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A Bold New Year



New Year's fireworks on Sydney Harbour.

New Year's fireworks on Sydney Harbour.
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20 Comments | Report
ShaneVegas
 
ShaneVegas February 11, 2014
This photograph is simply amazing! These are the photographs that keep me yearning to learn more and more about this artistic craft!
broccolirob
broccolirob February 15, 2014
Comments like that are what keep the fire burning. Thanks a lot!
renesphotography
 
renesphotography February 12, 2014
awesome shot. how long did you expose?
daniellepowell
 
daniellepowell February 24, 2014
stunning well done
broccolirob
broccolirob February 24, 2014
thank you.
lindywalker
 
lindywalker February 24, 2014
fantastic shot!!
Willsk76
 
Willsk76 March 12, 2014
WOW!
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Cbries March 21, 2014
Wonderful shot! Awesome work!
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Blandberries March 26, 2014
Amazing contrast and color!
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita April 29, 2014
expert camera work and gorgeous colors and reflections.
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malread July 05, 2014
Voted
malread PRO+
 
malread July 05, 2014
voted.
heididawson
 
heididawson July 09, 2014
This is so awesome! I absolutely love this shot.
Timbo
 
Timbo July 09, 2014
Nicely done.... I know this place very well..... You have capture the atmosphere.... Awarded
sarahmirkin Premium
 
sarahmirkin July 14, 2014
Absolutely gorgeous!!!
skye005
 
skye005 August 02, 2014
stunning
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita January 03, 2015
lovely capture...would love to get down there for this event!
mattreiners
 
mattreiners June 16, 2015
This. Is. Amazing. Can I buy a copy?
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 June 20, 2015
congratulations on your finalist award .. awesome image !!
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charlenecampbell-wood June 20, 2015
Beautiful!
LavinaWagnerPhotography
 
LavinaWagnerPhotography August 06, 2015
Incredible! I love the contrasts- so much to appreciate here!
klaudiawolanski
 
klaudiawolanski September 02, 2017
HIii awesome photo! whats lens you utilise ???pls x/

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was shot from Quibaree Park which is a small green space sitting right against Sydney Harbour. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Time
This particular instant was just a minute or two after the ball dropped for New Years 2012. They do a kid's hour fireworks show earlier on so parents have enough time to get the kiddos home and return for the real show at midnight. I was able to set up and get my camera settings just right during the kids version, then snapped this shot during the midnight madness.
Lighting
I had experimented with shutter speeds during the earlier show so I had a pretty good idea of my desired settings. You can see the Luna Park Ferris wheel and castle to the left side of the photo below Harbour Bridge. They were a bit overexposed compare to the rest of the photo but I liked the addition of contrast to the foreground.
Equipment
This was shot with a Nikon D90 and a Nikkor 55-200 F4
Inspiration
Shooting fireworks on long exposure has always been one of my favorite types of photography. Having traveled to Sydney from Canberra, Australia just for New Years I knew that I was in for a treat. It is generally a battle to get waterfront during the show but thankfully we had friends holding a place for us. I was able to set my tripod up with people sitting directly below and in front of my camera. They were good sports about the whole thing and asking politely before setting up certainly helped my case.
Editing
All of the processing involved was a slight adjustment to the white balance. Overall I was happy enough with the photo and was pretty inexperienced with editing software at the time.
In my camera bag
My equipment at the time of this photo and now are much different. Currently my first addition to my pack is my Nikon D600 body with a vertical grip and Black Rapid strap for safety and comfort carrying. My go-to lens of choice is generally my Nikkor 70-200mm F4 but I also love playing with the wide angle view on my Nikkor 16-35 mm F4. I always am sure to carry a good stack of varied ND filters for water and landscape photos as needed.
Feedback
Simply getting out at night and shooting various night photography scenes will be your best bet to learning how to take quality images with your equipment. Play with your settings as needed. You'll find with most firework shows that many of the best displays are done within 5-7 seconds so plan accordingly when adjusting your shutter speed. Tripods are absolute necessity with long exposures but I have been known to use a crushed beer can and the ground when in a pinch!

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