The Pyro Olympics this year was again held in the Philippines. Since I didn't get the chance to see the international fireworks competition held here last year, I was really excited yesterday as it was the first day of the competition. This contest will last for five days, with two countries performing a day.
The contest was to start at 20:00 for Australia and 21:00 for Poland. We arrived at the mall beside where the contest would be held and decided to dine there. Unfortunately, the bayside restaurants were all closed for reservations, so we had no choice but to drive to the nearest drive-thru fast food to take out some food. After that, we drove to the empty grasslands near the mall where people crowded and parked there. We had our dinner in the car and waited until 20:30 when Australia hit its first streak of fireworks to the sky. I was surprised, my digicam wasnt ready yet
Anyway, after a while I managed to start recording videos and taking pictures. Australia ended its performance with the finale 30 minutes after. Hmm Australia's fireworks were good, but not as impressive. I did record a lot of video, but later realized that I forgot to set the video-cam mode to the standard mode, it was in email mode,so the video was really small
stupid me haha Then I thought, its ok, there's still Poland later.
5 minutes...10 minutes...15 minutes...until finally, the clock chimed 22:00. We decided that maybe Poland will not be performing that night, so headed towards the car. The problem is, another 2 lanes of cars were parked beside us, there is no way we could get out >.< No choice, we had to wait until the owner of the other cars to come and drive away. After 15 minutes of waiting, there was still no sign of any driver or car moving away. My dad decided to drive backwards and slip through the small space behind us so we could drive out. Just then, several colorful blossoms of fireworks bloomed and I was like...WOW Lucky we had not left
Hurriedly, I situated myself to the best spot and started filming again
Determined to do better this time, I made sure I had already set the video-cam mode back to standard mode. I also thought of capturing some pictures. Still pictures of fireworks looks better than ones in motion. Actually, my main purpose of going to watch this contest was to test my photography skills. I want to try if I could take pictures at the right time with the right effects. Well, Poland's performance ended after 20 minutes. I must say, even Poland's performance was shorter than Australia's, I think it was better organized and choreographed, it was beautiful.I scanned through my cam and found out that only about 24 to 26 out of 70 photos are well-taken hehe Its really kinda hard to focus the camera lens, but I've learned my lesson. I'm going to bring a tripod tomorrow for the 3rd day of competition featuring United Kingdom and Germany. Too bad I can't watch the 2nd day competition today of USA and Spain, as my parents were terrified with the heavy traffic we encountered during our way home. It took us 2 hours to drive through the normal 30-minute road. My my...but it was worthwhile. It gave me the opportunity to witness one of the very rare occasions of fireworks display
In case you haven't noticed, I'm a photography fanatic
I'm also trying to improve in every way...so of course, comments are welcome
Thanks for reading! Some photos I've taken will be uploaded to one of my photo albums, please check it out and leave me some comments hehe Thanks!