Middlesex County

Upcoming In Central Jersey

Pond at Donaldson Park, April 2009
Pond at Donaldson Park, April 2009

Two upcoming events, one for job hunters and networking and one for fun, to raise money for terror victims:

  • ParnasaFest in East Brunswick: What’s a ParnasaFest? A chance for Jewish professionals to network. The upcoming event will be at 7:00 pm on September, 10 at B’nai Shalom Congregation, Fern Rd & Old Stage Rd.
    Learn more on the ParnasaFest website.
  • One Family Fund festival: Join family and friends in Highland Park for a One Family Fund festival to raise money for victims of terror on Labor Day, September 7, 2009. The festival will Feature: 3 on 3 basketball tournament, softball, arts & crafts, face painting and Mini Carnival. Admission: $18 individuals, $36 family (parents and children); $100 family plus “patron” status. To register visit www.onefamilyfund.org/FUNDAY or call 646-289-8600 ext. 202. Pizza, snacks, and refreshments will be sold. All proceeds from this event go to helping victims of terror in Israel and their families.
    Note: the One Family Fund website seems to be down…

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Thank you to Esser Agaroth for including in the latest issue of Haveil Havalim my post interviewing artist Elke Reva Sudin.

Summer Stock at the Fair

Middlesex County Fair at night, August 3, 2009
Middlesex County Fair at night, August 3, 2009

Yes, more photos from the Middlesex County Fair: night shots capture action and light.

I really don’t like going on the rides, but they are fun to photograph. This photo was taken just a few hours earlier than the one above.

Dhaval thought my sepia photo of the fair was still a bit gloomy, so I added back in a bit more of the colors from the fair. Then I took the sky out of sepia mode, so now it’s really the cars alone that get the sepia treatment.

For more Summer Stock Sunday, visit Robin’s Around the Island.

Fireworks at the Fair

Fireworks at Middlesex County Fair, August 3, 2009 (Opening Night)
Fireworks at Middlesex County Fair, August 3, 2009 (Opening Night)

I wish I had read Mason Resnick’s post on Fireworks Photography Basics before going to the fair. And I also wish I knew how to use the continuous shooting mode on my camera inside and out, instead of trying to hunt for it in the dark and running out of time. Maybe next by July 4th I’ll be prepared.

Mason writes:

Exposure tips

Aperture: Most photographers use ISO 100 and an aperture of between f/8 and f/16. The smaller aperture intensifies the colors of the fireworks and prevents overexposure. Experiment and see how the different aperture setting changes the look of your image.

Shutter speed: Use your camera’s “B” (bulb) setting. Start your exposure at the moment the burst begins, and end it when the burst reaches its peak. How long is long enough? For a single blast, a second or two should be sufficient.

Some photographers leave their camera on B and block the lens until there’s a burst, and repeating the process over several bursts. This results in a multiple exposure that can fill the frame with fireworks. Read more.

For more photos of the sky, visit Skywatch Friday:

Sky Watch Friday
Sky Watch Friday