View Full Version : Long day ending with Fireworks

09-25-2008, 11:06 PM
This afternoon my daughter and I went out to the local apple orchard and brought along our 3 dogs. After the orchard we decided to go to a sandpit we knew of that had a nice swamp area. We figured we'd let the dogs run and walk around and take some snap shots. After a 15 minute walk and a wonderful afternoon.....comes the sequence of events that "could have been really bad"!!
Well, Mom dog is running around with young dogs and sniffing around. We are just about to say let's head to the car and...the mom dog barks like she does when she's hunting. I yelled to my daughters to stop the two pups (5 months old) until we know what she has. Well, good thing we did....cause she had a porkie. We see what she has and "Yell" our heads off to chase off all 3 dogs away from the situation. So of course I want to go in to take a shot of the porkupine. As I walk back in my daughter yells...BEES!! The porkie is on a nest and they are mad as anything. So I did not get the shot...cause I was not going to get stung. So I'm moving quickly to get away from the BEES and get the dogs to stay away from the Porkie and the bees and I walk down a hill of rocks. As I'm walking down, my pup comes running toward me in the most "I'm sorry" manner because we have been "yelling" at them all to stay away. Well, I slipped on a rock, tried not to step on the pup which did not work, and I went down with camera in hand....and then not in hand. I went down, the pup screamed and my camera went bouncing along.:doh
Well, now pup is ok, the camera still seems to work and I have a real sore hand, back and scrapes from my elbow to my wrist.
So now to the end of my story.....I brought my camera to take pictures of fireworks for the first time in my life...praying my camera is still working.
Well, here is some of my favorites!!
Please tell me what you think of the photos.
I am not good at PS yet...still learning so I just hit auto fix.

09-25-2008, 11:20 PM
These are some fantastic shots, especially for your first time around. The colors are great. Sorry about your misfortune but glad you the pups and camera are doing well:)

09-25-2008, 11:25 PM
Holy Moly.......what a crazy afternoon you had. I am glad to hear that you, your dog, and your camera are ok. With that all said, I think your firework shots came out nice!!!

09-25-2008, 11:25 PM
Thank you! Yeah the camera seems fine...although I used a different lens for the fireworks.
But the pup...well, he is really fine...but my daughter just tried to step over him...and he had a look of panic on his face. (He is such a sweet boy.) He is the one in the picture by my name. He does not seem to be sore though.
But I am...I suppose I will feel worse tomorrow...it hurts to type...LOL

09-25-2008, 11:51 PM
These are GREAT fireworks shots. You should be proud :thumb .

I'm glad things didn't go worse and I hope you feel better soon :) .

09-26-2008, 09:07 AM
Fireworks look great, one hectic afternoon, that's for sure. Glad to hear you're OK and it seems the camera is doing fine.

09-26-2008, 10:43 AM
So how are you feeling today?

09-26-2008, 11:26 AM
So how are you feeling today?
Today I hurt everywhere! Ankles, calf, knees, back, wrist, and palm....and well a headache.
Tylenol will be my friend.
Pup is fine, playing as usual.:D

09-26-2008, 03:38 PM
So what kind of settings did you use for the fireworks photos?

What a story to tell! I'm glad everyone (and the camera) is fine! :)

09-26-2008, 04:17 PM
So what kind of settings did you use for the fireworks photos?

What a story to tell! I'm glad everyone (and the camera) is fine! :)
I used tripod, remote, my kit lens at 41mm, 100 iso, daylight, manual focus, M, and my f-stop and shutter length fluctuated...I tried some different stuff.
Mostly f/8-f/16 and anywhere from 1 second to 15 second shutter.
The fireworks were all over the sky and I had tree, a light, and a building to try to keep out of the pictures.
During the last group of fireworks they were so close and so bright that they just washed out even with a 1-2 second shutter. The very last one I took after the firework was almost done...you can see all the smoke in the middle. I like the effect.
I hope this answers your question.

09-29-2008, 09:39 AM
The info was perfect. I was just wondering because I've never tried shooting fireworks, and wanted to get some input.


09-29-2008, 09:46 AM
np, I read some past posts here and got some info from some NEF members. This site is so helpful.

If you do a search on this site for fireworks...you will get alot of good info.

These people here on this site are awesome.:ro :rock