Friday, 6 November 2015

Stars & Sparklers

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a good Bonfire Night.

(skip forward for sparkler photography :) )

Bonfire, Guy Fawkes, or Fireworks Night, is a celebration we have here each year (on November the fifth.)

   Remember, remember!
    The fifth of November,
    The Gunpowder treason and plot;
    I see no reason
    Why the Gunpowder treason
    Should ever be forgot!

The tale is that a group of men plotted to kill the king. Their plan was that they bought the house beside the Parliament building, which had a cellar positioned right underneath it. They planned to leave gunpowder in that cellar to blow up - destroying Parliament, and the King. The soldiers found Guy Fawkes in the cellar, and he was taken to The Tower of London. The King decided that each year, on November the Fith, we would celebrate his survival.

We have bonfires and fireworks across the UK each year to celebrate.
Sparkler Photos...

 This year, we had sparklers. They are really fun to do, and look so special as they burn in the dark. I've seen lots of people taking stunning sparkler photos - and including instructions of how to do so. Mostly, they seemed to use cameras, and adjust the settings to different shutter speeds. I hoped that there might be an easier way to take them - and with a phone camera. And there was!

- Download an app.

The only issue with phone cameras seem to be the shutter speed. You want to be able to adjust this so that you can capture the shapes that your sparklers make. I downloaded a really good one called Long Exposure Camera 2, but I'm sure there will be lots of similar ones. I liked this one because it's really simple to use, and it's free on Google Play.

- Adjust the settings.

Once you've got your app, change the exposure time. For names, I used about fifteen seconds, but you might want a bit of a shorter time for smaller shapes. On my app, you can just tap the screen if you finish early. Also, make sure that you are on LightTrace.

- Take your picture.

You could prop your phone up or use a stand, but I actually just held mine, or asked people to hold it for me. Just press the button as soon as your sparkler is lit and you are ready to draw a shape.

And don't worry about writing backwards - you can flip your photos at the end!

I hope that you had an great Bonfire Night - and that, if you had a go, you had fun capturing a picture!

Please comment with any of your ideas of snapping a sparkler picture!

Thank you so much for reading,
From Beth :) x

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  1. Some really nice pictures! :)

  2. have always wondered how to go about this... thankkkk youuu xx
    so glad to have stumbled upon your blog!


    1. thank you so much!! Going over to have a look at yours now xx


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