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The annual International Freedom Festival takes place during the week of July 4th (Independence Day in the United States) in Detroit Michigan together with the city's foreign neighbor, Windsor Canada. The fireworks show is one of the largest in the country and lasts about half an hour. Spectators from Detroit can view the fireworks behind the soaring buildings and spectators from Windsor and Belle Isle, a Detroit public park, can view the fireworks in front of the magnificent skyline. In this photo, taken from the roof of the Stroh's Building on Gratiot Avenue and I-375, the huge Renaissance Center dominates the left of the frame. At 729 feet, the RenCen (as it is known colloquially) is the tallest building in Michigan. This year the fireworks were almost called off by unpopular mayork Kwame Kilpatrick, but thankfully the show went on and without incident (last year a shooting during the fireworks turned what should have been a joyous celebration into a crime scene.)

This shot is taken with a 135mm lens at f 5.6 and has an exposure time of about four seconds, using 100-speed Kodak slide film.

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