I took a few photos of the Poulsbo, WA fireworks display last night (July 3rd) experimenting with different camera settings.
Here’s the settings I used on this image:
F18 at 20 seconds, ISO 125, 75mm lens, Canon 5D MKII in AV mode. RAW file processed in Adobe Camera Raw. Several of my shots were set at F16 at 30 seconds, ISO 200 with good results. This photo was taken during the grand finale. With more fireworks happening at once I lowered the ISO to 125 and raised the aperture to F18. In AV mode the proper exposure was made in 20 seconds.
When it comes to favorite places, the old growth forests of the Olympic Mountains ranks right up there. Recently I spent the day photographing in the pristine forest along the South Fork Skokomish River. Being in the company of towering Douglas fir trees over 800 years old is an awe-inspiring and humbling experience especially in early summer when the “Green Machine” is at its peak performance with conifer boughs tipped with lime green and understory plants in heated competition for scarce sunlight. The shades of green, earthy smells and stillness of the forest is the perfect recipe for creativity and my day in the forest passed in bliss.
Here’s a photo of a waterfall at the end of the Agnes Gorge Trail (accessed from Stehekin). Normally a small trickle, the spring snow melt turned it into a beautiful cascade tumbling over terraces of granite. The sun streaming through the trees and a rainbow glowing in the mist made an interesting scene.