Riverfire Begins

F-111 Dump-n-Burn and the opening spray of fireworks off the Story Bridge, shot from Wilson's Outlook.

We staked out our shooting location from 10am (event started at 7pm) to make sure we got the prime position - was a looooooong day, but worth it in the end.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 30th August 2008, This photo: 7:02pm

Previous Photo: Eastern Water Dragon


  • [ Kane ] said:
    Nice Dave! looks a bit like mine .... eheheheheh
  • David de Groot said:
    Funny that ;-)
  • Xenedis said:
    Spectacular timing.
    How was the crowd situation?
  • David de Groot said:
    Well it was fine at 10am... by 11am there were people rolling in, by 3pm it was getting pretty full and by 5pm there were people everywhere. However, we'd marked out our spot and nobody transgressed, we'd also setup on the far side of the fence, so had no problems with jostling - all good really apart from the very very long wait...
  • MΛЯK said:
    Love the Dump-n-Burn... Spectacular!
    Riverfire is great.
    If only they did stuff like this down in Melbourne.
  • David de Groot said:
    Yeah but nobody would turn up on account of it being too cold or wet ;-)
    There's rumour that this is the last year the F-111's will be doing their dump-n-burn... sad if it is, but makes me even happier about getting this shot.
  • D'Arne, Ming & Jack said:
    This is spectacular, Dave !
  • FrAcTuReD...fOtOs said:
    Now I know where Wilson's Lookout is. Great photo David. Now I know why I don't do night photo's. No need, I just Fave yours :)
    Ended up staying home all day long and doing nothing! For once it was great.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Ming :)
  • David de Groot said:
    hehehe, 'twas pretty cool being there though, loud noises, flashy lights... all pretty good.
  • heidi_K said:
    Wow! You sure had found a good spot!
  • paleo.steve said:
    Excellent work Dave. One of the best I've seen on Flickr in a while. You should make "Explore"!
  • David de Groot said:
    Had to wait there and hold the spot from 10am... but I think it was worth it in the end :) How was it on your side of the river ?
    Thanks Steve :)
  • thebookfreak58 said:
    Hehe, seems like the wait was worth it.
    Well done :-)
  • allan_niels3n said:
    i agree, awesome shot, perfectly timed. well done
  • Garry' said:
    Ohhhhh that's a spectacular sight David. I think i should have stayed at Wilsons Outlock as all the smoke was going towards the CBD. The F-111 has a much nicer track from where you were. Love the greens in the bridge
    Seen in the group"Riverfire Brisbane" (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Tim - nice meeting you in person at last too. :)
    After seeing you (and snapping your smiling mug several times) I didn't realise you then left Wilson's Outlook. Still you seem to have got a fine image from your location too. :)
  • cindytoo said:
    Perfect David
    That was a long day.
    See you there next year, From 3pm for me and walk up from ferry, I guess no parking spots at 3pm.
  • David de Groot said:
    That's one of the reasons I was there so early, I needed a parking spot as I didn't fancy training into the city and then walking.
    We're thinking of hiring a room in a hotel next year for a different view. Dunno if it'll transpire, just a thought.
  • HPVD Photos said:
    Brilliant capture, great colours and nice calm waters for the reflections.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, if you look carefully at the reflections you can see the effects of time on them - i.e. the orange bridge reflections are the full 64 sec exposure and very smooth, but the pink fireworks reflections are rippled as they were there for a much shorter time. Kinda neat really.
  • yinyang said:
    nice shot David - we had too much on today to be able to get to city that early...Isaac had his soccer grand final today, so that was most of the morning and half of the afternoon gone!!
    we viewed from near home - not quite the same, but at least it was a pleasant evening for it!!
  • David de Groot said:
    That it was Albert. Just cool enough to be pleasant (esp. after a warm day in the sun).
  • MichelleLegg.com said:
    Stunning - simply stunning
  • teejaybee said:
    Cool stuff :)
  • madmaxmohamed said:
  • pohuman said:
    Great shot!
  • stephenk1977 said:
    Excellent Riverfire shot!
  • Simon Steeden said:
    Wow! I'm not sure I've seen a fireworks shot as good before!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Michelle :)
    I appreciate the thought, but I don't do groups with award/invite images.
    I thought so :) Got some nice shots of a water dragon while waiting too.
