Best 4th of July, EVER!!! – (update)

Without further ado, here are the best 4th of July EVER!! pix.  Someone had said to us that evening, “this is America at its Best”.  I concur.

Our model, Celeste and a SBIPG member, Happy Bob

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SBIPG member, Bob was making his shots while I volunteered to be a human light stand.

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Underexposing few minutes after magic hour sky was the best way to get this rich blue saturated night sky when combined with flash normal to overexposing the main subject.

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Finalé Explosive

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Review for SBIPG: It would have been better if the shooting area was darker than it was (as I wanted it to be), but the area was lit by nearby harbor restaurants and its unwanted lighting was illuminating the model who held still for 6 seconds during the exposure for the fireworks.  Ideally, placing the model in the dark area (best at pitch black) was a “must”, but lack of location check prior to the event (fireworks) forced me to shoot it without coming up with a better location.  I knew it was too bright (for the model) to shoot it there but there was only few minutes left to the showtime and I had to start shooting since the fireworks only lasted for 15 minutes or so.  I knew I wanted longer than five seconds exposure for the fireworks but couldn’t go too long cuz of a live model standing in fairly lit foreground.  Celeste was a trooper standing still for six seconds in her kick-ass-6-inch-high-heels on the not-so-flat ground (wobbly!).  Thanks Celeste!!!

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SBIPG (Santa Barbara International Photography Group)

Celeste is Best

Best 4th of July, EVER!!!

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Celeste is Best (00:26)

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One response to “Best 4th of July, EVER!!! – (update)

  1. Pingback: 2010 4th of July Move Clip | Moshi Moshi Kenji

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