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This photo shows some distant fireworks for Guy Fawkes night. It is captured with Delphinus, the constellation of the dolphin, high in the sky in autumn here in the UK. It is one of the few constellations that actually looks a bit like that which is represents (see the inset). The greek myths say the dolphin helped Posideon locate the mermaid, Amphitrite, and brought her back to be his Queen in his golden palace at the bottom of the sea. As a reward Poseidon placed the dolphin among the stars.
Posted 11:17pm Thursday, 10th November 2005
I am not too happy with the composition of this shot. The constellation came out well, but the fireworks are a little crowded by the tree. I was standing in the road - a very dark road - when this was taken and it was very hard to judge where the next batch of fireworks was going to happen next.
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Shooting Date/Time2005:11:06 21:30:15.10
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Filed in: [Night][Trees][Long Exposures]
 
phong
again! another shot full of atmosphere and lovely deep colours. it would have been nice if the fireworkd were better framed, but it doesn't bother me really.
AlanGraham
A tricky one to pull off... you never can predict where a firework is going to explode into the sky, however I really like this one... The silhouetted trees add to it, and break up the fireworks and the stars. :-)
shane j montgomery
looks good man

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