Photo/Video – La Defense 2013: Espace Fireworks

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20th September 2013 : La Defense, Paris



  Like last year, Defacto organised a fireworks, 3D mapping & light show in front of La Grande Arche de la Défense near Paris. The show was created by Les Petits Français with original music by Pascal Lengagne and Philippe Villar. I went on location the day before in order to decide on the best spot to set my camera and take some photos of the tests they were running. Most people walking there were confused by all the weird lights and were trying to figure out what was going on.

I arrived 2 hours and half before the show to save my spot. The place got crowded very fast to the point where it became impossible to move. I brought my second camera in hope of shooting a few photos while the other one was filming but I was more concerned about keeping my tripod safe with people all around me, I’ll need a second tripod for next year.


The show was great and being in the back gave me a wide view with all the light effects. I was a bit too far to capture the 3D mapping video though. Special thanks to Pascal Lengagne and Philippe Villar for kindly providing me with the original soundtrack to use for my video of the show. The recording on my camera definitely wouldn’t have done justice to their work.



I also made a short edited / synced version of the show with custom music. The track is Katana Blaster (Constantly Playing Mix) by Jimmy “Big Giant Circles” Hinson. I used the Canon 6D and Canon 16-35 L II f2.8 with settings 16mm, 1/60s, 1600ISO, f2.8, Cinestyle. The intro is a timelapse made with GoPro Hero3 Black. This kind of event is the worst situation for shooting video but the 6D did a nice job with Cinestyle, much better than my old 60D. I could have shot using 30fps and gain 1 stop but I think 60fps really adds a lot to the video.





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Canon 6D
Canon 70-200L f4 IS
Canon 16-35L II f2.8
Canon 8-15L f4 fisheye









  1. Lionel says:

    Beau Travail! Ça claque! A quand un final comme ça sur un feu d’artifice!

  2. Sword says:

    C’est pas mal du tout mais je trouve la prise de vue trop éloigné si je compare à celui de 2012. Sinon ouai, beau boulot. Ça claque bien.

  3. PatrickFF8 says:

    AWSOME………..just AWSOME, i give it a 10 out a 10
    with a seal of epicness :)

  4. mandal says:

    je dit très beau travail, bien synchroniser avec les lumières, un régal pour les oreilles et pour les yeux ^^, merci pour ce montage ! pour reprendre plus haut, just awesome !!!

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