The Digital Photo Guy

Rockabilly Reunion and Fireworks

by on Feb.22, 2015, under Articles, gear, Lightroom, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photos

Just a Bunch of Photos

Nothing fancy today, just a bunch of photos from my trip to Lake Havasu City Rockabilly Reunion and serendipitous WPA Winter Blast 2015.

I made use of HSS (high-speed sync) on my Canon 580EX II with 5D MkII and 24-105/4L IS at the Rockabilly Reunion. The music was pretty good, the cars were interesting if that’s your thing and the pin-up models were happy to pose!

Danielle from Chicago   Danielle's sister who was too shy to give me her name   Gorgeous young lady from Riverside, CA   I think they're Mom & Daughter   I think she was Miss Over the Top   More ink than Epson's annual production   Vickki Fahrenheit (L) and local LHC pin-up model   Very nice contestant in the Pin-Up Pageant   Her last name was Leopard   Nice tats on Miss Leopard

It was a lot of fun and, next year, I’ll have a better plan for photographing the pin-up models.

Western Pyrotechnic Association Winter Blast 2015

This is an annual event on President’s Day at Sara Park in Lake Havasu City. It’s like a Battle of the Bands except with fireworks. Each group tries to out do the other with louder blasts, more colorful displays, greater altitude and bigger “WOW” factor. It’s fun but fireworks every night for 4 nights is a bit much. Most fireworks displays are about an hour or less but these guys had what they called “Open Shooting” for 4 to 6 hours every night. Our poor cat was stressed. We moved after the 2nd night.

When photographing fireworks, it’s important to have either a foreground or background object that adds interest and dimension. Otherwise, every burst looks pretty much like every other burst. The clouds on the 2nd night added some extra “pop” (no pun intended) to the photos.

WPA-101   WPA-102   WPA-103   WPA-104   WPA-105   WPA-106

The standard camera settings for fireworks are Manual mode, Aperture ~f/11-f/22, Shutter Speed ~6 – 30 seconds, focus about 1/3 of the way down the frame and release the shutter when you hear the mortar. It goes without saying, use a tripod and set your release to a 2 second delay so you don’t induce shake as you press the button.

All photos were processed in LR4. Basic edits including crop, adjust levels/white balance, sharpen and resize/compress.

 

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