Chinese Firecrackers, Image taken during chinese new year.

Chinese Firecrackers, Image taken during chinese new year.
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dominicanmerida September 15, 2015
This is beautiful!
misfitss138 September 23, 2015
Now that fits the theme!! Awesome!
ivyluna November 19, 2020
good catch.
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Awesome capture
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Behind The Lens

This image was taken at Chinese new year celebrations here in Melbourne Australia. As is obvious, this is of the famous string of firecrackers which are hung up, these were on the street. Lots of noise and excitement.
Early afternoon. The celebrations for Chinese new year went on for several hours, the firecracker's were set up in at least 6-8 different locations along the street with the lion dancing.
Nothing special with the lighting, I spot metered off the subject and slightly compensated to the negative in exposure. It was a very bright day regardless, slight afternoon directional lighting at most, but almost midday like.
I used my trusty old Canon 7D (original) for this with a Canon 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM for this. Very underrated lens, and with a crop sensor like that of the 7D gets you extra reach in focal length with the crop. Totally handheld, camera on its full 8fps and as I remember 1/8000th second.
The excitement and noise in this area during the Chinese new year celebrations (several years ago) was my inspiration. I was a local to that area at the time and strung together several images as a visual story of the events of the day. This one was the detail image, which Im still quite proud of.
No Crop into the image done here, only making it a square image was necessary I wasn't all that far away. Also being as piece of journalism I was doing, there's no real post processing done on this image, other than bringing down highlights and slightly increasing contrast.
In my camera bag
I usually have at least one large DSLR, still using my 7D at times, but usually a 1D mark iv. Lenses are usually a Tamron 24-70 f2.8 VC, but if Im going out especially for an event or a specific type of scene I may carry more. My favourite lens for my 2 Canon's is a Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/35 ZE. I don't use telephoto's all the much really, but I may also be carrying my 24-70's brother, the 70-200mm f2.8 VC but also maybe a 10-22mm for the 7D's crop sensor. At times I've also carried a 70-300L or a 16-35mm f2.8 ii.
My only real advice is to absorb as much information about the technical aspects of photography as you can handle and then practice and practice. Keep looking at other people's work for inspiration, try to avoid copying them but use it as inspiration. Try not to agonise about your equipment, but instead learn to use it to its full potential before upgrading anything or even sometimes buying anything new. And if you need anything new, save up for the really good stuff, don't necessarily settle for the cheaper items as they won't last as long for you and are usually worse quality. Remember every minute spent behind your camera actually creating images is in the long term adding to your potential in creating greater images, wether its only for a hobby or otherwise. Aspiring to take images like you see in magazines is great, but have fun while your getting yourself there.

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