Sunday, 4 November 2012

Explosions!

Did the title catch your attention? Photos below!


Iit's been nearly two weeks since I last posted. I've had an awful throat/chest infection, which apparently is to be expected after the radiotherapy I had a month ago. I didn't expect it though, because nobody told me to. I've really been knocked around by it - too much coughing, not enough sleeping, and generally feeling a bit crap.



Last night was the first time I've done ANYTHING for weeks. We went to a mate's place for drinks/Guy Fawkes fireworks - some people also took it as an opportunity to dress up for Halloween... whatever floats your boat!


If you are wondering, the fireworks are just little ones they sell that you can use at home (fireworks are only allowed on sale here from November 2-5 each year).


I took most of the photos at ISO 800, aperture around 2.5, and shutter speeds between 1/50s to 1/125s. Easily handheld. The results are hit and miss (you're seeing the hits!). But those settings might be a starting point if you have to opportunity to photograph some home pyrotechnics.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

11 comments:

  1. Booooooooooooooooooo to feeling crappy. Hurrah to fireworks and Guy Fawkes!!!! I miss Guy Fawkes. Except for the whole burning an effigy thing. That was always a little too weird for my liking.

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    1. I haven't seen anybody do the effigy-burning here. To be honest, I don't know why we commemorate Guy Fawkes here (questionable how many people even know the story)... but I'm not complaining if it means we get to do fireworks!

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  2. Ah, fireworks. Those are very good tips re: shutter speed. I've always wondered how some people caught such lovely photos.

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    1. The shutter speeds are at least a starting point - it will depend on the effect you want, and the kind of fireworks you use!

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  3. I'm in Dunedin and the uni kids here are still playing around with the fireworks - even during the day! I love the sparklers, they are so much fun! Hope you're fully recovered now :)

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    1. I know, it's a bit startling with explosions at all times of day! They were setting them off when I was getting ready for work at 6:30 this morning too.

      I'm mostly recovered, thank you :-)

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  4. Those photos are gorgeous! I particularly love the first one - you've really captured the magic of sparklers.

    (On an unrelated note, argh! at blogger for making it impossible to comment on their blogs using an iPad. I've had so many comments for various blogs eaten lately!)

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    1. I love the sparkler photo too! Thank you!

      Oh dear about Blogger. I didn't know that :-(

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    2. It used to be fine! It works OK when there's a separate window for comments, but it just freezes on the blogs where the comment area is embedded. I keep forgetting and then losing my comments on various blogs!

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  5. Nice pics Kat - fireworks are so much fun. Sorry to hear you weren't well. Hope you are doing good now.

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    1. Thanks Suzy! I'm doing much better now, this sunny weather is helping me to get my energy back :-)

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