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Echos of Fire

Ok, that title may be stretching it a bit:) but I really like how you can see the smoke trails from previous firework and they form kind of an echo for the bursts captured in the foreground. Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

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Fire rain

Last year when shooting fireworks I shot at 17mm or 24mm (I don't remember which) and had to crop in for every shot. So this year I decided to shoot at 40mm so I wouldn't have to crop as much. Well... I got the camera well centered for the fireworks but not angled high enough to capture the highest of the bursts:) I wanted the images to still be grounded with the tree and some foreground elements. I'll try and add a few more to my Fireworks collection over the next couple of days:)

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The way it should be

Last night I was honored to watch the fireworks display in Roanoke, IN. What a joy to be surrounded by patriots (who stood and took off their hats when the national anthem was played), families playing frisbee and kids throwing a football. There was none of the cynicism so often found in the DC area. It was a celebration of a great country by people who love their country. The way it should be!

Happy 4th of July!

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America... It's Time to Pray Again

In 1787 at the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin made the following speech to the delegates that were in strong dispute over different parts of our American Constitution. Here is part of his speech…

In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. ”Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that "except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it." I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments be Human Wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.

I was introduced to this speech during a message I heard at The Chapel (http://thechapel.net/) and after some research felt this is so appropriate for this 4th of July.

More details can be found at: http://www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=98

P.S. The photo is from July 4th, 2015 taken in #Roanoke #Indiana.

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Light Fan with Tree

I ended up with a lot of firework shots that I really like while shooting the Roanoke, IN fireworks show. I'll try not to bombard you with them one after another over the next few days. I may just upload a bunch as a single post and people who are interested can peruse them that way:)

Happy Tuesday!

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Americana

Got to visit a wonderful home-town fireworks display in Roanoke, IN tonight. It was so nice to be out in the park watching the kids play football, soccer, frisbee, etc and families and friends sitting together having a good time. I love the small town feel that is so missed in urban and city settings.

The fireworks display was very nice and I didn't really have any time to review photos or adjust shooting parameters. I'd set the camera up on Bulb mode at f/10 to start and then switched to f/8 as the sky got darker. I didn't track too much to number of seconds and just left the shutter open until a number of bursts had finished. Some shots were definitely washed out but most came out just fine:)

I hope everyone who is celebrating had a wonderful 4th of July!

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Happy 4th of July

I'm hoping to shoot some fireworks later this evening but in the mean time here are two from previous years and the last verse of the "Star Spangled Banner". It was nice to read all 4 stanzas today.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation.
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star-Spangled_Banner)
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An American Celebration

It was so wonderful to spend the 4th of July with friends as our extended families are miles away. There is something very special about celebrating our country with food, music, fireworks and friendship! :)

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