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Shutter speed 20'' f.7.1 ISO 400, Canon 18-55mm
Shutter speed 8'', f.11, ISO 400, Canon 18-55mm

New Years lights

Sutter speed 20", f. 29, ISO 400. Canon lens EF-S 18-55mm.

This shot was taken in a beach in the South Island of New Zealand. It was just after midnight on new years night in Punakaiki.

There cant be a new years celebration without fireworks. They always add up a feel good atmosphere and make things somewhat emotional. I think it might be the multicolored lights flashing right in front of you, making everything look like the ending of an epic movie; making you believe that the instant that you are treasuring, even tough it might not be transcendental, it certainly is special.
This year I avoided the big crowds and the noisy self destructive party scene for the countdown celebration. Instead I had a very quiet night, with a couple of beers by the fire contemplating -and shooting- the spontaneous firework display that the neighbors and Dave and Margaret were offering.
Across the beach, three drunken guys go skinny dipping for what will be written down in the books of memory as their first moment of 2010. Over at the fire, Margaret is talking to a group of Kiwi travelers having a relaxed new years night away from the city, the noise and the chaos. Dave and Sarah are lighting up some more fireworks.

If the altogether of the moment was disintegrated, into individual pieces of happening, things wouldnt probably have the significance they do. I stare at the whole space and realize that I am in one of the most beautiful places on earth, with enough room to sprint in any possible direction, jump as high as I can, go for a swim even. The possibilities are endless, I could do anything i want.

I think to myself we are very lucky to have a full moon tonight, wash down another beer and shoot some photos.

Happy new year