Daily Photo: 4th of July Fireworks

July 4, 2009 · Print This Article

I thought I could show Aya how great U.S. fireworks were as compared to Japan’s.  I had boyhood memories of huge extravaganzas of fireworks with the crowds ooohing and aaaahing as we sat on a gentle grassy slope.  I will now have to admit that tonight’s barely 20- minute fireworks display paled in scale in comparison to Japan’s 1-hour plus hanabi.  Not only that, but we were surrounded by smokers just like in Japan!  Both a mother and a father smoking on their two children, one of which was highly disabled in a complex wheelchair.  Where do I have to live to be free of such extreme ignorance?  Where?!

I cannot remember if I used the technique of covering the lens or not to get multiple fireworks explosions in a single shot.  I think I did though.  I had my D300 in bulb mode, focus at infinity (manual) and mounted on my flimsy tripod all the time loosely covering the lens with its cap.  To do this right you of course need a rock solid tripod, a cable release, and a black piece of card paper.  I had none of them.  Still, all things considered (not mention the street lamp in the lower left), I am semi-pleased with the result.

KIT USED:  Nikon D300 with Tamron xR Di II 17-50mm f/2.8 lens and flimsy Velbon tripod

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