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Jul 4 2013

4th of July Fireworks - Focus Blur

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Mama wasn't feeling well this evening so the boys and I headed off to see fireworks by ourselves. We got to River Parks on the west side of the river just north of the 21st Street bridge with a clear line of sight to the fireworks about an hour before the show was to begin. The boys killed time by playing cards and eating the snacks Mama had packed for them.

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There was a hot air balloon giving short tethered rides to people which we just might have to take advantage of next year.

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Now, if all these photos look just like regular old fireworks photos like last year's or three years ago, then I have completely failed. However, if they look a little more like flowers or just kind of neat, then it was worth the extra effort.

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The photos are just in the order I took them but, already, this is one of my favorites. It is an example of changing the focus from sharp to blurry while the shutter was open. The focus blur technique creates the effect of a dandelion which I think turned out pretty well in this one.

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This one is rather unique from the rest. Not sure if it was a single or double burst, but the result is pretty neat.

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This one looks like a sea anemone to me. It is an example of going from blurred to sharp focus.

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Another blur to sharp. I think this one has some camera shake in it caused by my unsteadily working the camera's focus ring.

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This one could have used a longer exposure, or I just started it too late, or it could have been blurred more in the beginning, or a hand full of other things. Focus blurring fireworks is way more difficult than I though it would be.

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Another dandelion.

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I like how these two look so three-dimensional.

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This heart shaped firework turned out pretty well.

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A dandelion show the problem getting a firework all by itself. As most of the pictures show, even if you are lucky enough to get one firework blurred just right (which this one isn't), the likelihood of having some other firework overlapping in a distracting way is pretty high.

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A good example of a photo being just slightly off. This would have been much better if I had sharpened slower so that more of the firework was blurred.

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This one had potential.

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I though these two side by side were interesting but, again, could have been blurred more. Come to think of it, a lot of the shots could have been blurred more. I think I was seeking more blur in the viewfinder than appeared in the final result...which I can't explain.

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I like how the center of the "flower" looks on this one.

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This firework was huge and way off my camera's frame.

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Another one of my favorites. This one has a nice stem and great center. The flashing firework created a neat dotted pattern.

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A couple together. This one looks much better larger.

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The colors on this one are nice but, again, it exceeded the frame.

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If you can't see a petunia, then you just have no imagination.

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Another great stem and a pretty good flower.

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Two more flowers with stems...just about got a full bouquet.

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Maybe I've been looking at these pics for too long, but I swear those green leaves look like real dracaena leaves.

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A double white flower, fern, anemone...whatever...just don't say firework.

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Two dandelions blowing in the wind.

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Finally, last but not least, the most colorful firework of the night. Might have to try focus blurring again next year. I hopped around a lot on my camera settings but mostly stayed around ISO 100, f11 for 2.5 seconds.

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