Originally we had plans to be in Mainz this year. Honey Bear ended up having to work New Year’s Day so we decided to stay close to Wiesbaden.
I figure this would be a fun event to shoot. Up to this point my attempts to take pictures of fireworks were total flops.
Traditionally, we tend to resign ourselves to safely watch the fireworks from a distance. The Neroberg hill or any open hilltop would have served us just fine. This year we decided to celebrate in the city – at our own peril!
I am simply amazed at how many people could purchase their own fireworks and then shoot them off in between historic buildings without a care in the world! We found a decent place to light our own stash near the hot spring in front of the Spital, before heading to the main area in front of the Kurhaus.
Initially we decided to wait near the statue. Until we realized there were several pyromaniacs lighting their rockets and ground based fireworks behind us. A misguided rocket from across the street whizzed over the head of a mother as she dived with her child just in time. No one batted an eye.
My jaw dropped to see how casual the locals were about lighting their fireworks within a foot of their stash. Nervously, we decided to move to a safer location! Although I am not sure it was that much safer… In front of us we witnessed fire crackers skidding beneath cars for their finale!
After the count down, I decided I wanted to get closer to the fireworks over the bowling green. I knew I would need to make changes on the fly but I was hopeful. And I’m pleased to say it worth walking into the fire zone for.
On our way home we cut through the park where I managed to snap the view over the water. (There was a lot of haze from the fireworks so I wasn’t sure if it was going to turn out at all!)
There was one shot that I wanted to catch and I wasn’t fast enough for all night… a lit rocket about to take off. Luckily away from the crowd a young girl and her mother were setting off their own stash along our path!
As I walked away I turned around and looked back to take a couple more quick snapshots.
I hope that this fun evening out was a sign of good things to come. If nothing else, then I know next time it’s okay to bring your own bottle of bubbly. Tuxedo, optional. Fireworks not. I’ll have to remember to bring a set for fun and a set for personal defense.