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I don't think this one is quite in the same league as yesterday's, but it does do a reasonably good job of demonstrating quite how hectic it can get when you're close to a big display. What I probably didn't make clear yesterday is that the crowd were viewing this display from the promenade and the display was launched from the pier. I was with the launching team, about one third of the way down the pier; probably a few hundred feet from the sea-front. It wasn't the best angle from which to view the display, but it was certainly a lot more exciting than either standing with everyone else or shooting the display from the beach.

As with yesterday's this was shot at f/16, but this one was a nine second exposure. And in this instance I've cropped a 3x2 portrait format shot to a 3x2 landscape one. Normally, I wouldn't post anything that had been cropped so drastically, but with fireworks the only viable option is to set up your camera and try and work out what will end up in the shot. In this one, there's a considerable amount of blown out areas in the original so I could bin it or crop it.

There's a final display next Friday so I'll try and come up with another interesting location to shoot from, either that or I'll shoot from the pier again.

3x2 + piers [North pier] + night shots [long exposures] + fylde coast [scenic]
comment by dj evil at 09:56 PM (GMT) on 23 September, 2006

ooohhh damn, i have no word to say, great perfeckt love it.

comment by John at 09:59 PM (GMT) on 23 September, 2006

I agree with your assessment; I much prefer yesterday's image, this toning just doesn't do it for me.

comment by paflechien at 10:13 PM (GMT) on 23 September, 2006

Perfect as usual, same colour as the pier with the sea wall !

comment by Swoozy at 10:17 PM (GMT) on 23 September, 2006

I quite like this. The buildings have a ghostly effect to them... it all looks slightly ominous. Well, ominous as it can be while fireworks are flying! Yesterdays picture does look good, but it is good to see another side to fireworks - aside from pretty colours.

comment by Dennis Rogers at 10:28 PM (GMT) on 23 September, 2006

It's the monochrome color and the ambient light off of the boardwalk that really makes it for me. Very nice.

comment by Arthur at 11:37 PM (GMT) on 23 September, 2006


A green cast (actually nice here): but I take it that’s right?

comment by geckonia at 11:39 PM (GMT) on 23 September, 2006

Great shot... I like this one a bit better than yesterday's. The contrast, composition, and toning all work well together. I like that you can see the area to the right better too. It makes me wonder where all the people are... a little mystery is good!

comment by kim at 11:55 PM (GMT) on 23 September, 2006

This is stunning!! There is so much energy in the sky and yet there's no one on the pier, it looks so strange!

comment by rj at 11:58 PM (GMT) on 23 September, 2006

wow. a lot of energy in this shot. the toning makes it look electric. nice work

comment by Jide Alakija at 12:08 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Funny thing is I prefer this one, I think it's because of teh Duotoning you've applied to this is more in my favour.

comment by Jenny at 12:21 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

I really really really like this.

comment by doreen at 12:33 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

wowzers! i think i like this one better than yesterday's shot.

comment by Mike Dougan at 01:01 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Yup, not as good as yesterday's! only because you showed the best one first!

However this is still an awesome shot. Yesterday's and today's are the best firework's pictures I have seen.

comment by Fred-Eric Lafaille at 01:13 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Very nice picture, I love it... Nice tone

comment by Bob at 01:24 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Both are wonderful and unusual images, each in their respective ways. The toning and cropping on this one suits me just fine. You demonstrate that, with creativity and skill, the same subject can be expressed successfully in any number of ways.

Also, and aside from the enjoyment the image itself brings, there is this...
By turning my fist, thumb-upward, and placing it in front of the screen so that it just covers the walkway I suddenly feel transported--like I'm a kid holding a sparkler. I can almost smell the smoke and feel the shower of little sparks on my forearm. It's a fun little moment I never thought I'd be having today. So, thanks for that also, David!

comment by Dieta at 02:09 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

i dont usually like firework pictures..but this one is brilliant. its nice because there is something in the foreground...

its also almost ironic. fireworks are such happy festive things but this scene looks so deserted and cold.
i like it.

comment by Sarah at 03:34 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

very good! but where is everybody? it's like the fireworks were just...there, and no one saw them. kind of depressing, if you ask me.

comment by Ali at 06:28 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

i love your last 4 shots, specialy this last 2.

comment by Geoff at 06:50 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Again the lightpost is cropped, but minor niggles aside, this is a great fireworks shot. Maybe not quite as brilliant as yesterdays but nonetheless. Lovely toning...

You continue to amaze me Dave. I've been following your blog for a long time now, and you just continue to improve on every level. Your shots are better, your post processing is tremendous, and your site is absolutely fabulous. You must be quite the autodidact. Keep it coming - I'm loving it.

comment by John Zeweniuk at 06:56 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

great dramatic effect!

comment by Wolfgang at 08:52 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Wonderful shot!

comment by Mike at 09:44 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Once again, a tremendous image.

comment by Peter Asquith at 09:48 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

I really like this one. The tone gives it a timelessness and the absence of anyone in the shot give it a mysterious quality. Fantastic.

comment by Sysagent at 10:25 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Like the toning here Dave on the shot.

