See all the pretty lights

Every year around the 4th of July, my tiny, tiny town turns bustling for a few days with the arrival of a traveling carnival. I’ve lived here twenty years and I’ve never so much as stopped – nor have I gone to see the town firework’s show.ImageWhat changed this year? I got my first DSLR, and I decided it would be a perfect place to practice night photography techniques.
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I don’t aspire to be a capital-P Photographer (I have lots of real photographer friends, and I know that it’s about a lot more than just having the right equipment!) But now that I have the shiny, fancy camera, I do want to get the basics down so I’m not disappointed in my shots. Image

I learn best by practicing, so that’s going to mean being intentional about seeking out opportunities. And hey … fireworks shows are fun! I was initially a little sad to give up a quiet evening at home (yes, I am THAT person) but in the end the bustle and crowd and people watching was totally worth it. Oh, and the light show. Which was pretty awesome.

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I like that so many fireworks shots look like exotic flowers.

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Seriously – doesn’t this look like a fancy flower arrangement?