flickr group was created for people to post their images and twitter was used to publicise the event. Close to twenty people joined the group and some even managed to stay awake long enough to take a photo and then submit it to the group. My effort is the photograph above. I went over to Devonport on Auckland's North Shore to watch the New Year's fireworks that were to be set off Skytower. The folks in the picture are getting ready to the show; pointing their camera at Skytower in the distance.
I wasn't sure what to do with the images. What exposure to pick? I decided to go handheld for the first image and selected ISO 3200 in an attempt to reduce shake! It's a bit grainy, but I think this adds to the effect really. We used to use film grain to enhance the image if memory serves me! Anyway, for shots of the fireworks I decided a lower ISO and a tripod were the order of the day. ISO 200 and f8 and I let the camera select the shutter speed. I was hoping for something in the order of a second or two to capture the star effects of the fireworks. The second image in the post is again just prior to midnight as I tested the exposure of the city. I decided to get the exposure right for the city lights and use this for the fireworks.
Fireworks over it was time to head home and upload the photographs to the flickr group. Check it out, there's some great shots in there.