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Painting the sky - number 1

You must know by now how much fun I have with my little camera, and how forgiving it is with my efforts.   I am loathed to criticize it - it feels like gossiping about a close friend.  However, if I do have one little niggle about it, it is in trying to capture fireworks.   I set it to `fireworks` mode, because I assume that the good folk at Kodak know a lot more about the camera`s capabilities than me, and then the fun starts.

Click, I take the first shot, miss the firework completely, because it takes me a little while to allow for the slight delay between click and capture, and then have to wait no less than ten seconds, while the camera processes the shot, before I can try again.  By the time I have finally got into the swing of clicking a split second before I think the firework will burst, we are already halfway through the display.  The processing time severely restricts the number of shots I can take, and I am usually shivering, too, so I am pretty pleased if I get any shots which I like.

I`m going to put up a few which I do like.  I hold my hand up and admit I am green with envy at some of the truly wonderful, detailed firework photographs I have seen on here.  Beautifully framed with landscape, buildings and fireworks all combining to make stunning composition, and elegant photographs.  Well, mine are not like that at all, but I do like the abstract quality of them, and I hope you do too. (:o)

comments (32)

  • telemachus
  • Gherthlikx on Hoobiss West
  • 6 Nov 2007, 00:09
I wonder if the ten seconds is not some noise-reduction calculation, because it expects a dark background?

Just a thought. Anything in the manual? Manual? Manual???

The sparks are lookin' good. though, Roz!
Rosalyn Sears: Oh no! I guess I`ll be taking the manual to bed tonight - and I`ve just got to a really exciting bit in the book I`m reading. (;o) Thank you for the suggestion, though, it could well be something like that. (:o)
Love this. The purple filaments streaking out from the center give it a wonderful aura.
Rosalyn Sears: I`m glad you like it - I liked the effect, too. (:o)
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Nov 2007, 00:33
Off-centre hot-spot works a treat here, Rosalyn.
Rosalyn Sears: Hmmm. Let me just be honest about this, I didn`t have any choice in what I caught on camera - it wasn`t a question of deliberately trying to catch a particular composition - more a question of pressing the shutter when I thought something was about to explode. lol! I`m really pleased you like this, though. (:o)
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 6 Nov 2007, 00:46
I certainly like this result of your efforts!

