Neon Flower Times Two

We all went out to watch the fireworks the city does every year. It seems like it used to be a bigger show that lasted longer. They also moved the location which is so unfortunate because we used to sneak past the police tape and lie down on the bleachers in a nearby soccer field and watch them fall right over our heads. We had the whole place to ourselves.

This year we weren’t exactly sure where they were launching them, only knew the general area. So we followed the people and I looked everywhere for anyone with a tripod setup. Maybe they would know the best spot? I didn’t see anyone like that so we just parked ourselves in a field where a lot of people were gathered.

I brought my Canon and tripod along with the zoom lens.

Exposure: 6 sec (6)
Aperture: f/8
ISO Speed: 200

I also had Blane use the Panasonic point and shoot (no tripod) and he took some shots along with me (I’m trying to get him interested in the hobby). He had it set on the fireworks mode. I love the way this one turned out.

Exposure: 0.25 sec (1/4)
Aperture: f/3.9
ISO Speed: 80

With image stabilization on, it didn’t allow longer than a quarter second exposure.

Hope you all had a great Independence Day.

I’ve been really busy with the kids out of school for summer and haven’t had much time to blog. I’m collecting lots of fun stories to tell you later. We have three more big concerts lined up to go to before summer’s out (Metallica is one of them, taking Blane Jr. to that one). We still don’t have any plans to go out of town but would like to go somewhere at the end of July.

Maybe a road trip in the RV? Blane Jr. just bought one sort of like ours (used, from his grandmother). Maybe we can get on the road and see some of America together this summer. Colorado? California? Florida?

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9 thoughts on “Neon Flower Times Two

  1. Great shots – I’ve always been disappointed at my efforts at photographing fireworks. I have made a note of your settings.

  2. Hi Kitty ,
    images are wonderful , the way they do these things to work are really amazing.
    And i have some news for you, i started writing a Less Technical Blog suggested by you and i have done some work on that.you can see it from the following link.

    http://kumargandhi.wordpress.com/

    Will be updating soon and can add on some points to it, or ideas to it.

    regards,
    kumar.

  3. Yesbuts, that’s what I did, I saw a fireworks photo I liked on Flickr and looked at the settings.

    Thanks, Michele. Hope you got to see some fireworks.

    Knock knock, Max.

    That would make a good photo, FinPen.

    James, my dog has a nervous breakdown when she hears fireworks. We were out at a lake once and when we lit some firecrackers, she jumped in the lake and swam off. We kept calling her to come back and she wouldn’t. Had to swim out there and get her. Poor pup.

    Thanks Kym. Sorry to hear you guys couldn’t have any due to all the fires there in california.

    Yay, Kumar, that’s great!

  4. lovely images! The 1st picture somehow reminds me of peacock feathers. We usually take firework pics on New Years Eve. Since we live in a small town they are few and lots of time in between, and we usually are frozen by the time we get back home. Enjoy!

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