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Sydney Fireworks



The famous firework in Sydney is a stunning experience. I was able to take that shot in 2014-2015

The famous firework in Sydney is a stunning experience. I was able to take that shot in 2014-2015
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19 Comments | Report
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka November 25, 2015
Superior skill displayed here.
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NielsFahrenkrogPhoto August 20, 2016
Thank you so much!
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle February 04, 2016
Beautifully captured!
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NielsFahrenkrogPhoto August 20, 2016
Thank you Kathy, I appreciate your kind words :)
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair February 05, 2016
Amazing!
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NielsFahrenkrogPhoto August 20, 2016
Thanks Ali!
jimhelmick
 
jimhelmick February 07, 2016
Gorgeous capture.
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NielsFahrenkrogPhoto August 20, 2016
Very kind Jim, thank you so much!
Bluestarpaul PRO+
 
Bluestarpaul March 25, 2016
Great capture, well done
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NielsFahrenkrogPhoto August 20, 2016
Thank you so much!
Ch3Rpi
 
Ch3Rpi August 14, 2016
Nicely captured.
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NielsFahrenkrogPhoto August 20, 2016
Highly appreciated! Thank you!
Joanna101 PRO+
 
Joanna101 August 18, 2016
Spectacular!
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NielsFahrenkrogPhoto August 20, 2016
Thanks Joanna!! :)
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Frozen_Time August 18, 2016
Superb
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NielsFahrenkrogPhoto August 20, 2016
Thanks you so much!
rlinn3 PRO+
 
rlinn3 August 19, 2016
Wow, excellent job
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NielsFahrenkrogPhoto August 20, 2016
Great that you like it. It really means a lot to me!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots August 22, 2016
Awesome capture! Congrats.
tboviajevirtual
 
tboviajevirtual August 22, 2016
Fantastica.!!
adavies PRO
 
adavies February 04, 2017
Yowza! This is fantastic...beautifully captured! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Outdoor Events challenge:)
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drawemeafish
 
drawemeafish March 24, 2017
Awesome!!
ponymagau PRO
 
ponymagau April 01, 2017
Wow, that is an awesome capture!!
andreawhittakerheintz
 
andreawhittakerheintz July 04, 2017
I'm so happy to see that you were able to get this shot with an EOS 70D, that is what I have as well. All my friends have bigger cameras and I always think to get shots like this I would need something bigger.
ricodrost
 
ricodrost July 07, 2017
Whoow very good shot and thx for the detailed information about how you shot it.
CPF_Photography PRO
 
CPF_Photography August 25, 2017
A shot full of colour and action, superb
stuarthowarth PRO
 
stuarthowarth August 25, 2017
I have a similar shot from a similar viewpoint, was this at Midnight at the Oasis?
CameraAWA
 
CameraAWA July 10, 2018
Amazing photograph!!! ❤️

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Behind The Lens

Location
At Mrs. Macquaries Point near the Botanical Gardens in Sydney, Australia
Time
Hard to tell, I`d say roughly around midnight :-)
Lighting
I shot in BULB mode to control the exposure exactly and tried to find promising rocket formations. I used my sharpest aperture at f8.0 and an ISO at 125 to have sharp and clear photographs. I waited for the rockets to explode and started the exposure just milliseconds after they had exploded. I stopped the exposure right after the rockets had spread out completely, in this case after 3.2 seconds.
Equipment
I used with my Canon EOS70D with an 18-135mm F3.5 lens on 35mm. I exposed the image for 3.2 seconds, so I had to use my Manfrotto travel and a remote control to avoid any blur.
Inspiration
I am a German travel photographer and know the famous Sydney Firework display for New Years Eve ever since because it is broadcasted every year on German television. When I started to plan my world trip together with my girlfriend back in 2013, the first thing we planned m was to be in Sydney for new Years Eve to shoot the famous firework display.
Editing
The firework lasted for 12 minutes and I shot this photograph at the end of the display. Due to the many minutes of immense firework explosions, there was a lot of smoke in the air. I used the "dehaze" tool in Lightroom to get a clearer image. Afterwards, I worked on the colors, especially on the pinks to show them exactly like I saw them. The boats in the foreground were a bit too dark because they were mainly backlit from the firework show, so I brightened them up a bit.
In my camera bag
I use a Canon EOS70d and my very first EOS450D whenever I need a quick grip to on of my other lenses, which are a 10-18mm Canon f4.5 wide angle, an 18-135mm Canon f3.5 zoom, a 50mm Canon f1.8 and a 75-300mm Canon f4 zoom lens. Ths covers a range from 10-300mm (Equivalent to 16-480mm on the cropped sensors of both cameras). I use a Manfrotto action tripod a and remote control to shoot long exposures.
Feedback
Shooting firework displays is not easy, especially in Sydney where you have to be on location up to 20 (!) hours in advance for a first-row spot, if you are a normal visiting photographer (There is a small area restricted for media pass holders) When shooting fireworks, you must have a tripod and a remote control to operate your camera without touching to guarantee absolute sharpness. Frame your shot in advance, and look for foreground interest. Straighten the horizon line and avoid aborted architecture, especially when using a wide angle lens. When the show begins, look for the rockets as they are flying towards the sky and start the exposure right after they have exploded in order to avoid their bright explosion to be on the image. You can shoot in manual mode or in Bulb mode to have maximum control. In my experience, a 4-second exposure on ISO 100 and f8.0 will often do a good job. Test your settings in advance and make changes, if required.

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