Bai Chuang Shyu  

Taipei 101 Fireworks by Bai Chuang Shyu

January 2020 - Taipei 101 Fireworks

About the Image(s)

It is almost becomes a ritual for Taipei citizens to watch the Taipei 101 fireworks in the New Year ’s Eve. When the countdown enters the final stage, the Taipei’s 101 building itself lights up floor by floor from the bottom up for the New Year’s countdown, making Taipei 101 the biggest New Year’s Eve countdown clock in the world. After the countdown is over, fireworks are immediately set off and Taipei New Year’s Eve celebration is on display!
My tripod was on the Chengmei Bridge overlooked the Keelung River. I like to see the effect of the reflection of the Taipei 101 building and the fireworks on the river. My Nikon D810 was set on f/14, ISO of 64 and in B-mode of speed. The post processing was done in Viveza 2 and cropped in PhotoShop.

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10 comments posted

Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
Nicely done Bai. The photo has plenty of color, the lights are starbursts, everything is sharp. Nice reflections. For me, the subject is the tall building with fireworks. Yet the tip of a building on the right is bright which puts it into competition with the subject. I would eliminate it. Except for that, well done!   Posted: 01/04/2020 09:42:00

David Terao   David Terao
Very nice image! I can't but help wonder how you captured this shot. It looks like the fireworks were composited onto the cityscape scene, but in looking at reflections in the water and on the building, it appears not to have been composited. Were the fireworks shot in sequence? Did you use a long exposure or multiple exposures? Did they really shoot fireworks so close to the building? However you captured it, it doesn't matter because the image just works. Nice composition and sharpness throughout.   Posted: 01/06/2020 16:50:04
Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
David, thanks for your comments ad questions. I used B-mode to capture the fireworks. Thus the speed is varied from1~5 sec. in each shot. I examined the series of the images and selected just two of them and composed together. I stood on the bridge and it was a long distance shot. I have to crop the peripherals to eliminate the distraction.   Posted: 01/06/2020 21:21:14

Phyllis Peterson   Phyllis Peterson
Not only does the image capture your attention because of the bright colors but is is very sharp overall. You captured the building with the fireworks in the left side of the frame. The lights are not blown out. Well done!   Posted: 01/09/2020 15:23:37

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
Really well done - I wonder if the Chamber of Commerce would like this picture for advertising.   Posted: 01/09/2020 21:15:57

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
very nice image!
just curious, as this is shot from a bridge, was there car traffics, rumbles and shakes? how do you deal with it, Once I's on a bridge doing the night scene, I've to discard a few of the images that's not usable!

One year, I'd be back there for this shot :)   Posted: 01/11/2020 18:28:31
Bai Chuang Shyu   Bai Chuang Shyu
Chalie, thanks for your comments! Yes, it is also my concern in the beginning when I stand on the bridge. Fortunately, the pedestrian pathway along the bridge is very sturdy and robust. There were no vibration when the cars passing by. It only occasionally trembled when a heavy big truck pass. I did have to discard that image.   Posted: 01/12/2020 21:00:07
Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
Thanks, for info, though I was hoping, quietly, that you might have found a way to rid of those almost unavoidable annoyances...   Posted: 01/12/2020 21:05:05

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Thank you for showing me the Taipei I do not know (since I was there in 1988-89). This is a wonderful shot.   Posted: 01/14/2020 21:49:04

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Wonderful photo. You do an excellent job with night photography and this is no exception. You have impact and excellent clarity. The only tiny suggestion I can offer is to crop some off the bottom, right under the smooth water.   Posted: 01/16/2020 21:14:09