CNN PRODUCER NOTE Photographer EdmundLowe captured this stunning photo of fireworks over Legoe Bay, Lummi Island in Washington State, in 2011. "I never get tired of the Fourth of July," he said. "I hope we never lose that tradition. I have many fond memories of growing up in the '60s, gathering with our neighbors along the street and making it a competition to see who had the most spectacular display." He also has some great tips for those wanting that iconic "Fourth of July fireworks" shot. "The main requirement is a tripod, I use a sandbag or some other heavy object to make sure there is no tripod shake," he said. "Long exposures, up to ten seconds are required. I generally use an f-stop of f/11 to f/16 and a shutter speed of two-ten seconds. The longer exposures will also give you time for multiple reports to be visible."
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
On our small island in the Puget Sound area of western Washington State we don't have the huge firework displays of the big cities but we do have an Indian reservation nearby where some pretty elaborate and exciting fireworks can be acquired. All along Legoe Bay families share their bounty with the whole island to the delight of kids and adults alike.
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