Fireworks in Washington, D.C.


President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch the fireworks over the National Mall from the White House on July 4, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch the fireworks over the National Mall from the White House on July 4, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) (White House caption)

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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8 Responses to Fireworks in Washington, D.C.

  1. […] even getting the privileges of citizenship.  Fireworks on the Capital Mall will be grand, with the White House hosting a few thousand military people and their families from some of the best views.  Traditionally, five photographers, chosen by lottery, get to shoot […]

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  5. Ed Darrell says:

    Shots of fireworks that make me jealous, at Raven’s blog:

    http://cherokeebydesign.wordpress.com/2009/07/06/4th-of-july-fireworks/

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  6. Ed Darrell says:

    The White House has a Flickr site. Click on the photo to go to that photo’s spot. Here’s the general site:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse

    Thanks for dropping by.

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  7. cherokeebydesign says:

    Nice shot of the President and his wife.

    Where did you get it??

    Raven

    http://cherokeebydesign.wordpress.com/

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