As I mentioned on yesterday's entry it was the start of the International Fireworks competition last night, and Croatia opened the proceedings. Over the next four weeks a different country will produce their own display every Friday evening. Like last year, I took loads of shots, and like last year I wasn't especially happy with any of them when I came to look through them.

This year though I realised something: I don't much like shots of fireworks. I enjoy taking them – they're interesting to watch, and present a range of technical problems that are fun to overcome – but I don't especially enjoy looking at the photographs afterwards. For me, they're all a bit ... I don't know. Maybe it's because I've seen countless hundreds of them that all look much the same.

Anyway, for better or worse, I've decided that I'll photograph all the entries in the competion but I'll attemp to do something creative with the shots; i.e. there won't be any straight "ooh, look, pretty fireworks" shots. It may work out, it may not, but hopefully it will be interesting.

So, bearing that in mind, here's the first one, and I haven't put up the EXIF data but basically this is two merged and inverted shots, both taken at f/16.0 with an exposure of around five seconds each.

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