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Vancouver Celebration of Light 2010

3 Comments | posted 5/08/10

Over the last two weeks Vancouver has been in the grips of the Celebration of Light, an annual fireworks festival. The festival is in a competition format, and several countries compete for the best fireworks display. Not very environmentally-friendly, but pretty spectacular. We managed to catch all four shows from the USA, Spain, Mexico and China (in that order). Spain was the winner this year with a spectacular show set to classic orchestral and cinematic music. China put on a non-competitive ‘tribute to China’ after its win last year, which may well have won had they been competing.

We saw the first show at English Bay, but after experiencing how crowded it got there, decided that we’d be better off moving to the southern side of False Creek and viewing the fireworks near Kitsilano beach. I took a lot of photos, but I’ve tried to cull them down so only the decent ones are in this entry.

Barge filled with fireworks for the Vancouver Celebration of Light 2010

The Celebration of Light 2010 barge – view from English Bay

English Bay panorama at sunset

English Bay panorama at sunset

Balloon floating in front of mountains at sunset

An escaped balloon in front of the North Shore mountains

Kites in front of a lensflare from the sun

Synchronised kite-flying at Kitsilano

We found this guy just North of Granville Island Markets at the entrance to False Creek; he was an old man flying three synchronised kites, and impressively good at his hobby.

Dips and salad-based picnic from Granville Island Markets

Dips and salad from Granville Island Markets

While at Granville Island, a fantastic local Vancouver farmer’s market, we picked up dips, salad and crusty white bread for a delicious afternoon picnic.

Sunset at the entrance to False Creek in Vancouver

Sunset at the entrance to False Creek in Vancouver

We set up camp at the entrance to False Creek on the night of the second fireworks display and ended up returning for the rest of the nights; it was much less crowded than English Bay.

Elifer Santos on camera

Eli taking photos

A friend of ours who I’m currently building a portfolio website for was taking pictures as well, I got a nice portrait shot of him.

Eastern-European style apartment building at sunset

A beautiful Eastern-European-esque apartment building close to where we were sitting for the fireworks

Eastern-European style apartment building at sunset

It glowed so vividly at sunset

Eastern-European style apartment building at sunset

It was covered in ivy

Eastern-European style apartment building at sunset

The colours were very striking

Light shining through a glass roof

The sunset shone through the glass of the Vancouver Maritime Museum roof

Vivid green-tinged sunset in Vancouver

The sunset was extremely vivid almost every night of the fireworks

Fireworks over English Bay in Vancouver

I only got a few decent shots of the fireworks

Fireworks over English Bay in Vancouver

Fireworks over English Bay in Vancouver

Fireworks over English Bay in Vancouver

Fireworks over English Bay in Vancouver

Fireworks over English Bay in Vancouver

China’s finalĂ© was spectacular and lit up most of the sky

Motion exposures of fireworks over English Bay in Vancouver

Motion exposure of the fireworks

I got bored of trying to keep the camera steady for regular exposures of the fireworks (I’d neglected to bring a tripod), so I started to try motion exposures (or ‘light painting’, except with a moving camera rather than a light source), which worked out very well. I’ve included the best ones below, some have been slightly retouched for colour.

Motion exposures of fireworks over English Bay in Vancouver

Motion exposures of fireworks over English Bay in Vancouver

Motion exposures of fireworks over English Bay in Vancouver

Motion exposures of fireworks over English Bay in Vancouver

Motion exposures of fireworks over English Bay in Vancouver

Motion exposures of fireworks over English Bay in Vancouver

Motion exposures of fireworks over English Bay in Vancouver

Motion exposures of fireworks over English Bay in Vancouver

Motion exposures of fireworks over English Bay in Vancouver

Motion exposures of fireworks over English Bay in Vancouver

V was pretty happy with this one!

3 responses to “Vancouver Celebration of Light 2010”

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    I looooove fireworks! An international fireworks competition sounds marvelous! And your motion exposure shots are cool.

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    I think fireworks are great; they elicit such a primitive reaction, but it’s shared universally. Also, pretty lights.

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