A friend invited me to watch the 4th of July fireworks with him and his family.  They live right across the street from the school where the athletic fields are used as the launch site. I got my chair pulled up alongside my tripod and camera in their front lawn and sat back and waited.  Now you have to understand we usually watch from a canal bank or other high spot on the farm, some 6 miles from the fireworks. In 40+ years of living here, this is the first time I had watched from town.  So, I was thoroughly impressed, and very much liked the noise.

I had wanted to try different techniques for capturing the images but was enjoying the show so much I keep forgetting what I was trying to do. I did get a few good shots :

This is the view of the school, the parking lot and the people sitting on the sidewalk

This is the view of the school, the parking lot and the people sitting on the sidewalk

 

 

The wind was blowing pretty hard from the left to the right as you can see in the first picture.  In the following pictures this wind effect, gave the light trails a feathered look, especially the white ones.

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and this last one looks like a Palm Tree from a beer commercial

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