Happy Independence Day

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

Some of this blog’s readers live outside the USA and may not be familiar with the Independence Day holiday. In the United States, the Fourth of July is a federal holiday that commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.

Out here in the real world, Independence Day is usually associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

This above photograph was shot with a Pentax K-01 using the mirrorless camera’s built-in Extract Color digital filter. I created it as an homage to the very first photograph that I ever made using a Kodak Brownie Junior. I was eight years old and the original was shot in Collington Square Park in Baltimore, while this image was shot just off Wilcox Street in Castle Rock, Colorado. Exposure was 1/1000 sec at f/9 and ISO 400, with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens set at 18mm. The image came out of the camera just as you see it with just a bit of burning and dodging applied in Photoshop by using PhotoKit 2.0 .