4th of July in Baltimore

I was lucky enough to have another opportunity to get onto the roof of a local building to shoot the fireworks again this year. It was a fantastic night albeit a little too hot, but what can you say – it is July. I was not alone this year and met another photographer Lester Picker who was on an assignment for a local hospital. We had some good conversation before and after the show. All in all it was a good night. This year, I made a point to not move my camera from its position once I setup. I wanted to combine a shot of the city skyline just after sunset with fireworks once it was completely dark. One thing I did not like about my shots from last year was that it was difficult to get good exposure on the fireworks while also getting some separation of the buildings from the sky. For this shot, I did a digital double exposure. One shot of the skyline just after sunset and the second of the first bursts of fireworks. In comparison to my shots from last year, I like this one much more. Hope you enjoy…
Independence Day - 2012 - Baltimore Inner Harbor © Rob Loughrey

After the fire, during the storm…

Sunday night was a pretty crazy one. After a weekend of having power issues due to the storm that passed through the area on Friday, we finally were able to settle back into some normalcy. I went into the Firehouse to do some training with the duty crew and ended up responding on a fatal house fire. It was a long and exhausting job that lasted for hours. At the end of the call, we noticed more thunderstorms were rolling into the area. I thought to myself that there was no way we would be getting any sleep for the rest of the night.
The lightning was really cracking down when we returned to the station at around 1:30 AM. I have to admit, I love watching a thunderstorm pass through. The results on the community usually isn’t good, but it is hard not to be impressed by the forces of nature. The display that was being put on by the storm was too much to pass on, so I decided to setup my tripod across from the station and get a few shots.

All in all I shot for about 45 min. The storm was moving slow with periods of heavy rain. I managed with my fiberglass umbrella, although it was difficult at times when the wind kicked up. The lightning looks close in some shots but it was quite a distance away. Sometimes the thunder took several minutes before I heard anything. I came away with some great shots using a technique I have been working on recently.

Hope you enjoy…

Summer Thunderstorms over Odenton Volunteer Fire Company, Anne Arundel County, MD - © Rob Loughrey

 

Summer Thunderstorms over Odenton Volunteer Fire Company, Anne Arundel County, MD - © Rob Loughrey

 

Summer Thunderstorms over Odenton Volunteer Fire Company, Anne Arundel County, MD - © Rob Loughrey