search instagram arrow-down

Post Tags

A Day In The Country Bike Racing Bikes Cameras coffee outside Cyclocross Desert Ramble Events Film Photography Fragments of My Life Friday Ride Stoke Gnat Family Gnat Image Dump Life Lessons Misc My bike gear My Camera Gear My Favorite Pics My Gear My Rides My Salsa Fargo Story OC/OL/OY People Places Places I love River Rambles Southern California 2012 Travel trips Uncategorized


For the first time that I can remember, we are not running all over the place to soccer or other kid related event(s). Instead, we have been home for 3 straight days with good friends in town from Colorado. It has been joyous.

Last evening we spent the evening in the back yard. Perfect temperature, a fire, smores and a few simple sparklers. As always, I had my camera with me. I love taking back yard portraits of the kids and last night was no exception.

My challenge for the evening was shooting in near darkness with only a single light source. The light of sparklers changes constantly as does the color & white balance. I shot these at either ISO 1600 or 3200, RAW, with a 35 f1.4 lens. I played a bit with manual exposure compensation, but most are shot at -.3 or -.7 to offset the really bright light source. Processing is simple in lightroom. I used preset BW Look #5 with some tweaks and added grain (I grew up shooting film and like grain).

Just having fun and really liked this series so I posted it up. Hope you are all having a great 4th of July weekend.

As always, click any image below to go to slideshow mode.  

Leave a Reply
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: