Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

David Carson Best of 2018 Photos

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

David Carson Best of 2018 Photos

Article excerpt

I love watching fireworks. I hate photographing them.

Alright, maybe hate is a bit of an overstatement but for me, photographing fireworks on a tight deadline for the next's day's front page is among the most stressful of assignments. There are just too many variables. How high, bright will the fireworks be? What's the exposure of the other elements in the photos? Can I get an internet connection to send the photo to the page designer?

All these challenges need to be solved on the fly as bursts sound and color fills the sky. Each concussion of the bursting shells is like seconds ticking off the clock as you adjust exposures and pray you'll figure it all out to make as least one photo.

Picking your spot to shoot from is the most important part. In the months leading up to the Fourth of July, I scouted several possible locations. …

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