And the rockets red glare…

Mattox enjoyed his first real 4th of July celebration, staying awake long into the evening in order to watch our neighborhood’s fireworks show.  Despite a 2 minute melt-down where he wanted no more of the loud, illuminating explosions, he had an absolute blast!  Give credit to his momma for “talking him down off the ledge” and convincing him how cool the fireworks were to watch!  As always, we enjoyed our time spent with friends and family in reflection of our nation’s history.  I think my dad summarized it best when he wrote,

“Americans, enjoy this celebration of our nation’s birth in liberty with friends, family, and loved ones. Remember always that our liberty is not free, and that patriotic and dedicated men and women alike serve around the world in harm’s way protecting our liberty and preserving our security. God bless them and this great nation of ours. America serves as a beacon of hope for peoples around the world.”

Although it looks otherwise, it was already really dark when this shot was taken and I had no flash with me. Mattox was still trying to figure out what all the hype was about!

Although it looks otherwise, it was already really dark when this shot was taken and I had no flash with me. Mattox was still trying to figure out what all the hype was about!

Fireworks and sparklers...what fun!

Fireworks and sparklers...what fun!

...the bombs bursting in air.

...the bombs bursting in air.

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I only get to photograph firewords once every year...not too shabby (if I do say so, myself) for the limited practice!

I only get to photograph fireworks once every year...not too shabby (if I do say so, myself) for the limited practice!

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

  • Christy Baldwin - GREAT shots!July 6, 2009 – 3:37 pm

  • Chris McEwen - Awesome stuff, sirJuly 6, 2009 – 3:41 pm

  • Bob Johnston - What a magnificent celebration with all the fireworks and camaraderie among good friends and neighbors.July 6, 2009 – 3:52 pm

  • Sherri Warner Byrd - Cool pics. After we left Live Oak, we came back here to watch the fireworks in Jax Beach. What a great 4th!July 6, 2009 – 7:50 pm

  • Meg Baisden - Ah, fireworks! Congratulations friend – this can be tricky the first time out, for sure. A lesson I learned early on… while tons of bursts in one frame sounds all glamorous, try for shorter exposures capturing just one or two bursts to start. You’ll end up with cleaner bursts, a darker sky, and more brilliant colors. The perfect shots you see with tons of bursts tend to work well because the fireworks are spread out across an expanse of sky… if they all burst in about the same spot, they tend to stack up and make for an overexposed mess… hence my first experience with fireworks 😉July 21, 2009 – 11:57 pm

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