Happy New Year!

I can’t believe how long I’ve been away. I’ve had the busiest travel schedule since about September last year, with only 3 weeks where I stayed home in Melbourne for the entire week during those 4 months. Quite a struggle but it’s over now.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break and a lovely New Years Eve. I arrived back in Melbourne on the 30th December, and my best friend from Brisbane came down to spend NYE with me and a few days afterwards as well. We caught up with two other friends for dinner at a fab Greek restaurant nearby and then relaxed on my balcony afterwards with a cup of tea and some mint slice (so old, I know) while waiting for the fireworks.

I’ve never photographed fireworks before so this was quite the learning experience for me. My balcony doesn’t face the city, and the walls of the balcony are very high (above my head) but you can see the city if you get up on a ladder and lean out a little.

Sounds a lot more dangerous than it is.

So, the walls are high, which means I can’t use a tripod, so me and my trusty Olympus are going handheld again. You need a pretty slow shutter for fireworks, so handheld is a fools game here, but I gave it a go anyway.

I’m also about 4km from the city, so it’s quite a distance away. These shots are all at ISO1000 and cropped in quite a bit. The first ones are a display over to the east of Melbourne. The last one in this group in over the city.

Someone said “Don’t Use Macro” when someone asked for tips for shooting fireworks. Now, if you know me, you know my macro lens is my favourite lens. It’s also 120mm equivalent. So I gave it a go. And I’m glad I did. While the shots aren’t sharp and there is some camera shake (I’m not surprised since it was handheld for 4 – 10 seconds per shot), I’m still happy with the results overall. And I can’t wait to get much closer and with a tripod next time.

Here’s to the new year! And here’s to reconnecting.

x desleyjane



Posted by:desleyjane

photographer, blogger, planner, scientist, dog lover, frequent flyer, daughter, sister, BFF, human

28 replies on “New Year Eve Fireworks

          1. I bought a Platypod Pro. It supports my camera no problem.

            They have a larger model too. You do need a head for it too, but I use the one from my monopod. The gorilla tripod works for my smaller lenses, but no the 105mm macro or the 70-200mm.

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  1. I really love the bokeh effect that the City lights take on in some of these photos. They help to create really creative and artistic images alongside the pop of the fireworks. Well done, Desley! It’s also nice to see you back in the blogosphere again. 🙂

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    1. Aw thank you Britta. It was fun to do and all over so quickly. With about 10s per exposure, you miss a lot but I’m happy with the results plus it taught me a lot!


  2. Happy New Year, welcome back and thanks for sharing these atmospheric pictures. The Australian fireworks are always something we look forward to in England, but this year, I’ve been in the US and it seemed surreal how many hours ahead of us you were.

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  3. Happy New Year. These shots have come out really well — especially considering the constraints. I tried a couple of hand-held shots of the NYE fireworks where I was but they were pretty rubbish. I could blame the champagne …. Or maybe not. Anyway, here’s to another year of creativity and adventure. I’m looking forward to seeing where your photo journey takes you.

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  4. It’s so good to see you back: I’ve hunted a few times to make sure you weren’t posting without me knowing. And you come back with a bang and a whizz and fountains and explosions of light. They’re great firework photos, especially but by no means only, the sidebar one. Hope your year proceeds with bang, whizz, explode and fountain too – a year of light and beauty. I’m looking forward to sharing bits of it.

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    1. So glad to be back Meg. Thanks so much. I’m so glad to hear from you. I was happy to get a few good ones here. Yes that sounds like a wonderful way for the year to proceed. Best wishes to you and your family. How much of your year remains!


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