Well, maybe I bent the rules of Stu’s challenge a little this week.

Backgrounds are important to a photograph. Why not find a good background first, then wait for something to happen in front of it.

My background is the boring night-time view from my balcony, but as it’s the 5th of November, naturally there are fireworks going off all over the place.

I was originally watching a fairly distant bonfire party, and so the camera was aligned on its tripod and quite far zoomed in. Without warning, a much nearer firework shot up from a garden only two down opposite my balcony – and it was all I could do to hit the shutter.

This is the rather abstract result, and I quite like it. I love the detail of the “side sparks” shooting away from the main beam. Click for a bigger version and you can see better 🙂



  1. Fraser
    November 12, 2009

    Nice, I like this shot. They almost look like threads of old string!

    • November 12, 2009

      “Are you an old string?”
      “No, I’m a frayed knot…”

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