For this year’s Chinese New Year I wanted to make sure I was on the harbour to watch the fireworks. This is the view west to Wellington’s central from the end of Clyde Quay Wharf. The fireworks came from a platform about half way between us and Frank Kitts Park on the waterfront. It was a great place to stand and watch. Dad and I were in a crowd of people, even a few photographers. I struggled to get many sharp or well exposed photographs. Out of the hundred or so I captured this was the best that night.
One year on from the previous photograph of fireworks I wanted to get a bit closer to the water to avoid foreground distractions and attempt to get some of Wellington city lights in the background. Not knowing exactly where the boat or platform that the fireworks would fire from would be, I went along Oriental Parade. I set the tripod about half way up the hill on Carlton Gore Road, looking back towards central Wellington. Due to the winds the platform came much further out into the harbour than last year’s firework display, so the background shows more of the Port but it’s certainly an improvement over last year.
When I first moved to New Zealand in 2012 I was surprised that they celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. Any excuse to try to photograph a professional firework display is fine by me. This photograph was taken from the Brooklyn Wind Turbine entrance on Ashton Fitchett Drive looking down between the houses to Lambton Harbour. From this height we avoid some of the taller buildings of Wellington’s central business district. Behind the fireworks in the background is Petone on the other side of the harbour.
New Years Eve was filled with promise. I had envisioned sitting by the waters edge of Lake Wakatipu, with my camera on a tripod ready to capture the fireworks. Sadly, this didn’t happen. By mid afternoon on the day in question the rain started. Rather than sit outside in the rain for a few hours I knew I needed to find a view point, ideally inside.
So back in a cable car, up to the Skyline Complex and to sit in the bar and enjoy the view again. It was surprisingly quiet. At about 5 minutes to midnight took my camera outside. Predicting it would get busy quickly, my tripod stayed in the bag. Surprisingly, people mostly stayed indoors. The outdoor viewing area was nearly deserted when the clock struck 12pm. This photograph was taken without a tripod hence the reduction in quality.