...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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