Recently I attended a wedding ceremony in Charlottesville, Virginia. The church service at the University of Virginia Campus was followed by a reception and dinner at a local vineyard. Ushers at the wedding went around lighting the sparklers of guests, and some of the guests in turn lit the sparklers of others. The event culminated dramatically with the young bride and groom walking through a gauntlet of sparklers. This practice, I understand, is fast becoming a tradition. One-meter (36 inch) long sparkler were handed out to each of the 200 guests who lined a 100 m (100 yard) path. Approximately 10-15 minutes after the eye-catching gauntlet was organized, the exercise was over. The guests began to discard their sparklers in large pales, and I shot the image of a cluster of sparklers in a pale. In the workshop I present a scene of the gauntlet of guests.
Sparklers are an invention of Chinese alchemists of a millennium past. It was Marco Polo who introduced them to Europe in the late 13th century. These days sparklers are again produced and exported by China. In the "classic" type of sparkler a thick batter of slow-burning pyrotechnic composition is used to coat a stiff metal wire about a meter long, and allowed to dry. The metallic fuel, necessary to make sparks of various size, contain magnesium to produce white sparks, and ferrotitanium, for yellow-gold sparkles. It is also necessary for the admixture in the batter to contain and oxidize such as potassium, barium or strontium nitrate.
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aliabazari (10492) 2012-08-16 20:51
Beautiful and fascinating record of fireworks. Good depth and excellent exposure.
Suppiluliuma (3861) 2012-08-16 22:40
Dear Bülent Bey,
The sparklers looked like the Christmas to me. :-)
Chinese products' invasion seem to have roots in the history.
papagolf21 (80944) 2012-08-16 23:48
Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
Magnifique prise de vue de ces gerbes de lumière venant créer un moment féerique.
La beauté d'ensemble est manifeste.
Comme à l'accoutumée vous nous présentez une image de qualité.
Royaldevon (23410) 2012-08-17 1:54
This is a completely new idea, to me, but looks fantastic.
I wonder how popular it would be in the U.K. with much less reliable weather.
You have achieved superb clarity with the sparks and the warm red glow on the ground tells us much about the light. The handles of the sparklers make a natural lead, from the bottom corner, across the frame.
Have a lovely day,
wolf38 (29666) 2012-08-17 2:10
Hello Bulent. A fireworks for the wedding. This is also a good practice in Germany. You can also still make lanterns ascend, etc. However, a fireworks display is a beautiful thing. Best regards, Wolfgang.
snunney (75072) 2012-08-17 4:30
Makes for a fascinating abstract composition. Very well exposed with excellent sharpness. I am not sure whether this new tradition has reached us over here yet.
marabu61 (6301) 2012-08-17 13:35
This one is new to me but I am sure it must look great in reality.
Well framed and nicely composed, this is a pleasant looking picture
baddori (19153) 2012-08-18 0:20
Marriage as a show of participation.
More goes into crisis as an institution, are more riprosti tribal rituals.
A reflection of the "lifestyle" as your notice that preenta a new tradition.
Lights and glow in the dark.
Photographically perfect and thoughtful note.
Thanks for sharing.
jhm (130642) 2012-08-18 0:44
Both pictures are pleasant for look at.
But I choose for your first picture with this nice firework, nevertheless very difficult for take without tripod.
Nice festivity image, thanks for your interesting notes.
Lovely composition, good presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
bukitgolfb301 (33508) 2012-08-18 1:22
Hi dear Bulent
Wonderful shot! Yes shooting firework is very very difficult, but you managed all points perfectlly. Very impressive and fantastic image indeed. Zooming and excluding other objects are very good idea. Thanks for your sharing with finest work and have a good weekend!
