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July 17, 2011 - 14 went

Random Acts of Kindness Challenge (RAK-C) for July - whole week 17th thru 23rd

Various 4th of July weekend photos. First, fun with sparklers.

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Added by Dave
on Jul 4, 2011.


  • A. M.

    As always... amazing and lovely pics that put a smile on our faces and make us appreciate simple joys of life!! TY Dave! Great job!

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  • Dave

    Thanks, Mary! Some basic cameras may allow you to do it. Here's what I did... First, set up camera on tripod. If you don't have one, brace on a fence post or other solid surface. Choose ISO 800 or 1600 Set exposure to A (aperture preferred), and if you can, choose about f5.6 Choose Manual Focus (not S + MF...strictly Manual) Pick a spot where you want your subject to stand. Have someone stand there while you focus. If you need to, use a flash light or other light to help you see. To make sure it's in focus, you can take a regular flash picture and review it. Adjust focus if necessary, then turn off that light. Your meter will pick a time it thinks is correct for the exposure. This will probably be something long, 0.2 seconds or more. Some basic cameras will choose a faster shutter speed, which is what you do NOT want. If you can, choose "Slow" in your flash settings. Note: If your subject looks blurry, it may be because the subject is moving DURING the exposure. But, to make the sparkler trace designs etc. that's almost a given. You may need to adjust your aperture to f8 or f11 if the flash makes the subject too bright.

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  • A. M.

    Wow...that's pretty cool Dave! Thanks for the explanation. I'll check if my basic sony cybershot can do that some day. You are a high tech photographer!! Way to go!!

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