Mesquite Summer Sizzle
Today in Mesquite, Texas, the city held their Summer Sizzle event in Paschall Park. The day wrapped up with a spectacular fireworks display.
To shoot the event, I parked my car at Mesquite’s Hodges Park and walked along the Butterfly Trail, which I walk daily during sunlight hours. To get a prime spot for shooting, I went up along the alley behind Paula Drive homes. At the end of the alley, I befriended Mark Almond and his family and set up two tripods, one for my Canon D60 and the other for my Canon XA10.
At 9 p.m. the show began.
Here is what I shot, combining the synced video from the two cameras. In Premier Pro I added a Lumetri Color (SL Blue Day4Nite (Canon 5d)) filter on the XA10’s video as it included way too much light–I didn’t realize the camera worked so very well in low-light. The D60 I purposely had stopped down so it wouldn’t over expose. I also upped it’s frame rate to 60 fps so there would be no progressive layering or bracketing in the playback.
I’d also used gaffer’s tape to fix my Handy 2 external mic to the XA10’s tripod. I’m happy and not with the audio because it picked up scared dogs at the beginning and then someone kept resetting their car alarm during the show, only for it to be set off again by recurring explosions.
All in all, I’m pleased with the output. I hope you enjoy it, too.