Independence Day celebrations don’t stop in Southeast Idaho

As part of my personal project that involves event photography, I thought what better way to choose events when the Fourth of July is in a couple of days!

Independence Day is an national holiday observed nationwide. I always love spending time with family and going to the fun activities the community puts on. However, I can’t remember the last time I went to the parade so it was nice to attend the one put on in my town. I wanted to capture two events that are well-known throughout communities. Sometimes I wonder if people take these events for granted so I took pictures so they could remember the fun they had. Check out these parade pictures from East Idaho News.

I used a 70-300 lens for these images. My settings were around f/5.6, 1/640 and ISO100 with the shutter set at high-continuous. The aperture changed throughout the day from the change of daylight.

Independence Day parade pictures taken by Lauren Crook

Independence Day parade pictures taken by Lauren Crook

Independence Day parade pictures taken by Lauren Crook

Independence Day parade pictures taken by Lauren Crook

I also watched  fireworks that night at the Snake River in Idaho Falls. Photographing fireworks is much different than a parade. I wanted to capture the light trails from the fireworks so the shutter speed needed to be slower as, because of the lack of light, the aperture or f-stop needs to be wide open. I used my 70-300 lens so I could zoom in.

The settings I used were f/11, 4 seconds and ISO 200. I set the camera on a tripod because of the slow shutter.

Independence Day fireworks pictures taken by Lauren Crook

Independence Day fireworks pictures taken by Lauren Crook

Independence Day fireworks pictures taken by Lauren Crook

Independence Day fireworks pictures taken by Lauren Crook

Independence Day fireworks pictures taken by Lauren Crook