How To Take Great Firework Photos

It’s that time of year again. Here are some tips to capture fireworks on your camera.

For some additional tips search on the work fireworks on my blog!

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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…

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Ice Threat Melts; More Snow Thursday

Fog in Stewartsville Tuesday morning after overnight rain

Thankfully the ice threat never materialized in southern locations overnight. Much warmer air overtook the area as the storm system passed to our west and we were on the “warm” side of the storm.

When warmer air hits the cold snow pack, it common to make fog as is seen in many areas this morning

Ice? I did not see nay in Stewartsville area overnight as the temperature was just above freezing all night. Anyone get ice? If so please let me know in the comments

Overnight lows in northern NJ tuesday morning, Feb. 16, 2021

As shown on the above map, overnight low temperatures. I’m sure many of these were recorded just after midnight

Overnight rainfall in northern NJ, Feb. 16, 2021

And then there’s the rain. Many areas received at least 3/4″ of an inch and some more. This should put a nice dent in the snowpack. But don’t worry snow lovers – reinforcements are on the way!

NWS snow forecast for Thursday

Speaking of snow, our next parade of storms will arrive on Thursday. At this point this storm appears to be somewhat colder and snowier than the last storm. Look for snow to arrive Thursday morning and last a good part of the day. The snow looks to be plowable and be in the 4-8″ range – more to the north and less to the south.

Warmer air looks to arrive thursday night and change many areas (especially south) to a wintry mix of first sleet and then possibly freezing rain.

We’ll keep an eye on this and update accordingly.

Some good news? After this storm the atmosphere looks to “take a break” for a little while so expect some calmer and seasonable conditions. But remember: it’s still winter and still February!

ITO and the Moonlight Hippies

Members of ITO & the Moonlight Hippies rocked out with music at VegFest in Easton on Saturday September 12, 2020

I recently crossed paths with members of ITO and the Moonlight Hippies in Easton, PA at VegFest 2020. VegFest is a street fair that features food and music. I already had plenty of images of food and now I needed music. Unfortunately, the band was only just setting up and not scheduled to play for nearly an hour. I chatted with them and they were extremely cool and proceeded to give me a preview!

Members of ITO & the Moonlight Hippies rocked out with music at VegFest in Easton on Saturday September 12, 2020
Members of ITO & the Moonlight Hippies rocked out with music at VegFest in Easton on Saturday September 12, 2020
Members of ITO & the Moonlight Hippies rocked out with music at VegFest in Easton on Saturday September 12, 2020
Members of ITO & the Moonlight Hippies rocked out with music at VegFest in Easton on Saturday September 12, 2020

Their music was great and I highly recommend catching them if you can.

Additional photos of the band is available here.

More info on the band can be found here:

IG: @ito_moonlighthippies
F: @itomoonlighthippies
Y: ITO & the Moonlight HIppies
S: Ito and the Moonlight Hippies
itoandthemoonlighthippies.com

Contact: galendeery@gmail.com

Spirits of 9/11

Photo commemorating the 9/11 anniversary at Liberty State Park on 9/11/2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Well, it’s 2020, and 9/11 has come and gone once again. I’ve visited the lights and shapes that commemorate 9/11 at Liberty State Park several times. People ask me why I go back more than once. “Don’t I see the same thing every time I go?” Never. This year was special.

Photo commemorating the 9/11 anniversary at Liberty State Park on 9/11/2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Maybe it was because it’s the year of COVID 19 and a pandemic. Maybe it’s because the weather was beautiful this year on 9/11 – just like our weather was on 9/11/01. Maybe it’s because I’ve always lived in the NY/NJ area my entire life. Maybe it’s because I’m a member of my local fire department. Maybe it’s because I love creating images. Maybe it’s because of something else…

World Trade Center Steel on display at the 9/11 anniversary at Liberty State Park on 9/11/2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

There’s steel from the World Trade Centers on display in many places including the Greenwich Emergency Squad right here in Stewartsville, NJ. Every time I see it, it gives me chills and goosebumps. I start to think of what this steel must have gone through to look like this. Then I think of what all the people that were in or under the towers must have gone through. Then I think of the families of the survivors…

NYC sky line at the 9/11 anniversary at Liberty State Park on 9/11/2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

The NYC sky line is what I’m drawn to first. Even though it’s very familiar to me, it hold a special importance. But this year I also wanted to create some images to put a spiritual connection to what happened here.