    Thanks :)
    Thanks Stephen, how'd you go ?
    Thanks, pretty much straight out of the camera like that too.
  • Jack High said:
    That is quite spectacular. Lots of effort, but what a great reward.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Jack :) Seems to be the case quite often, effort is paid off by reward :)
  • smurfie_77 said:
    Wonderful colours. And great that you got the opening shot so no smoke. We got quite a bit blowing towards us which made it very easy to overexpose.
  • **Theresa** said:
    wow, gorgeous.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) Very lucky with the wind where we were :)
    Thanks !
  • blueintheburgh said:
    Fantastic Capture!
    "Seen In Explore"
    ~I SNIFFED out this wonderful image!
    You deserve this nose worthy award!
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  • mmBax said:
    Great shot Dave, as has already been summed up on whirlpool, you could have easily packed your bags and gone home after it.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks - I was wondering if it'd make explore.
    However, I don't do groups with graphical invites or awards.
    Danke :) Yeah, although easily packing up in the dark seems to have been quite difficult - I almost left a camera behind!
  • Shaun Johnston said:
    Great colours
  • cptkirkco said:
    Fantastic Shot! now that`s dedication.

  • rumblemumbles said:
    great shot - how upsetting was it that there was only one plane for the dump and burn this year? i love that plane...sends shivers down my spine whenever it goes over!
  • durgarao2008 said:
    wow its a great snap
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Dave, just saw this at this link
    Congrats mate.....
    I guess it's 'slightly' better than mine ;p
  • nitin_matyal_6143 said:
    Nice 1
  • leadegroot said:
    Indeed he did :)
    Dave's photo on the Flickr Explore interestingness page!
  • kostas_laz said:
  • bendyclickr said:
    Nice one dave, well done on the explore :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, not sure about the F-111s - I'd heard this was the last time they were doing it.
    Thanks Shaun - I'm really hanging out to see how your LF frames came out.
    Thanks :)
    Yeah I was really expecting two on the second flyby but there was only one. Thus the closing photo, while good, isn't anywhere near as special as I'd have liked.
    Thanks, although technically not a snapshot as I planned meticulously for just this effect.
    That's pretty neat Kane. :)
    Yep :) Not worth posting any other shots from the night really, they just don't stand up as well as this one.
    Thanks Marcus :)
  • mingyahu said:
  • saravmit singh(Back in action) said:
    Congrats on explore........
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    And thanks to you too :)
  • Vicintosh87 said:
    One of the most beautiful photos I've ever seen, congratulations.
  • David de Groot said:
    Grazias Victor.
  • James Ottaway said:
    Congrats Dave. I guess it was one of those slow days in Explore-ville... =P
  • David de Groot said:
  • wottheduk said:
    The best shot of Riverfire I've seen. Brilliant capture David.
  • ngoclam_qn2006 said:
  • bridgepix said:
    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Bridges in Australia, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Cedric, I was kinda hoping when I set out in the morning to capture something special, and I reckon I managed to do just that.
    Thanks, don't mind if I do ;-)
  • -Gadabout- said:
    Awesome :D I especially love the dump and burn trail left by the F-111 :) What a wait! Well worth it tho :D
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) Oh and we had a ladder with us too - although I wasn't standing on it, only brought it along if we needed to climb the fence (as it was, there was a thoughtfully provided whole in the fence, kindly highlighted by council orange safety fencing).
  • -Gadabout- said:
    lol - that would have been priceless - perched at the top of a cliff, standing on a ladder ! :) could have come in handy if you were mobbed by crowds...simply climb the ladder and there are no more obstructions to your view :) But it sounds like you had that well covered in any case! Nice of the council to highlight your entry point :)
  • u.violet said:
  • David de Groot said:
    There was always that option (perching on the ladder) ;-)
    I thought it right decent of them to show the way through the fence.
    Thanks :)
  • miumiulina said:
    brilliant fireworks !!! stunning capture !!!
  • prairiedog said:
    spectacular shot!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks. It was pretty special watching the show too.
  • JadePhotography said:
    Gorgeous shot! Wow. Excellent exposure
  • MoRomy said:
  • ... Arjun said:
    Stunning night shot.
  • thaonguyenxanh_2222 said:
    Anh dep
  • thaonguyenxanh_2222 said:
    A dep
  • Slaff said:
    awesome shot!
