Tuesday, July 5, 2011

fireworks and flowers

I attempted to learn how to photograph fireworks this year for the 4th of July. Maybe I should just stick to watching and enjoying them, because my photos really don't do them justice.

This is one of the fireworks that we shot ourselves taken with my 50mm at ISO 100, f/11 and a shutter speed of 2.5 seconds.

And this is one from the downtown fireworks display, but we didn't really want to get in the crowds so we watched from a few miles away at the lakes. Maybe next year we'll brave the crowds so we can get a better view.

I used my 200mm for this one set at ISO 100, f/9 and the shutter speed was 4 seconds.


The theme this week at texture tuesday is "3" so I'm sharing three daisies. And I used three textures - granny's cupboard, golden and she loves you yeah.
I can say it was good to try something new with photographing the fireworks, but it's just not quite as much fun as shooting flowers in daylight. I prefer a pretty flower picture over a nice fireworks shot any day.


30 comments:

  1. These came out great!! I use my point and shoot for fireworks - it has a setting just for fireworks and it makes snapping pics of them a breeze! Hope your 4th was fabulous!

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  2. I love your daisy photo ~ it's beautifully composed and the textures are perfect!

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  3. Your work with the daisies is lovey, beautiful use of texture. (Seen at TT)
    Teresa

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  4. Gorgeous daisies and textures! Your fireworks shots are great too!

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  5. Deb, you did it!!! Amazing...

    I knew you would. They are great.

    Love the daisies.

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  6. I'm with you on the pretty flower pictures... your daisies are so lovely! But those firework shots are also great -- I especially love the first one... maybe because it looks so much like a dandelion in seed!

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  7. Oh I think your fireworks photos turned out amazing! I tried my hand at it too this year and it just came out.. smoky & mish mash. lol. Yours are crisp! I'd take more fireworks photos but.. I just can't seem to stay up that late. : ) Hope you had a happy 4th!

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  8. You did awesome. A tripod would help a ton! You definitely need one for fireworks : ) Also, I don't like the 50 for fireworks. The 35 mm is a little better : )

    I think you rocked it out of the park though. WOWOW!

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  9. Awesome shots, great job on the fireworks and love the textured flowers.

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  10. Fantastic pictures! Very beautiful!

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  11. Great fireworks captures - ours was cancelled because of weather. I don't know if I'll go out tonight by myself or not. Love the last shot too.

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  12. I think you did a great job! and I am so jealous of your texture abilities. I still have no idea how to use photoshop or textures :(

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  13. Love your shots. Those fireworks are great. We didn't see any because it rained and thundered. That flower shot is great.

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  14. I think you did great too! The flower is very lovely!

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  15. love your fireworks! did you use a tri-pod with that slow speed? and your flowers, too-very pretty. belated happy 4th!

    patty@www.findingserendipity.com

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  16. I think your fireworks shots turned out really well. I think it takes lots of practice, and well, we really only get one or two shots a year, ya know?

    I tried to get some, but our fireworks were way too far away and they didn't turn out at all.

    I like your daisies too! Very pretty.

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  17. Fantastic fireworks - love the flower too! :-)

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  18. I enjoyed your fireworks. I know that sometimes we have to step out of our comfort zone to learn new tricks. I always feel more comfortable with a flower. V

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  19. mine all look like the first shot/no tripod. nothing as good as your second one. nicely done.

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  20. Beautiful! I sort of tried, but I didn't have a tripod, or anywhere to even just rest the camera, but I tried a bit. These look good!

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  21. Love the fireworks and the flowers!

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  22. Daisies are one of my favorite flowers, and I love this shot. :)

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  23. nice fireworks, and the texture on your daisies - wonderful!

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  24. I think your fireworks look great!

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  25. I like your fireworks shots! We didn't have a great vantage point this year. Too many trees in the way. Your daisy photo is gorgeous!

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  26. Nice texture on your flowers. I have not tried textures yet and yous makes me think I should. :)

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  27. I'm hoping I can figure out how to shoot fireworks next year. I didn't study up on it before-hand this year... I realized slow shutter speed was the key AFTER the fact. ha!

    These are great!

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  28. I'm with you - I prefer the flowers over the fire works too maybe b/c I think I'd suck at trying to do the fire works and their pretty colors justice!

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