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A Wild and Crazy Night (Pt 1)

I live on a quiet street off the avenue. Well not too quiet. My friend Kevin can never sleep when he’s here because of the noise outside the windows. He’s from Marblehead, a really quiet town north of Boston. This evening the sirens blared, fire truck or ambulance, coming ever closer until the noise was directly below my 6th floor apartment window. Stepping out onto the deck in 40 degree cold, I saw flashing lights outside a five-story walk up building. No flames, no smoke could be seen. Two, count them, two hook and ladder trucks came up from either end of the block. There’s no such thing as one-way street during as fire. Minutes later Part 2 occurred. (See post below.)

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6 responses

  1. Good night shots. I can’t help laughing at your humor, but of course hope no one was hurt or shot or ill, etc.

    And good steady shots of the fireworks. Heh. Such a quiet street.

    November 18, 2011 at 2:15 am

    • As far as I know there were no casualties on the evening, except for my cold bare feet and nose.

      November 18, 2011 at 7:08 am

  2. I’ve looked again at these great night shots. How’d you avoid the motion blur (I know sometimes that it adds to the action of a photo)? High ISO? Really super dynamic range and exposure!

    November 18, 2011 at 2:20 am

    • Jan
      On this crazy evening, it was street photography from my windows six stories above. So I ‘fired from the hip.’ The ISO went to 1600. The shutter speed was 1/15. The 18-200mm lens has VR. With all that, I braced off the fence and tried to hold the camera firmly. It worked. It pretty much came straight out of the camera and was edited but not processed in Lightroom. Thanks.

      November 18, 2011 at 7:07 am

  3. I laughed at the quiet street remark also. Living in a city, I hear the firetrucks constantly, mostly because a fireman lives two doors up and the guys bring those trucks down our street all the time. They drive them around like the family car I think. Our street is so narrow too, so when they park them, they block one side of our divided parkway.

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    November 18, 2011 at 6:32 am

    • Thanks so much. It was a pleasure to respond to your blog.

      November 18, 2011 at 7:01 am

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