12th September 2020 Sparklers! Day 173 in the UK

POST LOCKDOWN 12th September 2020 Sparklers! 173 in the UK

No blog yesterday, didn’t get in from the wedding at The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel and Spa until 9.00 pm, so relaxed for an hour or so and then went to bed.

Do you recognise this? Tough one as it is a little blurred.


Staying at home! – STILL Protecting the NHS – STILL saving lives

I AM STILL Keeping safe

There was no dancing and party at the end of yesterday’s wedding but instead I did some night photography of the couple in the Japanese Gardens at The Grosvenor Pulford and a sparkler celebration.

Sparklers like all fireworks are easy to photograph, some point and shoot cameras even have a pre-set for fireworks, until you want a bit more quality in the photograph of the people holding them too and when they are supposed to be lighting up a bride and groom. There heart if a sparkler is pretty bright, but also pretty small even when you buy the bigger ones so give specular highlights which can be less impressive in a picture than they seem in real life. Always get the biggest sparklers available to get the biggest sparkles you can, they also last longer giving a bit more time to capture some variety of images. However they actually do not give of much light for lighting up anything more than a metre or so away. This then usually means a trade off, setting the camera to hih a higher sensitivity, called ISO which usually makes the image more grainy, ‘noisy’, and getting a sufficient exposure which means a wide aperture and as long an exposure as can be managed.

Here are some images of sparkler celebrations I have done in the past.

a pretty much unedited image, lovely kiss and quite a lot of sparkle!
Another unedited version of a file. The bigger the sparklers the longer they last and the more chance of getting varied images.
This shot taken a moment later when the groom tries to kiss the bride again and with the bride open mouthed almost laughing has been altered in terms of colour temperature and my own sparkler filter added.
This time the bride is looking at the groom as they duck beneath the arch of sparkle. Again I have changed the colour temperature of the image, toning down the orange and adding extra blurred foreground sparkles. A criticism perhaps of these images is that I have not enough happy guest faces in them. Next time perhaps.


Stay safe.

Welsh Government’s Guidance on weddings and civil partnerships can be found here, must get around to reviewing it:

https://gov.wales/guidance-marriages-and-civil… and the frequently asked questions at: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance…

To read the current Government guidance on getting married in England please follow this link: COVID-19: Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.

You may also want to read the frequently asked questions sections of the guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do.


Other matters today:

  1. Walk into Chester to get some glasses and a bit of food shopping, too busy!
  2. Buns for tea and Halloumi substitute for dinner, not bad.
  3. Write this blog.

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