Definitely worth seeing this large even with annoying watermark – heaps more detail.
This is a shot of Sydney from 32km away along the track to the cliffs in Royal National Park on New Year’s Eve as the fireworks were being let off in the Harbour. I thought it might be interesting to get the fireworks above the city while the one’s in the city were doing their magic. The diagonal dashed line is a plane coming in to land.
Man this turned out to be by far the hardest startrails shot I’ve done yet. Getting the exposure right to maximise the startrails whilst minimising the city glow that kills them was a challenge let me tell you. Even then I over-shot it and had to pull it back 1.5 stops in Camera Raw, plus the fireworks required an entirely different exposure altogether. Anyway this is the end result – 69 X 30sec exposures at ISO 800 for the startrails and 2 X 2sec exposures at ISO 1600 for the fireworks. All blended using the brilliant Schurs Startrails PS Action
Canon 1Ds MkIII
I’ve also done a tight crop from this shot that shows the fireworks more closely here