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Fireworks, 4th of July, Lake Tahoe.



When my kids were younger, we used to go to the fireworks every year. Eventually, they got older and wanted to be with their friends instead of us, and I stopped going. Tired of fighting the traffic and crowds. I spent some lost years on the couch, hearing the booms in the distance, every July 4, watching “Law and Order” reruns or something, scotch in hand...


The annual show is advertised as one of the best in the country (who votes on this stuff, anyway?). Hundreds, maybe thousands, of boats converge on a mile wide perimeter surrounding the launch barges, the beachs are packed, the estimates upwards of 100,000 people attending, an amorphous herd of boozed-up, badly tattooed, sunburned tourists, all howling and yammering for more entertainment at the end of a very long day...


So it’s been a while. This year, I wanted to get some pictures, and had a potential vantage point in mind, showing the whole scene. After a climb, at sundown I found myself out on a ledge, perched like an eagle in his aerie, 400 feet above the action. The display didn’t disapoint, and the shoot was fun: manual mode, bulb priority, shoot a lot, and hope for the best.


This image is about half way into the show, and caught all three mortars firing simultaneously, which is cool.


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Taken on July 4, 2011