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Photographer: Yoshiki Nakamura

Photo taken: July 4, Gas Works Park, Seattle

Photographer’s description: “As always, Gas Works Park was super-crowded and it was difficult to find a good shooting spot to attain the best composition. I decided to (shoot) from the back side of Kite Hill as I could capture sparks of fireworks with the silhouette of spectators cleanly. I measured, set up and verified the shooting position by climbing the hill and eyeballing the location of the fireworks (barge) so that I could set up the lens direction. Camera setting: 70-200mm at 120 mm, ISO100, 5.7 seconds, f/9.0”

Expert says: “I’m digging this photo. The color from the fireworks is beautiful and the streaks caused by the slow shutter are on point and create a lovely texture. I love the foreground of people on Kite Hill adding a layer within the frame. Great job planning and executing this photo.”

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