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Ooooooh! Aaaaaaah!!

Love the multicolored ones!

Love the multicolored ones!

Last night our master-planned community showcased its Fourth of July best with its annual fireworks show.

Looks like we’ve got a red theme going on.

Looks like we’ve got a red theme going on.

The Mister, our younger son, and I decided to watch from the bleachers at our nearby middle school with the kid’s pals, Jared and Ricky, and Ricky’s parents, Julie and Carlos (our trivia aces).

Glad I could capture all the pretty bursts

Lots of pretty bursts

I didn’t take long to consider my photographic options for a change. For past fireworks displays I’ve tried serious, point-and-shoot lazy, and embarrassingly sloppy.

Blue and green make for a nice color combination.

Blue and green make for a nice color combination.

This time I opted for my Nikon D700 and beloved Nikon 70-200mm lens. The fireworks were being blasted from about a half mile away, so I needed some focal length. I also eschewed a tripod totally due to laziness. So when my arms got tired from holding the heavy combo, I only had myself to blame (darn it!).

It’s the palm tree effect!

It’s the palm tree effect!

Due to some kind of glitch, the colorful show kept starting and stopping over a 25-minute time span, confusing the crowd. That made it hard to get the sort of rhythm you need to hopefully capture a half-dozen decent pix.

Fortunately, I managed to snap about a dozen photos that I thought best represented what we saw. Even though I appreciate the crisp, clear, multiburst shots, I must admit that one favorite stood out.

Electricity!

Electricity is in the air.

It looks like a science experiment gone awry! This is what happens when the camera’s shutter speed is way too slooooow.

It’s a great reminder of last night’s funky, fun fireworks extravaganza.

Rallying the Troops With Fireworks

So lovely!

The best part of this week’s high school pep rally in anticipation of tonight’s big homecoming football game?

So sparkly!

Great fireworks! Almost as good as after Friday night Sugar Land Skeeters‘ games.

So colorful!

It definitely excited the crowd. We’re ready to root on our boys as they try to add their third district victory against an undefeated foe.

So intriguing (thanks to a sloooow shutter speed)!

Go, Bulldogs, go!

The Old Man and the (Younger) C

Roger’s pitch is on its way to the batter.

As the mom of two precious boys and married to a man who also adores them, I’m a sucker for father-son bonds.

Sidebar: Which is why the scene between Kurt Hummel and his father on last night’s “Glee” premiere left me crying.

Koby was steady behind the plate.

So when our friend Eric asked if we wanted his two extra tickets to see Roger Clemens pitch to his oldest son Koby for our Sugar Land Skeeters, there was only one response: Absolutely! Especially since it was Bollywood night complete with amazing post-game fireworks. Minor-league baseball doesn’t get any better than this!

Father and son chat while walking back to the dugout.

Our younger son already was going to the game with his friend Ricky, sitting in the outfield lawn section (which is not for old folks like the Mister and I, who have a tough time getting up without a forklift). When we saw that there were empty (albeit season-ticket) seats in our row, I told the boys to join us and get closer to the action.

The kid looks good behind the Nikon!

Wanting to be just like mom (or maybe he wanted a better look), my son took my Nikon D700 complete with Nikon 70-200mm lens and started snapping away at Clemens the elder on the mound.

This was our view of Roger from our seats on the first-base side.

He did a great job capturing Roger rearing back with the ball! I might need to turn over the big equipment to the kid more often.

As manager Gary Gaetti walks out to yank Roger, father and son hug on the mound.

Fortunately, I was behind the lens when Roger exited the game in the fourth inning. Before leaving, he and Koby shared a wonderful hug that got me reaching for a tissue. This was the first time the son had caught his seven-time Cy Young Award-winning father in a professional baseball game. It truly was a special moment for all of us lucky enough to witness it.

Toby Keith sat in the Skeeters’ dugout for most of the game.

The Clemens duo might have been the attraction that night, but our little city drew a celebrity to the game: Toby Keith. The country-music star is a pal of Roger Clemens, and he attended to support his buddy. I thought he looked great in his own Skeeters’ jersey!

Let’s have a party!

The Skeeters’ management took advantage of the appearance by passing out red Solo cups to the fans to hoist when Keith was introduced. I just wish they had made them useful by filling them with Diet Coke.

The fireworks look good to my iPhone 4S.

The hoopla continued with Bollywood-style dancing, the usual condiment races, the spirited singing of “Yellow Rose of Texas,” and those great fireworks. And the best part of all?

A 4-0 Skeeters’ win, with Roger Clemens getting credit for the victory, as well as sharing the experience with his own precious son.

Cue the happy-ending music!

Elvis Rocks the Fireworks

A lotta shaking going on . . . due to a slow shutter speed.

As I’ve mentioned before, our Sugar Land Skeeters put on a great fireworks show.

Red-dy or not!

Our minor-league baseball team decided to shake things up last Friday night by making that bright display Elvis-themed. It was the Skeeters’ first game with former major-league ace Roger Clemens in uniform.

These remind me of spiders . . . red spiders.

Kind of like the King meets the Rocket. With majestic rockets bursting in air!

More spiders

The colorful, post-game display almost made up for us not seeing Clemens pitch.

Green-gold lighted streamers silhouette the scoreboard.

Almost!

More greenish fireworks hover around the scoreboard

What made these Elvis-related? The nostalgic music accompanying them.

Love the rockets’ red, gold, and white glare!

There were no King of Rock and Roll sightings at the game. Maybe he left the field early.

That hound dog!!

Flubbing the Photo Fourth

A storage company’s huge American flag adds to the colorful display.

Our master-planned community puts on a great fireworks show for the Fourth of July. Last night was no exception.

A waaaay-too-slow shutter speed made for this odd-looking effect.

Unfortunately, my photo skills weren’t up to the task of properly documenting that brilliance. Due to standing too far away and a too-slow shutter speed, I had more errors than hits. By a huge percentage.

But I still loved watching the rockets’ red blare, and the “bombs” bursting in air!

Funky Fireworks

The rockets’ red glare!

In yesterday’s blog, I showed what happens when your settings are correct for shooting fireworks. It seemed like 1/60th of a second was the sweet spot for keeping everything in focus (f/2.8 and 640 ISO with a Nikon 24-70mm lens).

Looks like a meteor shower among a couple palm trees.

Of course, when it comes to photography—like life—the good often is accompanied by the bad and the ugly. Or in this case, the too-slow shutter speed.

The artistic side of fireworks

As I was merrily clicking away after last Friday night’s Sugar Land Skeeters baseball game, I noticed that at times my shutter wasn’t keeping up with my index finger. The reason? There wasn’t enough light in the sky at times, so the shutter was ever so slow. Like 1/5th of a second at times, as in most of these photos, which is tough without using a tripod.

Pretty but slow

Normally, when I blur photos, I delete them. No one thinks you’re a good photographer if you display your lousy pics . . . especially on Facebook, people!

Anyone green with envy? Probably not.

But these missed-it-by-THAT-much pix intrigued me. Just because they weren’t sharp and in focus didn’t make them uninteresting.

Fuzzy fireworks

The funky fireworks seem artsy to me. They also have value and beauty.

In a sloooooow kinda way.

One-Word Wednesday

We loved the fireworks after the Sugar Land Skeeters’ baseball game.

Fireworks!

I used my Nikon D700 and Nikon 24-70mm lens.

Shutter speed here was 1/25th of a second (ISO 640).

These were some of the best fireworks we had ever seen.

Made it worth the price of admission!