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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!

Obama ‘08 iPhone App is Awesome

Posted in Apple, Politics, President, iPhone by Elliott Back on October 2nd, 2008.

I am extremely impressed with Obama ‘08: The Official iPhone Application. It’s slick, down-to-earth, full-featured, breathtakingly gorgeous, fast, and functional. Its blue theme coherently extends the Obama ‘08 campaign branding to mobile devices. Check out these screens:



It’s interesting that the Obama campaign application shows your friends (classified by zip code) as a checklist to call off and recruit. Will it work to get more people out on voting day? Who can say. It’s certainly aggressive, and the only big turn-off of the application. In a way, it reminds me of the moronic Facebook applications “Vampires and Werewolves” or “Pirates vs Ninjas” which both try to coerce you into harassing your friends.


The local news is what I’m looking for, Obama news and updates for the US and NYC.


The issues pages are also nice; it would be better, perhaps if they included a summary of other candidates views, with rebuttals from the Obama camp, but you can’t wish for everything to be perfectly balanced–this is politics.

Gizmodo rants, “This is something like what politicking at the grassroots level will look like by the next election—local and immediate, but definitely national in scope. It makes you feel like a part of the campaign.” For me, this might be the first opportunity to follow Obama’s announcements without being harassed by email or sms-spammed.

Go download it now in the iTunes store, it’s free!

Camilla d’Errico’s Waterfall of Dreams

Posted in Art by Elliott Back on July 7th, 2008.


What: Waterfall of Dreams, Solo Show
Where: Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
Host: Copro Nason Gallery
When: 2008-07-12

Let your imagination go into freefall, as your emotions are caressed, teased, and astounded by this collection of 20 original and breathtaking pieces. Camilla d’Errico presents her first Solo Show, taking place at Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica. Opening Reception July 12th from 8:00 pm to 11:30 pm.

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