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It was Independence Day in the United States yesterday a National Holiday for most. All over the country people were barbecuing, spending time with family and friends, or just enjoying a day off.  After dinner the family and I found some high-ground to view, and photograph the fireworks.20130704_4482I set up my tripod and waited for the first firework closest to me to be sent up then triggered my shutter release. I focused there then set my camera/lens to manual focus.

I set up the settings this way  f/10, ISO 200, and  5 second exposure, but found that too short so lengthened it to 10 seconds and the next burst took a photo. That seemed about right, at least I wasn’t blowing out the burst beyond recovery, so I went with those settings.  From my vantage point I was able to see as far south as Morgan Hill and North to Fremont and perhaps a bit further.

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20130704_4470If you want to photograph fireworks use a tripod, and a remote cable release. Use the first couple of burst as test shots to get your settings set up. I wait for the boom then depress my shutter, some people use the trails of the ascending firework as their cue.  You just need an exposure long enough to capture the explosion. Give it a go.  It’s a lot of fun, but I keep in my soul the knowledge that the freedom I have today to celebrate, worship, and work without the fear of persecution or tyranny wasn’t given it was earned.

I’ll end this post with the words of Lee Greenwood who says it better than I.

And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.”
~Lee Greenwood

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Wishing all of you a very Happy Easter, and week-end!

Daffodils

Nikon Df| Nikkor 105mm| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2017

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Laura Macky started a post that invited everyone to post something they love about Christmas and I decided to play along.

One of my favorite things about Christmas in addition to the presents are the decorations.  I love Santa Claus, trains, the Christmas Tree, lights and Nutcrackers.

Here’s an image of my very first Nutcracker, but I only have a few. I usually set this one and my others on my mantle.

Christmas Nutcracker

What do you love about Christmas?

To find all the other images shared on Laura’s post click here;

Nikon Df| Nikkor 50mm| Hoodman Digital Film| PS CC 2017

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I’m posting this a bit early because He-Man and I are celebrating our 35th Wedding Anniversary this week-end.  No one is more surprised than us that we’ve been married this many years.  Time has just flown by!

Table Mt. Spring Lupine in Full Bloom

Regarding this image- I made it last March about this same time when the Lupine was in full bloom up on the mesa.

Our plans for this week-end? He-Man and I  are going to celebrate us, and wrap ourselves up in each other, and nature over a long week-end.  I’ll be offline until Monday.  🙂

May  your Easter Basket be filled to the brim with goodies and love. Happy Easter!

If you don’t celebrate Easter I hope you enjoy the week-end with those you love.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 24mm f/2.8af-d| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| PS CS5 and PS CC 2015

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It’s theme week at Leanne Cole’s MM2! We’re going to be doing Holiday themes for the month of December and we’re kickin’ it off with Bell(s).

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Click on the link highlighted above to see all the Bell images that were shared this week.

Nikon Df| Nikon 105mm| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| LR5, Silver Efex Pro, & On1 Photo 10

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Wishing everyone in the USA a wonderful, and safe Thanksgiving,  and friends around the world a lovely  and safe week, and week-end!

Happy Thanksgiving

Watercolor made with Turner Watercolors on Strathemore Card Stock  watercolor paper, image made with my Nikon D700, and 105mm lens, cs6.

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Happy Independence Day!

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