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2013-14 NEW YEARS EVE FIREWORKS: Frogs Hollow – Toowoomba

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NEW YEAR’s EVE – A time for freedom from order — a time for fun.

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So we left the big cameras at home and went out with the little Olympus Pens point-n-shoot. No tripod – no big plans – “Bulb” setting, watch, mingle, be a part of the ‘BANG’, ‘Crackle’, ‘POP’ and the gasps and murmur of the crowd.

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These are truly experiments in capturing the experience and essence of a fireworks display in regional Australia … Enjoy!

And all the very best to you for the New Year!

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Click on any image for it to enlarge …

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FROGS HOLLOW NEW YEAR FIREWORKS—Toowoomba 2012-13

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The crowd @ Toowoomba New Years Eve fireworks display Photo: Doug Spowart

The crowd @ Toowoomba’s Frogs Hollow New Years Eve fireworks display Photo: Doug Spowart

It seemed like 10,000 people attended the Toowoomba “Frogs Hollow” 2012-13 fireworks display last night creating traffic jams, pedestrian crossing dramas and footpath parking mayhem. The crowd ‘ooooo—d’ and ‘aaaaaah—d’ and dotted throughout the audience were the lights from hundreds of digital camera, iPhone and iPad view screens recording the event. Starting at 7.40pm EST the show was over in ten or so minutes and much of the crowd dispersed.

I’ve photographed my share of fireworks—the tripod, remote release, being in a position with a clear view (up wind), careful focus and exposure correct. This year I just worked with my point-and-shoot Olympus Pen hand held—3200 ISO, auto (out-o) focus, auto exposure-around a ¼ second, and intuitively firing the shutter.

Toowoomba New Years Eve fireworks display Photo: Doug Spowart

Toowoomba New Years Eve fireworks display Photo: Doug Spowart

Toowoomba New Years Eve fireworks display Photo: Doug Spowart

Toowoomba New Years Eve fireworks display Photo: Doug Spowart

Toowoomba New Years Eve fireworks display Photo: Doug Spowart

Toowoomba New Years Eve fireworks display Photo: Doug Spowart

Toowoomba New Years Eve fireworks display Photo: Doug Spowart

Toowoomba New Years Eve fireworks display Photo: Doug Spowart

Being IN the moment for me has created a different kind of view, and maybe one that closer represents the feeling of being there—“BOOM” “BOOM” “CRACKLE” and “POP”. Oh! I forgot the sound missing from stills. You will need to imagine that until I get the video function going—next year . . .

Traffic-cars and people @ Toowoomba New Years Eve fireworks display

Traffic-cars and people @ Toowoomba New Years Eve fireworks display

SEE the Toowoomba Chronicle report for more information

http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/new-years-eve-a-blast/1702476/

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