If you would like to see more and purchase any prints, please visit my gallery at: https://www.dabourphotography.com/Events/Spirits-of-911/

Do you have a special image size in mind and would love it customized with a mat? I’d love to create that for you! Here is an example of what I mean:

16×20 print

Dance Portraits For Lucy

Dance portraits for Lucille at SBK in August 2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

It felt soooo good to have a dancer in front of my camera again. My Spring is normally filled with recitals but not in Covid 2020.

Lucy’s mom said this was the first year she was on the dance competition team and was so looking forward to her recital. She had all the outfits and wanted some nice photographic memories. I don’t blame her.

When Lucy started posing in her first costume, she said it was from the Dalmations. I said “Oh your a dog? Let’s see you beg?” And this is the adorable pose she did for me

Dance portraits for Lucille at SBK in August 2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

From there the cuteness went even higher if that’s even possible!

Dance portraits for Lucille at SBK in August 2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR
Dance portraits for Lucille at SBK in August 2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Then we settled into the session and went for more candids and artistic poses. I love this one!

Dance portraits for Lucille at SBK in August 2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Lucy and her Mom left with many great images they will treasure forever.

Want some of your own? I’m offering in studio dance portraits for a small deposit that gets applied to your order. Contact me today at dave at dabourphoto.com or 908.995.7273 ti setup your appointment!

SBK Summer Camp 2020 Dance Portraits

Outdoor Dance Portraits

SBK Dancers and Parents,

Summer Camp photos at the Thomas Stewart Park are finished. Thank you to everyone that showed up for dance portraits!

Did you still want some dance portraits? You can still get them. Simply contact me for a session at my home studio. You will pay a small deposit for the session that then gets applied to your order!

dave@dabourphoto.com or 908-995-7273.

To schedule your appointment at Summer Camp click here.

Dance Portraits in my home studio

Studio Session – available in my home studio in Bloomsbury/Stewartsville area. This will allow the dancer to have a more personalized session, giving the ability to change costumes/outfits in a more relaxed and comfortable setting. $49 session fee (up to 1 hour) that gets applied to your order! Interested? Please email dave@dabourphoto.com or call 908-995-7273 to schedule a time slot

Dave

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Great news: there will be an opportunity for dance portraits at the SBK Summer Camp this week! I really missed seeing everyone this Spring and creating some dance portraits of the talented SBK dancers!

I will be at the SBK Camp this Wednesday (5 – 6:00 pm) and Thursday (5 – 7:30 pm). These will be outdoor portraits with a natural background. There’s a signup list here I’ll be more than happy to photograph any dancer that wants portraits, however, priority will be given to those who signup in advance. If interested, I can also photograph dance friends and group photos as well.

I’m also offering photo sessions at my home studio. This will allow the dancer to have a more personalized session, giving the ability to change costumes/outfits in a more relaxed and comfortable setting at a very affordable fee. More info below

All of the portraits will be posted in an online gallery where you will be able to “favorite” the ones you love. I’ll forward the link when available.

Prints, print packages and composites (like I do for the candid’s – more info here: Candid Dance Photos) along with digitals are available for purchase. More info below.

Best news of all: no order forms required in advance! Please contact me with any questions.

Dave Dabour
DABOUR Photography
dave@dabourphotography.com
908-995-7273
http://www.dabourphoto.com/dance

More information, scheduling and pricing

To schedule your appointment at Summer Camp click here.

