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Happy New Year

Happy New Year
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Copyright: Pedro Oliveira (mr_pedro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 406 W: 200 N: 372] (4662)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-01
Categories: Event, Action, Nocturnal
Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 18-70 DX, Compact Flash Card
Exposure: f/9.0, 4 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Firework Display, New Year 2006 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-01 3:46
Viewed: 3196
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this by the beach near Portimão. It was the first time I shot fireworks. When we got to the spot to watch the show, the best we could do was a place with a couple of people in front of us. They were however so in awe at the sight of my tripod that they did not mind letting me thru to the front.

Camera settings:
Manual settings, with manual focus at infinity.
I used the bulb mode because I didn´t know how fast the explosions would come. I played around with the aperture untill a couple of explosions seemed correctly exposed. Then I just took lots and lots of pictures, experimenting only whith exposure time which is easy to do in bulb mode.
Its handy to have a zoom lens if you don´t know exatly where you will stand and how high the fireworks will be.

Cropped it just a little. Used levels to make the sky black, instead of a dark grey. A bit of USM.

Have a great 2006,

philwalters, jacobo, frappa76, Sarah171, Dawn, Refugee, clix_stuff, harpya, vsinopoulos, aminhas, jacojvr, Serabi, jowhitee, brech has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To amordagdag: thx Amormr_pedro 1 02-02 12:49
To jacojvr: Thx jaco,mr_pedro 1 01-22 14:38
To vsinopoulos: Thanksmr_pedro 1 01-18 16:52
To brashy: Hi Waynemr_pedro 1 01-17 15:33
To A-J: thanks a.j.mr_pedro 1 01-16 17:04
To SILVA: thanks Silvamr_pedro 1 01-12 14:41
To Dawn: Himr_pedro 2 01-02 22:10
To harpya: Obrigadomr_pedro 1 01-02 11:57
To clix_stuff: Thank you clixmr_pedro 1 01-02 11:51
To Alla: Thanksmr_pedro 1 01-02 11:30
To Werewolf: Himr_pedro 1 01-02 11:21
To jotaneves: Obrigado Joãomr_pedro 1 01-02 09:58
To Refugee: Himr_pedro 1 01-02 09:48
To Sarah171: Thanks Sarah.mr_pedro 1 01-02 07:44
To frappa76: Himr_pedro 1 01-02 06:22
To jacobo: Olámr_pedro 1 01-02 06:14
To marietom: Mercimr_pedro 1 01-02 06:09
To Sneza: Himr_pedro 1 01-02 06:07
To joergen115: Thanks Jorgen.mr_pedro 1 01-02 05:49
To spike1: Hi Peter,mr_pedro 1 01-02 05:39
To kitflorendo: Himr_pedro 1 01-02 05:30
To philwalters: Thanks, happy new year!mr_pedro 1 01-01 18:26
To suzley: Himr_pedro 1 01-01 18:00
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Wohoooo very nice indeed.

Great capture, You be pleased with this. The colours are so wow.Well done..


Great shot. Colours and composition are wonderfull. Thanks for useful notes. Happy New Year!!!!!!

No doubt there will be a flurry of fireworks photos and we will see but this looks like a very strong contender for the best f/works shot?
Good planning! Thinking ahead pays off.

Hey Pedro, very nice photo! Great exposure selection, resulting in excellent colours in the 'finished product'.

Great shot. Colours and composition are wonderfull. Well done!
Happy New Year!!

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  • Sneza Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 74 W: 23 N: 16] (735)
  • [2006-01-01 8:23]
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Joli, et pas facile à faire !

Buena foto. Has conseguido un resultado espectacular.

Hello Pedro.
Excellent work here.
Best regards and Happy new year!

Nicely composed under what I'm sure would be challenging conditions. Great reflections too.

Happy New Year!


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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2006-01-01 13:44]
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Hi Pedro.... Hey great shot you have here.. Well done for your first fireworks shot..well composed and colourful.

Its funny when people see you with a tripod.. they think.. OHHHH hes/shes important.. and stand back and let you through..LOL. I experienced that when I went and took the christmas night shots of houses recently in Auckland City....

Happy New Year Pedro...
All the Best

Very well done Pedro, excellent exposure, great POV and finished off with just enough PP work. All the best for 2006, bring on the tulips and the windmills :)

Olá Pedro!
Valeu a pena teres tentado tanto.
Resultou muito bem.
Excelentes cores, boa composição.
Muito boa foto.
Um abraço,

Wonderfull colors! It's rich!! I like the life and party it suggest! Happy New Year!

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  • Alla Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 15 N: 63] (763)
  • [2006-01-02 2:14]
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Wow!! Very well done, Pedro!!
Great capture with such bright colours and sharpness.
Congratulation!! Alla.

Wow lovely captuer of the fireworks. So sharp and so colourful. Very well done Pedro. And Happy New Year!!

Bela apresentação, belíssimos os fogos de artificio, pegaste um grande close.
Parabens pela foto, maravilhosa
Grandes fotos em 2006


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  • lukdm Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 332 W: 3 N: 21] (1350)
  • [2006-01-03 6:09]

schitterend !
ik hou van water en vuurwerk.

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  • SILVA Gold Star Critiquer [C: 321 W: 0 N: 0] (3917)
  • [2006-01-11 13:16]
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k maravilha de foto Pedro..adorei,,uau..abraço

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  • A-J Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 96 W: 11 N: 34] (435)
  • [2006-01-15 20:47]
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Wonderful shot here. Very colorful. The reflection even makes it more dramatic


Hi Pedro,

Wow, this is a fantastic pyrotechnic shot, the detail the real and reflected colours are amazing. Well done.


Fantastic shot Pedro, freworks are a very difficult subject but you managed to get a excellent result. Very well defined patterns of the explosions and great colors and overall lighting.

Stunning photo Pedro. Really well captured. Exposure spot-on

Fantastic shot! well done Pedro!

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  • LuciG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1206 W: 151 N: 655] (8171)
  • [2006-02-20 16:48]

o colorido é fabuloso e o crop da à foto uma beleza incrivel. o ponto de vista tambem é magnifico.
Bom trabalho!

Nice capture. lovely colors. TFS

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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2006-03-09 23:40]

Beautiful night shot! The colors are wonderful! Great sharpness! Very well done! Bravo! Michel

This is the most beautiful fireworks photo i've seen here on TL. COlors are just amazing! TFS

hi pedro, this is a wonderful fireworks shot, great composition, thanks scott

Good catch. Nice fireworks too.

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