Happy 4th of July
The shot above is of the small, eleven site camping area on the Saint Charles Hospital Loop Road where I have been camped for a month and a half now. In the background is Pilot Butte, and it just so happens that the city of Bend launches it’s 4th of July fireworks program from the top of the butte.
Lucky me !
This was the first fireworks display I remember viewing since way, way back in my working days where we did a nice program at the resort I managed.
As a result, this also was the first time I have ever attempted to photograph fireworks, and there are some unique challenges.
My main problem was that the action was just too darn fast and furious. Being new to this, I wanted to be able to check the monitor on the back of the camera to see how I was doing with my settings, but the fireworks just kept on firing every few seconds for the short duration of the show, so I had to just keep shooting and hope.
The other thing was that I had nothing but my neighbor’s trailer to include in the shot to provide some sense of place, just nothing of interest for a foreground.
And, of course, the very bright lighting over the camping area, reflected off the bright white sides of the neighbor’s truck and trailer also created problems.
But it certainly was an interesting first attempt and now I guess I’ll have to look for, and then manage to stay awake, for some more fireworks displays when I hit the road again.
Nothing new to report on the myeloma front, having just completed round two of chemo, with this being my week off from treatments before starting round three. Feeling good with no side effects from the chemo, energy is back and I have resumed exercising, well actually just walking the hospital loop a couple times a day, roughly two miles a day. Working on a couple of new acrylic paintings and trying to stay cool inside since it has been in the 90’s now for a week or so.
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