This is the view we had of Sydney Harbour at New Year's Eve - in part thanks to Craig (macjake). I've made the pilgrimmage to Sydney Harbour foreshore many years in the past - the most memorable being in 2000 when an f1-11 fighter jet zoomed the Bridge. So I was a bit antsy about braving the crowds again. Anyway, Craig convinced me. 1.5 million people came to see this spectacle, it was pure madness but a great way to see in the New Year. This photo was taken from the 28th floor of an office in Sydney's Central Business District, through a glass window. It was a fantastic night, topped off by the hangover from hell. Thanks again Craig ;)
Canon 5D Mk II
Bulb setting with cable shutter release
118 mm using 70-200mm lens
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snunney (92642) 2013-01-03 2:26
A good way to celebrate the coming of the New Year, the fireworks not the hangover from Hell that is:-) Splendid capture with good colours and sharpness. How you are now fully recovered, been there, done that:-)
lregoli (481) 2013-01-03 2:49
I like your picture very much. Even though the spot might not have been the best due to that building on the foreground, the sharpness with which you managed to capture the fireworks and the moment itself really compensates for it, creating a very nice picture!
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful new year!
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-01-03 3:11
Happy New Year dear Lisa - Hangover from Hell! I can relate to that. What a magnificent display. We had fireworks of a different kind.... really mad electrical storms with lightening like I have never seen before. Didn't take any shots through but cowered indoors. All my very best wishes for 2013 Rosemary
ikeharel (65281) 2013-01-03 3:46
Yes my dear, we saw this on the evening news, Lisa - showing the Sydney lavish display of fireworks, every year already for a few years back - telling that Australia is in the New-Year before everyone else...
Great dynamic scene, stunning vertical fire's.
pajaran (56658) 2013-01-03 3:53
Lep pogled na most i trenutak sa vatrometom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina, kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst o trenutku, dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazano.
Nice view of the bridge with fireworks and a moment ...
A good time recording, sharpness, contrast, beautiful color.
Good article on time, good composition, well demonstrated.
All the best.
dkmurphys (54499) 2013-01-03 4:10
Spectacular fireworks, I gues that were the greatests in the world this year. Well taken!
Sonata11 (33717) 2013-01-03 4:22
Hi dear Lisa,
Wow!!!! what a spectacular crackers show. Very beautiful caoptured at perfect moment. An excellent execution of Sydney Harbour at New Year's Eve. Perfectly well done. I like it a lot. Perfectly well done. Thank you fo sharing this moment.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-01-03 4:22
this is fantastic. So difficult to get this type of shot just right. I am in awe of your technique and expertise here. The final result is awesome and captures the atmosphere succinctly. Admire your courage getting drunk and carrying around a DSLR! 3 drinks and I am anybody's so I would soon lose the camera!! Bravo - this is stunning!
Regards - Brian.
sabermonajati (10893) 2013-01-03 5:10
great view from fire work with amazing light you captured.
sevy (15367) 2013-01-03 5:51
Yes, we can thanks Craig to convince you to go back here. The show is worth to be seen.
It is not so often we can enjoy so big firework.
mkamionka (33703) 2013-01-03 6:46
wow, this is a realy good start of the 2013.
I am really loking forward to seeing what will bring the rest of the year to your gallery.
Great POV chosen to capture this amazing moment. I am impressed by how many fireworks you have captured in one frame. The vertical composition allowed to add even more of them. I like how the vcharacteristic shape of the bridge is lit from all sides. That must have been a fantastic experience to see a spectacle like that in the reality, however I bet you had to use your elbows to get a good view point without people disturbing too much. I am impressed how you got a clean shot through the window. My last blue hour upload the industrial one was through the window and although I switch off all lights and covered myself and camera tightll with a jacket, I still got plenty of strange reflexes.
Maybe a bit pity that the dark building in the left blocked a bit the view but you cannot have everything in your life.
Excellent work. A real masterpiece.
Inspiration to look for original ideas.
Have a great New Year!
