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New Year's Eve Fireworks
1st PlaceNew Year's Eve Fireworks
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Challenge: Fireworks IV (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges 2011
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS for Nikon
Location: Camden, NJ
Date: Dec 31, 2010
Aperture: f/ 16
ISO: 125
Shutter: 3 seconds
Galleries: Cityscape, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2011

I got to my usual spot by a rather circuitous route. The cops were directing everyone to the lots. So we (Bev and I) played dumb and followed our noses to an entrance that was below where we usually park and got me where I wanted to go. Bev didn't get to see the fireworks but she was all right with that and I will send her, at some point (she and I are both used to waiting) images that I took. Thanks for the Ride, Bev! Dinner Too!

Shot with camera on tripod and used the cable release. From the Camden, NJ side of the Delaware River by the Battleship New Jersey looking South and West to Philadelphia and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. They ran two sets of Fireworks this year, one at 6:00 p.m. on 12/31/2010 and the other at Midnight on 01/01/2011. This is from the 6:00 p.m. set. And I just have to add that it was so nice out this year. Barely any wind and in the mid forties. What a treat!

Happy New Year!

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Yeah! Thanks for the great comments, the votes and the new PB!!!
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Post Processing:
Camera Raw adjustments in PSElements 6.0.
Change white balance from as shot to fluorescent (it was shot using the camera fluorescent but the change bumped the color to my liking)
Exposure +0.25
Fill Light 13
Blacks 10
Clarity 45
Vibrance +12
Saturation +12
Crop twice
Layer adjustments for levels, brightness/contrast and hue/saturation
Adjust sharpness
New layer, Topaz Adjust Vibrance default, merged down 33% opacity, normal blend mode
Transform perspective and distort to straighten bottom vertical
Crop
Resize
USM

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 69
Avg (all users): 7.5172
Avg (commenters): 9.0667
Avg (participants): 6.8378
Avg (non-participants): 7.6462
Views since voting: 5295
Views during voting: 554
Votes: 232
Comments: 43
Favorites: 5 (view)


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01/12/2011 03:59:54 PM
Beautiful Robert, Congratulation on your win!!!
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01/11/2011 07:55:44 AM
WOOHOOO!
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01/11/2011 03:38:10 AM
Wow too good and really a nice way to start a new year too beautiful.
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Earl Nunes
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01/10/2011 09:13:03 PM
Magnificent
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01/10/2011 11:47:21 AM
Spectacular, Robert! Congraqtulations!
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01/10/2011 12:14:32 AM
Beautiful. Congrats on the blue.
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01/10/2011 12:07:53 AM
Congratulations on the win. Beautiful shot.
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01/09/2011 07:28:24 PM
Congrats! That's exactly where I was supposed to be at 6pm, but my daughter screwed up my plans by leaving me to babysit early. I didn't want to do while dragging a 1 year old around. LOL!
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01/09/2011 06:59:59 PM
Quite a run! Awesome stuff. Congrats!
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01/09/2011 06:59:15 PM
congrats Robert! Way to start the New Year!
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01/09/2011 01:22:59 PM
Yay, Rob. I didn't vote on this one, but looking at them, you deserve your blue. Congrats.
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01/09/2011 11:54:17 AM
Congrats on the blue! My favorite and top vote (10) from the challenge. One of my all time favorite fireworks shots. Well deserved!
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01/09/2011 10:53:16 AM
Congrats, a great image.
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01/09/2011 10:36:33 AM
Wish I'd been there to see this... spectacular photo and well deserved win!
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01/09/2011 08:48:49 AM
Wowzers... 806 entries, and you get a personal best with this shot. That must be extremely difficult to do. Congrats on the great shot, great score, the blue, and the PB.
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01/09/2011 05:18:08 AM
Excellent, excellent, excellent.
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01/09/2011 04:25:00 AM
Congrats on ur Blue mate.
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01/09/2011 03:58:03 AM
You can't hardly do fireworks any better than this... WTG, Rob!
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01/09/2011 02:25:02 AM
Fabulous! A nine from me during voting... I really love all of this!
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01/09/2011 01:20:55 AM
Congratulations Rob! Very beautiful! I am sorry to have missed these--especially since I was right there!
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01/09/2011 01:02:21 AM
Congratulations on your Blue and a new PB for this great Fireworks shot!
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01/09/2011 12:26:20 AM
I forgot to mention that you 'OWN' that lens. Nice personal best too. Great work!
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01/09/2011 12:22:43 AM
Perhaps one of the best fireworks images I've ever seen. That blue is my favorite part of any fireworks display, and I know how impossibly difficult it is to capture at all, so even more so this brilliantly and clearly. Congrats on a well-deserved blue.
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01/09/2011 12:18:35 AM
What an awesome run you've had in the past month! Congrats on the blue!
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01/09/2011 12:11:09 AM
Congrats Rob! Great result on a fine image. Thanks for the details. I can see the scene in my mind.

PS Look at the average vote from commenters WOW!!

Message edited by author 2011-01-09 00:12:22.
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01/09/2011 12:09:33 AM
Congratulations on the ribbon! You have been on fire! More imporrtantly after over 800 challenges, Congratulations on the new personal best!
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01/09/2011 12:04:29 AM
Wonderful!!! Congratulations
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/08/2011 02:18:38 PM
Beautiful image.
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01/06/2011 04:21:42 PM
Gorgeous!!
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01/06/2011 07:04:16 AM
this is the best I've seen so far, excellent capture of the fireworks against a great bg
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01/05/2011 09:07:20 PM
Beautifully composed withall the very colorful reflections.
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01/05/2011 08:39:51 PM
Very nicely done!
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01/04/2011 10:05:25 AM
Nice image,bridge looks a bit wonky (may be an illusion)?
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01/03/2011 11:50:58 PM
Nicely done. I really like the shutter duration as it leads to some great lines.
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01/03/2011 11:24:05 PM
Best of the challenge.Deserves blue.Should I congratulate in advance !
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01/03/2011 01:46:11 PM
good clean shot.
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01/03/2011 11:38:06 AM
Really, really well done. Top 3 no doubt.
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01/02/2011 05:12:59 PM
Beautiful, and beautifully clear.
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01/02/2011 01:10:35 PM
Awesome capture!!
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01/02/2011 10:20:50 AM
One of the best in the challenge. Excellent sharpness and exposure with an interesting fireworks sequence. I like the reflections in the water also. 10
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01/02/2011 08:58:09 AM
Awesome photo, top 3 for sure.
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01/02/2011 06:57:04 AM
excellent !
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01/02/2011 12:33:59 AM
winner!!
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