Riverfire 2010 - Composite

So this year we were treated two four photo opportunities for the F-111 Dump-n-Burn display (it being the last Riverfire for the F-111's).

Rather than whack up four separate photographs, I've created a composite of all four in one.

Cloud and smoke led to a messy sky, but it was definitely worth watching despite the efforts of the authorities to make it photographing this event a lot more difficult than it has been previously.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 4th September 2010, This photo: 7:21pm


  • [ Kane ] said:
    Money David.
    My pod moved -not I didn't get as many shots as I wanted.
  • ((Kristin)) said:
    Awesome -- this definitely does look cooler as one shot. So happy the dump & burn was done well this year after their lack of a starting dump and burn last year!
  • Xenedis said:
    A post-processing tutorial would be interesting to read. I'm not sure what sort of compositing (and where) one would apply to produce an image like this.
    Great colours throughout the scene.
  • jacs14 said:
    I'm speechless ... totally awesome!!!!!!!
  • Phil Rettke Photography said:
    That is way cool!! Well done!
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/kanegledhill] Still very annoyed about the whole fence and fascist thugs (ahem "Security") that were there though.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/eideticmemory] Absolutely Kristin. Made up in part for the debacle with the fences (not totally though).
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/xenedis] It's about 6 shots, layered using the Screen blend mode, and then masks applied to all but the base exposure to clean up the overly bright or busy sections. I then cloned out the fence in the bottom left corner. Thank goodness for the rigidity of the Manfrotto 055XProB tripod (even with the centre column fully extended).
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelsa] Thanks :) This shot was 18 hours in the making. We got there at 4am, the even started at 7pm, and then had to get home. Am off to bed very very very soon.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/philrettke] Thanks Phil :) I see you also did very well.
  • bendyclickr said:
    Great work as usual Dave. 18 hours.... Now that is committed.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/fattybigboy] One could argue we should be committed for attempting such a long day ;-)
  • twenty90seven said:
    Brilliant idea. and well executed I may add because those F111's ae unpredictable, never know what direction they are coming from, or when they are exactly coming!
  • thebookfreak58 said:
    You've produced another top riverfire shot there yet again Dave! Well done. How come 18 hrs??? It was four seasons in one today!
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/42412500@N04] I pretty much knew what direction the planned passes would take, although the extra squiggle on the first was a bonus, and the two (upper right and upper left) passes were unexpected but greatly enjoyed by all.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/timothyn] Thanks Tim. Got up at 2:45am, got to site by 4am, show started at 7:03pm, got home 9:30ish (rapidly losing track of time) then processed the shot.
  • greenplasticdave said:
    Awesome, mate. Looks like Something weird and supernatural is going on.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/32491696@N00] Indeed :) Mind you, my brain could be telling me anything by now, really should shuffle off to bed, been a VERY long day.
  • Craig 'Lego' Lyons said:
    Wonderful exposure and scene.
  • darvidanoar said:
    Love it. The composite makes for a really interesting image.
  • aramisfirefly said:
    My head explodes just trying to think about how you put these shots together!
  • Austscapes.com said:
    Fantastic shot David, hard core comitment which paid off. Well done mate keep them coming
  • rajan.singh60 said:
    kusa jeha va
  • pinay.traveler said:
    just awesome.
  • ghis44free said:
    Still and always splendid photographs.
  • PassMyTinFoilHat said:
    Lovely shot Dave. And yes, the bloody security types. They went thru my camera bag with a fine tooth comb down on Southbank. Then they had the hide to pick on me because my tripod leg was sticking through the fence, so I could get it closer to the rail.
  • Grauniad2 said:
    Tremendous commitment, vision and technique David! Well done!!
  • ATSICHLAS (Limited time) said:
    Fabulous capture dear friend !
  • Bumblebee Photo said:
    coooool! that's so pretty!
  • teejaybee said:
    Way cool! After I read in the paper what security would be doing at the event (confiscations etc) I knew it would degrade into your experience.
    Did you have any weight strapped to the tripod? I've never had a whole lotta luck with multiple shots and the middle bar extended.
  • Stephen M Reid said:
    Great vantage point. Shot is sooo smooth
  • doug.terrill said:
    Great work David one long day
  • renanluna said:
  • Jesse4870 said:
    Amazing David! Great use of the images since the timing of the planes was a bit off.
  • Out_and_About said:
    Great shots combined together! Shame about the security. I'm going to have to find an article which outlines what their purpose was supposed to be.
  • chamellieon said:
    i echo matt's comments.. this is unreal!
    Im glad you got this shot, because I couldn't have done any better!
  • p a w e l said:
    brilliant shot !!! amazing blending skills !!!
  • MicknVivi said:
    amazing. great spot !
  • chamellieon said:
    i was saying to Dave (while videoing on my PNS) "You've got a lot of patience for these pusher-iners, Id be snarling at them if they came any closer to me or my tripod" and he replied "i work in desktop support"
    classic man, classic!
  • nom_oz said:
    Sweet! At least next year, you can relax Dave... No more pigs in the sky ...
  • smurfie_77 said:
    Amazing as usual David.
  • Jesse4870 said:
    Mel we had a love one up our end. She pretty much ran to the fence over all our stuff and tried to start shooting with her P&S in one hand and drink in the other.
