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Fireworks on Foster Beach

This isn’t the first time I am shooting fireworks, but it is the first time I looked up how exactly to do it. It’s a little tricky, so much so that I went and invested in a remote trigger (opting for the cabled version versus the wireless).

To avoid the big crowd we decided to go to the Chicago Saddle and Cycling Club’s display by parking on Foster Beach. Unlike most who were staring at the water, we did a 180 and stared at the treeline and buildings, waiting for the sun to come down for the festivities. Some folks decided to start early.


Folks on the ground also took part in their own pre-firework celebrations.

Up close

But we waited for the big display, too, which went on at the same time.

Red, white and blue

The key was listening to the “pffffffft!” noises they make as they’re lit and making small adjustments to get it done. Now I know more for next year and will be prepared.

The Fourth in Evanston (or, Bored on a Float)

We celebrated ‘Murrica’s 237th birthday with a lovely parade north of Chicago in the town of Evanston. And while we got some really lovely shots, it was amazing to me to see the number of bored kids of floats. I mean, if I were on the float, I would be waving, screaming, tossing, slamming, dancing and other sorts of very action-oriented verbs. But these kids, not so much. I mean, how bad can it be?! Unhappy girlHating this noiseBored. Pass.Unhappy girl with glassesBored front lineAngry twirl

Thankfully there were other moments, too, and those are moments I am proud to have captured.

Looking upParade of penny-farthingsBlissful dancingSerenading the flag

Happy birthday, America!