Every year on New Years Eve I am on my balcony in hopes of getting some good firework photos. Back in 2007 I was bummed because it was raining on NYE so not as many people were out. Also it made for very foggy weather. The fact that I was trying to get photos with my point and shoot didn’t help either. Without a tripod I didn’t have a chance of getting anything decent.
Then in 2008 it was really foggy so I thought I’d be clever and take video instead, knowing from my 2007 experience that I didn’t have a hope in hell of getting any good photos. What was not so clever though? Deleting the files off my camera before realizing that for some reason, the videos weren’t uploaded along with the few photos I did take. I was thankful for the noise of the fireworks, it drowned out my long string of screamed profanities.
This year I had two things going in my favor. Firstly, my new camera, a Sony A300 that I bought back in March. It’s my first digital SLR camera and it’s a very steep learning curve. I still consider myself a total beginner, but a beginner who is having bucket loads of fun with it.
Another thing that made all the difference was the Hama Star 63 Tripod my husband bought me for Christmas! When you start doing anything in regards to photography, everyone will tell you to get a tripod, and now I know why. I am generally a pretty unsteady and shaky person, so trying to get photos in any kind of low light situation is a nightmare. With the tripod it’s so much easier. I’ll definitely be dragging it with me most places in the future.
There weren’t as many fireworks this year at midnight as there have been other years. Maybe it’s the financial crisis, maybe it has something to do with them cracking down on the sale of illegal fireworks, I’m not sure. I do wish people would put more money into the beautiful, photo worthy fireworks to be set off at night than they do in the annoying, loud and unnecessary bangers and firecrackers they set off all day.
You can see all my firework photos, past and present, in my Fireworks Set on Flickr.
Happy New Year Everyone!