It's not in the same league as yesterdays but its still damn fine :)

comment by stijn at 10:27 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

waaw a wonderfull capture i was just wondering how long the exposure time was?

comment by Karl Baumann at 10:58 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

this one is just better than the shot yesterday, love the mood

comment by Robert at 11:11 AM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

I agree. Yesterday's shot was better mainly because of the geometry of the fireworks. It doesn't have a nice a shape and it seems to big for this picture. What I do like is the light reflected on the pier and the slightly crooked lamp.

comment by RensNL at 12:23 PM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

another great shot!!!! great coloring...

comment by Samarth at 12:24 PM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

great toning, a tad unnatural but still nice.....8/10

comment by mooch at 01:18 PM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Love this even more. Lead in lines are just fabulous. The lamp is cool also, could be London in the 19th Century. Love the boardwalk.

comment by Mareluna at 01:19 PM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Uao... this shot takes my breathe !!! Beautiful

comment by Tim at 01:37 PM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

I like both pictures.
Today's has the edge for me. The monochrome enhances that haunted "something's kicking off in the sky and where has everybody gone?" atmosphere. It's extremely spooky.

Whereas yesterday's is merely just another excellent photograph. ;-)

comment by picturegrl at 03:41 PM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Hmm. I would have liked this one if I hadn't seen yesterday's. somehow, the crop isn't doing it for me. But the sort of hazy, foggy look of the buildings and the toning makes it very apocolyptic. I like the feeling more than the photo, though it's still a nice one.

comment by Andy@PhotoChron at 04:03 PM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Aaahhhh! One of the VERY few non-boring fireworks shots I've seen! Very well done.

comment by Jarama at 04:18 PM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Effing Brilliant Dave!!

I love landscape crops and duotones, so this one is my favorite. And if you ever decide to do a slideshow of your fireworks shots, "Your Hand in MIne" by (coincidentally) Explosions In The Sky would be an perfect musical accompaniment...

comment by Fellow Eskimo at 05:53 PM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Wow, I really like that one. The illumination on the peer is very nice. It is a very interesting hue.

comment by Jon at 06:10 PM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Great toning here. Gives it a super-spooky look, alomost like the Silent Hill toning. The only thing that is mildly distracting is the left-most lampost.

comment by Ben at 06:35 PM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

I honestly find this one to be the better of the two shots. I think the duotone calms the image down. It really is erie how much action there is for the photo, but still have it be so mysteriously empty.

comment by Phil at 08:30 PM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

I prefer this to yesterdays. The green colour and the deserted pier makes it a ghostly image, superb.

comment by Alice at 09:19 PM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

I love the buildings in the background.....very nice.

comment by djn1 at 09:36 PM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Thanks everyone. I was pleased with this, and yesterday's shot, so it's good to see them being well received.

comment by Urvi at 10:28 PM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

While I did enjoy yesterday's shot- I prefer this one to it. It's just got a great mysterious feel to it.

comment by jelb at 10:30 PM (GMT) on 24 September, 2006

Simply wonderfull ! Great picture!

comment by miles at 02:36 AM (GMT) on 25 September, 2006

I think this is frigging amazing. The blue/green tone is perfect.

comment by Beau at 11:30 AM (GMT) on 25 September, 2006

Wow, speechless. This is excellent.

comment by Craig Wilson at 11:48 AM (GMT) on 25 September, 2006

For me, this is one of your best shots you have posted in over the last month or so! I love it!

comment by m at 12:31 PM (GMT) on 25 September, 2006

:-) Like the tone

comment by Joe at 01:37 PM (GMT) on 25 September, 2006

I am blown away by this ne, the processing is superb

comment by shakingwave at 02:57 PM (GMT) on 25 September, 2006

it's a real photo??

comment by Kris at 03:47 PM (GMT) on 25 September, 2006

out of this world ....

comment by Mirko at 04:28 PM (GMT) on 25 September, 2006

wow - really hard to find words

comment by chiara at 08:50 PM (GMT) on 25 September, 2006

I love this one. I like the tone better and the light of the fireworks is just perfect.

comment by Chris at 01:52 AM (GMT) on 26 September, 2006

Fantastic! Such a vintage look. Very nice.

comment by Dennis Thompson at 10:09 PM (GMT) on 26 September, 2006

great pic! lovely colours - how did you manage to get in with the crew??!!..........

comment by sarah at 10:54 AM (GMT) on 27 September, 2006

great pictures. some of the best fireworks images i've seen.

comment by Kerly at 07:24 PM (GMT) on 27 September, 2006

Damn,damn,damn. This is fantastic! Love it!

comment by mohammed adenwala at 05:12 AM (GMT) on 20 October, 2006

Wow! Amazing shot and color!

comment by Silvia at 01:31 PM (GMT) on 20 October, 2006

really stunning, I have been viewing your site for a long time now and never get tired of it

comment by Vojtech Kotek at 05:56 PM (GMT) on 8 November, 2008

amazing pictures! breathtaking! subscribing for sure :)

comment by Lexx at 06:32 PM (GMT) on 25 March, 2009

where is this at??

comment by Fabrizio Van Marciano at 09:49 PM (GMT) on 22 December, 2009

Amazing shot its so electrifying with that element of icy blue grey background. Awesome thanks for sharing.

comment by Adrift at 12:48 AM (GMT) on 1 April, 2012

Loved the picture. Enjoyed the limited range in colors, it works well.