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.
The ships under the fireworks reminded me of another photo: http://imgur.com/ltpVY1j
I would love to know what settings these daily images are taken with i.e. shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.
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!!!
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.
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
@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
@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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