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The Spirit of Independence

The Spirit of Independence
A couple of days ago was our nation's 240th anniversary of declaring our independence from Great Britain.  We celebrate this special day every year with colorful displays of fireworks lighting up the night sky.  This year, I managed to capture a few of the explosions for you to enjoy.

Firework photography can be difficult.  It requires a long shutter speed to get the full trails of the explosion, a tripod for stability, and a cable release to remove handshake.  If you don't also have a low ISO and a wide aperture, you will likely be disappointed by your attempts.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality fine art photograph of feathery golden, green, and red fireworks against the sky in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
The final element is timing.  This is not something that I can easily describe for you.  You must learn to anticipate when the fireworks will explode and open your shutter in time to capture it.  Many of my firework photos are less than stellar for this very reason.  However, I do get a couple which work out from time to time.

This year, for several reasons, we did not get the opportunity to go see my favorite local fireworks show in Idaho Falls.  We were stuck with the very small Pocatello fireworks show badly misnamed "The Biggest Show in Idaho."  If they are hoping for the title because of the amount of fireworks, they are sadly mistaken.  If it's the show length which they gauge this by, then that 10 minute fluff piece in the middle with no fireworks at all is a total waste of time.

I'm at least glad that they kicked out Phil Meader and the monster truck style presentation which they were using in previous years.  That was totally tasteless.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality fine art photograph of green, red, and white fireworks against the sky in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
Ok, so there's a little rant about the Pocatello fireworks show which you probably don't care about.  The show did give me some good opportunities though.  With the much smaller volume or ordinance being used, I could get better and more predictable firework photos out of the experience.  I also did not have to worry about the photos I took being overexposed from so many bright fireworks at once.

The very small clusters made for easily framing the fireworks within view.  I could even zoom way in and get some nice fill-frame views from time to time.  The lack-luster finale was even a benefit to me.  Usually, finales are full of so many fireworks that I get badly overexposed shots.  I usually quit shooting pictures during a finale.  That was not the case with this show.  I could keep shooting until the final firework faded and the photos still looked properly exposed.

It was a beautiful night.  It was warm and wind-free.  This resulted in low smoke issues in the sky and the fireworks generally exploding where I thought they would.  It was perfect firework shooting conditions.

The tribute to the armed services in the middle of the presentation was admirable.  The choice of final song made me remember why I'm proud to be an American as it was "God Bless the USA."  I could echo the words of the chorus as my own.

"I'm proud to be an American Where at least I know I'm free And I won't forget the men who died Who gave that right to me And I'll gladly stand up Next to you and defend her still today Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land.  God bless the USA."