© Chris Thompson 2005
 
Glasgow Green Fireworks 2005

This event was held on historic Glasgow Green on November 5th. You can see the People's Palace and Winter Gardens on the left and Nelson's Monument to the right. The fireworks display was hampered by technical difficulties and was about 30 minutes late starting. However, some good shots of fireworks and lazers were worth the wait! The display was fired by Millenium Pyrotechnics.
 

© Chris Thompson 2005
 
Edinburgh Festival Fireworks 2005

Many people (including me) believe this to be the best ever Festival Fireworks display. The synchronization with the music was perfect. The variety and colour of the fireworks unsurpassed. It will be a challenge to improve on this next year! It was very difficult for me to choose a selection of photographs for my website from the many pictures I took that evening. The photo to the left is the famous "waterfall" effect. The display was fired by Pyrovision.
 

© Glen Pearson 2005
 
Plymouth 2005

A third and awesome contribution of photographs by Glen Pearson from the Plymouth fireworks competion.

Glen uses Minolta Dynax 5, with a 28mm-70mm sigma lens and 100 ISO Konica film. That explains the gorgeous saturated colours in these photos.

 

© Glen Pearson 2004
 
Southport 2004

I was not able to go to Southport this year, fortunately Glen sent me some pictures of the event.
This is Glen's second contribution to SkyDreamZ, I particularly like the saturated colours in these photos. Thanks Glen!!

You can see his earlier photos here

 

© Chris Thompson 2003/4
 
Sydney Harbour Fireworks 2003

Along with Edinburgh (which, sadly, did not have fireworks this year due to bad weather) Sydney is one of the places to be on New Years Eve and I have always dreamed of seeing the fireworks on the harbour bridge. I took these pictures from the Bennelong lawn in front of the Opera House. The first six photos are from the early evening fireworks, the rest were taken at midnight. The display was fired for the fourth successive year by Foti International Fireworks

 

© Chris Thompson 2003
 
Halloween Alton Towers 2003

This is the second time I've visited the Alton Towers Halloween Fireworks (see my earlier film photographs in the gallery below). This event is extremely popular - not only do you get to ride Air, Nemesis and Oblivion there is a firework extavaganza to follow with music, lazers and a Halloween theme.

 

© Chris Thompson 2003
 
Hopetoun House

I was very lucky to be invited to photograph this private display which followed an international convention at Hopetoun House, South Queensferry. I am particularly pleased to have captured all the elements of the event - the grand building, people, tents and, of course, the superb firework display.
The display was fired by Midnight Storm, you can visit their website here.

 

© Chris Thompson 2003
 
Ocean Terminal

These pictures were taken at a recent fireworks display for guests aboard the Royal Yacht Brittania at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh. The image to the left shows "Aqua Shells" exploding on the surface of the water. The display was fired by Pyro1, you can visit their website here.
 

© Chris Thompson 2003
 
British Musical Fireworks Championships 2003

This was my first visit to Southport and unfortunately I could only attend on the Saturday night - what an excellent night it was! It was a beautiful warm summer evening with a light offshore breeze - absolutely perfect conditions for the thousands of people who turned out for the event.
Following a spectacular photogenic sunset and the arrival of the RAF Hawks parachute display team we had a real treat with two first class fireworks displays.
 

© Chris Thompson 2003
 
Edinburgh Tattoo 2003, from Calton Hill

The Edinburgh Tattoo runs from July to August each year and is hugely popular with tourists. There is a firework display at the end of each performance with an extended display at the end of the second performance on Saturdays. These photos were taken from Calton Hill on Saturday 24th August 2003. There were several other photographers there that evening! This is a great place to see the fireworks and provides a good opportunity to practice as there is a display every night (except Sundays).
 

© Chris Thompson 2003
   
Edinburgh Tattoo 2003, from Arthurs Seat

These pictures were taken from Arthurs Seat on the 9th August 2003. This viewpoint gives you a rear view of Edinburgh Castle. These are from the smaller weekday firework display.
 

© Glen Pearson 2003
   
Shugborough 2003

These photographs were taken at Shugborough 2003 by Glen Pearson using a Minolta Dynax 5. Glen tells me this was his first attempt at firework photography. He has achieved some good results. I look forward to seeing some more from Glen in the future.
 

© Mark Andrews 2003
   
British Firework Championships, Plymouth. August 2003

This selection of stunning firework photos from the annual British Firework Championships was provided by Mark Andrews. They were taken using an Olympus c5050z digital camera. Thanks Mark!!
 

© Chris Thompson 2003
   
July 4th Atlantis, Bahamas 2003

I was lucky to be on holiday at Atlantis in the Bahamas on July 4th. I was not so lucky with location! After several enquiries regarding the launch site I found myself looking out to sea expecting the fireworks to be launched over the water. Imagine my surprise when they were launched from behind the hotel!! These pictures were taken from an upper floor balcony looking over the rooftops. The moral here is don't believe people - check the launch site personally!!
 

