Fireworks is at 9:30 PM.

Viewing Locations: Refer to image 1 below.

This evening we will view fireworks at the shore of "Katie's Woods". At 1/3 of a mile, the fireworks are much closer than at Rockledge Park. We should get some great images!

In another aside, I talked to the two engineers setting up the fireworks on Sand Bass Point. I asked them which direction they aimed the fireworks. I thought it would be out over the lake somewhere. They said they fired straight up! What a shock! I thought they were aiming at me all these years.

Katie's Woods: Refer to image 2 below.

This is a terrific area. It is about a 0.2 mile hike into the woods. I will wear shoes rather than sandles to keep the grit from between my toes. It is a cool, inviting path into the woods.

On the way out, though, it is a dark, spooky path full of rocks and stumps to stub your toe and creepy, slimey, slithery things that go bump in the dark. A flash light would be good. Even better is a head lamp. Headlamps go for $15 to $100+. REI has reasonably priced ones.

For lenses: at this close we will need wide angle 16-35 mm FF (10-22 mm APS-c) and medium 24-70 mm or 24-105 mm FF (18-135 mm APS-c) zooms. The monster 70-200 mm or 100-400 mm lenses are seriously useless.

Don't forget the remote shutter release, extra flash cards, batteries, tripod, and the thingy's that attach the tripod to the camera! Lawn chairs would be appropriate. The trail is a little rocky but accomodates coolers. There are scattered trees for shade. Sunset this Friday will be 8:02 PM.

Image 3 below: Focal Lengths for Full Frame Cameras

Image 4 below: Focal Lengths for APS-c Cameras

Sample images from Katies's Woods 2012 trip are here

Image 1: Grapevine Lake Viewing Locations

Image 2: Katie's Woods Path to Beach

Image 3: Focal Lengths for Full Frame Cameras

Focal Lengths (mm)

  Portrait Mode Landscape Mode
Burst Only 95 65
Horizon Up 65 45
Reflections Up 30 20

Image 4: Focal Lengths for APS-c Cameras

Focal Lengths (mm)

  Portrait Mode Landscape Mode
Burst Only 60 40
Horizon Up 40 30
Reflections Up 20 12