  • decuni said:
    I favourited this - I had a massive migraine and had to miss out on watching it live - but managed to see it on tv. Your photo almost made up for that. I'd like to use it as my desktop wallpaper if possible please?
    I love it.
    (also, i found this via a tweet from 7 news so you might be famous!)
  • Mark Clinton said:
    Amazing, love the glow!
  • maSnap said:
    Great shot David, sounds like you guys had a long day, but hey you got one of the best Riverfire shots I have ever seen it is just crazy with all the f-111 trails. Sounds like a fair amount of post processing but I wouldn't have it any other way it just looks amazing, well done.
  • blueytoo said:
    Awesome photo and dedication.
    I recall the first F111 went straight, the second did the big turn, the third unexpectedly did the farewell wiggle. Two flyovers are mentioned in the program.
    There was a second F111 flying straight across overhead at high altitude to meet the first looking close to a collision but didn't see it had afterburners on by the time I saw it. So not sure what made the upper right trail.
  • Stephen Z. said:
    Amazing work!
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  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/craiglyons] Thanks!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/darvidanoar] Absolutely David, 'tis tough coming up with new angles on the event, but at least with no F-111's next year, that won't be an issue.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/aramisfirefly] A few layers and some masking :)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/13945865@N00] Thanks - yes, commitment is what it's all about really.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/53620586@N03] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/26230419@N02] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris44free] Thanks!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/passmytinfoilhat] Yes I'd have much preferred to deal with the Police really. At least they know when they've crossed a line and are reasonable to deal with. Hired security tend to have an inflated sense of their own importance (Andrew, if you're reading this, this doesn't apply to you).
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/r_topor] Thanks Rodney. Glad it's only once a year though - I was up for 21 hours yesterday on only 4 hours sleep.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/anttsichlas] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/bumblebeephoto] Thanks!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/teejaybee] Alas, I didn't see the paper before the event so it was all a rather rude shock. As for weight on the tripod, no, it seemed stable enough (and proved to be). I made sure the legs weren't touching the decidedly dodgy security fence, and kept the crowds at bay, and tied up the camera strap around the tripod head to avoid it flapping around in the wind. Using a wired remote helped the most.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/smreid] Thanks! It is indeed a good spot for this event, just a shame it was made so very difficult compared to previous years. Brisbane Festivals and the BCC have a lot to answer for.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougterrill] Absolutely Doug. They key though is to come away with something you're happy with.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/renanluna] Thanks!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesse-martin] Yes that was quite odd how we didn't get a live feed to the ATC (should have brought the damn scanner with me).
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/out-and-about] If you do find one I'd love to see it Michelle, if only to find out who in particular to lodge a formal complaint with.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/chamellieon_photography] Thanks Mel - well you did only have the little P&S with you. How'd the snake come out btw ?
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pawelp] Thanks!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/47413628@N08] Sure was. :)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/chamellieon_photography] Yeah, you learn not to go out on a shooting ramage after working desktop support for a while ;-)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/glennsan] Absolutely! I doubt they'll manage to come up with something with quite the same impact for future events. I can think of some options but there's no way they'd be allowed to do them over a populated area (magnesium flairs come to mind).
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/smurfie77] Thanks :) We try, and this year we taught students how to do it themselves.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesse-martin] I think I'd have definitely lost my cool then. At least the lass poking in around our end didn't get close enough to the tripods to be an issue. I was more worried about the idiots with open wine bottles climbing on the picnic table near open bags of camera kit.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/decuni] I'll be in touch :)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/35207247@N08] Thanks!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/samuelsharpe] The post-processing wasn't too much, about 1/2 hr of work. It pays to have really good base images and a study tripod.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/53703077@N08] I'd have to have a peek at the ordering... hold on... I'll tag on the photo above with notes.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/zengstephen] Thanks !
  • Aristocrats-hat said:
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/36821100@N04] Thanks :)
  • Aristocrats-hat said:
    Your most welcome, I bet you are really chuffed with this shot! Congrats..
  • Camocarzi said:
  • creativelies said:
    Epic shot! Looks fantastic.
  • Canon addiction said:
    Have to say well done on this stunning picture
    keep up the good work

