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Photos: Watching fireworks from Duluth's Fourth Fest in Superior

"Overall I was pretty happy finding a hidden little gem of a spot on this side of the bridge, for a Fourth Fest I was shooting on July 8," writes Jed Carlson.

Fireworks from Duluth explode over the Blatnik Bridge
Fireworks from Duluth explode over the Blatnik Bridge as seen from Superior Friday, July 8. Duluth moved its Fourth Fest to Friday after bad weather forced the show to be postponed.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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SUPERIOR — So its 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8, and my oldest son returned after attending a birthday party at the trampoline park in Duluth. What's a parent's normal idea of an activity to do at that time of night?

Well if you guessed “let's head over to the North End of Superior,” you’d be odd — and correct.

I loaded up my oldest in the car to check out how Duluth’s Fourth Fest fireworks would look from Superior’s North End.

I really had no idea how visible the fireworks would be. Typically when shooting fireworks you really want to know that you’ll have a good view, but since this wasn’t an assignment, I figured it was worth the risk. We pulled up on the road near CHS, and I set up a tripod to hopefully get a few shots.

Fireworks can be a little tricky to capture, and really the key to a good fireworks shot is getting something else in the frame with the fireworks. As the first few bursts lit up the sky, I moved my setup over a little and kept CHS in the frame. Then I zoomed in more on the Blatnik Bridge as multicolored explosions illuminated the sky.

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Overall I was pretty happy finding a hidden little gem of a spot on this side of the bridge, for a Fourth Fest I was shooting on July 8.

Fireworks from Duluth’s Fourth Fest explode over the Blatnik Bridge
Fireworks from Duluth’s Fourth Fest explode over the Blatnik Bridge as seen from Superior on Friday, July 8.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Fireworks from Duluth’s Fourth Fest light up the sky over the Blatnik Bridge
Fireworks from Duluth’s Fourth Fest light up the sky over the Blatnik Bridge Friday, July 8.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Fireworks from Duluth’s Fourth Fest light up the sky
Fireworks from Duluth’s Fourth Fest light up the sky Friday, July 8.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Fireworks from Duluth’s Fourth Fest light up the sky over the Blatnik Bridge
Fireworks from Duluth’s Fourth Fest light up the sky over the Blatnik Bridge Friday, July 8, as seen from Superior near CHS.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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Jed Carlson joined the Superior Telegram in February 2001 as a photographer. He grew up in Willmar, Minnesota. He graduated from Ridgewater Community College in Willmar, then from Minnesota State Moorhead with a major in mass communications with an emphasis in photojournalism.
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