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This is a follow-up to the firework shot I put up the other day. At the time, I wasn't sure that I liked this one, but after playing around with it for a few days I decided that it was probably worth putting up, not least because it's a slightly unusual take on this theme. Personally, I find firework shots great fun to shoot, but it's so easy to end up with a clichéd result that I'm not often keen on any of the shots that I get.

Anyway – as always – let me know what you think.

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comment by Sharla at 07:35 PM (GMT) on 18 September, 2007

I think to appreciate this shot is to not know it is of fireworks. If examined for the lit strings/spark trails and drifting mist/smoke, overlaid with a train trestle or pier, the mystery and lack of explanations are very powerful. The right angles between the white lines and the "clouds," bisected by black, is a very strong and rare compositional element. I love this as much as anything in a long time (and I'm very fond of your work).

comment by Peter at 07:58 PM (GMT) on 18 September, 2007

wow, I like this shot a lot. Unlike Sharla, I'm not sure knowing it's a firework photo detracts or not... it's a definite mind-bender either way, and telling that it's a firework shot is basically like pulling a trump card over all other fireworks shots ever taken, since they all basically look the same.

comment by Malcolm at 08:01 PM (GMT) on 18 September, 2007

Is this the 'different' fireworks shot you've been seeking? I like it a lot; almost graphical black & white, and the panoramic omposition suits it well. I bet it makes a great print, if printed large.

comment by marco's light opinion at 11:05 PM (GMT) on 18 September, 2007

I like it a lot, Dave, and I think it's actually a different fireworks shot. It has some kind of "industrial" and cyberpunk mood, with a strong feeling of mystery. I love the desaturation and the smoke fading out and merging with the darkness. Bravo!

comment by Saito at 12:12 AM (GMT) on 19 September, 2007

This definitely needs the black background. It took me a while to figure out was the picture was, so I think that that's a good thing! A good photograph should make you linger and think-- like a good painting!

comment by Dave C at 12:24 AM (GMT) on 19 September, 2007

This is really good, Dave. More impressionist & artistic than your usual stuff: you should do more of these. Technology is best used when it creates an 'organic' feel which you've definitely captured with this shot. :-)

comment by Gary at 06:24 AM (GMT) on 19 September, 2007

Very cool. I had no idea what it really was. Felt sure it was rain or water spray of some sort.

comment by Jennifer at 09:13 AM (GMT) on 19 September, 2007

You certainly wouldn't look at this and think fireworks - floodlit rain or welding on a grand scale maybe! A very arty and mysterious shot - love it.

comment by steven meert at 10:10 AM (GMT) on 19 September, 2007

Fantastic picture. It looks very dramatic and threatening to me. The combination of the lines and the smoke works really well.

comment by Norbert Avaya at 04:42 PM (GMT) on 19 September, 2007

I thought it was a bus stop in the rain when I first saw this image. Do you ever worry that sometimes it becomes more about post-processing and less about photography for you?

comment by djn1 at 07:02 PM (GMT) on 19 September, 2007

Thanks everyone.

Norbert: no, that doesn't worry me, mostly because I don't really see the taking of a shot it's post-processing as different things - both are necessary. Sure, sometimes I'll spend more time post-processing a shot that could have been better taken in the first place, but generally speaking I see both stages as being integral to the final result.