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32 posts categorized "Passionate about PYRO"

January 19, 2007

Congratulations to UK -- 2nd World Pyro Olympics Champion!

Congratulations to UK - 2nd World Pyro Olympics Winner!! Congratulations to China, who won the People's Choice Award!

Not only did we got the best view last January 7, Sunday of the World Pyro @ Highland Steakhouse, we also witnessed the Champion of the 2nd World Pyro Olympics! Now, the official website of World Pyro Olympics is down so I'm sure most of you are wondering who won during the last World Pyro championship.

Now there was a confusion. In the website, Germany was the first to show their fireworks @ 8pm followed by UK @ 9.30pm. But in the flyers and in the posters, it was UK first and Germany as the last. So now, I am confused which was UK and Germany. I called La Mancha and was told that the flyers and posters were correct. Indeed, the UK show was the most creative one with the awesome finale! They were the ones with the screeching sperms and slow rocket ships fireworks which was imitated by the Philippines as well. See super-exposed shot below and this is the only time I was shooting at 1600 ISO instead of 100 (ouch) .

Germany @ World Pyro Olympics - 7

Congratulations to China for winning the people choice award! I would argue they could have won the contest because of their elegant display and kung-fu like graceful show. Congratulations!!

China @ World Pyro Olympics - 11

January 15, 2007

World Pyro Olympics Finale: China and the Philippines

Phils @ World Pyro Olympics - 5
Helen Sia and friends.

What a grand finale! The China show was colorful and elegant; it is like watching a Fireworks Show directed by Ang Lee. The fireworks keeps on changing colors; it mesmerizes you. It is very graceful... very asian...never boring and each sequence is a thrill to watch. We were situated directly in front of the barge in the special viewing area (P500). I was also with a big group around 25 people all-in-all and it was a mini- Our Awesome Planet EB.

We should be proud of the Philippines and indeed, it was unforgettable. I love our own version of the screeching sperms, slow rocket fireworks, and the finale of hanging lanterns -- I have no doubt that we could win in this contest. It was also a perfect time for fireworks portrait and after 5 days of shooting the World Pyro Olympics, I almost mastered the technique. Thank you also to all the Friends of Our Awesome Planet who joined during the WPO finale!

Phils @ World Pyro Olympics - 4
Lennie and Lito

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January 13, 2007

World Pyro Olympics: Denmark and Canada

World Pyro Olypics Denmark & Canada - 3

The World Pyro Olympics last night was different:

The traffic was easy.
Both fireworks started exactly on time 8pm and 9.30pm respectively.
There were only a few people who watched the show.
Both Denmark and Canada were just standard big fireworks which was disappointing, relatively.
I can't believe that I left my spare battery so I was not able to take decent firework shots.
Our view was fantastic, directly in front of the barge since we are in the special viewing area.

I'm sure today's world pyro will be more exciting because everyone is expecting that China's show will be a prelude to Beijing Olympics Fireworks. Also, we will support our very own as the finale of the entire World Pyro Olympics.

World Pyro Olypics Denmark & Canada - 2

My fearless WPO vote?

People's Choice would be Germany.
The winner will be:
1. USA
2. China
3. United Kingdom

Check out the view from the special viewing area below...

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WPO Fireworks Photography Tips!

World Pyro Olympics!

This is it! Last day of the World Pyro Olympics and I know most of you are coming today on the last day of WPO. You don't have time to experiment on taking firework photos and you got only two chances: One, during the much-awaited China Pyrotechnics show and two, for our very own Philippines Exhibition Show!!

Here are the ultimate tips on Fireworks Photography updated with some of my learnings from the earlier shoots:

1. Bring a tripod. If you are serious in taking clean firework shots, then bring or borrow a tripod. Otherwise, you'll get blurring, bleeding, or shaking shots of the fireworks.

2. Use Bulb, f8 or f16. For SLR cameras, use manual mode, Bulb settings as your shutter speed, and either use f/8 or f/16 as your aperture. Once you use the Bulb setting, you will have the creative freedom to determine when to close the shutter or not. Use f/8 throughout the fireworks show and start using f/16 during the finale.

3. Learn from overexposed fireworks. A good shot of the fireworks is usually clean and colorful. If your photo came out white, it is overexposed and keep a mental note of these mistakes (how long you exposed it, etc.)

4. Frame with a good foreground. Anybody can take a decent and even by-chance shot of the fireworks. What makes a winning fireworks shot is a good framing and a good foreground. A foreground could be silhouettes, lovers watching the show, people taking photographs, etc.

5. Use ISO 100. I've made this mistake a couple times already where I set my ISO to 1600 and all my fireworks shot came as over exposed. Use the less sensitive ISO setting in your camera.

