Sunday, August 5, 2012
I shot Italy's fireworks with a 200mm lens from the pier at Jericho Beach. Initially, with the wind at my back, I was hoping to be lucky and have the smoke blowing behind the fireworks again. Not so. As it got dark, the wind totally died down and during the fireworks, the smoke just hung around. Oh well, I got lucky two times out of three this year, so not bad! I had to be very careful to avoid the many really bright flash bursts, to prevent all the smoke from totally blowing out, and it looks as though I did reasonably well that way. I was surprised how many turned out, despite all the smoke, which even added a bit of interest perhaps.
People were treated to an amazing moonrise over the city too, but unfortunately it came just scant minutes before the start of the main fireworks at 10pm, so I did not take the time to put the 2x teleconverter on my 70-200mm, nor did I take the time to shoot an HDR sequence, which would have been very cool. Also, with all the people walking along the pier, the wooden planks were flexing around a lot and my shot would likely not have turned out very sharp either. Lots of atmospheric disturbance too, so even with an HDR, the moon probably would not have been very sharp. Here is the gallery...
Gallery: 2012 Fireworks - Italy