
Great shot. Try doing a mirror lock up on long exposures. The camera shakes when you hit the shutter which will cause stationary things to blur. Also, if you have a cable release or remote for it, use that too to cut down on the vibrations.
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07/13/2006 02:50:39 PM
Congrats on your ribbon! Great shot!
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07/13/2006 10:26:59 AM
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Congrats on your ribbon! It's a striking scene. Re: your sharpness comments, the Circle of Confusion begins to set in at about f/11-f/16 on that lens, depending on how wide you are zoomed, and CoF is particularly destructive of night scenes. You have enough DOF with the 10-22mm to essentially have 3 feet to infinity in focus at f/5.6 or f/8, so it shouldn't have been an issue. You could have run this at ISO 100 and f/8 if you'd chosen to. Also, I almost never use autofocus at night (unclear if you did), preferring to use a small penlight to set the focus manually by distance on the lens.


Thanks Bear. Obviously I need to work on my technical skills. Kind of embarrassing knowning I could have shot that at ISO 100. I did focus manually on the buildings to the right, but there were obviously issues. Still not sure I understand CoC and if the higher f-stop actually hurt my focus. From looking at the other night fireworks shots with foreground objects, foreground focus did appear to be an issue alot.
07/13/2006 09:54:20 AM
Congrats on your ribbon! It's a striking scene. Re: your sharpness comments, the Circle of Confusion begins to set in at about f/11-f/16 on that lens, depending on how wide you are zoomed, and CoF is particularly destructive of night scenes. You have enough DOF with the 10-22mm to essentially have 3 feet to infinity in focus at f/5.6 or f/8, so it shouldn't have been an issue. You could have run this at ISO 100 and f/8 if you'd chosen to. Also, I almost never use autofocus at night (unclear if you did), preferring to use a small penlight to set the focus manually by distance on the lens.
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07/13/2006 08:57:42 AM
Another one of my top choices in this challenge. Great perspective and beautiful cityscape. Congrats!!!
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07/13/2006 07:37:04 AM
I love the space created in this shot; the depth of the corners; the shades of black; the shape of the fireworks; I guess the shot would be more spectacular if the fireworks portion filled up a bigger portion of the fram, like Scavelt's winner, but in reality, you can't compromise the shot for the sake of formula. THis is a great shot that would make a terrific print, I am sure; good going.
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07/13/2006 06:23:41 AM
Nice shot, what I find most interesting about it is that there only seems to be a small portion of the city celebrating and the rest are, well sleeping or something :)
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07/13/2006 04:15:23 AM
I'm glad the rest of this group saw such beauty in this "negative" image. Congrats.
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07/13/2006 01:14:38 AM
breath taking what more is there to say
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07/13/2006 01:07:46 AM
This is a beautiful image. The colour contrast is so subtle. Congratulations on your well deserved yellow.
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07/13/2006 01:01:57 AM
Awesome timing and vantage point.
Congrats on yet another Yellow Matt!
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07/13/2006 12:52:36 AM
great shot. those are some unique lookin fireworks.
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07/13/2006 12:17:41 AM
Congratulations. This is wonderful!
It's so nice seeing my favorites finish on top!
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07/13/2006 12:14:34 AM
Terrific capture! Congrats on the ribbon.
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07/13/2006 12:13:36 AM
congratulations on another ribbon Matt...this is wonderful, well done
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07/13/2006 12:09:29 AM
Nice perspective point to be in! Congrats!!
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07/13/2006 12:08:57 AM
Very pretty...I am pleased this one did well.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/12/2006 09:29:04 PM
exelent
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07/12/2006 02:29:06 PM
interesting shot
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07/12/2006 12:09:12 PM
Too bad you didn't crop this tighter. The fireworks need to make more of the image.
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07/11/2006 08:19:25 AM
well done on a great shot!!
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07/09/2006 11:49:16 PM
that is a different view! 10
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07/09/2006 01:39:16 PM
Nice fireworks and cityscape. Good job!
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07/08/2006 10:02:32 AM
Wow, very impressive.
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07/08/2006 06:27:34 AM
Back to bump. I love the perpective on this shot and the fireworks are very cool.
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07/08/2006 02:05:58 AM
Really cool shot. Great view!
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07/07/2006 10:23:23 PM
awesome 10
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07/07/2006 08:46:04 PM
this one is really cool,would expect it to score high
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07/07/2006 08:27:13 PM
Excellent image...I think I would like it with a little less foreground
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07/07/2006 07:29:14 PM
my favorite of the challenge. great shot!
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07/07/2006 06:18:38 PM
wonderful setting! this whole pic has a very nice feeling to it. the buildings and the water make this great, as well as the interesting shapes and colors of the fireworks.
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07/07/2006 03:39:40 PM
AWEsome perspective
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07/07/2006 01:38:18 PM
My fav for the challenge. Love how you got the city in the shot. Love the way the fireworks are going off in flowers. Almost alienesk. lol. Good job!
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07/07/2006 11:00:17 AM
too many diffrent things to look at
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07/07/2006 06:43:01 AM
I like how this gives a feeling of something happening, rather than just a bunch of exploding colours in the sky - 9
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07/06/2006 04:06:21 PM
0-2 Meets Challenge: 2
0-3 Technical Merit: 3
0-3 Creativity: 3
0-2 Biased Wow Factor: 2
Total = 10
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07/06/2006 12:08:39 PM
Definitely top 3
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07/06/2006 10:29:14 AM
Seems a bit tilte to the right. Other than that, its great
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07/06/2006 08:52:34 AM
that looks amazing...good luck
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07/06/2006 02:15:47 AM
Awesome timing!
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07/06/2006 01:17:27 AM
A favorite of mine.
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07/06/2006 12:22:04 AM
Like the different perspective from the others in the challenge...way to go
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