Celebration of Light 2009 Finale: China


The Celebration of Light ended yesterday when China took its turn to wow the massive crowd around English bay. Overall they had a pretty good event, though Robyn and I both believe South Africa’s firework display was the best this year. UK was our least favorite, though China and Canada came pretty close.

This time we met up with some of our friends and headed down to the beach to see the fireworks. I’m sure people out there who have seen my fireworks photos this year are tired of the same perspective. So I thought we should see it among the huge crowd gathered along English Bay’s first beach. We actually hung out on the bike path along Beach Avenue which is a 5 minute walk from our apartment.

We found a decent spot with the least obstruction. At 9:45pm (15 minutes before the start), finding an unobstructed view is pretty slim. Though I did manage to find a decent clearing through the massive trees and set up my camera. I used my typical camera settings as well: f11, ISO100, Bulb and 1-4 second exposures.

Sun Bursts

Unfortunately without a breeze or a small wind the smoke from the fireworks hung out this time. As you can see in the above photos, once the smoke starts to hang around, the fireworks can become a bit hidden. To compensate I tried used quicker exposures as this would have helped not exposed the smoke as much.

The tree in the frame isn’t bad either. You can’t see it in all the photos, but for the ones it did show up in, I don’t think it really takes away from the shot.

You can check out all my other Firework photos (well the ones online anyway) over on my Firework Flickr Photostream. I’ve ordered them chronologically from the shot taken date. I have noticed an improvement and so has Robyn.

Did you mange to see the Celebration of Light Finale last night? Who would you pick to win this year’s firework competition?

Don’t forget by clicking on the above photos, it will overlay a larger photo for you to see!

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  • La Petite Vancouver
    Aug 2, 2009 @ 10:36:59

    The smoke was intolerable. I did try to lower down the exposure to about 3 secs max but it didn’t seem to help much. The quality of the fireworks was just BAD.

    For the winner I would pick UK because there were so many unique shapes of fireworks that I had never seen before.