After the excesses of Lowestoft Air Show (which included an unscripted
air crash too!) it was back down to earth with our next visit to Skyscenes
- for a small wedding display. This type of display forms the bread
and butter of many pyro companies and Skyscenes are kept busy right
the way through the summer with events like this. This a good opportunity
to see behind the scenes and watch how smaller pro displays are set
up and fired. With a lovely venue such as Wensum Valley in Norwich,
great weather, and an outside possibility that we could swipe some food
from the buffet, who could resist?
For this display, we experimented with some closer action shots to
try and capture the atmosphere and adrenalin of a hand-fired display.
The result is some stunning images from the camcorder - and a few video
clips too. Enjoy!
- You can click on any image for a larger version -
The Firing area. Loads of room here with the main
building and spectator area behind.
Unloading time. Here, Pete B assesses the pyro
while Skyscenes do the heavy lifting.
An assortment of pyro before we started rummaging.
Gerry gets to work securing the cakes and candles
while the rest of the pyro is unloaded.
Using the firing card as a guide, Gerry secures various
Close-up of a colourful firework label.
Found the shells at last. There is nothing quite
like nosing about through cat 4.
Close-up of one of the bigger shells, from Blue
Some mines from Imperial. These will be let off
together or in quick succession.
Steve holds a bundle of shells.
The main shell rack prior to loading. You can
see a nice range of sizes here.
Shot of various effects from several brands.
Variations like this ensure a rich and colourful sequence.
More views of the shells.
The main shell rack from another angle. Note
how the bigger tubes are angled to ensure the effects are spread
And another view. OK so that's lots of shots of
cardboard tubes and shells but we're obsessed!
Detail on one of the aerial shells.
Steve starts to load the shells ready.
Fusing and other preparations. Note the lovely
golf course in the background.
Not much more to do now.
As the sun sets and the last few golfers get
out of the way, final work is done while Pete B (background) takes
The display itself was a good mix of cakes, candles and of course,
aerial shell barrages. These long exposure shots capture some of the
These candles produced some really nice green effects,
with bright green stars and breaks leaving bold green trails.
Multiple shell breaks producing gold effects.
Several effects including a fantastic silver strobe
effect that leaves long drifting tentacles in this long exposure
Various fans produce a busy and effective interlude.
Two huge silver columns, bisected by coloured stars.
More glitter effects.
Probably the most spectacular shot of the night
thanks to the variation of colour from Skyscenes' shells.
Shells break above while the action continues
Columns of colour and strobe effects (the dots).
Nice comets and more gold glitter plus twinkling.
Another stunning shot from near to the end.
For our action shots, we mounted the camcorder in the cab of a nearby
abandoned tractor and left it running. This produced a totally different
style of picture to the traditional shots shown above. Here, the proximity
of the fireworks and the focus on the firers rather than the effects
shows the sheer mayhem at ground zero.
More good shots from the camcorder can be seen by clicking on any thumbnail
below (members only).