Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hanabi

If there’s a fireworks display, it means there’s a celebration, most obvious of them all is the New Year Celebration. Fireworks display never ceases to amaze spectators, and it is continually improving.

Back in the Philippines, welcoming New Year will never be complete without fireworks. I am not talking about ‘grand’ fireworks display but just simple ones, among them is the fountain. You can light it up on the road or street as the clock strike midnight. Perhaps, another entry is for firecrackers which are equally popular as fireworks too.

scent of vibrant smokes
explosion of man-made stars
childhood memories

If there’s a place of continuous fireworks display, I would like to stay there. It will keep me young and worry-free, a fantasy as you may say but it’s free to dream after all.

But in Japan, fireworks display signals the beginning of summer. To some, it’s means holiday. But to unfortunate ones like me, it’s still working time.

During the summer in Japan fireworks festivals are held nearly everyday someplace in the country, in total numbering more than 200 during the month of August. The festivals consist of large fireworks shows, the largest of which use between 100,000 and 120,000 rounds and can attract more than 800,000 spectators. More here

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The photo above was taken last Saturday. We went to a friend’s house and positioned ourselves at the roof deck to have a better view of the colorful displays. Aside from visual feast, sea of food and drinks flooded the venue. It’s always good to meet old and new friends. It was my first time to take firework shots and I never thought that it can be very challenging. It will test your patience, your reflexes and yeah, did I just say patience? After scanning through the photos I’ve taken, I comforted myself and utter, there’s always next time.

Again, thanks everyone for this photo opportunity. And to all who gave photography tips on how to capture the radiance of fireworks, thank you very much. I hope I won’t forget it any time soon. I can now say that we are all certified photography addicts.

Just take lots of photos, and don’t delete them even if you find some of your pictures unsatisfying. Tomorrow is another day. Just give it a refreshed look.

/totomai
07/26/09

29 comments:

  1. Childhood memories of "simple" fireworks .. yes, that how I remembered it. Thank for the reminder, and the photo is grand indeed!

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  2. Beautiful photo! I remember "sparklers", those wonderful fireworks held in my childish hand, a thin wire that fountained at its end into a shower of stars. Dangerous, I'm sure, but worth it for the sense of magic. But fireworks are always magic, aren't they?

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  3. @Amias, thanks for liking the photo too. Fireworks brought back lots of memories indeed

    @Granny, we were all like witches and wizards then :-)

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  4. I love fireworks. Another set of memories conjured up!

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  5. I want to be young forever. Thanks Geraldine

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  6. I have so many childhood memories of "sparklers" at my grandfather's house...he loved those! Your photo came out fantastic!

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  7. Thanks Sweetest. I think we all have to share :-)

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  8. Walang ng fireworks sa Davao pag New Year. Pero ok na rin yun kasi walang accidents.

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  9. @Sandy, yeah!

    @Meemax, hehe

    @Kikit, kelan nag umpisa na walang fireworks sa Davao? kay Duterte lang di ba

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  10. ninong sumama ka sa kanila sa rinko park. this saturday yun :)

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  11. @katek ano yun? fireworks uli?

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  12. blossoms of light erupt over slumbering concrete. you got it yeah. the smell of sulfur, a sparkling wand. anything is possible.

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  13. Thanks Gabrielle, yup, anything is possible

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  14. your poem says so much with but a few words.

    Spirithelpers

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  15. I love this! So simple, yet speaks thousands of words and impressions.

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  16. Childhood memories for sure - but the fascination lives on.

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  17. Indeed, the fragrance of fireworks is like nothing else! Beautiful photos.

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  18. @Bobbie, thanks

    @Stan, it will be forever

    @Tumblewords, its like magic

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  19. I almost forgot how good you are on taking pictures :P It's been a long time since I blogged! haha you should check some of my pics... I'm not the photographer though, just the model! haha

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  20. @Geo, yup, its been a while. OK, I will :-) naks, bagong career ba ang pagmomodel?

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  21. ang ganda pa rin ng shots mo totomai.. astig!

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  22. Beautiful fireworks display...I recall many years ago while we were stationed in North Africa and the USAF did a huge fireworks show our over the ocean...it was so beautiful reflecting in the water.

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  23. Thanks Maggie, its my first time to shoot and it was challenging but fun nonetheless. i can imagine what you are sharing, must be a lovely site...

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  24. sometimes the first shot has more meaning than the others. thanks for sharing these :)

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