Category Archives: Picture Of The Week

It’s Almost Time To Shoot Those Fireworks Again!

Happy July!! It’s almost time to shoot those fireworks again! I’m not sure yet if we’ll make it to a fireworks show this weekend or not but I better brush up on the ol’ how to’s anyway. Just in case we do make it to one. So here we go with what seems like an annual thing… My ever improving list of tips for photographing fireworks.

  • Give your lens a good cleaning before you head out. There will be enough smoke and dust in the air you don’t need to start with it on your glass.
  • Securely attached your camera to a sturdy tripod.
  • Use a shutter release cable to avoid creating movement.
  • If your camera has a long exposure noise reduction setting in the menu; use it!
  • Shoot in manual mode or better yet; Shoot in Bulb mode and with exposure times from 1/2 a second to 3 or even 4 seconds. Experiment with longer exposures by using a baseball cap to cover the lens between bursts. Careful not to bump your camera! With practice you can capture more than one in a single image.
  • Set your ISO low; 100 or 200  works well for this job.
  • Set your aperture somewhere between f/13 to f/18.
  • Shoot with a wide lens something around 28mm works well. Maybe even try a few little narrower shots like 45mm or 50mm to really fill the frame.
  • Switch your lens to manual focus and set it at infinity.
  • Be sure to pack extra batteries, a small flashlight, a comfy folding chair or a nice big blanket, a cold drink, and plenty of insect repellent! Just don’t spray the repellent around your gear and wash it off your hands before you start setting up your camera. We wouldn’t want any greasy fingers on our gear now would we?

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Picture Of The Week – White Duck

It’s Monday morning again! Boy last week flew by fast and the weekend even faster! Here it is time for a picture of the week again.

I have picked this little duck as the picture of the week today because I will be heading back to this little park again at the end of the week. I took this shot at Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas; this one little white duck had the whole pond to himself that day and was having a great time swimming with his reflection.

If the weather cooperates I plan to visit this park again and take another photo walk through the rose garden, around the ponds, and maybe I’ll be lucky enough to catch the little train that runs through once in a while. There’s also a dog park near there and Bella dog has never been to a dog park; maybe if it is not crowded she will get her first chance to visit.

If all goes as planned I will also visit another park and a lake along the way. Whoo Hoo! I’m excited I haven’t taken a photo trip in a long time. I really need to get out there and knock the dust of my camera. And who knows; I just might even get a second trip in the weekend after if all goes well. *knock on wood, cross fingers and anything else you can think of – I’m really tired of being stuck indoors with one migraine after another – come on head and weather lets all work together for a while!*

Added bonus — I’ll get to see K and hang out with #7 and maybe, just maybe, before the month is out I’ll get a chance to see all 5 of my sisters for a moment or two.

White Duck Swimming With His Reflection

White Duck Swimming With His Reflection


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