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Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 12 July 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

The Fourth of July 2010 - 9:45:50 PM/pdt

Fireworks in Clearlake Oaks, California

Canon 5D mkII w/ Canon 16 - 35mm f/2.8 lens: ISO 320 - at 35mm - f/9 - 13.0 seconds

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

REally nice shot, the colour is filling the sky and water

12 Jul 2010 5:12am

Marcie from Newton, United States

FANTASTIC!! Especially love the reflections!

12 Jul 2010 11:24am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What lovely air you've captured Stephen! Beautifully peaceful yet full of joy! Congrats!!!:-)

12 Jul 2010 3:03pm

@hugo poon: It was a perfect evening - just lovely. Thanks, Hugo...

Behrooz Sangani from Tehran, Iran

Beautiful ambiance, Stephen!
Did you know I haven't done one single fireworks shot yet, after all the years? :)) I never had the chance, don't know why.

12 Jul 2010 4:25pm

@Behrooz Sangani: Behrooz ! - thank you so much. And get to photographing some fireworks when you can. I want to see your interpretation.

Judy aka Ladybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Gorgeous, Stephen ... I like the wide scene!

12 Jul 2010 5:20pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

The reflections are starting to get bigger and better!

12 Jul 2010 6:41pm

@Curly: Thanks Curly. This was my personal favorite from this year's pyrotechnics. I didn't shoot a lot of captures. We were further away than from last year's shoot which was far more dramatic:

http://www.pbase.com/joyoflight/image/114639300

...still - the night was lovely and we had a great time. Later...

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

wow this is stunning!! and depths of colours and shimmer! i love it, good job:)

12 Jul 2010 7:50pm

@kate: Thanks, Kate.

Susan from Pompano Beach, FL, USA from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Shots from a closer location are more dramatic......but what you've captured is still beautiful !!! Interesting, that you used that 320 ISO.....I always shoot em at 100......wonder if that's why it still doesn't look "dark"

12 Jul 2010 11:07pm

@Susan from Pompano Beach, FL, USA: It was still light(ish) - though that was changing rapidly - as you will see on the next two posts should you drop by. I started shooting ISO 50 but realized the exposures would be too long as it got darker. So I switched to ISO 200 at the beginning - but as it got darker - I was heading toward the same problem (I had the metering on AV and -1 stop) - halfway through - I switched to ISO 320. With the light reflected in the water - the Canon metering did pretty well I thought. Thanks for the kind words, Susan - oh, and I saw your fireworks composite on Facebook earlier - fantastic - I was going to leave a comment but got interrupted - arrgh...

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

An explosion of color. Very nicely done.

13 Jul 2010 1:00am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Love this composition! Perfect shot with the beautiful colors and reflection. Great point of view night shot! They look like the beautiful fireworks we saw at Bar Harbor, Maine.

13 Jul 2010 1:26am