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.