Photographer's Note

Rarely do we ever get the chance to go back and correct a mistake, I shot and posted the original of this image in April 2009. This is a re-shoot of that earlier post, by chance, I happened to be in the same location once again. The earlier post had serious (for me) sharpness issues which I couldn’t resolve, I’d tried everything I could think of to sharpen up the original in both the RAW processing stage and the post effects stage in Photoshop, but no luck. Actually at the time, all of my posted images with my new Nikon D90 had focus problems, I was at my wits end, as a last resort I sent my camera back to Nikon to have the sharpness checked. It turned out the back focus on the camera body was slightly out, what a relief that was.

I really wanted to see if there was a difference in sharps between now and then, here was an ideal opportunity to test out the comparison. I’d set up on my friends terrace (the same POV as before) to shoot the Sydney New Years eve fireworks. While waiting for the sun to completely disappear I framed up as close as I could remember to my original shot and waited for blue hour.

I know this is an iconic shot, so I apologise in advance for the post, but for me, it is one of the most beautiful sights anyone can encounter anywhere in the world, it just happens to be Sydney.

By the way, I didn’t get any fireworks shots, the bloody wind was blowing the smoke directly at me, guess I’ll have to wait until next year and try it again.

The lesson I learnt from this exercise is, don’t be afraid to question the manufacturer of the equipment if you have a problem, what I did was to assume that the camera was OK and the problem was either me or the lenses or a combination of both. How could a brand new D90 not be perfect, it wasn’t, the proof is in the re-shoot.

I hope you enjoy this sharper version, I know I do.

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