a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Happy Birthday, USA!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Happy Birthday, USA!

SUMMARY: Wordless Wednesday.


  1. Best way to enjoy the fireworks, thanks for the photos. No fireworks in Boulder this year though I seldom go to see them anyway.

  2. Ooooh, pretty! I don't ever get to see fireworks anymore because I choose to stay home and deal with the freaking out dogs. They are pretty to look at, but I hate the holiday regardless.

  3. The renter was here with the dogs, so I felt OK leaving them at home, and they don't react except for big woofs at nearby booms.

    The thing about photos of fireworks is that they don't really look like what you see in person, because they're timed exposures. Still very pretty, but very different from real life. Like, very hard to get a photo of the smiley-face ones or others that form interesting shapes, but they all come out as trails of light in the photos. I'd need to shoot them entirely differently to try to get the real experience. Hmm. Maybe next year.

  4. These are excellent, you did great!! I've tried, but only with my little point and shoot...haven't been near fireworks since I got the new camera a year ago. Would like to try some of this someday.

  5. Dawn, check whether your point and shoot has a Fireworks setting. I was amazed to discover that my little Canon S100 does--the pro's site that I visited said that "most point and shoots nowadays have a fireworks setting," or I'd never have thought to look. I took a bunch of shots with my DSLR with specific settings that I chose after reading up on it, and a bunch more with my S100 on its automatic setting. It actually did a nice job except that I wish it had a longer exposure time than 2 seconds--you have to be more careful about hitting the button at the right time to get a nice firework shot in 2 seconds. Also tripod is helpful--for my S100, I used a little gorillapod anchored on my knee (we were sitting on the ground in little ground chairs--just a back and a seat on the ground). For my DSLR, of course, a regular tripod that I pressed firmly down on with one hand and held down the shutter each time to reduce camera shake as much as possible.

    In the ones posted here, the last one was with the S100.

  6. Wow, those are just awesome shots!!

  7. Very nice photos Elf. I used to shot fireworks a lot, but I deliberately moved the camera for some fun effects.

    1. A friend and I went together to shoot these fireworks, and moving the camera deliberately (and zooming in & out quickly) are some of the things we came up with to try next time.