Monday, July 5, 2010

That's My World Tuesday, Ellipsis Monday Photo Shoot, Ruby Tuesday, Blue Monday and Midweek Blues / 4th of July - Boom Booms!

I would call this a gathering of  mortars. 
My husband and I got a very up close and personal backstage tour of one of our local fireworks shows.
These are only a few of the many mortars wired to explode into a sensational fireworks display of color and light.

These have been gathered, wired and set aside for the finale!
And, what a finale it was!

This is Mary (my neighbor) who makes it all happen in Claremont, California.
She is a licensed pyro-technician in the states of California and Hawaii.
Her two sons also do this "side" work, or hobby, as well.
One was very busy this weekend doing the Rose Bowl Show in Pasadena, California and the other in New York Harbor (the Macy's Show), New York.
Mary, you and your sons ROCK!

This is one smiley face that I was able to capture.
I was disappointed with my inability to capture the rest of the show.
My photos were very disappointing.
I think the problem was that we were so close to the action and I was
 shooting straight UP.
I have gotten some nice fireworks photographs in the past but I was also farther away.
But, being up close was still a huge treat even if it wasn't good for my photography.

This little girl kept herself amused while waiting for the show to start!
July 4, 2010
Claremont, California USA

That's My World Tuesday

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Ruby Tuesday

Blue Monday

Midweek Blues


SmilingSally said...

What a great opportunity, Carolyn, to see fireworks behind the scenes! And that smiley face is a good shot.

Happy Blue Monday!

Ralph said...

The complexity involved in handling these explosives leaves me with an old adage - leave it for the pros! A fireworks show is something to behold, the fabulous patterns so bright. The smiley face is great!

Scott said...

That's great. I don't think I've ever seen a smiley face firework before. I did see some hearts in the Capitol 4th last night on TV. Last year I had trouble with the fireworks photos because I had it on manual focus and did accidentally focused for subjects much too close so everything was out of focus. This year I got it right but I don't know if I'll post any of them.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots. It is courageous of these people tho handle the explosives so well.

Liza said...

Wonderful photos. Belated Happy Fourth of July.

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LadyFi said...

Great shots. Love that first photo!

Pie said...

Great capture of the smiley firework.

Happy Blue Monday!

VioletSky said...

I find I prefer being farther away from the fireworks to enjoy them - it's quieter and less smoky.
But how lucky to get a backstage view!

Sylvia K said...

What fun! And what great captures! So glad you were able to see all of this. It was so gray and cloudy here you couldn't see anything unless you were right next to the people handling the fireworks!! Glad you had such a great 4th, Carolyn! Have a great week!


Anonymous said...

These are all beautiful my friend. I love the one behind the scenes :) Excellent :)

EG Wow said...

How cool! I have never gotten that close to where it all happens.

Lara Neusiedler said...

looks like you had lots of fun!

Manang Kim said...

Oh wow that is for me a lot of work and it's just right that a right person or people should do all the work. For safety ^_^ Happy Monday!


eileeninmd said...

Great post and wonderful photos! I love the smiley face. Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Cindy said...

Love the smiley face! How nice to get an up close view. Great pictures.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Bubble queen
blows ‘em big and mean—
then they POP!

Ruby Ripe Tomatoes!

Carver said...

That's amazing how they can do a smilie face like that. I enjoyed this so much and love the shot of the beautiful bubble blower.

Anonymous said...

That's really cool that you got to go behind the scenes and see the fireworks before they were fired. I love the picture of the smiley face and the little girl blowing bubbles.

J Bar said...

Great post.
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Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That is cool. I don't think I have ever seen a closeup shot of the mortars and how they are arranged.

The smiley face fireworks are wonderful.

I don't have much experience at fireworks but it is tough. Lots of guesswork on when and where to snap the shutter.

Indrani said...

The last one is priceless! Great series of shots.

Luna Miranda said...

what an awesome opportunity to see see this up close and personal.:p

the photo of the little girl is beautiful! great shot!

Linnea W said...

What interesting shots you got! Love that smiley face! Darling little girl, too. I think you did well!

Dave said...

an excellent behind the scene work and a great capture on the smiley firework.

fredamans said...

Awesome collection, I am grinning as big as the smiley face photo!


Rebecca said... could say mary and her sons are electrifying! We had a little fire at one of our shows. The ground is so dry the sparks lit it up. The fire dept. doused it and on with the show.

Lily Hydrangea said...

I love the little girl blowing bubbles - too cute!

reg said...

That smiley face was just great, and yes thanx for showing us a bit of the behind the scenes,

noel said...


i love seeing your photograph, the colors and set up are very interesting to see, thanks for sharing.

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Greyscale Territory said...

An amazing collection of dramatic collections! That lady and her so ns are incredible! And the little girl has such a sweet, intent expression!

Carletta said...

What a wonderful opportunity for you!
She must be very proud to have passed the know-how down to sons doing major shows this weekend.
Thanks for sharing with us Carolyn.
Love the smiley face!

gigi said...

Wonderful way to capture them all!

jabblog said...

Unique post! I love the photographs of the smiley face and the little girl. I prefer to be far away from fireworks :-/

Sheri said...

Smiley is so cute! We didn't see any fireworks this year as it rained. I was so looking forward to trying to photograph them, oh well, it gives me a solid year to learn more about photography!

Dianne said...

that 2nd shot looks like a war zone photo

I love the little girl

Colleen said...

What a cool experience to get to see all of that behind the scenes. I love the smiley face.

Lianne said...

ooooh so that's how the backstage of a fireworks show looks like!

Carly said...

Hi Carolyn :)

It looks like you had a ton of fun on the holiday, and what a cool pic, the smile face made me smile! I have never been able to successfully photograph that type of fireworks. Well done!

hip-chick said...

Great pictures. I have always wondered what they look like behind the scenes.