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Heart of Satan - What it looks like when fireworks explode inside of a storm cloud over a river

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This is not like me! I normally never publish a second photo from a very similar location that is also close in subject matter to the first. This one is taken from the same vantage point as the other fireworks shot here in Austin. Ever since I took that first shot, I've returned to this location to see if something else amazing will happen.


On this particular night, there was one of those looming thunderstorms, when the clouds are alarmingly low to the ground and black/green in color. They launched the fireworks from the same spot as usual, but they would actually explode inside the cloud. The lower half would burst downward, carrying a trail of fire behind it. The scene reminded me of a giant electric jellyfish of sorts.


The main shot from which this was taken was shot at 17mm (although later cropped), f/5.3, ISO 100, and -1 EV. The exposure was 2 seconds.


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Taken on July 6, 2007