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Disappointment From High Expectations

One of my main goals of the year was to attempt to photograph fireworks. I have only attempted this once before a few years ago without a tripod and remote trigger, I was not happy with the results.  

When researching local firework displays I soon found a free event hosted by Norwich City Council based around the impressive landmark of Norwich Castle.

Most of the good viewing angles around the Castle were closed off, I assume due to safety issue as it would be directly below the display with debris falling down.

The picture I had in my mind was to have the Castle in the centre of the frame with fireworks going off above it. Exploring the many multi story car parks roofs did not offer a suitable angle and the view from city hall was too crowded with the marketplace blocking a clear view.  I think the best place would be a church tower or the balcony at city hall, both would be inaccessible to the public. 

Using the Castle as the main subject of the picture would be interesting than having just pictures of fireworks which would be boring. 

Having high expectations set me up to be disappointed and not to enjoy the event. On the upside I saw the city at night while scouting and found a few possible places where night photography would be interesting. Came away with snapshots of the display at the wrong angle and a short unplanned video. Maybe I should make friends with the staff in City Hall for next year and get a better view from their offices if I intend to go again next year.