Fireworks, 4th of July, Lake Tahoe.

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    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.

    More fireworks photo foolishness!:


    eurisko, Philip Kuntz, Steve Flowers, and 19 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. eurisko 45 months ago | reply

      Freaken COOL! As you know Texas is under a burn ban, so no fire works this year. Last year we got rained out. No one will hold it against you for for for not wanting to deal with the crowds. I'm going to link this to my local guild so they can enjoy your play time.

    2. goldrooster707 45 months ago | reply

      it's great capture the fire work.
      happy holiday.

    3. slapshots 45 months ago | reply

      Excellent capture, well done!

    4. Philip Kuntz 45 months ago | reply

      Fabulous fireworks foto! Great timing, tones and pov. Exceptional shot Steve.
      I enjoyed reading your observations about the holiday. We stay home nowadays too, as it gets so crazy out where the action is. Hate the traffic. Great idea hiking to this perch to enjoy it in peace, shooting away. And the traffic was probably lighter when you climbed back down to your car. Sounds like a marvelous 4th. Great works!

    5. Steve Flowers 45 months ago | reply

      This just rocks Steve. This is a print for sure.


    6. ChuckPalmer {cepalm} 45 months ago | reply

      Really great color and exposure. Well done

    7. Olancha Peak 45 months ago | reply

      Great capture of a wonderful evening. Jeff and I were there, only Jeff was the one with the shutter clicking! I enjoyed the fabulous light show, and it was!

    8. bodiver 45 months ago | reply

      Great stuff on the smugmug site, Steve. We had a good show over Kailua Bay but I was at a friend's house sans camera. Thanks for sharing.

    9. Chief Bwana 45 months ago | reply

      Your timing and comp was perfect. Look at those sizzling colors!

    10. Mulewings~ 45 months ago | reply

      This is a fireworks shot like none I've really seen before. Absolutely great.

    11. CCFreeze 45 months ago | reply

      Stunning and very beautiful! Superb shot!

    12. TMeneses 45 months ago | reply

      Beautiful fireworks and reflections!

    13. R-Joy's Photos 45 months ago | reply

      Superb capture!

    14. Sungyoung Park [deleted] 45 months ago | reply

      사진의 느낌이 참 좋습니다!!! 잘 머물다 갑니다!! feel goooood!!

    15. _milo_ 45 months ago | reply

      Nice colours of the fireworks. Well done

    16. DecioC [deleted] 45 months ago | reply

      Great shot,like it,very nice!!!!

    17. BrianGeigerNJ 40 months ago | reply

      This photo was used in a post on, and can be viewed here:

      Thanks for sharing- just what I was looking for! (and I love the others, too!)

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