Went to my usual bonfire and fireworks in Dulwich. For the first time in 17 years I didn’t see anyone I knew – must be time to stop going. Anyway, took some pictures, but had no tripod. Thought I would do them anyway.
When did Hallowe’en overtake Bonfire Night in popularity in the UK? I think it’s been happening gradually since the mid 1990’s. I remember when my eldest child was young, around that time, I found it difficult to find anything more than a mask for him to wear. Now it seems to be a huge commercial venture which I don’t like much. I’d never even heard of ‘trick or treat’ until I came to London as an adult.
So I’m all for preserving Bonfire Night as the dominant feast at this time of the year. When I was little we used to buy fireworks ourselves in the shops with our spending money. I’m not hearkening back to the good old days though, I remember many children used to be injured or killed each year. But I miss the community spirit of Bonfire Night – collecting wood for the fire in your area, making the Guy, eating the tooth rotting bonfire toffee.
I took all these pictures using a handheld camera, so they’re blurry to say the least, but I quite like some of the effects. They were all taken on 100 ISO, fireworks are very bright. I used a small aperture to get a full depth of field – f11, and the shutter speed was 3 seconds with me holding my breath to keep as still as possible. The husband and kids would have hated me setting up a tripod, so embarrassing!