The Fêtes de Genève Goes Out With A Bang

Fireworks, Fêtes de Genève

As we watched in awe from the roof of our six storey apartment building, the ground beneath our feet was shaking a little too regularly. But this was no earthquake, just the unbelievable force of the cherry bomb fireworks exploding over Lake Geneva.

Once a year the skies above our Swiss town are filled with colour in a spectacular display celebrating the end of the summer’s Fêtes de Genève. And at a cost of 700,000CHF (almost $800,000) you’d surely expect it to be one of the best in the world!

I stayed on the roof of our building to shoot this year. The thought of battling my way around the half a million people who come to watch, while carrying a tripod and camera bag, was not particularly appealing! With the ground shaking every so often I came away with a lot of blurry shots. Even so I did get a few sharp ones, and this was one of the best.

What’s the best fireworks display you’ve seen? Maybe you have some tips for shooting fireworks? I’d love to hear from you!


5 thoughts on “The Fêtes de Genève Goes Out With A Bang

    1. Ben Post author

      Hi Helen! Haha, maybe I should put together a post on how I took this shot. I might do a before/after post to explain my process. The most important thing is to have a tripod and a camera on which you can control the shutter speed. The rest is just experimentation in the moment! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Kan! It was a 2 second exposure. Because there were so many fireworks in the display I had to keep it short to make sure there weren’t too many in the frame.


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