Fireworks on the Lake - Independence Day 2014

Fireworks on the Lake - Independence Day 2014

I spent Independence Day this year taking pictures of a fireworks display from the Pennybacker Bridge in Austin with a couple of photographer friends.  This is the second year we've done this.  It's a great location to view the show, although the movement of the bridge and high winds this year made it tough to keep our shots tack sharp.  Considering the conditions, the results are quite good in my humble opinion.

The show was put on by the Austin Country Club.  It was a good long fireworks display that painted some interesting shapes and colors in the Austin night sky.  The water surface of the lake was brilliantly colored by the exploding shells while the drifting boats provided some decorative appointments of light.  Smoke drifted toward us, leaving behind the distinct scent of the burning powders.   I rattled off long exposures of up to 20 seconds and I enjoyed the show while my tripod mounted Fujifilm X-T1 slowly gathered some memorable moments of the display.  Fireworks photography is part skill, part (mostly) luck.  Many frames were captured, few were worthy of preserving.  These are my favorites from the evening.