"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

No Flash, Hand-Held Off-Camera Flash- Sparklers in the Rain for One

Thanks to everyone who sent birthday greetings.  Nothing like announcing “Hey, it’s my birthday” publicly and then being the recipient of such lovely wishes.

Rain kept us from going to see fireworks Thursday night.  Anna had her Pap light a sparkler or two and she tired  to enjoy them in the rain in the front yard.

For the second day in  a row I took the photos from the porch.  It was totally dark.

The first photo was taken without a flash but there was some light from the house and the sparkler.

The second was taken with hand-held off-camera flash. Thought i would experiment as I read about it but never really tried it. I avoid using the flash as much as possible but wanted to experiment for some different dramatic lighting effects. Thanks Anna you were most cooperative.

The cord I bought about 9 years ago and never really used.  I will try it again when I have some more willing subjects.

No flash

 

 

you can see the raindrops

Raindrops

 

Not too dramatic lighting but a few visible raindrops.

 

 

 

off camera flash

 

 

Experimenting with light  and hand held off camera flash

Motion in the dark

Anna in motion.  With flash.

 

 

9 responses

  1. Fantastic shots Ruth! I keep hearing about the hand held flash as well but I’m not sure about my co-ordination. Looks like you had a fun birthday!

    July 5, 2013 at 12:58 am

  2. Love this shots, Ruth. Your post took me right back to my childhood in England, when on November 5th, Guy Fawkes night, my sister and I had a packet of sparklers each, and a few fireworks in the back yard. :)

    July 5, 2013 at 2:21 am

  3. Happy Birthday to you!

    July 5, 2013 at 2:25 am

    • Thank you Isobel

      Sent from my iPhone

      July 5, 2013 at 7:28 am

  4. Sue Reinfeld

    Your subject is beautiful. I remember when sparklers were a really big deal.

    July 5, 2013 at 7:17 am

  5. Donna D'Abruzzo

    Glad you had a good birthday. It’s such a joy to watch the grandchildren having fun.

    July 5, 2013 at 8:29 am

  6. Sorry to hear the weather didn’t comply with outdoor festivities. The weather here was absolutely perfect – warm and dry. (Both good things for July 4th!) But it sounds like you still had a nice time with family – I’m glad to you to enjoy your birthday regardless of what ‘presents’ Ma Nature decided to give you. ;)

    July 5, 2013 at 8:34 am

  7. Gail Radley

    Special being all together, such fun

    July 5, 2013 at 8:35 am

  8. Way to go, Anna! She wasn’t about to let a few raindrops spoil her 4th. Now that’s patriotism!
    Another great set of photos, Ruth. Amazing what you could capture with no flash at all.

    July 6, 2013 at 2:35 am

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