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Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Happy 4th of July

And, 5 Quick Tips for photographing fireworks

I love fireworks! (And I love 3 day summer weekends!)

Happy Birthday America

Independence Day is the national day of the United States.

In the United States, Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

Today’s quote:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” ~ Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

(I have heard tales told where, in the golden olden days, students were required to memorize and recite this Address.. but then, I have heard that they were required to learn Latin too.. Today I hear tales that students cannot even read this Address.. Bah. Just musing out loud.)

We here at T4E Headquarters (me, myself, and I) wish you a joyous and safe holiday.

* How to Photograph Fireworks

July 4th, with its brilliant fireworks displays, gives shutterbugs plenty of photo ops–follow these tips to get the best shots.Read more..

Bonus 1: The 4th is a great time to get out to one of our National Parks. If you cannot do that, perhaps setting your desktop “wallpaper” to a spectacular image might be a good “second option”. (Some awesome nature photography here.) Public domain Desktop wallpaper from US National Parks

Bonus 2: If you like fireworks too.. 20 Incredible Photographs of Fireworks Reflected in Water

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.
And please, never forget – one person can make a difference.
Find a way to make someone’s day today.
(Best advice I ever heard? Don’t sweat the small stuff.)

July 4, 2015 Posted by | Digital Images | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No end in sight

Folks, I apologize for being absent. It so happens that life has been presenting me with many opportunities and challenges that are keeping me at the top of my game… and quite busy. I simply do not have the time to write.

I thank you for stopping by, and I hope you all have a marvelous weekend. Here is a pretty picture to start things of right.

Click on image to see more by this artist

Photo by Vasenka, courtesy of Flicker Commons.

February 18, 2011 Posted by | Digital Images | | 4 Comments

Digital Cameras and Fireworks

4th Of JulyThis week nothing is getting done by anyone except clock watching as we prepare for the greatest of all weekends — the 4th of July Holiday. Sure, we’re at work… physically.

So… I did what a lot of people are doing and just surfed the web a bit today.

Looking quite busy, I dropped by a site I have mentioned here before,, and took note of an article of his, Going On Vacation? Take Your Camera And These Tips!
I thought, well, I think a few Tech–for Everyone readers might be taking a little trip this weekend, and might like to read this collection of tips.

He also recommended a site that teaches digital photography online that I was previously unfamiliar with named Digital Photography School, and they had an article that a lot of people would be interested in: How to Photograph Fireworks Displays.

I mean, who hasn’t tried to take pictures of the fireworks and been disappointed with the result?

So, a big thanks to Timmy John Boy, and the good folks at the Digital Photography School, not only for helping me find this great advice, but for helping me look productive for a while.

Today’s free link: Don’t Sign-in on the Internet Without KeyScrambler.

Today’s free download: Monitor the Weather from your Windows Desktop

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July 1, 2009 Posted by | advice, Digital camera, Digital Images, how to, Internet | , , , , , , | Leave a comment