Fireworks at Lake Estes

We had a fun time with the family on July 4th watching the fireworks over Lake Estes!

In past years I'd read that Estes Park had the 6th largest fireworks display in the state, but don't know where we ranked this year. It was a beautiful and "oooh-inspiring" show!

You can see the Stanley Hotel lit up in the distance at the lower right, across the lake. I've tried to shoot fireworks before, but these are my best results so far.

Most exposures were about 3-6 seconds, ISO around 640, with aperture ranging from f/9.0 - f/16.0. All shots were on a tripod with the Canon 5D Mark III DSLR with EF 24-105mm, mostly at 24mm. I used a 2 second timer, but should've used a shutter release cable.

Here are some of the best pictures from the evening. Click on an image to see a larger version of it.

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