Noel_Byrne (28195) 2013-01-03 7:55
Aaah, fireworks are really something I would love to try and capture myself, but being illegal in Ireland, the opportunity is rare. I've always made a point of seeing the Sydney show on TV, and its always one of the most impressive of sights. Fantastic capture here, and I imagine this is not easy to do. The fireworks, the little neon ghost cobweb boat, and those lips in the middle, class! Nice one to get a VIP seat in an office block, probably the best possible place to be.
Thanks as always for sharing.
emilbo (22616) 2013-01-03 8:20
C'est la meilleure façon de célébrer la nouvelle Année et ce feu d'artifice est de toute beauté. Tu as su le capter dans toute sa splendeur. Une photo agréable à regarder avec de fantastiques couleurs.
Tous mes meilleurs voeux pour 2013,
Kielia (24077) 2013-01-03 9:24
what a fantastic scenery! And the accompanying note is also very entertaining. I like the idea of this image very much because there is something very special in the air. The title is also very well chosen. My compliments!
I wish you a magical year!
Didi (59746) 2013-01-03 10:50
Wonderful picture and very good lights management
I saw the 2013 fireworks in youtube it was fantastic
Best wishes for the year 2013
cornejo (37761) 2013-01-03 11:33
Hello dear Lisa, this is an excellent photo of these interesting and lovely fireworks. A good image well captured in this beautiful picture, great pov, good sharpness, color and light. Excellent and lovely job very well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.
Good morning and happy weekend.
Best regards and best wishes from the south of Spain.
Royaldevon (34801) 2013-01-03 11:50
Hello Dear Lisa,
This is what the sight is all about, like minded friends inspiring and encouraging us to take that extra step to enhance our photography. I must admit, Craig has influenced my subject photography. I never used to take city buildings!
Your shot absolutely captures the spirit of the moment! I saw the spectacle on tv (of course you met the New Year long before us) but I don't think it was any more exciting than this, which I can linger over and enjoy.
My best wishes to you and your family for 2013,
Gigidusud (18797) 2013-01-03 13:02
Ho letto che hai ben festeggiato il capodanno eh eh eh!!!Splendida vista su questo bellissimo fuochi d'artificio,grazie alla altezza del palazzo.
Grazie e ancora tanti auguri per te e i tuoi.
COSTANTINO (61455) 2013-01-03 13:06
a wonderful explosion of colors
the best way to celebrate
the coming of the new year
brianmcc (6219) 2013-01-03 13:15
hi lisa, it's a cracker of a picture. the colours of the fireworks and the lighting of the city against the dark of night are fantastic. you have captured this moment perfectly. i can imagine being there was a wonderful experience. certainly beaqts my quiet night in, watching repeats of 'father ted'.
happy new year and kind regards,
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-01-03 13:18
Now THAT'S a light show! Glad Craig talked you into it, so we can live vicariously. There is a lot going on here, and I can only imagine the density of the crowd that must have been gathered. Glad you were able to get a clear shot without disturbance, and a reasonably clear vantage point. Almost makes me wish I was out in downtown Boston rather than at a small gathering... but then I remember it's summer where you are, and it is decidedly not summer here, and I become once again satisfied with my choice.
carlo62 (41357) 2013-01-03 14:35
a dire il vero l'unica cosa che mi viene in mente è.......wowwwwwww
Questo si che è uno spettacolo scenografico, sono andato anche su youtube a vedermi i video, ma la tua foto supera tutto e tutti.
lousat (85070) 2013-01-03 14:37
Ciao Lisa,ma migliore in assoluto,che foto,che spettacolo e che atmosfera...beata te che hai visto in diretta questa meraviglia....pero' adesso devi anche farci vedere la mega papera gialla che ho visto in tele...ehehe...buona giornata,Luciano
abmdsudi (48878) 2013-01-03 19:25
This is fresh from the oven, I can smell it Lisa.
