The Fourth of July

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Family favorite: sparklers.

On the fourth of July…our family generally goes to a party for our church held at a friend’s house.

I ย don’t know about you…but for me the 4th isn’t the 4th. WHATT?? ๐Ÿ˜†

UNLESS…you have fireworks, that is ๐Ÿ˜€ .

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Taking selfies on the phone and then taking a picture of the selfie on my camera. ๐Ÿ˜€ ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย ย Right-me Left– E.B

I have a lot of memories from previous 4th of July’s. One (not-so-great) memory that concerns the gal in the selfie with me…is also concerning fireworks. You see, we used to be allowed to bring fireworks to the party and shoot them off during. But people were being irresponsible and unsafe and my friend was at the bad receiving end. She got hit in the face with some of the flying debris of a rocket firework.ย ๐Ÿ˜ฏ ย Don’t worry though…she was okay after a while.

Moral? Stay safe y’all. Always act responsibly. Your carelessness could hurt someone else.

That said I ย โค LOVE โค fireworks! Loud noises don’t bother me and I love taking pictures. This is the 1st 4th of July that I’ve had a dslr to mess with.

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So where do I watch fireworks if I don’t do it at the party? At home. Everyone else goes to a fireworks show. But that’s not something my family has ever done. Don’t know why. This year my sis wasn’t with us so we went back and did our own fireworks.

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A friend let me borrow a wide angle lens during the party. It gave neat perspectives.

For me the 4th of July is a time where I photography anything in my path (isn’t that everyday, Emma? Uh…yeah. I guess it is.ย ). Nature, fireworks, food, people, etc.

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Wide angle lenses ensure sharp focus generally. You will be able to see more in focus vs. less. In this picture I was trying to see if I could get any bokeh out of the lens. Turns out you can. A little bit.

 

I did notice that you can get much closer up with a wide angle lens. Just in case you were wondering…I DO know that wide angle lenses are mostly used in landscapes. But there weren’t many landscapes to talk of at the party so…yep.

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Okay, so I took ONE landscape with the wide angle. Just one. ๐Ÿ˜€
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OH, wait. Come to think of it—I took a sunset picture with the wide angle. ย ๐Ÿ™„

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Oh, and I made a fireworks GIF from one firework.

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Anyways I had a good 4th of July. I hope you did, too. I do think I haven’t gotten the hang of fireworks pictures. My ISO was too high for my taste and my shutter speed was too low. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

 

How was your fourth?

Did anyone say ‘may the 4th be with you’, to you? (I think it’s annoying!)

Did you take fireworks pictures?

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Vacation Photography, Part 4. {Finale!}

Here we are!

For the final post in this short series. This might end up being the longest…but I don’t know for sure. We were visiting some friends…this post has water, miniature ponies,ย azaleas, and swinging. Plus some more randomness.

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At this moment I am digging texture photos…remember the brick? ๐Ÿ˜€

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My bother got all wet in the creek and then wanted a photo with this miniature horse. My brother isn’t very tall, btw. ๐Ÿ˜€
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Aren’t they cute?
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I love this vertical shot!
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This cracks me up! A nice size comparison. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Oh, and I forgot to mention the ducks!
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And they were all happy…until my brother chased them. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€
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Bro and sis on the swing. BTW, they aren’t concerned. They were laughing right after this shot was taken.ย 

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I got mom to pose for a picture. Happy Mother’s Day, btw. My only regret is the cup she’s holding. I was so eager, I overlooked it ๐Ÿ˜‰ . I do like the diverse background though.ย 

Going home I shot pictures from the windows.

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That’s a wrap, folks.

I hope you enjoyed this little four-part series. I could have added tons more than I did…but my memory is really getting small now.

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30DPC| Day 17| Movement

Day 17- movement

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The reason I like this photo is mostly just that the movement wasn’t frozen completely. I actually sort of like the motion blur in this photo. I think it conveys the sense of motion. Besides, most everyone knows that boys play. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also like that my main subject is in focus (maybe not in complete focus though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ).

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