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Fireworks can be both fun and challenging to photograph. For the fireworks over Humboldt Bay on July 4, I arrived early and found a spot on the Boardwalk, right across the water from the barge from whence the fireworks would be launched:

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In past years, I’ve just taken snapshots of the fireworks. This time I sought to be more ambitious. I brought a tripod along with the idea of using long exposures to get a more artistic representation of the exploding fireworks. One issue is autofocus. I didn’t think I could rely on the autofocus in such dark conditions. I would, instead, set the focus ahead of time (at infinity focus). The only problem with this strategy is that it precluded using a zoom lens. Zoom lenses can change focus when you zoom, so it’s impossible to set the focus ahead of time. So I made do with a prime: a 21mm lens set at f8 combined with three second exposure. What follows is a selection of the photographs attained by this method:

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