February 1, 2010
Auckland just celebrated its birthday with a long weekend, a huge regatta, various and assorted festivals, and—of course—fireworks.
As always when shooting fireworks, it’s good to have a sturdy tripod, and to sort out your camera settings before the show starts. I usually go with ISO 100, f/8 and 2-4 second exposures. But given the unpredictable nature of the subject, luck helps a great deal too: This shot started out in the reject pile as a “miss”, but it’s growing on me.
The fireworks themselves were some of the most impressive I’ve seen. They were big, bold, and went on for a good quarter of an hour over the Waitemata Harbour.
The crowds on Princes Wharf were duly impressed, and burst into spontaneous applause at the end of the show.