Fourth of July Fireworks

We spent Fourth of July weekend with both my parents and his parents. I love that our families get along and like to spend time together. Gives me warm fuzzies inside. I love my family so much. The Mister’s folks showed up a little before lunch, and we spent the day eating lots of crazy good food, laughing and telling stories, playing dominos, and eating some more good food. A little while before dusk we headed down to get our seats for the fireworks show, and I set up my camera. I’m not very good at capturing fireworks, or nature in general, but it’s always good to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. My mentor taught me this way of capturing fireworks years ago, and I still haven’t perfected it (although I don’t think that’s even possible)… in fact, I really struggled for some reason this year. But I came away with some really cool images. And a realization at just how DIRTY my sensor is. So you can ignore that.

The Mister and I before the show started. No makeup. Don’t judge! I actually really love this photo! :)



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  • Nicole Harnois - Ummmm, I’m a LITTLE obsessed with these firework pics. LOVE!ReplyCancel

  • Rik Andes - Awesome! The unpredictable nature of that kind of firework photo is why I love it so much. It’s half the fun of taking them. :)

    Also, I love that you posted a no-makeup picture–I bet Corey would be a little upset if you showed him with all his mascara,,rouge, and lipstickReplyCancel

  • Laura Elizabeth - Love!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly - First off these are absolutely amazing!!! SOOO beautiful. Did you shoot through something? I can’t imagine how you got these awesome photos!ReplyCancel

    • Rachel Ruffer - Thanks, Kimberly! I didn’t shoot through anything… you just set your lens to manual focus and shift the focus point during a long exposure. I think my exposures were about 1 sec long, and then you just spin the manual focus ring while it’s exposing the image!ReplyCancel

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