Kaboom 2: a retrospective

As I mentioned in my earlier fireworks post, I’ve taken a lot of good photos of fireworks and I’ve had a lot of good times.I might not have a lot of readers, but those who have been checking this out voiced a lot of praise for my fireworks pics, so here’s some more.

These are some of my absolute favorites. These may not all be my photos. Some of these, I was to busy lighting the fuses to take the pictures. Hehehe,

Flora's fireworks from July 4, 2006. My first fourth downstate.

A nice shot taken in a park in Chicago on the Northwest side. I love the guy in the foreground. As a visual element anyways.

One of my favorites that I've run in the newspaper. At Orchardville Church, south of Xenia, a few weeks prior to the 4th in 2010.

This was shot by my buddy Derek during one of Mark Lambird and my "Weekend After the 4th" fireworks show. This was our biggest show.

This was shot by my buddy Derek Anderson during one of Mark Lambird and my "Weekend After the 4th" fireworks show. This was our biggest show.

As I said, Derek came to see the biggest show Mark and I put on. The shots Derek got were more about the excitement of lighting the things though. He is a man that knows that excitement well. Here’s another example from the same night. For more of Derek’s work, check his blog here.

That's Mark running for dear life from a mortar he just lit. We had a 75 mm shell go off just above ground level – No injuries though...this time.

One of the coolest fireworks shots I’ve seen was by Mark himself. It was while I was in Chicago shooting the pic four above this and the one after this one. I swear this isn’t Photoshopped. Or rather, he swears this isn’t ‘shopped and I believe him.

Photo by Mark Lambird. Just a perspective thing: lightning in the distance, fireworks close up. Cool, huh?

Here’s the other one I shot in Chicago on that 4th. One of my favorites, overall.

That's how neighborhood fireworks work in Chicago. Everybody comes out to the park and blows up all the stuff they went to Inddiana or Wisconsin to buy. It was a real good time.

Here’s a favorite (Aren’t they all). It’s not regular fireworks, but an example of what happens when you tie 600 sparklers together and light them. Kids, don’t try this at home. Adults should probably be wary too…

Photo by Jens Deju. I'm just out of frame at the left with my jaw on the ground. That column of flame was around ten feet high.

Here's a photo illustration we did on firework safety. Real fuse, but we pulled the cracker out of it's housing. Burns are digital though.

Here's an old favorite of the fireworks show Mark and I did at his parents' house, I believe in 2006. The spectators may have been a bit close, we moved across the lake in subsequent years.

A good solid picture to end on. July 4, 2010, in Flora. Mix of long exposure with flash on the spectators in their chairs.

Thanks for reading. Now go blow something up! (Safely)


Flashes from the heavens

I felt like interrupting my fireworks pictures posts with something a little different, so here it is. Actually, this is really pretty similar. Same technique: Camera on tripod, open shutter and wait. This time though, there isn’t someone on the ground lighting the fireworks.

Shot in Flora just south of the ball fields.

That was probably my cleanest fireworks shot. This one is my favorite, but I’ve already featured it.

This one is near Southwire in Flora

This one is another favorite. There isn’t one dominant bolt, but there are tons of smaller ones. There may even be some cloud to cloud lightning, but I’m not sure. Anyways, thanks for checking it out. Next up, a look at my favorite fireworks shots. From a long career of setting things ablaze.


As anyone who has spent any time with me during the month of July can attest, I love me some fireworks. Every year, I try to get some good pictures of the fireworks no matter where I’m at. This year, I was in Flora and as a change, I decided to shoot the show from inside the park, rather than from a distance like I normally do.

This is the one we ran in the paper. I like it when I can include forground elements to give the images some setting.

This is a big shell that went off at ground level. I always liked these, especially when I don't get hit with anything.

Rather like this. And anyone you can see a bit of blue in the sky.

Another with some color being cast over everything.

I guess that’s all for this year’s. I’ll try to do a post with a bunch of my favorites from a couple of years together. These bigger shows are good, but I don’t get to get as close as I’d like. Thanks for looking.

Little Cat, all grown up

Edward R. Meower, who you may remember from when he was little, has grown up a bit, and now pretty much just goes by ‘Eddy.’ It’s hard to shout ‘Edward R. Meower’ when there’s trouble afoot and with this cat (or any cat, I’ve been told) there frequently is.

So anyways, last night, Meghan’s cousin JoAnn stopped by to get me to shoot some photos of her camera for her to sell on eBay and I set up a little one light product studio. One light and lot’s of fill cards/boards. These fill card and boards are what Eddy was knocking about, and since he wanted to be on set, we got to take some pictures of the little trouble maker.

Oh, you silly cat.

There are few things scarier than waking up at 3 a.m. with those eyes staring at you an inch away from your own.

"We are living in a material world and he is a material girl." Yep, I don't know why, but it's appropriate.

I love his little kitty expression here.

I realizing that I’m just confirming everything bad about the Internet by posting a bunch of pictures of my cat, but so what. Eddy, you da man.