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And the rockets' red glare...
And the rockets' red glare...

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-07 (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Promaster 28-200mm f/3.8-5.6 XR IF
Location: Harbor Island, San Diego, CA
Date: Jul 4, 2007
Aperture: f/4.2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 4"
Galleries: Cityscape, Snapshot
Date Uploaded: Jul 6, 2007

Nikon D50, manual exposure, 4 seconds on tripod, tungsten light setting. Minor sharpen and crop through Microsoft Picture It 9 and 3 spot heals through Photoshop Elements 4.

Place: 246 out of 651
Avg (all users): 5.8527
Avg (commenters): 6.5000
Avg (participants): 5.7358
Avg (non-participants): 6.3913
Views since voting: 1235
Views during voting: 192
Votes: 129
Comments: 9
Favorites: 1 (view)

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11/20/2007 03:12:37 PM
I would add a black border to tie all the crazyness in a bit - overall I think its a great capture.
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11/20/2007 03:00:00 PM
I have to admit, this photo was the first to jump off the screen. Like everyone else I said "ooo pretty pink." (I hate pink, mind you)

1) I cropped out the blacker bit of sky in your top left corner. To me this image is about the pink water. Sure, the firework is pretty, but we've all seen fireworks, and they themselves don't have a "wow" factor. With that in mind, it doesn't hurt to chop a little bit of it out.

2) I used the Sharpen Tool on your foreground boat.

3) I Dodged Highlights and Burned Shadows. I find that this helps sharpen images without actually using any of the sharpening tools. It also helps with fog/haze. I used it to bring out your city a bit. I also used it on the main boat to clear it up.

4) If I could I would move your foremost boat, but I can't, heh. Composition wise, it needs to be at least 1/2 inch to the left.

My Edit
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11/19/2007 09:32:05 AM
A lot of impact here. To be nitpicky (per your request) the overhead burst and that nicely lit cityscape seem to be fighting for my attention. Perhaps a different crop would clear up what the subject is and lead the eye better.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2007 12:52:59 AM
This looks like San Diego Bay taken from the middle of Harbor Island (corrected after going there tonight). Nice exposure capturing the fireworks as well as the boats and buildings. The fireworks are a bit washed out, but it's hard to capture this much of a dynamic light range without that happening.
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08/05/2007 10:54:48 PM
This is a great capture, its just too bad fireworks give off some much smoke.
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08/05/2007 08:44:07 AM
nice lighting but the movement of the boats makes it look a little blurry
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08/02/2007 12:30:32 PM
Wow! What alot of great glitz and glam!
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08/01/2007 08:10:10 PM
The pink hues work well here - good job!
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08/01/2007 12:47:27 PM
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