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Riverfire 2010

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Alarm: 3:00am.

Shower: 3:15am.

Arrive at location: 4:00am.

Shoot pre-dawn: 6:20am.


Riverfire begins: 7:03pm. Time on site: 15 hours, one shot.


David and I hosted a River fire workshop this year, 3 students, fun was had by all -a lot of waiting but its all worth it in the end ..... this image is a blend of a blue-hour ND400 long exposure and some of the opening fireworks.


This year we were treated to 3 F1-11 Dump and Burns -problem was there was little notice that they were on time ;) and where they were coming from. I managed a few pics -might post them later.


See Davids amazing image here



Sleep: 10:36pm


Effort made = reward gained.


Details about our Photography Workshops



- Canon 5D Mark II

- ISO 100, f9, 1/200, 10mm.

- Canon 17-40mm f/4 L lens.

- Tripod.




- Blend of two separate images in Photoshop 6.0.


About Riverfire


Riverfestival, which began in 1998, is a week-long festival held in September each year at South Bank Parklands and surrounding areas (including the Victoria Bridge), to celebrate the Brisbane River. In 2009, the festival merged with Brisbane Festival.


Riverfire, which is held at the beginning of Riverfestival, includes a choreographed display of fireworks. Using some of the most advanced pyrotechnic technology, Riverfire is one of Brisbane's most popular annual celebrations. It includes 30 minutes of non-stop pyrotechnics and fireworks from Brisbane's three major bridges (the Victoria Bridge, the Story Bridge, and the Goodwill Bridge), as well as from boats and buildings, and often includes a flyover and "Dump-and-burn" from one or more of the F-111 Strike aircraft based at RAAF Amberley. The final dump-and-burn of Riverfire 2010 was able to be seen as far as the Gold Coast and Toowoomba as the F-111 climbed from 300 ft to a higher altitude of about 10,000 ft. 2010 saw the extended use of the F-111's despite the fact that they were retired from Riverfire in 2009. The return of the F-111's weren't publicised until the release of the program in early September. Unlike previous dump-and-burns, 2010 Riverfire featured three passes of the F-111's instead of the usual two, with the third being a surprise that was kept a secret to the public and television crews.

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Taken on September 4, 2010