Saturday, July 27, 2013

The 4th in Review

The summer of 2011 when I had my first Canon DSLR, my goal was to take photos of fireworks on the Fourth of July. During that holiday weekend, I was down in Farmington, MO visiting a group of friends and we all went out to a park that night to see the display. All of the sudden it started rain, everyone began to get up and leave, and we followed suit. I was disappointed because I had my camera equipment all set-up with the tripod. As we were leaving, the fireworks’ show suddenly began. Apparently some light rain and distant thunder isn’t going to stop country folk from having their fun on the Fourth!! Needless to say, I wasn’t going to get out my gear again and decided to sit back and enjoy the show. The following summer, the entire Saint Louis area was under severe drought so not many were having displays due to the safety hazards. I was sad again, but I knew year three had to work out somehow! This year on the Fourth, I was with my Aunts and we went to a local park to enjoy the JB Blast’s outdoor concert and fireworks display. We were seating in a prime location, and I was so excited! I set up my gear close to sunset with great anticipation. However, the concert ended and much to the entire crowd’s surprise… the fireworks started going off behind everyone! We were sitting right in front of a row of trees with a huge light post; of course this was blocking the full view of the show. I was both in shock and upset about the situation, but there wasn’t much I could do at this point- I was bound and determined to capture some fireworks no matter what! I turned my tripod around, aiming my lens high enough to where I could get a half-way decent view of the bigger fireworks. What you see below is some of what I was able to capture despite location obstacles- and I learned a great lesson (duh!?) to always know exactly where the fireworks will be set off!! I am already looking forward until the next Fourth!

Until next time…Happy Framing!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Take- Off

Ever since I first visited the beach at Dauphin Island, I was fascinated with seagulls. Most do prefer to call them pests. Nevertheless, I spent every single visit to ocean from then on trying to get a "cool" photo if you will. Last year I spent some of my summer at my cousin's in Virginia Beach where I finally captured a keeper shot. Happy Framing!