Day 189 (7 July 2012) Fireworks! – SailFest 2012

Today Was spent enjoying the festivities of SailFest 2012 here in the Groton/New London, CT area.  I started the morning watching the OpSail 2012, which is a parade of “tall ships” including the Coast Guard Cutter, Eagle, a US Navy amphib, and several others.  Then I went to downtown New London to see the street fair, then back to the Groton side for the fireworks!

Below are a few of my Fireworks images, but I did shoot all the events of the day (though it’s now past midnight, so I’m not gonna review/edit all 200+ photos from today right now!). I think tomorrow I’ll do a supplement with other images from the day, and maybe a brief tutorial on how I shoot fireworks (based on tutorials I’ve read, and my limited experience).

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18 mm (cropped), 3 sec, f/10, ISO 100 (SailFest Fireworks)

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18 mm (cropped), 6 sec, f/10, ISO 100 (SailFest Fireworks)

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18 mm (cropped), 2 sec, f/10, ISO 100 (SailFest Fireworks)

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18 mm (cropped), 13 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (SailFest Fireworks)

Day 186 (4 July 2012) Independence Day Sparklers

Happy Independence Day all!

For Americans, today is the day we celebrate the anniversary of our independence as a nation.  Nation wide this is celebrated with parades, memorial services, pick nicks, BBQs, and fire works.  Many towns either had their fireworks or parades this past weekend or this coming weekend.  So today was a chill day with some friends and some sparklers after dark 🙂  My friend brought her three kids over for some sparkler fun, and they just went wild in my yard and had a good time 🙂  I joined in, too, but that photo was pretty boring compared to theirs.

I’ll be attending a huge fire works show this Sat night in Groton.  Of course I’ll have my camera, tripod, and cable release ready to capture the show!  So stay tuned for those 🙂

I shot these all at 18 mm, f/8.0, ISO 100 in bulb mode with a cable release (held shutter open for duration of sparklers, 30-60 sec).  I used f/8.0 so the kids could run around and keep the sparklers mostly in focus, and ISO 100 since they were so bright.

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Day 182 (30 June 2012) Sparkler Fun

Tonight I was attempting to spell out my blog name with a sparkler.  Not as easy as it sounded, given my short-lived sparklers, windy location, and lighter that was almost empty!  And trying to do it all solo!

Actually, I really need to blame my poor hand writing, as I couldn’t read it when it was done.  So I tried again (several times, lol) with something simpler, in honor of this project.  This shot was inspired by the photo scavenger hunt I’m participating in, hosted by SeeingSpotsPhoto and Nick Exposed.

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18 mm, 30 sec, f/9.0, ISO 100 (365 Painted)