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author robinschooley (Robin Schooley)
title SkyBlast -- Pittsburgh -- 07/23/04
date7/25/2004 1:16:35 PM
detailsFireworks after the baseball game. Digital Rebel, Canon EF 28-80 f/3.5-5.6 @ 80mm, manual exposure, f/25, 13 sec., ISO 100, RAW capture converted in PSCS. Tripod, cable release.
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1 Biliana ((I am against CHERYL B)   (7/25/2004 1:28:15 PM)
wow wowwwwwwwwwwww Robin dear.. what a sight what a light, so incredible wonderful ! Wow.. Fabulous.. bravoooooooooooooooooooo!
Kisses, Biliana
2 Roger Ranney (Don't block the shot)   (7/25/2004 1:31:36 PM)
What a great vantage point. Nicely done Robin!!
3 Jouko   (7/25/2004 1:35:07 PM)
Superb shot!
Excellent lighting!
WOW, wow!!!

9,5 points if I could vote!
4 Dave Pastoriza   (7/25/2004 1:52:26 PM)
Marvelous exposure, excellent all around!
5 Haim Ziv   (7/25/2004 1:52:52 PM)
Amazing scene, great color and good balance.
6 gdanger (George Dangerfield)   (7/25/2004 2:02:47 PM)
What an amazing sight Robin, I like how the fireworks give a nice glow to the water, you did a great job with this long exposure!
7 javier   (7/25/2004 2:08:56 PM)
Fantastic. Congrats
8 joe bellantoni   (7/25/2004 2:13:42 PM)
Great scene Robin, no easy feat! You processed it imo perfectly
9 Krys   (7/25/2004 2:26:33 PM)
Wonderful Robin! :o)
10 Duncan Fauvel   (7/25/2004 2:29:24 PM)
This is great, loads to look at...this would look great as a poster.
11 btezra   (7/25/2004 2:34:40 PM)
~gotta love skyblast in Pittsburgh...Robin, this is just too damn good, I was sitting in PNC Park Friday night, went to the game, did not take any images, but I am so glad you did, you showcase the city I love so well, top marks, congrats, and can I get a print for myself? if so, send me an email or give me a call!~
12 Tomasz (Kazimierz Janeczko)   (7/25/2004 2:43:34 PM)
Beautiful and charming. Good composition, color and lighting. Regards, Kazik.
13 Wayne Morgan (( ;-)   (7/25/2004 2:49:22 PM)
Excellent shot, Robin. Beautiful scene!
14 MJFerron   (7/25/2004 3:14:13 PM)
One of your very best Robin. Love the building that looks like it's blowing it's stack. Colors are gorgeous.
15 Pete321   (7/25/2004 4:10:21 PM)
Stunning work Robin!
16 David   (7/25/2004 4:13:09 PM)
Very pretty night shot, height of action, excellent techniques.
17 Jonathan Wise   (7/25/2004 4:25:05 PM)
Very very good indeed,a pleasure to view.
18 Mike Blanchard   (7/25/2004 5:17:17 PM)
It really is a great shot Robin. The LLC is a minor distraction for me and I believe it could be cropped without disturbing the composition. Still, this is a very successful image. Very, very good.
19 Hassan (Hassan A)   (7/25/2004 6:12:22 PM)
A great night shot , colors , composition and exposure are perfect , Regards (9.3)
20 Les McLean (**** ))   (7/25/2004 6:28:34 PM)
This is a blast Robin, and a well controlled exposure, I paricularly like how you have not allowed the fireworks to dominate, all the elements sit comfortably in the frame.
Good work.
21 archera (Roland DiSabatino)   (7/25/2004 7:12:51 PM)
"Any time you're ready, you can start shooting Mr. DeMille!" :O) ~~ Wow! what a production, Robin!
22 KAY (........ .......)   (7/25/2004 7:14:23 PM)
Beautiful Photo Robin. kay (9)
23 Lorraine54 (Don't worry be Happy and comment more)   (7/25/2004 7:43:09 PM)
Totally awesome...I feel like I am there somewhere looking at this scene, the clarity is outstandng.
24 Ray Leung   (7/25/2004 7:50:54 PM)
Great (10).
25 jreilly (Jim Reilly)   (7/25/2004 7:57:24 PM)
This is a home run...robin. Love the reflections, lighting, comp, just everything.
26 David Hopkins   (7/25/2004 8:04:30 PM)
outstanding night shot, great colour and exposure,stunning composition, best I've seen for some time.Well done.........
27 Dwight (Have I died and gone to heaven?)   (7/25/2004 8:26:46 PM)
28 berto   (7/25/2004 8:45:58 PM)
I think I'm the only one wondering about the right fireworks display as far as what appears to be obvious burning to the sky around it.....Maybe I'm seeing things? The rest of the image is nice though.
29 Joel P Black   (7/25/2004 9:18:44 PM)
Pow this is great what a vantage point your usual I presume?
30 Yeshey Dorji   (7/25/2004 9:21:14 PM)
A great shot ! Wonderful lights and detail.
31 George Oze   (7/25/2004 9:29:26 PM)
Excellent! Nicely balanced lights with the fireworks! (!.))
32 Amanda Barber   (7/25/2004 9:30:52 PM)
WOW this picture is just full of electricity and excitement!! I love it!!!
33 ckldybr (A perfect photo is just a click away)   (7/25/2004 10:14:55 PM)
Robin, what can I add? This is indeed wonderful. A great shot!! Take care. Barb.
