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Happy July 5th

As regular readers will know, we had a brush fire, well I guess a “fence/brush fire” on Saturday caused by fireworks.  Sunday night was relatively calm, but Monday night, the fourth, was crazy.   It seems every year I see more and more big fireworks inside the city of Wichita.   Since none of them were going off right next door this time, I was able to actually enjoy it.   When I saw the moon setting in the west with some fireworks in front of it, the light bulb over my head went off and I ran inside for the Nikon D700 and tripod.

The illicit neighborhood fireworks launchers were much less reliable than a professional show, so it was a hit and miss situation.  By the time the folks to the west got their act together, the moon had gone behind the trees, so I only got a couple of  keepers there.   There were other shenanigans in the general area and I had a grand time running around trying to get something good.  Happy fifth of July to everybody who survived the fireworks this year.

Hey, let's shoot some fireworks at the neighbors!



Fireworks In The West, Over The Tiny Looking Moon.



Fireworks and Moon.



Fireworks to the East



As a technical note, this little informal fireworks photo session allowed me to see first hand the mind boggling excellence of Lightroom 3’s new and improved noise reduction capability.  Really amazing.

3 responses

  1. ken bello

    Terrific shots, Charles. I think it’s difficult to capture fireworks like this, since they are so randomly timed and always in a different place. You usually don’t see that with professional shows. Your neighbors put on a hell of a display. Fireworks are illegal in NYS, but that doesn’t deter the die hard pyromaniacs. The drive down to Pennsylvania to purchase them. The border is loaded with fireworks vendors.
    The D700/Lightroom combo did a nice job eliminating any noise. These look great!

    July 5, 2011 at 10:02 am

  2. Very cool–thanks for sharing. I especially like the shots of the moon. I also admire your patience and skill at capturing these photos!

    July 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm

  3. Thank you Ken and Patti. The fireworks to the east looked like professional sized mortar shells, but I was much more interested in capturing the crescent moon in there with the fireworks to the west. As Ken said, it was very unpredictable. Some of these were shot at a relatively low ISO, but just for fun I cranked a couple way way up to see what Lightroom 3 could do about the noise. I was impressed.

    July 5, 2011 at 4:57 pm

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