Getting a good fireworks photo is harder than it looks. I had a quiet day at home with the cats on the fourth and I was determined to try again to get a good pic of the fireworks I can see from my patio.
I made sure my camera battery was charged and drug out my camera manual to see how to set it for fireworks. I was almost ready to give it a whirl when one of my sisters called. As we were talking, some older neighbor kids climbed the high bluff in the desert behind my house and began shooting off bottle rockets. There are snakes back there, not to mention the brush is dry and there’s a lot of it. Luckily, nothing went up in flames. Kids do this every July 4 and New Years Eve.
When we lived in
we went to a friend’s house once for a cookout on the fourth. This grown man decided to hike down the hill
to set off fireworks he bought from the stand in town. He lived on a bluff behind a shopping
center. Well you guessed it, he started
a brush fire, which set all of us in motion rushing down the hill with buckets
and a garden hose, which wasn’t quite long enough. People never think things like this will
happen to them.
This is pitiful, but better than nothing
When I downloaded my photos the next day, it was no surprise to find most of them were duds and I only got two halfway okay pics out of the deal. I think this takes practice, but where do you practice a thing like this when you only get one shot at it every six months? It’s all in the timing of each shot because I had no idea what I was pointing the camera at, or when to snap the picture. The viewfinder was pitch black. I guess under the circumstances I did well.
One thing I did learn was that there is much more to using my camera than I usually use. It’s a Canon point-and-shoot and I love it, but I’m always glad to learn new things. It only took me about six or seven years to discover all this new info because I really don’t have the time to read the camera book.
This one isn't much better, but I tried
He’s been gone a week already and that sure did fly by. Today’s his birthday so he met up with some childhood friends and they had breakfast. He’s overwhelmed with all the stuff on his “to do” list, but is making his way through it.
The water situation here is under control for now. I keep my eye on it though. The plumber said it’s possible the water heater could be cracked on the inside liner, but he recommended we wait, get a pressure gauge to put on it, and observe the situation for anything unusual. So far, everything is fine, which is good because water heaters aren’t cheap. He thinks the water heater got a burst of pressure and the emergency valve blew and flooded the mechanical room. He can’t explain why water got into the closet because there’s a room between the two and that room was dry as a bone. One of life’s mysteries yet unsolved.
I’ve been up to other things too and will save that for another post.