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July 4th Fireworks Photos in Washington DC

Posted in Holiday,Photo,Travel by Elliott Back on September 2nd, 2010.

These photos were taken July 4th, in Washington DC, sitting on the lawn underneath the Washington Monument (which is, in my opinion, the best place to watch the fireworks). If you decide to go, arrive at least an hour early to get a good spot on the lawn. Another popular place to sit is on the steps on the Lincoln Memorial, but there’s less space there, and there it’s much more crowded. After the fireworks, many nearby metro stations will be closed, and police out in full force, looking to smash heads. So walk quietly to a farther station, wait in line, and hope to get home!


Original (high res) on Flickr


Original (high res) on Flickr


Original (high res) on Flickr


Original (high res) on Flickr


Original (high res) on Flickr


Original (high res) on Flickr


Original (high res) on Flickr


Original (high res) on Flickr


Original (high res) on Flickr

These photos were taken by me with a Nikon D90 using the kit 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED lens at ISO 400, slow ~1/2s shutter, and f/6.3 at 22mm. My first time taking night fireworks pictures, hope they are OK!

For information about next year’s fireworks, About’s 4th of July page is worth a look!

Google Maps: Washington Monument

Posted in Google Maps by Elliott Back on April 8th, 2005.

Paul Martin is wishy washy

Posted in Canada,Politics by Elliott Back on January 28th, 2005.

I haven’t lived in Canada for 7.5 years now, so I don’t know much about our new Prime Minister (PM), Paul Martin. China Digital News, however, has an interesting article which documents an incident where he made no fuss when two of his journalists were refused entry into the country. CDN claims the journalists were denied entry because they would write articles “not flattering to the government in Beijing.” On such an occasion, they believe that Paul Martin should have stood up for the right to speech of his journalists and caused an international incident.

Now, I’m no expert, but causing a political relations disaster with a world superpower over two journalists, no matter how important, would be a bad move, impolite, shortsighted, and tactless. Since Paul Martin is Canadian, I assume he has excellent manners, and would not insult the Chinese over such a small matter. Rather, he’ll pick a good time to land a sharp-witted blow, where the issue matters more than several visas.

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