Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The 4th is celebrated

I guess if I couldn't be in our Nation's Capitol, the next best place to be was among family to celebrate the 4th of July. So I slapped a flag tattoo on my arm and drove 25 minutes west to my hometown to watch the annual 4th of July parade.

 Me and my twin sister. My chins are scary.

After the parade, I stopped by my in-laws house to say hello then went home to make rice krispy treats and take a 2 hour nap. That was amazing. It was BBQ time so I drove to my sister's house for burgers and pie and flipping my niece upside down several times. Then I drove back to my house to be social at the culdesac block party. Being the only people in the street not to have kids can sometimes be a barrier (self imposed, I'm sure) to being social but I didn't allow myself to hide indoors. I ended up having a great time chatting and hopefully the neighbors know that I'm not a weird recluse. Plus, my neighbor's 4 year old daughter threw two cups of water on me so I took that as my initiation.

My in-laws came over and my sister-in-law had two of her friends join us to play with fireworks and sparklers before the big fireworks show started. We are SO LUCKY that we can sit in our court and have an amazing view of the fireworks.


The Jesse said...

Great fireworks photos!!! I love them. I took my tripod and dslr to the fireworks show last night and was able to capture some good photos. What type of settings did you use to capture the heart & the word "love" with the sparklers???

Have you heard of / use Live Writer {a Windows program} for composing blog posts? It works a lot better than the blogger website! Just a suggestion {in case you didn't already know about it/use it} since I know blogger has been sucking a lot lately!

Michelle said...

Jesse: I wish I would have kept my camera up to take more pictures of the grand finale but wanted to just sit and watch without the camera in front of my face! For the sparklers, I set it to 8" or 10" shutter speed and let it go. I wanted to give them plenty of time to "write" with the sparkler so it wouldn't take the picture before they were done.
The exact specs: f/5; 8"; ISO-100.

thank for the info with the windows program. I just reuploaded the pictures using the uploader instead of dragging and dropping from Picasa. Much better!

The Jesse said...

Thank you so much for the info about taking the sparkler photos! The specs you posted are very similar to what I used to take firework photos too. Thanks again :)