Fireworks over Lake Wivenhoe

from Cormorant Bay picnic area. Esk Shire Australia Day Celebrations.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 26th January 2008, This photo: 7:21pm

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  • saxcubano said:
    Great capture!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • Xenedis said:
  • David de Groot said:
    I also discovered that when the batteries are low in the flash, the wireless triggers won't trigger them. I'd planned to flash that gum tree a bit to make it less of a silhouette but it wasn't to be.
  • Panorama Paul said:
    Great fireworks series David, this is my favourite shot! Besides the awesome rocket explosion, I love the sense of depth created by that tree, and the fact that we can only just make out the bay in the background... all superb!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Paul. A little earlier in the evening would have been nice, as that very detail you mention would have been more apparent. But it's still good :)
  • Panorama Paul said:
    That's the bugger with fireworks displays... the organisers want to wait till it's completely dark for maximum effect... and the photographers want them to start earlier so that there is still some light in the sky at the grand finale!!

    On a slightly diffferent note... in South Africa we're hearing that a combination of very low rainfall and very strong winds is resulting in some very high-risk areas for wild-fires in Australia? While this particular fireworks display was shot out over a bay, is it really such a great idea to be celebrating anything with fireworks in Australia? I know that they're generally regarded as "safe", but what kind of image are the organisers of this event projecting? I was just wondering what you (and other locals) feel about this?
  • David de Groot said:
    The same happens with Christmas lights - people don't put them on til it's dark, yet the photos are so much better earlier in the evening.

    Australia is one of those places where it can be incredibly dry just a few hundred kms away from major flooding. Outback Queensland is still drought declared (haven't seen significant rain in 5 years), whereas Longreach (in the middle of the state) is just now getting over major flooding.

    As for this display, there were a couple of minor fires on the shoreline of the lake but the rural fire brigade was on hand to deal with it. It wouldn't surprise me that there are areas where fireworks would be a very bad idea. Bushfire is one of the regular events in Australia - sure they're pretty severe but it's something most Australians realise could happen near them at some stage (or at least I hope it is, living outside suburbia I might not be in touch with what most Australians think) ;-)