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Anything Goes Wednesday | Fourth of July Fireworks Edition

Anything Goes Wednesday blog post about the Fourth of July fireworks at Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown Atlanta, GA.
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This blog post is coming a little late on Wednesday because well, it just doesn’t feel like Wednesday on a holiday week! Are we really already halfway through??? Time flies by fast enough with watching baby Miles but yeah this week totally missed me. Hope everyone had an exciting Fourth of July! It seems most of the city of Atlanta and surrounding areas got quite a bit of rain. The rain held off pretty good within in the city though! Betty, Miles, and I headed over to Nate’s grandparent’s house in Virginia-Highlands for their annual cookout and while the sky looked threatening, it held off until about 7pm once we were all stuffed and happy. A few candids from the corn chucking competition…

Fourth of July Cookout 2011 at The Bacheller's

Fourth of July Cookout 2011 at The Bacheller's Fourth of July Cookout 2011 at The Bacheller's

Fourth of July Cookout 2011 at The Bacheller's

After eating waaaay too much barbecue, we lounged around inside while Miles got passed around. Reminiscing back, Betty came to Atlanta almsot a year ago to the day! She drove up on July 3rd from Orlando, I had been here for a few weeks earlier getting settled in at the job (when I had one besides fulltime wedding photographer!). In 2010 we visited Nate’s grandparents just like this, and I don’t even know if we knew that Betty was pregnant with Miles at the time. Man, how things have changed in just one year! Afterwards the families were all heading over to the Ansley Park Golf Club to watch their fireworks but with Miles about to sleep and all the rain making the ground wet, we opted to head back home to Downtown and catch the fireworks in Centennial Olympic Park from our building’s rooftop. Of course I also used a tripod, just like in yesterday’s blog all about tripods!

Fourth of July Fireworks at Centennial Olympic Park 2011

Fourth of July Fireworks at Centennial Olympic Park 2011

The view was actually not too bad, we can only partially see the park itself but since the fireworks were up in the air luckily they were on this side of the park and not the further side! Everything was nice for the start of the fireworks but the wind was blowing directly towards us during the entire show! So only the first handful of photos came out like I wanted them too, the rest were really hazy from the smoke.

Fourth of July Fireworks at Centennial Olympic Park 2011

Fourth of July Fireworks at Centennial Olympic Park 2011

Fourth of July Fireworks at Centennial Olympic Park 2011

I also set up two cameras, with one dedicated to shooting a time-lapse video of the event. Maybe next time I’ll try a shorter duration but this setup came out fairly decent. You can really see the smoke start to build with this video!

A couple more shots from the second camera that had a longer lens on it for some closer shots of the fireworks:

Fourth of July Fireworks at Centennial Olympic Park 2011

Fourth of July Fireworks at Centennial Olympic Park 2011

Fourth of July Fireworks at Centennial Olympic Park 2011

Fourth of July Fireworks at Centennial Olympic Park 2011

Happy Fourth of July everyone! Reminder that we are still offering our Military Discount to any brides and grooms! We blogged about this way back on Memorial Day but this holiday is just another day to remind everyone =)

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Zachary Long is a wedding photographer based in Downtown Atlanta that doesn’t mind getting soaking wet standing on his rooftop for half an hour just to get the shot. View our portfolio site at http://www.FengLongPhoto.com and use the “Contact Us” page or simply send Zac an email at FengLongPhoto@gmail.com

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Equipment Used in this Shoot (B&H Affiliate Links)

2x Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

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