Ithaca, NY 4th of July Fireworks Displays Cayuga Lake Style

The neighbor's illegal fireworks were the closest and most magnificent but there was also something about being on a dock in the middle of hundreds of people setting them off in a sort of surround sound experience that added to the effect.  My 5 year old son said, "This is the best night EVER."  

We usually rent my mom's lake house in Ithaca to other people over the 4th of July, but this year we serendipitously ended up with it.  I have a suspicion that little minds will be planning to perch on that same dock to watch pyrotechnics next year.

How do you photograph fireworks?  It's actually easier than photographing a 1 year old.  You need a shutterspeed at about 1/10th of a second, 800 ISO and something to rest your arm on (or a tripod).  It's best to wait for the grand finale before you start clicking.  I though the reflection off the lake gave these images a lot of interest.

Alternatively, you can just photograph your children as they're watching the fireworks, which is likely to be even better.

Are those children in sweatshirts on the 4th of July?  Why yes, yes it is! (I prefer it to super sized bugs though)

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