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A Thousand Wishes

by Matthew Cooper
A Thousand Wishes

What perfect timing for a Fireworks Friday shot of Wishes on the 1st day of the year. This is my 2nd posted sequence from this shooting of Wishes. The only thing I’m not thrilled with are the white side bursts that go off in this sequence. It would look a lot better without them as all the Fireworks would be color but they are pretty much impossible to avoid in the finale and I understand they do add a lot of “impact” so to speak in person as they really light up the whole area.

Shooting/Editing A Thousand Wishes

This was shot with a Nikon D810 and Nikon 14-24 2.8. I used a 7 stop Progrey ND filter. This sequence ended up being 89 seconds, so not too bad, but the ending is pretty intense so the ND really helps deal with that. Editing was mostly similar to my previous photo from this Wishes shoot except for a bit more problems with smoke. I usually will fix this by cloning out any stray bits of smoke and then painting over the rest by constantly sampling the sky colors in the sky nearest the smoke. I do this painting on its own layer and then add some light noise to blend it better when finished before merging it all together and doing some final cleanup. That’s not to say I always get rid of the smoke, but sometimes it is particularly damaging to the frame so I’ll make the extra effort to remove it.

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