I happened to get a number of wonderful shots and hope you’ll check the rest of them out. Clicking this link will take you to my Portfolio website http://gottago.smugmug.com/Nature/Extreme-Skies/30590234_hVBScF#!i=2640610777&k=pXnXtrz. Selecting the Slideshow option once on this website will display the photos the best.
Photos shot from Portola near Country Club looking out on the San Jacinto Range around 6:10pm.
The last two nights I’ve taken Ray’s golf cart filled with photo gear over to the Pete Dye golf course. Looking for shots according to what presents itself makes me happy.
Friday night shots, out by myself.
Out shooting with Jen Thursday night.
Jen and I found a neat spot to shoot from, high up, at the top of the P. S. High School track stadium stand stairs, beyond the fence, on the grass. We were alone up there for a short while but then others climbed over fences and up the hill and before we knew it we were surrounded by happy, talkative, energized families with teenagers (who didn’t particularly like that we asked them to exchange places after they sat right in front of us and would have affected our shots as they had hand held lights they were playing with) younger children, infants, and dogs.
I was worried about the possibility of sitting on the grass being others mentioned fire ants were attacking their bare feet. Fire ant bites in the past have sent me to the hospital because I am so allergic to whatever their bite produces. Those people who had joined us on the hillside were getting bitten by ants and now moved closer to where Jen and I were sitting on the grass. Good, maybe they’d be a barrier for us. More and more families arrived, all finding it necessary to sit in front of us, on the sides of us and behind us. Jen and I discussed not liking being in crowds, but quickly changed our comment to what we really didn’t like was the noise of crowds and loss of the serene feel!
We accepted the families and their noise, got into the fireworks that had begun and I only got bit once from a lone ant that caused me no harm.
The fireworks were by far some of the best I’d ever seen. Everything happens so fast once the show starts though. I was shooting with a wide angle lens (16-35mm), wanted to take some photos at 16mm and others at 35mm, and then also had my 70-200mm lens close by to see what close up shots of the fireworks would look like. I had a plan but whoever was shooting off the fireworks shot the fireworks one after another, really fast, with little time in between, and I was afraid of missing shots so never changed my lens.
For a number of shots, I did however try leaving the bulb setting on the shutter cable release open. I would cover the lens with a black, 5
inch flag (to block any light from entering the lens) and then lift the black cover over the lens exposing the next round of fireworks over the previous shots. Doing this allowed me to record multiple exposures on top of each other. But I found some of the exposures were too overexposed in areas leaving no color at all. I was glad I tried this though.