Thursday, December 18, 2008

Opening of the Season Fireworks

Every year on 16 December we have the Opening of the Season celebrations on the beachfront here in Port Elizabeth. It is the official start of the summer holidays and the proverbial gunshot that signals the annual influx of holiday makers into Port Elizabeth. For the next 3 weeks most coastal towns and cities in South Africa will be packed with sun worshippers, mostly from the interior.

The Opening of the Season celebrations includes music and stalls, but the highlight of the evening is the fireworks display from Shark Rock Pier.


With my old compact camera I've never been able to take proper fireworks picture, so this was the first opportunity I had. It was also the first time we have taken the Rugrats to a fireworks display and the were suitable impressed.

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19 comments:

  1. I've not mastered taking photo's of fireworks as yet, so am very impressed with these photos!!

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  2. Great fireworks pics. Have a nice summer holiday.

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  3. Awesome skywatch shot, thanks for sharing.

    Cheers!
    Regina In Pictures

    ps....I added your blog to my followers list so I can return often to see more of your great work.

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  4. Awesome shot! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. These are outstanding. Not easy shots well done.

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  6. Amazing photos of the fireworks. This way I can appreciate them. I don't myself like the loud bangs and my other dog always gets petrified. Over here the season of fireworks seems to span from mid December to mid February even if the law states otherwise. This is of course private people and especially kids with their bangers and such. Pain in the back side it is really. However viewed like this on these brilliant shots they do look very beautiful indeed.

    Whishing you happy sky watching and a very merry Xmas.

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  7. What an amazing fireworks photos!!
    I have never been in South Africa but everybody says is so beautiful! lucky you :)
    My blog

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  8. I'm just catching up with the gorgeous photographs on your fabulous blog. The white rhino is amazing!

    I am soooooo envious that summer is just starting down there. It is minus 9 in Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island where I grew up. Tomorrow it will be minus 17 in Vancouver with the wind chill.

    So I am going to visit your blog every day for the next little while, and absorb some of that wonderful South African sunshine!

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

    Cheers!

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  9. Great shots! Good to hear the rugrats enjoyed them :) Love your pier images...I agree there is something about the sepia one.

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  10. What beautiful photographs. I see that I have a setting on my little camera for taking shots of fireworks. Haven't had the opportunity though, but am dying to try. In-laws live in PE - wonder if they popped past to see the display!?

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  11. Great fireworks shots!
    Happy Christmas!

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  12. Aww, I do miss the Opening of the Season - it used to be a summer highlight when I was a teenager. Great shots - fireworks are so tricky!

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  13. Ooh! I love fireworks and these are fantastic shots! Love them!

    Happy Sky Watching!

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  14. what a nice series of shots...i have yet to attempt night shots and fireworks...will have to figure that out one of these days...for now i stick to daylight...lol

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  15. What brilliant photos!!
    Enjoy your holiday, and travel safely :)

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  16. Happy New Year!

    2009 Fireworks show

    http://fireworks2009.blogspot.com/

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