Andy By: Andy

Independence Day 2009

Fireworks over Lake Austin, Austin, TX

My version of Trey Ratcliff's classic shot. Taken by me at the same place but a couple years after Trey's photo. See below for Trey's version.


Trey mentions in his blog that it was a rainy day which gives his version more character with the low hanging clouds. It was a clear night for me so the sky was not nearly as interesting. Also because of the nice weather, there are a lot more boats on Lake Austin than in Trey's version.


Explore #144 | 08/08/2009

My first photo on Explore, thank you.


  • MaryBrooke PRO 6y

    you got some stars in yours! Too Cool!!
  • parttimeclickeronflickr 6y

    Great shot. Trey Ratcliffe actually got me interested in the hdr photography because of this shot. I am the pyrotechnician that shot this firework show. I shot the one he did a few years ago too that made it into the smithsonian. I am very proud to have this show! Austin Country Club is a great place to shoot. Send me a mail and maybe we can meet up to get some shots from 70' away , where I'm at.
  • Mike Fiechtner 6y

    I think you did a great job with this one! Personally I like this better than Trey's. Your version feels more real. Love it!! Thanks for your visit to my stream!
    Seen in your Landscapes | Cityscapes set. ( ?² )
  • Kevin Reilly 6y

    I've just started doing some night photography. Now I know what to aim for. This is perfect.
  • Shoeven PRO 6y

    awesome capture!
  • Michele Calabretta PRO 6y

  • fiftymm99 PRO 6y

    perfect picture.
  • Nancy Overson 6y

    Lovely shot!!
  • mccollin 6y

    capture of the night
  • BntOman ♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ✿ PRO 6y

    wow ..this is amazing !
  • Nicole Lewis 6y

    this shot is just perfect! i love the colors and composition
  • Ellen Yeates 6y

    Wow. it s excellent...
  • Adam Schmid PRO 6y

    Excellent photo! You did an amazing job capturing all the excitement and fun that is in the 4th of July! While I absolutely love all of Trey's work, I think on this photo you may have him beat. I like how you capture more of the surroundings and all of the boats in the water. Great job!
  • Rita J L 6y

    So beautiful. :-)
  • firmbegody PRO 6y

    Wow! Awesome work.
  • David Schneider 5y

    Very nicely done! This is a lovely capture!
  • Amitabha Gupta PRO 5y

    Done with a master's stroke. Did you use a tripod ? What ISO ?
  • ggarner PRO 5y

    Thanks for your comment. My sons shot the show last night at Circle C. My shots were from right beside the shooter's control board so it's a different perspective than I've ever done before. Tonight, July 4th, back at the 360 bridge, Ben Garner, my youngest son will be shooting a show that will be much bigger than before and he has some fantastic shots planned, plus the finale is planned to be over a minute long. There should be some terrrific shots, tonight. Hope you get some more great shots this year! Look forward to seeing them.
  • Mike Bitzenhofer PRO 5y

    I will have to say that I like your shot better than Trey's, well done.
  • Henrique Faria 4y

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Taken on July 4, 2009
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