This evening, being the 4th of July, I wanted to go and photograph fireworks. The nearest, nicest fireworks are in New Haven.
It’s a fifteen minute drive, but the area around the harbor is pretty crowded. A few weeks ago two guards from Quinnipiac University told me about a vantage point from QU’s new field house. It’s high on a hill a few minutes away from here with a commanding view of New Haven seven miles away.
I loaded my camera, lenses and tripod and headed out. It’s a top-down night with low humidity and cool temperatures.
I was curious if it would be a buggy night… and it was! With our recent rain and a duck filled pond a few dozen yards away the area was thick with flying, biting insects.
The tripod and camera set up quickly in a nice vantage point with a view south. Because of the distance I was forced to go with my 70-300mm lens–the lowest quality lens in my bag. It being dark and all this would be a true test.
I never could find the exact focus point. I was close, but that’s not good enough. Beyond that my long exposure shots were too much for my lightweight tripod. Even after instructing the camera to flip the mirror long before the shutter opens (cutting vibration way down) there was still too much shake.
We’ll call these an experiment even though there’s a 365 day wait until the next practice session.