Tag: fireworks displays

Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4, 2011

Today is the Fourth of July, here in the USA we celebrate our birth as a nation on this day and one of our traditions is to shoot off fireworks. I am posting a shot from last year’s  Fourth of July celebration here in Louisville at Waterfront Park as my tribute to that great tradition.

I don’t have much to say about this image or for that matter anything else today. I’m discovering how difficult choosing an image and writing about it on a daily basis truly is. I’m assessing what I’ve written over the past couple of months and looking for a common thread that will inspire me to share more images with those of you who take the time to visit my blog.

Last night I thought about how I go about choosing the processing of a given image and how I can better share my knowledge about photography with my readers. I have some ideas that I hope will be received well and will be rolling them out over the next few days. Until then I just want to thank each and every person that has viewed and/or commented on my work.

See you tomorrow…


Thunder Under The Bridge

Fireworks under Clark Memorial Bridge
Thunder Under the Bridge

This image was taken during Thunder Over Louisville which is billed as one of the largest fireworks displays in America. Thunder Over Louisville occurs every spring as the kickoff event of the Kentucky Derby Festival. For this shot I went under the Clark Memorial Bridge to get a different vantage point from the typical fireworks shot. By including the bridge’s architecture I was able to take a rather mundane subject and give it a sense of scale.

I processed this image in Aperture 3 and Topaz Adjust which really added punch to the texture of the stonework and enhanced the colors in the fireworks. The composition is balanced by the strong diagonal line of the underside of the bridge deck and the curve of the arch on the left which also reinforces the arc of the fireworks as they stream down from the sky.