Independence Day 2009

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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.

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  1. MaryBrooke 67 months ago | reply

    you got some stars in yours! Too Cool!!

  2. parttimeclickeronflickr 67 months ago | reply

    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.

  3. Mike Fiechtner 67 months ago | reply

    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 )

  4. Sonora Guy 66 months ago | reply

    I've just started doing some night photography. Now I know what to aim for. This is perfect.

  5. Shoeven 66 months ago | reply

    awesome capture!

  6. Mi che le 65 months ago | reply


  7. fiftymm99 65 months ago | reply

    perfect picture.

  8. mccollin 64 months ago | reply

    capture of the night

  9. dancingshutter 64 months ago | reply

    this shot is just perfect! i love the colors and composition

  10. Ellen Yeates 63 months ago | reply

    Wow. it s excellent...

  11. Phoenix Rising Photography 63 months ago | reply

    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!

  12. Rita J L 63 months ago | reply

    So beautiful. :-)

  13. firmbegody 63 months ago | reply

    Wow! Awesome work.

  14. ifringe (david) 63 months ago | reply

    Very nicely done! This is a lovely capture!

  15. AmitabhaGupta 62 months ago | reply

    Done with a master's stroke. Did you use a tripod ? What ISO ?

  16. ggarner 58 months ago | reply

    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.

  17. bitzcelt 58 months ago | reply

    I will have to say that I like your shot better than Trey's, well done.

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