Yes, it’s now October 2017 and Australia Day was in January, so that makes me something of a slacker when it comes to posting. In between posts, I’ve been painting and doing family things. Oh, and we went on a rather long holiday driving through country NSW. Photos of that to come. In the meantime, check out some Aussie Day fireworks photos.

Australia Day 2017 fireworks photos - a flying bottle

Australia Day 2017 fireworks photos – a flying bottle

I had a camera and someone had a bottle. Put the two together and you get the above photo! I believe that I used a Tomioka made Porst 55mm 1.4 lens from the 70s – a very fine lens indeed. To get this, I pre-focussed several metres in front and set the aperture to f8. There was enough direct sun to enable a fast shutter speed even at that aperture. Looks pretty cool don’t you think?

Australia Day 2017 fireworks photos - sunset at the beach

Australia Day 2017 fireworks photos – sunset at the beach

We have many wonderful beaches here in Adelaide. Waiting for the Australia Day fireworks to begin, I just had to make the obligatory sunset photo.

Australia Day 2017 fireworks photos - random dude setting up the camera

Australia Day 2017 fireworks photos – random dude setting up the camera

Just for the record, this is not me! Some random photo-guy was setting up his tripod and DSLR (a Canon) in front in preparation for the fireworks. As usual, I did everything handheld with a lens from the 1970s. Just for kicks, I set the Porst at 1.4 for this shot. You can see how shallow the depth of field is, even on the Micro Four Thirds sensor of my Olympus camera. Being a lens from the 1970s, the lens coatings are nowhere near as good as they are today when it comes to preventing flare, hence the big flare from the lone streetlight.

Australia Day 2017 fireworks photos - fireworks on fire !

Australia Day 2017 fireworks photos – fireworks on fire !

Australia day 2017 - fireworks on fire !

Australia day 2017 – fireworks on fire !

Australia day 2017 - fireworks on fire !

Australia day 2017 – fireworks on fire !

Can’t quite remember the settings for these, but I made sure I had a shutter speed of 1-2 seconds so I could capture the fireworks trails. All handheld, so I had to brace against a nearby tree trunk and control my breathing. The superb Olympus 5 axis stabilisation did the rest.

So there you go ! That was Australia Day 2017 !

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