This year I decided to try my luck getting shots of fireworks up close instead of going to see one of the pro fireworks shows in town. So I walked around Kalihi for most of the night and found a couple of places that were launching aerial fireworks in the street. Overall, I’d say it was a lot more fun than dealing with the crowds in Waikiki or paying to get into one of the big NYE parties.
Once again the Ala Moana Shopping Center sponsored the best 4th of July fireworks display on the island. And best of all, one could get up close to see the show as long as you don’t mind walking a bit.
Here’s the full Flickr Album of the fireworks show.
New Year’s Eve in Hawaii. Not as much fireworks as before, but there’s other kinds of entertainment.
There were a lot of spectacular fireworks last night at Ala Moana. And, practically every square foot of grass in the park was taken by fireworks watchers. A lovely night, not a drop of rain all evening. This is paradise.
My favorite pic of the night. I found three frames from the timelapse below that fit just perfectly together to make an HDR photo. The exposure settings of each of the frames are the same but the rocket explosion cast a wide range of illumination over the three exposures. Wide enough to piece together an HDR in Photomatix.
Photobug details of the time lapse: Shot with my Nikon D90 w/ a Nikkor 14-24 mm f/2.8G. ISO 200, f/4, 2 seconds per frame. Scaled the frames down to 1526×1080 and stitched together with Adobe Premiere elements at around 6 frames per second. The flash player below scales down the video to fit in the browser window. I highly recommend downloading the video and watching it in full screen 1080i.