Why I’m not shooting fireworks this July 4th.

Every year since 2008 when I got my first DSLR, I brought my camera and tripod to every 4th of July and in some cases two firework displays in two different towns. Now it was okay at first to learn how to shoot fireworks and I got some incredible pictures. After a while it just became redundant because my town has literally the same firework display every year. Last year they change the location of them which made it even more difficult to get a good shot.

I don’t live in city with big buildings that add interest, so I don’t have much options to make them more interesting. I did however, tried capturing the crowd and that one came out okay, probably one of my favorite firework shots.

Last year, I was literally the only guy standing in the field with a tripod and camera. I’m not doing that this year. Instead I’m just going to watch and enjoy the display of awesome pyrotechnics with my family and beat the traffic!

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Kingstown Home Eastfield Writing Desk Review

Desk

For the past few years I’ve been using cheap IKEA desk that were hollow and warped. I didn’t want to go back to a cheap hollow table tops, so I decided to look for a solid wood desk.

After searching and searching for an affordable, but rustic/industrial design desk that had a solid wood top and this Kingstown Home Eastfield Writing Desk and took a couple weeks deciding if its what I wanted..but I ended up ordering one and was worried like crazy all week that it was going to be damaged.

Well I got it a couple weeks later by UPS and only damage to the desk was a little bit of scratches to one of the corners..no problem though..because its solid wood! I didn’t mind it. For me, it just added to the look of the desk. It also could be easily fixed.

You have to remember, this desk is VERY heavy. So you just have to accept that fact that it could arrive damaged. But this isn’t like a cheap hollow desk..its solid wood!!

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Champlain Valley Fair 2014 Pictures

I’m not one for going on rides so I always bring my camera because you’ll just never know what you’ll see. Fairgrounds are not the most easiest of subjects to shoot because all of the ever changing artificial lighting really screws up your exposure and throws off your camera’s meter. Its best to shoot in manual and adjust accordingly.

This year I brought my D610 and 50 1.8G because at the time I just bought the D610 and really wanted to test out the high ISO and wow, I am impressed of the noise performance.  Well this isn’t a review or a how-to so here are the best shots I’ve taken at the fair this year.

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Abandoned: Woodbury Country Store

I’ve been really getting into photographing abandoned & forgotten man made structures and learning about the history.   I came across this abandoned country store in Woodbury, Vermont which was a booming market back in the day and had the last gas station in town then.  Sadly the store closed (don’t know when, I’d say in the early 90s) and later in 2011, hurricane Irene flooded the area and caused some further damage to the already run down building.  Some would like to see the store renovated into a proper market.  There isn’t much information on this country store online and the town is pretty quiet.

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The Remains of the Milton Speedway

I’ll be honest, there isn’t much information on this ghost track, but I’ll tell you what I do know.  This was a dedicated dragstrip located in Milton, Vermont and operated from the 1960s to early 1980s. This was and has been the only known dragstrip in the entire state of Vermont and had seen many many cars.  The track is a half mile long and was sanctioned by NASCAR.  The Milton Speedway was no doubt a hit back then with the famous NHRA Shirley Muldowney raced her first husband Jack with a super stock car a few times, but can’t confirm if she has ever raced her dragster or not.

The track has a lot of history and I had the opportunity to walk down the old track or at least what is left of it and captured some pictures of the old but not forgotten, Milton Speedway.

Lets start out with some pictures of what the track originally looked like.

Milton Speedway

The strip from an aerial shot.  By the looks of it, photo probably wasn’t taken very long before the track closed.

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