It is always nice to sit back and watch the show like this and true sensation of being at the show. Indeed a spectacular display of fireworks and you've done a marvellous job of recording the event from such an excellent viewpoint. The colorful bursts fit the frame perfectly in this format and contrasting strikingly against dark sky. I love the clarity all seems to be well exposed even on the brightest light there. I love the feel of depth, space and the strong impact and also the way you have got a few different elements in this shot, whole water front is lit up along with the gorgeous shimmering water. This photo really gives so much to the viewer to enjoy and is fitting the ocassion to such a delight. Congrats
macjake (63250) 2013-01-03 19:50
Havn't really been on Te for a few days, I opened it up and found this beauty!
You're welcome my friend! anytime! I'm sure my beach shots in Hawaii have your and tosca's name all over them too! haha
pretty damn impressive since this is taken through a window.
Its cool how the pink fireworks remind me of 1980's punk hair do! you know what I mean? haha
Cool shot! well done!
jjcordier (79289) 2013-01-03 21:59
Cette superbe photo de feux d'artifice (coûteux!)est de loin ma préférée de ta série vue ailleurs.Le cadrage est bon (on oublie l'immeuble) et l'exposition et le timing des fusées parfaits. Et, en plus, tu avais trouvé une position privilégiée pour faire les images. Bravo!
bayno (18344) 2013-01-04 1:22
Ciao Lisuzza...ammazza che fuochi...nemmeno a Napoli...una vera Santa Barbara...veramente un ottimo scatto...., le navi ancorate ci danno le proporzioni della grandezza dei fuochi....
Io ancora sono con la mia stellima...non mi fà respirare e ne sono ben contento...ho tempo solo per lei...spero di riuscire a trattenerla sino alla befana...
Ti abbraccio e ti auguro tanta fortuna per il 2013...
Longroute (19396) 2013-01-04 4:34
Waw! What is this? Mayas were right! The end of the world!!! (:-) Fantastic shot Lisa.
My best compliments and my best wishes for a Happy New year.
ourania (39026) 2013-01-04 10:29
Ciao cara Lisa,
uno spettacolo magnifico, dinamico ed incantevole! Il quadro verticale e' pieno di luminosi motivi meravigliosi ed una fantastica atmosfera. C' e' anche grande profondita' e si sente la citta' vibrante sotto gli splendidi fuochi d' artificio. La nitidezza e la varieta' di tonalita' luminose e' superba. Che bello che c' eri! Complimenti e grazie!
Tutto il meglio,
maloutim (9639) 2013-01-05 0:01
Magnifico mazzo di fuochi d'artificio catturato con maestrìa.
Ottimo contrasto fra il gigantismo dei fuochi ed i piccoli edifici e navi laggiù nel porto !
Naturalmente si indovina che i fuochi furono sparati dal famoso ponte, ciò che era una trama ideale.
Congratulazioni e migliori auguri per l'anno nuovo.
vjmite (4186) 2013-01-05 1:24
You got a ripper of a shot there - caught at a climactic moment. It must have been nice being up in that building with that view, instead of jostling about with the plebs down below. Sydney puts on a good show at New Year's Eve, that's for sure.
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-01-05 1:24
My Best Wishes to You for 2013!
I´ve seen how great you celebrated New Year's Eve in TV before we started for good:)
Actually the scene you captured here says everything-the show was fantastic and must be certainly amazing experience to take part in such great show at least once in a life.Well done!
Bluejeans (64251) 2013-01-05 3:14
Ola Lisa ,
Uma bela foto de final de ano em Sydney com fogo de artifício , bela explosão na famosa ponte , bons detalhes e cores, parabéns !!!
Um abraço Gonçalo Lopes
Bom ano de 2013
photoray (13725) 2013-01-05 11:04
Stop action of the huge pyro works, is very impressive for encompassing the entire bridge and harbor. I would have loved to been on the red light sailboat in the lower corner.