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January 10, 2007

World Pryo Olympics Photography Field Lessons and EB - Jan. 12 and 13

Australia @ World Pyro - 9

Join us on Jan.12 and Jan. 13 and Lets have fun @ the World Pyro Olympics! Here are the details:

We will watch from the Special Viewing Section (P500). The tickets are sold out and we secured a few tickets so please confirm asap!
Via Mare Merienda Food served in the Special Viewing Section.
FREE Photography Lessons on Fireworks Photography by Our Awesome Planet
Get a chance to have your portrait taken with the awesome fireworks as background!
A mini EB with Manila's famous bloggers including Abe of Yugatech.com and many more.
Guaranteed that you would have an Awesome Time @ The World Pyro Olympics!

If you are a photographer, please bring or borrow a Tripod.

Tips for an Awesome World Pyro Experience on the January 12th and 13th

Surviving World Pyro

Exit Traffic after the World Pyro Olympics last Saturday Jan. 7, 2007

There will be lots of people on the 12th, Friday and definitely on Saturday, the last day of the World Pyro. Friday schedule is Denmark and Canada and on Saturday, it would be China and the much-awaited Philippines fireworks show.

1. Don't park in MOA or near MOA if you want to escape early after the fireworks show. There will be a mass exodus of people and the traffic will be a lot worse since it is a Friday gimmick night and even on a Saturday Night. I'm surprised by people parking in the MOA area and then later on complain of the exit traffic afterwards.

2. I suggest that you park in Blue Wave and HK Sun Plaza. You just walk to Esplanade and Mall of Asia and it is an easy cool walk. Just make sure that you walk with your friends.

3. Bring Water, Flashlight and Extra Clothes if you plan to go near the Esplanade.

Highlands Steakhouse View @ Mall of Asia - 1
The Crowd at MOA and the General Viewing Area on a Sunday.

4. Mobile/ SMS signal can be unreliable within the esplanade area so don't depend on it. Agree on a meeting place and time with the groups you are going to meet.

5. It would be fun eating while watching the fireworks. Here are suggested restaurants: Highland Steakhouse, Azul, Gerry's Grill both in MOA and Blue Wave and Josefina / Seaside Macapagal Restaurants.

6. Fireworks usually start at 8-8.30pm and the second one at around 9-9.30pm. On the last day, expect that there will be some delays.

Highlands Steakhouse View @ Mall of Asia - 2
The North Overpass has one of the nicest view of the World Pyro. I think these are tables from Azul restaurant.

7. If you are a photographer, you should be in MOA to get the best spots at around 5-6pm. Most of the people arrive 7pm so avoid this mad rush of crowd.

8. If you are not interested with Fireworks at all, avoid CCP, Roxas Boulevard, and Mall of Asia area. Expect that traffic to last starting from 6pm to 12mn.

9. We need to cheer for the Philippines and support our own! Go this Saturday to support the Philippines and see the much awaited China show which should be a prelude to the Beijing Olympics.

10. Join us on Friday and Saturday, We will be in the Special Viewing Area at P500. I have a few tickets with me and it is already sold out. Email me @ anton@diaz.ph.

United Kingdom @ World Pyro Olympics - 7
One of the Best View of Fireworks from Highlands Steakhouse because of its elevation and great food.

World Pyro Olympics Photo Gallery during the Field Photography Tour

It doesn't matter if you have a SLR or a point and shoot; or if you have a tripod or not; you can still shoot great firework photos. These are some of the shots from the groups I was with last weekend. If you want to join us on this Friday and Saturday, just email me: anton@diaz.ph. We plan to go to the P500 special sitting area for the last two days of the World Pyro.

Norman Tiongson
Norman Tiongson

Sir Brian Medina
Sir Brian Medina

Jayvee Fernandez (Abuggedlife.com)
Jayvee Fernandez (abuggedlife.com)

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January 09, 2007

World Pyro Olympics: Day 3 Germany vs. United Kingdom

The Germany vs. UK was very difficult to judge. I like Germany because of its creativity that you've never seen before which includes the screeching sperms and the awesome finale with fireworks in the water. On the other hand UK's show has rhythm and well coordinated. It is simple and yet elegant that most of my companions gave their approval sign to UK. For those of you who watched last Sunday, what was your verdict?

So far, I like US, UK and Germany's show. Lets see over this weekend and I'm already excited for Philippines and much awaited China show.

See below my top 3 shots for Germany and UK taken from Highlands Steakhouse view.


Germany @ World Pyro Olympics - 6
Canon Balls

Germany @ World Pyro Olympics - 5
Screeching Sperms

Germany @ World Pyro Olympics - 7
Awesome holistic Finale

United Kingdom
United Kingdom @ World Pyro Olympics - 7
5 Stars Rating!

United Kingdom @ World Pyro Olympics - 6
UK Flowers

United Kingdom @ World Pyro Olympics - 16
Electrifying Tree