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Kevin Childress on July 6, 2012

Oh, very cool. The motion from the smoke is very nice.

other1_f on July 7, 2012

beautiful picture, well composed and almost as well done as falling stars :)

have a nice weekend


kenfowkes on July 7, 2012

This is excellent Ken! I considered bringing my camera, but then thought about how I had no idea how to shoot fireworks and decided to just enjoy the show. I really like the sense of depth this has. Other fireworks photos I've seen (and taken) come out looking flat.

Kenneth Kruse on July 7, 2012

Thanks for the comments Kevin always nice to hear from you my friend. Elena I always appreciate your kind comments, thanks for stopping by. This is the first time I ever used a tripod to shoot the fireworks Ken, I merely took a few test shots, adjusting the exposure between them, and fired off shots with my wireless remote. Having the people in the foreground had more to do with last minute arrival than design, if I had my choice I would have setup next to the riverbank (although I'm glad I didn't.)Thanks for the words!

theverbiage on July 12, 2012

Ken, excellent work! A good cluster up there.

Kenneth Kruse on July 12, 2012

Thanks SK, This was my first "real" attempt at fireworks, although I went against what I read years ago about using BULB setting it seemed to work for getting the exposure I wanted for the static elements. earlier today I read a post by Trey Ratcliff that basically suggested the same method I used (for what it's worth).

David Brown Photogra… on July 14, 2012

I was too busy celebrating on the back deck with a bottle of fine American wine - but I regret my idleness now Ken.

Maybe next year!

Why were you glad that you didn't set up next to the river? I am glad you didn't but wonder if the reason would be the same.


Well done that man - Jethro

Kenneth Kruse on July 14, 2012

Jethro Truth is I wish I had a few from the edge of the riverbank but I like this because of the people in the shot. I have not seen any other firework shots quite like these which makes them unique, I also think the people add visual depth and meaning to the photo. The photo next to the river is very common, not that I planned it that way but it as made me think about the approach.

Suzi in Oregon on July 15, 2012

An excellent study, Ken - it shows the whole story, and the beautiful Portland night skyline is a bonus. I'm tempted to get myself up the Coast to the big city for next year's event. Thank you for this stunning image and information. Happy greetings from Coos Bay (O:

Kenneth Kruse on July 15, 2012

Thank you for the comments Suzi, nice to hear from you again. As you probably know the fireworks show is part of the Blues Festival that runs every year at the riverfront park. If you like Blues then there is plenty to do in the area besides the fireworks. My wife wanted to go over to the Columbia River and watch the show across the river at Fort Vancouver but I suspect it had more to do with the pub at rivers edge, needless to I say chose the photo op. and promised her a night of dancing on the weekend instead!

David Brown Photogra… on July 16, 2012

I understand and agree with your thoughts.



Suzi in Oregon on July 16, 2012

Thanks for the additional info, Ken - I did not know about the Blues Festival - that would be wonderful - love the blues. Better shine up your dancing shoes! (O:

Kenneth Kruse on July 16, 2012

Well Suzi you are in for a treat if you love the blues, check out the list of performers from this year. I'm sure next year will be even better!

Kenneth Kruse on July 17, 2012

Thanks again Martin for the kind comments.

Lynn Duerksen on March 9, 2013

Excellent Fireworks shot! Like

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 6, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Kenneth Kruse
    • Taken on 2012/07/04 21:28:28
    • Exposure: 3.000s
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash