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The Grand Finale

This ends my series of pics from when we were at the family cottage in Michigan over the Fourth of July.

This year I didn't try to take pics of the fireworks that are on display all around the lake each July 4th.  Instead, I was experimenting with shutter speed--this time at 10 seconds (getting brave in my old age!)--but ended up with a couple of nice renegade sparks anyway!

This is my last pic from this family-cottage series.  Thanks for hanging in there with me, especially on the family "snapshots."

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


The Grand Finale

This ends my series of pics from when we were at the family cottage in Michigan over the Fourth of July.

This year I didn't try to take pics of the fireworks that are on display all around the lake each July 4th.  Instead, I was experimenting with shutter speed--this time at 10 seconds (getting brave in my old age!)--but ended up with a couple of nice renegade sparks anyway!

This is my last pic from this family-cottage series.  Thanks for hanging in there with me, especially on the family "snapshots."

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (32)

This shot has a wonderful magical quality to it.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Larry.
I don't think you could have asked for better end to series then this.

J
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Johnny!
Love the colours, reflections and perfectly still water Ginnie...beautiful shot to end with.
Ginnie Hart: Glad you like the ending, Bridge. smile
wonderful!!! I like the reflections here Granny!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Nacha.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Jul 2007, 01:21
Oooooo! Nice shot!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Ray.
What a great photo! I love the colors reflecting in the water. This is really nice!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, DD.
cool and both realistic and abstract feeling at the same time smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for looking at it that way, SL. smile
Oh wow...how beautiful. Love how you captured the lights on the houses in the background, Ginnie! Amazing!
Ginnie Hart: Actually, it was the lights on the houses I was focusing on and then the sparks surprised me. Thanks, H.
Humm ! Nice Ginnie ! (I prefer this one to yesterday's one).
Ginnie Hart: I do, too. Roland. It's more in focus. smile Thanks.
Hey Ginnie, lovely reflections here...must be a theme for today. Are we synchronizing our blog posts again? wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! Maybe so, Chris. But we don't have to tell everyone that we called each other first, though. smile
Beautiful, Ginnie. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Roz.
Beautiful !!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Shakara.
A PERFECT end, for this intimist and pretty series. I like the drawing of fireworks on the water!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Jose. Thanks.
A lovely picture to end your collection.I have really enjoyed it thanks for sharing it with us. smile
Ginnie Hart: You're so welcome, Tracy. Glad you liked it.
See you didn't need the help - you've got it right here. The extra time has flattened the water on the lake except where the brief trace of light from the rockets has illuminated the ripples. Surreal. Excellent photo ginnie. Mike
Ginnie Hart: Well, I'm not sure yet that it's right, Mike, but it's definitely a step in the right direction from yesterday's pic. Thanks again for your support.
Good light here for a night shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
Love the colours, and the reflection of the light... Wonderfull how you've captured the movement in this shot! nice work...

Kind regards,
Lu mik spastiek'
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Lu Mik.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 27 Jul 2007, 13:59
its been a good series...
Ginnie Hart: I appreciate your saying so, Sam.
well framed Ginnie, we likes.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Dotun.
  • Deb
  • 27 Jul 2007, 14:15
What a spectacular ending so a fine vacation series! Here's hoping your next "Fourth" is just as awesome smile
Ginnie Hart: Now you know why my family loves that place so much! Thanks, Deb.
Those rocket trails are excellent, and so are the colors of this shot generally. Getting them right is one of the hardest things about night photography.
Ginnie Hart: I feel that with help from you, Martin, and others, I'm on the right track. I've learned so much from comments both yesterday and today! Next time I'll check the aperture setting!
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK.
  • 27 Jul 2007, 15:27
This has been an exquisite insight to a family weekend. How typical, I don't know, but it certainly seems idyllic. Your family values in the US seem to be, in general, more robust than ours.

Thanks so much for the glimpses.
Ginnie Hart: Hmmm. Most interesting comment, Colin, which I'm afraid I don't know how to evaluate. I think Americans as a rule are more workaholic than Europeans...or we don't have as many vacation days. But that would be fascinating to study. We do this trip once a year...and then many of us do it again between Christmas and New Year's. I think we should do it once a quarter, if possible!!
Lovely image to finish with Ginnie. Those 'sparks' certainly came in the right place. Nice series - well done. David.
Ginnie Hart: It also finished our time at the cottage, David, so it was an appropriate end to this series. Thanks.
This is so beautiful Ginne. Thanks for sharing these pictures with us. Its been great having to look forward to what new exquisite shot you will have for us each day. I'm sad this is the last one, but then again, I know you still have more brilliant shots of other themes in your kitty, so all's well. Cheers
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetheart, Fehinti. Well, you're right. I have so many pics in the kitty because of all our travels that I have no clue when I can show them all!! I guess that's a good problem to have. smile
beautiful light and reflections! thanks for sharing! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank YOU for coming by and commenting, Lizzie!
Subtle deep color, fantastic reflections. A sweet image to end your series. Thanks for taking us along on a visit to the lakeside.
Ginnie Hart: You're so welcome, Red Pen. Glad you enjoyed the trip. smile
  • Ted
  • 27 Jul 2007, 20:44
This is a wonderful shot, Ginnie! I really like the trails of light both in the air and reflected in the water. It's an interesting way to show movement on the surface of the water. It's fun to experiment with night photography isn't it?
Ginnie Hart: The bug has definitely bit me, Ted! smile Thanks.
Wow, this is spectacular. It's the complete opposite to the usual firework shots people take. They make such a statement with the reflection in the water and echoing the lights on the bank. And still enough light to see the trees reflected in the water too. This really is a grand finale. I doff my hat Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: What a nice smile you've given me, Jose Ann. Thank you. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan/Ireland at the moment
  • 27 Jul 2007, 22:14
What a cool shot. Very nice lights across the water.
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure you remember those lights well, Ruth! Thanks. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Jul 2007, 00:04
Nice experimenting you have done. What I like most is how the houses on the other side look in this shot. It is a lot like those shots you see in magazines.
Were the fireworks somehow launched from the water?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Louis. The fireworks are launched on land around the lake but pointed over the water. I'm sure these here were from fireworks we launched from our dock. It's become a great competition every year, to see whose works are the biggest and best, but we still hoot and holler (and whistle) whenever someone else's are particularly spectacular. We won't be part of the competition going forward, now that we as a family have decided we don't want to deal with the liability any longer! So we'll just sit and watch!! smile
It was a very nice and optimist serie Ginnie, thanks to share it with us !
Ginnie Hart: You're ever so welcome, Zeb!
Ha!. The 10 seconds effect. Nice to know where and how far rockets can go in 10 secs. Im going to be a braniac and try this.
Ginnie Hart: I'm gonna keep trying it myself, Busola. smile

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