I do it up BIG on the Fourth of July

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Luke, Jul 4, 2014.

  1. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Here's one from this morning. My wife and I took the dogs down to the village hall this morning to hear a public reading of the Declaration of Independence. I ended up being one of 15 volunteers to read it.
    14386354597_a53586e9c7_c.jpg DSCF7122 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr
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  3. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Good for you!

    Cheers, Jock
  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    and here's some from the festivities last night.......
    14569452561_57300311f8_c.jpg DSCF7112 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    this one shot blind....I liked the energy of the crookedness so I left it.
    14592913653_bda5d2b084_b.jpg DSCF7115 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    This one's not so great, but I liked the juxtaposition of the kids playing on the giant slide and my lovely wife pounding down a "Lime-a-rita" which is some sort of malt liquor corn syrup thing. A little too sweet, but it packed a good punch. Just enough to anesthetize oneself from the crazies that show up to events like this.
    14386198969_55c23752f4_c.jpg DSCF7099 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    Then I asked for to pose for another drinking shot with a nicer more colorful backdrop. The light was fading fast, though and the slower shutter speed means mid-blink droopy eyes. This was only her second one so despite the fact that she looks loaded, it's just not the case.
    14572802115_711aa85a3c_b.jpg DSCF7100 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    this one's a little more wholesome.....the ticket booth and popcorn wagon.....
    14571998482_28a5d2e057_b.jpg DSCF7106 by Luke Lavin, on Flickr
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  5. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    I like the idea of you being in a village ...

    anyhoo, I reckon there's an interesting crop (+ conversion to mono) for that popcorn wagon/booth one.
  6. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    We live in a small town that does stuff like this too, but at the moment we're out at the Jersey Shore, where various 4th of July activities / celebrations were planned. Unfortunately, we're getting Arthur's left-overs today, it's raining cats and dogs, the island is flooded to the point that there's not much point in going anywhere, and we're basically binging on Lillihammer on Netflix. I can think of worse ways to spend a rainy day - pretty hilarious stuff...

    Happy 4th all!

  7. Boid

    Boid All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Luke that second image (the one with the balloons) belongs in a gallery.
  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Thanks Rajiv! I thought maybe my heavy-handed processing was a bit much, but I like the colors and his expression and the angle and accidental shot from the hip "rule of thirds"-ness to it.

    Paul, I would have never thought to drain the color from a carnival shot. When trying to decide how to crop, I decided that the composition is a bit of a mess without a clear subject. The woman at the ticket booth is looking out of the frame, and the couple buying popcorn in the background are just so far our of it. I should have spent more time here and gotten something really good, but my wife was with the dogs and I felt rushed. I hate making them wait, but I can;t bring a camera to a place like this and NOT fire off a few.

    I just took out any extraneous stuff, but I think this is the best I can do......
    14386691098_89be5185d7_b.jpg DSCF7106bw by Luke Lavin, on Flickr

    What ideas did you have looking at it?
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  9. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Dunno really, Luke. A square crop of the LHS with an economy pack of of contrast and a shake of graininess I suppose.

    But you know, it's a nice photo, and what I'd do if it were mine is kind of neither here nor there

    But there is something about the girl in the booth that cries out for a kind of '50s reportage stylee, a Robert Frank sort of vibe crossed with Moriyama.

    Atlantic City or New Jersey rather than Greendale WI

    Hang on, I'll get my coat before I disappear up my own fundament ...
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  10. Djarum

    Djarum All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Lol. Lime a'rita. Too funny.
  11. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    A food vendor's offerings at the local fireworks. Notice the tribute to the deep fryer as the centerpiece.

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