July 4 in Washington was always a lot of fun, and I always found myself without the right film or the right lens, or knowledge about how to make the exposure work. Several times I tried to get good shots of the fireworks from the Capitol lawn — no success. Once we walked the Mall and sat under the fireworks going off, near the Lincoln Memorial (Kathryn won’t let me forget that one). Bad angle for photos, and for viewing. Once I tried from the Virginia side of the Potomac. Not a single good shot.
One of the great joys of electronic photography is getting more of these kinds of shots.
Still, this photograph shows great skill on Souza’s part — lens selection, exposure, and composition come together just right.
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