4 | July
"Independence Day"
General: 7:31 PM on 6/26/08 | Canon 20D
Technical: 1/200sec | f/9.0 | 200mm (320mm) | ISO-100
Lens: EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
Exposure Mode: Av (Aperture Priority)
Exposure Bias: -1
Flash: No

This is another from the brush fire in the southern valley last week. I thought this would be an appropriate image for Independence Day. (US) Today, I also celebrate my independence from summer classes, as yesterday was my last day!

If you look closely you can see an American flag in the lower left corner of the image. If it wasn't for the flag (and this being Independence Day), I might have cropped a bit more off the bottom.

Happy 4th!

categories: desert nature sunrise/sunset

Thoughts of: Marcie
July 4th, 2008 at 11:59 AM

I almost missed the flag. The effects of the fires are amazing. Love the colors in this!!!

Thoughts of: sherri
July 4th, 2008 at 12:39 PM

I too would have missed the flag so I'm glad you pointed it out. The splendor of the sun mixed with the smoke pulls the eye. Gorgeous colors from such devastation.

Thoughts of: Jide Alakija
July 4th, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Ooooow! Sweet. that sun looks so real!

Thoughts of: Ashish Sidapara
July 4th, 2008 at 10:54 PM

Gotta love the colors, stunning capture!

Thoughts of: Chris Osborne
July 7th, 2008 at 8:52 AM

I'm surprised that you even saw the flag, it's hiding pretty well down there.

I love the colors with this one.

Thoughts of: Chet
July 9th, 2008 at 7:58 PM

Awesome! Hey it's been a long time Ryan, somehow your feed got lost. I love how the smoke gives some interesting clouding to the sunset (rise?). Very cool.

Thoughts of: Diane - Daily Walks
July 10th, 2008 at 12:02 AM

Hi Ryan, I immediately opened the info on this image...having seen these skies recently in Northern CA, I assumed you lived close by. Bizarre yet spectacular, especially for photographers. A very dramatic capture of these times.

Thoughts of: Cerstin
July 12th, 2008 at 3:20 PM

A burning sun. It has very dramatic touch.

Thoughts of: Abe
March 16th, 2009 at 7:21 PM

What a perfect way to frame the sun! I think the exposure and the colors are dynamic. You have a real knack for this kind of image.

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