July 4th Fireworks at Shoreline Amphitheater

I’ve been to Shoreline Amphitheater for July 4th. While the concert was fun, getting out of the parking lot was an absolute mess. So, this year we got the cheap seats at Shoreline Lake. We arrived so early that we even found abundant street parking. However, the police had barricaded the closest streets and parking lots.


Nikon D800, AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 100, 62mm, -0.7 EV, f/2.8, 3.0s

So, we sat around and looked at the birds and waited for sunset. The -0.7 EV was an accident. Forgot to switch back after shooting some sunset photos, but no harm, no foul.

I thought the fireworks would start around 9:30 p.m. From our location, we could hear and sometimes see the firework shows in nearby cities. However, 9:30 passed. 9:45 passed. The kids were getting restless. Finally, the show started at 9:51 PM. In the shadows, you can see a sailboat. You can rent a boat from the Aquatic Center and view the fireworks from the middle of the lake if you wish.


Nikon D800, AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 100, 70mm, -0.7 EV, f/8, 3.1s

I really enjoyed this vantage point because the fireworks were reflected across the lake.


Nikon D800, AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 100, 58mm, -0.7 EV, f/8, 4.3s

I was shooting in manual mode at f/8 and the shutter set to bulb. Click the remote to open and close the shutter.


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This one looks like a dandelion. Surprisingly, the waterfowl were completely unfazed by the fireworks.

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