Fire & Fun

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

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