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Not as sinister as it sounds, this is just a short series of photographs which seem to lend themselves to the black background on shutterchance.  I have a particular love of such images, so this is an eclectic selection of some of the photographs I have taken.

I have to confess to being a disorganised and lazy photographer.  I seldom plan my shots, as they are usually taken when I am out walking.  I have a mono-pod and a tripod, and am yet to use them, so all my shots are `hand held`..  One situation where I could `plan` my photography, is when I am about to watch a firework display.  I did read up on it, but it was just too complicated.  Instead, I just click away and see what develops.  No two firework displays have produced similar results.  Some have been fairly accurate `as seen` photographs, and some have resulted in bizarre and delightful abstracts. 

This year, I was photographing a firework display from my bedroom window.  It was pouring with rain and blowing an absolute howling gale.  The fireworks were roughly 200 mitres away, behind a hedge.  Very few, save a few very big rockets managed to fly vertically, most displayed in a much more horizontal direction.  lol!  I particularly liked this shot, which shows them being blown off course, and the gives the illusion of the tree being alight.  It wasn`t, but I did like the effect. (:o)

comments (17)

  • VZ
  • United States
  • 30 Nov 2008, 02:04
holy smokes, Roz. This looks more like a California fire, than a firework. smile
I don't know, I think it looks even more dramatic on the white background.
If that's the result of your unplanned shots, than don't even think of planning, please. smile
Rosalyn Sears: Glad you like it, Viktor. I took several like this. Some of them make the tree look as though it is dressed for Christmas, but I liked the lateral movement in this one. (:o)
  • The caves of my mind
  • 30 Nov 2008, 05:43
Like a battle scene from the days of the Roman empire, with burning arrows and bolts, and molten liquids being catapulted through the sky towards the fearful enemy.

Utterly stunning Rosalyn smile
Rosalyn Sears: lol! Your words (and imagination) add drama to any image, but I am pleased you like this one. (:o)
It does look even better on a white background Roz. What is this planning you are talking about? tongue
Rosalyn Sears: Ah, the second person to say they prefer a white background. Fair enough! Glad to hear that you are not a `planner` either. (:o)
This is very well done Roz.
Rosalyn Sears: Thanks, Michael. Courtesy of the British weather. (:o)
Roz, I greatly like the effect to. At first glance I really did think the tree was on fire. Very well done indeed.
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Sheila. Fortunately I didn`t have to `do` anything - it just appeared before my eyes. lol! (:o)
Superb effect. Well done Roz!
Rosalyn Sears: Glad you like it, Richard. (:o)
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Nov 2008, 13:10
This is pretty amazing Roz - it does look like the tree's on fire. I can understand your feelings about photography as I am just the same - I have a tripod yet rarely use it. It's just too heavy and cumbersome. Who wants to go out on a walk with all that gear. Better to take pot-luck - it has worked out well in this case.
Rosalyn Sears: Pleased you like the image, Ingrid. I`m glad you feel the same way about photography. Not only is a tripod cumbersome, but it also makes me feel kind of feel a bit self conscious. (:o)
An excellent result Roz!
Rosalyn Sears: Thanks, Nigel. It`s fun, isn`t it? (:o)
Planning, what's that Rosalyn, and what are these tripod things you mentioned. A very good picture, I really like this.
Rosalyn Sears: lol! A kindred spirit, Brian. Pleased you like the image. (:o)
extraordinary image Rosalyn, wish the one's i took of the local fireworks display were a 1/4 good as this. Superb stuffsmile
Rosalyn Sears: As I said, tim, I never seem to get the same results two times in a row. I`m very pleased you like it, though. (:o)
Absolutely wonderful!!
Rosalyn Sears: Well thank you, albert! (:o)
Wonderful shot Roz. Not the burning bush but the burning tree. Or it could be a bunch of fairies on a mission.
Rosalyn Sears: lol! Pleased you enjoyed this image. (:o)
Fireworks, Rosalyn?
Anyhow, it is a brilliant capture!
Rosalyn Sears: Thank you, Kavita. (:o)
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 1 Dec 2008, 00:46
It almost looks like a comet has landed. Excellent image!
Rosalyn Sears: I`m glad you like it, Larry. (:o)
A really fantastic firework shot!!!!!

The combination of the silhouettes of the trees and the wind makes it very special. Good that you stayed in your bedroom smile
Rosalyn Sears: Thanks, Paul. This display was at a caravan park which is situated a couple of fields away from our house. They had another display the following week, and I ended up with very ordinary photographs that day. (:o)
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Dec 2008, 19:32
FABULOUS.....this are pictures I love to look at...Viktor made me go back in time gringrin, Roz, this is wonderful.
Rosalyn Sears: So glad you like it, Astrid. Viktor`s comments always make me `think`. lol! (:o)
  • polarbear
  • Vacationing in Australia
  • 22 Jan 2009, 22:39
I really like this photo...and glad to hear there's another "lazy" photographer out there! I too have barely used my tripod smile

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