Season of Fireworks

I’ve been telling people that the month of July and early August is the season of fireworks in Singapore. Basically there is a fireworks display every Saturday evening at Marina area due to the National Day Parade rehearsal. This is a great time for those who love fireworks and also great for photography enthusiast to practice their skill in shooting fireworks before the big fireworks display on National Day itself.
I notice that I’ve been shooting fireworks for almost every weekend but I didn’t post the pictures on my blog. Been sharing them on my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
National Day Rehearsal – 6 July 2013
I was shooting somewhere between Marina Bay Sands and Marina Bay City Gallery. The foreground is the Singapore River Cruise ticketing booth and jetty and background of Raffles City and Marina Square. This is my second favorite place to shoot the fireworks.

National Education Show 1 – 13 July 2013
For the first NE show, I was shooting from One Fullerton area. The background is Marina Bay Sands. It’s a very nice view. You can see the reflections of the fireworks on the MBS windows in some of the shots. But this location is very close to the fireworks. It will be good if you have a full frame camera with a wide angle lens. I was using my 1.6 crop factor Canon 60D with a 18-200mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens. Even with 18mm focal length, some of the fireworks still went out of frame.
Maybe it will be better to use a 11 or 12mm focal length on a crop factor body or shoot in portrait mode.
National Education Show 2 – 20 July 2013
For NE2, we decided to walk all the way to Gardens By The Bay East. The view is beautiful. In the foreground, there is the Garden By The Bay Flower Dome and Marina Bay Sands. In the background you see part of the Singapore Central Business District. The only problem with that location is that it is very far away from the action. The fireworks looks kinda small. I have to zoom in closer midway during the fireworks so that the fireworks won’t look too tiny.
National Education Show 3 – 27 July 2013
For NE3, I was shooting at The Promontory@Marina Bay. It is directly opposite the The Float where NDP is held. You get to see the low pyrotechnics at The Float. The Promontory is my favorite venue to shoot the National Day fireworks.
I didn’t go for the National Day Preview fireworks on 3 August because I was invited to the Fashion TV Beach Festival. Well, beautiful models beat fireworks anytime. (Which reminds me, I haven’t post the photos that I took from Fashion TV Beach Festival. Haha. Coming soon.)
I’ll post the fireworks photos from National Day in my next post.

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