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Americana, take 3 | by Jim | jld3 photography
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Americana, take 3

I can't believe I've been doing this flickr thing for long enough now to have a third take of the 4th of July weekend! Even though I've gone through long stretches away, it doesn't seem that long.


In 2009 I used a fisheye lens at the time in hopes of capturing some long-exposure fireworks in the frame with the house. Well, drought conditions lead to a ban which nixed that idea.


Last year, we had fireworks, but I had sold my fisheye along with my D300. So while I got the fireworks I wanted, I wasn’t able to capture them all within the frame.


This year I did something I’ve never done before: rented a lens (two actually, one of which was a Sigma fisheye). And yet again, exceptional drought conditions lead to another ban. So I was relegated to doing another take of my Americana shot to try an capture the feel and purpose of the party and the 4th of July celebration.



30-sec. exposure at f/4

(rented) Sigma 15mm fisheye

ISO 400


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Taken on July 3, 2011