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  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/36821100@N04] Reasonably. It was a fitting end of an era anyway.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/camocarzi] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/creativelies] Thanks Guys.
  • Kush Chadda said:
    Awesone.... great processing
  • Billy Bunter & The Photophiles said:
    David this is a wonderful shot.... How bad was the security?
  • Landrey said:
    sweet =)
  • MikeSenior said:
    Brilliant shot David. Mine of the F1-11s didn't come out and wasn't ready for them. Plus as with the last time i attended they told you there were coming. This time no idea so saw him like 5 secs before the dump and wasn't ready and settings were wrong.
  • Ahmed Zahid said:
    Nice shot David,
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pikturesque] Thanks :)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/30437033@N03] Generally not overly onerous, but some intelligence and consideration would not have gone astray.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/landrey] :)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikesenior] Ah see that's why you need to be all setup ready to go well in advance :)
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahmedzahid] Thanks!
  • GlobeTrotter 2000 said:
    Fantastic capture !
  • Siuloon said:
    Wow.... Fantastic shot. Have a nice day.

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  • -Gadabout- said:
    awesome - nice idea doing a composite :D
  • OviDogar.com said:
    This photo provokes such emotion in me.
    Have a great Sunday!
  • Luuk Nugteren said:
    Wow, that's a beautiful shot! I love the editing! Youre pictures are very good!
    I think you have a lot experience with photography. Could you help me to make my pictures better? I've made a picture of a special Porsche:
    Do you know what could be improved in this picture? Thanks a lot!
  • aton84 said:
    PERFECT LIGHT and exposure. Well done!
  • Jesse4870 said:
    Also, that is one wide lens you have there.
  • albygent said:
    Wonderful shot!
  • Easa Shamih | P.h.o.t.o.g.r.a.p.h.y said:
    great shot... well processed :)
  • vitavoto said:
    OMG!!! my jaw dropped. Amazing. you're the mater. Thank you for capturing for us to see.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/42495072@N00] Hey thanks :)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesse-martin] 17-40mm on a full frame body - about the same as 10-25mm on an APS-C crop body. This one was shot at 22mm though as any wider and the work to get rid of the green fence would have been a lot harder than it already was.
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  • Wagner Liczbinski said:
    Perfect Photo!
  • aramisfirefly said:
    4200 views Dave! Oh yeah! Love your work!
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  • chartothelatte said:
    really, really, amazing.
    this is a such a cool shot.
    i love everything about this: the light, the skyline, the everything!
    it's so beautiful.
    excellent job! and congratz on the explore!
  • MMP - My Moments Passed said:
    Beautiful capture!
  • _SG_ said:
    fantastic capture and great work - congrats to explore
    Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)
  • Dr. Ilia said:
    Wonderful Capture!!!
  • geir.kristiansen احتشام said:
    Seen and commented on GetExplored
  • Mahran. said:
    It's a dream to have a shot like this, maybe by your comments and remarks on my photostream I can make my dream come true oneday.

