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July 4th 2021 at US Marine War Memorial by Quang Phan

July 2021 - July 4th 2021 at US Marine War Memorial

July 2021 - Quang Phan

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This year I took the firework at the US Marine War Memorial, DC. I like to show some photos that have meaning of US independent Day. From the Iwo Jima park, I can see US War Memorial the statue. Far away 2 miles people can see the DC Monument and the Capital Hill. Fireworks were shot from Potomac River. The statue is projected by lights at night, and it is very bright. So I was very careful with exposure while taking with BULB mode, otherwise it would be easily overexposed. Exposure: 3 secs, f 14, ISO 100. I used lens 70-200mm @100mm focal.
Post process: In PS I added Color Look Up layer, and Gradient Layer to increase blue color to sky background; I used Curved Layer to adjust brightness and contrast. Denoised by Topaz AI and sharpened by Nik Sharpener.


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13 comments posted




David Terao   David Terao
(Group 45)
What a great shot! I like how the American flag, statue and trees frame the fireworks. And, how the exploding fireworks frame the Washington monument. If I were to make any suggestions, it would be to clone out the bright street light in the lower left corner and maybe darken the street signs a little (or even clone those out, too. But, overall, you certainly captured the essence of the Fourth of July!
  Posted: 07/07/2021 05:44:18
Quang Phan   Quang Phan
Thanks David, your comment is valued to me. Other members have said that. I learned form it. Thanks   Posted: 07/28/2021 22:18:07



John Kelly   John Kelly
HI Quang,
I don't know how in the world you got this shot. The framing of the fireworks, statue and Washington Monument is truly an accomplishment. Then you captured the perfect moment for the fireworks. I've taken your photo and darkened the lights on the lower-left area. As my daughter lives in DC only several blocks from the White House I will be there next year for the 4th of July attempting to capture this moment. Thank you for the photo and the incentive. My father-in-law was at Iwo Jima with the Navy on one of the assault ships. He never spoke of it. We found out by accident after he died.   Posted: 07/08/2021 12:44:43
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John Kelly   John Kelly
I just noticed that in my edit photo a lot of the brightness on the monument has been lost. So much for my editing of other peoples photos.   Posted: 07/09/2021 08:10:54
Quang Phan   Quang Phan
Thanks John, I took this picture by holding the the trigger and I heard the sound of shooting the firework, waiting for expanding the light. I am very careful not to let it overexposed. If it is dark is OK. The statue were shined by the projection lights. Thanks for comments   Posted: 07/28/2021 22:13:59
Quang Phan   Quang Phan
Thanks John, I took this picture by holding the the trigger and I heard the sound of shooting the firework, waiting for expanding the light. I am very careful not to let it overexposed. If it is dark is OK. The statue were shined by the projection lights. Thanks for comments   Posted: 07/28/2021 22:14:00



Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Fantastic composition! I like the elements you put together: the statue, the flag, Washington monument and fireworks burst. You earn high marks, as well, for balancing the light requirements for each of these elements. Nicely done!   Posted: 07/09/2021 15:41:35
Quang Phan   Quang Phan
Thanks for your comments Charles   Posted: 07/28/2021 22:15:21



Louis Lo   Louis Lo
Very nice color adjustment, and good composition. Per the image the light should come from firework, so that the statue on the right side should be darker the left side, but if there is a spotlight at the bottom that is another story...   Posted: 07/11/2021 12:38:23



Rich James   Rich James
Quang, great shot! I'm amazed that at f14 you're able to get such depth. This would make an award winning journalistic image. Between the flag, fireworks and American flag (threes) you've done an outstanding job. The only thing I'd change, and it was referenced before, is toning down the bright light at the bottom left. Well done!   Posted: 07/11/2021 21:56:36
Quang Phan   Quang Phan
Thanks Rich, the bottom left is the street light. I could mask and darken it. Thanks for your comment   Posted: 07/28/2021 22:16:33



Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
Very well done and excellent choices on the changes you made. Ditto on the spots of light along the bottom of the image - in fact you could darken the while bottom to make it a silhouette so as not to distract the eye. Kudos!   Posted: 07/15/2021 18:31:13



Sanat Kumar Karmakar   Sanat Kumar Karmakar
This is a night low light photography of fire works and also reflected light on the statue. Comparaing to the original shot, the posted image has been enhanced beautifully. Application of layers is a lesson to me. I like the presentation. Thank you for sharing the image.   Posted: 07/27/2021 13:10:08