  • Fantasía & Realidad said:
    WOW luv it !
    The lights
  • vievie_orange said:
  • sc_yang said:
    spectacular achievement is always preceded by spectacular preparation.
    congratulations on a fine shot--you deserve it =)
  • well taken said:
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  • feeltherythemaror said:
    Hi'david that's very prety and beautiful shot i like this pic hey that's great moment that u capture.
  • noooooo.n123 said:
  • PAL1970 said:
    Spectacular photo. Congrats on explore!
    Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)
  • Late Pixel said:
    congrats! beautiful
    Seen on flickriver.com (?)
  • E-ville81 said:
    Stunning Photograph!
  • photophilde said:
    superb capture
    well done
  • _ØяAcLә_ said:
    Marvelous work my friend :))________________
  • carlvjack said:
    Great pic
  • pawanth said:
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  • dottor.ponzio said:
    Excellent shot.
  • frednaut said:
    Congrats David - that's an awesome shot!
    I wish I'd stopped in properly and asked for some advice as my results were pretty average from where I ended up. I didn't have the guts to leave the camera open that long even at f11.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks everyone (too many people to respond to individually now).
    Only a couple of notes - lolli2 && *PhoToronto thanks, I appreciate the sentiment, but I don't do groups with graphical invites or awards. Hope you don't mind that I've deleted your comments as the image spam is somewhat distracting.
    Ah, yes it helped that I'd taken a few very long exposures just beforehand so I knew how long I could keep the shutter open for without blowing out too many of the city lights. The radio was also invaluable, as without that I'd have had no warning of the F-111. I opened up once he said he was at Springwood, and just left it open until the first fireworks (still had about 20 secs up my sleeve if I needed it, exposure-wise).
  • cagla200844 said:
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  • DjMagra said:
    Fantastic work, I'm envious!
  • curryxgreentea said:
    stupendous shot.
    im in love with it
  • spitgirl said:
    Great shot! Totally worth all the waiting, eh? stav
  • Keith Rowell Photography said:
    David, I really like your technique here. I'm gonna try that next year. Might also try some shots to stop the action so the plane is visible. Looking forward to it already :)
  • Emile Victor said:
    David, you don't happen to do engineering @ UQ? I saw someone in my maths lecture today looking at your picture -> thought it might be you.
  • jonno.wright said:
    I was wanting to get into this exact position. How did you manage to set ur spot up. of course the long wait but did you put cones out so nobody would get in ur road or something? How did u do it.
  • thebookfreak58 said:
    Emile Victor:
    That was me looking at it in 1052 :-) Was showing it to a friend.
    Small world.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    Glad you liked it :)
    It's something I've picked up through frustration at the time of day pyrotechnicians let off fireworks. If they'd only let them off during the Blue Hour, we'd have gorgeous shots all the time, but because they wait until it's dark one needs a long shutter before the show starts in order to get some background detail. Unfortunately this means you really only get two decent shots in a show (first and last ones).
    Not I, but then Tim has already answered you already. I did go to UQ, but that was for a BInfTech and it was a long time ago.
    We were there from 10am, marked out our spot for our kit and then before the show started, hopped the fence and sat on the clifftop.
  • baby7 said:
    impressive shot!
  • TikNo said:
    Wow Nice shot
  • HelenPalsson said:
    Dave, this is just incredible!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    Thanks to you too :)
    Pretty spiffy eh Helen ? I guess it paid to go into the city and brave the crowds :)
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  • Roger.C said:
    Stunning shot.
  • Boysilent4 said:
  • arthur.is said:
    Unbelievable timing! It's not you don't see an uncrowded 64-sec exposure of fireworks everyday!
  • Simon D101. said:
    Fantastic shot David :)
  • jmmuggianu said:
    Congratulations, awesome
  • kuh meal said:
    that's awesome. (:
  • *vlad* said:
    impressive shot - well done
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks All :)
  • Keith Rowell Photography said:
    That's so true David. If only they'd do all the cool stuff in the Blue Hour, as you call it. At last year's riverfire the helicopters did a fly-by when the light was just perfect:
  • selcuk.aral said:
    Beautiful Image!

    Found on explore (Aug 30th 2008) ...
