Blog Archive

Friday, July 31, 2015

Bastille Day (Quatorze Juillet ) Fireworks, Eiffel Tower, Paris 2015, Part 1

One thing that has totally impressed us about France is the showmanship.  We've been wowed by so many spectacles over here, like nothing we've seen anywhere before.  The fireworks at the Eiffel Tower are the premier example.  A true fireworks artist spends months designing the series of sequences that make up the ebb and flow of the show.  And the fireworks are not only sent up from the ground, but actually fire from every part of the Eiffel Tower throughout the show.  This is our third year, and they've all been unforgettable.

After having shot the Bastille Day fireworks from the Champs de Mars the last couple of years, I tried a different viewpoint, with hopes of getting some reflections in the Seine.   Previous years' photos are quite different, so, in case you'd like to have a look, you can see them here: 2014 Paris Eiffel Tower Fireworks, and here: 2013 Paris Eiffel Tower Fireworks.

It was a beautiful night, cool with a light breeze.  Crowds stretched for miles in every direction.  I know, because I walked miles in a radius around the tower, searching for a good viewpoint.  The best ones were overwhelmed with spectators, including crowds of photographers with tripods.  There were some funny spots where you would see a narrow stripe of people standing in the street - all looking where the fireworks would be - just between two buildings.

[For some people, these images are too big to fit on their screen.  Click on any image to see all the images in a "lightbox" that resizes the images to fit your screen.]

Eiffel Tower Fireworks Feu Artifice Bastille Day Paris France

The show lasts a full thirty five minutes.  More than once, the crowd thought, "That must have been the finale.", only to have it build up again.  Pretty great show.  The colored spotlights are a great compliment to the fireworks.

Eiffel Tower Fireworks Feu Artifice Bastille Day Paris France

An all-yellow show. That blue light on the water is one of the police speedboats patrolling the river every other minute of the show.

Eiffel Tower Fireworks Feu Artifice Bastille Day Paris France

The bridge you see between us and the tower is the Passy Viaduc.  It has car lanes on bottom, and a metro line on the top.  Trains were going by every other minute of the show, so the riders got quite a view.

Eiffel Tower Fireworks Feu Artifice Bastille Day Paris France

The Eiffel Tower sprouts into a palm tree of blue and green light.  The cool thing is, the ones at the top fire in sequence, rotating like the hand of a clock.

Eiffel Tower Fireworks Feu Artifice Bastille Day Paris France

A lot of people won't like this one, but I have to let my creative side out every once in a while.  I can imagine people saying is "Oh, that's all done in Photoshop." Nope!  It was all done in the camera at the time of the photo.

Eiffel Tower Fireworks Feu Artifice Bastille Day Paris France

Earlier that same day, I went to the Catorze Juillet military parade on the Champs Élysées. Click here to see the photos.

More fireworks photos coming soon.



Popular Posts