The aerobatics displays were very interesting, entertaining, and occassionally, coward that I am, actually heartstopping. Thanks to all the pilots and people who jump out of perfectly good aeroplanes!
Hmm. With years of experience with model rocketry and an appreciation of the pyrotechnical trade, I thought I'd share my thoughts on tonight's Skyworks. It's been many years since we've seen fireworks on purpose, and the awesome Group F display has never been topped. Kind of spoiled us, actually.
Perhaps viewing the Skyshow from Kings Park was not the best view. The first time we've watched them from there, and perhaps the distance has lessened the effect of the display. It seemed to be definitely oriented towards people at ground level located on the South Perth foreshore. I imagine that the 5 tall buildings with the fireworks coming off the top of them with the main stuff happening in the foreground would have been quite impressive.
A display of this magnitude shouldn't concentrate on the one point of view though.
Where we were, we were constantly looking from side to side to watch both sets of happenings. Foti Fireworks, who did the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the Sydney New Year Celebrations did not seem to be giving us the same calibre of display. When all was said and done, there was a lot of stuff going up and looking pretty, but it didn't really seem to be threaded together or consistently composed. Particularly with colour choices, some of them didn't seem appropriate to the music or resembled Christmas tree vomit.
When the finale came it was great, but it was hard to tell whether the foutainous stack had been carefully built or whether they were just sticking a lot of stuff up in the air - that much is bound to look good.
There were some neat new fireworks like the 'red heart' but when all is said and done a well crafted display should not be a bunch of pastiches - or entirely dependant on gimmicky birds. I don't think the music was particularly well put together either, which didn't help.
That said, it was a pleasant evening, lovely weather, some interesting displays, but I can remember Skyshows that have been better. (but we were closer then, and that may be affecting my judgement) That said, there have also been ones that have been worse.
7.5 out of 10 and free, but hardly boutique beer, on the Sid and Nancy Scale.
I didn't actually go to this years fireworks, but I have to admit to in the past thinking the whole social interaction was far more fun than the actual fireworks. Especially the years when I was at Uni, and spent the day at Cameron Hall in Nedlands playing board games and browsing UniSFA's excellent SF library, before leisurely wandering down to the waterfront fifteen minutes beforehand >:)
Last year (or was it the year before?) the music choices of the sponsor radio station absolutely stank, and a large number of people (including us) changed stations halfway through to the competing radio station which got into trouble for telling people to do so (legal action threatened and so forth). But the fact was they were playing much more appropriate music, and not a bunch of 2nd rate music contest winners and PC crap.