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  • jojofotografia said:
    excellent work :-)
    Via Today's Explore at #8 on Fluidr
  • Chad McDonald said:
    Wow this is great
  • Ramirojn87 said:
  • Ditrixa said:
  • caimo99 said:
    Fantastic shot
  • Waleed Almunayes «KWS» said:
    great night shot
  • photon tamer said:
    Fascinating! A wonderful nightshot, very impressive.
  • AbhijeetVardhan said:
    Via Today's Explore at #3 on Fluidr
  • dieselpower83 said:
    Amazing! I was lucky enough to see the F1-11's from Straddie - it's a very unique POV from there. Didn't see much of the fireworks though. I really like what you've done with the processing, it's awesome.
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  • emeraldF said:
    Very nice photo, I like it very much.
    You definitely got some potential and talent.
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  • i_heart_pandas said:
    amazing lighting effects! :)
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  • John Irvine said:
  • dtmateojr said:
    Very nice and very clean too.
  • J.Lee.Photo said:
    I love the lighting and the color on this!
  • K.W.Pang said:
    Very nice and very beautiful, good work
  • Reedy Photography (michaelglenreed) said:
    Damn outstanding mate!!!
  • josche said:
    Excellent Picture!!!
    Very well done!
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  • Pumpkin Longshanks [BACK...] said:
    Superb one my friend ! well worth the wait
  • Clarky the Lion said:
    now thats talent.
  • wyrzykus said:
    [ via flickriver explore  --wyrzykus ]
  • u.elissa said:
    You Got Taste in Photography
    Please post it to the PhotographyTaste group.
  • gizmocrazy said:
    Great work......I love the result
  • bradchiplin said:
    So much going on in the pic. Love it David :D
  • Cuddlezz said:
    awsome picture
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/aramisfirefly] Damn near 8000 now Matt!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/brisbanerocks] Hey thanks :)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/bradchiplin] Aye, definitely busier than a single frame, but it tells the whole story. :)
    And once again, thanks to everyone else too numerous to thank individually.
  • Cifra Web Master said:
    Wonderful shot!
  • Estrellas Fugaces said:
  • SergioCasado said:
    I love it!
  • mateorc photography said:
  • sharon kilgannon said:
    Wow. That is incredible ;)
  • The Nought said:
    The exposure is simply perfect.
  • chooks! said:
    Well done dave!!
  • A1StudioPhotography said:
    What timing Mr.
    Bet the divine intervention
    to it beside your talent mate.
  • AustralisWilds said:
    That's absolutely amazing Dave. I was down at Southbank next to the beach, its a bit of a pity they're not going to be dump n burning in future years. Half of the fun if you ask me. :)
  • spiralmunk said:
    Nice one!
  • SkattyKat said:
    not much to add to the comments above Dave - awesome shot !
    (amazing 9k + views & only 100odd comments - sad)
  • missee_ said:
    amazing shot, I tried to get it and it turned out ok but not happy with the color. You are an amazing photographer, I am in awe of your work!
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/chooksh] Thanks Tim!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/49276292@N02] Absolutely, won't be the same without them.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathrine-carter] 'twas a decent result, I'll admit ;-)
    Thanks everyone else!
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  • PhotoQueen001 said:
    Wow!!! Now this is just like fireworks - but with the bonus plan!
  • Playland Photography said:
  • Ian@NZFlickr said:
    Amazing! Please consider posting Medium size to out Frontpage contest
  • Huang, Andrew said:
    Wow, what a crazy idea to combine four different shots! It turned out amazing!
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewhuang] This is a pretty standard technique with Fireworks.
  • [Dân Chơi][--Vanhelsing--] said:
    Great long exposure!