November 8, 2013

Fireworks, China

Photograph by Andrew Crane, Your Shot

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This was taken on the east side of the Xiangjiang, next to Dufujiang Pavilion. The fireworks are displayed every Saturday night at Orange Island.

What Makes This a Photo of the Day? At first glance this could be taken for the usual fireworks photo, but what makes this one stand out for me is the composition—the crowd in the foreground with cell phones aglow, capturing the festivities in the harbor. It’s not just about the event, it's the entire scene. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

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36 comments
D Hudgens
D Hudgens

I really like your fireworks photo Andrew.   It was very nice to meet you today at NSU. You left before I returned to the office I think or I didn't see you pass me?  Just wanted to say goodbye and tell you I loved hearing about your adventures in China.  I wish you all the best in your future travels..stay safe and keep clicking away!!  Hey, send me photos of your travels or updates of where in the world you are...Saudi, Hong Kong or Peru...wherever!!  I'm    d3marieh@windstream.net or on Facebook I'm  DONNA HUDGENS (but when it pulls up you'll see a photo of the Bollywood superstar, Hrithik Roshan in a red sweatshirt), but it is my page.  I'm just a huge Bollywood fan.   Take care!!  Donna

Nora Cash
Nora Cash

Nice!  I like the symmetry.

Shannon T
Shannon T

Perfect timing getting the fireworks at the exact right moment.

zhang kun
zhang kun

so beautiful,  like the red China.


pawan kumar
pawan kumar

red tan background is making difference

Samia Khan
Samia Khan

Its beautiful. Its really a lot like observing the past with the present. Fireworks have been a part of Chinese history for many millennia but the smart phones, tablets and cameras used to capture this image are very new. Its a beautiful picture.

Shane Hughes
Shane Hughes

I would love to know what settings these daily images are taken with i.e. shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

Soton Lam
Soton Lam

It's just a very wonderful shot of all the times! 

"the crowd in the foreground with cell phones aglow, capturing the festivities in the harbor." Liked it!!!


Emma Vceego
Emma Vceego

fireworks is loved in the mind of Chinses people. it occured in many articles in Chinese poems, and novels and other works. it is beautiful, resplendent and transient, just like people's lives, bright for a moment, and then fade away. it's a feeling of wonderment and pity.

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

Normally the use of electronic devices at events is a pet hate of mine.  Why can't people enjoy the experience in real time rather than attempt to view a majestic fireworks display on a 2 inch screen?  In this case, it perfectly portrays the modern China.  Enjoying fireworks in the ancient land they were invented - juxtaposed against the people of tomorrow.

The framing of the crowd in an arc across the bottom of the picture is the pièce de résistance of this shot. Congratulations Mr Crane.

Technicality / Composition / Content / X factor / originality = 9/10 zoom lenses 

Andrew Crane
Andrew Crane

@Shane Hughes I took ts on bulb setting and held for around 3 seconds. The iso was at 100 since the fireworks are so bright

Andrew Crane
Andrew Crane

@J S Thanks for the detailed message. Im constantly surprised by cell phone addiction in China. I remember seeing Life of Pi in 3d and there were many people taking photos of the screen. At the gym people use their phones more than they exercise. Even when I climbed the mountain last week my Chinese friend would check her phone every 5 minutes. 

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