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An extreme close-up of the fireworks display put on by my little New Jersey town every year on the 4th of July.

This was actually my first serious attempt at photographing fireworks. When I did research beforehand I read that the shutter should be kept open for 3 or 4 seconds, but I quickly discovered that both settings resulted in an over-exposed shot. A 1 second exposure seemed to work just fine. Perhaps the 3 or 4 seconds would have worked if I'd been using a wide-angle lens instead of zooming in.

It was actually raining lightly throughout the fireworks - my husband had to hold an umbrella over me and my tripod while I shot away. Luckily the raindrops did not show up in the photo!

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