Saturday, July 21, 2012

Photos: Fireworks on Bastille Day 2012

Bastille Day is the only day when Paris showcases it's abilities in lighting up the sky with fireworks. Normally,  one would think this kind of show can happen on the New Year's eve. Well, Paris has a way of it's own. In order to curb the vandalism associated with New Year celebrations, there are no fireworks in the city. Somehow, it translates to less cars being torched and less violence. I really don't get the logic. I rest the case as it may.

Now, with the fireworks comes the big decisions. Where and how? The "how" is the easiest to solve. You need a cable release. Luckily, I had one that was never used since I brought it for the special occasion of New Year's Eve. The where poses a bigger question. There are many choices - Champ des Mars, Trocadero or one of the bridges or pont. I decided on the pont. The bridge near Javel is a good location to photograph the event.

I still ran into trouble. The light adorning Tour Eiffel is switched off before the fireworks. They are back for a short period in between when the fireworks are in full form. I could get only a few good pictures. Having the right equipment is only half the battle. How to time your cable release is the other half. I had to learn on the job. See below for the pictures.










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    1. Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  2. Cool captures! You have a lot of nice pics. Have you considered joining 500px.com

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    1. Thanks. I am already in 500px. :)

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  3. Fireworks, I love them. They are tricky to get just right though aren't they? You did a great job.

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  4. Nice photos. I particularly loved the second picture :-)

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    1. :) Thanks. I know why. That is the only one in which Tour Eiffel is visible

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  5. Mesmerizing is the word I have !

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  6. Loved the river line..! Wish the pictures were bigger :)

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    1. Thanks. Any bigger than the current size, the layout will get distorted. Also there is fear of plagiarizing. :)

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  7. Always a great subject to work on - Fireworks. Wish I were there. Great photos :)

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    1. Yes, I agree. Not sure where you are located. If you are in India, there are always a lot of opportunities to do this. :)

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