Long Beach New Year’s Celebration Fireworks

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I’ve been remiss in offering timely wishes for the New Year, but . . . 

. . . should take care of it. Know that be it family, friend, or foe, I wish all a decent 2019. I don’t expect miracles but it would be nice if the majority of people find life a little easier this year than they did last year.  

For many, it would be joyously welcomed. 

For some, almost anything will be an improvement and I aim my most fervent hopes squarely at them. 

With that out of the way, let me share the fireworks I watched last night . . . from our room. All of these were shot with the Samsung Note 8 in Pro mode. Honest, I’m impressed.

This is what the view looks like when the sun sets . . . 

That little peninsula — with the lighthouse on it — is where they were setting up the fireworks. If you go to SmugMug and click to see the full-size photos, you can see the truck and people setting up the pallets with the launchers. You can see them a bit better in this shot:

Just to the left of the lighthouse. There were two shows; one at 9:00pm (presumably because that’s when the ball drops in Times Square) and one at midnight, local time. I thought they would both be there so the plan was to use the first show as a photo practice and then really rock the phots for the second show. 

Except, the second show launched from the dock past the back end of the Queen Mary (where the other ship was moored for repairs — it left before the show).

My carefully set up cameras were hastily moved and while I got some decent shots, not as good as I’d hoped. But, that’s OK because the first set of photos are, as I said, to my liking. 

Before I show them, here are a few other shots of the post-sunset views. 

The light line on the left side of the photo is the reflection from the wall onto the window. Whereas the lighthouse is directly across and I could put the camera flush with the window (thus eliminating reflections), the above view requires the camera be angled and that makes managing reflections a bit tricky. 

I played with the phone in both orientations . . . 

Honest, other than a larger sensor, I don’t know what else I could ask of this phone and its camera. Here is a shot right before the show started . . . 

And, here we go . . .

I have forty-eight photos. There were four more that showed up either too bright or slightly blurry. I’m not going to show all 48 but, if interested, the link for the gallery is at the beginning of the post. 

One more comment about the quality of the photos. These are long exposures (8 seconds) with a tiny sensor and at 2X zoom. If you’re going to pixel gaze, you’ll see lots of noise and artifacts . . . but you’d be missing the bigger picture. Enjoy.

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