Fireworks on the Pismo Pier

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© Marlena McClain
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Photo Info
UploadedJuly 9, 2008
TakenJuly 5, 2007
Exposure2.5 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length18 mm
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This was a lucky and amazing shot. I sat down quietly behind the shadowy man and his dark bike, anticipating every moment. I was in the moment, like a hunter stocking her prey. Stocking for my subject, the man and his bike, rather than focusing firework show. I took over a hundred shots and this was the best one. If you look closely you can see a ghostly figure smeared behind the main subject's hand and the middle of the front tire wheel. Also, two dark figures gaze above at the firey spectacle, while a slight wooden pier creeps into the scene.

33 responses

  • Jen Roberts

    Jen Roberts gave props (8 Jul 2008):


  • Amy Morriss

    Amy Morriss gave props (10 Jul 2008):

    great perspective!

  • Ronnie Baldonado

    Ronnie Baldonado said (17 Jul 2008):

    i wish im the person in the bike ... very very nice!

  • Clayborne Kasserman

    Clayborne Kasserman gave props (17 Jul 2008):

    It's fun to see an original interpretation of a tired theme like fireworks! Awesome!

  • Nathan Appel

    Nathan Appel said (16 Aug 2008):

    great job, I also like the fact that this isn't a typical fireworks in the sky shot, gives it sentimental value.

  • Nina Huettmann

    Nina Huettmann gave props (12 Sep 2008):

    amazing capture!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (14 Sep 2008):

    Killer entry.

  • Scott Derryberry

    Scott Derryberry gave props (30 Sep 2008):

    just beautiful!

  • Sean Blake

    Sean Blake said (25 Oct 2008):

    This is an amazing shot!

  • Robert J Ross

    Robert J Ross gave props (30 Oct 2008):

    The time and effort paid off in this amazing shot. Well done!

  • Neil Woo

    Neil Woo said (30 Oct 2008):

    what an amzaing shot

  • Thomas Berryhill

    Thomas Berryhill gave props (2 Nov 2008):

    Beautifule shot

  • Srinath Shankaran

    Srinath Shankaran (Deleted) said (18 Jul 2009):

    redscale. that's what this reminds me of...

  • geraldine gallagher

    geraldine gallagher said (21 Jul 2009):

    beautiful colour

  • Jimmy Sadler

    Jimmy Sadler said (30 Jul 2009):

    Insanely cool! Everything about this is compelling. Beautiful!

  • Vicki Koch

    Vicki Koch said (2 Aug 2009):

    Ah, nice work Marlena, and I like you name too - same as my niece. This is awesome!!!

  • Jit Ray

    Jit Ray said (3 Aug 2009):

    You could try a black and white version for this... it could be interesting

  • Jenny Roh

    Jenny Roh said (3 Aug 2009):

    oh my gosh this photo is just excellent and beautiful..

  • Carlos Tesla

    Carlos Tesla said (4 Aug 2009):

    i love this!!!my vote

  • Margherita Bettinelli

    Margherita Bettinelli gave props (14 Aug 2009):

    nice colours and contrast!

  • Donna Weston

    Donna Weston gave props (15 Aug 2009):

    Very beautiful!

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (18 Aug 2009):

    This is beyond stunning! Just wow!

  • Vincent Luo

    Vincent Luo said (19 Aug 2009):

    very nice shot..

  • atomare aufruestung

    atomare aufruestung (Deleted) said (22 Aug 2009):

    the colors are quit good.

  • Alexandru Iedu

    Alexandru Iedu gave props (24 Aug 2009):

    This photo is simple amazing ... congratulation and my vote !!!

  • Christina Atik

    Christina Atik gave props (25 Aug 2009):

    amaaaazing! lucky shot truly

  • Alain Daoud

    Alain Daoud gave props (25 Aug 2009):

    Beautiful !!!! Voted

  • Amber Gregory

    Amber Gregory gave props (27 Aug 2009):


  • Bert Happel

    Bert Happel gave props (5 Sep 2009):

    Great work and image.

  • Younes

    Younes said (5 Sep 2009):

    this is the kind of work that can be called master-piece accurate composition and great technicalities

  • Heather Sumpter

    Heather Sumpter said (8 Sep 2009):

    Marlena you are amazing :)

  • Janos Nezo

    Janos Nezo gave props (10 Sep 2009):

    Fantastic! My vote!

  • Marianne Greig

    Marianne Greig gave props (18 Dec 2011):

    This is a National Geographic shot. Well done!

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