Friday, July 11, 2014

My Cinderella Castle Silhouette Photo is going to be PUBLISHED!!!!!!

On Sunday July 5th, 2014, a post on the KelbyOne Facebook Page went up asking for anyone to submit their BEST fireworks photo, in honor of 4th of July. At first, the Top 3 photos were going to be chosen for publishing in Photoshop Magazine.

With over 100+ submitted photos, the contest then became the "most liked" photo from all the submissions. There were some very amazing images submitted and while I had hopes, I wasn't quite sure any of the 5 photos I had submitted would even make the top 3 most liked. All 5 did very well though......

However, much to my surprise, MY SILHOUETTE PHOTO WAS LIKED THE MOST!!!!!! It received 129 votes, 2nd place has 89 votes & 3rd place had 54. I truly am HONORED and excited that one of my personal favorite images I've ever taken will now appear in a future issue of an award winning magazine.

Here is a screenshot of the official announcement:

Here is the larger version:

The story behind this photo: Well before my last Disney trip in Nov 2013, I had seen a graphic promotion from a Disney page that had a darked castle with white fireworks surrounding it. It was the inspiration to the idea of this very photo. Since I had been to Disney many times, I pretty much had "Wishes" fireworks show memorized. I knew the exact moment when most of the castle light was be turned off momentarily. I literally had mere SECONDS to be sure my camera was settings were spot on and that I fired the remote shutter at the perfect time. My heart was racing as the moment was about to happen... WOULD I GET LUCKY???

I about dropped my remote and cried when I peeked at the 2" screen on the back of my camera.... I NAILED IT!!!!! With just some minor post processing on it, I had the shot I planned in my head for MONTHS!!!!!!

Once I finished the minor edits I wanted to do on it, I had it printed on metal from Create My While it took a lot longer than I hoped to receive the actual print, it was worth the wait. This image just pops off the metal when the sun hits it. I am beyond ecstatic that my most favorite image I've ever taken will now be officially published. THANK YOU TO KELBYONE and EVERYONE THAT HELPED CHOOSE MY PHOTO!!!!!! I can't wait to see the issue and will definitely be framing the page it appears on & hanging it under the print on my wall!!!!!
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

God Bless The USA moment through the years - Delaware Fireworks Photographer

I did this for last years fireworks post (Here: 2013 Fireworks) comparing my growth as a photographer.

Since I've pretty much mastered the technical aspects of shooting fireworks, I approached this year with a different goal. Composing images with different levels of fireworks vs just having a bunch of pretty bursts overlapping (like in 2012 image). By aiming for this, I definitely knew I'd have less images at the end of the show and would have to pay more attention to where the bursts were happening in the sky. I think I accomplished my goal.

I'm also getting much better with not completely blowing out the finale of fireworks shows (like in 2011 image). This is the hardest task of all since sooo many bursts are going off at the same time.

I call this the "God Bless The USA" moment because 11,000+ people stand to their feet as this giant flag is raised when the song plays as the finale!!!!! It's truly a breathtaking moment to experience!!!!!

¨*•.¸¸♥¸.•*¨*•☆☆•*¨☆•*¨*~ HAPPY 4th OF JULY ~*☆¨*•☆☆•*¨*•.¸¸♥¸.•*¨*

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

2014 Herrs Freedom Fest 4th of July Fireworks - Delaware Fireworks Photographer

After choosing to go to a new place last year, we decided to return to the Herrs Factory in Nottingham PA. These are the best local fireworks to see in our opinion. My husbands family says this location should be our yearly family tradition/trip.

¨*•.¸¸♥¸.•*¨*•☆☆•*¨☆•*¨*~ENJOY ~*☆¨*•☆☆•*¨*•.¸¸♥¸.•*¨*

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