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Hello, 2008. And, Happy New Year to All!

New Year's Eve 2007 (Brighton Beach, S. Australia)

Had a fab time spending part of the New Year celebrations at Brighton beach today. The atmosphere was great. Even though we just spent a 42 degrees (celsius) scorcher of a day, the evening temperature was just right for the beachside party.

Moments like these show me why I love living in this country so much. Yet, at the same time, they remind me of what I miss about being away from family and friends I grew up with. In fact, Toni's New Year post made me feel all nostalgic. Ah, but then, I've learned that one way to live a life of no regrets is to find joy exactly where I stand.

Anyway, I enjoyed taking plenty of photos. Loved my first ever decent fireworks display photography. So. Very. Happy. With my Nikon D40x.

New Year's Eve 2007 (Brighton Beach, S. Australia)

Photos were all taken with just the kit lens (18 - 35 f/3.5-5.6 II). No flash. No post production editing (i.e., no Photoshop, etc.). Only tool I used was a tripod - and a bit of cropping (for some shots). Some of them didn't turn out as sharp as I'd like them to be. But, since this is the first time that I managed to take fireworks photos like these, I'm quite stoked. Did I tell you yet how much I adore my D40x? Heh. Anyway, if you're interested, you can also find more Fireworks Photos from New Year's Eve 2007 in my Flickr account.

New Year's Eve 2007 (Brighton Beach, S. Australia)
New Year's Eve 2007 (Brighton Beach, S. Australia)
New Year's Eve 2007 (Brighton Beach, S. Australia)
New Year's Eve 2007 (Brighton Beach, S. Australia)
New Year's Eve 2007 (Brighton Beach, S. Australia)
New Year's Eve 2007 (Brighton Beach, S. Australia)

So, just want to wish you all...

A very happy, wonderful new year!
May 2008 bring you all sorts of great and amazing things.

Fireworks for New Year's Celebration (Welcome, 2008!)

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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