New Years Fireworks – The Story Behind The Photo

Gosford NYE Fireworks

I thought I’d kick off the new year with a new series of blog posts. I’m always traveling somewhere interesting with work, but it’s often places I’ve been to before.

Also I don’t get a lot of time to go sightseeing while I’m there. Which left the format that I started this blog in somewhat redundant as I was often repeating myself.  Especially towards the end of last year.

So in this new series of blog posts, instead of focusing on a particular trip or location. I’m going to focus on a particular photo, or collection photos, taken during my travels. Instead of trying to come up with a full day of activities, which often isn’t possible. I’m always taking photos, no matter where or how I travel and it’ll allow me to give you the story of how that came to be.

This will allow me to create a tonne of new, fresh content from my travels in 2017. And on those occasions where I’m lucky enough and go somewhere new, I can revert back to the old format specifically for those trips.

So what better way to kick off the new year and this new blog series, than with a photo of the celebration of the new year?

NYE Fireworks, Gosford, NSW, Australia

This shot was one of series I took while attending the New Years Eve fireworks down at the Gosford waterfront (NSW, Australia).

New Years Eve, for me, entailed hanging out with a mate, who happened to live within walking distance of the Gosford waterfront. We were chilling out by the barbecue and having a couple of beers, when we thought it would be a good idea to wander down to the waterfront to check out the fireworks.

Me, being me, I had my camera gear handy. While I didn’t plan on taking many photos on New Years Eve, the opportunity to take amazing fireworks photos was too good to pass up.

Obviously we didn’t really plan anything, and by the time we got there, a rather large crowd had already amassed claiming all the best vantage points. So I found myself a little spot where I have enough room to set up my camera and tripod, took advantage of the scene, and started snapping away.

My favourite shot (the one above) was one of the last shots I captured in the finale of the display. The action, the colours, the crowd looking on, even the smoke make this a dynamic shot, that I was very happy with. Next time I’ll plan it a bit to make sure I’ve got a better vantage point for the New Years Eve fireworks, where ever I end up in the world.

Since you can never have enough fireworks photos, here’s a couple more from the evening.

NYE Fireworks, Gosford, NSW, Australia
NYE Fireworks, Gosford, NSW, Australia
NYE Fireworks, Gosford, NSW, Australia
NYE Fireworks, Gosford, NSW, Australia

If you’d like to know more about how I photograph fireworks. Check out these tips I put together on photographing fireworks.

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About the Author: Rhys Vandersyde

Traveler, Photographer, Content Creator. I've spent the last 10 years exploring all over the world, but there is still plenty more to see.

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