Tuesday (31-December-2019) — Florida

Gone to See Florida — 2019 Road Trip.

First Night Fireworks in St. Petersburg. My brother and I went down to Vinoy park to view the early fireworks display. I set up two cameras [Fuji X-T3 camera with a 8-16 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 8 mm, f/8, 8 sec) and Leica CL camera with a 18 mm lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/8, 8 sec)] and a Garmin VIRB-360 time-lapse camera to record the show. The early fireworks display was only 5 minutes long. I think the show just before midnight is longer, but I needed to get up early to start on my way back to New Jersey.


Click on the above image to access my PhotoShelter gallery with the individual images in the following slideshow.



Click on the above image to access my PhotoShelter gallery with the individual images in the following slideshow.


Daily Electric Energy Used (36.4 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (13.4 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. A deficit of 22.9 kWh. Most of the hydroponic gardens were off or only on for fewer hours. Also, the thermostat for the Geothermal heater and hybrid heat pump hot water heater were set for vacation mode.

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Tuesday (01-January-2019) — Florida

Happy New Years from St. Petersburg.

Fireworks from downtown St. Petersburg. I think the fireworks are shot off from a barge in Vinoy basin. We had to back off to a park near the pool along Tampa bay. Even then I was hit by the paper residue from one of the firework mortars. I set up two cameras to get pictures during the show. First a Nikon D850  camera with a 20 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 64, 20 mm, f/11, 8 sec). The second a Fuji X-T3 camera and 8-16 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 10 mm, f/8, 8 sec).



Individual images from the slide shows can be viewed here.

Seven-Years Ago (30-June-2011) — New Jersey

Summer in New Jersey. Independence Day Fireworks Video.

DSLR video of the 30-June-2011 Montgomery Township Fireworks display. The Nikon D3s camera is limited to 5 minute HD (720P) video segments. I ended up with three 5 minute segments. I left the in-camera sound recording on to get the sound effects of the fireworks. I also got commentary about the fireworks from a family sitting in front of my tripod. At one point you can hear a train whistle. The other clicking sound is the shutter of my other cameras. I used Adobe Premiere Pro to combine the first and third segments, zoomed in a bit so the firework display takes up more of the image, and increased the volume. I also used Premiere Pro to add a title page to the video.

Thursday (28-June-2018) — New Jersey

Montgomery Township New Jersey Independence Day Fireworks.

My local township typically has an Independence Day fireworks celebration several days before the 4th of July. This year it was almost a week earlier. We had heavy rain in the morning, but by the afternoon things pretty much cleared up. I have a great location near my house that has a view that is above the high school where the fireworks are launched. In all I had five cameras set up to record the event. Individual images can be viewed here. While waiting for the fireworks to start, we watched the “Strawberry” full moon rise through some low clouds. Unfortunately, it was too late to find a different location where the full moon would be in the images with the fireworks.

Strawberry Full Moon Rising Through the Clouds over Montgomery Township. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/11, 6 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Strawberry Full Moon Rising Through the Clouds over Montgomery Township. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/11, 6 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Montgomery Township Independence Day Fireworks. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 64, 105 mm, f/11, 8 sec) (David J Mathre)
Montgomery Township Independence Day Fireworks. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 64, 105 mm, f/11, 8 sec) (David J Mathre)





Six-Years Ago (28-June-2012) — New Jersey

Montgomery Township New Jersey Independence Day Fireworks.

Montgomery Township in New Jersey typically has an Independence Day fireworks celebration several days before the 4th of July. Like this year it was almost a week earlier. I have a great location near my house that has a view that is above the high school where the fireworks are launched. This was the first time I was able to use the new high-resolution Nikon D800 to photograph a fireworks display. In all I had five cameras set up to record the event. Individual images can be viewed here.

Montgomery Township Fireworks. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/11, 8 sec). (David J Mathre)
Montgomery Township Fireworks. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 200 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/11, 8 sec). (David J Mathre)