You probably have in camera noise reduction turned on. If you turn that off, the camera will be ready to shoot again instantly. You can always tackle the noise later, but as you pointed out, the fireworks don't wait.
Rosalyn Sears: I`m going to look into that, Martin. Thank you for the rush, though, I have a whole year to research it now. lol! Pleased you liked the results. (:o)
Another wonderful shot.
Rosalyn Sears: A wonderfully lucky shot. (:o) Glad you like it.
  • Roland
  • France
  • 6 Nov 2007, 06:26
Nice legend for this beautiful night - light shot Roz
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Roland. I can take the credit for the title, the rest was pure luck. (:o)
Great night shot Rosalyn ! This is really a beautiful firework. You don't have to be ashamed... that's a likey for me ! smile
Rosalyn Sears: I`m more intrigued than anything else, Florence. The shot just didn`t look like I expected them to, but at least they are a talking point, and I do like this one. So pleased you likeyed it that much. (:o)
Ahahhh! Fireworks, another great weakness! smile
Rosalyn Sears: They are fun, are they not?(:o)
Wow another stunner!!!!
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you so much, Gale. You are very kind, and I am so happy you like this one. (:o)
What a lovely blog today Rosalyn. I'm there behind you with every word. I had a go last night for the first time and although I have a different camera, it sounded just like you had be watching me! I have no noise reduction programme switched on in my camera, it was just the processing of each shot that caused my delays. Haven't looked at them yet but I'm sure I don't have one that is as stunning as this.
Rosalyn Sears: Oh you make me feel so much better! If you luck was in, you`ll have some marvellous shots, I`m sure. I`ll be really interested to compare the results. (:o)
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 6 Nov 2007, 10:45
Painting the sky indeed. I love those blue streaks that seem to stream out of the artist's brush. Nicely done. As to your camera and I have said this before...when one has unlimited resources and equipment, creating a great image is not so hard. However, the real challenge is working with limited resources and equipment to create a great image. Kudos to you!
Rosalyn Sears: You are so kind, Kathryn, but I feel `luck` played a rather large part in this. lol! I am so pleased you like the photograph, because I like it too, and all the more because it was such a surprise. (:o)
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 6 Nov 2007, 11:02
Fantastic shot, I can't wait to take some shots like this.
Rosalyn Sears: Well I shall look forward to seeing them! I`m really happy if this photograph has inspired you. It certainly encouraged me to try for a few more, next time there is a firework display. (:o)
great capture
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Chantal. I`m glad you like it. (:o)
  • terry
  • Nepal
  • 6 Nov 2007, 12:55
love the way you've captured the sparks flying !
Rosalyn Sears: Pretty lucky, really - and I am happy you like it. (:o)
A Very interesting capture of a fiework exploding.
Rosalyn Sears: It was certainly interesting to see exactly what I had captured! It was fascinating looking at them on my computer. (:o)
I was visiting a friend and missed the splendour of Guy Fawkes night. Good Catch.
Rosalyn Sears: It always seems to last for a month around here! Fun for me, but not for my two dogs, who are terrified of fireworks. Glad you like this one. (:o)
Years ago I took a 35mm slide of fireworks. 2 going off in full glory together and filling the frame. I couldn't wait to enter it in a club competition. It was dismissed by the judge on a seen it before seen it better. I'd used a whole roll of 36 to get that shot!!! I like this shot and I think it looks even better framed in white.
Rosalyn Sears: Miserable so and so! (The judge, not you.) I just don`t think I would even bother to try, not if I was using film. My bank balance would not be able to cope. lol! I`ll look at it framed in white, thanks for the suggestion. I just put these up frameless because I thought the black looked like black sky. (:o)
  • Lilith
  • re-carving stone
  • 6 Nov 2007, 14:20
I was hoping someone would put up some fireworks on sc. Yours are FAB.
Rosalyn Sears: Happy to oblige! Some of them are a bit on the errrrrr, what shall I say? Abstract side. lol! Glad you like this one though. (:o)
Looks pretty impressive to me - your patience paid off ;o)
Rosalyn Sears: Well in truth, the display was only fifteen minutes long, but I ignored the frustration and just clicked as soon as my camera let me. Glad you like this one. (:o)
fireworks are always nice, once you knwo the emotiona and expectation that goes with the live've captured it nicely
Rosalyn Sears: Well thank you, Patrick. I`m glad you can see some of the atmosphere in there. (:o)
S'very niice, yes!
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, kind sir! (:o)
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Nov 2007, 18:03
like the tendril formation...
Rosalyn Sears: It`s interesting because it is maybe something that does not really register, when you are watching sans-camera. Pleased you like it. (:o)
  • Pilgrim
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Nov 2007, 20:17
Given your efforts to capture this I think this is a great shot Rosalyn. Good on you for persevering - it paid off. David.
Rosalyn Sears: Well I don`t give in easily, and it was no hardship really because I was taking the photographs from my bedroom window. I am a patient person - I have to be, I am totally self taught with both my camera and my computer, and boy, does it take me a while to work things out! lol! Glad you like this one - I do too. (:o)
Youve got an excellent result
Rosalyn Sears: I was really lucky with this one, wasn`t I? (:o)
  • BeakerSt
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Nov 2007, 21:04
This works very well, good composition. smile
Rosalyn Sears: I agree that, happily, it does seem to work well, but I did not `compose` it. I wish I could say I did - it was just pure luck. (:o)
This is just a great shot Rosalyn. Well done
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Richard - it is kind of you to say so. I was very lucky that this one just happened to present itself. (:o)
  • Steve
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Nov 2007, 22:02
Lovely abstract feel to this Rosalyn. Your camera may have its weaknesses, but it's given you a nice exposure on this.
Rosalyn Sears: Oh I agree - I definitely haven`t fallen out of love with my little camera. It captured some very interesting shots - just not what I had been expecting. But that was fun too! (:o)
  • Richa
  • United States
  • 6 Nov 2007, 22:12
Wow! Thats an amazing shot for a point and shoot camera. I never even thought about taking one by my point and shoot, thinking it will never be able catch it.

You were using tripod? 2sec exposure is pretty long to have a steady hand. Nice picture and very appropriate title..
Rosalyn Sears: Well, I missed an awful lot of opportunities too - but didn`t come away empty handed. Nope, no tripod - just elbows on my bedroom windowsill. lol! Really pleased you like this. (:o)
A likey again !!!!!
Rosalyn Sears: You are too kind. (:o)
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