Fireworks are one of the first things that come to mind when I think of Independence Day. This year Hudson’s fireworks display will be at Lakefront Park on Sunday, July 2, at dusk. It will cap off the Booster Days festivities that includes live music, a beer garden, carnival rides, and a parade and more. Stillwater’s fireworks display will be on Tuesday, the 4th, beginning at dusk (around 10:00 pm).
Here is a shot I got a couple years ago at Lakefront Park. Fireworks are so bright that you want to keep the ISO low at 100. Before the fireworks began, I focused on a distant spot at f/11 and put my camera on bulb mode. When I heard the boom of the fireworks shooting skyward, I pressed the shutter release and held it, in this case, for 15 seconds. Timing is everything and I’m happy to get one or two keepers. (This was taken shortly after 10:00 pm, so apparently dusk in Hudson is at the same time as dusk in Stillwater!) That’s my quick tip.
Everything you could possibly want to know about shooting fireworks is contained in this video by John Cornicello that he did for Creative Live. It’s an hour long, but as I said, it includes everything, including making double exposures for getting more bang in one shot.
Important: July Meeting Date
I’ll be making another blog post, but for now, please remember that we will be meeting on the second Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 pm, instead of July 5.
Calling All Creatives!
The Phipps is seeking submissions for the Members’ Spotlight. Together, members of The Phipps are a creative network joined by the belief in the center’s mission to “celebrate the creative spirit.” All members are encouraged to share their unique creative talents in the 2017 Members’ Spotlight and connect with other members who have similar creative inclinations.
This year’s events include:
- GALLERIES EXHIBIT | August 3-September 10
- RECEPTION AND OPEN STAGE | Thursday, August 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
- MEMBERS’ BASH | A ticketed event for ages 18+, Thursday, August 3, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
Submissions are being sought in any and all forms including photography. Participants may submit one or two items to be shown in The Galleries exhibition
All participants must be at least 18 years old and a current member of The Phipps. Not a member? Not a problem! New members are encouraged to participate. Information about membership can be found by calling 715.386.2305, and donations may be enclosed with entry forms. For more information, including a link for the entry forms, click here. Entry forms are due Friday, July 21.