I only captured a few firework shots from the recent competition at Blackpool, but this shows something that a lot of people seem to like. Everyone thinks that the smoke would be a problem in an intense display like this where they don’t leave time for the smoke to clear (as it is a timed competition). However, stood at the right angle to the wind and fireworks the smoke should blow off to the side as we see here. The smoke blurs because the camera is set up to capture a long exposure time.
The more you show people photographs, the more comments you receive: good, bad or indifferent. After showing a couple of people the above photograph they seemed to love how the smoke looks, being blown away to the left. This is caused by the camera being set to a long exposure in order to capture the trails of light which the fireworks make. The first thing that catches my eye about this photograph is the tiny bits of blue at the ends of the light trails.
After a portrait photo shoot in the afternoon a few of us stayed in Blackpool and waited around in the cold for nightfall. There was a reasonable sunset and we watched truck loads of fireworks being towed onto the beach. After a couple of hours wait this was the result. It was the final night of fireworks and it took place between South and Central Piers. Last time I was able to attend a competition was 2007 when they had the fireworks focused around North Pier.
2009 hasn’t been a very good year for firework photography as I keep missing opportunities to photograph them. For the second year in a row I missed out on the Blackpool International Competition, but finally last night I got to see and photograph fireworks. Big thanks goes to Daisy for introducing us to Matt (also huge thanks for Matt]. He let me set up my camera and tripod on his first floor window ledge looking directly over the Race Course buildings, which meant that I am able to bring you the above firework photograph.