#262 turku day

262/365 turku day, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

It was the 50th Turku day today. This day is celebrated in our town (Turku) every year, on a Sunday in September, with various cultural events, half price museum entrances, harvest markets and other activities. The day ends with a firework display provided by the local government. at 9pm.

I have read about firework photography but forgot everything in the rush to find the camera and get out onto our balcony, once the bangs started outside. Not much of a spectacular picture, but at least something. However, pretty as the show was, I couldn’t help thinking of all the taxpayers’ money being blown up into the sky, especially in these times of hard cut-backs, especially in education and health care.


3 Responses to “#262 turku day”

  1. 1 Susan van Gelder
    September 20, 2010 at 06:05

    You did a great job with the fireworks. Share your tips.

  2. September 22, 2010 at 22:10

    fab photo – well done.

    we missed them (but I am a bit of a coward when it comes to fireworks)

    50 years of what??? do you know. I mean why did they start the Turunpäivä thing? I think it’s a nice idea! (though not necessarily the fireworks – wonderful though your photo is , I’m just not a fan of bangs and noise!)

  3. September 23, 2010 at 08:07

    Susan, what I tried here is to use shutter speed priority, 1/20 is about the slowest I can go without a tripod. I managed to use auto focus although I think manual would be better in the dark – just adjust it to ‘inifinity’.

    Lorna, good questions. From what I know I think it was the Turku association (Turkuseura) who initiated this day to activate different organisations to arrange activities for residents of the town one day a year. I think the idea was also to encourage people to learn more about the home town and visit new places. From very humble beginnings it has grown bigger with time.

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