Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Dewy Fireworks

Canon 30D
Canon EF 100mm Macro f/2.8
Shutter Speed 1/200
Aperture f/2.8
ISO 100
Aperture Priority
Natural Light

I went out this morning to brave the frigid frost and dew and had a blast. It's just amazing what there is to see in your own backyard. In case you're wondering, I live in a modest home with a small yard that backs to a small wetland area. On the other side of the wetlands is more houses - a lot more houses. This means as I crawled around my yard and the wetlands I again had ample time to further incriminate myself as the weirdo of Lake in the Hills. I can't wait to see what my next door neighbor has to say.

For this shot I used my macro lens and a small aperture coupled with a tripod and remote shutter. I tried to highlight the end formation. I succeeded to a point but you can see that some of the droplets at the end are blurry. This speaks to the challenge of aperture selection. I actually thought I had f/4.0 dialed up but while uploading I discovered I was at f/2.8. Bummer! F/4.0 has slightly more depth of field and is sharper on the whole and is still sufficiently small to achieve a beautiful bokeh. Oh well - next time.

As it is, I'm happy with the results. I had to wait for quite a while for the sun to peek above the house next to mine but in the meantime, I managed to get many other shots. All in all, though I froze my tush off, I had fun crawling around with numb fingers (you know it's cold when you can't tell if your finger is on the shutter release button!). So get out and shoot you photogs!



  1. It is beautiful! I love the bokeh.

  2. Thanks Amanda. I just wish I didn't freeze my butt off! Weren't you the correct guesser last time for "Wordless Wednesday?" We still want you to post. Drop us a line at 3chicks1dude@gmail.com and we'll work it out. Thanks for visiting us!

  3. OOOOH AWWW WOW! I love your fireworks! Again FANTASTIC! Some times I think you should post everyday, because I want to see more of this! Skills an d mad talent. Thank you !

  4. You know Scott, If we lived in the same neighborhood we could be the new normal :o). Was your hair all ratty or wet yet? At least you had shoes on - right?

  5. Thanks Jay'me. No clean cut look at all my friend - unshaven, un-showered, and dressed in sold red rain gear to protect from the dew. I did have shoes on thank God. I stayed out close to an hour so I think it would have gotten really ugly without footwear.

  6. I know you're exactly right about that!!! I was hurting from just a little frost, hopping around as if I was on hot coals. Older age does not make us tougher and in my case not much wiser!

  7. I'm back! I really missed making my post the other day, but we had absolutely no internet in our cottage in the woods. Love the picture Scott, but FROST!!! Too soon for that haha. I'm looking forward to the fall colors first before all the cold weather pics. Anybody else on par with that?

  8. Great photo, as usual. I'm not at the top of my game tonight but I'm wondering, what am I looking at?
    I know what you're saying about wishing the shot was at f4. Would have gotten things a little sharper. That's why I'm usually working in full manual. I haven't gotten to the point where I trust my camera to make the right choice. I'm a little type A, in case you can't tell. :)

    Sere, I'm with you. Fall first! Seems like us Chicagoans forget spring and fall a lot.

  9. Soooo cool...think I will be following!