OK, they come a bit late, but I just couldn't make myself post any of these any sooner... and I am disappointed to see how they lost sharpness though the upload to Flickr... The first few were taken at some point in time between 10:50 p.m. and midnight, when I had just set up on that balcony on the other side of River Elbe, looking towards the quays ("Landungsbrücken"), and later pics were taken at or after midnight. People were shooting off their own fireworks all the time, but there is a clear difference in the before 12 and the after 12 pics . 1. 2. It was a very hazy night, which didn't help "sharpness" all THAT much ... 3. Same scene, zoomed out (I had changed from the Sigma 70-300mm to the kit lens) 4. 5. As midnight drew closer, more and more boats arrived at this very area of Hamburg Port, stopped there, anchored, until by midnight that very part of River Elbe was totally filled with boats, which then all hooted once the New Year had arrived. A totally inadequate 47 video of the boats at midnight is here ... ... and remember: I don't have a video camera. Only my Powershot with its video function, and I just tried to shoot this video at total nighttime with it, mostly so to also capture the SOUND of it all. 6. And then, at midnight, all hell broke loose (and the hazy night filled with all the smoke from the fireworks ) 7. 8. And soon enough, even where at first you could still see buildings, albeit softened by the mist, there was nothing more to be seen.