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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 07/ 7/2009

An Amazing Washington D.C. Fireworks Show

By Capital Weather Gang

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By Kevin Ambrose and Ian Livingston

A rather unique and colorful display of fireworks over Washington, DC. By Kevin Ambrose.

I met Capital Weather Gang photographer, Ian Livingston, at the Netherlands Carillon to photograph this year's fireworks show over Washington. We chose the Netherlands Carillon because it provides one of the classic views of our beautiful city, with the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the Capitol in alignment from west to east. I was quite fortunate to be allowed access into the Netherlands Carillon by the National Park Service to photograph the fireworks while Ian had a choice location at its base.

Continue reading to see more fireworks pictures...

The weather was nearly perfect for firework photography this 4th of July. Low humidity and a stiff breeze from the northwest provided for an unobstructed view of the the fireworks while clearing the smoke quite quickly to the southeast. The gusty breezes in the elevated Netherlands Carillon were almost strong enough to shake our camera tripods, but that never became a factor. It was a very enjoyable show.

  • Video of Fireworks Over DC - First & last minute of show, by Kevin Ambrose

  • Kevin Ambrose 2009 DC Fireworks Gallery

  • Ian Livingston 2009 DC Fireworks Gallery
  • Image captions below indicate photographer

    By Ian Livingston

    By Kevin Ambrose

    By Ian Livingston

    By Kevin Ambrose

    Below are two photographs of the same fireworks shell. Ian captured the close-up view and I photographed the wide view.

    By Ian Livingston

    By Kevin Ambrose

    There was one particularly photogenic and unusual firework shell that was captured by a number of area photographers and displayed on various Internet galleries. The shell produced a very heavy, and slowly descending, shower of sparks that seemed to reach from the sky to the ground. Ian photographed a close-up while I captured the wide view. The two photos are below.

    By Ian Livingston (see larger)

    By Kevin Ambrose

    By Capital Weather Gang  | July 7, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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    Wow, great shots, guys!

    Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | July 7, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

    Awesome as always, guys. Ian, I saw some of your pics over at DCist as well.

    Love the two different shots of the same thing; very cool.

    Posted by: dinermail | July 7, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

    Remarkable, Awesome, Fantastic, Marvelous, Phenomenal, Spectacular, Stupendous, Superb, etc.. etc., etc,

    The best photographs of fireworks I've ever seen!!

    Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | July 7, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

    Very nice shots. The view from Virginia is nice for photography in that it lets you see multiple monuments, but there's nothing like seeing the closeup view in DC in person. The 3D effects of the fireworks are really amazing. Everyone should go once.

    Posted by: spgass1 | July 7, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

    Thanks, all.

    spgass1, I think I will spend at least next yr and probably further into the future closer to or in DC. Kevin and I both talked about going to the river and other spots, dealing with the Metro afterwards made me eager to stay close to home! Though, the Carillon is a shot that needs to be taken as a local photographer and Kevin got an extra special view that few do.

    Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | July 7, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

    beautiful photos!

    Posted by: madisondc | July 7, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

    Which one goes in next year's calendar, Kevin?

    Posted by: --sg | July 7, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

    Thanks, all. sg, I'm not sure which photo to use for the calendar, but at least I have a few choices. :)

    Posted by: Kevin-CapitalWeatherGang | July 7, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

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