whimsical light in the night sky

O and I took the kids to downtown for the fireworks spectacular. We have moved to Minnesota for three years and this July 4th was the first time that we joined the crowd. The boys loved being out late at night like this, and seeing the awesome fireworks was the sweet cherry on top.

I brought my camera and the 50 mm portrait lens, not an ideal lens for fireworks photography. I don’t have a zoom lens to take on the fireworks of this kind so I accepted the limitation. This is how it turned out from where I was sitting, which was quite a distance from the barge.


Then I decided to put on manual focus, and went for the blur on purpose, because the limit I have on this lens would not do any justice for the beautiful fireworks of the night.

And here they are…

Wow! Flower petals were shoot up to the night sky and falling down with sparkles.

Fairy dusts, in green.

“..and the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air..” Feeling quite patriotic seeing this one!

These below look like dahlia flowers of different colors.

This one looks like a green peony blossom, or maybe it’s a sunflower.

How about a flaming red rose to heat up the night’s passionate love? Fancy me some more, please!

Whimsical pinwheel, anyone?

Here is one picture of watching cars coming through from a bridge. We were sitting at one end of the bridge, right on the sidewalk.

…and the bridge itself.


11 thoughts on “whimsical light in the night sky

  1. Năm nay dưới này mưa tầm tã 2 ngày liền nên hổng có pháo bông, pháo biếc gì hết, làm tụi nhỏ thất vọng tràn trề đây nè.

    Chụp hình pháo bông thì không nên dùng macro lense nàng ui. Nhớ hồi July 4 năm 2012 thì tui chụp theo exif này nè:

    Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    – Focal Length: 75mm – 88mm
    – Exposure Time: 2s – 8s
    – Aperture: f/10 – f/15
    – ISO Equivalent: 100 – 200

      1. thì thấy nàng mang theo portrait lens nên nói dzậy thôi. Chụp pháo bông mà dùng macro lens cũng tiêu tùng luôn à.

      2. Tui đang nài nỉ ông chủ nhà cho tui một cái zoom lens mà chưa được phê chuẩn. Nhưng tui thiệt tình là tệ chụp hình kiểu này lắm

      3. nàng chụp portrait đẹp hơn nhiều nên cứ chụp portrait cho chắc ăn đi nàng ui …hì hì hì ..

        chờ mai mốt ông chủ nhà đi mần lại rồi kiếm chiền tậu cái zoom lens khác.

        Á, mà hôm nọ ông O đi interview sao rồi ?

  2. Minnesota? Wow, better you than me chi.. How was last winter? Got snow? Lol. The out of focus kinda cool. It works in this case.

    1. I grew up here in Minnesota until i was 24 and left the state for boston, Massachusetts for grad school then lived there for 9 years before moving back here because O got a job offer and we wanted to be closer to my family.

      Oh god, don’t talk about winter just yet. Let me enjoy the rest of the summer. It was brutally cold.

      1. Awesome, so you will take the boys ice skating and skiing when they are old enough. Gotta do some winter sports.

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