I am not sure why the above photo is not as sharp as the flickr version as they are both 60dpi, I will have take a look at how the site handles images.
As part of their Halloween celebrations Lisburn City Council / Island Arts Centre laid on a Hallowe’en Treasure Trail to explore the eerie historic surroundings of Castle Gardens followed by a stunning fireworks finale. Arriving late we were unable to gain access to Castle Gardens so much of our view was obscured by the trees (our own fault for being late).
I decided to try and use the war memorial as a focusing point, a high aperture and a pretty high ISO. I found there were was a point in the fireworks to click. Too early and the camera couldn’t focus, too late and there was too much light and the high ISO caused destructive over exposure.
I am not sure if I was taking photos of fireworks or rather taking photos of the statue using the fireworks as a dramatic backdrop. Nevertheless I have discovered that to attempt firework photography without a tripod is a complete and total nightmare.
Additional photos are available in the flickr group here.