Balloon Fiesta 2023

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I took a few tentative stabs at shooting fireworks at various times over the years, but since I've been in Red Lodge for 4th of July fireworks starting in 2017 I've become more proficient. That first year, I had the small S95 on a tripod that was on a wooden deck with lots of people on it, and I found that the vibration that introduced squiggles into the images. Now I set the tripod on the ground and fire away with a DSLR and remote trigger. My usual settings are ISO 200, f/11, 4-second exposure, and a focal length dependent on distance to the display, usually 70-200mm.

I saw a drone light show for the first time at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in 2023 and I'm including those images with fireworks because it is a very similar camera setup.

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  • 4th of July: 4th of July parade, rodeo and fireworks in Red Lodge, Montana, 2017. [Photos] [Narrative]


  • Colorado, July 2005: Over the Fourth of July 2005 I headed to Colorado. There were so many wildflowers that my new Canon G6 camera was in macro mode much of the time. [Photos] [Narrative]

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