Kaboom!

Boom! BOOM! Squee-eee-eeee-eeBOOM!

While I admit that this photo was not taken very near to New Providence, it was taken in New Jersey, and I am SURE that there are similar fireworks displays happening in the N.P. area, and this is what they would look like.

Anyway: HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! For those unfamiliar with the tradition, July 4, 1776 was the day that a bunch of early American colonists signed a document that basically said, “Screw you, England, we’re independent now, and we will totally fight you on this.”

(The U.S.A. is on better terms with England now, but we were pretty mad at the time.)

How exactly fireworks became part of the annual July 4th tradition, I’m not sure, but here they are, and they’re pretty fantastic.

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4 Comments to “Kaboom!”

  1. You’ve captured a quintessential slice of Independence Day in America..Happy Fourth!

  2. This is a really nice shot! I like that you were able to get the trails long enough to be pretty, but not so long that the shot is messy. Also, the dark is really dark (did you do anything to help that along?) for great contrast.

    • Tiny aperture (f/13.6), long shutter (4″, the longest my camera can go), 200 ISO (my default setting last year).

      Post-production: Bumped up the contrast *slightly*, but negligibly. The black point got bumped up from 0 to 2, and the white point nudged down from 255 to 250. Also cranked up the saturation a bit. But that’s it. If I weren’t compulsive about tweaking in Photoshop, I woulda posted it as is (as was?).

      I used the same settings this year, but a 3″ exposure instead of 4″, ‘cos I had to contend with a lot of streetlamps, which were kinda killin’ the shot.

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