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Remember, remember the 5th of November - Gunpowder treason and plot! by davewuk

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Remember, remember the 5th of November - Gunpowder treason and plot!
On the 5th November 1605 Guy Fawkes was arrested for his part in a plot to assassinate King James I by blowing up the Houses of Parliament with 36 barrels filled with gunpowder. To celebrate the King's survival people lit bonfires in London, leading to a call for a formally recognised day of celebration. This was granted by an Act of Parliament the following year.

Over four hundred years later we still celebrate Guy Fawkes Night, Bonfire Night or Fireworks night across the UK. Primary school children are taught the history behind the day with the rhyme:-

*Remember, remember the fifth of November,*
*Gunpowder treason and plot.* 
*We see no reason* 
*Why gunpowder treason* 
*Should ever be forgot!* 

I recently found out that one of Guy Fawkes' fellow conspirators, Sir Everard Digby, has a (disputed) link to the [Red Hall](https://www.ephotozine.com/photo/the-red-hall--bourne-19861921) in the town of Bourne not far from where I live so I thought it fitting to grab a few shots at their local Bonfire Night celebrations over the weekend.

Firework photography is pretty challenging but by pre-focusing my lens at infinity before it got dark and using manual mode I was able to get a series of 1/3 to 1/2 second exposures which I then layered and blended together in my image editor. Let me know what you think in the comments!

[![DSC_3901.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmY1ck8fJLzizHb9J9DBZgwJDLMeKpqDaKBBX687H5KTfa/DSC_3901.jpg)](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmY1ck8fJLzizHb9J9DBZgwJDLMeKpqDaKBBX687H5KTfa/DSC_3901.jpg)
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[![DSC_3923.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmT5cUPdDUh2bh1pT1jPnFT6HQsFuzPfshLBthUf8HMQTL/DSC_3923.jpg)](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmT5cUPdDUh2bh1pT1jPnFT6HQsFuzPfshLBthUf8HMQTL/DSC_3923.jpg)
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[![DSC_3920.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmakFcYAej4swrckxs2h9JSawBvzs7vjgBFSfyM4tN1R9W/DSC_3920.jpg)](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmakFcYAej4swrckxs2h9JSawBvzs7vjgBFSfyM4tN1R9W/DSC_3920.jpg)
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[![DSC_3934.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmWRiJsi5Vh6hp1ATwBk7dqQTAN6s5nHULk5T2qXC3xGri/DSC_3934.jpg)](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmWRiJsi5Vh6hp1ATwBk7dqQTAN6s5nHULk5T2qXC3xGri/DSC_3934.jpg)
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[![DSC_3939.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmZpCrunPM3Po6cj2Y1dcn8hdX6yVHKSQaX3BjPLQSNNcb/DSC_3939.jpg)](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmZpCrunPM3Po6cj2Y1dcn8hdX6yVHKSQaX3BjPLQSNNcb/DSC_3939.jpg)
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[![DSC_3930.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmUTf4Nyhvq8vY9Don91cHrY24AoqSnKM5fPcD1CJPU5sj/DSC_3930.jpg)](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmUTf4Nyhvq8vY9Don91cHrY24AoqSnKM5fPcD1CJPU5sj/DSC_3930.jpg)
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[![DSC_4052.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmSAUhfcyFMi5Uha3nWGzFR29MGe6XfRHcm6gimFHdBiUK/DSC_4052.jpg)](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmSAUhfcyFMi5Uha3nWGzFR29MGe6XfRHcm6gimFHdBiUK/DSC_4052.jpg)
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[![DSC_4068.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmVPC3B8wX6s43AVYDTnKhiZYUHT5sZBKa3oEd9sWadfit/DSC_4068.jpg)](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmVPC3B8wX6s43AVYDTnKhiZYUHT5sZBKa3oEd9sWadfit/DSC_4068.jpg)
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### Equipment used

* Nikon D7000
* Tokina 12-24 f/4
* Tripod & remote release
* Adobe Lightroom
* Corel Paintshop Pro

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@cheetah ·
Hi! I am a robot. I just upvoted you! I found similar content that readers might be interested in:
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@solominer · (edited)
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@davewuk

I found you via the Reddit looking for people to follow via Cryptopanic. Great fireworks photos, my long exposure photos are usually of stationary objects. So seeing you doing that with moving objects is really impressive.
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@davewuk · (edited)
Great to see someone from Reddit here! you're right - fireworks photography is a bit tricky as there's no way to auto-focus, no way to predict where exactly in the sky they're going to be etc. For this shoot I just popped on my widest lens, put the camera on a tripod and focused to infinity. Once the display started I had to make some big adjustments to my framing in a hurry but after that it was just a matter of taking lots and lots of shots to try and catch the bursts.

One thing I did learn afterwards though is that aperture affects the thickness and brightness of the fireworks trails, which I didn't know before I started. So really I should have stopped down a bit and increased my ISO. But there's always next year!
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@solominer ·
@davewuk

Hah well Im not on reddit much, I just use a tool that scours the net for crypto related news (cryptopanic). I dont like Reddit and their heavy handed censorship. I stay on platforms that are censorship resistant.

I know what you mean about the focus, I run into a simular problem when doing astrophotography. I use a wide lens and set the focus during the day before its night fall.

Ah did not know aperture affects them in like that. Ive been trying out focus stacking, but thats more of a macro photo trick for dealing with aperture.  Nice, best of luck next year.
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Thank you :-)

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