Friday, July 24, 2009

Phriday Phun


Here in Utah we enjoy fireworks for most of the month of July. First, of course, is July 4 with huge firework displays everywhere. Then throughout the month most towns have their own celebration, (i.e. Strawberry Days, Steel Days, etc.), which usually includes parades, carnivals, rodeos, and fireworks. Then Utah celebrates again on July 24 which we call Pioneer Day, the day the Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley. It is a state holiday, and once again there are parades, carnivals, fireworks, etc. Here are some photos I took at John & Jan's house for Draper Days celebration. I usually fail miserably at shooting fireworks, but this year I had some success.
For those of you interested: camera on a tripod, wide angle lens, aperture on bulb setting and remote trigger. Aperture around f/8 or f/11, I experimented, and on bulb setting you can hold the shutter open as long as you like. I had it open between 1 and 5 seconds. This is why you see the firework trails. Hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday weekend!