Takero from Tokyo
abmdsudi (35340) 2012-08-18 8:47
A lovley display of night show in some rich contrasting colors and well timed capturing the shower of sparks brightly lighted the dark surroundings which further add to the excitement of the event. Great shot well taken, Congrats
Sonata11 (31881) 2012-08-18 11:34
indeed is a beautiful wedding sparkles. A lovely composition of this moment. Wonderful colors, sharpness, clarity and perfect executed image, which I love it. Great job!!! Thanks for sharing.
All the best and have a great WE,
mauro61 (52623) 2012-08-18 12:11
le fiaccole come pure i fuochi riservano sempre delle belle rese se le foto sono ben eseguite.
Mi piace la colorazione dello sfondo e la perfetta definizione,
eldancer1 (22435) 2012-08-19 9:00
Sparklers were the only entertainment we had during holidays growing up in the Philippines and us kids were thrilled to have them. Very nice capture of these sparklers with good dof with nice details. Nice catch of the colorful sparks. Well done, tfs.
mesutilgim (75550) 2012-08-19 12:26
Selam dear Bulent,
Amazing capture of this fireworks with good ligth management and perfect sharpness !
TFS and iyi bayramlar
nikkitta (10418) 2012-08-20 14:51
Never see it before, seems a good idea to enter the marriage life in such a beautiful and sparkling way
Well seen and captured, sharpness, exposure
ciakgiak (30395) 2012-08-21 3:13
Ciao caro Bulent,
È sempre difficilissimo riuscire ad ottenere buone immagini da situazioni simili, ma tu ci sei riuscito alla grande con la bravura che ti distingue, il risultato è molto piacevole e denota una grande padronanza del mezzo e della tecnica fotografica, complimenti.
(Sempre alle prese con grandi problemi di connessione)
Un caro saluto
photoray (7942) 2012-08-21 6:15
Excellent closeup of the pyrotechnic sparkles, for the fine definition and contrast.
In SoCal many moons ago, we used sparklers at the end of the wedding, plus roman candles, firecrackers, cherry bombs, smoke bombs,etc. and a (hopefully washable) sign and message paint job on their car. This was the grand send of the escaping newlyweds in their automobile. This later evolved into safer salutes such as "mooning", because fireworks are illegal in SoCal. Currently little bottles of bubbles are popular and photogenic.
Have a fine end of summer,
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-08-22 6:15
Wonderfully captured with surprising detail for the lack of light. Nicely composed with lots of contrast and movement.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-08-23 8:56
Your talents are numerous, professional and artistic. This photo is remarkably beautiful. The technical implementation is excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
worldcitizen (6023) 2012-08-23 14:50
These sparklers are an interesting idea for forming an archway at night. I would just worry about stray sparks catching someone's clothes or hair! I really like the bursts of light that you captured against the dark, night sky. The sparklers themselves look like tall reeds. Very nice exposure and framing, too.
delpeoples (50271) 2012-08-24 1:03
Merhaba dear Bulent
What a beautiful photo to celebrate the wedding of your friend. Excellent light management and an impressive lack of noise in the image. Those clever Chinese, they've invented so many amazing things, so it's not a surprise to hear they invented sparklers.
Wonderful shot, thanks for sharing
berek (32296) 2012-08-24 7:08
Merhabalar Bülent bey
bunu böyle çekmek çok zor. her zaman gözüme hoş görünmüştür. umarım herşey yolundadır ve iyisinizdir. Bu sene buralara gelemediniz.
selamlar ve saygılar
emka (67299) 2012-08-26 14:27
Hi again, we have no such custom i n Poland but probably sooner or later it comes. The sparklers here look like on the Christmas tree but are much bigger. Excellent colours and sharpness.
lousat (67105) 2012-08-28 2:21
Hi Bulent,very original pic,and very difficult too,you manage very well the exposure for a very professional result,impressive details and colors,it's nice to see something to different! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
pedram_abazari (929) 2012-09-01 11:51
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- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (33875)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-11
- Categories: Ceremony, Event
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix S9300
- Exposure: f/4.7, 1/60 seconds
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-08-16 20:41