We joined the Mitchells for the Madeira fireworks again this year.  I love the small town feel of their fireworks display.  I was happy that the Darbyshires could join us too.  Our kids were so happy to see their friends!  There is always a band playing, yummy food and people just spread out a blanket in the grass.  Lola and Elle danced and danced, the boys played tag for a while and then the show began.  I love seeing the kids expressions so I usually photograph them instead of the actually fireworks.  What a fun night!!

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July 2, 2011 - 6:59 pm

Nancy - It was fun to finally meet the Darbyshires! What a cute family!! I love the special bond these two families have!
PS. the deep fried pickles and the chocolate dipped strawberries were awesome.

July 2, 2011 - 10:32 pm

Jani - Okay, is it just me or have your children changed so much this year — they seem to be growing up faster??? It is fun to watch fireworks and it would be nice to hear the soundtrack the kids make but it is usually so soft compared to the kaboom of the fireworks. Next best thing is capturing a still photo of their faces.

July 3, 2011 - 3:26 pm

bhoesel - I was just wondering what settings you used on the darker images? I also love your pictures taken with the fisheye.

July 4, 2011 - 1:13 am

Karen H - I have a question too…I know some of these are fisheye but some aren’t. What was the other lens you used (I don’t have a fisheye). They are very sweet. I need to remember to photograph the faces instead of the only fireworks–much more meaningful:)

July 4, 2011 - 5:10 am

Kathy - Love the pics glad you are in some as well….would love to try some sparkler photos did you get the instructions on line somewhere – the guitar one is awesome… my 7 year old would love that. Kathy, Brisbane, Australia.

July 4, 2011 - 5:57 am

Tara Lynn - Very cool!you’re an inspiration for all the photographers!

July 4, 2011 - 10:32 am

Melissa - bhoesel- Here are my settings for one of the darker images: f/2.8, ISO 2000, 1/20 sec. However, you need to know that I was using the fireworks as a fill flash. This is done primarily by trial and error. I waited for the fireworks and then shot my photo. The light from the blast actually lit my shot. Hope that makes sense.

Karen H- I was using my 35mm lens. I use it 90% of the time (mostly because I’m too lazy to change it 🙂

Kathy- Actually that’s not me, it’s my good friend Dana :). Interestingly enough my 2 yo daughter was looking at these photos with me and said, “Where’s mommy?” I need to do a better job of handing the camera to my husband every now and then. The sparkler instructions are here: Have fun!!!

July 4, 2011 - 8:39 pm

Anne Morrow - The Darbyshire faces in the “firework action shot” are priceless. Cash is hilarious and Lola does NOT look thrilled. Dana sure loves it! So great…

July 4, 2011 - 10:51 pm

Karen H - Thank you for answering my question 🙂

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