34 Terry Forrest (Teresa Forrest)   (7/25/2004 11:24:12 PM)
Super night photo, Robin, with great colors, exposure, reflections, composition, and to top it all off - that silky-looking water! (9.25)
35 MDR (Matt Zinger)   (7/26/2004 12:20:17 AM)
My preference is to take night shots with a little light left in the sky. Otherwise there is a lot of dead sky (as exhibited here.) We have been over this before. I realize that you have no control over the timing of the fireworks. You have captured the lights and fireworks well, but have come up short in the capture of the city itself. It's all too dark. I say this not because it isn't a good image, but because of the scoring going on here. This is a fine image, but it isn't a top ten percenter either.
I dedicate this comment to Joey B!
36 photoservicemgr (Dan Hutchinson)   (7/26/2004 12:26:37 AM)
Beautiful capture Robin!
37 mrgetz (Thinkyouneek )   (7/26/2004 12:31:36 AM)
Nobody deserves a 10.
38 Rodger   (7/26/2004 12:44:58 AM)
exposer, colors all add up to make this FANTASTIC
Cheers and Congrats on POD (you earned it)9.4
39 Kazimierz Morski   (7/26/2004 2:32:40 AM)
!!! :)K.M.
40 Fransisco   (7/26/2004 3:04:44 AM)
Oustanding work!!!!Greaaaaaat!!!
41 Bas Haasnoot   (7/26/2004 3:06:31 AM)
Congrats Robin with your wonderful image & POTD!!
42 bbackman (Bryan Backman)   (7/26/2004 3:31:42 AM)
Robin, with all of the helpful advice you've given me over the past couple of years I almost feel like a heel here because I can't go along with the chorus on this one. I've viewed this image several times against the black background and then went thru the comments to see if anyone else saw what I did, but it looks like only berto is seeing what I am. Not only around the rightside fireworks but also on the left side of that skyscraper and on down to the building with the green peaked roof it looks like you used the burn tool too much. I think you have to fill those blacker areas in by cloning some of the smoke filled sky. Viewed from a distance, this is a very nice image, but as presented, I just can't see past that flaw, sorry. 8.4
43 David   (7/26/2004 3:47:34 AM)
Robin, the image is excellent, IMO, as I have commented before. As a subscriber to the comments, I have been inclined to examine the image again. If you burned or cloned around the fireworks on the right or not (it really does not matter), I have to agree that you could have cloned out the white cloud-like areas from the darker sky. Of course, that becomes problematic because the "clouds" extend into and between the buildings and into the dots of light from the left side fireworks. So, it would be a time-consuming project, but it could be done. Think how much better a 20x30 inch print would be with that kind of effort.
44 bbackman (Bryan Backman)   (7/26/2004 4:40:07 AM)
#43 David: Although your approach would be interesting it would be too time consuming and would give an inconsistent look because there is smoke from the fireworks throughout the upper part of the image, including in the front of the buildings. My approach would still be somewhat time consuming but would give a more consistent look, and that is to take some of the smoke filled sky and clone in the darker areas around the rightside fireworks and down the leftside of the skyscraper where it looks like excessive burning has taken place. You are probably viewing this with room lights on, turn off the lights so that the only light is from the monitor and you'll see the area's I'm speaking about, with room lights or natural lighting, you won't be able to see what I'm talking about as well.
45 David   (7/26/2004 4:56:56 AM)
#44 bbackman(Bryan Backman): I think we agree. Basically, we see sharp cutoffs in the darker sky where it looks like burning or cloning has been done. The problem is where would one stop, if one were so inclined, in burning or clonimg out more of the white clouds, which is probably smoke from the firework? By whatever method, I think we agree that a little more effort would produce a much better image, which has apparently been lost on most of the prior voters, including myself. Nobody deserves a 10.
46 Rudi Van Gestel   (7/26/2004 6:12:33 AM)
Wonderful Robin, looks like the most wonderful place in the whole world that moment???!
Great shot! Technically superb!
47 CherylB (I only lie when I do not like your pic)   (7/26/2004 10:07:57 AM)
Robin, I see a very DARK area in center like you used a black paintbrush around the center main fireworks. I have left a crop that shows the same area. you may not see it because of our known issues with diff monitors but for me it's very easy to see and very distracting...the rest is super..
suggested crop >>
48 Huub Linthorst   (7/26/2004 3:01:17 PM)
Hi Robin, I saw your later remake, but this one is clearly also my favorite. Much crisper image. Regards, Huub
49 Boris   (7/26/2004 3:40:43 PM)
You win everything. You don't need my comment.
50 dneilson (Dolores Neilson)   (7/26/2004 9:53:09 PM)
Robin...I love this shot! I love the crispness of the lighting and the wonderful curves and graphical elements. I love the color contrasts...composition. Very well done!
51 ChristopherG   (7/27/2004 2:50:34 AM)
Wonderful image Robin, what a view you had for this show. The exposure on this is wonderful. There's lots to look at also. I also noticed the area where perhaps some burning occured during editing (I'm assuming). If you can fix this then the image would go from very good to excellent (IMO).
Regarding MDR's (#35) comment on the sky, I think I understand what his point is, but generally don't fireworks start after the kind of light he refers to is gone?
52 herman blockx   (7/28/2004 3:47:02 AM)
cool, cool shot!
53 Andrei Sliva   (8/3/2004 3:04:10 PM)
Nice pikes!:-)
54 Rick Coleman   (8/30/2004 8:30:28 PM)
Wow, this is incredible. I find myself studying the entire image and I still keep finding cool stuff to see and discover. The exposeure is very well executed and the image you captured so nicely jumps off the page. Great job!!!
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