In my opinion the best firework displays in the north of England can be seen at the Blackpool International Firework Competition, which is usually held in September. Certain this was the best firework display that I have ever had the pleasure of watching and photographing. If you look closely at North Pier in this photograph, you can see a series of fireworks that appear to be tumbling over the side – this is correct, they are falling down with an appearance of water. This is something I had never experienced before but it was like magic, how the pier didn’t catch fire I will never know. It produced a lot of light from this area of the picture and so made it a challenge to photograph. Luckily this part of the display lasted at least a minute and when I realised I couldn’t get a good photo close up, I zoomed out and managed to capture the above image, which I am particularly proud about coming home with.
Remember, remember the Fifth of November, Gunpowder Treason and Plot…I held off posting this afternoon because I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go to a firework display or stay in and watch the fireworks from my flat. Last year I was away in the Lake District and so had planned to go to a display. This evening I decided to stay in and watch fireworks over the city centre from my window. It wasn’t nearly as impressive as a professional display but interesting none the less. The above photograph was taken back in September at Blackpool’s International Firework Competition. I have published photographs from this event before, but this is my favourite. To capture such an image I basically followed my quick tip in yesterday’s post.
I spent this afternoon and evening in the small village of Horbling in Lincolnshire, on my uncle’s farm / plant nursery. He was having his annual bonfire party with friends and family, with fireworks and BBQ etc. I spent a lot of the evening experimenting with different lighting techniques, taking photographs mainly of the fire itself but also some painting with light ideas and firework pictures. The above image is my favourite firework shot. Personally, I don’t feel it is quite as impressive as the series I managed to capture from the Blackpool Fireworks Competition but I am still happy enough with this image to share it with you. Amateur fireworks are much harder to photograph than professional displays.
This is the third photo I wanted to share with you taken last week at the Blackpool Fireworks Competition. I am hoping to go again, if not next week, then certainly to next year’s event. The above image was captured about half way through the UK’s 15 minute long display. I love the blue and red colours and all the various shapes and patterns the explosions are making, it seems to work together perfectly. I am also posting this photograph because fireworks are a way to celebrate things in my eyes, and I am just about to head out to my 21st birthday party, so it should be a great night.