The weekend is well underway and what a fabulous day for weather on Saturday, good stuff, got a lot done outside and feel much better for the sun shining and the warmth. Not so warm today, the cloud has returned with a cooling breeze.
I got a call from my brother in law last night to go out and take some night shots (photographs!) again and this time, he wanted to take pictures of the fireworks display marking the Freedom Celebrations in Hull this year that have been coupled with the round the world clipper race. We decided to go around the River Humber to the south bank (Goxhill) so we could get an uninterrupted view of Hull which was gridlocked with hundreds of thousands of people.
The river was calm although the breeze was up and when we arrived, there was only five people there. By the time of the fireworks starting at 10.15 pm there were many dozens in this very isolated spot. For those of you who don't know, Hull is on the north bank of the Humber and we went to the south bank and the river at this point is about two miles wide, give or take a few bob.
What a spectacle we were treated to - it was brilliant. To all the detractors who belong to the 'Whingeing, Whining, Miserable, Complaining and Bigoted club', who write negative comments on news stories published on the Hull Daily Mail website - I say to them - 'Get a life!'
£28,000 for fireworks to entertain hundred thousand people at the events and hundreds of thousands more like me who watched from afar, it was worth ever penny, in fact per head only a few pence for 15 minutes of glorious technicolour pyrotechnics. With all the other events, like free music in Queens Gardens including one of my favourite bands, Florence and the Machine, Hull has done its citizens proud in remembering the exceptional work done by William Wilberforce.
On a technical note, the camera used was a Canon 40D camera with a Tamron 70-300 lens on various time exposures on a 'bulb' setting and all mounted on a tripod.