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Red, White, and Blue by KrisVlad Red, White, and Blue by KrisVlad
July 4th, 2012

That night was perfect! It was a hot 100°F day, but the riverfront breeze felt great, the water was very tranquil, and the sky was pitch black by the time the fireworks show started.

Did I mention I love my Rokinon fisheye lens? You can read a quick review here: fish-eyed.deviantart.com/journ…
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:iconjuliekswenson:
This photo is quite pretty. It's almost hard to believe you got this from your first time photographing fireworks.
For a photograph with a lot of darkness and shadows, there are a lot of vibrant, vivid colors. The way the shoreline's lights play across the water mimics the way watercolor paints blend and settle next to each other on paper, which is a nice effect you don't always get to see in photos.
The curve of the skyline and shoreline is a nice central element in this photo. The bridge on the left somewhat interrupts the fluid curve because it sticks out a little more than the bridge on the right, but not in a distracting or bad way. It's interesting that the bridge on the right almost completely blends into the lights of the shoreline. Walking a little more to the right probably would have made the bridges pretty much symmetrical on either side of the photo, but perfect symmetry isn't necessary in this photo.
The long exposure time you used created a beautiful, layered array of colors and objects but also made the fireworks' smoke slightly more visible than a slightly shorter exposure, but the smoke is so minimal that it becomes a detail in the photograph as opposed to a distraction. If you wanted to minimize the appearance of smoke in your photos, you could position yourself before staring to take pictures so the wind is blowing behind away from you and the fireworks, or toward the skyline. Having said that, I don't think that's something you could or should have changed with this photo because it would change the perspective of your background, so the position from which you took these photos is still great.
The shadows, midtones and highlights all work together in a very subtle way that's pleasing to the eye. I really like that none of the highlights are overwhelming or painful to look at.
Everyone takes pictures of fireworks. This photographer did a great job making an image stand out in a sea of normally comparable positions and exposures.
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YucaMora Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Photographer
great Shot! ;-)
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:iconkrisvlad:
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   Photographer
Thank you very much Yuca! It's definitely one fo my favorites.
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IridescentCatalyst Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
The reflections and angle make the picture great!
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:iconkrisvlad:
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014   Photographer
Thank you very much! And here I was, thinking my fisheye lens is useless.
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IridescentCatalyst Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
No problem, and nothing is ever useless (:
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c4-r Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing :) I love it.
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:iconkrisvlad:
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very very much!
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hefeigal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous, I love the sense of depth, and the timing is just right! The fisheye lens created a beautiful, in-a-globe effect without the distortions becoming overwhelming.
I wouldn't change a thing, this is lovely! :D
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013   Photographer
Thank you very much Hefeigal! I love my fishy for situations like this. Those fireworks were actually like 100 feet in the sky, but I somehow still caught them. The burst on the right was actually photoshopped in haha... I used the clone stamp.
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hefeigal Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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cloe-patra Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
featured: [link] :hug:
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:iconkrisvlad:
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much! Glad you like it. It's an honor to be featured.
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augenweide Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in our thank you feature 2012 :iconphoto-logic-sense: [link]
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:iconkrisvlad:
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012   Photographer
Thanks Augen! It's an honor, especially since you featured THREE!
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augenweide Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:tmnt1:
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xOxChrystalxOx Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I featured your piece here [link] :heart:
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:iconkrisvlad:
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012   Photographer
It's an honor! Thank you. I appreciate it.
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roarbinson Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful photo! what kind of lens and what focal length did you use? (I'm interested since the focal length in the camera data says 0mm)
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012   Photographer
Thank you Makani! I used a manual fisheye lens that doesn't make electrical contact with the camera body, so the EXIF data comes out a little skewed.

The focal length is actually 8mm and the F stop was 8 or 11.
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roarbinson Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
that's pretty cool! thanks for the reply :clap: I don't know if you're interested but I recently saw a different fireworks photograph that was beautiful - here's the link: [link] and it's from this article [link] ... it's a pretty impressive stack from multiple pictures. I wanted to take fireworks pictures on the 4th of july too but unluckily I was present at the one single firework that didn't happen (san diego big bay boom 2012)
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012   Photographer
Ohhhh you were there!? Haha I saw those videos on Reddit. Sorry man.
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CarmenIrene Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Love my Cincinnati.
;)
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:iconkrisvlad:
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012   Photographer
Oh I do too, thank you!
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CarmenIrene Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
;)
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SnapShot120 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the title. Very clever. Normally I don't like all those corny, rhyming, butt-of-the-joke phrases, but this is awesome!
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012   Photographer
Thanks man! I must say, not totally original... that's what the fireworks show was called in my town.
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SnapShot120 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I figured out why I like this particular stupid phrase more than the other (quoting myself) "corny, rhyming, butt-of-the-joke phrases:" the first half of the phrase [red, white and blue] actually means something more and bigger than words (in this case, an entire nation and not to mention it's pride) and what words are normally used to say or explain. And unlike the usual stupid jokes, the words aren't just answering a simple question. And another thing unlike a joke, you actually get to SEE at least one half of the final phrase; in this case it's the "boom." It's not a big deal, but apparently it is to me...

Anyway, thank you for replying to my comment, it lead to a stunning realization and the beginnings of some sort of philosophy. It's a nice photo, too. Ciao! :iconciaoplz: :) Thanks again!
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012   Photographer
Thank YOU for the kinds words!

Cheers.
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:iconluis-costa:
luis-costa Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful capture
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:iconkrisvlad:
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012   Photographer
Thank you Luis!
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toonham Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats! You've been featured in toonham's deviantART feature!
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:iconkrisvlad:
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012   Photographer
Hell yeah! Thank bro!
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toonham Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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JeffBelfi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great capture!
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012   Photographer
Thank you sir! I appreciate it.
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Lauraaaaax Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012   Photographer
Thank you Laurax!
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Lauraaaaax Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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lycan-rising Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
woooah. Is that a fish eye lens being used? great photograph. *just read that part in the artists description about fish eye lens :P*

As for the fireworks...I'd say you did well. The most interesting photographs are where lots is happening at once, but I suppose that when only so many rockets are being launched, you are a little limited. That said, the cityscape background makes up for a lot.
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012   Photographer
Thank you got the kind words. I wish I could have shot the grand finale too, but it was so bright, it would have been overexposed for sure.
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice capture!
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:iconkrisvlad:
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much sir!
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Mayeaux Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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alpha-Ikaros Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
I can't believe this was you first time photographing fireworks! :D
This is awesome! I love the colors here :D
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:iconkrisvlad:
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much! It took some time to mess with the settings, but towards the end I finally figured out what times to use.
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Jplocinski Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful!! :iconsmileyyplz:
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KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012   Photographer
Thank you JP, I appreciate it.
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Jplocinski Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No problem!!! :D
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012   General Artist
This is very beautiful! I love the wide angle, and the magnificent view. The lighting is really cool as well, shows off that glow from the awesome fireworks. I really like the reflections off the water as well! nicely done!
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:iconkrisvlad:
KrisVlad Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012   Photographer
Thank you very much for the kind words! I appreciate it.
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