Above is a small sampling of photos from the upcoming performance of “Beauty and the Beast” which opens tonight. The production is put on by the Clinton Area Stage Troupe (CAST) at the North Hunterdon High School.
Tonight, Wednesday July 24th is opening night with performances at 7:30 pm nightly ending with a matinee this Saturday the 27th at 2 pm. Tickets are available at the door. More information please see https://www.clintonareastagetroupe.com/
Get ready western New Jersey – hot air balloon season is just about here!
It starts off this Friday with the NJ Festival of Ballooning at Solberg airport in Hunterdon county. What I love about this festival is if there are southern winds, you can get a nice treat as they will blow northward along route 22. Find a nice spot on the roadway and watch them float by!
Knowing the winds and weather is very important for balloon watching/photographing. Too much and they do’t go up. They always error on the side of caution. Good news is there are typically daily launches in the early morning and in the evening.
Another great balloon festival is balloon festival at the Warren County Farmers Fair. This starts this Sunday July 27th and goes through August 3rd. They typically have daily launches each evening. Whats great about this festival is you can get rather close to the balloons. Don’t feel like paying admission to the fair? No problem you can park free in their parking lot and still get a great view of the balloons.
A photo tip I can pass along about photographing hot air balloons is try and have the sun at your back if possible. This will give you the best sky and light on the balloons. This is not always easy so just do what you can.
Sometimes the sly and the sun don’t cooperate. So in that case just frame the photo as best you can with impact so the viewer can still appreciate your great photo!
Its not really as hard as you think once you get into it and think about it. The hard part is practicing it and managing the “stress” that occurs during the “shoot” since they only last a few minutes (5-10 minutes generally unless you’re fortunate).
Camera Settings – DSLR
ISO – fireworks are brighter than you think – even though it’s nighttime, set your ISO to the lowest setting. I go with 100.
Aperture – generally f8-f16 works well. f11 might be a good starting spot
Shutter Speed – (manual) Bulb and experiment with anything from 4 seconds to 30 seconds.
Tripod – a must for fireworks. If you don’t have one, get or borrow one. Otherwise try putting your camera on something sturdy like the roof of your car or a fence. But remember than you probably need to tilt your camera up somewhat unless you are going for…