Happy 4th of July!

There was a ton of much needed R & R this weekend. My hubby actually woke up around 2:30PM. By the time he woke up, I was up for 3.5 hours. I was already finished with laundry and dishes, read for an hour and researched some travel ideas.

We went to our friend’s apartment in Tribeca to watch Fireworks right on the Hudson River. My hubby and I worked together on these shots. To get a good shot, we set our ISO to its lowest normal level (in the case of our D3s, 200), set focus manually at infinity, and set exposure to around f/9 or f/11 with about a 4 second shutter speed (we played with these somewhat throughout the night). For a shutter speed this low you need to set your camera on a tripod, and it’s best to use a remote shutter release and mirror lockup mode if you have that available.

It was warm and breezy on the roof and the view was spectacular. During the show, random people would burst into songs like “God Bless America,” and “America the Beautiful,” and the rest of the crowd would join in. I loved every minute of tonight. It was one of those wonderful New York City moments. We spent the rest of the night in our friend’s apartment, listening to great music and enjoying the company.

Breakfast: This morning, I woke up and made some tea. Because I wanted to get some stuff done, I waited to eat until Ray woke up and had lunch with me. I kept myself occupied with errands and reading.

Lunch: Lite Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli.

Dinner: Curried Shrimp with Veggies and Whole Wheat Noodles.


Breathtaking fireworks shots Nika!!!