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Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 14 July 2009 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

...another view of fireworks this year in Clearlake, California

This was actually the view as the pyrotechnics just got underway...

[photographer's notebook]: Independence Day - 2009

I'm not sure exactly what inspired the thought - but I was determined to get some fireworks reflecting in water. That was the assignment I'd given myself. This is easy all around San Francisco Bay. The big challenge here though is the weather. Fog can be problematic. It can also be very windy and chill along with the fog.

I thought of Sacramento - along the Sacramento River - which is well inland and a beautiful waterway. But they fire their show from the fairgrounds which is along the American River. I used 'Google Maps' to explore the site. It seemed wrong. There is lots of distance between the launch pad and the river. It is hilly and wooded so anything low couldn't be seen - and electrical transmission towers run between the fairgrounds and the river and would be silhouetted in the images. Nope.

I only thought of Clear Lake about a week ago. A friend who lives there gave me an excellent description of where they shoot the fireworks from. Again - it was 'Google Maps' that allowed me to determine that the site would be perfect.

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Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Good shot of the fireworks, I like the sky and the reflections.

14 Jul 2009 5:29am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Thank you to think about France :-)

14 Jul 2009 8:49am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Great shot, and what a beautiful location for fireworks..... doing your homework sure paid off !!!! I'm still thinking about Disney in the fall......

14 Jul 2009 12:31pm

Ignacio from Gijón, Spain

very nice shot!

14 Jul 2009 2:13pm

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Beautiful colors in your fireworks!...Nice capture!

14 Jul 2009 5:04pm

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Wonderful, Stephen.

It is beautiful up there at Clear Lake.

14 Jul 2009 5:42pm

grant from kansas city, United States

great shot - and it's always a good day for fireworks.

14 Jul 2009 6:11pm

DenisSm from Prague, Czech Republic

very nice shot Stephen, i like colors of firework and great moment you have captured...

14 Jul 2009 7:25pm

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

great shot with the beautiful view...

14 Jul 2009 8:50pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

beautiful shot - the colors are amazing.....I am impressed with the time and effort you use to plan out this shot - and your use of the latest tools to map out how you are going to get the shot....

14 Jul 2009 8:53pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Nice shot of fireworks and thanks to makes passing references to our french day of national celebration... :-)

14 Jul 2009 10:13pm

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Are these the Bastille Day fireworks? ;) Excellent light and color.

15 Jul 2009 1:16am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old Pembroke dock boy,Wales), Germany

Very nicely done,great image.

15 Jul 2009 3:35pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

SUPERB shot -- brilliant color!!

17 Jul 2009 2:54pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


18 Jul 2009 11:12am

Hjulbentamannen from Eskilstuna, Sweden

very very nice picture

26 Jul 2009 9:13am