The Petone Winter Carnival has been going for 7 years but for some reason it always seemed to clash with other things I had to do so this was the first year that I have managed to attend.

It is a combination of activities that run from mid day and concludes with a fireworks display. It also includes a fire event where groups build sculptures during the day and at night they are set alight. I am not sure about the wisdom of some groups who placed fireworks inside their creations and I am sure that quite a few jackets suffered damage from the flying embers.

The original forecast for the day was rain but as luck would have it the conditions ended up being perfect.

Shooting in falling light is always a great challenge. Shooting burning objects has its own challenges as well as you go from little to too much light very quickly. And then there are fireworks  that present their own issues.

To get a taste of the event I have chosen a simple selection of images

Not exactly sharp

Not exactly sharp

Brillient light on the sailing club

Brillient light on the sailing club

The set of drums erupt

The set of drums erupt

The phoenix/dragon is consumed

The phoenix/dragon is consumed

Firedancers were difficult to capture mainly due to the crowd

Firedancers were difficult to capture mainly due to the crowd

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All the fun of the sideshows

All the fun of the sideshows

Beacons in the night

Beacons in the night

A fine array of foods and wares

A fine array of foods and wares

Poppy Dust entertain

Poppy Dust entertain

The joy of kids

The joy of kids

Nature put on its own lightshow earlier in the day

Nature put on its own lightshow earlier in the day

Kids having fun

Kids having fun

Amazing bubbles from two fishing rods and lengths of leather

Amazing bubbles from two fishing rods and lengths of leather