4th of July 2014

I was going to be a smartass and post these in black and white but I just could’nt do that. As luck would have it I was in Morristown Tennessee on Friday night and the place where I was getting loaded was in a perfect spot for the fireworks display.

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Oh, what the heck, here are a few in Black and White….

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Almost Missed It…..

Thursday evening I was sitting in a gas station in West Chicago Illinois playing on my laptop when I thought I heard fireworks, after a few minutes I finally saw a flash through the trees I was parked next to and realized I missed the better part of a 10 minute fireworks diaplay at a local minor league baseball park just sown the road from where I was parked. Well I scrambled to get the camera and tripod up and just managed two six second exposures during the finale. I was kicking myself in the butt for ignoring the first 8 minutes! But I did manage a couple of nice pics….

Sky Flowers

I was kinda bummed out over missing the fireworks on the 4th of July but as my luck would have it on the 7th of July I was driving through Ohio when I saw some fireworks on the horizon and they just kept going off. I stopped on an off ramp and grabbed the camera and the tripod and for the next 15 minutes I had a field day! It took a few shots to get the focus and settings right but once I did the pics were pretty good…
Settings for the fireworks: Nikon D80 with a Sigma 18-200mm lens, shutter mode, ISO 200, Shutter 5 seconds, F22 and tripod mounted of course with a remote shutter release..
You can click on each pic to make it bigger.

Sunday Stills: The 4th of July

Happy B-DAY USA! I know its not till tomorrow and I wish Canada a belated Happy Canada day as well, So I have some fun fireworks and my favorite flag pic (Faded Glory) which I took way back when hurricane Katrina ravaged the gulf coast and I found this flag in a pile of rubble in New Orleans after delivering a load of bottled water.





For those of you who will try to photograph fireworks here are my specs for these shots: Tripod mounted and camera set to shutter mode with a 5 second exposure, F:6.5, ISO at 400 hope this helps and have a great weekend..:-))