With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Celebrating the 4th of July with Fireworks!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Celebrating the 4th of July with Fireworks!

I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.
in a letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776

(see NOTE below for PicMonkey suggestions for taking firework photos)
God bless America,

 Land that I love,
 Stand beside her and guide her
 Thru the night with a light from above;
 From the mountains, to the prairies,
  To the oceans white with foam,
God bless America, 
 My home, sweet home.
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.

 Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on the holiday. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only U.S. President to have been born on Independence Day. source

NOTE:  These were the best fireworks photos I have ever captured and I followed exactly the settings for my camera and suggestions given by PicMonkey described here.  There has been minimal editing to these photos.
I set my exposure to BULB
F-stop 11
White Balance Tungsten 
Focus to almost infinity
used a tripod and a wireless shutter release
shot between 15 seconds and 20 seconds (less time for the really bright/white fireworks)


Sue said...

Absolutely stunning photos, thanks for the information about these great men! and for the link!
Have a blessed day,

Ann Thompson said...

These are awesome shots. I've never been too good at getting shots of fireworks.

Lea said...

Super photos and I do love PicMonkey but generally I just use my Nixxon point and shoot. It's a whole lot easier but certainly not the quality photos of a 35MM. Have a wonderful new week!

Kristina said...

Beautiful photos!


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