San Jose America Festival - Fireworks

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A photographic note: I took these pictures without a tripod. This required me to solve two problems:
  1. Focusing in conditions where autofocus wouldn't work
  2. Keeping exposure time low to avoid blur from camera shake
The first problem was solved for me; the Olympus D-500L lets you force a focus on infinity, where infinity equals 2.5 meters.

I solved the second problem by using the flash; I reasoned that using the flash forces a lower exposure time. I simply put my left hand over the flash to keep the light from disturbing the people near me.

Given these constraints, I'd say that the pictures came out fairly well.

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