You can read about Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t already. I realized that this is probably a bit late, seeing that this was New Year’s Eve and the Australia Day’s fireworks was yesterday.
Anyway, the last part of this series is largely uneventful, save from 9.30pm onwards. We drove down from Katoomba to Canberra in the morning, arriving around 2.30pm.

Checking in at the hotel, we learnt a good lesson – never check in early. I won’t say anything else bad about it. But otherwise, the good thing about this hotel is that as it’s right in the CBD, you could see the fireworks exploding, full-on, in-your-face exploding.

While waiting for the show to happened, Annie decided that watching ‘Braveheart’ would be good. I didn’t. Somehow I just don’t have it in me to watch movies with a sad ending. Especially on NYE.

This was from the 9.30 fireworks.

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And from the midnight fireworks:

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It was about 10 minutes long, and boy, with every picture that looked good, there were at least 4 or 5 that didn’t.

So, a belated Happy New Year, and hope you’re still sticking to your New Year’s resolution, if you made one.

Tips on how to photography fireworks

  1. Location. Find a good spot. Also think of it as ‘YOU’ -> ‘FIREWORKS -> ‘SMOKE’. As you can see in my pictures, the wind was definitely on, and it was blowing to the right. Not a great location if you want flawless fireworks.
  2. Setup. You definitely need a tripod, unless you can balance it on something and ensure that you can press the trigger button smoothly and without micro-jerking the camera. After that it’s relatively easy. Aperture around f4, and then shutter speed of 2-4 seconds.
  3. Take lots of pictures. LOTS.
  4. Last but most importantly, in the midst of taking the pictures, don’t forget to enjoy the fireworks with your loved one(s). I remember taking pictures of the Sydney fireworks but forgot what it really looked like because I was too engrossed fiddling with settings.