This is my first attempt at a pyrotechnic display and the idea was spawned by a photo taken in my garden that became my entry for the AM3 theme "Planting A Seed". One of the photos in this series will become my entry to the follow on "Harvesting Seeds" theme.
After deciding my theme I realised that firework displays are not an everyday event so I was not going to be able to practise or have the luxury to experiment - the only way of learning tried and tested settings was to peruse the Internet for tutorials and advice from other Photographers. Some AM3ers also offered me their advice, all of which was taken gratefully on board and assimilated. The afternoon before the display I set up my camera to ensure it was working and more importantly I knew my camera's dials and buttons in case I needed to change anything in the dark! The settings I chose to use were - Manual Mode, Bulb, F/10, iso "Lo 1.0" Tripod and remote shutter control.
At the display itself I found a spot that I thought would be quiet and about 30 mins before the display I set up my tripod and camera - it soon transpired that it was not to be such a quiet spot as the crowd soon started to engulf me - luckily I had set up my camera in front of the crowd barrier so little chance of the tripod being knocked.
The display started on time but for some reason my remote didn't, so I had to resort to manual control - still not sure exactly why, it worked fine before and also after the event - maybe it was Murphy's Law as alluded to by Curly.
Overall I am quite chuffed with the results and I am looking forward to having another crack at BMW's firework display towards the end of November - their past displays have been spectacular.