Congratulations on a great celebration moment,
& have many excellent days all year long,
Silvio1953 (133898) 2013-01-06 2:58
Ciao Lisa, eh mi devi prendere proprio come allievo che io i fuochi d'artificio così bene mica ci son mai riuscito a farli, favolosa esposizione, magnifico spettacolo di luci e colori, bravissima, un grande abbraccio Silvio
ChrisJ (107161) 2013-01-06 3:49
Love the little red illuminated sailing ship bottom right. Worth a separate photo in its own right imho. Good timing to get the burst of fireworks from the iconic bridge and the bg details are nice & sharp. Not easy to do in a nocturnal time exposure. Tfs!
willperrett (9027) 2013-01-06 12:08
I guessed you'd be there with your camera. I saw it "live" on TV at about 1300 our time, and then had a second helping at midnight when London exploded. You've caught one of the many magic moments featuring tne old coathanger, and although you don't give us any techie info, I'm guessing you used a small aperture so the highlights didn't burn out too much, and maybe 1/2 second shutter speed?? Great framing too.
Sorry I haven't visited your portfolio recently: I've been having a TE sabbatical, but am now back with batteries fully charged. Happy New Year.
ktanska (26369) 2013-01-07 12:26
Excellent viewpoint, you can't be too picky about neighbouring tower. Sheer size is beyound understanding. A bridge of 500m or so in length dwarfed by fireworks.
I remember seeing fireworks of Sydney a couple of times in New Years Eve afternoon news showing how year had already changed in Australia. I also saw local fireworks, and liked. (This time I was without camera, against my own advice.)
thebest (4276) 2013-01-07 20:17
Sounds like you had a cracker of a good time Lisa... great!!!
Certainly a great City to be in for the New Year celebrations.
All the best for this New Year.
kiks (11785) 2013-01-08 7:15
Starting the year with such fireworks is the best way. Thank you so much for sharing it.
All the best for 2013
adores (42369) 2013-01-08 16:14
I saw this on TV:)!
I'm sure you have seen a great firework and you have also chosen an amazing place to take the photos:)!
This one is great, with a good format and a perfect exposure - I really like the effect of the fireworks crossing the sky and even the presence of the boat. Very well captured!
mirosu (15878) 2013-01-08 23:58
Hi Lisa, Unfortunately I left your excellent city too early, so I was not able to see this spectacle. Many thanks for your excellent photo. You have captured marvelous firework. How did you get this marvelous viewpoint, as far as I have seen many areas around Opera House and Circular Bay should be closed on 31 Dec night. Well done indeed.
tyro (23044) 2013-01-09 2:53
Ciao cara Lisa,
What a fabulous picture of the New Year fireworks in Sydney! None of the usual distant views of fireworks, but this is magnificent - your long lens has brought us right into the thick of the battle, so much so that I feel I can almost hear the explosions of those fire crackers!
Tecnically this is a very fine picture too - and it's very difficult to achieve such a good exposure in such circumstances, especially with 1.5 million people crowding around your camera and tripod! Most firework pictures, I find, look a bit "flat" but this one has all the action you could wish for. It's brilliant!
Happy New Year!
kennyblack (4207) 2013-01-10 7:48
Ciao carissima Lisa
Questa volta ho scelto questa foto per l' allegria che rappresenta le magnifiche luci e riflessi sull' acqua.
Il 2012 non è stato per niente bello per noi ma da questo nuovo ci aspettiamo qualcosa in più. Abbiamo bisogno tutti di serenità salute e sicurezza e la auguriamo a tutti in tutta sincerità.
Anche se in profondo ritardo a Voi tutti i nostri migliori auguri.
Ringraziandoti come sempre della tua presenza ti salutiamo con un bacione ed abbraccio ... Marino & Desy
aliabazari (16091) 2013-01-14 11:45
Hello, dear Liza
The view was beautiful. Exposure and color depth and well performed.
lau83 (44) 2013-01-15 8:59
brindaron un hermoso espectaculo para todo el mundo, lo vimos por la television, pensar que donde yo vivo prohibieron los juegos artificiales... me encanta tu fotografia, muy lindos colores