Friday, January 15, 2010

Theme Day: Best of 2009 (and Skywatch Friday)


Today is City Daily Photo's "Best Photo Of 2009" theme day.

Here's the view looking directly down Charlotte Street to the casino. It's taken from a third of the way up the Riparian Plaza building during Brisbane's annual Riverfire celebrations in September. I've cropped it from the original photo posted here. The Brisbane sky lit up in a frenzy of fireworks which lasted 30 minutes, turning it a smoky indigo colour. Click on the picture for a detailed view.

Before the night that I took this picture, I had never taken photos of fireworks before. I went on the internet that afternoon and got a few handy hints and when the time came, I just couldn't believe the results - it was a real confidence booster. It helped also that I had access to the 16th floor of a building right in the middle of things. I didn't notice until afterwards how the lights of the fireworks behind me were reflected on the closest buildings in the picture.

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23 comments:

Sharon said...

Gorgeous!!

Small City Scenes said...

That is one awesome picture and yes, being on the 16th floor helped. MB

Rob and Mandy said...

Did some firework shots last summer for the first time as well, and it's true that it makes you feel great! Marvelous shot!

Jilly said...

It's one of those shots that makes me feel I can hear the fireworks and the music. Love the way they've lit up the whole scene. Super.

Anne said...

Ohoi!! what a shot!! and so funny and great to watch :-) thank you for posting.

Nice weekend from Anne in Norway.

Sylvia K said...

Wow! What a terrific shot! Love the fireworks in the sky! Great composition! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

overtiredmum said...

Great shot - please share your hints and tips!

xo

J Bar said...

Good shot.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Ann said...

Well done. I tried to get some local fireworks on NYE and failed miserably (even after reading how it should be done), took me so long to position the tripod and get the right focal length that I missed them and just ended up with a few trails - they were, however, beautifully focussed.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Very impressive. I've never tried fireworks but doubt I would end up with anything as good as this.

the foto fanatic said...

What a beauty - I see it printed on canvas, large, and hung on a wall.
tff

Julie said...

Terrific shot, Cara. I saw it once when you had it up for that short time on January 1. I liked it then and I like it now. So much for the eye to see and the viewer is so dragged in and down to the colour burst.

Brava!

cieldequimper said...

Absolutely superb!
You could even link this to a third happening later on in USA time, the Weekend Reflections at Newtown Area Daily Photo.

Jason said...

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I'd like to exchange links with you to help spread some traffic around between each other. Please let me know if this is possible. Until then, keep up the good work.

Jason
ThatVACATIONfeeling.com

Olivier said...

tres bon choix, il est magnifique ce feu d'artifice dans la ville, j'adore

Laurent said...

Magnifique ! I love it

Kate said...

Brisbane celebrates! It's a fantastic shot!

Leif Hagen said...

The lights, the colors, the fireworks, oh my! Great night photo for theme day!

Shannara said...

just loves it.

beautiful.

nursing my baby, that's why no caps are used, sorry about that.

brattcat said...

Absolutely dazzling. A perfect image for Best of the Year.

cara said...

Thanks to all for visiting and taking the time to comment. A little gift for you if you were wondering what site I went to to get my handy hints...

http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-fireworks

Hilda said...

This is awesome! The fireworks alone would be great, but the reflections on all the buildings makes is absolutely fabulous!

Steffe said...

It's not easy shooting fireworks, but this is a great photo.

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