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Watching the fireworks | by Dean Ayres
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Watching the fireworks Leicester Square during the Chinese New Year celebrations.


I love the expression on this woman's face as a cloud of firework smoke engulfs the crowd, and the way she presses the youngest child into her scarf. I'd never seen a firework display in daylight before; they aren't much to see, but the noise and the smoke are very striking. And they are what this family are reacting to.


It was a lucky capture. A gap opened up in the crowd. I saw the expression on the woman's face, took a couple of steps towards her, and realised that if I went any closer I would distract her. So I zoomed in as close as my lens would allow and fired off a few shots. I've cropped the image quite hard to isolate the central family group. The shot I took a second later didn't have the girl with the pink hood in the foreground, but the woman's face had changed, and the photo doesn't have the same dynamism.



Thank you all for your kind comments. I'm amazed that a large number of people are still viewing this photo so long after it was taken, and I'm intrigued about how you stumble upon it. If you are thinking of adding a comment, please tell me how you got here.


Thanks again,



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Taken on February 18, 2007