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Old August 2nd, 2010, 11:27 PM
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Celebration of Light Fireworks 2010 Vancouver

Sorry for the fuzzyness I don't have a tripod or SLR, next year I might try placing the camera on a book/ledge to see if that helps plus it was a bit windy

First up was USA with the theme "In The Mood"

Ten minutes before the start (at 10 pm) I noticed this interesting scene looking northwest with the clouds opening up a bit, long after sundown to allow some light back through, it's not the moon of course because it's behind me. Neat reflection on the pool too

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Love the purple spiral & the fuzzyness of the shot gave the image of a dragonfly

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The reflection on the ocean is always

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Old August 2nd, 2010, 11:30 PM
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About 10:15pm, the clouds part a bit & you can see the lightness behind them

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This one below is not fuzzy/out of focus, some of them actually come down like that

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Old August 2nd, 2010, 11:34 PM
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USA Big Finish

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Second night was Spain with the theme "Heaven & Hell"

Looks like Saturn , also with a purple spiral below

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Old August 2nd, 2010, 11:37 PM
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This one below is fuzzy but I like how it turned out

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Old August 2nd, 2010, 11:38 PM
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Old August 2nd, 2010, 11:40 PM
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Third night was Mexico with the theme "Journey"

After sunset, northwest

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Below out of focus, but looks neat

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Old August 2nd, 2010, 11:42 PM
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Below Can you see the sideways blue heart in the upper right hand corner? Unfortunately not a good shot but the only one I got of the hearts.

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Old August 2nd, 2010, 11:45 PM
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These fireworks always show up really well for me So I must be doing something right

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Final night was China with theme "The Butterfly Lovers legend" Last years winners & not in the actual competition this year.

Red setting sun below some red clouds, this was about 30 mins after a HUGE thunderclap, 2 fork lightning strikes & 30 mins of big heavy raindrops - storm literally came out of nowhere, & left just as quickly

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The open circles are

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Below It's a little hard to tell but when this explodes it's a circle that is half green & half purple, there's also a red one behind it in this shot

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China's Big sparkly finish, the lack of wind was holding alot of the smoke in close this night

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This years winner is: Spain
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Old August 3rd, 2010, 07:19 AM
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all the pictures are really cool.
you must have a great camera to get shots like these

I love the ones with the lighter sky


this is the best way to view the fireworks for me from the safety for my house
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They're cool shots, growler!!! So purrrrrrrrdy!!!!!!!

You missed a heart--third shot in post 5!!!!

Do you use a specific set of settings on your camera to get such great shots of fireworks?
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Wow, great shots of them, growler . Amazing what they can do with the fireworks . Are you taking those from your balcony?
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You missed a heart--third shot in post 5!!!!
Neat! That's the first thing I noticed about that pic too.

Wonderful photos, Growler. I love this one...
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Red setting sun below some red clouds
The flag adds a nice touch .
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Excellent pics Growler. I haven't gone down to the fireworks in years lately, but I can hear them from home!
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Old August 4th, 2010, 02:17 AM
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all the pictures are really cool.
you must have a great camera to get shots like these
It's a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W50, certainly no SLR but a good one I quite like it .

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Do you use a specific set of settings on your camera to get such great shots of fireworks?
Don't know that I'd call them great shots

Most of them I used what they call Program Auto setting with the flash off of course, there's a couple of things that can be changed colour, iso, white balance etc

For the China pics I used what is called the Landscape setting - distance focus flash off or the Twilight setting - low light without flash

There is some difference in the amount the camera will focus between Program Auto & the other two, plus the amount of light the lens absorbs/uses

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You missed a heart--third shot in post 5!!!!
Never even noticed that

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Wow, great shots of them, growler . Amazing what they can do with the fireworks . Are you taking those from your balcony?
Yeah it's pretty cool what they can come up with when they explode.

No I definately couldn't afford to live in that area . Taking these pics I'm standing in a park above a public outdoor pool beside the beach/ocean.
I live in the next town over - out my balcony I see trees & the neighbouring building

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Wonderful photos, Growler. I love this one...

The flag adds a nice touch .
That was interesting after the brief thunder/lightning/rain storm.

The flag is on/above a free musical performace stage beside/infront of the pool, the other poles you see in the background are boats in the dock beyond that.

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Excellent pics Growler. I haven't gone down to the fireworks in years lately, but I can hear them from home!
They definately can get pretty loud especially so close to the barge, some of the booms you can feel .

Thanks for the compliments ladies but I of course see the fuzzyness in nearly every shot Sometimes I zoom in too much trying to get a closer picture but that just results in being a bit more out of focus like the sunset in Mexico shots
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I think they're pretty cool even if you see fuzz. I've never had any fireworks shots turn out half that good!
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