Dance Portraits in my home studio

Studio Session – available in my home studio in Bloomsbury/Stewartsville area. This will allow the dancer to have a more personalized session, giving the ability to change costumes/outfits in a more relaxed and comfortable setting. $49 session fee (up to 1 hour) that gets applied to your order! Interested? Please email dave@dabourphoto.com or call 908-995-7273 to schedule a time slot

Products

Prints 3.5×5 $2.99 4×6 $4.99 5×7 $7.99 8×10 $10.99 Plus a lot more!

Packages (available to order via desktop computers only) – starting at $20. Contact me for more options

Composites – love lots of photos? Let me create a composite of several of them together! Starting at $59. Contact me for more information

Digitals $9.99 (web) $49 (full res) each or all photos of dancer $149

Three Ideas For Storing Prints

What could be better than a beautiful wood box made with walnut to store your special photos! Topped off with an acrylic lid

Another great choice is a white slide up box with USB holder. Makes for a great way to display those special photos.

A maple wood box with included USB for digitals makes a great way to display your favorite prints.

There are MORE choices as well! Contact me for more information or pricing!

To see what types of photography I specialize in please visit my website at www.dabourphoto.com

Print Labs Are Open For Business!

Our print labs are back in business!

All of the premier print lab partners we use to create your photos are back to running at full capacity. Now’s a great time to order any prints/composites you want! We’re ready to make your print dreams come true!

Past photo events are either at www.dabourphotography.com, www.dabourphoto.com or https://proofs.dabourphoto.com/. If you’re unsure of where they are send me an email or phone call at dave at dabourphotography.com or 908.995.7273.

And don’t forget with have a photo booth too!

Missing Photographing the Freddy Awards

The year without the Freddys

The year is 2020 – the year without the Freddy Awards. Or sort of. Because of the CoronaVirus quarantine, many schools were not able to perform their high school musicals.That would make it unfair to compare them to one another.

Photos of the opening performance at the 2015 Freddy Awards. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

But that doesn’t mean I can’t go back into my archives to relive some of the great moments I’ve experienced since I’ve been photographing them since 2013.

Photos of award presentation at the 2015 Freddy Awards. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

There’s so much to love about the Freddy Awards. The excitement of being in the audience during the live awards is indescribable. The love of theatre and energy in the air is unmeasurable.

Photos of Bangor High School performing “Hairspray” at the 2015 Freddy Awards. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

I always love action photos and there are plenty to choose from

Photos of the “Peep” having extra stage time and attention than what was planned at the 2015 Freddy Awards. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

There’s the special unexpected moments….

Photos of Freddy Awards rehearsal on Saturday May 21, 2016. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

And the special guests

Photos of the 2017 Freddy Award rehearsal on Sunday May 21, 2017. Photo By DAVE DABOUR

The awards show make it all look easy but there are days and hours of rehearsals…

Photos of Freddy Awards rehearsal on Saturday May 21, 2016. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

And the special moments the kids really enjoy!

Photos of the May 21 rehearsal for the 2018 Freddy Awards. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Did I mention the fantastic lighting? Yep we got that too.

Photos of the 2017 Freddy Award rehearsal on Sunday May 21, 2017. Photo By DAVE DABOUR

There’s alumni that come back on a regular basis and visit the show

Photos of the 2017 Freddy Award rehearsal on Sunday May 21, 2017. Photo By DAVE DABOUR

And so many kids, happy to be there. How they all fit on the stage at once is a miracle at times

Photos of the Freddy Awards 2014 dress rehearsal on Wednesday. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Put it all together and you have some fantastic moments captured for a lifetime of enjoyment.

I have all of my Freddy Awards photography on my website for viewing and purchase at https://www.dabourphotography.com/Freddy-Awards from 2013 to last year. Sadly there will be no photos from this year. Keep your fingers crossed and prayers for next year.

I invite you to tune into WFMZ tonight at 7 pm to relive memories of past Freddy Awards and scholarship presentations. The broadcast will also be streamed online at http://www.wfmz.com

Here are some additional memories to enjoy. Many, many more on my website!