Well, maybe I bent the rules of Stu’s challenge a little this week.
Backgrounds are important to a photograph. Why not find a good background first, then wait for something to happen in front of it.
My background is the boring night-time view from my balcony, but as it’s the 5th of November, naturally there are fireworks going off all over the place.
I was originally watching a fairly distant bonfire party, and so the camera was aligned on its tripod and quite far zoomed in. Without warning, a much nearer firework shot up from a garden only two down opposite my balcony – and it was all I could do to hit the shutter.
This is the rather abstract result, and I quite like it. I love the detail of the “side sparks” shooting away from the main beam. Click for a bigger version and you can see better 🙂