Ian Chantler  

River of Light 2019 by Ian Chantler

November 2019 - River of Light 2019

About the Image(s)

November 3rd saw the annual Liverpool Rover of Light the Firework show on the River Mersey as always huge crowds packed the length of the riverside on both sides to watch the spectacular I got down an hour and a half early to get a good position as always it was superb and well worth braving the cold though I must admit the Thermos flask with soup certainly helped.

How I did it

Camera Canon EOS 5D Mk III lens Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM settings f5.6,5s ISO 100 mirror lock activated manual focus to infinity and remote trigger to activate the shutter camera attached to a Manfrotto tripod RAW file converted in Photoshop cropped slightly from the top and bottom contrast adjusted sky had a lot of light pollution and was a little brown so moved the hue on the sky to a bluer shade image sharpened using a high pass filter and a

7 comments posted

Thomas Wiemer   Thomas Wiemer
Only one word: Excellent   Posted: 11/08/2019 14:41:17

Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
The image is well balanced and blessed with warm colors. Did you consider cropping out the lite building in the left foreground? that light was a distraction for me. The stroke is a nice touch as it contained the image on your canvas.   Posted: 11/09/2019 16:26:01

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Erik
As always it takes someone looking over you shoulder to spot the obvious the light building shall be no more.
As always many thanks Erik.   Posted: 11/10/2019 02:08:07

Joseph Hearst   Joseph Hearst
One thing I am not clear about. Is that one exposure of many fireworks, or did you make several exposures to catch the different explosions? However you did it, it works well.   Posted: 11/11/2019 12:59:09
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Joe
Trial and error over the years at this annual display has taught me that a single exposure of between 5 and 8 seconds works a treat this was a 5 second single exposure.   Posted: 11/11/2019 13:15:08

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Ian, You were able to capture several fireworks simultaneously. Interesting that it does not show the path of the firework ascending, and there is very little smoke in the sky. I believe it must have been a little windy to clear it up. The image is sharp, and the colors are well handled. I use your same technique of about 5 seconds exposure but continuosly.   Posted: 11/11/2019 13:48:37
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Isaac
it was windy and yes the same as you when one exposure finished just hit the remote again and keep shooting usually get a couple of keepers using that technique.   Posted: 11/11/2019 15:17:01


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