Talk about bad timing, I am about to write how to spice up your fireworks photography and it is about two weeks after the Fourth of July. Oh well, I am not in the practice of photographing fireworks so I didn’t have the photos to complement this article. This 4th of July a did a little photography during the fireworks show at Timnath, Colorado. Now I have photos to share. So lets see if I can give you some ideas for next years fireworks photos.
If you have been serious about photography for more than a month most likely you know the tried and true method to get pics like this one:
It is a pretty and standard fireworks photo. Here are the specs: ISO 100, F-Stop 9.0, Exposure 6.2 seconds, lens a 16 to 80mm at 22mm. Camera on a sturdy tripod with a cable release. Of course all these setting were set in manual mode and the focus was also set manually to infinity.
Nice pretty picture. Throw a bunch of them in Photoshop and you end up with a fantastic photo that you can make a poster of a fun remembrance. Like this:
That is all find and dandy. In fact such fireworks photos make fantastic images and prints. Still at the time of the shooting there is more that you can do that can create some visually stunning and different images; Like this one:
Or this one:
To get these effects I zoom the lens in on the first one and out on the second one. Also on the second one I continued the exposure after the zoom.
You can also wiggle the lens for an interesting effect or wiggle and zoom. Here are a few more examples of the zoom effect:
I think now you get the idea just how easy it is to be creative with your camera when photographing fireworks. Back in the day of film we would do this sort of things and then have to wait a few days for the film to be processed to see if we were successful. Sometimes we were really disappointed. With digital cameras you have instant review so you know right away if what you are doing is successful or not. So next time when at a fireworks show be creative with a couple of shutter releases. It could be very rewarding.
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Photographer: C. L. Getchius For more info on camera setting click here.
Last week I was with family fooling around at Garden of the Gods when I came across this scene. The bride and bridesmaid were hurrying to arrive on time for the wedding. It seems they got a little lost. Also the bridesmaid was doing everything possible to keep the white wedding dress from getting dirty because of the red dirt. But in the end all turned out well. Coming across scenes like this is just another reason to have a camera on you at all times. – Craig Getchius
There is a lot of stuff out on the internet giving advice on how to be a pro. Some good, some bad. This little article really hits home. I would give it five stars out of five stars. http://www.creativeboom.com/tips/what-i-wish-id-known-9-golden-tips-from-some-of-the-worlds-best-photographers/
It has been over a month since I have had the pleasure of visiting Rocky Mountain Park. That is a rarity for me. The last time I visited the aspens were putting on a show with their fall foliage.
Now all that fall splendor is gone. The mountains are once again snow capped. The trees have lost their leaves. In the lower levels of the park I came across smattering of snow on the ground. Not much accumulation. Just a nice dusting of snow.
This morning the clouds blanketed the park. The temperature was in the upper thirties. Yes it was gray and bleak. Which was totally fantastic. I love overcast lighting. It brings drama to my photographs.
I was climbing around on rocks trying to get this next photo. It is a typical tourist pull off that for years I have been trying to create something different and interesting. This morning I used my Nikon D800, with my widest lens and used fill in flash to capture the above image and the image just below this paragraph.
This was a quick visit to the park. Thanksgiving is two days away. Still have shopping and other things to do to be ready for my favorite holiday. As I was heading out of the park I pulled off and took an aspen photo. Hey when you are in Rocky Mountain National Park you have to at least take one photo of an Aspen Tree.
Hope you enjoyed the photos.
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Craig L. Getchius
Dingle, Ireland, fog, midnight and kind of a self portrait. It was like I was back in some mystical time. Yep, I'm an American and this summer I had the awesome opportunity to visit Ireland.
I loved the fog and how it surrounded me, engulfed me. I felt like I was in another world. A world of Sherlock Holmes. Yes, I know the fictional world of Holmes took place for the most part in London England. But hey, I got a pretty active imagination. Fog, the light from the street lamps, the old buildings, the narrow streets the famous Irish walls all gave me the sense of being in another time. A time without cell phones, without automobiles, without television. A simpler time of daily living without the complex nature of our computerized, industrialized society.
It's funny how the little events in ones life can produce everlasting memories. Holding my wife's hand and together walking the streets of Dingle late at night is a memory I will always cherish.
I'm so lucky to have this memory and this photograph that will always bring back the emotions of the moment.
That is the essence of photography. It doesn't have to be the perfect photo. Photography can capture the moment and in so doing preserve the memories of that moment for ever and ever.
I captured this little moment of my life with my Fujifilm X-T1 and a 35mm lens.
Thank you for letting me share with you this moment of time in my life. Craig Getchius
This Fall I have not had the opportunity to spend much time in Rocky Mountain National Park. Yep, that is a bummer. Nevertheless I have manage to capture a couple of moments that will give the reader a sense of the beauty of the park this time of year. Hope you enjoy the photos.
If you are curious the photo equipment I used for these shots is listed here:
Cameras: Nikon D800, Nikon D5500 and the Fujifilm X-T1
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm, Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm and the XF-35mm 2.0
Since I didn't have much time I elected not to use a tripod. All photos were taken handheld.
Thank you for stopping by my blog. In the next couple of days I'll be doing a lot of photography in the Rocky Mountain National Park Area. Hope to have some keepers that I will be able to share on this blog. Photographer: Craig Getchius
After a long time of neglecting my blog I’m back at it. A lot has been happening in my photographic life and I am rather mad at myself for not sharing with the world my photographic experiences. Also, I have been contemplating the state of photography and hopefully will soon put those thoughts down for others to think over.
For now though saying I’m back and giving a brief glimpse into what I have been doing will just have to do. Also it should be noted I’m trying a new workflow with my blog. I’m using the App Ulysses to write this and from within the app I can post directly to my blog. If this works it sure is going to be nice. Here is the link to Ulysses: http://ulyssesapp.com/
Just got back from Ireland. Which of course was a total blast. Told you a lot has been going on in my life. I traveled light, leaving all my Nikon gear at home and traveling just with my Fujifilm cameras. Don’t get me wrong I still love my Nikon cameras it is just in this case, traveling light and overseas the Fuji’s were a better fit. More about that at a later time.
The photo of the boat in Dingle Bay was taken with my Fujifilm X-T1. I love that camera. More later. Thanks for stopping by. CLG
Early morning after a snowfall city employees, store owners and employees quickly clean the sidewalks. Camera: Nikon D800, ISO: 400, F-Stop: 5.0, Shutter Speed: 1/2000, Focal Length: 70mm, Photographer: C.L. Getchius