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Challenge: Fireworks V (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-50D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Jul 5, 2011
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 5
Galleries: Sky
Date Uploaded: Jul 5, 2011

I was very unsure if I would get an entry into this contest with the short timeframe. Most of the fireworks here happened on Saturday or Sunday night, before the contest even started. But on Tuesday afternoon I found out that the local Elver Park fireworks were to be shown that night! Unfortunately, my wife and I had birthing class, so I didn't get to travel to them. Much to my surprise, I could see them from my back porch (they shoot them from a very tall hill). I had to compete with the trees and houses, but I did get some nice shots.

I really like how this one turned out. Seeing the bright white center with the squiggly protrusions is something fairly unique, so I hope this does well. I believe this is my first entry using the 100-400L, which was definitely needed from this distance (these fireworks were over 2 miles away.

Post Processing:
* Crop
* Decrease black point
* Increase contrast and definition
* Increase Saturation and Vibrancy
* Topaz DeNoise
* Topaz Detail
* Crop More
* Increase brightness
* Increase contrast, definition, saturation, and vibrancy further
* increase shadows
* Export as TIFF
* Resize
* Sharpen Edges
* Save as JPEG

Place: 23 out of 62
Avg (all users): 5.9355
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 5.6857
Avg (non-participants): 6.0337
Views since voting: 528
Views during voting: 306
Votes: 124
Comments: 4
Favorites: 1 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/08/2011 07:53:48 PM
A new electrical wave is created from the fire work!!! Great capture 9.
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07/07/2011 04:58:44 PM
Very interestring!!
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07/07/2011 12:06:12 PM
As though struck by lightning in the center.
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07/06/2011 09:32:27 PM
Love the sky in this one, and the different aspects of the fireworks burst.
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