We didn't go there. Lately, downtown Albany has been too much of a madhouse to go there so we've been going to East Greenbush, which overlooks the Plaza.
We didn't go there, either. It was a long, hot day - over 90F (32C) and we were hot, tired and cranky. The kiddo insisted on seeing fireworks though, and he and my better half headed off in the car. The neighbourhood had been popping, sparking, booming and BLAMming for days, so it's no real surprise that they stopped just a few streets away to watch the locals doing their thing. He was very happy, which made us happy too.
In the mean time, the people on the State Street end of our street were having a show of their own. Remember, this is all quite illegal - imagine what would happen if one of these rockets landed on a roof and set the house afire. Their show went on for about a half an hour, and there were literally people on all sides of me doing the same thing.
This is one of those shots. I was using the Minolta MD 50mm f/1.4 wide open for photos before this one, but I didn't like how blobby the photos were turning out. No matter where I put the shutter speed, between 1/4 and 1/10 of a second, the rocket's were just... blobs of colour. Nice colour, but still blobs. So I stopped the lens down to f/4 and used one second exposures and rather prefer the results. Thought I'd share that in the hopes that I'll be able to look it up next time I want to know what worked :-)
Today is Friday, and that means it's Skywatch Friday. Please click the link to see the skies from round the world.
|Lens||Minolta MD 50mm f/1.4|
|Focal Length||50.0 mm|
|Flash||Off, Did not fire|