Smoke in fireworks


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Bro,

IMHO - just let it be. Looks more natural. Like a fellow CSer said it "Yan Hua" (literally translates to Smoke Flowers). So how to qualify as Fireworks without the smoke?

Anyway, the smoke still looks OK - not too much (at least to this pair of inexperienced eyes). If anything, I would suggest getting rid of the boats and the "scenery" at the bottom of the frame...
 

knpan

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ehhhh? when i took pic of the fireworks, the same place as you, theres no smoke in my pic, none of them. i thnik your shutter speed is too fast thats why, i think
 

knpan

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Took them in bulb mode. Hmm and if u have no smoke, then u have to teach me guru :) How about this sunday?
haha, click this link, it might have a little smoke, but it doesnt even seem to look like smoke, more like the normal night sky.

,oh cant load my online photo album on this computer, i will give u another link on another website, see if theres smoke in your opinion.

http://www.friendster.com/photos/5132787/361345818/1041#pic=0202985489.

i suspect that you are zooming in too much too, dont u think it would make the smoke more obvious?
 

knpan

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the top right hand corner looks edited, did u try t omake the burn 0 percent? so it wont look that harsh
 

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haha, click this link, it might have a little smoke, but it doesnt even seem to look like smoke, more like the normal night sky.

,oh cant load my online photo album on this computer, i will give u another link on another website, see if theres smoke in your opinion.

http://www.friendster.com/photos/5132787/361345818/1041#pic=0202985489.

i suspect that you are zooming in too much too, dont u think it would make the smoke more obvious?
Hmm kind of blends with the colour. Have to try moving a bit away from the merlion he he. I was 18mm, no zoom. but then again have to crop as there is no scenery from where I stand. As I said have to move away from the merlion ;p
 

ExplorerZ

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But if I burn, then it kind of makes the photo darker, doesn't it? I cant just burn around the fireworks area, i have to burn whole of photo right?:dunno:
nope, try using burn 3-5%(my personally setting) and set it to midtones and do some slight burn on the more obvious smoke before changing it to shadows and burn again. but like i say, poor or too much burning might make it looks weird.

another way is like what Dan have said, use U-point from Nikon capture NX. great tools
 

firestone

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Of course result depends on yourself
1.Go to select color range, click the black sky & push slider to extreme right.
2. Now you MAY want to use curves to darken the overall sky.
3. Now paint back/mask parts where smoke is necessarty especially lower parts where sky meets water.

cheers!:)
 

theRBK

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actually its because his shutter speed is slow, that's why even the not very bright smoke can be picked up by the camera...

one easy way to reduce smoke is simply, in levels, push the black level to the right...this would reduce the smoke...but don't push too much or the image becomes too dark...and like others have mentioned a bit of smoke makes it more real... :)
 

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