Trial by fireworks…

Its been awhile since the 4th of July…we’ve all had a chance to reminisce about the what we did or shouldn’t have done.  It’s also given me the opportunity to pore over the images I took.  I started the weekend hoping to get some great firework pictures – needless to say it was a good learning experience!  What I found most challenging was getting the proper focus point while still having a good composition (with the firework in it).  I had read some general guidelines that did help, but in the end, nothing compares to first hand experience.  I had a good idea of where the fireworks were going to be on display, but as with any explosive it was still hard to predict where it was actually going to explode.  I pushed through the frustration and was able to capture a few “good” ones until I looked at my notes…then the real fun started!

The best tip I read was to not forget about your surroundings.  There are some great photo opportunities of catching the people around you as they watch the fireworks.  For me, this meant my nieces, nephews, and the sparklers they were so excited about yet afraid of.  Watching them run around was quite entertaining and rewarding as I turned my focus to longer exposures and light streaking.  As they became more comfortable with the sparks and sparkles I tried to get them to be creative to see what their little minds (and mine for that matter) could come up with.  By far it was the most rewarding part of my holiday celebration, but I must be honest, they weren’t the shots I was after – I wanted the grand finale in all its glory.  It’ll have to wait for next year, but the holiday wasn’t for naught, I’ll take what I’ve learned from this experience and be ready for next year!

In the mean time click on the image below to enjoy some of my favorite shots from the weekend.



Energy Efficiency…A possible solution?

I have no doubt that all across the US this weekend there were festivals, concerts, craft shows, county fairs and much more.  Events of all sizes; on just about any subject you can think of.  Some of these events were a success and some went out with a bang.  Truth told…many of them went out with a bang, a bang that sparked (pun intended) a thought I’ve had for years.  Let me explain…

Fast approaching is my favorite holiday of the year, July 4th.  This is the one time of the year when it’s “OK” to make things go boom!  Ah yes…fireworks.  Many of us arrive early to get what we hope is the best viewing location.  We throw down our blanket, set up the chairs, adjust the cooler (filled with soda of course) to within arm’s reach and patiently wait for darkness to fall across our corner of the world.  Finally darkness sets and the show ignites.  At this point you say one of two things…”OOOOOOO-AHHHHH”, or “why did all of these people sit in front of me?”

Luckily for me, the second scenario has never been a problem.  You think I’m joking don’t you……read the About section of my website!  This past weekend was no different.  Even though July 4th has yet to arrive; local communities had some impressive displays.  As I watched them explode into all sorts of glorious colors and shapes I got distracted…distracted by a different kind light show.  Local showcases were no match for this massive display.  Some cities have bigger budgets than other, but this “city” has a budget only Congress could approve…ok not really but I thought it was funny.  This massive “city” colored in green, yellow, red and magenta filled the radar screen with more “grand finales” than one might care to see.  I, on the other hand, loved every minute of it and had a spectacular view.  So much so it got me thinking…is it possible to capture the energy of a thunderstorm?  How many homes could the energy of one single thunderstorm power…and for how long?  How about a huge squall line?  Has anyone tried to study this?  Has a possible solution to our energy crisis been here all along?  Has anyone looked into this?


So here is my challenge to all scientists out there…find a way to capture the energy in these!Growing Up

Once you’ve figured that out…don’t contact me…contact someone who can actually utilize all your hard work and efforts and make it a reality.  By all means, do let me know though…I’d love to see the results of your studies.  Until then, I’ll just keep shooting one of my favorite subjects and displaying them for all to see! : )