Jocelyn and I brought in Silvester 2015 in Zurich Switzerland. Ok, I know, what the heck is Silvester: Several European countries, use a variant of Silvester's name as the preferred name for New Year’s Eve. Silvester, day of the Feast of Pope Sylvester I, a saint who served as Pope of the Catholic Church from 314 to 335. The feast day is held on the anniversary of Sylvester's death, 31 December, a date that coincides with New Year's Eve.
We arrived on 30 Dec 2014 and walked around the city taking in the sites and talking with several locals about where to find good vantage points for viewing fireworks. It was snowing so hard that we had to use an umbrella. After scouting out several areas to watch and photograph the event, we settled on the center of Münsterbrücke bridge so that we could get a city foreground and hopefully reflections on the water.
We arrived at our location about 11 p.m. to ensure we could get the location we wanted. After about 30 minutes, the crowds arrived and soon we were shoulder to shoulder with people on the bridge. It was a cold and clear night, standing on snow and ice, with the temperature about 24 degrees, but thankfully it stopped snowing.
The fireworks started at 20 minutes past Midnight so that everyone could toast the New Year and then watch the magnificent pyrotechnic display. The fireworks lasted for about 20 minutes.
Overall the Zurich 2015 fireworks display was right up there with some of the best we have seen in Europe.
Here are a few photos from the event:
Technical aspects of the photo shoot:
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