Darkroom Challenge Digital Darkroom Derby #150½

Whidbey Island
Start Date
Sep 24, 2023
End Date
Sep 27, 2023
Here is a diversion. It's the "DDD Make Your Own Fireworks Challenge".

I am putting 50 SOOC JPGs (stuck pixels and all) here. You may blend them as you like to create your perfect fireworks image.

The rules for this challenge are different as follows:
  • There are no limits on number of entries.
  • The winner will be decided by reaction score.
  • Any reaction counts as 1 point.
  • If multiple entries are in a single post, the reaction score will be evenly divided among them :p .
  • The winner gets bragging rights. . . and owes me a beer!

Please tell us how you blended the images (e.g., in layers with blending mode "lighten only").

Here is an example (which I coincidently did with "lighten only" layers):

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This challenge will conclude at end-of-day on Wednesday, September 27th. I will post DDD #151 the following day. Have fun!!!
Unfortunately, no. Insufficient google-drive space for 50 raw files right now. Sorry.
Well, why don't you upload them to We Transfer? It offers a free service and gives you up to 30 day storage - ideal for a 72 hour challenge. Easier still is FileTransfer.io where you don;t even have to create an account - and it is also free.

As far as I'm concerned, editing JPEGs is a waste of time if you want to get the best out of an image.
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Not competing, just playing. For what it's worth, I don't think the raw files would be of much help in this case, because there are really no midtone details that the raws would help to refine. It's mainly highlights and deep shadows, with no details to recover from either.

In any case, it was fun to horse around with the jpegs. It's a useful creative exercise in color and composition. I stacked a dozen or so of the images in Photoshop and put all in Lighten blend mode, with a solid black fill layer at the bottom. Selected parts of each image, resized and re-positioned in the frame. Finally, used a couple of blank layers in color blend mode to vary the colors.

FW1 - stack-1200.jpg
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