Independence Day in Independence, California


July 4, 1993

As Independence Day turns to night, I camp in the desert outside of Independence, California. Beyond the town rises the sheer eastern face of the Sierra Nevada, illuminated by a full moon. During the 3 hours the shutter is open, Jupiter sets over the mountains, cars travel the highways, and fireworks explode in celebration over the town.

Date: July 4-5, 1993
Time: 9:55 p.m. - 1:05 a.m. PDT
Location: near Independence, California
Camera: Canon AE-1 35mm SLR on fixed tripod
Film: Kodachrome 64 slide film
Focal length: 28 mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Scanner: Nikon Coolscan LS-2000

Revised: August 19, 2009
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