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Happy 4th Of July

8 responses

  1. plainmama

    Happy 4th! I don’t have any shots of our local fireworks… that’s the neighbors setting off their M80s at midnight last night. I would love to have gotten a shot of police cars riding up to stop that nonsense, but that didn’t happen either.

    Happy 4th!

    4. July, 2008 at 06:45

  2. doreen3boys

    What do you mean our show was better? These look pretty awesome!! Great job capturing it, man, shooting fireworks is HARD, lol!

    4. July, 2008 at 08:03

  3. This was the best one! The rest of the show was pretty lame. I’ll put some pics up on flickr sometime today or tomorrow… and I’m hoping to see more fireworks tonight!

    4. July, 2008 at 08:06

  4. Amy, midnight? Ugh! Did they have the 4th of July confused with New Year’s Eve??

    Doreen, which settings did you use? Mine were f-11 for all of them, and ss was anywhere from 8-30 seconds.

    4. July, 2008 at 08:40

  5. doreen3boys

    You know, I totally froze with the settings. It wasn’t until close to the end that I realized I needed bigger f/stop, so yeah, I was around 11, maybe higher. The ss, grrr, I’m such an idiot……….I shot alot on AP mode just b/c it’s so much easier and of course, I never changed it. It wasn’t until we were home when i realized, duh Doreen. So my ss was crazy slow, like “.5 or something……like a blub setting, grrr, so it was so delayed that most of the time when it went off, there were no fireworks shooting, lol!!

    Did you bring a tripod? I used my lap, lol, and it took 1/2 the show to figure out how high to put the lens, lol!!

    4. July, 2008 at 08:45

  6. Yes, I brought my tripod. That’s about the olny time I dust it off and use it. LOL
    I set everything up ahead of time and kind of guessed how high I needed to point the camera. Did pretty well with that, except the fireworks were in a different spot than the previous times we were there. Actually worked out better because I didn’t have any trees in the way (just a stupid light that they didn’t turn off).
    The really slow shutter speed is a good thing – if you have something sturdy to put the camera on. I had that happen a lot where there were no fireworks going off for most of the time that the shutter was open. You kind of have to anticipate when the next one will go up… press the shutter, and let it go for as long as you want. Two years ago, when I was using my remote, I set the camera on bulb and left the shutter open for a minute or more at times. Couldn’t get the remote to work this time and the slowest ss I was able to use was 30 seconds.
    KILLED my battery though!! Thankfully I brought my spare (but forgot the flashlight!).
    Found more fireworks for tonight and hopefully I can talk Greg into going. Shooting fireworks is addicting! 😉

    4. July, 2008 at 08:56

  7. photographybycheryl

    Happy 4th! Awesome shot!

    4. July, 2008 at 12:38

  8. Anjeanette

    I knew you would have awesome images of fireworks. We just didn’t think about the tri-pod soon enough. Great job girl!

    5. July, 2008 at 09:49

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