I was visiting family in the eastern suburbs of Brisbane this evening, and was able to get a few shots of the Riverfire fireworks and F1-11s doing their dump and burn routine. I was a long way away, so didn't get too much fireworks detail, but the distance worked in my favour for the F1-11s I think. Anyway, here they are...hope you like them!
I was in a uni lab at QUT, right next to the river at around midday on Friday and we heard them on their practise run. Very loud! The windows were blinded so it took us a few seconds to realise what the noise was.
last year and the year before they were much much lower.. from where I am, Usually when they start the burn, all I can see is the horizon glowing, then they pull up and become visible, this year they were about 1.5~2° above the horizon when they fired up...
Thanks everyone! I just checked on the map, and we were almost exactly 10 km from the fireworks, so I'm surprised how well they came out.
Originally Posted by AlexN
Not to be picky, but it's written F-111, it's just said as F one eleven, because thats alot easier than F one hundred and eleven..
Thanks for pointing that out, Alex. It didn't look right when I added the labels last night, so I checked the Riverfire website and they called them "F1-11s". Should have checked the RAAF website!
Originally Posted by Liz
Bful shots Stephen , luv the cityscape/fireworks pics, and is that Venus in the last shot?? Jupiter is overhead at moment, so maybe Venus.
I was wondering the same thing Liz. Venus had almost set when that last shot was taken, and I'd swapped to a wide angle lens at the end, so I think it's Jupiter with Antares below and left. At least there's something astronomical in the image!
Excelent shots Stephen, I'd say you weren't far away from where I was on the night.
We weren't aware of the festivities until we arrived.
I took my camera to Brissy but not the tripod so my shots are fairly ordinary by comparison. Here's a couple of my best handheld shots with a little help from IS. I had to keep the ISO up to keep the exposures ralatively short.