Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy 143rd birthday, Canada!

It seems that July 1st rolls around much faster than every 12 months, but we Canadians love a good party no matter what time of year it is. Typically, it was a nice bright and sunny day, not as humid as I recall in the past, but that's bad news for photographers who want to get the best images they can.

Happily, I have access to a secret weapon called Nikon's CLS (Creative Lighting System) with a pair of SB-800's and the SB-600. The partner in crime is the humble entry-level D40, it has that 1/500th second flash sync that few people appreciate and even can use. Fill flash photography is almost second-nature to me, now.

Anyway, I was very happy with what I was able to get especially the diversity.

The fireworks images were shot with the D80 as I have a dedicated cable release, an accessory that is really needed for time exposures, something the D40 lacks and really doesn't need.

Since these were mostly people photos, I did not do my usual juicing up of the colors as that tends not to work so well for skin tones, so these look more realistic.

Sadly, I now have to wait another whole year to do it all again.............


  1. or you can come here and take pics on July 4th!

  2. Good photos. Thanks for posting so quick!

  3. Reta, I'll bet they have great fireworks in Utah. I'll book a flight and be there on Sunday afternoon=)