We don’t get the chance to play with fireworks here in Australia, well not where I’m based. So when I was in New Zealand late last year and it happened to coincide with their Guy Fawkes Night, the opportunity was too good to pass up.
I’ve photographed fireworks many times, mostly NYE and Australia Day celebrations, but I’ve never been able to control the fireworks to create the photos in a setting that I wanted. Guy Fawkes was my chance to do exactly that.
I picked out one of the many roadside Fireworks stalls that had been setup for the occasion, and asked the guy which ones would make for the best photos. He had no idea, but he ended selling me the ones that made the biggest bang. Close enough.
Having little to no idea what to expect, I ended up getting set up on one of the small beaches just outside Auckland, with a view out over the bay. My original plan of setting them off in one of the parks was quickly foiled with all the parks around Auckland boasting “No Fireworks” signs. It would have been nice to get a shot of the fireworks with the Auckland skyline in the background, not to be.
After a couple of fumbled attempts to light the fireworks and get back to my camera to get the shots. I got into the swing of it and managed to snap a few shots and not lose any eyebrows in the process. A win win.
Here’s a couple more photos from Guy Fawkes Night in Auckland, New Zealand. Including an interest one of a firework that missed fired.
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