When Worlds Collide

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I only have two rules when photographing fireworks: Leave the standard fireworks photography to others; there are plenty of people that already do those REALLY well. The second rule: have FUN, by trying different approaches and techniques.

The only downside: I try so many different things that I could not tell you what exactly I did. All I know it did involve focus rolling.

I hope you enjoy looking at this image; it sure was a lot of fun making it :slight_smile:

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July :slight_smile:

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1 sec, f2.8, ISO 64, 100mm

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The largest version is a must see. It provides details not seen in smaller ones. Outstanding interpretation of fireworks. Pretty darn spectacular.

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No nits here. I really like this capture. We just watched a fireworks show last night and I found myself wondering if I should’ve bothered trying to get some photos. If, in the future, I do shoot some, I am inspired to experiment with some special effects like you have so successfully gotten. Well done.

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What a neat idea! And a very cool image as a result!

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I agree with the group here Fritz. This is a fascinating effect. Also agree the large version shows a lot of interesting features. I would like to see just a touch more on the upper right of the frame to round out that side. It looks almost like a mirrored image of the bottom left with slightly different colors.

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Creative and very cool, Fritz!

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@Ed_Williams @Jim_Gavin @Bonnie_Lampley @Diane_Miller @Dave_Douglass , thank you all for your kind comments. It certainly was fun to just play, and see what different approaches yielded. Pretty sure this will end up that day’s favorite. @Jim_Gavin , I agree; there are details that only truly show on the larger version. @Dave_Douglass if you look like you are having a mental breakdown to those that watch you while you are photographing fireworks, then you are moving enough to come up with something interesting :slight_smile: Just keep playing and trying all kinds of different combinations.

Thank you, Ed.
It had been quite some time since I had photographed fireworks, so unfortunately I had the wrong lens on, the 70-200, so the compositions came out a little cramped. Ideally I would have love a bit more “breathing room” as well. Here is a (very quickly done!) version with a little room added on on the right with PS Generative AI. Not something I like to use, but here it works. Thoughts?

Exactly wahat i was thinking @Fritz

Fritz, the “boom” here is very striking. The extra space in the repost makes the viewing more relaxing, but that reduces the drama a touch…

Thank you, Mark. Agreed, the repost does take away a bit of the drama, specially those wonderfully shaped white parts of the fireworks. I like both versions, as the repost, at least to me, looks a little bit more balanced. Decisions, decisions… :slight_smile:

The original remains the one for me. While we usually strive for balance in photography, this image needs to remain “unbalanced”, and the white parts are an integral part of it.

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Very creative and effective!
Congrats on the fine EP!