  • sarahmelindacook said:
    David this photo is amazing!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Sarah :)
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  • cHriSSy1554 said:
    Beautiful Photo!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • Richard.Fisher said:
    very very nice.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • GeoFX said:
    incredible!! never seen anything like this!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks - it was well worth waiting for :)
  • Aussie.501 said:
    Wow absolutely stunning
  • David de Groot said:
    Sure was - very happy with this one too :)
  • mikephantasmic said:
    no full size? weak!
  • [ Kane ] said:
    That's a bit rude.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    mikephantasmic why don't you buy a print of this amazing shot then you can see it full size every day :D
    To describe David as weak is to show how little you know about him....so think of your purchase as an apology !
  • mikephantasmic said:
    My god are you people little children? Perhaps you should realize the implications of what I'm saying: I would like to see the picture larger because it's nice. Apology? Good luck. How much I know about him? What the hell does that matter?
  • David de Groot said:
    @mikephantasmic - Hi Mike, No I restrict the larger sizes to my contacts. As you'll appreciate, there are a lot of people out there all too happy to rip off work found in flickr, and since I try to etch out a living from taking photos, I'm disinclined to change that policy. However, if you buy the Feb edition of Pyro76 magazine (in the US), you'll see this shot on a double page spread.
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Wow Dave, congrats on the publish mate, well derserved ..... considering you held the spot ;) thanks mate, have a safe and happy Christmas/new year.
  • Xenedis said:
    Indeed -- congratulations on publication of this image. Well deserved.
    I totally agree with Dave's stance on not making large resolution versions available to the public. I do the same. People out there will unfortunately steal work.
  • -Gadabout- said:
    DdG Congrats on the magazine :D Nice one and well deserved :D
    mikephantasmic Throwing insults around when you don't get what you want or when someone dares to disagree with you - interesting that you are suggesting I am a child !
  • thebookfreak58 said:
    'Grats on the publish Dave!
  • Richard.Fisher said:
    Well done Dave. It is a great shot.
  • mikephantasmic said:
    I'm not throwing out any insults. I simply appreciate it when photographers release larger images than the one I see. I'm not trying to get a raw file, and I'm not insulting the photographer's character or skills. I empathize with the photographer when he says he gets ripped off.
    I do however have a problem with people who believe it's their duty to 'police' message boards trying to push their morality on others. I'm sorry for my offense, but you guys are reacting negatively when entirely unnecessary.
    I made a harsh comment, but it's still the truth. And if you push me, I tend to push back.
  • nichbri said:
    I just saw this in the Brisbane festival magazine and instantly recognised it as yours, nice work!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
    I need to get a copy of said magazine at some stage :)
  • Grauniad2 said:
    I'm a year late, but wonderful photo Dave. Does the trail stop because the aircraft stopped its "dump and burn" there or because the shutter closed while the aircraft was still in frame?
  • David de Groot said:
    Nah, the trail goes from left to right, so you can see where he started the dump'n'burn and I left the shutter open until the first plume of fireworks.
  • Fermata Productions said:
    Congrats on this photo, it is amazing, I saw it on a billboard at Newstead just tonight, you must be very proud.
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah neat, I must get out and take a photo of my photo on a billboard ;-)
  • sarahmelindacook said:
    I saw the billboard near the BP at Toowong when i was down in Brisbane last weekend. It looked familiar and now I know. Congrats! Thats awesome!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Sarah :) Clearly I need to go billboard hunting ;-)
  • sarahmelindacook said:
    I have a feeling that there is one on the M1 northbound into Brisbane, somewhere near shailer park - might not be an accurate memory though.
  • D_O_S said:
    Saw your picture in today's (5/9/09) Courier mail advertising River Fire '09
    pg 2 of River festival lift out guide.
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, guess I should have bought a paper today eh ?
  • GhostSailor said:
    great exposure!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • carolynfrisbie said:
    So beautiful!
  • lucamontipo said:
  • Stupie said:
    Awesome. I gather its a long wait up there, but seems well worth it.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuart_addelsee] Yes it is indeed. That year, I think we were there for 7 hours or so. The following year, 8 or 9 hours. This year, 15 hours. It's really the biggest fireworks spectacular in Queensland, and thus attracts people from a fair way off (photographers from Sydney turn up).
  • bo0_9x said: