January 2, 2007

my big bang!





















Finally, my own pictures of fireworks! After many months of looking at other people's shots in photography magazines, I risked climbing up an old rusty bedframe onto a cement slab roof, set up the tripod, counted down from 10, screamed out 'Happy New Year' to my friends, my finger snapping away and my eyes wide at the sky with my smile beaming.

It was the first time in years since I last saw fireworks. Every New Year's Eve, I worked. This eve I wanted to do my own thing. I'm a happy camper, I am.

Though mine aren't the best I've seen, it's the start of better shots to come. Can't wait till the next time there are fireworks. Till then, I'm 'showing off' this one.

27 Comments:

Blogger Kim said...

Very exciting photo! Congrats on capturing the moment and trying your hand at it. Thanks for sharing the results of challenging yourself with a new and difficult subject. I always love your night shots. . .so I look forward to see what direction your artistic eye will take you with these sorts of shots.
-Kim

3:02 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

happy new year mate! thanks so much for your help in 2006. i appreciate you very much! ;0)

6:23 AM  
Blogger Chris & Deb said...

That is a fantastic shot! Congratulations!!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Ame said...

Awesome shot boyfriend! You did GOOD! I've yet to capture fireworks myself! And they look so CLOSE...or did you ZOOM ZOOM! LOL! And HEY! If the center of those white ones were black it'd look kinda like ELMO! "Elmo's Fire!" Get that? Probably not...cuz it's a take off on an old tv show that probably showed only here in the States--St. Elmo's Fire...Great start for 2007! =)

7:36 AM  
Anonymous michael said...

Yes - not easy - great shot.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Just wonderful. It's not easy to photograph fireworks and I think you aced it!

11:46 AM  
Blogger Olivier said...

superbe feux d'artifices, bravo pour la photo.

superb fireworks, cheer for the photograph.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Ming_the_Merciless said...

Beautiful!! Bravo!! I aspire to be as good a photographer as you.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Manuel Tendero Gil said...

hola estupendas estas ultimas fotos un saludo

4:17 PM  
Blogger Rajesh Dangi said...

Happy New Year!!

Great Shot....

4:52 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I'm impressed again--as usual when I view your photos. I'm also impressed with your motivation and persistence. Good job!!

7:04 PM  
Blogger Paprika said...

I helped with the shot! After all, I did hold up the rusty old bed frame for you. :-) Great shot!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Dsole said...

Are you kidding?? This shoot is great!! Amazing! Happy new year! :)

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8:10 PM  
Blogger Lisi said...

that is a wonderful photo...and u got it like two eyes and a big mouth which reminds me of oscar the cookie monster, lol...

8:50 PM  
Blogger macky said...

OHHH, beautiful fireworks!!

A happy new year from Tokyo:-))

10:07 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

I like it. Even within chaos it has a lot of symmetry and harmony. You were enjoying new year's eve but "working" for the blog. Happy new year, your pictures are among the best this year. Happy 2007!

10:58 PM  
Anonymous ruth said...

I predict you are going to have a blast this year with your camera exploring and discovering!

11:39 PM  
Blogger Thiên said...

Edwin, I think that is actually a very great shot. I always enjoy looking at your photos. I'm glad you got to celebrate this year and didn't have to work! Happy new year!

11:42 PM  
Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

Wow! Bright!!Happy New Year!

12:56 AM  
Anonymous denton said...

This is a great fireworks photo. But it sounds like someone should have taken a photo of your smile.

1:12 AM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Come to think of it, it does look like Oscar, Elmo even. Great one Lisi. Trust you to see it :)

Denton, my picture was taken with another camera. haven't seen it though but I was told my smile was wide.

Ming, I think you're a fantastic photographer!

Ruth, I will have a blast :)

Carlos, thank you.

Pod, yup. Drinks on you. Soon :)

Kate, a couple days more...make sure you come back quick.

Thanks for the encouraging words everyone. Can you see me smiling?

2:09 AM  
Blogger Mile Stones said...

Had no time till now, but had to return on this one, because there is wistful irony...you just started on firmeworks and me, this year, none to shoot! First time in 5 years at New Year, but wasn't driving into Lisbon just for that. But isn't it great shooting firworks displays? We're spoilt here (usually), what with the World Pyrotechnics Championships the past 2 Septembers every Saturday night. Then midnight 31st Dec in 2 different places in Lisbon. I really missed them.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Keropok Man said...

Wow, how do you take such a shot? Teach us leh... :-)

3:03 PM  
Blogger Mimmu said...

I agree with Keropok man and everyone else of course ( except Paprika -perhaps:)
How many photos did you take, I would like to know? This is perfect.
Happiest year ever to you, Edwin!

9:09 PM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Miles-wart, it was fabulous shooting fireworks! Only after coming home and loading the shots did I realize what more I could've tried. Doesn't matter, next time. I was just very happy I managed not too badly this first time.

K'pok, like I said, I was sitting on the roof. Shutter speed was set between 2- 3 seconds. Manual focus at 70mm. f/11 or 13. But I'll set the speed for longer next time. 10 - 15 seconds perhaps, maybe more. Who knows? Chinese New Year firecrackers :)

Mimmu, I took about 20plus pictures but only have about 5 good ones. This is one of them.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Candice & Megan said...

Wow! Great shot! Glad you got to see some fireworks. Happy New Year from Houston Daily Photo!

10:45 PM  
Blogger lynn said...

Worth all that effort, Edwin, this is just fab! I should carry around some steps and a tripod clearly!

12:56 AM  

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