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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Eiffel Tower Fireworks 2016 Juillet 14 - Bastille Day

After seeing them four years in a row, we still can't believe how great the fireworks are at the Eiffel Tower on July 14th.  Apparently, us Americans just made up the name Bastille Day, the French wouldn't know what you're talking about.  They just call it Juillet Catorze - July 14th.

The French do the best lighting anywhere on Earth.  Here's my evidence.  The halo around the tower here is the smoke from previous fireworks being lit up by super powerful blue spotlights.  It looks like it's made of dry ice or something.

Tour Eiffel Tower fireworks Paris France July 14th Bastille Day Seine river reflection spectacle spectacular amazing public night light transcendent sublime stunning dazzling lighting beautiful colorful celebrate celebration fete festival summer Juillet feu d'artifice travel tourism vacation

I planned the shoot to have reflections in the water, so we went to the closest bridge they allow people on during the event.  You can see the lights in a train's windows as it crosses the bridge in the above photograph.  The funny thing was, the driver really slowed down the train as they went over the bridge so they could get a good view.  Why not!?  Who's going to complain!?

This sequence of fireworks is cool in motion too, because the top fireworks shoot out one after another, until they go all the way around, like spokes of a wheel popping out from the hub.

Tour Eiffel Tower fireworks Paris France July 14th Bastille Day Seine river reflection spectacle spectacular amazing public night light transcendent sublime stunning dazzling lighting beautiful colorful celebrate celebration fete festival summer Juillet feu d'artifice travel tourism vacation

Serious amounts of smoke in the air make for great special effects.

Tour Eiffel Tower fireworks Paris France July 14th Bastille Day Seine river reflection spectacle spectacular amazing public night light transcendent sublime stunning dazzling lighting beautiful colorful celebrate celebration fete festival summer Juillet feu d'artifice travel tourism vacation

You simply couldn't see what you see in this picture with the human eye.  All of the lights on the tower appear to be on at once, but they're sparkling all over the tower in real life.  Keeping the camera shutter open for a few seconds means every light will have turned on at least once in that time, producing this shining tower of solid light.

Tour Eiffel Tower fireworks Paris France July 14th Bastille Day Seine river reflection spectacle spectacular amazing public night light transcendent sublime stunning dazzling lighting beautiful colorful celebrate celebration fete festival summer Juillet feu d'artifice travel tourism vacation


Tour Eiffel Tower fireworks Paris France July 14th Bastille Day Seine river reflection spectacle spectacular amazing public night light transcendent sublime stunning dazzling lighting beautiful colorful celebrate celebration fete festival summer Juillet feu d'artifice travel tourism vacation


Tour Eiffel Tower fireworks Paris France July 14th Bastille Day Seine river reflection spectacle spectacular amazing public night light transcendent sublime stunning dazzling lighting beautiful colorful celebrate celebration fete festival summer Juillet feu d'artifice travel tourism vacation

 I especially like the white reflection in the river in this one.  This is the last for 2016, but there are lots more, just as beautiful as these, in earlier posts.



Tour Eiffel Tower fireworks Paris France July 14th Bastille Day Seine river reflection spectacle spectacular amazing public night light transcendent sublime stunning dazzling lighting beautiful colorful celebrate celebration fete festival summer Juillet feu d'artifice travel tourism vacation

More spectacular photos from other years!






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