© Chris Thompson 2003
   
Hogmanay Edinburgh 2002

This was an excellent display (even better than the previous year IMHO). I managed to get a better vantage point than last year and we had a clear view across the city. The only problem was that I should have used a shorter shutter speed - the sheer volume of fireworks launched in the 3.5 minute display was overwhelming!! The display was again fired by Pyro1 - visit them here.
 

© Chris Thompson 2002
   
Carriden House Bo'ness 2002

A firework display was held in Bo'ness on 5th November to celebrate “Carriden 400”. It is 400 years since the first part of Carriden House (original Stone Keep or Scottish Tower House) was built in 1602. These photographs were taken from across the water on the north shore of the Firth-of-Forth. The pyrotechnic company involved was Midnight Storm, who gave an excellent show, you can visit their website here.
 

© Chris Thompson 2002
   
Shugborough 2002

This was my first visit to the Firework Festival at Shugborough on August 31st 2002 (and my first major firework photoshoot with my new Canon D60) - both very worthwhile. I was also privileged to meet some of the organisers and to get a "behind the scenes" view of a major display.
 
Edinburgh Festival 1997
© Chris Thompson 2002
 
Santorini July 2002

This is the first time I used the Canon D60 for fireworks. I was very lucky to get these pictures on holiday in Santorini, Greece. We were just leaving the "Blue Notes" Taverna in Imerovigli when these fireworks were launched from about 1.5 miles away along the clifftop in Thira. I just happened to have the tripod with me! In this shot you can see an aircraft landing at Santorini Airport (left hand side of shot). I think the display was probably for a wedding celebration.
 
Edinburgh Festival 1997
© Paul Tierney 2002
 
Contributors Gallery 2

This is a collection of images supplied by Neal Moritz (Palatine, IL July 4th 2002); Patrick Mahaffey (Arlington Texas); and Paul Tierney (Competition, Plymouth UK, 2002). You can visit Paul's website Fireworks UK
 
Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2001
© Chris Thompson 2002
 
Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2001

At midnight on the 31st December 2001 Edinburgh was enchanted by the spectacle of a synchronised fireworks display from the seven hills of the City (Corstorphine Hill, Craigmillar Hill, Braid Hill, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh Castle Hill, Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat). You can see Calton Hill, Castle Hill and Arthur's Seat in these images. This display was fired by Pyro1 - visit them here.
 
Alton Towers 2001
© Chris Thompson 2001
 
Alton Towers 2001
On 20th October 2001 Alton Towers staged a magnificent Halloween Fireworks Extravaganza with light show, lazers, music and fireworks. I managed to get a really good place to photograph the display. Many thanks to those around me who accommodated the tripod and camera without complaint! Visit the Alton Towers website here.
 
Bo'ness 400th Anniversary
© Chris Thompson 2001
 
Bo'ness 400th Anniversary

On August 31st 2001 Bo'ness celebrated 400 years as a seaport. Amongst the festivities was a firework display on the foreshore. These pictures were taken looking north across the West Quay and the Firth of Forth. This display was fired by Pyro1 - visit them here.
 
Edinburgh Festival 2001
© Chris Thompson 2001
 
Edinburgh Festival 2001

This event took place on the 1st September 2001 (yes that was a busy week for me!). I was lucky enough to have a vantage point in offices with a clear view of the Castle over the rooftops of Princes Street. I hope you like the result!
 
SkyDreamZ Contributors Gallery
© STUK 2000
 
Contributors Gallery 1

This gallery contains images supplied by my friends and visitors to the SkyDreamZ website. This image was taken at the Edinburgh Festival 2000 firework concert. (I was on holiday in Greece so I couldn't attend last time)
 
Australia Day 2000, Perth
© John Waddell 2000
 
Australia Day 2000, Perth

This collection of photographs were kindly supplied by John Waddell from Perth, Australia. It was John's email that prompted me to do an update to the site in June 2001.
 
Edinburgh Festival 1999
© Chris Thompson 1999
 
Edinburgh Festival 1999

My third visit to the Festival fireworks. I think the 1998 vantage point was better but when you are rushing to get your position in Princes Street gardens with 1000's of people you can't be too fussy!
 
Edinburgh Festival 1998
© Chris Thompson 1998
 
Edinburgh Festival 1998

The original gallery on the SkyDreamZ site. Photographs taken from Princes Street gardens.
 
Edinburgh Festival 1997
© Chris Thompson 1997
 
Edinburgh Festival 1997

This was my first Edinburgh Festival fireworks concert and was the event that got me hooked on firework photography. This event is a big occasion in Edinburgh and you have to book in advance to guarantee a place in Princes Street gardens - although they usually release 1000 tickets nearer to the event.

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